Angela Zivkovic has been selected to be a 2016-2017 UC Davis Hellman Fellow! The Hellman Family Foundation contributed funds to establish the UC Davis Hellman Fellows Program to provide support and encouragement for the research of promising Assistant Professors who exhibit potential for great distinction in their research, and who have documented a need for funding. It is expected that the fellowship will support research and creative activities that will promote career advancement and enhance the individual’s progress toward tenure.
This is the ninth year of the UC Davis Hellman Fellows Program, and applicants in many disciplines across the campus were selected for awards. To honor Dr. Zivkovic and the other 2016-2017 Hellman Fellows, in May 2017 there will be a luncheon for the Fellows and the Hellman Family Foundation members, where the Fellows will be asked to make a short presentation about their research and the impact that the award has made on their research progress.
Dr. Zivkovic presented at the UC Davis Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology seminar series on October 5th, 2015. Her talk was titled “The Changing Face of Lipoproteins: the New Era of Glycobiology.” A summary of her talk is below:
HDL used to just be known as “the good cholesterol.” Now researchers are realizing these versatile little nanoparticles do more than just take cholesterol out of the arteries. HDL particles also have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory functions, and during infection they are remodeled into immune-activating particles. More and more layers of complexity in HDL composition continue to be uncovered. The newest dimension of complexity in HDL is that they are “decorated” with complex sugars, just like the sugars that coat our red blood cells and give us blood type. The role of these complex sugars or glycans in HDL biology is a new field of research that promises to yield exciting results in the years to come.
Dr. Angela Zivkovic was interviewed for the BaterioFiles podcast regarding her recent article “The microbes we eat: abundance and taxonomy of microbes consumed in a day’s worth of meals for three diet types” published in PeerJ in December 2014.
The full article is available for review online.
Listen to the full podcast online.