New Arrivals


Vijay Singh joins the IGB

Professor Vijay Singh has joined the IGB as an affiliate in the Genomic Ecology of Global Change (GEGC) Research Theme.  Professor Singh is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Associate Director of Engineering in the Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research.  His research interests are in the areas of economic analysis and modeling of bioprocessing, and the design of processes for corn fractionation.

Derek Wildman joins the IGB

Professor Derek Wildman has joined the IGB and will be the founding theme leader of the new Computational Genomic Medicine Research Theme.  Professor Wildman is also a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology.  He comes to the University of Illinois from the School of Medicine at Wayne State University.  His research focuses on using molecular evolutionary and comparative genomic approaches to understand genetic change during human evolution.

Tandy Warnow joins the IGB

Professsor Tandy Warnow has joined the IGB as a faculty member in the Biocomplexity (BCXT) Research Theme.  Professor Warnow is a Founder Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Computer Science.  She comes to the University of Illinois from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Computer Science.  Her research combines mathematics, computer science, probability and statistics, in order to develop algorithms with improved accuracy for large-scale and complex estimation problems in phylogenomics and metagenomics.

Aron Barbey joins the IGB

Professor Aron Barbey has joined the IGB as an affiliate in the Gene Networks in Neural and Developmental Plasticity (GNDP) Research Theme.  Professor Barbey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science.  He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Emory University in 2007, and completed a research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health in 2011.  His current research investigates the principles of brain organization that underlie executive control, reasoning, and decision making.


Austin Cyphersmith joins the IGB

Austin Cyphersmith has joined the IGB as a Research Specialist at the IGB Core Facilities.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012.  He is currently working on bringing STED microscope capability to the Core Facilities.

Nikki Gentry joins the IGB

Nikki Gentry joined IGB September 2, 2014, and is supporting the Biosystems Design research theme and the Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering research theme. Before joining IGB, Nikki worked as a Construction Management Project Assistant for the Capital Programs Department since January 2013. Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign staff, she spent over 17 years in customer service and office managerial settings.

Chris Miller joins the IGB

Chris Miller joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the early 1990’s in the Office of Admissions & Records. He joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, and most  recently accepted the Facilities Manager’s position here at the IGB. He is looking forward to the new challenges and personal growth this position will bring.