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Endothelial cell markers. Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO
July 10, 2017

Stem cell biologists have tried unsuccessfully for years to produce cells that will give rise to functional arteries and offer physicians new options for combating cardiovascular disease, the world’s leading cause of death.

But new techniques developed by scientists from UC Santa Barbara, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research have produced, for the first time, functional arterial cells at both the quality and scale to be relevant for disease modeling and clinical application.

Near-infrared light is used to precisely engineer stem cells into tissue. Photo Credit: PETER ALLEN ILLUSTRATION
May 15, 2017

UCSB researchers develop a more precise and controlled method of engineering tissues from stem cells.

Researchers in UC Santa Barbara’s departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biologyhave gotten a step closer to unlocking the secrets of tissue morphology with a method of three-dimensional culturing of embryonic stem cells using light.

April 24, 2017

Leah Foltz, a graduate student in the lab of MCDB professor Dennis Clegg, delivered an engaging summary of recent strides in stem cell research and how her lab uses this biological material to study blinding diseases. Her research explores whether scientists will one day be able to use someone’s own cells to cure their blindness. Foltz’s lively delivery earned her a first-place finish in the campuswide competition. Now she’s headed to San Francisco to test her mettle Thursday, May 4, against participants from the nine other University of California campuses.

March 20, 2017

Three Solvang School students won awards and earned cash at the recent Santa Barbara County Science Fair, and one was chosen to represent the county at the California State Science Fair.

Five Solvang middle school students — Fernanda Barbosa, Andrew Bunke, Audrey Fuette, Tessa Haws and Harry Mullin — presented their work March 10 at the County Science Fair in Corwin Pavilion at UC Santa Barbara.

March 08, 2017

Eye and Vision Care of Santa Barbara will be sponsoring its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on May 20th at Santa Barbara Golf Club!

This year the tournament will raise funds for the California Project to Cure Blindness at UCSB!

When: May 20th at 1:00-9:30

Where: The Santa Barbara Golf Club

Banquet, Silent Auction, Raffle, Putting Contest, Blind Shot Challenge, Prizes, Mulligan's, and more!

Join us to help support this important research and enjoy a day in the California sun!