• 2023-01-26 - Aquatic birds, especially ducks, can carry influenza viruses but they don’t often become severely ill, leading scientists to wonder how their immune systems act as a reservoir for a highly infectious and pathogenic virus, but the birds remain relatively unharmed. Additionally, could the immune system be engineered to thwart transmission to other animals and humans, ultimately preventing future pandemics? Four faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, plus a collaborator in Colorado, will attempt to answer these questions as part of an ambitious, three-year project funded by the...
  • 2023-01-20 - Researchers at the Beckman Institute, with help from the Champaign Public Library, investigated the potential benefits of reading in improving memory. They found that regular, engaged leisure reading can strengthen memory skills in older adults, laying the groundwork for better practices in preserving our mental abilities as we age.
  • 2023-01-17 - Students and mentors with the new course, LAS 199 MPN: Merit Mentoring & Professional Network, celebrated their accomplishments at an event at the Illini Union in late December. The class brings together highly motivated students in their majors; connects them with professional development opportunities on campus, such as paid research and teaching positions; and invites professionals from a variety of different fields to talk about their careers.
  • 2023-01-10 - Salmonella are major food-borne pathogens responsible for an estimated 95 million infections per year worldwide that can lead to severe illness and death. Upon ingestion, Salmonella invades intestinal epithelial cells, inducing gastrointestinal symptoms and gaining access to underlying tissue where the bacteria are taken up by macrophages, which normally kill invading microbes. Bacteria engulfed by macrophages end up in the membrane bound vesicle termed the phagosome. One mechanism by which these immune cells restrict bacterial growth is by limiting magnesium within the...
  • 2023-01-03 - Salmonella are food-borne pathogens that infect millions of people a year. To do so, these bacteria depend on a complex network of genes and gene products that allow them to sense environmental conditions. In a new paper, researchers have investigated the role of small RNAs that help Salmonella express their virulence genes.
  • 2022-12-21 - Dr. Kemper is Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. Her lab focuses on metabolic signaling and epigenomic control of metabolism and energy balance.
  • 2022-12-20 - The School of MCB is proud to recognize research and academic achievements of its undergraduate students. The following December 2022 graduates earned Highest Distinction for Research in the School of MCB: Emma Ibanez, PI: Dr. Justin Rhodes The following students earned Distinction for Research in MCB:  Jared Butts, P.I.: Dr. Patrick Sweeney Mohammed Kadiri, P.I.: Dr. Erik Nelson Mingyi Ma, PI: Xinzhu Yu Thomas Maher, PI: Dr. Martin Burke Faaiza Saif, P.I.: Dr. Joe Qiao The following students earned Academic Distinction in MCB:...
  • 2022-12-13 - MCB major Jay Sonalkar was the 2022 recipient of the Tom and Cynthia Cycyota Research Scholarship. He answered a Q&A about his undergraduate research experience for the 2022 annual CDB newsletter.
  • 2022-12-13 - Xin Li is an assistant professor of cell and developmental biology and was recently named a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar. The Department of CDB caught up with Xin Li for its annual newsletter.
  • 2022-12-12 - The School of MCB is proud to recognize its stellar faculty and staff for their valuable contributions to the research and instructional missions of the school. At the 2022 Holiday Celebration, MCB director Milan Bagchi, Deborah Paul Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, gave awards in seven categories, recognizing research, teaching, and service accomplishments. A committee comprised of the school's Executive Committee and Strategic Advisory Committee selected the award winners. Department chairs Supriya Prasanth, Jim Slauch, Satish Nair, and Claudio Grosman nominated their faculty...
  • 2022-12-08 - With deep sadness, the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology shares the news of the death of physiologist and university administrator Tony Waldrop. He passed away on Dec. 3, 2022, in Chapel Hill, NC, according to news reports. Waldrop will be missed and fondly remembered as a respected scientist, admired student mentor, and leader in higher education. Waldrop grew up in Columbus, North Carolina, and was a star track athlete. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral...
  • 2022-12-06 - Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have discovered an unexpected reaction within a protein family. Their findings, which were recently published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, could have dramatic implications for the development of future therapeutics.
  • 2022-11-30 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Less than 20% of diagnosed breast cancers are designated “triple-negative,” meaning that the affected tissues lack three types of receptors often found in other breast cancer types, but TNBCs are often aggressive with a higher risk of recurrence, metastasis and mortality. In a study conducted in TNBC cells and in a mouse model of the disease, researchers found that targeting a specific estrogen receptor that is sometimes present in TNBCs alters the activity of dozens of cancer-related genes and...
  • 2022-11-29 - The brains of all higher order animals are filled with a diverse array of neuron types, with specific shapes and functions. Yet, when these brains form during embryonic development, there is initially only a small pool of cell types to work with. So how do neurons diversify over the embryo’s development? Researchers know that neural stem cells called neuroblasts divide multiple times to sequentially produce neurons of specialized function, but the mechanisms of this process, and how the timing varies for different genes and neuron types, is still not fully understood. In a new paper...
  • 2022-11-22 - PhD candidate Ruben Sanchez-Nieves from the Whitaker Lab looks to characterize and sequence plasmids such as Solfolobus Islandicus.