Research

PsychLight Sensor to Enable Discovery of New Psychiatric Drugs

April 28, 2021
A genetically encoded fluorescent sensor to detect hallucinogenic compounds has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Named psychLight, the sensor could be used in discovering new treatments for mental illness, in neuroscience research and to detect drugs of abuse.

Simulations Reveal Signs of Galaxy Mergers in Milky Way Disk

March 09, 2021
Some of the Milky Way’s oldest stars have been spotted in a surprising place — the disk that is our galaxy’s youngest region. Supercomputer simulations of their orbits suggest these metal-poor stars came from a smaller galaxy that slammed into the Milky Way more than 7 billion years ago.

Researchers Share in Multicampus Grants in the Sciences and Humanities

February 16, 2021
The UC Office of the President recently awarded around $19 million total for Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) in agriculture, the coronavirus, humanities and culture, state policy on social and economic issues, and the Electron-Ion Collider.

Design Student’s Interactive Map Links Public to COVID-19 Testing Sites

January 28, 2021
When UC Davis design major Matthew Kwong began looking online for places to get tested for COVID-19, he found little and bad information. He figured if finding a testing site was difficult for a tech-savvy 20-year-old, for others — especially vulnerable and elderly populations — it would be nearly impossible. So, he spent months creating an interactive COVID-19 testing site map.

Mount Everest Summit Success Rate Is Climbing

September 04, 2020
The number of climbers who successfully set foot on the summit has doubled since the 1990s, reaching as high as 60% in the past decade, according to a new study from researchers at UC Davis and the University of Washington. Meanwhile death rates have remained unchanged, despite the rise in climbers crowding the routes near the peak.

David Olson Receives Neurochemistry Award

August 10, 2020

Assistant Professor David Olson has received the American Society for Neurochemistry’s Jordi Folch-Pi Memorial Award. The award is given to an outstanding young investigator who has demonstrated a high level of research competence and originality, has significantly advanced our knowledge of neurochemistry, and shows a high degree of potential for future accomplishments.

'Not My Type' May Be a Myth

July 09, 2020
New research coming out of Department of Psychology in the UC Davis College of Letters and Sciences suggests that people’s ideal romantic partner preferences do not reflect any unique personal insight.