MCB Awards and Honors

Biochemistry professor Nicholas Wu earns NIH Director's New Innovator Award

October 2021

Nicholas Wu, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has received a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, part of the Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program.


U of I president honors MCB researchers for their work on COVID-19 response

August 2021

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen on Monday honored 28 key leaders of the system’s COVID-19 response with the Presidential Medallion. The medallion is the highest honor that the system president can bestow.


Seeing is believing: Image of primary visual cortex in a mouse wins second place in NIH research image contest

August 2021

Congratulations to the Tajkhorshid lab and collaborators who created a stunning research image recently highlighted by the National Institutes of Health.


Congratulations to Supriya Prasanth, who has been named a University Scholar

June 2021

Supriya G. Prasanth, professor and head of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology in the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology, has been chosen as a University Scholar. The University Scholars Program, established in 1985, aims to support outstanding University of Illinois faculty members and reward them for their academic excellence with funding for further research.


Jana Radin named LAS Honors Faculty Mentor of the Year

May 2021

Congratulations to Jana Radin on being chosen as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Honors Faculty Mentor of the Year!


Jie Chen receives campus award for graduate student mentoring

May 2021


MCB students, faculty, and staff recognized for their extraordinary efforts during COVID-19

April 2021


Cari Vanderpool elected Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

February 2021

Congratulations to Cari Vanderpool, professor of microbiology, who was recently elected a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology.


Microbiology professor Rachel Whitaker named a University Scholar

December 2020

Congratulations to Rachel Whitaker for being chosen as a University Scholar. Whitaker, a professor of microbiology, conducts groundbreaking research on the dynamics of microbes and their viruses and how they evolve in clinical and natural environments.


Erik Nelson receives $4.5M grant to study prevention and treatment of metastatic breast cancer

November 2020

Erik Nelson, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, has won a $4.5 million Era of Hope Scholar Award from the United States Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.This prestigious award supports individuals early in their careers who have demonstrated significant potential to effect meaningful change in breast cancer research. Recipients of the Era of Hope Scholar Award are leaders and visionaries in their respective field who go beyond conventional thinking to change the current landscape of breast cancer research and therapy.