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CCBM At A Glance

As the first – and only – National Science Foundation-funded research center at UC Merced, the NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) has become a high-profile and prestigious entity. Its 25-plus world-class faculty seek solutions to global and local challenges in biotechnology, medicine, the environment and energy. The interdisciplinary and student-inclusive research has resulted in exciting work in biomolecular machines, macromolecular assemblies and hybrid devices, and cellular and multi-cellular systems. The CCBM, which is helping build the university’s research infrastructure and capacity, is also recognized for its dedication to education, outreach and broadening participation for underrepresented students in STEM fields, including K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels. Though the center has not yet completed its fourth year, already one in 100 campus members – more than 1 percent of the campus community – is involved or affiliated, including faculty, scientists and students from such disciplines as bioengineering, physics, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering, and molecular and cell biology. CCBM faculty are earning prestigious awards and grants and being recognized for their outstanding work. Here are just a few examples



Bioengineering professor Eva de Alba in her lab with her students and postdoctoral scholar. Students in back row: Pedro Diaz-Parga, Arturo Gonzalez, Suzanne Sandin, Kevin Ramirez and Christopher Randolph. Front Row: Meenakshi Sharma and Eva de Alba.
Everyone has inflammation in their body at some point as it is a vital part of the immune system. It’s what happens when white blood cells flow to a wound, whether that is a bruise or a broken bone.... Read More
Proteins are miniscule machines inside the body, about 10,000 times smaller than the thickness of human hair. They control all the processes of life — like how cells communicate to each other, how... Read More
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Professor Yue ‘Jessica’ Wang, with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the 25th recipient from... Read More
Professor Jing Xu and her students study extremely tiny motor proteins, but their work could make a huge contribution to the growing body of knowledge about Alzheimer’s and other diseases that... Read More
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A group of physics researchers from UC Merced have revealed that a fluid made from biological molecules found in human cells behaves much like ordinary fluids that are mixed externally, such as paint... Read More
Physics Professor Linda Hirst has been named this year’s recipient of the British Liquid Crystal Society’s C. Hilsum Medal for her contributions to liquid crystal science and technology. She... Read More
A picture of Asmaa Mohamed in a lab
Asmaa Mohamed’s enthusiasm for research is contagious. Her passion not only radiates through her words, but it is also evident in the research career she has built in her undergraduate years at UC... Read More
MSE student John Misiaszek
Each year, only two ASM International/SAMPE scholarships are awarded to students throughout northern California. This year, UC Merced junior John Misiaszek is one of them. Misiaszek conducts... Read More
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The Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) was recently highlighted in a video at the Biophysical Society (BPS) Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The conference brings together more than 6,... Read More
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Two CCBM faculty have been given NSF CAREER Awards. Congratulations to Profs. Ryan Baxter and Anand Bala Subramaniam! To learn more about NSF CAREER awards, please visit the National Science... Read More