News Archive – 2008

21st Annual CMB-MB Symposium

The Cell and Molecular Biology & Molecular Biophysics (CMB-MB) Training Grant Program celebrated its 21st annual research symposium in fall of 2008. The program encourages graduate students to explore interdisciplinary research including genetics, physiology, biophysics, and microbiology.

Faculty in eleven departments advise students in the program, including 25 professors from all four departments in...

November 22, 2008

Robinson, Clayton Review Published

Professors Gene Robinson and David Clayton review the link between genes and behavior in the latest issue of Science.

November 17, 2008

Metcalf Fights Malaria

Microbiology professor William Metcalf and his team have developed a way to mass-produce an antimalarial compound.

October 28, 2008

Govindjee Receives Alumni Award

Govindjee, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Plant Biology, recently received the LAS Alumni Achievement Award for his lifetime contributions to photosynthesis research. The annual award is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Association to a select few alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their field or the community.

October 24, 2008

Announcing Two New Endowed Chairs

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology has received a generous gift from George and Tamara Mitchell of Sidney, Illinois, to create two endowed chairs in the Department of Biochemistry.

October 21, 2008

Roger Adams Lab and Burrill Hall Renovation

Roger Adams Laboratory and Burrill Hall are undergoing $12 million renovations to improve energy efficiency and upgrade their interiors. Once construction is finished, researchers will benefit from modern laboratory spaces and increased safety.

The third and fourth floors of Roger Adams Laboratory are being completely overhauled to make way for new...

October 14, 2008

Kranz Stops Staph Toxin

Biochemistry professor David Kranz and his team have developed a treatment for antiobiotic resistant staph bacteria.

September 15, 2008

Feng in Chicago Tribune

MIP professor Albert Feng and his team have discovered how a frog can selectively listen for its mate's calls.

July 23, 2008


“I still remember the picture I took of my first electrophoresis gel,” said Andrew Smith, a senior in MCB. “I still have it.”

Smith was not conducting research in a faculty lab when he ran his first gel, nor was he working as a biotechnology intern. He was attending his...

July 22, 2008

Fragile X Syndrome

Swanlund Professor William Greenough is featured here for his work on fragile X drug therapies.

July 15, 2008

ATP Binding

Biochemist Emad Tajkorshid has created the first-ever simulation of a molecule binding to a protein.

July 01, 2008

MCB Selected for New 'Scope

With the support of a major grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology has been selected as one of only a dozen laboratories worldwide to receive a prototype OMX Applied Precision microscopy system.

The microscope will deliver 3D images of cells at high speed under...

June 22, 2008

New Breast Cancer Inhibitor

Biochemistry professor David Shapiro led his team to discover compounds that inhibit estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells.

June 17, 2008

Schuler Solves DDT Insecticide Resistance

CDB professor Mary Schuler and her team discovered an enzyme that metabolizes DDT in malarial mosquitoes.

June 17, 2008

Novel Toxin Receptor Discovered

Associate Professor Steven Blanke and his team have identified the receptor for a toxin produced by ulcer-causing bacteria.

May 23, 2008

Cell Talk

Assistant Professor Claudio Grosman discusses neural communication in this LAS news article.

May 21, 2008

Salyers in the News

Microbiologist Abigail Salyers comments on probiotics and bacteria in cultured milk products.

April 28, 2008

Professor Phillip A. Newmark

On May 27th, Phillip A. Newmark, an associate professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB), was named a 2008 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. With this award Dr. Newmark joins a select group of 56 biomedical scientists chosen from among 1,070 applications submitted in a nationwide competition.

The Maryland-based Howard Hughes...

April 22, 2008

Belmont Developes New Imaging Technique

Andrew Belmont and his team developed a live-cell labeling technique for imaging chromatin at high resolution.

April 17, 2008

Profile: Anne Carpenter

Anne Carpenter, MCB alumna and Imaging Platform Director for the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, was featured in a half-hour television documentary, Bold Visions: Women in Science and Technology. The television special aired on WILL-TV March 16, and on other PBS networks.

Anne earned a PhD from the (formerly named) Department of Cell and...

February 28, 2008

Faculty Profile: Phil Best

Phil Best, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, grew up hiking, camping, and hunting in Maryland. Even now, he is happiest diving with humpback whales or biking from Seattle to Portland with his daughter and son-in-law.

“I’m always looking for interesting adventures,” he said. “A good vacation puts me someplace different, both culturally and...

January 04, 2008

Faculty Profile: David Krantz

When David Kranz was born, his parents got a two-for-one deal. Ninety minutes after his arrival, Kranz’s brother Robert came along. The Kranz twins shared many interests, including a fascination with science and, particularly, nature. Today, Kranz is a professor of biochemistry in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) at the University of Illinois (U...

January 01, 2008