New Arrivals


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.


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.