• 2022-11-21 - The largest Filipino-interest conference in the Midwest recently returned to an in-person format this fall at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the first time since 2019. The Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT) conference works to empower young, rising professionals while simultaneously educating the delegates about Filipino and Asian-American culture, identity, and issues. MCB Honors senior Angela Cabrera serves as a board member for the Philippine Student Association at the university and was one of the coordinators for the conference. She is also president of ...
  • 2022-11-21 - The College of LAS is welcoming 38 new professors for the 2022-23 academic year. Their new positions range from clinical professors to assistant professors and an endowed position in more than 20 academic units, ranging from African American studies to economics, philosophy, statistics, and several others.
  • 2022-11-17 - Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology have developed an innovative way to ‘see’ the fine structure and chemical composition of a human cell with unmatched clarity and precision. Their technique, which appeared in PNAS earlier this week, takes a creative — and counterintuitive — approach to signal detection.
  • 2022-11-15 - Microbes, human beings, and the many systems we inhabit, from farms to factories and hospitals to high schools, are all connected. Working in natural environments, research labs, and local communities, Rachel Whitaker has been studying the fascinating dynamics of microbial populations and their complex connections with biological systems for nearly two decades. Whitaker, a member of the University of Illinois microbiology faculty since 2004, was recently appointed the Harry E. Preble Professor in the...
  • 2022-11-08 - Since its launch more than three decades ago, researchers with the Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics Center at the University of Illinois have developed powerful modeling, simulation, and visualization software tools that help researchers better understand the complex biomolecular and cellular processes associated with human health and disease. The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and the Department of Biochemistry are pleased to announce the National Institutes of Health has renewed the center’s funding for another...
  • 2022-11-07 - Dear members of the MCB community, Since I was selected to serve as director of the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology in 2017, I have sought to be a goal-oriented leader who is consultative, transparent, and collegial. As I eagerly look ahead to the next five years, my overall mission, as it was when I first stepped into this role, is to apply my knowledge, experience, and passion for education, research, and innovation, to make a meaningful impact on school-specific goals as well as campus-wide initiatives through interdisciplinary collaborations. One of my first actions as...
  • 2022-11-04 - Although researchers have learned much about SARS-CoV-2, the vast array of unexplained symptoms associated with acute and post-acute ("long") COVID-19 warrants the search for additional biochemical pathways involved. On the basis of amino-acid sequence analyses and computational approaches, it has recently been suggested that nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) may act as additional SARS-CoV-2 plasma membrane receptors through the binding of the virus' spike protein to a site that overlaps with the orthosteric, ACh-binding sites.
  • 2022-11-01 - Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have generated the first comprehensive cellular map of the cornea in a frog species at early and adult developmental stages. Their findings could lead to the improvement of therapeutic treatments for diseases and dystrophies that effect human corneal tissue integrity. In this study, Jonathan Henry’s lab characterized more than 22,000 single-cell transcriptomes to generate an atlas of the cornea in Xenopus (South African clawed frog) larvae and adults. First author Surabhi Sonam, PhD, says the goal of their research was to...
  • 2022-10-28 - As she viewed the radiograph in Decatur Memorial Hospital’s Radiology Department’s reading room, Jeanne Bullock Goldberg was fascinated by what she saw: the bones and innermost details of a hand. It was 1965, and having just graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School, she had applied for a summer job as a file clerk in the X-ray department. At that time, she was informed that an interview with the department’s head radiologist, Dr. Richard Kinzer, would be required. Standing by her side, Dr. Kinzer asked her to make a diagnosis. Trembling slightly and taking a deep breath, she declared, “...
  • 2022-10-24 - Each year, Mayo Clinic invites approximately 180 undergraduate students from across the nation to participate in their SURF program, which provides undergraduates the opportunity to work at the forefront of biomedical research at one of the world’s leading medical centers. As part of the longstanding Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance, Mayo Clinic reserves seven spots each year for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students, who are chosen by a pre-selection committee. As a 2021 SURF, Angelina Wilton worked in Athreya’s lab to work on establishing multi-omic biomarkers of ...
  • 2022-10-17 - A new study from the University of Illinois further helps explain links between epilepsy and reproductive comorbidities. The Christian-Hinman laboratory's findings were published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.
  • 2022-10-11 - As the worldwide community celebrates Day of the Girl today, we are reminded of the bravery girls around the globe demonstrate in their fight for equal access to education. In particular, my thoughts this week have been with students at Sharif University in Tehran, who have shown support for each other and courage as they’ve protested the death of Mahsa Amini.  To our students, faculty, and staff with ties to Iran; know that we share in your pain and hopes for a brighter future for all. We also encourage you to take time to process what is happening, through support resources offered by the...
  • 2022-10-06 - The influenza virus, which causes the flu, is a major public health issue, infecting millions of people and estimated to cost $10 billion in direct medical costs in the United States each year. Like most viruses, influenza mutates rapidly as it spreads, making it difficult to vaccinate against every possible strain. Every year there is a massive effort to determine which strains will likely be the most prevalent, in order to make a vaccine that offers the best protection for that season.
  • 2022-09-27 - New research from University of Illinois biochemistry professor Raven Huang reveals that lethal ribosomal damage in bacteria can be reversed by a pair of bacterial enzymes named PrfH and RtcB. The finding raises the question of whether similar ribosomal damage can also be repaired in humans because the poison ricin can kill people by damaging human ribosome.
  • 2022-09-27 - Deciphering the molecular basis of cell-cell communications during early pregnancy has long been a challenge of reproductive scientists. New research from the University of Illinois further illuminates the fascinating dialogue between the developing embryo and endometrium by shedding new light on the important roles played by extracellular vesicles produced and secreted by endometrial cells.