News Archive – 2008
21st Annual CMB-MB Symposium
The Cell and Molecular Biology & Molecular Biophysics (CMB-MB) Training Grant Program celebrated its 21st annual research symposium in fall of 2008. The program encourages graduate students to explore interdisciplinary research including genetics, physiology, biophysics, and microbiology.
Faculty in eleven departments advise students in the program, including 25 professors from all four departments in...
November 22, 2008
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.
October 24, 2008
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.
October 21, 2008
Roger Adams Lab and Burrill Hall Renovation
Roger Adams Laboratory and Burrill Hall are undergoing $12 million renovations to improve energy efficiency and upgrade their interiors. Once construction is finished, researchers will benefit from modern laboratory spaces and increased safety.
The third and fourth floors of Roger Adams Laboratory are being completely overhauled to make way for new...
October 14, 2008
UNDERGRADUATE LAB EXPERIENCE I: From Students to Scientists
“I still remember the picture I took of my first electrophoresis gel,” said Andrew Smith, a senior in MCB. “I still have it.”
Smith was not conducting research in a faculty lab when he ran his first gel, nor was he working as a biotechnology intern. He was attending his...
July 22, 2008
MCB Selected for New 'Scope
With the support of a major grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology has been selected as one of only a dozen laboratories worldwide to receive a prototype OMX Applied Precision microscopy system.
The microscope will deliver 3D images of cells at high speed under...
June 22, 2008
Professor Phillip A. Newmark
On May 27th, Phillip A. Newmark, an associate professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB), was named a 2008 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. With this award Dr. Newmark joins a select group of 56 biomedical scientists chosen from among 1,070 applications submitted in a nationwide competition.
The Maryland-based Howard Hughes...
April 22, 2008
Profile: Anne Carpenter
Anne Carpenter, MCB alumna and Imaging Platform Director for the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, was featured in a half-hour television documentary, Bold Visions: Women in Science and Technology. The television special aired on WILL-TV March 16, and on other PBS networks.
Anne earned a PhD from the (formerly named) Department of Cell and...
February 28, 2008
Faculty Profile: Phil Best
Phil Best, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, grew up hiking, camping, and hunting in Maryland. Even now, he is happiest diving with humpback whales or biking from Seattle to Portland with his daughter and son-in-law.
“I’m always looking for interesting adventures,” he said. “A good vacation puts me someplace different, both culturally and...
January 04, 2008
Faculty Profile: David Krantz
When David Kranz was born, his parents got a two-for-one deal. Ninety minutes after his arrival, Kranz’s brother Robert came along. The Kranz twins shared many interests, including a fascination with science and, particularly, nature. Today, Kranz is a professor of biochemistry in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) at the University of Illinois (U...
January 01, 2008