Center for Infectious Disease and Vector Research


  • CIDVR scientist Adler Dillman showing how nematodes use smell to select new insect hosts could improve biological control of crop pests (July 24, 2017)
    A team led by Dillman has shown how nematodes use smell to seek out uninfected insects, which they then enter and kill.
  • CIDVR Scientist Omar Akbari leads team in $14.9 million DARPA grant (July 19, 2017)
    Akbari is leading a team of researchers that will receive up to $14.9 million dollars from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to be part of the “Safe Genes” program to study innovative genetic techniques to control disease-causing mosquitoes.
  • IIGB Director Katayoon Dehesh named to German National Academy of Sciences (June 26, 2017)
    Molecular biochemist, known for her work on how stress signals are sensed in plants, joins an academy whose past members include Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein
  • Entomologist Named a Pew Scholar (June 15, 2017)
    Naoki Yamanaka, the first researcher at UC Riverside to receive the honor, is one of only 22 early-career researchers that make up this year’s scholars
  • 2015-2016 Distinguished Teaching Award (June 17, 2016)
    IIGB/CEPCEB professor Katherine Borkovich received the Academic Senate 2015-16 Distinguished Teaching Award for embracing the most time-consuming aspects of excellent teaching.
  • 2015-2016 Distinguished Campus Service Award (June 17, 2016)
    UCR's Academic Senate Award Committee awarded IIGB/CEPCEB Professor Linda Walling in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences the Distinguished Campus Service Award for Academic year 2015-2016.
  • 6th Annual Faculty Research Lecturer! (May 13, 2016)
    IIGB distinguished professor of plant cell and molecular biology, Xuemei Chen, will give the 64th annual Faculty Research Lecture June 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium, Room 1102A.The lecture, "Small RNAs - Small but Powerful," is presented by the UC Riverside Academic Senate.
  • Studying Insect Male-killing Bacteria (May 13, 2016)
    A team of scientists, including IIGB assistant professor of entomology Omar Akbari, have discovered a key mechanism that drives a bacteria that kills male insects, a development that could potentially be exploited to control insect pest species in the future.
  • Studying Genetic Diversity in Corn for Crop Improvement (May 13, 2016)
    IIGB professor of genetics Norman Ellstrand, has discovered that the genetic diversity of corn in some home and community gardens in Southern California far exceeds levels found in commercially available seeds.The research addresses the importance of maintaining a diverse range of genetic resources for future crop improvement.
  • $750K Award to Study Wastewater Contaminants (May 13, 2016)
    IIGB distinguished professor of Entomology, John Trumble, was one of two UCR researchers awarded $749,631 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the human and ecological health impacts of water reuse and conservation practices.
  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences! (May 3, 2016)
    Julia Bailey-Serres, an IIGB professor of genetics and director of the Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB), has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her excellence in original scientific research.
  • Natasha Raikhel Retirement Symposium (March 30, 2016)
    After a 30+ year career in plant cell biology and to celebrate Natasha Raikhel's extensive contribution to the scientific community during the past three decades, IIGB and the Botany & Plant Sciences department hosted a one-day Retirement Symposium in her honor on March 21, 2016 in the Genomics Auditorium.
  • IIGB Researcher Elected as 2015 AAAS Fellow (March 29, 2016)
    IIGB professor of genetics Hailing Jin was elected as a 2015 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Fellow in recognition of her contribution to innovation, education and scientific leadership in the Section on Biological Sciences.
  • Unlocking Gender Secrets to Fight Malaria (March 29, 2016)
    A group of scientists, including one from UCR's IIGB, have discovered a long-hypothesized male determining gene in the mosquito species that carries malaria, laying the groundwork for the development of strategies that could help control the disease.
  • $1.6M Grant to Sequence Cowpea Genome! (March 29, 2016)
    A team of IIGB scientists has received a nearly $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to sequence the genome of the cowpea and further their research developing superior cowpea breeding lines.
  • Engineered Gene Drives and the Future (March 29, 2016)
    IIGB/CDVR entomologist Omar Akbari has examined different engineered gene drives, analyzed the pros and cons of each and applications associated with them, surveyed the safety and regulatory issues associated with them, and published his results online in the journal Nature Reviews Genetics.
  • IIGB Scientist Receives $4M USDA Grant! (March 29, 2016)
    A team of researchers led by an IIGB associate professor of plant pathology Wenbo Ma has been awarded a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an attempt to save the United States citrus industry from a disease that has already devastated the industry worldwide.
  • Bug Lovers - 5th Annual SCEP Symposium! (October 22, 2015)
    All bug lovers are invited to the 5th annual Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium (SCEP) on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in the Genomics Auditorium at the University of California, Riverside.
  • How Ants Identify Colony Members from Intruders (August 20, 2015)
    Reporting today in the journal Cell Reports, IIGB researchers note that ants, which have evolved some of the largest families of olfactory receptor genes in insects, use their powerful sense of smell to sense hydrocarbon chemicals present on the cuticle (outer shell) of individuals to precisely identify different members of their society.
  • IIGB Hosts Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello! (June 23, 2015)
    IIGB is hosting a seminar by Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello on Wednesday, June 24th at 3pm in the Genomics Auditorium in which he will review the place of mankind in the universe, the history of our evolutionary origins, and the biological mechanisms that propagate, from one generation to the next, the information that makes each of us unique.
  • Discovering Safe Repellents to Protect Fruit (June 22, 2015)
    IIGB scientists have now identified a safe repellent that protects ripening fruits from the spotted wing Drosophila suzukii. The finding, when extrapolated to other agricultural pests, could provide a strategy for controlling them and increasing the productivity of crops and fruit.
  • IIGB Geneticist Named Endowed Chair! (June 22, 2015)
    Susan R. Wessler, an IIGB/CEPCEB distinguished professor of genetics, has been named the Neil A. and Rochelle A. Campbell Presidential Chair for Innovation in Science Education in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS).
  • IIGB Student Receives NSF GRFP Award! (May 14, 2015)
    Jessica Toth, a graduate student in IIGB/CEPCEB Associate Professor Sean Cutler's lab, was one of 11 UCR graduate students and 2000 national awardees among 16,500 applicants who received a three-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Is GM Soybean Oil Healthier? (March 13, 2015)
    Poonamjot Deol, an assistant project scientist, and senior investigator and IIGB professor of cell biology and neuroscience Frances Sladek, found that GM soybean oil is just as unhealthy as regular soybean oil in that it also induces obesity, diabetes and fatty liver, although it does not cause insulin resistance - the inability to efficiently use the hormone insulin.
  • Improving Undergraduate Biology Instruction (February 17, 2015)
    Susan R. Wessler, an IIGB/CEPCEB/CDVR distinguished professor of genetics has teamed up with John Matsui at UC Berkeley, Joel Rothman at UC Santa Barbara and Paul Koch at UC Santa Cruz to develop an interconnected "Faculty Learning Community" to allow faculty at four campuses to share proven, successful methods that improve undergraduate biology instruction.

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