Highlights

Dr. Thomas Kehl-Fie Named 2017 Vallee Scholar

The Vallee Foundation supports original, innovative, and pioneering work by early career scientists. Kehl-Fie is one of five scientists chosen from an international pool of candidates.

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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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Professor Satish Nair, postdoctoral researcher, Shi-Hui Dong, and colleagues find that slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them

The findings are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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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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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.

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