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New Arrivals

Faculty

Michael Spinella joins the IGB

Professor Michael Spinella has joined the IGB as a faculty member in the Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People (ACPP) Research Theme. He is a faculty member in the Department of Comparative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Prior to joining the University of Illinois in the Fall of 2016, he was on the faculty at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine.  His research focuses on molecular mechanisms of cancer therapy and mechanism of chemoresistance.

Stanley Ambrose joins the IGB

Professor Stanley Ambrose has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) Research Theme.  He is a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  His research interests focus on diet, climate, environment and habitat reconstruction with stable carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and strontium isotope ratios of human and other animal bones, teeth and soft tissues.

Hannah Holscher joins the IGB

Professor Hannah Holscher has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) Research Theme.  She joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as a faculty memeber in 2015.  She received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois, and was then a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois from 2012 to 2015.  Her research interests focus on clinical applications of nutritional sciences with an overarching goal of improving human health through dietary modulation of the gastrointestinal microbiome.

Lori Raetzman joins the IGB

Professor Lori Raetzman has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Gene Networks in Neural and Developmental Plasticity (GNDP) Research Theme.  She is a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology.  She received her Ph.D. at Case Westrn Reserve University, and was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Michigan.  Her research focuses on the notch signaling pathway in hypothalamic-pituitary gland development and disease.

Staff

Melissa Zindars joins the IGB

Melissa Zindars has joined the IGB as an Office Support Specialist.  She will provide support to the Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) Research Theme.   She previously worked  for 6 years in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Prior to that she worked at the Police Training Institute for 4 years.

Noah Dibert joins the IGB

Noah Dibert has Joined the IGB as a Media Programming Specialist. Noah previously worked with the Port Angeles School District as the Webmaster and also provided technology support. He graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design with a BFA in Advertising/ Graphic Design.

Alaina Kanfer joins the IGB

Dr. Alaina Kanfer has joined the IGB as Director of Engagement & External Relations. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematical Social Science from the University of California, Irvine, with a focus on social network analysis and the sociology of science. She came to the University of Illinois as a postdoctoral fellow in Quantitative Psychology and remained at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to build a research and outreach group with government and corporate partners while maintaining adjunct positions in the Colleges of ACES and Commerce. More recently she has been teaching in the program in Agricultural Communications. At the IGB, Dr. Kanfer will work to engage the public, from local community to national associations and corporate partners, with our grand challenge scientific research.