News Archive – 2013

Assistant Professor of MIP Sayee Anakk Publishes New Study in Cell Reports

Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Sayeepriyadarshini Anakk published an article in the November 21, 2013, edition of Cell Reports entitled "Bile Acids Activate YAP to Promote Liver Carcinogenesis."

November 22, 2013


XPLN: a novel regulator of mTORC2 in cell survival and differentiation

The protein kinase mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a master regulator of cell growth, survival, differentiation, and metabolism.

November 20, 2013


MCB Junior Receives ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected MCB Honors student Michaela Eickhoff as a 2013 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

November 20, 2013


MCB Undergrad and Staff Writer Wins Science Journalism Student Award

MCB senior and Communications Office writer Chelsey Coombs has won the Society of Neuroscience 2013 Science Journalism Student Award.

October 25, 2013


It takes a(n academic) village to determine an enzyme's function

Professor of Microbiology John Cronan, Professor of Biochemistry John Gerlt and Professor of Chemistry Jonathan Sweedler, along with colleagues from two other institutions, teamed up to discover the role of an enzyme known as HpbD in its bacterial host, Pelagibaca bermudensis.

October 24, 2013


Researcher in Newmark Laboratory Wins Bioart Contest

Bo Wang, a post-doctoral researcher, is one of twelve winners of the NIH's BioArt Contest.

October 24, 2013


Susan Martinis Named as a 2013 University Scholar

The Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs recognized Professor and Head of Biochemistry Susan Martinis as one of six University Scholars at the Urbana-Champaign campus for 2013.

September 12, 2013


"Photosynthesis Research" Dedicates Article Series to Govindjee

The journal "Photosynthesis Research" announced the publication of a series of articles in honor of Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry Govindjee's contributions to photosynthesis research and education.

September 12, 2013


College of Medicine Recognizes Byron Kemper, Abigail Salyers for Excellence

The College of Medicine at Illinois recognized Emeritus Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Byron Kemper and Arends Professor Emerita of Microbiology Abigail A. Salyers for their excellence in research and teaching.

September 10, 2013


Auinash Kalsotra Nominated for Searle Scholars Program

Congratulations to Auinash Kalsotra for his latest honor: a campus nomination for the prestigious Searle Scholars Program.

August 23, 2013


New MCB Web Site

On Wednesday, August 21 the MCB Web Site was completely replaced. We hope you'll enjoy the improved site and its new features. During the transition, please report any concerns to gillespi@illinois.edu.

August 21, 2013


New MCB Faculty Interviews

New interviews with K V Prasanth, Auinash Kalsotra, Jim Slauch, Mary Schuler, Martha Gillette, Raven Huang, Claudio Grosman and Gary Olsen are available online.

August 20, 2013


Assistant Professor Auinash Kalsotra Awarded Two-Year Roy J. Carver Trust Grant

Auinash Kalsotra was recently awarded a two-year grant to study the functional role of RNA processing, a cellular process that, among other roles, regulates liver regeneration.

August 03, 2013


Ning Sun Receives Baxter Young Investigator Award

Biochemistry Ph.D. student Ning Sun (Huimin Zhao Lab) was selected to receive a Baxter Young Investigator Award.

August 02, 2013


How to Grow a New Head

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Phillip Newmark and his colleague James Sikes have found an answer to a vexing biological riddle.

July 24, 2013


Daniel Llano Selected as Pew Scholars Nominee

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and the College of Medicine, and Carle Foundation Hospital neurologist Daniel Llano, who has been selected as the Urbana campus nominee for the 2014 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.

July 22, 2013


MCB Alumni Awarded Fulbright Fellowships

Two recent MCB alumni have been offered fully funded opportunities through the U.S. student Fulbright program.

July 15, 2013


By trying it all, predatory sea slug learns what not to eat

Emeritus Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Rhanor Gillette and colleagues have found that a type of predatory sea slug that usually isn’t picky when it comes to what it eats has more complex cognitive abilities than previously thought,...

July 14, 2013


Supriya Prasanth receives NSF Career Award

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Supriya Prasanth has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

July 14, 2013


Team Discovers How Aquaporins Admit Water While Excluding Protons

Associate Professor of Biochemistry Emad Tajkhorshid and colleagues have discovered a new mechanism by which water channel proteins in cell membranes allow water molecules to flow easily while keeping protons out. The research appears in the journal Science.

July 14, 2013


School of MCB Researchers Receive Mayo Clinic/University of Illinois Alliance Funding

Three School of Molecular and Cellular Biology professors have been awarded research funding for collaborative projects between University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic researchers by the Mayo Clinic/University of Illinois Strategic Alliance for Technology-Based Healthcare.

May 28, 2013


Team finds mechanism linking key inflammatory marker to cancer

In a new study described in the journal Oncogene, Professor of Biochemistry Lin-Feng Chen and his team reveal how a key player in cell growth, immunity and the inflammatory response can be transformed into a primary contributor to tumor growth.

May 19, 2013


James Morrissey Selected as 2013 Sol Sherry Distinguished Lecturer in Thrombosis

The American Heart Association’s Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB) selected Department of Biochemistry Professor James H. Morrissey to give the 2013 Sol Sherry Distinguished Lecture in Thrombosis at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions Annual Conference.

May 19, 2013


William Metcalf Appointed As G. William Arends Professor

Department of Microbiology Professor William Metcalf has been appointed to the G. William Arends Professorship in Life Sciences for his accomplishments in research, education, and service.

May 08, 2013


Researchers find active transporters are universally leaky

Professor of Biochemistry Emad Tajkhorshid and colleagues have discovered that membrane transporters help not just sugars and other specific substrates cross from one side of a cellular membrane to the other—water also comes along for the ride.

May 06, 2013


Small RNA-mediated activation of sugar phosphatase mRNA regulates glucose homeostasis

Assistant Professor of Microbiology Carin Vanderpool and colleagues have identified the conserved haloacid dehalogenase (HAD)-like enzyme YigL as the previously hypothesized phosphatase for detoxification of phosphosugars, and reveal that its synthesis is activated by an Hfq-dependent small RNA in Salmonella typhimurium.

April 15, 2013


New Technology Helps Detect Epigenetic Changes Important to Disease

Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Ann M. Nardulli and colleagues at the University of Illinois and the Mayo Clinic have created a new technique for identifying methylated DNA, a modification to our genetic material that has been shown to correlate with...

March 28, 2013


Study reveals stem cells in a human parasite

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Phillip Newmark, postdoctoral researcher Jim Collins, and their colleagues discovered that the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma mansoni harbors adult, non-sexual stem cells that can migrate to various parts of its body and replenish...

March 05, 2013


Study reveals stem cells in a human parasite

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Phillip Newmark, postdoctoral researcher Jim Collins, and their colleagues discovered that the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma mansoni harbors adult, non-sexual stem cells that can migrate to various parts of its body and replenish...

February 27, 2013


William Bruce, Caroline Johnson, and Keith Whitlock selected for Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

William Bruce, Caroline Johnson, and Keith Whitlock, outstanding students from the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, have been selected for three of the five slots specifically reserved for University of Illinois students in the Summer Undergraduate...

January 24, 2013