Recent News

Interdisciplinary collaboration between the labs of Lili Yang, UCLA associate professor of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics (MIMG), and Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, led to the development of a roadmap to create new treatment strategies for ovarian cancer. Explore more here: https://www.uclahealth.org/news/scientists-develop-roadmap-create-new-treatment-strategies

Have you had a chance to catch the ‘Let’s Talk Science’ webinar hosted by Dean Johnson? MIMG faculty members Don Kohn and Carrie Miceli, along with Mireille Kamariza, an assistant professor from the bioengineering department, highlighted UCLA’s efforts in conducting both basic and cutting-edge translational bench-to-bedside research, which is leading to improved diagnostics and treatments for diseases. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9MgUbByn9c.

Congratulations to graduate student Patricia Mendez, in Dr. Elissa Hallem’s lab, for being one of the recipients awarded the 2023 Gilliam Fellowship. Read more: https://bit.ly/3Ye4sOq. Patricia’s research aims to elucidate the neural basis by which skin-penetrating nematodes use salt chemosensation to locate and infect their hosts.

Congratulations to graduate student Breanna Walsh, in the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program, for receiving the ‘F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD and other Dual Degree Fellowships’ award from the NIH-NIAID National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In Dr. Elissa Hallem’s lab, Breanna is investigating the neural basis of oxygen response in parasitic nematodes.

Upcoming Events

MIMG Coffee Hour (Summer Edition) 

When: Tuesday, August 22

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Where: MSB 1601 Courtyard 

Selected Publications

Yang lab publishes two papers back-in-back on Science Immunology and Nature Communications, reporting the identification of a new immune checkpoint and the repurposing of an old antidepressant for cancer immunotherapy. More information HERE and HERE.

MIMG faculty members Amanda Freise and Jordan Moberg-Parker co-author research article about microbiome analysis in the undergraduate classroom. Click HERE to read.