Highlights

Dr. Brenda Wilson honored with the Dr. Larine Y. Cowen Leadership in Diversity Award

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Shape-shifting agent targets harmful bacteria in the stomach

A new shape-shifting polymer can target and kill Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach without killing helpful bacteria in the gut. Such a treatment could improve the digestive health of billions of people worldwide who contract H. pylori infections.

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Study reveals how bacteria steal nutrients from the host

A new study, published in mBio, exposes a zinc-import system in bacteria that could contribute to their ability to cause infection.

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Dr. Eric Jakobsson, professor emeritus of Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Biochemistry, will discuss his personal, political, and scientific journey into climate science.

The event will be held at the Champaign Public Library on November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm and is presented in collaboration with the MCB Graduate Student Association.

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Alumnus Thomas Cycyota Receives American Association of Tissue Banks Award

Cycyota received the Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution in tissue banking or transplantation, whether in research, education, or laboratory improvement, or who has served the Association or the field of tissue banking.

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Alumnus Thomas Cycyota Receives American Association of Tissue Banks Award

Cycyota received the Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution in tissue banking or transplantation, whether in research, education, or laboratory improvement, or who has served the Association or the field of tissue banking.

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Cholesterol byproduct hijacks immune cells, lets breast cancer spread

The study, reported in Nature Communications, identifies new potential drug targets that could inhibit the creation or actions of the dangerous cholesterol byproduct.

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Dr. Susan Martinis, Head of biochemistry, named interim vice chancellor for research designate

Martinis is expected to begin role on Oct. 16.

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Satish Nair named I.C. Gunsalus Professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Nair, a professor of biochemistry in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and director of the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology, is a leader in studying how bacteria can make antibiotics and other medicinally relevant molecules.

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The School of MCB wishes to reiterate the sentiments of Chancellor Jones, "Intolerance, racism and violence...will never be condoned" in MCB or at Illinois.

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Brooke lab and colleagues working to develop evolving antiviral therapeutics

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding the multi-investigator group focusing on eliminating influenza virus.

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Study identifies two proteins necessary for epithelial cell-cell junctions

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Cell and Developmental Biology graduate student Yu-Kemp and colleagues identify two proteins necessary for epithelial cell-cell junctions

The work is the cover story of the August issue of The Journal of Cell Biology.

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The program aims to form new insights on the brain and expand participation in field of brain science.

The National Science Foundation recently granted the University of Illinois $3 million for an interdisciplinary graduate student training program to help form new insight on the brain—and to expand participation in the field of brain science itself.

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NSF awards Illinois $3 million for interdisciplinary graduate student training

Professor Martha Gillette will lead the program to form new insight on the brain and expand participation in field of brain science.

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The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology recognizes her dedication, talent, and effectiveness in teaching.

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Dennis Dalby wins the 2017 Staff Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Professor Jongsook Kemper’s group uncover a nutrient-sensing epigenetic pathway that controls autophagy

Lysosome-mediated autophagy is essential for cellular survival by recycling cytoplasmic components under nutrient-deprived conditions and removing damaged organelles in cells, but must be suppressed in nutrient-rich conditions to prevent unnecessary breakdown of cellular components. Molecular and Integrative Physiology Professor Jongsook Kemper, postdoctoral fellow Sangwon Byun (leading author of the study), research scientist Young Kim, and colleagues identified a new regulatory pathway that epigenetically represses autophagy upon feeding.

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Inhibitory neurons in green and neuron bundles expressing a protein that is triggered by a social experience in red.

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Dr. Jin's lab solves atomic structure of stalled ribosome by cryoEM

This is the first atomic structure of a ribosomal complex solved by cryoEM on the U of I campus.

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Dr. Jin's lab solves atomic structure of stalled ribosome by cryoEM

Dr. Hong Jin’s lab has solved the atomic structure of a stalled ribosome using state-of-art electron cryo-microscopy. This structure is used to understand how stalled ribosomes are rescued in the cell. The findings were published in Nature in January 2017.

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