Brains On! Science Podcast for Kids features Dr. David Gardiner

Dr. David Gardiner was featured on Brains On! — a science podcast for kids from Minnesota Public Radio News and Southern California Public Radio. “Alexander, 11 years old kid, question how axolotls can regrow their limbs.” On the topic of regeneration, kids and many adults tend to gear towards an idea similar to Wolverine’s ability to regenerate limbs. However, the science of regeneration includes the process of renewal, restoration and growth. Skin healing and regrowing limbs may be similar, but are also different. Dr. Gardiner explains the science behind regeneration in an interesting way, yet simple enough for kids to understand.

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Click this link to listen to the podcast:

Brains On! – The Science of Regeneration

Gardiner Lab featured on WIRED

Dr. David Gardiner’s regeneration lab was featured on, a news source that recognizes how advancement in sciences and emerging technology makes an impact on today’s culture and lifestyles.

Special thanks to video producer Junho Kim for filming and interviewing lab members and web producer Matt Simon for a well-written Absurd Creature of the Week.

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Link to video:

Absurd Creatures: This Salamander Could Teach Humans How to Regrow Limbs

Congratulations to Graduate student, Cristian Aguilar for receiving the GAANN grant

Cristian Aguilar  received the GAANN grant through the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, here at UCI for the year of 2013

The GAANN program provides fellowships, through academic departments and programs of Institutions of Higher Education, to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution. Grants are awarded to programs and institutions to sustain and enhance the capacity for teaching and research in areas of national need.

Graduate Students Anne Phan, Cristian Aguilar, & Jeffrey Lehrberg Receive Fellowships 2013

Congratulations to Anne Phan & Cristian Aguilar  who were named Pedagogical Fellows

Each year the TLTC selects a cadre of excellent and highly experienced TA mentors from across disciplines as part of the Pedagogical Fellows (PF) Program. Fellows receive advanced pedagogical training in preparation for the services they will provide to new TAs during the annual TA Professional Development Program held during Welcome Week. They also participate in a six-unit course in Advanced Pedagogy and Academic Job Preparation

More Information on the Pedagogical Fellows Program

Congratulations to Jeffery Lehrberg for receiving the Grass Fellowship 2013

Grass Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, support investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their career. Supported approaches include neurophysiology, biophysics, integrative neurobiology, neuroethology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, systems neuroscience, cellular and developmental neurobiology, and computational approaches to neural systems. The Foundation also has a longstanding interest in epilepsy-related research.

More Information about the Grass Fellowship Program

Gardiner Lab Featured on National Geographic Wild Episode on June 3rd, 2012!!

June 3rd, 2012     8:00PM-9:00PM EST

Animal Superpowers: Extreme Survivors

Patrick Stewart introduces remarkable creatures with seemingly magical skills. In Hawaii, the octopus is a master of disguise that changes color and skin texture to achieve the ultimate level of camouflage. In the Amazon, for the first time in over 70 years the voltage of an electric eel in the field is measured and the results are shocking. In California see how the salamander regenerates body parts and explore what real-world implications understanding its biology could have for humans.


The Amazing Spider-Man starts July 3rd, 2012

The Gardiner Lab had the privilege of hosting members of the new 2012 film, The Amazing Spider-Man for a tour of our regeneration facilities!   The plot consists of scientist Dr. Conner, who has isolated genes responsible for lizard regeneration.  After successful regeneration in a rabbit, Dr. Conner decides to try the technique on his missing arm!