Highlights Archive

2016

Two Molecular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Students Make Final Round of Graduate College’s Research Live! Competition

Janelle Mapes won Second Place, and Jessica Saw was one of the finalists.

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A study published in PNAS by Prof. Claudio Grosman and Dr. Gisela D. Cymes has revealed the elusive link between amino-acid sequence and charge selectivity in the superfamily of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

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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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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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David Rivier wins LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is chosen by the LAS Awards Committee.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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