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Halomonas are a hardy breed of bacteria living in deep sandstone formations that are useful for hydrocarbon extraction and carbon sequestration, as reported in new research led by IGB member Bruce Fouke.

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology and IGB faculty member Carl Bernacchi has been selected as a 2014-2015 Helen Corley Petit Scholar.

A group of researchers, led by Biosystems Design theme leader Huimin Zhao, has demonstrated the use of an innovative DNA engineering technique to discover potentially valuable functions hidden within bacterial genomes. 

This October, Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise nominated May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology, to the Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee (BIO AC) at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Through the CompGen initiative, the IGB and the Coordinated Science Laboratory in the College of Engineering are developing new technology for genomic breakthroughs.

Anthropology professor and IGB member Ripan Malhi works with Native Americans to collect and analyze their DNA and that of their ancestors.

Saurabh Sinha, Associate Professor of Computer Science, and colleagues chosen for Top Ten Paper Award at the recent RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics.

Law professor and IGB theme leader Jay Kesan says the alleged “explosion” in patent-related litigation is mostly exaggerated.

Former Arends Professor Emerita of Microbiology remembered for her intellect, sense of humor, and exceptional ability as a teacher and a mentor.

Hyunjoon Kong and collaborators have developed a synthesized substance that folds itself into a shape which can control the flow of an embedded drug.

Through state-of-the-art ancient DNA and protein work, researchers including Al Roca (left) and Yasuko Ishida of Illinois have determined a 300-year-old type specimen for Asian elephants is actually an African elephant.

Gina Kolata, Science Journalist for the New York Times, will present her lecture "How to Misread the Science of Health" on Friday, November 15, 3:00pm at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

On a crisp fall day, students, faculty and staff learned about ongoing research projects at the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) Energy Farm as they walked among towering plots of prairie grasses and woody plants.

Top University members and IGB leadership gathered for the first meeting of the IGB External Advisory Board

Illinois researchers across campus are collaborating to build a computer for enable faster DNA sequencing and massive data set processing. 

Team reports they have engineered yeast to consume acetic acid, a previously unwanted byproduct of the biofuels conversion process.

Genome Day is nearly here! Join us on November 2, 2013 as we invite the community to come learn about DNA, genes, genomes, and evolution in an approachable manner for all ages.

A multidisciplinary effort of 15 scientists from 3 institutions identified a bacterial protein function and the biochemical pathway in which it operates, which could help identify the functions of hundreds of other proteins.

IGB Director Gene Robinson, with Professor of Engineering Ravishankar K. Iyer, recently spoke in Bangalore, India on a next-gen computing project as reported by the magazine Current Science.

IGB Director Gene Robinson is featured in a recent Pacific Standard magazine cover article by David Dobbs, entitled "The Social Life of Genes."

Two members of the Energy Biosciences Institute are joining the newly formed Center for a Sustainable Environment (CSE) at the University of Illinois.

A $3M grant from the Simons Foundation will fund an effort by the Gene Networks in Neural & Developmental Plasticity theme to search for similarities in ways the brains of different species produce social behavior.

More than a dozen students from across North America attended the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) workshop from August 4–11.

The University of Illinois hosted the 2013 International Symposium on C4 and CAM Plant Biology, with nearly 175 plant scientists from 17 countries discussed improving crop performance through photosynthesis in C4 and CAM plants.

Amy Malick, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability for the Chicago Department of Aviation, visited UIUC to learn more about the work of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI).

More than a flight of fancy - A new art exhibit at Midway airport features images from the Institute for Genomic Biology’s pioneering research.

IGB Fellow Bo Wang (front) with Phil Newmark (right) and James Collins (left) are studying the unique mechanisms that allow schistosomes’ germinal cells to create thousands of clonal larvae that can then infect humans.

IGB faculty members Nigel Goldenfeld, Stephen Long, and Jonathan Sweedler were among nine Illinois faculty named Center for Advanced Study Professors.

Elbert Branscomb, IGB affiliate faculty member, discusses unique theory about how life arose on Earth which may reveal clues how it might have arisen in the universe

IGB Director Gene Robinson served as a witness at the Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing on the Frontiers of Human Brain Research in Washington, D.C.

Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Brendan Harley (r) with postdoc Sara Pedron found a way to adjust the malignancy of brain cancer cells in a newly developed polymer gel that mimics conditions in the brain.

Chemistry professor and IGB faculty Paul Hergenrother (left) with veterinary clinical medicine professor Tim Fan led a study of an anti-cancer compound in dogs now headed for human clinical trials.

Middle school girls learned that pollen does a lot more than help flowers reproduce at Pollen Power Camp!, a weeklong summer camp hosted by the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Research led by Matthew Wheeler at the IGB will help this revolutionary technology save the lives of countless other children.

Hyunjoon Kong, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and IGB member, led study on valuable new tool for microscale biotechnology.

IGB Director Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois has been chosen to receive the iBIO Institute’s 2013 iCON Innovator Award.

University of Illinois anthropology professor and IGB affiliate Ripan Malhi led an analysis that links ancient and present-day Native Americans in British Columbia, Canada.

Four researchers at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) have been granted access to the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Bo Wang, IGB Fellow in the Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering theme, has received a Career Award at the Scientific Interface by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

IGB Director Gene Robinson will lead efforts to plan conference and award $1M in seed grants.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded the IGB a $2M grant, under the leadership of PI Huimin Zhao and co-PI Christopher Rao, to provide instrumentation and core facilities for a new theme devoted to synthetic biology.

The IGB held the second in a series of learning and discussion workshops with BGI (formerly known as the Beijing Genomics Institute) with 12 members from BGI traveling from China to spend the week in Illinois.

A new study led by IGB Director Gene Robinson reports a regulatory gene involved in learning and the detection of novelty in vertebrates is also present in the brains of honey bees when they are learning how to locate and return with food.

New tension gauge tether (TGT) laboratory method developed developed by physicist and IGB faculty Taekjip Ha with postdoc Xuefeng Wang has broad applications for research into stem cells, cancer, infectious disease, and immunology.

Researchers develop cradle and app for the iPhone to make a handheld biosensor using the phone’s own camera and processing power to detect any kind of biological molecules or cells.

The Enzyme Function Initiative (EFI), one of the largest collaborative projects hosted at the IGB, has published a seminal paper in PNAS on the functional prediction of polyprenyl transferases.

Hyunjoon Kong, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and IGB faculty, and colleagues are developing a polymer coating to help stem cells target inflamed cells, regrow healthy tissue and calm inflammation.

Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology and IGB faculty member Stephen P. Long has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Award recognizes Saurabh Sinha, Associate Professor of Computer Science and member of the Gene Networks in Neural & Developmental Plasticity research theme.

William Metcalf, Professor of Microbiology and leader of the Mining Microbial Genomes research theme selected as the G. William Arends Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Brandon Burkhart, a graduate student in chemical biology from Doug Mitchell's lab, was recently awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

IGB faculty and Swanlund Professor of Physics Nigel Goldenfeld is leading a new interdisciplinary NASA Astrobiology Institute team including many IGB members to provide a clearer understanding of the early stages of evolution.

While working out the structure of a cell-killing protein produced by some strains of the bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, IGB member Wilfred van der Donk (L) with grad Weixin Tang (R) stumbled on a bit of unusual biochemistry.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has gifted the IGB a highly parallel shared memory supercomputer named Ember. Originally funded by the NSF, Ember will be managed by the HPCBio group.

Professor of microbiology and a founding member of the University’s Institute for Genomic Biology, Carl Woese was a giant among scientists. Best known for his discovery of Archaea, a third domain of life, his wider work and theories have transformed scientific thinking about the very origins of life and the nature of evolution. 

As part of an international exchange of knowledge and ideas, the Institute for Genomic Biology and BGI (formerly known as the Beijing Genomics Institute) are engaging in a series of learning and discussion workshops.

Victor Jongeneel, director of High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio), has been appointed to the PubMed Central Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Carl R. Woese, who overturned one of the major dogmas of biology with the discovery of Archaea, the third domain of life, has passed away following complications from pancreatic cancer at the age of 84. 

IGB Director Gene Robinson has been elected to the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The NAMHC advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Director, National Institutes of Health; and the Director, National Institute of Mental Health, on all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of mental health research, research training, and other programs of the Institute.

Comparative biosciences professor Suzanne Berry-Miller, veterinary clinical medicine professor Robert O’Brien and colleagues developed a method that enhanced cardiac function in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The Institute for Genomic Biology will once again be hosting the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop, to discuss genomics as a tool for Native American communities.

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Illinois has received a five–year, $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop ozone-resistance in corn. A team at the IGB in the Genomic Ecology of Global Change theme will lead the research.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a five–year, $25-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the photosynthetic properties of key food crops, including rice and cassava. 

IGB faculty member Taekjip Ha and his colleagues discovered how a DNA-repair protein matches up a broken DNA strand with an intact region of double-stranded DNA.

IGB faculty member Sua Myong (left) and graduate student Helen Hwang determined the action of proteins that regulate the caps on the ends of DNA strands, creating an assay that could be used to screen anti-cancer drugs.

With the aid of a 3-D printer, Illinois researchers including IGB affiliate Rashid Bashir (above, right) and IGB faculty Hyunjoon Kong (left) have fashioned soft, 7mm biological robots out of gel-like material and rat heart cells.

IGB affiliate and animal biology professor Alison Bell and her colleagues tracked changes in the activity of hundreds of genes in the brains of stickleback fish in response to a territorial threat.

Thank you to everyone who attended Genome Day, a day of learning about genomes, genes, DNA, and evolution at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign on Saturday, November 3, 2012.

Over 460 attendees participated in the 16 different activities, such as investigating planarian flatworms, learning how organisms relate to each other on the Tree of Life, extracting strawberry DNA to make necklaces, and dancing with plants on the big screen. As part of the outreach mission of the IGB to promote activities and undertake projects targeted to engage K-12 students as well as the east-central Illinois community with the University of Illinois, events such as Genome Day strive to present the key concepts of the research taking place at the IGB, in an approachable manner for all ages.

Victor Jongeneel, director of the High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio) program and affiliate of the Institute for Genomic Biology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, is a key participant in a grant awarded by the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative, or H3Africa, to establish a pan-continental bioinformatics network to aid research.

The Institute for Genomic Biology, with support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Proof of Concept (POC) funding. The IGB POC initiative aims to foster downstream capitalization of research and enable innovative technologies to reach important milestones which may accelerate their translation into licensable products and services.

IGB Biocomplexity theme leader Nigel Goldenfeld to lead one of five new research teams joining the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to study the origin and evolution of life, on a five-year grant totaling approximately $8 million.

Elizabeth Ainsworth and Phillip Newmark have been named as University Scholars, a program created to recognize the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers.

Sua Myong, an assistant professor of Bioengineering and faculty member of the Cellular Decision Making in Cancer theme, is the recipient of a 2012 NIH Director's New Innovator Award.

IGB faculty members Wilfred van der Donk and William Metcalf and colleagues discovered the origin of much of the methane in the oxygen-rich regions of the ocean.

Chemistry professor and IGB affiliate Ryan C. Bailey has been chosen as one of the world’s top young innovators by Technology Review, the world’s oldest technology magazine.

Global Change Biology (GCB) and its sister journal GCB Bioenergy received record high impact ratings from the Institute for Scientific Information last month. Edited by Deputy Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute and IGB faculty member Steve Long, GCB and GCB Bioenergy are two of several journals put out by the IGB.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Management (CEM) program is a collaborative effort between the College of Business and the Institute for Genomic Biology. Spring 2012 CEM graduates discuss their experience and successes in the program in a new video.

IGB faculty and co-PI Andrew Leakey, with PI and Director of the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels Tom Brutnell, are working to develop a model plant system to improve drought tolerance and advance the sustainable capabilities of bioenergy grasses.

Animal biology professor and IGB affiliate Alison Bell received the Young Investigator Award from the Animal Behavior Society for "remarkable research contributions … and the early training of young scholars" in her laboratory.

University of Illinois researchers (from left) Glenn Fried, Luke Mander, Surangi W. Punyasena and Mayandi Sivaguru release findings on what microscopy techniques are needed to identify the shape and texture of pollen grains.

The Institute for Genomic Biology, with support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Proof of Concept (POC) funding. The IGB POC initiative aims to foster downstream capitalization of research and enable innovative technologies to reach important milestones which may accelerate their translation into licensable products and services.

Energy Biosciences Institute program leader and University of Illinois crop sciences professor Stephen Moose and his colleagues mapped the Miscanthus sinensis genome, a first step toward a full genome sequence.

The economy, the market, the future, and the uncertainty of the Renewable Fuel Standard were the focus of this year’s Fourth Annual Energy Biosciences Institute Biofuels Law and Regulation Conference, with Tim Slating (left), EBI regulatory associate, Karl Simon, director of the Transportation and Climate Division for the U.S. EPA, and Jay Kesan, BioBEL theme leader.

H. Rex Gaskins was elected President-elect of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Founded in 1903, the SEBM is a not-for-profit scientific society formed to promote investigation in the biomedical sciences. The Society publishes the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Harris Lewin has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Lewin, an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences and founding director of the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), was recognized for research he conducted during his 27 years at the University of Illinois.

University of Illinois engineers including Stephen Boppart developed a method to computationally correct aberrations in three-dimensional tissue microscopy.

A new antibiotic, an analog of the widely used food preservative nisin, has the potential to combat food-borne diseases as well as be a boon to the dairy industry as a treatment for bovine mastitis.

A new study describes how bacteria use a previously unknown means to defeat an antibiotic, through modifying a common “housekeeping” enzyme to recognize and disarm the antibiotic.

A new study in Science suggests that thrill-seeking is not limited to humans and other vertebrates. Some honey bees, too, are more likely than others to seek adventure.

Microbiology professor and member of the Biocomplexity research theme Rachel Whitaker, with colleagues, found two groups of nearly identical microbes that were diverging into different species.

Sriram Chandrasekaran, a PhD student in the Nathan Price lab, has been selected as a Lemelson-MIT $30,000 Illinois Student Prize Finalist. Finalists were chosen by a distinguished panel of entrepreneurs as well as faculty members and professionals from across Illinois campus.

Professor Gene Robinson has accepted the position of Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) effective January 9, 2012, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

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Abbott and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced today they have established the first-ever multi-disciplinary nutrition and cognition research center, which will be located on the Urbana campus.

Microbiology professor Steven Blanke, right, doctoral student Prashant Jain, and a colleague at Purdue University found a mechanism linking Helicobacter pylori infection, impairment of the mitochondria and cell death.

The National Science Foundation has awarded the Institute for Genomic Biology and the School of Integrative Biology a $3.2 million training grant. Pictured here is principal investigator Andrew Suarez, with co-PIs Gene Robinson, Carla Cáceres, and Sandra Rodriguez-Zas.

James Slauch and Paul Kenis have been named as University Scholars, a program created to recognize the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers.

University of Illinois chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Huimin Zhao and his colleagues engineered a new detector of compounds that bind to estrogen receptors in human cells.

Andrew Leakey, a member of the Genomic Ecology of Global Change theme at IGB, was recently selected as a Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study.  Leakey’s proposal, “Opening the Black Box of Plant Responses to Global Environmental Change with Genomic Tools”, deals with global environmental change in this century and the impact on growing conditions in farmers' fields and crop yields.

Researchers got a first look at microbes that inhabit the colonic mucosa. Pictured, from left, University of Illinois animal sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Rex Gaskins, animal sciences visiting research specialist Ann Benefiel, Carle Foundation Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Eugene Greenberg, and postdoctoral researcher Franck Carbonero.

James Slauch and Wilfred van der Donk  have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. They are among the 78 microbiologists chosen by their peers for significant contributions to their field. 

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers a first look at the genetic underpinnings of the evolution of eusociality in bees.

Cellular Decision Making in Cancer Theme Leader Taekjip Ha has been awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Science by the Ho-Am Foundation in Korea.

The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at the University of Illinois have launched a Proof of Concept Award Program to support commercialization of high-potential, early-stage technologies from the IGB.

IGB Faculty Member May Berenbaum will receive the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, an international award that recognizes “those individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to scientific knowledge and public leadership to preserve and enhance the environment of the world.”

Gene E. Robinson is now the Interim Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

IGB faculty member Jian Ma has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to study large-scale genomic changes in mammalian species and their phenotypic consequences.

IGB Director Harris Lewin is a recipient of the 2011 Wolf Prize in Agriculture. He shares the prize with James R. Cook, of Washington State University. The $100,000 Wolf Prizes are awarded each year, with recipients in agriculture, chemistry, physics, mathematics, medicine and the arts. The prize committee selected Lewin for his “highly significant discoveries” in the field of animal agriculture.

A newly engineered yeast strain can simultaneously consume two types of sugar from plants to produce ethanol, IGB researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new strain, made by combining, optimizing and adding to earlier advances, reduces or eliminates several major inefficiencies associated with current biofuel production methods.

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If a cell is damaged, does it repair itself or decide to self-destruct? And just how does the cell make that decision? The Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the formation of a new research theme, Cellular Decision Making in Cancer, to look at those kinds of questions.

A team of scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mayo Clinic, and the J. Craig Venter Institute are leveraging a long-standing research relationship to apply results from the Human Microbiome Project to help identify microbial risk predictors for preterm birth. 

Researchers at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois have developed a way to harness the prodigious quantities of both genomic and metabolic data being generated with high-throughput genomics and other techniques. They have developed an algorithm that automatically integrates both data sets. The model, called probabilistic regulation of metabolism (PROM), enables researchers to perturb a given regulatory gene or metabolic process and see how that affects the entire network.

Tricking honey bees into thinking they have traveled long distance to find food alters gene expression in their brains, researchers report this month. Their study, in the journal Genes, Brain and Behavior, is the first to identify distance-responsive genes.

A team of researchers led by University of Illinois biochemistry professor John A. Gerlt has received a five-year, $33.9 million grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences to study the functions of unknown enzymes. The glue grant – so called because it brings together multidisciplinary groups of investigators – was awarded to provide resources to tackle the complex problems that are of central importance to biomedical science but are beyond the means of any one research group, according to the NIGMS.

University of Illinois professor William Metcalf has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, a distinction awarded to microbiologists who have made original contributions to their field, the American Society for Microbiology announced this month.

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University of Illinois Founder Professor of Bioengineering and Computer Science Tandy Warnow and graduate student Siavash Mirarab (not pictured) led the computational effort that resolved the avian tree of life.

Six Illinois faculty including Brendan Harley and Phillip Newmark were elected 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Members of the Gene Networks in Neural & Developmental Plasticity theme found that distantly related organisms share key genetic mechanisms that help them respond to threats.

Chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk and group solved a decades-old mystery into how a broad class of natural antibiotics are made.

In a recent study led by Professor of Animal Sciences Alfred Roca, scientists discovered that 39 different koala retroviruses were passed down from parent to offspring.

Computer Science Professor Tandy Warnow with international colleagues published a PNAS paper revealing important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers will work together in a new NIH Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence to create powerful computational tools

Entomologist May Berenbaum has received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.

Microbiologist and molecular and cellular biologist Bill Metcalf leads collaboration on algorithm to analyze microbial genomic data discover new therapeutic drugs.

Animal biology professor Alison Bell and doctoral student Laura Stein study how stickleback fish dads influence the behavior of their young.

Eight years ago, the University of Illinois began an innovative experiment in transdisciplinary collaboration by launching the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB).

Microbiology professor Isaac Cann and colleagues found bacterial enzymes in the human gut rivalling cow rumen's ability to break down plant fiber hemicellulose for biofuels production.

In recent papers, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Princess Imoukhuede and co-authors have made significant progress in personalizing angiogenesis inhibition cancer treatments. 

The Science Coalition has launched the new blog SCIENCE 2034, which features predictions of what science and innovation will yield for the future.

Plant biology professor Evan DeLucia and colleagues found that land plants have the capacity to produce much more biomass than previously estimated.

IGB Fellow Scott Woolbright describes how climate relicts - regions with uncharacteristic qualities - help understand how climate change affects ecological communities.

Jun Song, Founder Professor of Bioengineering and Physics, led a combined genomic and computational approach in biomedical research to reprogram stem cells.

IGB director Gene Robinson and colleagues found that changes in brain metabolism influence insect aggression.

Professor Ning Wang led a team that found that tumor-repopulating cancer cells can go dormant in stiffer tissues but wake up and multiply when placed in a softer environment.

Inspired by the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, plant biologist James O’Dwyer with collaborators from Singapore improved an ecology model to better understand evolution.

Plant biologist Steve Long ponders strategies to recruit the next generation of researchers.

IGB director Gene Robinson (left, with citizen scientist Paul Tenczar) led research which placed RFID tags on honey bees to track the activity of individual bees in the hive.

Twenty-six girls from around East Central Illinois participated in the second year of IGB's week-long science day camp, Pollen Power!

IGB director Gene Robinson led a study of the changes in gene activity that accompany changes in the honey bee diet.

Associate professor of anthropology Ripan Malhi featured on Day of Archaeology website in article "Molecular Archeology Puts Artifacts in Perspective."

University of Illinois researchers have developed a new technique to quickly uncover novel, medically relevant products produced by bacteria.

Professor of Physics Nigel Goldenfeld interviews with Susan Mazur of Huffington Post on evolution, Carl Woese, and the need for a theory of life.

Registration open for University of Illinois MOOC (massively open online course) on how life emerged on Earth.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has named Jeffrey S. Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry, an HHMI Professor.

Team finds technique for first step toward developing specialized tissues and organs from stem cells.

Transnational rice study on photosynthesis could improve international food security.

A new nanoparticle design, inspired by cell membranes, has led to clearer MRI images and paved the way for better diagnostic tools.

This week’s Science Nation video, produced by the NSF, features work from the laboratory of entomologist and IGB Director Gene Robinson.

The Citizen Scientist Program, conceived by IGB, Beckman, and OLLI, brings senior citizens into the labs as research assistants.

Professor of Anthropology Ripan Malhi analyzed DNA from a girl who died 12,000 to 13,0000 years ago in the Yucatan.

Karen Sears, Assistant Professor at the School of Integrative Biology, appeared on the PBS series Your Inner Fish, which traces 350 million years of human evolution.

Plant biology professor and IGB faculty member Andrew Leakey with colleagues report that levels of zinc, iron and protein drop in some key crop plants when grown at elevated CO2 levels.

Don Ort, Professor of Plant Biology, with Stephen Long, Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology, discuss corn belt yield limits in a recent perspective in Science magazine.

Wilfred A. van der Donk, the Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Join us to hear the latest IGB research, connect with colleagues, and share your work during the poster session.

Join the IGB this week at indi go Gallery for the next installment of our Art of Science show!

Amy Wagoner Johnson is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, whose research interests include synthetic biomaterials and bone regeneration.

Microbiologist Rachel Whitaker and team explore the idea of viruses and their hosts coevolving together, using the model system of hot springs at Yellowstone National Park.

Landes Bioscience, publisher of the journal RNA Biology, has dedicated their entire March 2014 issue to articles on Carl Woese.

The traveling art exhibition featuring research images from the Institute for Genomic Biology makes its way to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

Plant biology professor and IGB faculty member Stephen Long leads an initiative to turn sugarcane into a more productive, cold-tolerant, oil-rich crop.

IGB faculty Zaida Luthey-Schulten and Taekjip Ha led a study of how the ribosome assembles itself.

Jun S. Song named department of Bioengineering's first Founder Professor, part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative to support big data and bioengineering.

IGB works with Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, holds “Genomics for Judges” seminar that prepares judges to deal with legal questions involving DNA sequencing, analysis, and related technologies.

Through DNA analysis, Professor of Animal Sciences Alfred Roca and team have disproved years of rumors surrounding the ancient Battle of Raphia, the only known battle between Asian and African elephants.

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The Computing Genomes in Reproductive Health theme employs game theory - the study of competition and conflict - to better understand how factors such as infection or genetic predisposition can cause preterm birth.

The University of Illinois has been awarded a 3-year, $5 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as part of its OPEN 2015 funding initiative (ARPA-E OPEN).

IGB Director Gene Robinson remarks in a Science Perspective on a recent study showing male prairie voles who roam widely looking for mates have poorer spatial memory than more faithful male counterparts.

A new study concerning historical losses in crop quality and yield from ground-level ozone shows ozone emissions have reduced soybean and corn yields significantly over the last 30 years.

Professor of Crop Science and Plant Biology Stephen Long to speak at public session of the Paris Climate Change Conference concerning the research challenges associated with developing a climate-smart agri-food system.

William Metcalf, G. William Arends Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, one of six Illinois researchers named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows.

By studying the behavior of living cells and combining them with synthetic tissue, researchers are creating “biological machines” to deliver drugs, function as diagnostic tools, and serve as contaminant sensors.

Researchers report that liver cells utilize a mechanism called 'alternative splicing,' which alters how genes are translated into proteins during the critical period of postnatal organ maturation.

IGB Director Gene Robinson and colleagues found that honey bee larvae raised in aggressive hives are more likely to be aggressive themselves when they emerge as adults.

A team of researchers developed a new broad-spectrum antibiotic that kills bacteria by punching holes in their membranes.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Andrew Belmont to lead team as part of the National Institutes of Health Common Fund's recently-unveiled 4D Nucleome Program.

Recent symposium "Looking in the right direction: Carl Woese and the New Biology" celebrated the renaming of the Institute in Woese’ memory, highlighting the many areas of valuable research his work made possible.

A mathematical model developed by a group of physicists at the University of Illinois suggests that homochirality can be used as a universal biosignature.

New genomic research reveals that emotions and behavior are shaped by a second layer of organization in the brain, reliant on genes.

UIUC_Illinois International Genetically Engineered Machine team earns silver medal at the 2015 iGEM Giant Jamboree competition.

Crop sciences professor Gustavo Caetano-Anollés led a study that adds to the evidence that viruses are alive and share a long evolutionary history with other life forms.

Chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk (left), postdoctoral researcher Kou-San Ju, microbiology professor William Metcalf and colleagues used genome mining to discover new natural products quickly and inexpensively.

In a recent NAE article Illinois’ Gutgsell Endowed Chair of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences Steve Long with UC’s Philomathia Professor of Alternative Energy Chris Somerville predict farmers can sustainably, and affordably, meet humanity’s growing demand for food and fuel.

Biologists and mathematicians at the University of Illinois work together to examine the developmental sources of variation within and between species

Chemistry professor Jeffrey Moore, graduate student Joshua Grolman and materials science and engineering professor Kristopher Kilian led a research team to create a new synthetic tissue environment for more realistic cell biology research.

Professor of Bioengineering Sergei Maslov with colleagues had developed a platform to assess E. coli strains faster and more efficiently.

An international team of researchers, including Associate Professor of Anthropology Ripan Malhi, help clarify history of migration to the Americas with an extensive sequencing study.

Researchers report two hybrid sugarcanes are able to perform well at colder temperatures, staying green and converting carbon dioxide to plant matter at a steady rate.

A diverse group of researchers led by Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology Donald Ort proposes a roadmap to achieve global food production goals by redesigning photosynthesis.

An Illinois team led by head of Medical Information Science Bruce Schatz developed a smartphone app, MoveSense, which monitors cardiopulmonary patients by analyzing the way they walk to predict oxygen saturation levels.

The IGB summer day camp Pollen Power! brought 24 middle school girls to the IGB to learn about plants, pollination and technology.

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology James O'Dwyer finds new microbial ‘family tree’ is the Google map of ecology.

Plant biologists, computer scientists will develop an automated measurement system using sensors mounted on drones, and analyze the resulting large data sets to facilitate development of high-yielding strains of sorghum.

Researchers compared genomic data needs with other big data leaders and found that genomics is poised to be a leader in data acquisition, storage, distribution and analysis.

New BD2K grant to researchers at the University of Illinois and Stanford will fund the development of more efficient genomic data compression software.

Illinois will be the lead institution on the Mobile Energy-crop Phenotyping Platform (MEPP), working in partnership with researchers from Cornell University and Signetron Inc.

IGB Director Gene Robinson received an honorary doctoral degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his scientific leadership and groundbreaking contribution to the molecular basis of social behavior.

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Ting Lu and colleagues have uncovered new insights into fermentation, opening new possibilities for advanced biofuel development.

A course organized by animal biologist Alison Bell through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), “How Genomics is Changing Everything,” covered topics such as cell division, genomics of plant breeding, and bioengineering for local community members.

A study of limestone deposits within the Anio Novus aqueduct in Rome has allowed Illinois researchers led by geologist Bruce Fouke to report an actual estimate for the aqueduct’s flow rate.

Computer scientist Saurabh Sinha and colleagues use biological knowledge and bioinformatic algorithms to predict dynamics of gene regulation.

Recent genomic research from Animal Sciences Professor Alfred Roca and others has prompted a petition that calls for the reclassification of African elephants from one threatened species to two endangered species.

IGB members Huimin Zhao, Charles Schroeder, and team have observed how genome-editing proteins find specific targets, which could lead to better disease treatment gene therapies.

A breakthrough made by a collaborative team of researchers, including Founder Professor of Bioengineering and Physics Jun Song, has implications for better targeted cancer treatment protocols.

IGB faculty Saurabh Sinha and Director Gene Robinson, with an international consortium of 52 scientists, used comparative genomics to discover evolution of bee society is associated with increases in complexity of gene regulation.

Mathematical model’s predictions of resource sharing in a microbial community confirmed through empirical work.

The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to a genomics research community positioned "where science meets society." Its mission is to advance life sciences research and stimulate bioeconomic development in Illinois through pioneering, transformative research.

Professor Taekjip Ha, leader of the Cellular Decision Making in Cancer research theme at the IGB, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

University of Illinois Animal Sciences Professor and IGB member Alfred Roca co-authored the recent literature review “Elephant Natural History: A Genomic Perspective” identifying a need to recognize the forest elephant as a separate species.

Behavioral observation, ecological sampling, and high-throughput sequencing give researchers insight into tamarin foraging strategies and prey preferences in study involving Associate Professor of Anthropology Ripan Malhi.

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Hyunjoon Kong and his team look to glacial moraines as inspiration for more precise delivery of micro-therapies.

The ‘Art of Science: Images from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology,’ now in its fifth year, will hold its opening reception on April 23, 6:00pm, at the Indi Go Artist Co-op in Champaign.

University of Illinois scientists, including first author Bright Agindotan, former postdoc with the Energy Biosciences Institute, reported in Archives of Virology evidence of a potential new mastrevirus.

University of Illinois researchers led by Associate Professor of Microbiology Rachel Whitaker found the microbe Sulfolobus islandicus can go dormant, ceasing to grow and reproduce, in order to protect from infection.

Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology Stephen Long and colleagues report on advances and challenges in improving plant photosynthesis.

Plant biology professor Ray Ming and colleagues discovered that papaya cultivation 4,000 years ago likely led to the evolution of hermaphrodite plants, which are favored by growers today.

A research team led by Professor of Physics Taekjip Ha, above right, has found that DNA uncoils from the nucleosome asymmetrically (uncoiling from one end much more easily) in a recent publication in Cell.

Neil H. Shubin, the Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at University of Chicago and host of "Your Inner Fish" to speak as part of IGB's Genomics and Society lecture series.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Douglas Mitchell and colleagues look to an HIV drug to help combat a virulent bacteria strain.

University of Illinois chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother and veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan tested an anti-cancer compound in pet dogs that will be used in human clinical trials.

Bryan White, Professor of Animal Sciences and Director, The Mayo Clinic/University of Illinois Strategic Alliance for Technology-Based Healthcare, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

A panel consisting of Gene Robinson, John Rogers, Todd Coleman, and Rashid Bashir discuss the future of bioengineering at "Visionary Frontiers at the Convergence of Biology, Medicine and Engineering" in Washington, D.C.

Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, was recently featured on the website Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity speaking on her work with low-income communities in Illinois.

The Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois will now bear the name of microbiology professor Carl R. Woese, who discovered a new domain of life.

The Office of Technology Management has opened a new round of proof of concept funding, bridging the gap between University innovations and the marketplace by funding development.

Plant Biologist and crop scientist Stephen Long discusses making 'oilcane' from sugarcane and the high hopes for this new biofuel.

Derek Wildman, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, is leading the effort to create a new computational genomic medicine research theme at the IGB.

Interdisciplinary team of researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois form new Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence to create powerful computational tools.

Professor of Anthropology Ripan Malhi led a study with grad student Kelsey Witt which suggests dogs may have first migrated to the Americas 10,000 years ago.

As part of an international exchange of knowledge and ideas, members of the Institute for Genomic Biology have once again traveled to BGI (formerly known as the Beijing Genomics Institute) for a learning and discussion workshop.

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Researchers report Science an increase in plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis, showing increases of 14 to 20 percent in the growth of modified tobacco plants.

Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborating institutions predict that Midwest soil may lose as much at 15% of its stored carbon — and thus its agricultural fertility — over the next 100 years due to the effects of global climate change.

On Saturday, November 12, over 500 adults and children from the surrounding community gathered at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum to explore topics in genomics and biology at IGB's fifth annual Genome Day.

iGEM team creates innovative promoter library to provide researchers greater control of gene expression, takes home bronze medal.

Five of the eight University of Illinois researchers named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016 (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list) are IGB members.

Scientists predict that modern soybean crops produce more leaves than needed to the detriment of yield.

Anthropology professor Ripan Malhi with inhabitants of Canada’s northwest coast collaborated on a genetic study of First Nations peoples – both present day and ancient.

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Patrick Degnan of Microbiology will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "CRISPR capture: surveillance of AMR in mobile microbiomes."

Professor of Geology and Microbiology Bruce Fouke and internationally known nature photographer Tom Murphy recently published The The Art of Yellowstone Science: Mammoth Hot Springs as a Window on the Universe.

Physicists Nigel Goldenfeld and Chi Xue make detailed predictions about an intriguing mechanism of genomic evolution in new study.

Genome Day is nearly here! Join us at the Orpheum Children’s Museum to learn about DNA, genes, genomes, and evolution in an approachable manner for all ages.

Computer Science and Medical Information Science Professor Bruce Schatz with team developing mobile technology to monitor chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms via smartphone.

Dr. Sharon Gray, postdoctoral student in plant biology at UC Davis and former IGB member, was killed after a civil unrest altercation in Ethiopia.

New research led by plant biology professor Andrew Leakey contradicts hypothesis about how climate change will affect food production.

Psychology professor Aron Barbey (left) with colleagues conducted a new study linking blood levels of a key nutrient to brain structure and cognition in older adults.

Ning Wang, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering and Andrew Belmont, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology led a team that found the pathway by which physical forces drive gene expression in cells.

The KnowEnG Center of Excellence in partnership with the Mayo Clinic highlights an impressive two years of accomplishments during the center’s External Advisory Committee with visiting representatives from NIH.

Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have found that one class of genome-editing proteins rapidly travels along a strand of DNA like a rider on a zip line.

Researchers at Mayo Clinic, IGB and Macro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) are collaborating in a new research theme focusing on using micro RNAs and nanotechnology to develop technologies to characterize and monitor tumors.

DNA evidence finds that Namibian desert elephants are not a subspecies, but rather another population of African savanna elephants in Namibia, reports lead author and Professor of Animal Sciences Alfred Roca.

Illinois is leading new center with colleagues at Mayo Clinic and Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCBGM) that seeks to develop new platform for generating, interpreting, and applying genomic data.

Department of Medical Information Science Head Bruce Schatz and researchers using mobile technology to predict pulmonary function, helping focus efforts on preventive care and population health management.

Illinois is leading efforts to advance cancer treatments available to dogs and humans by testing promising new approaches in companion-animal dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers.

IGB’s Pollen Power! summer camp engaged middle school girls to visit labs, meet with experts, and participate in hands-on activities with female mentors and role models in order to envision themselves as future scientists.

New study on transcriptomic differences between different tissues in Arabidopsis has created a standardized “atlas” that can automatically annotate samples to include lost metadata such as tissue type.

The Knowledge Engine for Genomics (KnowEnG) Center at the IGB is partnering with Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., in an innovative program to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.

Launched this year, the Carl R. Woese Undergraduate Research Scholar Program brings two talented undergraduates to pursue interdisciplinary research at the Institute on a full time basis over the summer months.

Psychology professor Aron Barbey, with research scientist Ryan Larsen and postdoctoral researcher study lead Erick Paul, linked specific brain markers to specific intellectual capabilities.

Brendan Harley, Associate Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 22nd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium.

A collaboration including the HPCBio group, led by Director of Bioinformatics Victor Jongeneel, and NCSA is helping change the way genetic medicine is researched and practiced in Africa.

Researchers from the IGB among many others demonstrated prototypes of several crop-monitoring systems during a day-long event at Arizona’s Maricopa Agricultural Center supported by DOE's ARPA-E.

Physics professors Nigel Goldenfeld and Thomas Kuhlman have observed jumping gene activity in real time within living cells, in a collaborative study at the Center for the Physics of Living Cell and reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The IGB has formed a new research theme, Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME), focusing on how humans interact with their microbiomes and how these interactions affect human health and nutrition.

Chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother (right) and veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan tested an anti-cancer compound in pet dogs now being used in human clinical trials.

The newly established Global Biofoundry Consortium, led by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Huimin Zhao, looks to develop biofoundries for accelerated biological engineering and fundamental research.

New generation of biofuel crops could yield 13 times more biodiesel per acre than soybeans, according to Project Director Stephen Long, Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology.

Illinois researchers found the shape of a tumor may play a role in how cancer cells become primed to spread. led by materials science and engineering professor Kristopher Kilian (left).

Researchers have sequenced the mitochondrial genome of the endangered solenodon, a venomous insectivore that diverged from other living mammals 78 million years ago.

Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, including Anthropology professor Rebecca Stumpf and Physics professor Karin Dahmen, both of the IGB.

Learn about IGB research, hear about current issues in the life sciences, and connect with other students on campus at our annual Fellows Symposium.

Illinois researchers along with UC Davis are combining in vivo and computational techniques to predict a genome-wide binding pattern of a key protein involved in brain disorders.

Using novel algorithms, researchers from the CompGen Initiative are employing supercomputing power to scan 2,500 genomes to determine how variants transfer through ancestral ties.

Researchers led by Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology Stephen Long have engineered a way to convert sugar into oil in sugarcane, resulting in a new and sustainable biodiesel source.

A new class of muscle-powered walking bio-bots responds to light and has a modular design, in recent research led by Rashid Bashir, Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and Head of Bioengineering.

Arundo donax, a giant reed that grows in the Mediterranean climate zones, uses a type of photosynthesis that is more common to crop plants like soybeans, rice and peanuts.

Martha Gillette, professor of cell and development biology, and colleagues to develop an analytical platform with new diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities.

A recent publication in Cell Reports compared the gut microbiomes of two societies from the same geographical region: a hunter-gatherer society, and a farming society with access to Westernized foods.

Research facilities such as SoyFACE (above) could be part of a proposed integrated network across the Midwest to study climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

New theme at the IGB, Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People (ACPP), to focus on developing anticancer drugs through the use of preclinical animal models - especially dogs and cats.

A new study led by Illinois plant scientists demonstrates the speed, convenience and precision of a new method to confirm the results of transgenic work.

Joanna Shisler, Associate Professor of Microbiology, with Dr. Brian Ward from the University of Rochester, awarded grant to study the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) to formulate cures for infections and diseases such as cancer.

William Metcalf, Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology and IGB theme leader, with colleague Neil Kelleher report new way to speed up the process of discovering medically beneficial natural products.

Seven University of Illinois researchers have been named 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers, including Donald Ort, Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences, and Stephen Long, Gutgsell Professor in Crop Sciences and Plant Biology.

Illinois and Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, have signed an agreement to implement a commercialization strategy for IP developed under the Gates RIPE project.