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SimBioSys Raises $15 Million in Series A funding

[ ] SimBioSys announced today it raised $15 million in Series A funding to accelerate the development and commercialization of its TumorScope software platform. The company’s novel,…

Compact biosensor microscope built for point of care diagnostics

[ ] Current medical diagnostics involve sending samples to laboratory facilities, which can be difficult and expensive. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have…

Can parental care influence sperm-mediated effects in threespine sticklebacks?

[ ] Animals can influence their offspring through multiple signals starting from fertilization to after birth. However, researchers have seldom looked at how these different signals…

Referential alarm calls increase vigilance in brood parasite hosts

[ ] Yellow warblers are hosts to brood parasitic brown-headed cowbirds, which rely on other species to raise their offspring. Warblers use referential “seet” calls to warn female…

Winners of the Mikashi Awards announced

[ ] The Proof-of-Concept Program, named the Mikashi Awards, is funded by the Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society (Kleinmuntz Center) to support…

Analytical technique helps spot subtle differences in subcellular chemistry

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can now rapidly isolate and chemically characterize individual organelles within cells. The new technique tests the…

Deep-learning algorithm aims to accelerate protein engineering

[ ] Proteins are the molecular machines of all living cells and have been exploited for use in many applications, including therapeutics and industrial catalysts. To overcome the…

Graduate students awarded for their innovative proposals

[ ] The first Young Innovator Program concluded in August 2021. It was a ten-week summer program that was designed to teach trainees how to become innovative leaders in their fields.…

How SNPs can be used to detect disease pathways

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a new computational tool that can identify pathways related to diseases, including breast and prostate…

Stem-specific promoters found for biofuel improvement targeting to stems of plants

[ ] A team from the University of Illinois has discovered two plant stem-specific expression of genes, the promoters of which could potentially serve as a tool for increasing oil…

Improving biomaterials design for bone regeneration

[ ] Bone injuries in the face and skull—known as craniomaxillofacial defects—can be caused by sports injuries, vehicle accidents, or battlefield injuries. Repairing such defects is…

NSF grant awarded to develop materials for enhanced coral recruitment, survival

[ ] Coral reefs provide many benefits to society, including storm protection to shorelines, tourism, and supporting sport and commercial fisheries. They are also crucial for…

$25M tech grant lets Illinois researchers ‘talk’ to plants

[ ] The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today an investment of $25 million to launch the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS). The center, a…

Nigel Goldenfeld retires from the University of Illinois

[ ] Swanlund Endowed Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor in Physics Nigel Goldenfeld (BCXT leader/GNDP) will be closing the chapter on his Illinois career and moving on to…

Professor receives grant to foster health equity among Chicago youth

[ ] A new grant will help reduce disparities in healthcare through a unique new training program led by Ruby Mendenhall (GNDP), Associate Professor in Sociology, African American…

Use patent law to curb unethical human-genome editing

[ ] A new paper co-written by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign scholar who studies the legal and ethical implications of advanced biotechnologies outlines an unexplored tool…

Comparing the pathogen numbers in backyard and commercial composts

[ ] Compost—organic material that is added to soil to help plants grow—is widely used by gardeners because it improves soil health and reduces the amount of organic waste in landfills…

New imaging, machine-learning methods can reduce crops’ need for water

[ ] Scientists have developed and deployed a series of new imaging and machine-learning tools to discover attributes that contribute to water-use efficiency in crop plants during…

10 IGB members receive Presidential Medallion

[ ] University of Illinois President Tim Killeen on Monday honored 28 key leaders of the system’s COVID-19 response with the Presidential Medallion, including 10 from the IGB. The…

Bioprocess developed for converting plant materials into valuable chemicals

[ ] A team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted plant matter consisting…