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Biotech leader reflects on his career, extends support for next generation of innovators

From helping bring a powerful, first-in-class HIV treatment to market to his most recent position as the CEO and co-owner of a preclinical contract research organization, Michael Recny (PhD, biochemistry, ’83) has paved a successful career path in the biotechnology industry, a field that was just...

PhD graduate wins Sternberg Thesis Prize for microbiology research

Congratulations to Maryam Khademian, a recent Illinois PhD graduate in microbiology, whose thesis was chosen for the Sternberg Thesis Prize. The award will be presented to Khademian at the 2021 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Conference.

Alumna and pioneering scientist Carrol Foxall establishes fellowship for undergraduates pursuing summer research

Carrol Foxall and her husband, fellow Illinois graduate Robert Foxall, recently established a new Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to support students in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology on their journeys to becoming well-rounded scholars.

Susan Brennan (BS, ’85, microbiology) has built a career in sustainability, solving problems

MCB alumna Susan Brennan reflects on her time at the University of Illinois and her career. She also shares advice for girls and women who hope to pursue careers in STEM.

Microbiology grad leverages her Illinois research training into career at Abbott

On January 9, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the discovery of a mysterious string of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, which they believed could be caused by a novel coronavirus. At the same time in Illinois, executives at the medical device and healthcare company Abbott...

The lessons of a Nobel Laureate

Phillip Sharp recalls a key moment on campus as he renews support for the U of I.

UIUC biology alumna appointed to Biden's COVID-19 advisory panel

Congratulations to University of Illinois biology alumna Dr. Julie Morita, who was recently named to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory panel.

Four MCB alumni honored with 2020 LAS alumni awards

The winners are being honored during LAS Impact 2020, a weeklong celebration of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences starting on Oct. 26.

Microbiology alumni collaborate on COVID-19 wastewater tests

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, University of Illinois alumnus David Townsend (BS ’88, microbiology) and members of his team at IDEXX Laboratories have developed a test to monitor the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater that rapidly detects the virus’ genetic material.

Liqian Ma awarded Mead Graduate Fellowship

The University of Illinois School of Molecular and Cellular Biology is pleased to announce the inaugural recipient of the Julie and David Mead Graduate Fellowship.