News Archive – 2009

Morrissey and Colleagues Further Unravel Mysteries of Thrombosis

In a new study published in Cell, and rated "exceptional" by the Faculty of 1000 Biology, Professor of Biochemistry Jim Morrissey and colleagues have determined that polyphosphate, an inorganic polymer of phosphate, secreted by human platelets is an important link in thrombotic diseases...

December 10, 2009


Using Genomics to Look at Microbial Evolution

Most microbiologists sequence genes in order to determine what a given gene does. Rachel Whitaker, a member of the biocomplexity theme at IGB and assistant professor of microbiology, studies gene sequences to answer other kinds of questions. She would like to know, for example,...

December 10, 2009


Transcription Factors Guide Differences in Human and Chimp Brain Function

Humans share at least 97 percent of their genes with chimpanzees, but, as a new study of transcription factors makes clear, what you have in your genome may be less important than how you use it.

December 09, 2009


Carvedilol Shown to have Unique Characteristics Among Beta Blockers

In a new study, Kevin Xiang and colleagues report that a class of heart medications called beta-blockers can have a helpful, or harmful, effect on the heart, depending on their molecular activity. The study, which appears in the journal Circulation Research, found...

November 19, 2009


Associate Professor Jonsook Kim Kemper Published in Cell Metabolism

Dr. Kemper is the lead author on "FXR Acetylation Is Normally Dynamically Regulated by p300 and SIRT1 but Constitutively Elevated in Metabolic Disease States."

November 03, 2009


Benita Katzenellenbogen Receives 2009 Komen Brinker Award

Swanlund Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Molecular and Integrative Physiology Benita Katzenellenbogen has received the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction for her work investigating breast cancer treatments.

October 27, 2009


MCB Director's Seminar

On November 18 at this year's MCB Director's Seminar, special guest Northwestern University Professor of Neurobiology William L. Klein delivered the talk: "Synaptotoxic AΒ Oligomers (ADDLs): A Molecular Basis for the Cause, Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease."

October 22, 2009


MCB Third Most Popular Major

In a news story published October 17th, Molecular and Cellular Biology was identified as the third most popular major among undergraduates at the University of Illinois.

October 20, 2009


Richard Gumport (1937-2009)

Richard I. Gumport, Ph.D., 72, professor emeritus of biochemistry, died Oct. 13, 2009, at his home in Chicago.

October 19, 2009


Roger Adams Lab Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday October 9th to celebrate the completion of phase one of the renovations of historic university building Roger Adams Laboratory. These upgrades, sponsored by the campus and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, took two years and $8 million to...

October 15, 2009


Raven Huang Discovers First Bacterial RNA Repair Mechanism

In new papers appearing in October in Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), University of Illinois biochemistry professor Raven H. Huang and his colleagues describe the first RNA repair system to be discovered in bacteria. This is only...

October 12, 2009


Colin Wraight Granted 2009 MCB Faculty Excellence Award

Colin Wraight, former head of the Department of Biochemistry, is the recipient of the 2009 MCB Faculty Excellence Award.

September 22, 2009


Steven Blanke Published in Science

Unexpected functions for D-amino acids continue to emerge, microbiology professor Steven R. Blanke says in a “Perspective” essay in this week's issue of Science.

September 18, 2009


Differential Effect of ssDNA-Binding Proteins on DNA Translocation

Biochemistry professor Maria Spies and biochemistry affiliate Taekjip Ha are contributing authors of an article newly published in Molecular Cell.

September 17, 2009


Maria Spies receives Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics Maria Spies has received the 2010 Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award from the Biophysical Society.

September 03, 2009


John Gerlt receives Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Biochemistry John Gerlt has been selected by the American Chemical Society as an ACS 2010 Award Winner.

September 03, 2009


The MCB Undergraduate Experience: A Q&A for New Students and Parents from an MCB Graduate

Outgoing MCB senior Alex Crofts takes a few minutes to provide an informal report, responding to questions about his time at MCB.

August 13, 2009


Welcoming Dr. Eric Bolton and Dr. Hee Jung Chung

Dr. Eric Bolton and Dr. Hee Jung Chung have accepted offers to join the MCB faculty in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. They arrive and begin work in early January.

August 11, 2009


Carl Woese named in Science

In the eighth essay in Science’s series in honor of the Year of Darwin, Carl Zimmer describes one of the most important transitions in the history of life: the origin of cells with a nucleus, which gave rise to every multicellular form of life.

August 07, 2009


A New National Center for Research in Reproduction and Infertility

In keeping with the long-standing and rich tradition of research and training in reproductive biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) has awarded funds to create a Center for Research in...

August 07, 2009


Martha Gillette cited by NIH

Alumni Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Martha Gillette is cited in an article about circadian rhythms published by NIH News in Health, a publication of the National Institutes of Health.

August 06, 2009


Angela Bizzarri

Angela Bizzarri’s accomplishments in the athletic arena are impressive. In 2009, she was honored with the Dike Eddleman Award for the second consecutive year as the University of Illinois Female Athlete of the Year, after earning All-America honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track for the second...

July 27, 2009


Welcoming Susan Martinis

Effective July 16, Dr. Susan Martinis was appointed as Interim Department Head for Biochemistry upon the departure of Dr. Colin Wraight after more than five years of extraordinary service to the Department of Biochemistry and School of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

July 21, 2009


New Estrogen Source Discovered

A new discovery in the newly created Center for Research in Reproduction and Infertility has revealed a previously unknown site of estrogen synthesis.

July 21, 2009


MCB Undergraduate Instruction

A cornerstone of the excellence in education for which the University of Illinois is renowned, the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) is the largest school in the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

July 16, 2009


Brian Freeman Receives 2009 Educator's Award

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Brian Freeman received the 2009 Educator’s Award from the UI Alumni Association in April.

July 06, 2009


Maria Spies Receives HHMI Early Career Scientist Award

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Maria Spies has been selected to receive a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Early Career Scientist Award. The award aims to provide generous funding to the most promising early career scientists in the country. According to HHMI, “The new...

July 01, 2009


David Clayton Discovers Genetic Basis of Songbird Memory

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology David Clayton has discovered that the gene expression of a zebra finch is altered when the bird hears a new song by a bird of the same species.

June 26, 2009


Deborah Paul Creates Endowment at UIUC for AIDS Research

Deborah Paul (M.S. biology 1979) was one of the first AIDS researchers to develop a method for detecting HIV in the blood.

June 24, 2009


David Clayton Appointed Fellow of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology David Clayton has been appointed a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

June 23, 2009


Dr. Robert Gennis Invested as Harry E. Preble Endowed Professor

Professor of Biochemistry Robert Gennis has been invested as a Harry E. Preble Endowed Professor.

June 18, 2009


MCB Professors Discover Unusual Chemical Reaction

Professor of Microbiology William Metcalf, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Satish Nair, and Affiliate Professor of Biochemistry Wilfred van der Donk have identified and analyzed an iron-containing enzyme involved in a bond-breaking reaction.

June 17, 2009


Neural Systems Modeling, by Thomas Anastasio

In August, 2009, Sinauer Associates Inc. publishes Neural Systems Modeling, by Thomas Anastasio, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology. The book was selected by the publisher as their featured book for the spring.

June 17, 2009


UNDERGRADUATE LAB EXPERIENCE II: Undergraduate Research in Faculty Labs

In 2001 Heather Vlamakis coauthored a paper detailing the spread of antibiotic resistance among bacteria in the human body.  It was one of the first publications to show that bacteria can share antibiotic resistance genes in natural settings, and Vlamakis did her...

June 17, 2009


Gene Robinson, Martha Gillette awarded Center for Advanced Study Professorships

Gene Robinson, director of the Neuroscience Program and affiliate professor of cell and developmental biology, and Martha Gillette, alumni professor of cell and developmental biology, have been awarded Center for Advanced Study Professorships.

June 16, 2009


Edwin Goldberg, M.D. (1923-2009)

Edwin E. Goldberg, 85, passed away on April 25, 2009 in Bonita Springs with his loving wife, Jeanne by his side.

June 16, 2009


Newmark Named Howard Hughes Medical Investigator

Although it has been almost one year since he learned he’d become a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, Phillip Newmark, associate professor of cell and developmental biology (CDB), is still pleased with his good fortune.

June 09, 2009


Sulfolobus islandicus holds clues to evolution

Microbiology professor Rachel Whitaker has released a study of Sulfolobus islandicus, a microbe that lives holds clues to evolution.

June 08, 2009


Novel toxin receptor discovered for ulcer-causing stomach pathogen

Steven Blanke, a University of Illinois professor in the department of microbiology and Institute for Genomic Biology, has helped discover how the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is able to get into cells in the acidic, inhospitable human stomach.

May 24, 2009


MCB Undergraduate Awards

Numerous teachers and students were honored in this year's School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Awards Ceremony, held in May.

May 17, 2009


Xiang Makes Nanoneedle

Yang Xiang and his partners have developed a nanoneedle capable of delivering molecules directly into living cells.

May 04, 2009


Kemper Published in Genes and Development

Jongsook Kim Kemper authored a paper on how a molecule is controlled to regulate cholesterol conversion into bile acids.

April 27, 2009


Carl Woese receives Distinguished Service Medallion

The UI Board of Trustees voted March 11 to present its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medallion, to Carl R. Woese, the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Microbiology.

March 24, 2009


James Slauch appears in PLoS ONE

New research on phagocytes by Maureen Craig and Dr. James Slauch has been published online.

March 23, 2009


Imlay featured in ASBMB Today

Professor of microbiology James Imlay is featured in the latest issue of ASBMB Today for his work on the mechanisms of oxidative damage.

March 16, 2009


Chen Finds Molecular Pathway

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Lin-Feng Chen and his colleagues discovered a novel way inflammation is regulated.

March 11, 2009


Woese to Recieve Achievement Award

Professor of Microbiology Carl Woese will be honored this year with the Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on microbe diversity.

February 23, 2009


Prasanth Published in Science

Assistant Professor of CDB Supriya Prasanth coauthored a paper detailing the novel role of an important cell division protein.

February 11, 2009


Salyers Receives ASM Award

Professor of Microbiology Abigail Salyers has been given the American Society for Microbiology Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award. The honor is given to an individual for distinguished teaching at the graduate level and outstanding mentoring of graduate and postgraduate students.

January 24, 2009


An Emerging Field for a Rising Professor

Assistant Professor of Microbiology Carin Vanderpool, never predicted she would be in the position she is today.

After only two years at the University of Illinois she has created a lab from the ground up, been published in the Proceedings of...

January 05, 2009