William Metcalf Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
The G.William Arends Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and professor of microbiology was selected for his “pioneering discoveries on the genetics and enzymology of methanogenesis by archaea and the mechanisms for aerobic methane formation in marine surface waters.”
Two Graduate Students Win Awards at Research Live! Competition
Ipek Tasan (Biochemistry) won First Place, and Robin Holland (Microbiology and Veterinary Medicine) won the People's Choice Award.
Mechanism of Key Cancer Target Revealed
New findings by Professor Stephen Sligar and colleagues have outlined the structural determinates of a chemical transformation that carries profound implications for the potential design of a mechanism-based inhibitors for the treatment of prostate cancer. The research is published in PNAS.
Kalsotra Named Prestigious CAS Fellow
Assistant Professor Auinash Kalsotra has been appointed, pending Board of Trustees approval, as a prestigious Fellow of the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study (CAS) for the academic year 2016-2017.
Professor David Shapiro Named Eugene Howe Scholar in Biochemistry
The Department of Biochemistry and the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology congratulate Professor David Shapiro, who has been named the Eugene Howe Scholar in Biochemistry.
Department of Microbiology Honored as New Milestones Site by American Society for Microbiology
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was officially named a Milestones in Microbiology site by ASM on 16 October 2015, in recognition of the many major accomplishments of UIUC microbiologists whose seminal discoveries significantly increased biological understanding, advanced the science of microbiology, and continue to impact the discipline.
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships
A number of current and recent graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have applied for and won prestigious awards and fellowships. The awardees reflect the breadth of outstanding research at UIUC and the quality of students and researchers attracted to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Jennifer Brandyberry and David Rivier Win LAS Awards
Ms. Brandyberry is the recipient of the College Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising; Professor Rivier is the recipient of the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
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.
Graduate student Harini Iyer publishes two studies characterizing genes required for proper spermatogonial stem cell development.
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.
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.
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.
GPCRs Direct Germline Development and Somatic Gonad Function in Planarians
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.