News Archive – 2007

CMB-MB 20th Annual Symposium

The 20th Annual Cell and Molecular Biology and Molecular Biophysics (CMB-MB) Training Grant Research Symposium will be held November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the NCSA building.

October 29, 2007

Susan Lindquist: MCB Distinguished Lecturer

On October 3 at noon in the CLSL Auditorium (B102), the School of MCB sponsored a distinguished lecturer seminar by Susan Lindquist, PhD. Dr. Lindquist earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology from Illinois in 1971. She received the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award in 2006 and presented the Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture, Protein Folding...

October 25, 2007

Sligar Cover Article on Lipoproteins

Stephen Sligar, Gunsalus Professor of Biochemistry and University Scholar, and collaborators in the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology recently made the cover of The Journal of Physical Chemistry.

October 01, 2007

Faculty Profile: Stephanie Ceman

Stephanie Ceman knew when she was in sixth grade that she wanted to go to college. Her parents, on the other hand, were not so sure.

"My parents really resisted. They were afraid I'd turn into a hippie," she says. Ceman's goal was not to become a hippie, but rather to become a doctor....

September 01, 2007

Faculty Profile: Philip A. Sharp, Ph.D.

The Department of Biochemistry will sponsor a special seminar September 14 by Professor Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, Nobel Laureate, and Institute Professor at the Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At noon that day in Spurlock Museum's Knight Auditorium, Professor Sharp will present the Biochemistry Friday seminar on The Emerging Biology of Short...

September 01, 2007

Paul J. Leibson, 1952–2007

Paul J. Leibson, professor of immunology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and a pre-eminent researcher of NK cells died of cancer on August 6, 2007.

August 07, 2007

Faculty Profile: Brenda Wilson

As the first of five children in her working-class family, everything Brenda Wilson knew about scientists came from watching them on television or reading in books. Now theme leader for the Host-Microbe Systems research group at the new Institute for Genomic Biology, Wilson's story is no less fascinating than those she saw growing up.


June 01, 2007

The Queen Bee

In a study published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers led by Gene Robinson, professor of integrative biology, entomology, and cell and developmental biology, reveal why the queen honey bee lives 10 times longer than her genetically identical, but sterile sister worker bees.

May 09, 2007

MCB Open House

This spring's student-hosted MCB Open House was a hit in its third year. MCB undergraduates showed the community how "cool" biology can be.

May 03, 2007

Antibiotic research

William W. Metcalf and collaborators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin will receive a $7 million award from the National Institutes of Health 'to discover, engineer and produce a promising - yet little explored - class of antibiotic agents."

April 29, 2007

Honey bee genome holds secret to colony collapse

Gene Robinson, professor of integrative biology, entomology, and cell and developmental biology, and colleagues, are working to find particularly active genes in collapsing honey bee colonies in efforts to identify potential stressors effecting the colonies.

April 28, 2007

Honey bee colonies collapse

Gene Robinson, professor of integrative biology, entomology, and cell and developmental biology comments on the disappearance of honey bees from colonies across the nation

April 25, 2007

Planarian research sheds light on germ cell formation

"In a study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U. of I. cell and developmental biology professor Phillip Newmark and colleagues report that the tiny flatworms called planarians share some important characteristics with mammals that may help scientists tease out the mechanisms by which germ cells...

April 24, 2007

Brain Awareness Day: an opportunity to think

"Sponsored by the UI Neuroscience Program and School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the annual "Brain Awareness Day," the local version of a national Society for Neuroscience program, is all about the organ you use for thinking."

April 23, 2007

Treating Brain Disorders

William Greenough, professor of cell and developmental biology, and psychology and psychiatry, debates the the treatment of brain disorders, proposing that computer-based techniques, though advanced in technology, may are not always the best option over low-tech solutions like surveys and medicines.

March 27, 2007

Nobel Laureate Paul C. Lauterbur, developer of MRI, dies at age 77

Paul C. Lauterbur, considered by many to be the father of MRI, died this morning, at age 77. Lauterbur won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for introducing gradients into a magnetic field that allow for two-dimensional pictures of internal structures. He is survived by his...

March 27, 2007

Entomology: The Scientist

Gene Robinson, professor of integrative biology, entomology, and cell and developmental biology, comments on the importance of findings reported by an article published this week in Public Library of Science Biology. According to the article, "a gene involved in egg production also helps honeybees exhibit some crucial social behaviors that distinguish them from solitary insects. 'This technique...

March 06, 2007

Illinois professor to be inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Paul C. Lauterbur, Nobel laureate and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemistry professor, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Lauterbur was selected for his pioneering work in the development of magnetic resonance imaging, an important tool in modern medicine.

February 08, 2007

Estrogen interferes with immune surveillance in breast cancer

In a study published online in Oncogene, Dave Shapiro and collaborators from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, report "that estrogen induces the expression of an inhibitor that blocks immune cells' ability to kill tumor cells."

January 24, 2007

Achievements: A report on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members

Wilfred van der Donk, affiliate of the department of biochemistry, received the 2007 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award. He won the award in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry.

January 18, 2007