Research Highlights

Recent research news

Study shows how epigenetic memory is passed across generations

Researchers traced markers of gene repression and showed that both sperm and eggs transmit a memory of gene repression to embryos. More...

Native vegetation makes a comeback on Santa Cruz Island

Study led by UC Santa Cruz undergrads shows native shrubs reclaiming the island on their own after removal of introduced grazers. More...

Teaching computers the nuances of human conversation

Computer scientist Marilyn Walker wants to make spoken dialogue systems more responsive to the user. More...

Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history

Ancient Egyptian artworks helped scientists reconstruct how animal communities changed as climate became drier and human populations grew More...

Mixing in star-forming clouds explains why sibling stars look alike

New findings suggest chemical fingerprints can be used to identify stars born in the same cluster More...

Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award funds search for new treatments

Cancer researcher Seth Rubin is working toward the development of a new class of drugs for treating breast cancer. More...

Grad student unites personal passion and programming skills to help others

Computer science graduate student Lourdes Morales is working to help others with disabilities use technology. More...

Novel chip-based platform could simplify measurements of single molecules

A nanopore-gated optofluidic chip combines electrical and optical measurements of single molecules onto a single platform More...

Cancer study reveals powerful new system for classifying tumors

One in ten cancer patients would be classified differently using a new classification system based on molecular subtypes. More...

NIH awards $2 million to UCSC group for DNA sequencing research

Biomolecular engineer Mark Akeson leads efforts to develop nanopore technology for DNA sequencing. More...

Old evidence leads to new ideas about earthquake hazards in Pacific Northwest

Sediment cores collected in 1960s by geologist Gary Griggs have attracted renewed scrutiny for clues to Cascadia earthquakes. More...

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health unveils new genomics interface

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health has released a new Application Programming Interface (API) for seamless sharing of genomic data. More...

Tidal forces gave moon its shape, according to new analysis

Most of the moon's overall shape can be explained by taking into account tidal effects acting early in the moon's history. More...

Cassini finds 101 geysers and more on icy Saturn moon

Scientists on NASA's Cassini mission have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's small, icy moon Enceladus. More...

Next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope to begin construction in Hawaii

The TMT has its roots at UC Santa Cruz, where astronomers have been working for years on the design of this powerful new telescope. More...

Two UC Santa Cruz Earth scientists honored by American Geophysical Union

Gary Glatzmaier and Thorne Lay will receive AGU medals in recognition of their breakthrough achievements in Earth science. More...

UCSC graduate student is a new kind of storyteller

Aaron Reed's award-winning games use computer technology to explore the possibilities of interactive fiction. More...

Energy demands of raising a pup push sea otter moms to the limit

Study by UCSC biologists reveals just how much it costs a sea otter mom to raise her pup. More...

Huffman Prize winner approaches bioengineering with an artist's eye

Payam Yousefi, who graduates in June with a B.S. in bioengineering and a minor in bioinformatics, is the 2014 Huffman Prize winner. More...

Astronomers detect two planets orbiting nearby ancient star

An international team of scientists has reported two planets orbiting a nearby and very old star known as Kapteyn's star. More...