Metcalf Fights Malaria
Kranz Stops Staph Toxin
Feng in Chicago Tribune
Fragile X Syndrome
Biochemist Emad Tajkorshid has created the first-ever simulation of a molecule binding to a protein.
New Breast Cancer Inhibitor
Biochemistry professor David Shapiro led his team to discover compounds that inhibit estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells.
Schuler Solves DDT Insecticide Resistance
Novel Toxin Receptor Discovered
Associate Professor Steven Blanke and his team have identified the receptor for a toxin produced by ulcer-causing bacteria.
Salyers in the News
Microbiologist Abigail Salyers comments on probiotics and bacteria in cultured milk products.
Belmont Developes New Imaging Technique
Andrew Belmont and his team developed a live-cell labeling technique for imaging chromatin at high resolution.
Govindjee Receives Alumni Award
Govindjee, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Plant Biology, recently received the LAS Alumni Achievement Award for his lifetime contributions to photosynthesis research. The annual award is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Association to a select few alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their field or the community.
Professor Govindjee came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1956, after receiving his masters from Allahabad University in India. He received his Ph.D. in biophysics in 1960, and joined the University of Illinois faculty as an assistant professor in 1961. Since then, Professor Govindjee has been on the forefront of photosynthesis research and education.
His current interests include the history and controversies of photosynthesis research and enhancing photosynthesis education through the use of websites. As the Series Editor for Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Professor Govindjee’s knowledge of the photosynthetic process is unparalleled.
The LAS Alumni Achievement Award was given to Professor Govindjee on October 10th, 2008. This is not first or the last of his many honors, however. Professor Govindjee was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rebeiz Foundation of Basic Research in 2007, and an International Symposium on Photosynthesis will be held in his honor later this month in Indore, India.
Announcing Two New Endowed Chairs
The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology has received a generous gift from George and Tamara Mitchell of Sidney, Illinois, to create two endowed chairs in the Department of Biochemistry.
The Gregorio Weber Endowed Chair in Biochemistry is named in honor of the late University of Illinois professor and researcher whose specialties included fluorescence, spectroscopy, and protein chemistry. Born in Argentina, Weber studied at the University of Buenos Aires and St. John’s College at Cambridge. He worked at Cambridge and Sheffield University before joining the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Illinois in 1962, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1986.
The J. Woodland Hastings Endowed Chair in Biochemistry honors the former University of Illinois educator who researched bioluminescence and circadian rhythms. J. Woodland “Woody” Hastings studied at Swarthmore College and Princeton. He served as director of the summer physiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachussetts. His illustrious teaching career included posts at the Collège Cevenol in southern France, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Harvard. Posted October 21, 2008
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