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Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB)

With, not on: Reimagining autism in research

In the past six months, Laura Hetrick has spoken to more researchers than she has in her last 14 years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “The last thing an autistic person wants to hear is, ‘You need to talk...

Five Minutes With: Medical writer Christina Rosenberger (PhD, '16, cell and developmental biology)

In this new series of interviews with members of the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology community, we chat with Christina Rosenberger (PhD, 2016, cell and developmental biology), a medical writer and clinical research specialist with the National Cancer Institute's...

2024 Toogun Award winner recognized for exceptional research

Established in 2015, the Oyetunji A. Toogun Memorial Award for Excellence in Research is an annual award named in honor of Tunji Toogun, a PhD student in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology who passed away in 2007. The annual award recognizes CDB graduate students for their...

Congratulating the 2024 student award winners

The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology honored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students at its annual award ceremony, held on May 2. These student awards, fellowships, and scholarships recognize academic achievement, research accomplishments, and excellence in teaching and are made...

Unveiling the Role of SNUL RNAs in Ribosomal RNA Expression Regulation

A new study by University of Illinois scientist Dr. Kannanganattu V. Prasanth and his team of researchers at Illinois and across multiple institutions has shed light on a novel family of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs), and their significant...

Research sheds light on molecular pathway driving muscle weakness in muscular dystrophy

University of Illinois researchers have uncovered a molecular mechanism that influences muscle weakness in a mouse model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most common inherited neuromuscular disease and one of the most severe forms of inherited muscular dystrophies. The genetic disorder causes...

Bringing cells to life … and to Minecraft: $30 million NSF grant supports whole-cell modeling research

A new research center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will create whole-cell models that promise to transform our understanding of how cells function. With cutting-edge imaging and simulation tools, the center will advance the study of healthy and diseased cells; accelerate research...

Meet MCB: Jhewelle Fitz-Henley, PhD

Dr. Jhewelle Fitz-Henley joined the School of MCB in August 2023 as Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Outreach. She recently met with MCB PhD student Quang Nguyen to talk about her journey in science and...

Meet Haiting Ma, new professor in cell and developmental biology

The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Department of Cell & Developmental Biology are pleased to welcome Haiting Ma as an assistant professor...

Meet Boxuan Zhao, new professor in cell and developmental biology

The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Department of Cell & Developmental Biology are pleased to welcome Boxuan Zhao as an assistant professor of cell and developmental biology. He will join us in...