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Registration Open - IGB Fellows Symposium, May 3, 2018

[ ] Learn about IGB research, hear about current issues in the life sciences, and connect with other students on campus at the annual Fellows Symposium. This full-day event, sponsored…

New NIH-funded research aims to improve prostate cancer outcomes

[ ] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers recently received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new assay technology that…

Study yields million-plus new compounds, pharmaceutical potential

[ ] Researchers say they can now produce a vast library of unique cyclic compounds, some with the capacity to interrupt specific protein-protein interactions that play a role in…

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

[ ] Agriculture already monopolizes 90 percent of global freshwater—yet production still needs to dramatically increase to feed and fuel this century’s growing population. For the…

Students develop wireless monitoring system for beehives

[ ] Beekeepers face challenges when they monitor the health of their honeybee colonies, and winter poses increased risk because opening a hive in cooler temperatures to collect data…

CABBI Celebrates Official Launch with Talks, Tours, Science Meeting

[ ] The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) officially launched as a new U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center with a celebration on Feb. 1…

Scientists monitor crop photosynthesis, performance using invisible light

[ ] Twelve-foot metal poles with long outstretched arms dot a Midwestern soybean field to monitor an invisible array of light emitted by crops. This light can reveal the plants’…

DOE grants $10.6 million to produce more biodiesel, biojet fuel

[ ] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable…

Researchers use economic concept to understand microbial communities

[ ] A popular economic concept is helping IGB researchers understand how microbial communities operate. Microbial communities are in our bodies, in the soil, in forests and oceans,…

Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine

[ ] MNTL & IGB Team Up to Develop Use-at-Home Sample Collection Assay for Cancer Patients Courtesy of Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory. Have you every wondered how ground-…

IGB Director Awarded 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture

[ ] IGB Director Gene Robinson has been awarded the 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for “leading the genomics revolution in the organismal and population biology of the honey bee.”…

Reach out and feed someone: Automated system finds rapid honey bee networks

[ ] “Only connect”—E. M. Forster’s pithy quotation captures an essential feature of any society, human or animal: the patterns of interactions among individuals out of which…

Two IGB faculty members selected for distinguished chairs

[ ] Four faculty members, including two from the IGB, have been selected for endowed chairs deemed to be among the most distinguished honors on the campus. Stephen P. Long, a…

Novel chip-based gene expression tool analyzes RNA quickly and accurately

[ ] A University of Illinois and Mayo collaboration has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a…

Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees, study finds

[ ] When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report in the journal…

Entrepreneurship program leads student to start company

[ ] The IGB’s Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program has inspired one participant to found a company with a mission to create computational tools for…

Virus-bacteria coevolution solves diversity paradox by 'Killing the Winner'

[ ] There is remarkable biodiversity in all but the most extreme ecosystems on Earth. When many species are competing for the same finite resource, a theory called competitive…

Reach out and feed someone: Automated system finds rapid honey bee networks

[ ] “Only connect”—E. M. Forster’s pithy quotation captures an essential feature of any society, human or animal: the patterns of interactions among individuals out of which…

Unsuspected flexibility offers new pathway to cancer drug development

[ ] Illinois research uncovers cross-system signaling activity by growth factors that direct blood vessel growth and influence the progression of cancer, stroke recovery, and other…

Alumnus funds graduate students researching brain tissue cultures

[ ] Scott Fisher believes learning how to solve a problem can be as valuable as solving one. This belief is what drove him to create a fund that will support IGB research in the area…