News Archive – 2010

New Textbook Published by Three MCB Faculty

American Society for Microbiology Press has just published Bacterial Pathogenesis: a Molecular Approach, 3rd Edition, by Brenda A. Wilson, Abigail A. Salyers, Dixie D. Whitt, and Malcolm E. Winkler.

December 20, 2010


Linda Birnbaum and Keith Westcott Honored by LAS with Top Alumni Awards

Two of the four winners of the LAS Top Alumni Awards graduated from departments in MCB.

November 29, 2010


Carl Woese Co-Authors a Paper in Annual Reviews of Condensed Matter Physics

Professor of Biochemistry and Crafoord Prize Recipient Carl Woese is co-author of a paper to appear in Annual Reviews of Condensed Matter Physics.

November 29, 2010


Glimpsing the Critical Intermediate in Cytochrome P450 Oxidations

"Glimpsing the Critical Intermediate in Cytochrome P450 Oxidations," by Director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and I.C. Gunsalus Professor of Biochemistry Stephen Sligar, is published in the November 12 issue of Science.

November 12, 2010


Synthetic Biology of Cellular Systems

Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems Center at Illinois

October 28, 2010


Satish Nair Published in PNAS

Associate Professor of Biochemistry Satish Nair and Biochemistry Affiliate Wilfred van der Donk are corresponding authors on "Characterization and structure of DhpI, a phosphonate O-methyltransferase involved in dehydrophos biosynthesis," appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

October 27, 2010


Integrated biochemical and mechanical signals regulate multifaceted human embryonic stem cell functions

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Fei Wang is corresponding author on "Integrated biochemical and mechanical signals regulate multifaceted human embryonic stem cell functions," appearing in the Journal of Cell Biology.

October 27, 2010


Stephen Sligar Published in Nanotechnology

Director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, I.C. Gunsalus Professor of Biochemistry, and Professor of Biophysics and Computational Biology Stephen Sligar is corresponding author on "Nanomechanical detection of cholera toxin using microcantilevers functionalized with ganglioside nanodiscs," appearing in Nanotechnology.

October 14, 2010


Philip Newmark Appearing in PLoS Biology

A new study led by Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Philip Newmark promises to be useful in battling parasitic disease.

October 14, 2010


Novel Protein Crucial for Cellular Proliferation Discovered

MCB researchers led by Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Supriya Prasanth have identified a novel protein that is highly conserved in higher eukaryotes. They have shown that in human cells, this protein binds to heterochromatic structures, and plays an essential role in...

October 07, 2010


Mayo-Illinois Strategic Alliance for Technology-Based Health Care

Associate Professor of Microbiology Brenda Wilson is co-leader in a project in which the University of Illinois joins forces with the Mayo Clinic.

October 01, 2010


Prasanth Kannanganattu published in Molecular Cell

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Kannanganattu Prasanth is corresponding author of "The Nuclear-Retained Noncoding RNA MALAT1 Regulates Alternative Splicing by Modulating SR Splicing Factor Phosphorylation," published in Molecular Cell.

September 24, 2010


Colin Wraight and James Imlay Receive MCB Faculty Excellence Award

On Friday, September 10, the MCB Faculty Excellence Award was presented to Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Computational Biology, and Plant Biology Colin Wraight; and to Professor of Microbiology James Imlay.

September 22, 2010


Colin Wraight and Stephen Sligar Contribute to Self-Repairing Solar Cells

Professors of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Computational Biology Colin Wraight and Stephen Sligar are involved with a team of researchers who have created solar cells that use proteins from the cellular machinery of plants to repair themselves.

September 10, 2010


$8 Million NIH Grant To Study Effects of Botanical Estrogens

Swanlund Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Cell and Developmental Biology Benita Katzenellenbogen is among three University of Illinois faculty funded by a new grant.

September 10, 2010


Welcoming Rachel Smith-Bolton

Rachel Smith-Bolton has accepted a faculty position with the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Professor Smith-Bolton comes to Urbana from the University of California at Berkeley.

September 10, 2010


Cellular Traffic Jams: Maria Spies in LAS News

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist Maria Spies appears in LAS News, a publication of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

September 10, 2010


Phil Newmark Featured in HHMI Bulletin

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Phil Newmark is featured in an article in the HHMI Bulletin.

August 26, 2010


Kannanganattu Prasanth Published in The Embo Journal

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Prasanth Kannanganattu is co-lead author on "A long nuclear-retained non-coding RNA regulates synaptogenesis by modulating gene expression," now appearing in advance online publication in Embo J.

August 23, 2010


NIGMS Announces $22.5 Million Grant for Study of Membrane Proteins

One of the largest and most comprehensive collaborations to understand the structure and dynamic function of membrane proteins was officially launched Tuesday with a 5-year, $22.5 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The international team of scientists...

August 10, 2010


Supriya Prasanth published in PNAS

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Supriya Prasanth is lead and co-corresponding author of a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "Human origin recognition complex is essential for HP1 binding to chromatin and heterochromatin organization." The second author is graduate...

August 09, 2010


Cancer-causing bacterium targets tumor-suppressor protein

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Lin-Feng Chen and colleagues have discovered a mechanism by which Helicobacter pylori, the only known cancer-causing bacterium, disables a tumor suppressor protein in host cells.

August 06, 2010


Emad Tajkhorshid recognized as exceptional by Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure

Of the approximately 100 cases that the Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure reviewed this year, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Emad Tajkhorshid's dossier was one of just four recognized as exceptional in terms of quality of work and overall...

July 26, 2010


Histone H1 regulates gene activity throughout the cell cycle

A team of researchers, including Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Craig Mizzen and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Ann Nardulli, has published a study in the Journal of Cell Biology entitled "Histone H1 phosphorylation is associated with transcription by...

July 01, 2010


Benita Katzenellebogen Helps Discover How Estrogen Can Prevent Vascular Disease Without Increasing Cancer Risk

Swanlund Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Cell and Developmental Biology Benita Katzenellebogen contributed to a study led by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center that pinpointed a set of biological mechanisms through which estrogen confers...

June 24, 2010


Rhanor Gillette published in Journal of Neurophysiology

Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience Rhanor Gillette and colleagues have published a paper in the Journal of Neurophysiology: "Nitric oxide potentiates cAMP-gated cation current by intracellular acidification in feeding neurons of Pleurobranchaea."

June 07, 2010


John Gerlt receives grant to study enzyme functions

A team of researchers led by Professor of Biochemistry John A. Gerlt has received a five-year, $33.9 million grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences to study the functions of unknown enzymes.

May 21, 2010


Ann Nardulli Meets with Lawmakers in Washington D.C.

Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Ann Nardulli visited Capitol Hill, along with other members of the Endocrine Society, as part of an envoy to present the 2009 Endocrine Society Congressional Leadership Award, and to advocate for increased funding for biomedical research.

May 14, 2010


Fragile X Syndrome

In this article, Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Stephanie Ceman discusses her research on Fragile X Syndrome.

May 13, 2010


Biochemistry Student Quinn Peterson

Biochemistry Student Quinn Peterson has been awarded a 2009-2010 American Chemical Society Predoctoral Fellowship. He is working on a cancer treatment, and doing clinical tests on dogs.

May 13, 2010


Mizzen Lab Findings Published in Journal of Cell Biology

Yupeng Zheng, a graduate student in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Jennifer Schultz-Norton, a post-doctoral worker in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, were two of the authors in a paper published by the Journal of Cell Biology.

May 13, 2010


The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Awards Ceremony

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Awards Ceremony was held Thursday, May 6, to recognize a number of our faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students for excellence in teaching, academics, and research.

May 07, 2010


MIP Professors find potential for new treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Professors of Molecular and Integrative Biology Yang (Kevin) Xiang, Charles Cox and their colleagues found a potential new drug target for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

April 26, 2010


Martha Gillette And Gene Robinson featured in new videos

Alumni Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Affiliate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Martha Gillette is featured in a new online video entitled "Neurosciences: The Clock." Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gene Robinson appears in a video entitled...

April 09, 2010


MCB Undergrad Grant Reed Given Patricia Askew Leadership Award

Grant Reed, a graduating senior in MCB, was awarded the Patricia Askew Leadership Award this year.

April 09, 2010


Songbird genome sings of the communicating brain

Professor of Neuroscience and Cell and Developmental Biology David Clayton and colleagues have analyzed the genome of the Australian zebra finch, deriving clues to its use of song in vocal communication.

April 04, 2010


William Metcalf Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Professor of Microbiology William Metcalf has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.

February 24, 2010


Biochemistry Lecture Series Proves Accurate Nobel Prize Predictor

Want to know who is likely to win a Nobel prize? One consistent indicator is being invited to speak at the Ada Doisy Lecture Series. Remarkably, 25% of scientists who have accepted invitations to deliver the prestigious Ada Doisy Lecture in Biochemistry have...

February 24, 2010


Illinois Partners in New NSF Center to Investigate Creation of Biological Machines

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $25 million to establish the Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS) Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

February 23, 2010


Milan Bagchi Appointed University Scholar

On Monday, February 15th, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Milan Bagchi was appointed a university scholar by the chancellor.

February 18, 2010


Sligar Published in Journal of Cell Biology

Professor of Biochemistry Stephen Sligar and colleagues have successfully recreated integrin activation in vitro, resolving long-standing uncertainties about the cellular mechanisms behind the process.

January 13, 2010


Steven Blanke finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factor

Microbiology professor Steven Blanke has found that a factor produced by the bacterium H. pylori directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.

January 06, 2010