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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...

UC Riverside discovers first effective treatment for citurs-detroying disease

Congratulations to Dr. Hailing Jin on this discovery that will help control Citrus Green Disease. From the UCR News Article: "The new treatment effectively kills the bacterium causing the disease with a naturally occurring molecule found in wild citrus relatives. This molecule, an antimicrobial peptide, offers numerous advantages over the antibiotics currently used to treat...

Dr. Alex Putman is Co-PI on a $10M Sustainable Agriculture Systems grant from the USDA

Congratulations are in order to Dr. Alex Putman, who is a Co-PI on a $10M grant from the United Stated Department of Agriculture focused on developing artificial intelligence for sustainable agriculture! You can read the UCR News Article titled "UCR wins $10 Million to develop AI for sustainable agriculture" here: https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2020/06/22/ucr-wins-10-million-develop-ai-sustainable-agriculture Dr. Putman will be...

Dr. Hailing Jin's Lab Featured in Outlook Piece Published in Nature

Dr. Hailing Jin and her group are featured in an "Outlook" piece just published in Nature. The story focused on how her group is developing sprays consisting of extracellular vesicles containing RNA to silence genes in fungal pathogens of crops. Read the piece on the Nature site here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01771-1

Dr. Ansel Hsiao is corresponding author on paper published in Cell

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Ansel Hsiao, who is the corresponding author on a paper just published in Cell! "Interpersonal gut microbiome variation drives susceptibility and resistance to cholera infection". Other authors of the paper include Hsiao lab members: Salma Alavi, Jonathan D. Mitchell, Jennifer Y. Cho, Rui Liu, and John C. Macbeth. The...

Microbiology & Plant Pathology Black Lives Matter Statement

The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology joins in solidarity with our Black community of students, staff, and colleagues to strongly condemn racism. As a department, we pledge to continue our work implementing policies aimed at advancing diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice in our community by: 1) Immediately forming a Committee for Diversity and Inclusion...

Dr. Sydney Glassman publishes Op-Ed in The Press Enterprise

Dr. Sydney Glassman's Op-Ed "Gov. Newsom must make a priority of funding our UCs" was published in the print edition of the Press-Enterprise. You can read the article at the following link. https://www.pe.com/2020/06/10/gov-newsom-must-make-a-priority-of-funding-our-ucs/

Rao Lab Co-Authored Paper Published in PNAS(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Congratulations to Dr. Rao, who has co-authored a paper in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) focused on the structure of the multipartite Brome Mosaic Virus (BMV)! Graduate student Antara Chakravarty was also an author on the study. You can read the paper at the following PNAS website link: https://www.pnas.org/content/117/20/10673.short?rss=1 The UCR press...

Dr. Hailing Jin has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Congratulations to Dr. Hailing Jin Professor in the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology on being elected a Fellow of the AAM (American Academy of Microbiology). From the AAM website: "Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the ASM, are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on...

Virologist Dr. Juliet Morrison Discusses COVID-19 Treatments

Dr. Juliet Morrison, Assistant Professor and Virologist in the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology discussed COVID-19 treatments with UCR news. A section from the UCR article Hope for the Infected: "Though no proven treatment for COVID-19 currently exists, UC Riverside virologist Juliet Morrison feels there’s a good chance one will emerge. Morrison, an assistant...

Dr. Caroline Roper receives 2020 Lee M. Hutchins Award from the American Phytopathological Society

Congratulations to Dr. Caroline Roper, Associate Professor in the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology for receiving the 2020 Lee M. Hutchins Award from the American Phytopathological Society. The Hutchins Award recognizes significant research on basic or applied aspects of diseases of perennial fruit plants within the past 10 years.

Dr. Shou-Wei Ding receives Noel Keen Award from the American Phytopathological Society

Congratulations to Dr. Shou-Wei Ding, Professor in the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology for receiving the 2020 Noel Keen Award from the APS (American Phytopathological Society). With this award Dr. Ding joins a long list of very distinguished plant molecular pathologist honored by the American Phytopathological Society.

Dr. Jason Stajich has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Stajich, Professor in the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology on being elected a Fellow of the AAM (American Academy of Microbiology). From the AAM website: "Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the ASM, are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on...

Edmond C. Calavan Memorial Scholarship Award Winners 2020

Congratulations to this years Edmond C. Calavan Memorial Scholarship Award Winners Daniel Chen, and Wiphawee Lessuthphonchai, graduate students in Plant Pathology. This award is presented annually to meritorious graduate students that have demonstrated excellence in research and creative, forward thinking in the field of Plant Pathology. The prize consists of a cash award, a plaque...
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