UC Santa Cruz graduate student Meghan Powers really does dive into her work. From a research vessel she retrieves marine life to study their bioluminescence genes and the phenomena that make some sea creatures light up. Her research may help point the way to important biomedical applications and tools. The genes, for example, could be used to illuminate and target diseased cells or tissue.

A profile of Powers is currently featured on the University of California Research web page. To read the full story, go to UC Research Profiles.

Powers was also part of a delegation of UC graduate students who visited Sacramento in early June to meet with lawmakers and their staffs. The meetings gave California lawmakers a chance to see first-hand how important graduate research is to issues vital to the state.