MCB Awards and Honors

Prof. Emad Tajkhorshid has been awarded the 2020 Thomas E. Thompson award

September 2019

Emad Tajkhorshid (Biochemistry) has been awarded the 2020 Thomas E. Thompson award for his seminal contributions to advancing our understanding of membrane structure and function. The Thomas E. Thompson award recognizes an outstanding contribution in the field of membrane structure and function. The award will be presented at the Membrane Structure and Function Subgroup (MSAF) symposium during the Annual Meeting. The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and will be invited to present an award lecture at the symposium. Goals of the Award: Promote excellence in research in membrane structure and assembly. Increase the visibility of MSAF members within the Biophysical Society. Celebrate the legacy of Thomas E. Thompson, a pioneer in the field of membrane structure and assembly, and a former president of the Biophysical Society and Editor-in-Chief of the Biophysical Journal.


Daniel Llano Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

July 2019

Daniel Llano (Molecular and Integrative Physiology) has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. The young scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.


Multi-university Research Initiative (MURI) awarded to Rhanor Gillette's team

June 2019

Rhanor Gillette (Molecular and Integrative Physiology) is part of a team that has received a Multi-university Research Initiative (MURI) award. According to the Coordinated Science Laboratory at Illinois, this $7.5 million award is for building a Cyberoctopus, a software equivalent to the marine animal that will help understand and leverage an octopus's ability to conduct distributed inference and decision-making, its embodied control and intelligence, and its ability to learn new behavior quickly.


Office of the Provost honors Auinash Kalsotra and Supriya Prasanth

May 2019

Auinash Kalsotra (Biochemistry) and Supriya Prasanth (Cell and Developmental Biology) received 2019 Campus Distinguished Promotion Awards from the University of Illinois Office of the Provost. These awards celebrate scholars whose contributions have been extraordinary in terms of quality of work and overall achievement.


Professor William Brieher receives LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

April 2019

Professor William Brieher has been selected by an awards committee to receive the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, alongside four other professors at Illinois. This honor grants the recipients $1,000 to support their teaching and research, while a one-time increment of $2,000 will be added to the annual salary base of each recipient.


Dr. Hong Jin selected as an LAS 2019-2020 Helen Corley Petit Scholar

December 2018


Dr. Brenda Wilson honored with the Dr. Larine Y. Cowen Leadership in Diversity Award

July 2018


Dr. Susan Martinis, Head of biochemistry, named interim vice chancellor for research

September 2017

Martinis started role on Oct. 16, 2017


Dr. Thomas Kehl-Fie Named 2017 Vallee Scholar

September 2017

The Vallee Foundation supports original, innovative, and pioneering work by early career scientists. Kehl-Fie is one of five scientists chosen from an international pool of candidates.


Satish Nair named I.C. Gunsalus Professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

September 2017

Nair, a professor of biochemistry in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and director of the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology, is a leader in studying how bacteria can make antibiotics and other medicinally relevant molecules.