Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Alberta, Canada, have made preliminary discoveries about how Zika and hepatitis C viruses reproduce at the cellular level, providing new insight into a family of viruses that also includes West Nile and dengue. Now their cutting-edge research will be supported by a $1 million grant from the prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation. The foundation primarily focuses on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical research, science and engineering, and undergraduate education.
Dr. David Mills' research on the gut microbe Bifidobacterium is featured in a recent UCD News story. The microbe can help keep antibiotic resistant infections at bay, according to his research.
Dr. Mills was a senior author on a research article called Bifidobacterial Dominance of the Gut in Early Life and Acquisition of Antimicrobial Resistance. He was quoted, along with Post-doc Diana Taft, who was first author of the publication.
Dr. Runnebaum’s lab works on developing processes for more sustainable use of our natural resources, including those important in winemaking. These processes often involve the development and use of solid materials that can be regenerated and reused and can both replace the use of chemicals and reduce solid waste produced. For example, researchers in the lab have begun studying alternatives to bentonite for protein fining by using solid materials as adsorbents in a continuously operated column.