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UCI School of Biological Sciences June 2023 Newsletter

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Dear BioSci Community,

As the academic year nears its end, I want to acknowledge and celebrate our students’ remarkable achievements. Graduation signifies years of hard work, dedication and growth in the field of biological sciences. Their commitment and accomplishments are commendable.

The road to success is challenging, filled with late nights studying and sacrifices. Yet, the unwavering commitment of our students to excellence and thirst for knowledge have led them to this moment.

To the class of 2023, it has often been said that graduation is not the end, but a stepping stone toward greater aspirations. Embrace the challenges ahead and remember that learning is lifelong. This honor is just the beginning. Strive for greater achievements and expand your horizons. The true value lies in the knowledge, skills and character you’ve developed throughout your education.

Congratulations to our graduates and the BioSci community for your invaluable contributions. May you continue to thrive, inspiring others with your passion for the biological sciences and leaving a lasting impact on the world.

Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.


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Frank M. LaFerla, PhD
Dean and Distinguished Professor 
UCI School of Biological Sciences


  professor bardwell and professor fruman

The laboratories of Professors Lee Bardwell and David Fruman recently published a paper in the Portland Press Biochemical Journal. > Read more.    


The Biology of California

In this report, you will find groundbreaking research that shapes the future of California and beyond, from protecting ecosystems against climate change to fighting diseases and preserving biodiversity.

> Read 2023 Dean’s Report    


  dean frank laferla
Dean Frank LaFerla was reappointed to a third five-year term as Dean of the School of Biological Sciences. > Read more.  

Professor Joshua Grill has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Carla Liggett and Arthur S. Liggett, M.D. Endowed Chair, in Honor of Frank M. LaFerla.    

Class of 2023 graduate Luis Cuevas was featured on UCI News as the BioSci #IamUCI spotlight.
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  professors jen martiny, adam martiny and steve allison
Professors Jennifer Martiny, Adam Martiny and Steven Allison contributed to a report by the American Academy of Microbiology, which sheds light on a previously overlooked aspect of climate change: microorganisms. > Read more.    


  students in molecular and neuroscience
Professors Peter Donovan and Christie Fowler recently obtaining further funding for their program entitled “Molecular Neuroscience and Underserved Populations.“> Read more.

    professor shi
Professor Xiaoyu Shi received a Proof of Product (PoP) grant to accelerate the translation of her lab’s GO3D multiomics single cell analysis technology. > Read more.    


andrea willey Andrea Wiley
 Department Administrator
Q: What do you enjoy most about what you do at BioSci? 

A: I am fortunate to work alongside so many amazing individuals in BioSci, students, staff and faculty alike. The support and camaraderie we share creates such a positive environment. Even in in the tough times, I know we will work together and get things done. It’s such a nice feeling. I also love being part of the amazing educational environment and seeing the students’ excitement for their lives ahead after UCI. I kind of feel like a mom when they graduate and smile at the thought that I may have made a difference in their lives in some small way. 

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment? 

A: Firstly, it’s the love and support I have for my family as they have been a constant source of strength and inspiration. I am so blessed. Secondly, I have been so fortunate to be part of Staff Assembly through the years and to witness all the wonderful things they do for staff. Through their giving ways I was motivated to initiate and spearhead the establishment of a community relations group on campus within Staff Assembly. Together, with other dedicated staff members, we engage in impactful outreach activities within the community, hopefully, making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you? 

A: I love to craft holiday home décor. My wheels are always turning as to what will be my next project. I am a Pinterest queen and often give the inspiration I find there a touch of my own style. I also love to dance and sing, neither of which I am good at, but my family are angels to put up with it.   

Developmental and Cell Biology Department Manager Andrea Wiley was recently recognized by the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies with the Outstanding Alumni Award for her continued distinguished service.     Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn  

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