April 02, 2014

This award recognizes the contributions of graduate students who have shown excellence in their role as a Teaching Assistant in the teaching mission of UC Santa Barbara during the 2013-14 school year.

October 01, 2013

October 2nd is Stem Cell Awareness Day,  which brings together organizations and individuals around the world in support of stem cell research, with the aim of increasing awareness and education. UC Santa Barbara stem cell researchers are presenting educational outreach seminars at Santa Barbara High School, San Marcos High School, Cate School, and Santa Barbara City College. In addition, tours of the Laboratory for Stem Cell Research and Engineering, our CIRM-funded core facility, are offered to local community groups to provide a glimpse of the exciting ongoing research on human pluripotent stem cells. For more information, see

August 06, 2013

Graduate students Britney Pennington (BMSE) and Lyndsay Leach (MCDB) are the recipients of new fellowships in support of stem cell research in the Clegg lab in the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering. 

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June 03, 2013

Graduate Student in the Spotlight: Britney Pennington Shares About Stem Cells, Teaching, and Taking Care of the Environment

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May 14, 2013

Controlling the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells is the goal of many laboratories, both to study normal human development and to generate cells for transplantation in treating various diseases and conditions. RPE (retinal pigmented epithelial) is one important cell type under investigation as it protects and nourishes the photoreceptors and is vital in maintaining healthy eyesight. UCSB researchers Dave Buchholz, Britney Pennington, Roxanne Croze and Cassidy Hinman, working with Pete Coffey and Dennis Clegg, have discovered a novel method to speed up RPE differentiation.

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April 17, 2013

In the latest rankings by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, UC Santa Barbara has placed second on the annual list of the top 500 major universities in the world in terms of impact in the field of the sciences.

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February 07, 2013

A research idea by Dennis Clegg, co-director of UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, is one of 10 winning submissions from a pool of nearly 500 entries selected by the National Eye Institute (NEI) for its Audacious Goals challenge. 

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October 29, 2012

Biomedical research at UC Santa Barbara has catapulted to a position of leadership in the arena of stem cell biology, offering progress toward cures for vision diseases such as macular degeneration. Stem cell research has the potential to transform the practice of medicine, by replacing diseased tissue with healthy new cells. Interdisciplinary teams of UCSB researchers –– including world-renowned faculty members recruited from the U.S. and Britain –– are leading the charge. The university’s newly renovated lab space is critical to the mission.

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October 16, 2012

Amgen founder Bill Bowes gives $5 million to develop stem cell therapy for ocular disease; donation launches EMBODI, new biomedical initiative

By growing new retinal cells to replace those that have malfunctioned, scientists hope to one day create and fuse entire layers of fresh cells –– a synthetic patch akin to a contact lens –– as a treatment for age-related macular degeneration, the top cause of visual impairment among people over 60.

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