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Dr. Juliet Morrison co-authors Opinion piece for the New York Times

Congratulations to Dr. Juliet Morrison for co-authoring an Opinion piece published in the New York Times regarding COVID vaccine guidelines. You can read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/opinion/covid-vaccine-guidelines.html

Dr.Rong Hai receives $1.94M NIH R01 grant

Congratulations to PI Rong Hai, who has just received word that his National Institutes of Health R01 grant will be funded! The title of the grant is "Mechanistic Insights into flavivirus NS5-mediated STAT2" Suppression" and the total amount over 5 years is $1.94M

Dr. Juliet Morrison appointed to Board of Trustees at Bard College

Congratulations to Dr. Juliet Morrison on being appointed to the Board of Trustees at Bard College. You can read the announcement from Bard College here: https://www.bard.edu/news/microbiologist-juliet-morrison-03-appointed-to-bard-college-board-of-trustees-2021-02-24

Professor Hailing Jin publishes paper in Nature Plants

Professor Hailing Jin has just published an article in Nature Plants: "RNA-binding proteins contribute to small RNA loading in plant extracellular vesicles" https://www.nature.com/articles/s41477-021-00863-8. Professor Yinsheng Wang’s lab from Chemistry helped with proteomic analysis.

Professor Hailing Jin publishes paper in Cell Host & Microbe

Congratulations to Professor Hailing Jin as she has published another high impact paper in less than a week! Professors Arthur Jia from BPSC and Xinping Cui from Statistics were co-authors. The citation is below. Chien-Yu Huang, Diana Sanchez Rangel, Xiaobo Qin, Christine Bui, Ruidong Li, Zhenyu Jia, Xinping Cui, Hailing Jin*. The chromatin remodeling protein...

Dr. Hailing Jin publishes paper in PNAS on HLB research

Congratulations to Professor Hailing Jin, who has just published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA! Dr. Caroline Roper from Microbiology and Plant Pathology and Dr. John Trumble from Entomology are co-authors. The study showed that a heat stable peptide from finger lime is able to prevent and treat HLB of...

Proteins enable crop-infecting fungi to ‘smell’ food

A new paper has been published by the Katherine Borkovich lab in the Microbiology and Plant Pathology Department titled "Heterotrimeric G-Protein Signaling Is Required for Cellulose Degradation in Neurospora crassa". To learn more about the paper and study see the excerpt from the UCR News Article below or click here to read the published study...

Winners of MPP Department Awards 2020-21

Congratulations to the winners of the Microbiology and Plant Pathology Department Awards. The awards were presented on January 7th at the MPP Awards Ceremony and Graduate Student Invited Lectureship. Edmond C. Calavan Scholarship Winner- Antara Chakravarty, Plant Pathology Graduate Student Peter and Pamela Tsao Scholarship Winner- Lindsey Pedroncelli, Plant Pathology Graduate Student Microbiology Departmental Award...

Dr. Jason Stajich Elected Fellow of the AAAS

Congratulations to Professor Jason Stajich on his election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science! From the AAAS Site: Jason E. Stajich University of California, Riverside: For distinguished contributions at the interface of computational, genomic and evolutionary biology, using integrative approaches to study how fungi and other microorganisms evolve.

Dr. Caroline Roper is PI on $10M USDA-NIFA-ECDRE Grant

Congratulations to Associate Professor Caroline Roper, who is PI on a new 5-year $10M US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture ECDRE grant! Professor Jason Stajich from our department is Co-PI. Other investigators from UCR include Danelle Seymour, Philippe Rolshausen and Ashraf el-Kereamy (Lindcove). The start date of the grant is 9/1/2020.

UC Riverside’s ‘homemade’ testing lab in the spotlight

From the Article: "UC Riverside’s “homemade” COVID-19 testing lab has drawn widespread attention from Southern California media. The acknowledgment of the new lab’s success comes at a time when some universities across the nation have struggled to prevent campus outbreaks. The lab – created by UCR faculty – places the university in the elite company...

Dr. Ansel Hsiao is PI on $3.9M NIH RO1 Grant

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ansel Hsiao, who is PI on a $3.9M National Institutes of Health RO1 grant entitled "Vibrio cholerae antinitrosative stress defenses and gut microbiome interaction" that was just awarded. Dr. Hsiao will receive $1.3 million over the next 5 years as PI.

Dr. Patricia Manosalva is Co-PI on ~$2M USDA-NIFA-OREI Grant

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3% of total organic sales up 5.6% from the previous year. Naturally, farmers want to meet consumer demand...

Dr. Hailing Jin is PI on $1.89M NIH grant and $900k NSF/USDA grant

Congratulations to Professor Hailing Jin who is the sole PI on 2 recent grant awards! Dr. Jin received a prestigious 5-year Maximizing Investigators Research Award (MIRA R35) from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) for more than $377k/year, ~1.89M total. The grant is titled"Cross-kingdom RNA communications between plant and fungal pathogens." Dr. Jin also received...

Dr. Patricia Manosalva is PI on $4.4M USDA/NIFA SCRI Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Manosalva, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology and Director of the Avocado Rootstock Breeding Program, who is the principal investigator on a new $4.4M grant from the USDA/NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative. The grant is titled "Reducing avocado losses to major challenges by improving resistance selection and...

Dr. Juliet Morrison quoted by the New York Times about Coronavirus Testing

Dr. Juliet Morrison, Assistant Professor of Virology was quoted in the New York Times on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html

UCR COVID-19 Testing Lab to Open

Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Borkovich, Dr. Rong Hai, and Dr. Juliet Morrison from the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, and Dr. Isgouhi Kaloshian, Department of Nematology, and Matthew Collin from the Institute for Integrative Genomic Biology Genomics Core for all of their hard work and dedication to get UCR's COVID-19 testing lab to open...

Dr. Emma Aronson is PI on new $4.2M grant from NSF

Congratulations are in order for Associate Professor Emma Aronson! Her grant, one of 10 projects in the new National Science Foundation Critical Zone Cluster Network, has been selected for funding. Her project is the sole microbiology-focused project in the entire network, and is called "Geomicrobiology and Biogeochemistry in the Critical Zone." The total award is...

UC Riverside-led research advances vaccine and drug development against ZIKA virus

From the UCR News Article by Iqbal Pitalwala: "A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has outlined how the Zika virus, which constituted an epidemic threat in 2016, suppresses the immune system of its host. The Zika virus, or ZIKV, spreads through mosquito bites and sexual intercourse. Currently, no approved...

New tools in the fight against lethal citrus disease

From the UCR News Article by Jules Bernstein: "Scientists are closer to gaining the upper hand on a disease that has wiped out citrus orchards across the globe. New models of the bacterium linked to the disease reveal control methods that were previously unavailable. Metabolic models of organisms are like road maps of cities. “They...
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