Latest News from PBRC

Dr. Christie Wilcox, a Yanagihara lab Post-Doctoral Scientist, has published a new non-fiction popular science book on venom. Her book and current UH-based research were featured on this week's Bytemarks Cafe on HPR. Dr. Wilcox has been working under PBRC faculty member Dr. Angel Yanagihara for just over one and a half years, studying box jelly venom pathophysiology and developing…
An international team of scientists led by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher Joanne Yew may have discovered a new and effective way to control insect pests that are a threat to agriculture and humans. Yew and her team identified a gene in vinegar flies responsible for the insect’s waterproof coating, which provides them protection from microbes and environmental stress.…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016

NSF STEM Workshop

Recognizing and removing barriers to STEM education for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. With support from a National Science Foundation grant, the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at UHM hosted a two-day workshop on June 1 and 2, 2016 to explore, in depth, the causes underlying the large disparity in numbers of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) vs. the general…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Microbiome Initiative Featured

PBRC Director Margaret McFall-Ngai was present at the White House in Washington, DC, when the Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a National Microbiome Initiative on May 13. Dr. McFall-Ngai and other PBRC/SOEST faculty members will collaborate with researchers from other units in a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa microbiome initiative. See more details in the UH press release:http://manoa.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=7931
Angel Yanagihara, Assistant Research Professor in the Bekesy Laboratory ofNeurobiology, PBRC, SOEST, has been newly selected as a FulbrightSpecialist by the J. William Fulbright Council for International Exchangeof Scholars, on behalf of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs ofthe U.S. Department of State.As the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by theU.S. government, the Fulbright Specialists Program (FSP) is…
PBRC/Kewalo Marine Laboratory receives new NSF award. NSF just approved and funded a regional STEM education grant entitled: NSF-ATE: Partnership for Advanced Marine and Environmental Science Training for Pacific Islanders. This grant, supported by $900,000 in funds over three years, will enhance marine and environmental science education at the five minority-serving community colleges of the Pacific Islands: American Samoa Community…
Tuesday, 01 December 2015

9th Annual Robert E. Kane Lecture 2015 Featured

Dr. Nicole Dubilier Director of the Symbiosis Department Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology and Professor for Microbial Symbiosis University of Bremen, Germany “The Art of Harnessing Chemosynthesis: The remarkable diversity of symbioses between marine invertebrates and chemosynthetic bacteria.” 3:30 P.M. Friday, October 30, 2015 Reception to follow. The Library The Kewalo Marine Laboratory 41 Ahui Street Honolulu, HI 96813 Nicole Dubilier…
Recent articles in Science and Nature argue for the creation of an international effort to study the earth's microbiome. An International Microbiome Initiative (IMI) is needed, argue researchers from China, the United States and Europe in a Comment piece in this week’s Nature. “Earth’s biome is not defined by national borders”, write Nicole Dubilier, Margaret McFall-Ngai and Liping Zhao; in…
Before the advent of molecular methods to identify non-culturable bacteria, symbiosis was thought to be a unusual character in animals, i.e., restricted to a few species, such as hydrothermal vent animals, termites and some luminous fish and squid. While these associations continue to provide ideal study subjects for the phenomenon of symbiosis, the technological advances of high-throughput sequencing have revealed…
International collaboration demonstrates catastrophic extinction of biodiversity in Hawai‘i and globally Hawai‘i has been called the “extinction capital of the world.” But, with the exception of the islands’ birds, there has until now been no accurate assessment of the true level of this catastrophic loss. Invertebrates (insects, snails, spiders, etc.) constitute the vast majority of the species that make up…