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Brian Allan joins the IGB

Professor Brian Allan has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. Prior to joining the Department of Entomology, he received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis.  Professor Allan is broadly interested in the ecology of infectious diseases, particularly diseases transmitted to humans from wildlife via the bite of an infected anthropod.

Jessica Brinkworth joins the IGB

Professor Jessica Brinkworth has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. Professor Brinkworth is a member of the Department of Anthropology. Her research investigates the evolution and ecology of the immune system using a broad range of immunological, genomic and computional techniques.

Julian Catchen joins the IGB

Professor Julian Catchen has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. Professor Catchen is a member of the Department of Animal Biology. His research interests are in the area of the evolution of the genome at several different scales, from the whole genome duplication over millions of years, to structural variation within a species over thousands of years, to somatic evolution and cancer within an indivdual over a handful of years.

Patrick Degnan joins the IGB

Professor Patrick Degnan has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. Prior to joining the Department of Microbiology in 2013, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University.  He received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2009 from the University of Arizona.  His research focuses in the areas of genome-enabled examination of diversity, and genome evolution and processes in complex microbial communities.

Timothy Fan joins the IGB

Professor Timothy Fan has joined the IGB as a Faculty member in the Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People (ADPP) Research Theme.  He is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, and his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  His research interests are in the are in the area of comparative oncology with a specific focus in the area of anticancer research which can benefit both companion animals and humans.

Paul Hergenrother joins the IGB

Professor Paul Hergenrother has been named the Theme Leader of the new Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People (ADPP) Research Theme at the IGB.  He has been a member of the Department of Chemistry since 2001.  He received his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.  The goal of his research is to use organic compounds to identify novel cellular targets that can be exploited in the treatment of diseases including cancer, degenerative disorders, and drug-resistant bacteria.

Paul Jensen joins the IGB

Professor Paul Jensen has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Mining Microbial Genomes (MMG) Research Theme. Professor Jensen is a member of the Department of Bioengineering. His research focuses on combining genome-scale metabolic models and high-throughput experiments to identify novel antibiotic therapies.

Seppe Kuehn joins the IGB

Professor Seppe Kuehn has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Biocomplexity (BCXT) Research Theme.  He is a member of the Department of Physics.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Cornell University and was a postdoctoral research associate at Rockefeller University.  The Kuehn lab makes quantitative measurements of ecological and evolutionary dynamics.

Thomas Kuhlman joins the IGB

Professor Thomas Kuhlman has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Biocomplexity (BCXT) Research Theme.  Prior to joining the Department of Physics in 2012, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University.  He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of California, San Diego.  His research involves the interplay of theoretical physics and in vivo experimental biology.

Erik Nelson joins the IGB

Professor Erik Nelson has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. Prior to joining the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology in 2014, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Duke University.  He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Endocrinology in 2008 from the University of Calgary.  The major focus of his research is to elucidate the effects of the endocrinesystem and metabolism on breast cancer initiation and progression.

Pablo Perez-Pinera joins the IGB

Professor Pablo Perez-Pinera has joined the IGB as a Faculty member in the Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People (ADPP) Research Theme.  He is a member of the Department of Bioengineering.  His research interests are in the areas of the molecular, cellular and tissue engineering and synthetic bioengineering.

Josh Peschel joins the IGB

Professor Josh Peschel has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Genomic Ecology of Global Change (GEGC) Research Theme.  Prior to joining the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M.  Prior to his Ph.D. studies, he worked from several years as an engineering consultant in Mexico and China on environmental and water resource problems for large agricultural operations.  His current research focuses on creating new cyberphysical technologies such as low-cost land, water and air robots to improve sensing and sense-making for agricultural, natural and urban systems.

Jason Ridlon joins the IGB

Professor Jason Ridlon has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. Prior to joining the Department of Animal Sciences, he received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  A major focus of his research is working out the biochemistry and molecular biology of the pathway that leads to secondary bile acids in Clostridium scindens and related species.

Joanna Shisler joins the IGB

Professor Joanna Shisler has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. She is a member of the Department of Microbiology.  She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2001, and was a postdoctoral research associate at the National Institutes of Health.  Her research interests are in the areas of immune evasion strategies of viruses, host-pathogen interactions, molecular disinfection of viruses, and vaccine development.

Ruoqing Zhu joins the IGB

Professor Ruoqing Zhu has joined the IGB as an Affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. Prior to joining the Department of Statistics in 2015, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University.  He received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests are in the areas of tree-based methods, high-dimensional data, survival analysis, personalized medicine, cancer genetics and genomics, and sufficient dimension reduction.

Staff

Jordan Biggers joins the IGB

Jordan Biggers joined the IGB as a Shipping/Receiving Clerk in the Summer of 2015.  Prior to joining the IGB, he worked as extra help in the School of Chemical Sciences.  He was a prep cook at the Hendricks House before joining the University of Illinois.  Jordan is a criminal justice major at Danville Area Community College.
 

Joseph Leigh joins the IGB

Joseph Leigh has joined the IGB as a Research Programmer in the Computer and Network Resource Group. He’ll be supporting the information technology needs of the IGB’s faculty, staff, and students, as well as assisting with the maintenance of the computational infrastructure. Before joining the IGB, he worked for three years as a Research Programmer for the Illinois Natural History Survey, on a project for the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections NSF program.