News Archive – 2011

Lori Raetzman Selected to Present Anita Payne Lecture

Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience Lori Raetzman has been selected to present the Anita Payne New Perspectives in Reproductive Biology Lecture at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR).

December 13, 2011


Team discovers how a cancer-causing bacterium spurs cell death

A new study led by Professor of Microbiology Stephen Blanke, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to show how a bacterial toxin can disrupt a cell’s mitochondria – its energy-generation and distribution system – to disable the...

November 01, 2011


Editorial Calls for Carl Woese to be Awarded Nobel Prize

Nature Reviews Microbiology has published an editorial lauding the contributions of Crafoord Prize recipient Professor of Microbiology Carl Woese.

October 03, 2011


Phillip Newmark and Milan Bagchi Appointed as Romano Scholars

Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Milan Bagchi, and Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Phillip Newmark, have each been appointed as a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar.

September 21, 2011


3rd Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Sciences

The 3rd Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Sciences (ISRS) will be held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Monday, October 10, 2011. The venue of the meeting is the I-Hotel Conference Center.

September 20, 2011


Linking heterochromatin and gene repression

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Supriya Prasanth is corresponding author on "A BEN-domain-containing protein associates with heterochromatin and represses transcription," published in Journal of Cell Science.

September 15, 2011


James Slauch Recognized as University Scholar

Professor of Microbiology James Slauch has been recognized as a University Scholar. The program recognizes the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers.

September 15, 2011


James Morrissey and Colleagues profiled in LAS News

James Morrissey, Emad Tajkhorshid, and Stephen Sligar are featured in an article on blood clotting mechanisms in LAS News.

September 06, 2011


Tyrosine phosphorylation enhances RAD52-mediated annealing by modulating its DNA binding

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, and Biophysics and Computational Biology, Maria Spies is corresponding author on "Tyrosine phosphorylation enhances RAD52-mediated annealing by modulating its DNA binding."

July 30, 2011


Global Functional Map of the p23 Molecular Chaperone Reveals an Extensive Cellular Network

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Brian Freeman is corresponding author on "Global Functional Map of the p23 Molecular Chaperone Reveals an Extensive Cellular Network" in Molecular Cell.

July 23, 2011


James Morrissey Awarded the Biennial Investigator Recognition Award for Contributions to Haemostasis

In recognition of his distinguished record as teacher and researcher, Professor of Biochemistry James Morrissey will be awarded the Biennial Investigator Recognition Award for Contributions to Haemostasis from the International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis (ISTH).

July 23, 2011


Team identifies new breast cancer tumor suppressor and how it works

In a new study, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Lin-Feng Chen and colleagues identified a new breast cancer tumor suppressor protein, Runx3, and determined how it functioned.

June 30, 2011


Team solves decades-old molecular mystery linked to blood clotting

An interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Illinois led to a breakthrough in understanding blood clotting. Researchers on the study were (from left): Emad Tajkhorshid, Chad Rienstra, Mary Clay, Rebecca Davis-Harrison, Zenmei Ohkubo, Narjes Tavoosi, Mark Arcario, Taras Pogorelov and James Morrissey.

June 29, 2011


Small change makes a big difference for ion channels

Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Claudio Grosman and research scientist Gisela Cymes used a high-resolution single-molecule study technique to see the very subtle differences between two branches of an important family of neurotransmitter-gated ion channels.

June 28, 2011


Kannanganattu Prasanth Awarded ACS Research Scholar Grant

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Kannanganattu Prasanth has been awarded a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society.

June 21, 2011


Kevin Xiang and Jie Chen Published in Nature

Corresponding author Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Kevin Xiang, lead author Affiliate Professor of Biochemistry Taekjip Ha, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Jie Chen, and colleagues have published "Probing cellular protein complexes using single-molecule pull-down" in Nature.

May 31, 2011


Claudio Grosman and Gisela Cymes published in Nature

"Tunable pKa values and the basis of opposite charge selectivities in nicotinic-type receptors," by Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Claudio Grosman and Research Scientist Gisela Cymes, has been published in Nature.

May 24, 2011


Hee Jung Chung Receives Carver Charitable Trust Award

Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Hee Jung Chung has been awarded the highly competitive 3-year Carver Young Investigator Award.

April 24, 2011


James Slauch Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Medical Scholars Program James Slauch has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.

April 21, 2011


Brian Freeman receives Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Brian Freeman has been awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

April 04, 2011


Posttranslational Methylation by PRMT5 Increases SHP Repression Activity upon Bile Acid Signaling

The journal Molecular and Cellular Biology is featuring "Arginine methylation by PRMT5 at a naturally-occurring mutation site is critical for liver metabolic regulation by Small Heterodimer Partner" by corresponding author Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Jongsook Kim...

February 25, 2011


Researchers identify protein essential for embryo implantation

A research article, communicated jointly by Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Milan Bagchi, and Professor of Comparative Biosciences Indrani Bagchi, has been published in the journal Science. In this paper, researchers at the NIH-funded Center of Research in Reproduction at the University of...

February 21, 2011


Direct Cellular Peptidomics of Hypothalamic Neurons

Alumni Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Martha Gillette is corresponding author on "Direct Cellular Peptidomics of Hypothalamic Neurons," epub’d (ahead of print) in the February 18, 2011 issue of Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology.

February 18, 2011


Three Professors Make List of Most Prolific Writers

Three MCB professors have made the list of the 50 most prolific writers in Biochemistry.

January 24, 2011