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Thomas Kehl-Fie joins the IGB

Professor Thomas Kehl-Fie has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Mining Microbial Genomes (MMG) Research Theme. He received his Ph.D.  from Washington University, and subsequently was a postdoctoral research associate at Vanderbilt University. Professor Kehl-Fie is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology. His research interests are in the areas of host-pathogen interactions, microbial physiology, protein structure, regulation of gene expression and signal transduction.

David Kranz joins the IGB

Professor David Kranz has jointed the IGB as a faculty member in the Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People (ACPP) Research Theme. He is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and is the Phillip A Sharp Professor. Research in his laboratory is directed toward understanding a fundamental issue in immunology: how mammals can eliminate millions of different antigens that are "foreign" (e.g. viruses, bacteria) without destroying antigens that are "self" (e.g. one's own tissues).

Idoia Ochoa joins the IGB

Professor Idoia Ochoa has joined the IGB as an affiliate in the Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health (CGRH) Research Theme. Before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an Assistant Professor, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Stanford University.  Her research interests are in the areas of bioinformatics, computational biology, data compression, machine learning, statistical learning and information theory and coding.
 

Staff

Lori McLain joins the IGB

Lori McLain has joined the IGB as a BAA-Business & Procurement Specialist, working in the Business office. Lori transferred from the College of Veterinary Medicine where she was also a Business & Procurement Specialist working with Administration, Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians to provide pharmaceuticals and durable medical products for both the large and small animal hospital. She received her BS at Millikin University in 2010 and has worked with the University for 5.5 years.

Jillian Nickell joins the IGB

Jillian Nickell has joined the IGB as a Graphic Design Specialist working in the Communications department. Previously, she taught graphic design, photography and drawing at the high school level. She also has background in scientific illustration and creates screen printed posters in her free time. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a BFA in art education.

Carla Dickey joins the IGB

Carla Dickey has joined the IGB as a Business and Policy Specialist, working in the Business office. Carla transferred from the System Office of Administrative Information Technology Services. She received her BA from Eastern Illinois University in 2003 and has worked for the University for more than 12 years.

Angela Golz joins the IGB

Angela Golz has joined the IGB as a Research Support Specialist, working with the CNRG Group.  She graduated from Illinois State University in August of 2016 with a BS in Finance.  Angela has most recently worked as the Store Manager at Subway for 1 year before joining the IGB.  Prior to that, she worked 5 years as an Assistant Manager for the same company.

Erin Louer joins the IGB

Erin Louer has joined the IGB as a Visiting Educational Coordinator, working with the Outreach Group. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS and received her MAT while teaching with Teach For America–Chicago. Erin previously worked at Overgrad, a Chicago based EdTech company.

Adrienne Gulley joins the IGB

Adrienne Gulley has joined IGB as an Outreach and Communications Specialist, working with the Outreach Group. She received her BA in English and MS in Agricultural Communications from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She previously worked as an Outreach Specialist for the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant office on the UIUC campus and as an Academic Advisor at SIUC.

Emily Scott joins the IGB

Emily Scott has joined the IGB as a Science Writer and Outreach Specialist, working in the Communications Group. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and agricultural communications.

Jessica Rubio joins the IGB

Jessica Rubio has joined the IGB as an Outreach and Communications Specialist. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She previously worked as a tutor with the America Reads/America Counts program here at the University and have held administrative roles at various companies in the Chicagoland area. 

Kris Engelking joins the IGB

Kris Engelking has joined the IGB as an Account Technician II, working in the Business office. Kris transferred from the College of Veterinary Medicine Business office where her main duties were to procure the equipment and supplies for the college, hospital and clinic. She has worked with the University for more than 16 years.

John Kim joins the IGB

John Kim has joined the IGB as a Research Programmer.  John will be working with the CNRG group supporting user needs within the IGB.  He previously worked as a Repair Technician and Sales Manager at Verizon Wireless for the past twelve years.  He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Organizational and Professional Development.