News Archive – 2016

Two Molecular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Students Make Final Round of Graduate College’s Research Live! Competition

Janelle Mapes won Second Place, and Jessica Saw was one of the finalists.

December 16, 2016

A study published in PNAS by Prof. Claudio Grosman and Dr. Gisela D. Cymes has revealed the elusive link between amino-acid sequence and charge selectivity in the superfamily of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

A commentary on the article is available here.

November 02, 2016

Dr. Ting Fu, a recently graduated MCB doctoral student from Prof. Jongsook Kemper's lab, has received the Salk Alumni award to support her postdoctoral research at Salk Institute.

October 14, 2016

High-Risk, High-Reward Research award goes to Illinois biomedical researchers

University of Illinois professors Chad Rienstra (Chemistry), Emad Tajkhorshid, and James Morrissey (Biochemistry) have been awarded a Director’s Transformative Research Award from the National Institutes of Health for their highly creative approach to the study of cell membrane lipids.

October 04, 2016

MCB Faculty Named Directors of LAS Graduate Programs

Professor Satish Nair of the Department of Biochemistry has been appointed Director of the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology. Professor Nair has been serving as Interim Director since November 2015. Professor Martha Gillette of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology has been appointed Director of the Neuroscience Program as of...

September 27, 2016

GPCRs Direct Germline Development and Somatic Gonad Function in Planarians

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest and most versatile family of cell-surface receptors. They play critical roles in various cellular and physiological systems and have emerged as a leading group of therapeutic targets. Due to their structural and functional conservation across animals, much has been learned about GPCRs from studies...

September 02, 2016

Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin

Professors Ning Wang and Andrew Belmont led a team that found the pathway by which physical forces drive gene expression in cells.

August 26, 2016

Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin

Professors Ning Wang and Andrew Belmont led a team that found the pathway by which physical forces drive gene expression in cells.

August 26, 2016

Dr. Kris Jenner endows professorship to honor his undergraduate mentor Professor Stephen G. Sligar; Susan A. Martinis is named to new School of Molecular and Cellular Biology professorship

To recognize the importance of faculty contributions to science and education and to acknowledge Dr. Sligar’s mentorship, Dr. Jenner created the Stephen G. Sligar professorship in 2016. The Investiture was held on October...

August 23, 2016

Unexpected function of nucleoporin RanBP2 maintains BA homeostasis, protecting against liver toxicity.

A study published in Nature Communications by the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology’s Dr. Jongsook Kim Kemper and colleagues shows the role of RanBP2-mediated SUMO modification of an orphan nuclear receptor Small Heterodimer Partner (SHP) in maintaining bile acid (BA) homeostasis. Bile Acids are signalling molecules that profoundly...

August 01, 2016

Professor Milan Bagchi named Deborah Paul Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology is honored to announce that Professor Milan Bagchi, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, has been named the Deborah Paul Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology. An official investiture ceremony was held in the fall semester of 2016.

July 14, 2016

Graduate student Harini Iyer publishes two studies characterizing genes required for proper spermatogonial stem cell development.

Sexually reproducing organisms require gametes for the perpetuation of life and transmission of genetic information between generations. Male gametes, or sperm, arise from a dedicated population of stem cells known as spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). Understanding the mechanisms of SSC maintenance can have important implications...

July 10, 2016

MCB Faculty and Staff named Scientific Teaching Fellows and Mentors

The Schools of MCB and IB recently hosted an NSF- and HHMI-sponsored Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) for Undergraduate Biology Education.

July 07, 2016

2016 MCB Convocation Address by Dr. Deborah A. Paul

"Do something that means something to you; that you are passionate about."

June 14, 2016

Emad Tajkhorshid receives Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant

Emad Tajkhorshid, professor of biochemistry, biophysics, computational biology, and pharmacology, and his research group are studying the movement of gases across biological membranes, a vital process for powering cells with oxygen and performing photosynthesis, among other things. The group is hoping to closely examine the role of proteins in these...

June 12, 2016

Jennifer Brandyberry and David Rivier Win LAS Awards

Ms. Brandyberry is the recipient of the College Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising; Professor Rivier is the recipient of the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

May 17, 2016

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships

A number of current and recent graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have applied for and won prestigious awards and fellowships. The awardees reflect the breadth of outstanding research at UIUC and the quality of students and researchers attracted to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

April 15, 2016

Department of Microbiology Honored as New Milestones Site by American Society for Microbiology

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was officially named a Milestones in Mi­crobiology site by ASM on 16 October 2015, in recognition of the many major accomplishments of UIUC microbiologists whose seminal discoveries significantly increased biological under­standing, advanced the science of microbiology, and continue to impact the...

April 01, 2016

Professor David Shapiro Named Eugene Howe Scholar in Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry and the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology congratulate Professor David Shapiro, who has been named the Eugene Howe Scholar in Biochemistry.

January 12, 2016

Kalsotra Named Prestigious CAS Fellow

Assistant Professor Auinash Kalsotra has been appointed, pending Board of Trustees approval, as a prestigious Fellow of the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study (CAS) for the academic year 2016-2017.

January 11, 2016

Mechanism of Key Cancer Target Revealed

New findings by Professor Stephen Sligar and colleagues have outlined the structural determinates of a chemical transformation that carries profound implications for the potential design of a mechanism-based inhibitors for the treatment of prostate cancer. The research is published in PNAS.

January 11, 2016

Prevalent but Under-studied Skin Infection Focus of New Research

Dr. Joanna Shisler, associate professor of microbiology and researcher at the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Beckman Institute, and Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for research using innovative approaches to understand the barriers preventing scientists from knowing...

January 11, 2016

Two Graduate Students Win Awards at Research Live! Competition

Ipek Tasan (Biochemistry) won First Place, and Robin Holland (Microbiology and Veterinary Medicine) won the People's Choice Award.

January 08, 2016

Martha Gillette and collaborators receive two grants to study the brain

Gillette, professor of cell and developmental biology, and colleagues will collaborate on various projects involving innovative single cell analysis in brain and the creation of biological machines in hopes of creating new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

January 05, 2016

William Metcalf Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The G.William Arends Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and professor of microbiology was selected for his “pioneering discoveries on the genetics and enzymology of methanogenesis by archaea and the mechanisms for aerobic methane formation in marine surface waters.”

January 05, 2016