Highlights

Professor John Gerlt named the 2017 Gordon Hammes Lectureship winner

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Researchers uncover a nutrient-sensing epigenetic pathway that controls autophagy

Molecular and Integrative Physiology Professor Jongsook Kemper, postdoctoral fellow Sangwon Byun (leading author of the study), research scientist Young Kim, and colleagues publish results in The EMBO Journal

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John Cronan elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Election to the NAS is one of the highest professional honors a scientist can garner. Chosen by their peers, the 2,290 members and 475 foreign associates are an elite group distinguished by their outstanding contributions to the fields of science and technology.

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Chris Seward's image "Clear Mind" takes 2nd place in Image of Research contest

Inhibitory neurons in green and neuron bundles expressing a protein that is triggered by a social experience in red.

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Dennis Dalby wins the 2017 Staff Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Professor Jongsook Kemper’s group uncover a nutrient-sensing epigenetic pathway that controls autophagy

Lysosome-mediated autophagy is essential for cellular survival by recycling cytoplasmic components under nutrient-deprived conditions and removing damaged organelles in cells, but must be suppressed in nutrient-rich conditions to prevent unnecessary breakdown of cellular components. Molecular and Integrative Physiology Professor Jongsook Kemper, postdoctoral fellow Sangwon Byun (leading author of the study), research scientist Young Kim, and colleagues identified a new regulatory pathway that epigenetically represses autophagy upon feeding.

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Inhibitory neurons in green and neuron bundles expressing a protein that is triggered by a social experience in red.

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Dr. Jin's lab solves atomic structure of stalled ribosome by cryoEM

This is the first atomic structure of a ribosomal complex solved by cryoEM on the U of I campus.

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Dr. Jin's lab solves atomic structure of stalled ribosome by cryoEM

Dr. Hong Jin’s lab has solved the atomic structure of a stalled ribosome using state-of-art electron cryo-microscopy. This structure is used to understand how stalled ribosomes are rescued in the cell. The findings were published in Nature in January 2017.

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High-Risk, High-Reward Research award goes to Illinois biomedical researchers

University of Illinois professors Chad Rienstra (Chemistry), Emad Tajkhorshid, and James Morrissey (Biochemistry) have been awarded a Director’s Transformative Research Award from the National Institutes of Health for their highly creative approach to the study of cell membrane lipids.

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GPCRs Direct Germline Development and Somatic Gonad Function in Planarians

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Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin

Professors Ning Wang and Andrew Belmont led a team that found the pathway by which physical forces drive gene expression in cells.

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Dr. Kris Jenner endows professorship to honor his undergraduate mentor Professor Stephen G. Sligar; Susan A. Martinis is named to new School of Molecular and Cellular Biology professorship

To recognize the importance of faculty contributions to science and education and to acknowledge Dr. Sligar’s mentorship, Dr. Jenner created the Stephen G. Sligar professorship in 2016. The Investiture was held on October 28, 2016 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

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Professor Milan Bagchi named Deborah Paul Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology is honored to announce that Professor Milan Bagchi, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, has been named the Deborah Paul Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology. An official investiture ceremony was held in the fall semester of 2016.

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Graduate student Harini Iyer publishes two studies characterizing genes required for proper spermatogonial stem cell development.

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MCB Faculty and Staff named Scientific Teaching Fellows and Mentors

The Schools of MCB and IB recently hosted an NSF- and HHMI-sponsored Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) for Undergraduate Biology Education.

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