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Awards and Honors

The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and its departments of BiochemistryCell & Developmental BiologyMicrobiology, and Molecular & Integrative Physiology recognize outstanding undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff, and alumni with several awards and fellowships. In addition to school and departmental honors, MCB is always thrilled to highlight awards from other campus units, and national/international organizations. Some of the most recent news stories spotlighting our community are listed below. 

School of MCB celebrates faculty, staff and graduate students

The School of MCB is proud to recognize outstanding members of its community at the annual holiday celebration. On Dec. 7, 2023, several faculty and staff were presented awards for their valuable contributions by School of MCB Director Milan Bagchi, Deborah Paul Professor of Molecular &...

Xinzhu Yu receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Xinzhu Yu, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology in the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology, is a recipient of the National...

Catherine Christian-Hinman honored for achievements in biomedical sciences

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Christian-Hinman, who was selected to receive the 2023 University of Virginia School of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences. The award recognizes exceptional research and professional accomplishments, outstanding discovery and...

MCB faculty awarded named scholar appointments

The College of LAS has awarded more than 25 professors, including three from the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology, with named scholar positions for their contributions to education and research at the University of Illinois. 

MCB alumna offered Fulbright award

13 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and recent graduates, including an alumna from the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology, were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences around the globe this coming year. Another six...

MCB celebrates student achievements at awards ceremony

The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology honored undergraduate and graduate students at its annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 4, at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. 

Beckman Institute announces 2023 fellowship, award recipients

Twelve students have been selected to receive 2023 Beckman Institute fellowships and awards. The awards, which fund interdisciplinary research that takes place over the summer, will be celebrated at a poster session on July 28, 2023.

Members of MCB labs earn newly-established fellowships focused on cancer research

The Beckman Institute has announced its 2023 class of six postdoctoral fellows. Fellows are selected in accordance with the core values of the institute: excellence, collaboration, integrity, transdisciplinarity, exploration, and diversity.

Rachel J. Whitaker named Harry E. Preble Professor

For Rachel J. Whitaker, life tends to feel like it’s all hands on deck.  Whitaker, a professor of microbiology, spends much of her time researching the evolution of archaea, bacteria, and viruses in the natural and clinical world—so...

Diana Brown Named 2023 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award Recipient

Illinois setter Diana Brown was named one of two recipients for the Big Ten Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award, the conference office announced Wednesday. Brown, who majored in molecular and cellular biology, was awarded a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship for her achievements in academics, athletics,...