Welcome new faculty Orkun Akin

The Department is pleased to welcome Orkun Akin, Ph.D. as an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology effecitve July 2018.  Dr. Akin received his B.S. in biology from the California Institute of Technology in 2001.  He received his Ph.D. from UC San Francisco in 2008 in biochemistry.  From 2009-present, he has served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA.  Dr. Akin is a promising young faculty whose interests focus on the biology of cell motility, which is essential for cancer metastasis.  He is a former HHMI postdoctoral scholar and was the recipient of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellowship.

News

Oct 16, 2018

Assistant Professor Weizhe Hong has received a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering for 2018. This is an extremely competitive fellowship. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, on its 30th anniversary, named 18 “innovative, early-career scientists.” Dr. Hong was selected from among 100 nominees from 50 invited institutions. The Foundation honors young scientists who are taking big risks in performing creative and pioneering research in all areas of science and engineering. Our congratulations to Dr. Wong on this honor.

Oct 04, 2018

The UCLA Academic Senate has invited Neurobiology Distinguished Professor Jack L. Feldman to present the 125th Faculty Research Lecture.  This will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Schoenberg Hall from 3-4 pm.  The lecture will be entitled, "Breathing Matters."

Aug 29, 2018

Neuroscientists at UCLA, Harvard University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have identified a three-pronged treatment that triggers axons — the tiny fibers that link nerve cells and enable them to communicate — to regrow after spinal cord injury in rodents. Not only did the axons grow through scars, they could also transmit signals across the damaged tissue.
If researchers can produce similar results in human studies, the findings could lead to a therapy to regrow axon connections in people living with spinal cord injury, potentially restoring function. Nature publishes...

Jul 03, 2018

The Department is pleased to welcome Orkun Akin, Ph.D. as an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology effecitve July 2018.  Dr. Akin received his B.S. in biology from the California Institute of Technology in 2001.  He received his Ph.D. from UC San Francisco in 2008 in biochemistry.  From 2009-present, he has served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA.  Dr. Akin is a promising young faculty whose interests focus on the biology of cell motility, which is essential for cancer metastasis.  He is a former HHMI postdoctoral scholar and was the recipient of...

Jul 03, 2018

In recognition of his exemplary career dedicated to the advancement and communication of Developmental and Comparative Immunology around the world, the ISDCI Honarary Award iwa presented to Edwin L. Cooper on the occasion of the XIV International Congress of the International Society for Developmental and Comparative Immunology convened in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, June 2018.

May 24, 2018

Distinguished Professor Michael V. Sofroniew publishes paper in the May 17, 2018 issue of Nature on "Dissecting Spinal Cord Regeneration" (see https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0068-4)

 

May 09, 2018

The 12th annual Dynamics of Neural Microcircuits Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 17th from 9 am - 5 pm in the NRB Auditorium on campus.

May 09, 2018

Distinguished Professor Jack L. Feldman was named the 125th UCLA Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer.  A lecture and reception will follow later in 2018.  Our congratulations to Dr. Feldman.

Feb 16, 2018

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have, for the first time, coaxed human stem cells to become sensory interneurons — the cells that give us our sense of touch. The new protocol could be a step toward stem cell–based therapies to restore sensation in paralyzed people who have lost feeling in parts of their body.

The study, which was led by Samantha Butler, a UCLA associate professor of neurobiology and member of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center, was published today in the journal Stem Cell Reports.

Sensory...

Feb 16, 2018

UCLA Neurobiology will be hosting an afternoon memorial symposium for Earl Eldred on April 19, 2018 at the Faculty Center.