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New study uncovers novel receptor function in Fragile X syndrome

Fragile X syndrome is one of the most commonly inherited forms of autism and intellectual disability, and no treatment currently exists. But a team of University of Illinois researchers led by Vipendra Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, has...

School of MCB recognizes contributions of faculty, staff, grad students

The School of MCB is proud to recognize its stellar faculty and staff for their valuable contributions to the research and instructional missions of the school. At the 2022 Holiday Celebration, MCB director Milan Bagchi, Deborah Paul Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, gave awards in...

Researchers illuminate the important roles played by extracellular vesicles in early pregnancy

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...

School of MCB hiring faculty

The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is hiring faculty in several of our departments.

Machine-learning model can distinguish antibody targets

A new study from the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology shows that it is possible to use the genetic sequences of a person’s antibodies to predict what pathogens those antibodies will target. Reported in the journal Immunity, the new approach successfully differentiates between antibodies...

A career built from the heart

Alumnus Jason Robin serves as director of cardio oncology for Chicago-area hospital. He talks about his career in the latest LAS@Work article.

Mining microbial genomes to discover natural products

The world around us contains many chemicals that are useful for medicines, crop protection, and animal health. These chemicals—known as natural products—have typically been discovered by sheer luck. Unsurprisingly, traditional techniques often find the same products, like antibiotics, repeatedly...

In Memoriam: Victor Ramirez, pioneering neuroendocrinologist

With great sadness, the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology shares the news of the passing of Dr. Victor D. Ramirez, a preeminent neuroendocrinologist who served as professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics from...

Decoding the molecular clock that controls neurogenesis in visual center of Drosophila

The nervous system is made up of diverse cells that arise from progenitors in a specific time-dependent pattern. In a new study, published in Nature Communications, researchers have uncovered the molecular players involved and how the timing is controlled.

Dozens of MCB teachers ranked as excellent by students in Fall 2021

Nearly 40 MCB teachers and teaching assistants were recognized by their students in the Fall 2021 semester for excellence in instruction.