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October 02, 2014

Pioneering research using stem cells to regenerate eye tissue conducted by MCDB’s Dennis Clegg and co-workers may one day help people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As the first person to hold the newly endowed Wilcox Family Chair in BioMedicine, Clegg is poised to bring stem-cell-based therapy for AMD to Phase I clinical trials.

July 08, 2014

About 70 high school students from Santa Barbara County participated in UCSB’s Research Mentorship Program (RMP). RMP allows a select group of 10th- and 11th-graders to conduct collaborative, graduate-level research during a six-week program preparing them for post-high school. This six-week program accepted high-achieving high school students from all over the world and offered them a variety of interdisciplinary projects to choose from. Then, each carefully selected mentor guided the student interns through the academic research process and as a result prepared them to communicate intelligently about their discipline. In addition to gaining a deep relationship with their mentor and the academic benefits, the student interns were submersed into University life and networked with equally ambitious and curious peers.

June 09, 2014

Roxanne Croze, graduate student researcher in the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, was chosen as one of nineteen top student researchers in the U.S. and will convene with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. Roxanne will be among other student researchers from 80 different countries to participate in the week-long meeting dedicated to physiology and medicine this year. Throughout the week, Laureates and students will exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks. The 38 participating Laureates will interact with students from around the world for discussions regarding such tops as global health, the latest findings in cancer or Aids research and future research approaches to medicine.

Roxanne earned her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from UC Davis in 2007. While at UC Davis, she worked with Dr. Reen Wu investigating the roles of IL-17 in asthma. After graduation Roxanne took a Research Assistant position at Harvard Medical School in the lab of Dr. Bruce Levy. There she examined the effects of lipid mediator compounds, specifically Lipoxin A4 and Resolvin D1 on various lung inflammatory diseases including pneumonia. In 2010, Roxanne began her doctoral studies at UCSB in Dr. Dennis Clegg’s lab studying Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Way to go, Roxanne!

For more information regarding the 64th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students, visit the ORAU-Lindau website.

June 04, 2014

Co-Director of the UCSB Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, Pete Coffey, has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in England. In their own words, the RSA is “an enlightenment organization committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.”

June 03, 2014

An award-winning essay by Dr. Sherry Hikita, former director of the Stem Cell Core at UC Santa Barbara, and now a research scientist at Asterias Biotherapeutics, describes her motivation to do stem cell research.