Highlights

Brooke Lab: Certain Flu Virus Mutations May Compensate for Fitness Costs of Other Mutations

New research published in PLOS Pathogens finds that unexpected mutations help flu virus retain fitness by counteracting changes needed to dodge the immune system

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Dr. Craig Mizzen, Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, passed away at his home on January 5, 2018, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. He was 61.

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Remembering Dr. Craig Mizzen

Dr. Craig Mizzen, Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, passed away at his home on January 5, 2018, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. He was 61.

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Microbiology alumna wins the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Joanne Chory (PhD Microbiology '84) is currently a plant biologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences.

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The Grosman and Tajkhorshid labs collaborate on "Chasing the open-state structure of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels." Their findings are presented as the cover story in the December Issue of The Journal of General Physiology.

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The Grosman and Tajkhorshid labs collaborate on "Chasing the open-state structure of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels." Their findings are presented as the cover story in the December Issue of The Journal of General Physiology.

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MCB graduate students present "Science on Tap"

The MCB Graduate Student Association (GSA), known as the MCBees, inaugurated a new outreach event, “Science on Tap,” on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Zach Costliow (Degnan Lab) presented, “Homebrewed Vitamins: What B1 and B. thetaiotaomicron are doing in your gut” at Riggs in Urbana.

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The Drosophila Duox maturation factor is a key component of a positive feedback loop that sustains regeneration signaling

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Dr. Eric Jakobsson, professor emeritus of Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Biochemistry, will discuss his personal, political, and scientific journey into climate science.

The event will be held at the Champaign Public Library on November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm and is presented in collaboration with the MCB Graduate Student Association.

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Alumnus Thomas Cycyota Receives American Association of Tissue Banks Award

Cycyota received the Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution in tissue banking or transplantation, whether in research, education, or laboratory improvement, or who has served the Association or the field of tissue banking.

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Alumnus Thomas Cycyota Receives American Association of Tissue Banks Award

Cycyota received the Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution in tissue banking or transplantation, whether in research, education, or laboratory improvement, or who has served the Association or the field of tissue banking.

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Cholesterol byproduct hijacks immune cells, lets breast cancer spread

The study, reported in Nature Communications, identifies new potential drug targets that could inhibit the creation or actions of the dangerous cholesterol byproduct.

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Satish Nair named I.C. Gunsalus Professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Nair, a professor of biochemistry in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and director of the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology, is a leader in studying how bacteria can make antibiotics and other medicinally relevant molecules.

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The School of MCB wishes to reiterate the sentiments of Chancellor Jones, "Intolerance, racism and violence...will never be condoned" in MCB or at Illinois.

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Brooke lab and colleagues working to develop evolving antiviral therapeutics

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding the multi-investigator group focusing on eliminating influenza virus.

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Study identifies two proteins necessary for epithelial cell-cell junctions

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Cell and Developmental Biology graduate student Yu-Kemp and colleagues identify two proteins necessary for epithelial cell-cell junctions

The work is the cover story of the August issue of The Journal of Cell Biology.

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The program aims to form new insights on the brain and expand participation in field of brain science.

The National Science Foundation recently granted the University of Illinois $3 million for an interdisciplinary graduate student training program to help form new insight on the brain—and to expand participation in the field of brain science itself.

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NSF awards Illinois $3 million for interdisciplinary graduate student training

Professor Martha Gillette will lead the program to form new insight on the brain and expand participation in field of brain science.

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The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology recognizes her dedication, talent, and effectiveness in teaching.

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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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