The Laboratory of Pesticide Biotechnology
The biochemical basis of human and environment interactions has been the long term theme of research and training in the Hammock Laboratory. Led by Dr. Hammock, a member of the National Academy of Science, our team of over 40 scientists and students employ a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to research that delves into basic questions of biology and biochemistry that have practical implications for improving both human and environmental health.
Immunoassay / Biosensor
Metabolomics / Mass Spectrometry
Lab News and Highlights
Biomarker suggests severity of COVID-19 respiratory distress: Higher levels of certain fatty acids predicted poorer outcomes in COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress in a new NIEHS-funded study led by Bruce Hammock. (May 2021)
Bruce Hammock Featured in Bloomberg News (July 20, 2019)
The piece, by Naomi Kresge, is titled “Brain Implants Offer a Future Without Opioids?”
Scientists are unlocking the genetic underpinnings of pain to develop innovative treatments. See the full article below:
Bruce Hammock Receives $6 Million Federal Grant (July 19, 2019)
Distinguished professor Bruce Hammock of the University of California, Davis, has received a $6 million, eight-year “Outstanding Investigator” federal grant for his innovative and visionary environmental health research.
The award is part of the Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) Program of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). This award is based on a track record of innovation and a ‘visionary' proposal to address serious problems in environmental health.
Hammock, who holds a joint appointment with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Society, is known for his expertise in chemistry, toxicology, biochemistry and entomology. He meshes all four sciences in his 50-year research on how environmental chemicals impact human health.
The 2019 Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle. (July 12, 2019)
The annual battle, aka "Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs," is a way of showing camaraderie and engaging in a little fun. Lab members fill and toss 2000 water balloons, and then empty tubs of water on unsuspecting lab mates.
FDA's ban on Triclosan (Sept 23, 2016)
The triclosan study was initiated through the Superfund Research Program lead by Bruce on campus. The study shows that triclosan can harm human body in few different ways. Here are few research papers from our lab related to triclosan studies.
Surprise discoveries in Science and Chronic Pain Research (Aug 20, 2016)
A fascinating story about how caterpillars become butterflies and then led to discoveries about chronic pain.
Shirley's 40 years of service (Aug 5, 2016)
Besides Bruce, every single generation in this lab knows Shirley. She is not only a scientist, a mentor, the lab mom but also a friend of everyone. After so many years working here, she is saying goodbye to all of us.
13th Annual Hammock Lab Water Balloon Fight (July 25, 2016)
What is better than no work but play all day long and still get paid? The water balloon fight is the lab annual event that draws everybody together, leave work behind and have not some, but a lot of fun!
Bora and Ahmed Bettaieb from Haj lab discovered that the significant driver of neuropathic pain is ER stress. With this fundamental discovery, it probably helps open new ways to control chronic pain.