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UC Davis Department of Molecular Biosciences

The Department of Molecular Biosciences serves as the academic home for all nutritional, physiological chemistry, and pharmacologic and toxicologic programs of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.

The goal of the Department of Molecular Biosciences is to study fundamental biological processes and their perturbations by mutations, nutrition, drugs and xenobiotics and the application of these to the improvement of animal and human health. Eukaryotic systems will be investigated at the level of gene expression, in subcellular, cellular, tissue, organ and whole animal systems to elucidate the pathobiological mechanisms of diseases of multifactorial origin.

Individuals in the department play major roles in programs in Animal Nutrition and Environmental Toxicology and participate in a number of graduate groups such as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Neurosciences, Nutrition, and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

The department contributes substantially to school and campus initiatives in Genomics/ Proteomics, Environmental Health, Human Health and Alternative Medicine. The department also interacts with toxicologists at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System and provides expertise for the Equine Analytical Program of the State of California. The department also has responsibility for the Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Toxicology, and Clinical Nutrition Programs, including the Nutrition Consulting Service at the VMTH.

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environmental justice, african american

Environmental Justice: Abandoning exclusivity for inclusive community-based solutions and approaches

Here, Tanya Khemet Taiwo, Bianca Yaghoobi, and Pamela J. Lein at University of California, Davis, discuss how to decolonise environmental justice.
viral vaccines, viral disease

Tailoring the Immune System

Here, Professor Pamela Lein at University of California, Davis, explains how viral vaccines work - especially when it comes to human viral disease.
climate toxicology, climate change

Climate Toxicology

Here, Peter Andrew and Pamela J. Lein discuss the unprecedented period of global climate change the Earth is going through.