UCR Professor Awarded Five-Year Grant

Xin Ge

Xin Ge

Xin Ge, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the Bourns College of Engineering, has been awarded a five-year Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation. The $500,000 CAREER Award will support Ge’s research on developing therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, which have a broad range of applications in pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries.

Ph.D. Student Selected as 2014 Switzer Environmental Fellow

Heather Hulton VanTassel, a current Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside, has been selected as a 2014 Switzer Environmental Fellow by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. The foundation invests in individuals and organizations that drive positive environmental change. Merit-based and rigorously competitive, the fellowship will assist Hulton VanTassel in completing her doctoral degree.

More information at: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/26985

Three UCR Undergraduates Receive Prestigious Fellowships

Undergraduates Jenna Roper (left), Alberto Corona (center) and Jack Wang have won prestigious fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Undergraduates Jenna Roper (left), Alberto Corona (center) and Jack Wang have won prestigious fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Three undergraduates at UC Riverside – one who hated science in high school, another who spoke no English five years ago, and a third who immigrated to the United States not too long ago from Taiwan – are also recipients of prestigious fellowships. Jenna Roper, Alberto Corona and Jack Wang each received “Exceptional Research Opportunities Program” fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

More information at: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/26960

UCR Receives $1.68 Million from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Chandrika Ramadugu

Chandrika Ramadugu

The University of California, Riverside has received slightly in excess of $1.68 million from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to find lasting solutions to citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). HLB is vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). ACP-HLB is a serious threat to California’s annual $2 billion citrus industry.

In the project, UC Riverside researchers, led by Chandrika Ramadugu, an assistant project scientist in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, will develop technologies for long-term sustainable citrus cultivation in regions where the citrus industry is threatened by HLB, but where the disease has not yet fully established itself. The researchers will develop easy-to-operate devices and methodologies to capture the ACP and detect Liberibacter (bacterium that is the causal agent of HLB). They also will provide technology to growers and nurseries to encourage wide-scale testing.

Ramadugu will be joined in the research by Mikeal L. Roose, a professor of botany and plant sciences at UCR and a co-project director. Other co-project directors on the project are at USDA/Agricultural Research Service, the University of Hawaii, Texas A & M AgriLife, and the Florida Department of Agriculture.

More information at: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/02/0032.xml

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