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Read article: Illinois researchers selected for inaugural biohub cohort
Illinois researchers selected for inaugural biohub cohort
Auinash Kalsotra, a professor of biochemistry, and Martha Gillette, a professor of cell & developmental biology, were among the dozens of researchers chosen to be...
Read article: Friday Feature: Undergraduate Researcher Justin Glab
Friday Feature: Undergraduate Researcher Justin Glab
This summer we're profiling recipients of summer undergraduate research fellowships to learn about their academic interests and glance into their daily lives as ...

Read article: From 'CyberSlug' to 'CyberOctopus': New AI explores, remembers, seeks novelty, overcomes obstacles
From 'CyberSlug' to 'CyberOctopus': New AI explores, remembers, seeks novelty, overcomes obstacles
By giving artificial intelligence simple associative learning rules based on the brain circuits that allow a sea slug to forage — and augmenting it with better episodic memory, like that of an octopus — scientists have built an AI that can navigate new environments, seek rewards, map landmarks and...
Read article: How do drugs like Ozempic work for weight loss?
How do drugs like Ozempic work for weight loss?
The weight-loss treatment landscape has been remade by a new class of injectable drugs, such as those sold under the names Ozempic and Wegovy. Patrick Sweeney is a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of molecular and...
Read article: When an orange behaves like an apple: New research pinpoints rules governing reaction outcomes of G-protein-modifying toxins
When an orange behaves like an apple: New research pinpoints rules governing reaction outcomes of G-protein-modifying toxins
A group of researchers from the University of Illinois has identified a set of rules governing the reaction preferences of a family of G-protein-modifying toxins. G proteins are proteins that regulate cellular processes through interactions between hormone receptors and downstream signaling...
Read article: New antibiotic kills pathogenic bacteria, spares healthy gut microbes
New antibiotic kills pathogenic bacteria, spares healthy gut microbes
Researchers have developed a new antibiotic that reduced or eliminated drug-resistant bacterial infections in mouse models of acute pneumonia and sepsis while sparing healthy microbes in the mouse gut. The drug, called lolamicin, also warded off secondary infections with Clostridioides...
Read article: With, not on: Reimagining autism in research
With, not on: Reimagining autism in research
In the past six months, Laura Hetrick has spoken to more researchers than she has in her last 14 years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “The last thing an autistic person wants to hear is, ‘You need to talk...
Read article: Light targets cells for death and triggers immune response with laser precision
Light targets cells for death and triggers immune response with laser precision
A new method of precisely targeting troublesome cells for death using light could unlock new understanding of and treatments for cancer and inflammatory diseases, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers report...
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Innovative education

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Our mission is to empower students. In MCB you will receive a rigorous education and you can tailor a curriculum according to your passions. Our alumni have become physicians, researchers at top-tier institutions, and business leaders. They've launched biotechnology start-ups and founded free healthcare clinics. They are changing the world. You can, too.

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A community of collaborators

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Impactful research

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We are at the forefront of life-changing biomedical research. Combatting infectious diseases like the novel coronavirus and influenza. Uncovering insights into neurological and metabolic disorders. Developing new treatments for diseases such as breast cancer. New and exciting research programs are being developed in neuroscience, immunology, microbial sciences, developmental biology, mechanobiology, and much more. Faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates are all part of the MCB research community.

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Commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

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Diversity within the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology drives the innovation that keeps our research at the forefront of scientific discovery. However, we recognize that societal, academic, and structural barriers have often kept talented individuals out of our community. We are committed to eliminating these barriers and supporting students and scientists of all backgrounds.

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