‘Defective’ virus surprisingly plays major role in spread of disease

UCLA postdoctoral scholar Ruian Ke, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor James Lloyd-Smith, have found that defective viruses help normal, functional viruses by increasing the transmission of the functional virus.

UCLA study could provide insight into recent TB outbreak in L.A.’s skid row

UCLA researchers, including senior author Dr. Robert L. Modlin, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics have found that certain bacteria — including the type that causes tuberculosis — can act like viruses and hide out, unhindered, inside our cells.

UCLA Life Scientists named 2013 Sloan Fellow

Yi Xing, an associate professor in the department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and a member of UCLA's Institute for Molecular Medicine is among a select group of young scientists to receive a 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

UCLA life scientists identify drug that could aid treatment of anxiety disorders

The drug scopolamine has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including nausea and motion sickness. A new study by UCLA life scientists suggests that it may also be useful in treating anxiety disorders.

Newly identified natural protein blocks HIV, other deadly viruses

Graduate student Su-Yang Liu and Genhong Cheng, a professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics worked alongside collaborators to identify a protein with broad virus-fighting properties that potentially could be used against deadly human pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Ebola, and Rift Valley Fever.

Stem cell agency’s grants to UCLA help set stage for revolutionary medicine

Lili Yang, assistant professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, is one of four scientists from UCLA who were recently awarded grants by California's stem cell agency.

Brain scientists examine Arial Sharon’s brain post-brain hemorrhage

A team of American and Israeli brain scientists, including Martin Monti, an assistant professor of psychology and neurosurgery at UCLA, tested former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to assess his brain responses, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Surprisingly, Sharon showed significant brain activity.

‘Cool’ kids in middle school bully more

Bullying, whether it's physical aggression or spreading rumors, boosts the social status and popularity of middle school students, according to a new UCLA psychology study that has implications for programs aimed at combatting school bullying.

New headquarters for conservation science: UCLA La Kretz Center

UCLA's La Kretz Center Field Station opened Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Santa Monica Mountains, providing a new headquarters and center of operations for the university's La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science.

UCLA’s ‘Secret’ Garden

Joshua Siskin's story highlighting UCLA’s seven-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, located on the Westwood campus, with its collection of more than 5,000 tropical, sub-tropical and Mediterranean plant species.