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Andrew Smith joins the IGB

Professor Andrew Smith has joined the IGB as a faculty member in the Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine (ONC-PM) Research Theme.  He joined the Department of Bioengineering as a faculty memeber in 2012.  He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and this was followed by postdoctoral training at Emory University from 2008-2012.  His research interests are in the areas of obesity comorbidities, live-cell imaging, intravital microscopy, single-molecule imaging, and cancer biology.

Benita Katzenellenbogan joins the IGB

Professor Benita Katzenellenbogen has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine (ONC-PM) Research Theme. She is a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, as well as a Swanlund Professor. She has a major interest in hormones and breast cancer and in mechanisms of endocrine sensitivity and resistance to cancer therapies, as well as biomarker discovery and improving cancer treatments. Her research also focuses on reproductive biology and the improvement of fertility.

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan joins the IGB

Professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan has joined the IGB as a faculty member in the Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine (ONC-PM) Research Theme. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Illinois, she joined the faculty in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Her lab uses Systems Biology approaches to understand how hormones and nutrition affect women’s health. She is also studying the molecular basis of how breast tumors become deadly and the impact of synthetic and botanical estrogens on metabolic health of postmenopausal women.

Michael Miller joins the IGB

Professor Michael Miller 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 Food Science and Human Nutrition, and he received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  This was followed by postdoctoral training at North Carolina State University. His research interests are in the areas of functional genomics of lactic acid bacteria, the relationship between gut microbiota and health, industrial fermentation, and food microbiology and safety.

Patrick Degnan joins the IGB

Professor Patrick Degnan 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 Microbiology.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and was a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University.  His research focuses in the areas of genome-enabled examination of diversity and genome evolution and processes in complex microbial communities.

CheMyong Ko joins the IGB

Professor CheMyong Ko has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme.  He is a faculty member in the Department of Comparative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He received his Ph.D. from Seoul National University and was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Kentucky.  His current research focuses on the mechanism of ovulation, and the pathogenesis of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Julian Catchen joins the IGB

Professor Julian Catchen has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Gene Networks in Neural and Developmental Plasticity (GNDP) Research Theme.  He is a faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences. The research focus in the Catchen Lab is to apply novel algorithmic developments to the questions of genome evolution.

Aditya Parameswaren joins the IGB

Professor Aditya Parameswaren has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Gene Networks in Neural and Developmental Plasticity (GNDP) Research Theme.  He is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science.  He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and spent 2013-2014 visiting MIT CSAIL and Microsoft Research New England.  His research interests include data analytics, visual analytics, information exatraction and integration, and recommender systems.

Staff

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.   

Kathryne Metcalf joins the IGB

Kathryne Metcalf has joined the IGB as a Outreach and Communications Specialist. Kathryne has previously worked at the IGB in a number of capacities, including as an intern in both the Communications and Outreach Groups. Her work supports IGB publications such as Biomarker and the Annual Report, as well as events including Genome Day and Pollen Power summer camp. She graduated from Beloit College in 2015 with a degree in Literary studies.