• New NSF grant to the Shabek Lab!!!

    New NSF grant to the Shabek Lab!!!

    Congratulation on new funded project!!! Together with Natalia Doudareva from Purdue University, Dr. Shabek received $1.5M to study new hormone-like pathway. This would be our third NSF Award in two years!!
  • Our new paper is out: on the structure of maize BZR1-type β-amylase and noncatalytic adaptation!

    Our new paper is out: on the structure of maize BZR1-type β-amylase and noncatalytic adaptation!

    Congratulations to Drs. Fuai Sun and Malathy Palayam for the new publication in Journal of Structural Biology. This study takes a leap towards the understanding of the molecular architecture of catalytically inactive plant β-Amylase (BAM) proteins that play an essential role in growth, development, stress response, and hormone regulation.
  • Natalie received the 2022-23 Summer GSR Award!

    Natalie received the 2022-23 Summer GSR Award!

    Congratulations!!! Natalie Hamada has won the 2022-2023 Summer Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) Fellowship Award . Natalie will continue her PhD studies on the function of ubiquitin ligase in plant immunity, and will initiate the development of advanced integrated computational strategy to study protein-small molecule interactions using Virtual Reality tools.
  • Dr. Shabek received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergrad Research

    Dr. Shabek received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergrad Research

    Prof. Shabek is the recipient of the 2022 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research
  • Katherine Hand received Honorable Mention – Chancellor’s Award

    Katherine Hand received Honorable Mention – Chancellor’s Award

    Congratulations Katherine! For receiving Honorable Mention – Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research – in recognition of her excellent work as Undergraduate Researcher.
  • Vali Engles is awarded Provost’s Undergrad Fellowship

    Vali Engles is awarded Provost’s Undergrad Fellowship

    Congratulations Vali, Shabek Lab undergraduate student researcher, has been awarded the UC Davis Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF, 2022)!
  • Our new study is published in Nature Plants

    Our new study is published in Nature Plants

    New research from the Shabek laboratory at UC Davis unravels a new regulatory function of ubiquitin ligase in plant signalling. We combined structural biology, biochemistry and in planta CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to show that the conformational switch in ASK1-D3/MAX2 CTH directly regulates the ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation process in strigolactone signaling pathway. We have also uncovered…Read More
  • Katherine and Shelly received the Dean’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Katherine and Shelly received the Dean’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Congratulations to Katherine Hand and Shelly Lee, Shabek Lab undergraduate researchers, have been awarded the 2022 College of Biological Science Undergraduate Researcher Summer Fellowship!
  • Our new paper on the structure function of KAI2s

    Our new paper on the structure function of KAI2s

    New research led by the Shabek laboratory at UC Davis together with multiple groups from Université Paris-Saclay and Technical University of Munich, revealed how molecular smoke detectors adapted to sense growth hormones in plants. https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-022-03085-6 Highlighted in the news: UC Davis News EurekaAlert AAAS NSF Research News    
  • Shelly Lee is awarded Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship

    Shelly Lee is awarded Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship

    Congratulations Shelly Lee, Shabek Lab undergraduate student researcher, has been awarded the UC Davis Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF, 2021)!
  • Angelica received the 2021 Elsie Taylor Stocking Memorial Fellowship

    Angelica received the 2021 Elsie Taylor Stocking Memorial Fellowship

    Congratulations to Angelica Guercio (our PhD student), for receiving the Stocking Fellowship!!! The Elsie Taylor Stocking Memorial Fellowship supports outstanding graduate students in studies and research in plants.
  • Dr. Nitzan Shabek received the 2021 Neish Award

    Dr. Nitzan Shabek received the 2021 Neish Award

    Dr. Shabek has been nominated and selected to receive the 2021  Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award from the Phytochemical Society of North America. The Neish Awards are given each year by the PSNA to outstanding early career scientists. Congratulations, Nitzan!!!
  • Dr. Nitzan Shabek received the NSF CAREER Award

    Dr. Nitzan Shabek received the NSF CAREER Award

    Congratulations!!! Our lab PI, Prof. Nitzan Shabek, has just awarded with the NSF most prestigious award, The NSF CAREER. This will help to fund our research for the next 5 years including innovative initiative in promoting STEM education. The NSF CAREER is described by the NSF as supporting those with the “potential to serve as…Read More
  • Structure basis of CRY2 is published

    Structure basis of CRY2 is published

    In a new study, published in Communications Biology (Nature press), the Shabek lab determined the molecular structure of light activated sensory domain of cryptochrome-2. This work was discussed in the press - UC Davis News & Aggie News & Eureka (AAAS) Science Times & Science Daily  
  • Dr. Nitzan Shabek Receives NSF EAGER Award

    Dr. Nitzan Shabek Receives NSF EAGER Award

    Dr. Nitzan Shabek, UC Davis, received the NSF EAGER award ($300,000). Together with Dr. Dinesh-Kumar's lab, they will study the molecular interactome of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in planta.
  • Ryan Buchner is awarded Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship

    Ryan Buchner is awarded Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship

    We are proud to announce that Ryan Buchner, a Shabek Lab undergraduate student researcher, was awarded the Spring 2020 Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF) from the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center!
  • Natalie Hamada awarded NIH T32 MCB training grant

    Natalie Hamada awarded NIH T32 MCB training grant

    Natalie Hamada is awarded with the NIH T32 MCB training grant (with Dr. Nitzan Shabek) . This award will fund Natalie’s PhD program and research in the lab focusing on plant ubiquitin system.
  • Angelica Guercio wins 2020-2021 Summer GSR Award – Integrative Genetics & Genomics Graduate Group

    Angelica Guercio wins 2020-2021 Summer GSR Award – Integrative Genetics & Genomics Graduate Group

    Angelica Guercio has won a 2020-2021 Summer GSR Award - Integrative Genetics & Genomics Graduate Group’s. Angelica will continue her PhD studies on plant receptors sensing mechanisms; and will initiate the development of advanced integrated computational strategy to using Virtual Reality tools.
  • Isabella Glenn was selected to be a Kevin Gardner Research Scholar

    Isabella Glenn was selected to be a Kevin Gardner Research Scholar

    Isabella Glenn (Izzy), our undergrad researcher, has been selected to be a Kevin Gardner Research Scholar as part of the College of Biological Science Dean's Circle Summer Undergraduate Research Program. This fellowship will help Izzy to continue her research in the Shabek Lab during the summer.
  • Dr. Nitzan Shabek received the UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creativity

    Dr. Nitzan Shabek received the UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creativity

    Prof. Shabek receives the 2020 UC Davis Early Career Faculty Award for Innovation and Creativity. The award was established to honor and support the advances of outstanding tenure-track faculty members early in their careers. Read more about it: www.ucdavis.edu/news/innovation-award
  • Angelica gets honorable mention on NSF GFRP

    Angelica gets honorable mention on NSF GFRP

    Congratulations to our PhD student Angelica Guerico on receiving NSF GFRP Honorable Mention. We are so proud of you!
  • Ubiquitin ligases in hormone signaling published in Plant Physiology

    Ubiquitin ligases in hormone signaling published in Plant Physiology

    Read the #2 Plant Physiology article based on number of mentions during the past month. With 29 mentions: UPDATE: Structural Aspects of Plant Hormone Signal Perception and Regulation by Ubiquitin Ligases @ShabekLab #Receptors #Signaling #PlantBiology https://t.co/ErksEAJLGi pic.twitter.com/vjK2pAUIFx— Plant Physiology (@PlantPhys) February 3, 2020 The lab's paper titled "Structural Aspects of Plant Hormone Signal Perception and…Read More
  • The lab represents Plant Biology at the at the CBS Dean’s Fall Welcome

    The lab represents Plant Biology at the at the CBS Dean’s Fall Welcome

    The Shabek lab got its first taste of autumn at the annual College of Biological Sciences Dean's Fall Welcome. This year's event welcomed over 600 incoming freshmen and transfer students from all majors throughout the college to UC Davis. Students were able to learn about a few of the many clubs, departments, and research activities…Read More
  • Learn about our research at Plant Biology 2019

    Learn about our research at Plant Biology 2019

    Come learn more about our research on plant hormone signaling at Plant Biology 2019 in San Jose, CA from August 3-7. Dr. Shabek will be presenting his talk titled "Structural plasticity of ubiquitin ligase complex in strigolactone signaling" in concurrent symposium 29. We hope to see you there!
  • Nitzan presents at IPGSA in Paris

    Nitzan presents at IPGSA in Paris

    Nitzan recently traveled to Paris to attend the International Plant Growth Substances Association (IPGSA) annual meeting, where he gave a plenary session on strigolactone sensing and metabolism by the ubiquitin ligase.
  • Isabella Glenn awarded TGIF grant

    Isabella Glenn awarded TGIF grant

    Congratulations to Isabella Glenn, an undergraduate student researcher in the Shabek lab, for being awarded a TGIF grant from UC Davis! TGIF, The Green Initiative Fund, supports student-led projects that aim to improve sustainability on campus and beyond. The TGIF grant will provide funds to enable her to perform her research in our lab. Way…Read More
  • Avalon Miller, Isabella Glenn, and Sam Deck awarded Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowships

    Avalon Miller, Isabella Glenn, and Sam Deck awarded Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowships

    We are proud to announce that three Shabek Lab undergraduate student researchers were awarded the Spring 2019 Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF) from the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center! These competitive fellowships enable students to pursue research or creative activities under the guidance of UC Davis faculty members. Congratulations to Avalon Miller, Isabella Glenn, and Sam…Read More
  • Alex Kehl awarded UC Davis MARC/BSHARP fellowship

    Alex Kehl awarded UC Davis MARC/BSHARP fellowship

    Congratulations to Alex Kehl, an undergraduate student researcher in the Shabek lab, for being accepted into the UC Davis Maximizing Access to Research Careers/Biology Scholars Advanced Research Program (MARC/BSHARP)! The MARC/BSHARP program provides support and intensive research experience to exceptional undergraduate students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds. As part of this program, Alex will be…Read More
  • Structure of DDA1-DDB1 Complex Published in Cell Discovery

    Structure of DDA1-DDB1 Complex Published in Cell Discovery

    Congratulations to Dr. Shabek and the Zheng lab at UW on their paper “Structural insights into DDA1 function as a core component of the CRL4-DDB1 ubiquitin ligase,” published today in Cell Discovery (Nature).
  • D3-D14 Ub Ligase Research Published in Nature

    D3-D14 Ub Ligase Research Published in Nature

    Dr. Shabek’s work demonstrating structural plasticity of the D3–D14 ubiquitin ligase in strigolactone signaling is published in Nature! These findings reveal how D3 can utilize two distinct structural states to control strigolactone signaling. In its closed form, D3 binds to inactive D14. However, in its open conformation, D3 binds to hormone-bound D14 to enable strigolactone…Read More