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David Sanchez Godinez

Sanchez arrived at UC Santa Cruz with a passion for scientific exploration, but adjusting to college life was a challenge. A first-generation college student, he could not turn to his parents for advice about coping and thriving at a university.

“It was on me to apply myself and make use of my college education,” he said. “I think being thrown into independence is difficult, and I’m definitely lucky to have been surrounded by hard-working and caring people.”



Noncoding RNA has surprising effects on immune response and sepsis, study finds

When the body’s immune response to an infection gets out of control, the result can be a life-threatening condition known as sepsis. In a new study, researchers at UC Santa Cruz have identified a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) molecule that has surprising effects on the immune system and susceptibility to septic shock.








UC Santa Cruz scientists to provide rapid COVID-19 testing by end of month

While doctors and nurses treat COVID-19 patients on the front lines, behind the scenes scientists are working hard in their labs to come up with ways to battle the pandemic. A team of UC Santa Cruz scientists are targeting high capacity coronavirus diagnostic testing with 24-hour turnaround that will meet the needs of community in the County of Santa Cruz.
Original story from KSBW.


Biologist Jordan Ward wins NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award

Jordan Ward, assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his work with undergraduate researchers to investigate the biology of spermatogenesis, the process by which stem cells in the germ line differentiate to become sperm.
Original story from UCSC Newscenter.