Biochemistry at Illinois has a long tradition of excellence in biochemical research. Many of our undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral research associates have used their experiences at Illinois to establish careers of responsibility in both academia and the private sector.
I hope that you will take the time to explore our department by investigating our undergraduate and graduate programs so that you can learn about the intellectual opportunities now possible by breakthroughs in this postgenomic era of biology. The future of biochemistry has changed, and we believe that our department is well-positioned to provide training for your future.
Emad Tajkhorshid, Interim Head
Update: The article has been featured by an invited commentary in PNAS.
From the commentary by Jana Shen:
“In PNAS, Vermaas et al. report a computational study that combines a battery of state-of the-art modeling and simulation tools to shed new light on the perplexing drug–proton antiport mechanism of EmrE at the atomic level.”
"The work of Vermaas et al. demonstrates the power of state-of-the-art modeling and molecular simulations in advancing our understanding of the structure–function relationships of membrane proteins that remain highly challenging to delineate with wet-laboratory experiments.”
The Zhang and Pan labs recently published a joint paper in Nanoscale
titled “Carbon dots with induced surface oxidation permits imaging at single-particle level for intracellular studies.”
A study led by Dr. Geena Skariah, a recent Neuroscience graduate of the Ceman lab in Cell and Developmental Biology, and current postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, revealed the importance of the protein Mov10 (Moloney leukemia virus 10) in neurological development in animals. The findings were published in BMC Biology.
The Kranz lab and colleagues have recently publish a trio of papers that describe the engineering of receptors that can mediate specific and potent destruction of cancers by T cells.