Alek Aksimentiev joins the IGB
Professor Alek Aksimentiev has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Cellular Decision Making in Cancer (CDMC) Research Theme. Professor Aksimentiev joined the faculty in the Department of Physics in 2005, and is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests span several areas including nanopore systems for single molecule detection and manipulation, molecular mechanics of DNA processing and the physics of DNA assemblies.
Sihai Dave Zhao joins the IGB
Professor Sihai Dave Zhao has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Gene Networks in Neural and Developmental Plasticity (GNDP) Research Theme. Professor Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard University in 2012. His research interests are in the areas of statistical genomics, high-dimensional statistics and survival analysis.
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.
Brooke Hunt joins the IGB
Brooke Hunt joined the IGB Business Office as an Account Technician I. She will be sending out monthly financial reports to the PI’s and approving grant purchases. Before joining the IGB, Brooke worked for four years as an Accounts Receivable Clerk at CTF Illinois, which has group homes for developmentally disabled adults. She also attends Parkland College and is working towards her Business Administration Degree.
Kingsley Boateng joins the IGB
Kingsley A Boateng has joined the IGB as a Research Specialist at the IGB Core Facilities. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Miami, Oxford, OH in 2007. Before joining IGB, Kingsley worked as a Research Fellow (Postdoc) at the Genetic and Biochemistry Branch of The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda. In addition to assisting in the management of the Microscopy Section of the IGB Core Facility, he conducts research in the area of reproductive and developmental biology. Specifically, he studies the mechanisms of homolog chromosome pairing and genetic recombination during meiosis, a fundamental biological mechanism shared by all sexually reproducing species which ensure fertility, generate natural variation and provide the mechanistic basis for the rules that govern inheritance.
Joyce Koeberlein joins the IGB
Joyce Koeberlein joined the IGB October 13, 2014, and is an Office Manager supporting the Cellular Decision Making in Cancer research theme and the Core Facilities. Before joining the IGB, Joyce worked for a short time in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering providing clerical support to the Graduate Programs. Prior to that time, she worked as a Construction Management Project Assistant for the Capital Programs Department for eight years. She has worked at the University of Illinois for 15 years.
Christine Ingleman joins the IGB
Christine Ingleman joined the IGB Business Office as an Accounting Clerk reconciling t-card and p-card charges as well as providing support to t-card and p-card users. Christine started at the University of Illinois in 2003 with the Fire Service Institute, and then moved to the Engineering Business Services Center. Prior to joining the University, she worked as an optician at Illini EyeCare.
Susan Jongeneel joins the IGB
Susan Jongeneel has joined IGB as an editor and grant development specialist. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University. She has worked at the University of Illinois since 2010 in ACES and the Office of the VC Research. Before coming to Illinois, she worked as a competitive intelligence advisor at the international headquarters of Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland.
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.