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15 Years of IGB: Centers of the Institute

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology has hosted numerous research centers over the years, fostering collaboration between researchers at the IGB and external partners,…

Researchers explore gene interactions in influenza to help improve accuracy of flu vaccines

[ ] The influenza virus, which causes the flu, is a major public health issue, infecting millions of people and estimated to cost $10 billion in direct medical costs in the United…

Sihai Dave Zhao appointed Director of Computational Genomics

[ ] Sihai Dave Zhao (GNDP), an associate professor of statistics, has been appointed the Director of Computational Genomics at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Zhao…

New IGB center dedicated to machine learning and predictive modeling

[ ] A new Center for Artificial Intelligence and Modeling will be established at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. It will be led by Sergei Maslov (CABBI), a professor…

New grant awarded to study the importance of salmon to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe

[ ] A community-based project, conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and Kenai Peninsula College, has…

DNA nets capture COVID-19 virus in low-cost rapid-testing platform

[ ] Tiny nets woven from DNA strands can ensnare the spike protein of the virus that causes COVID-19, lighting up the virus for a fast-yet-sensitive diagnostic test – and also…

Researchers receive NCI grant to develop targeted cancer immunotherapies

[ ] Hua Wang (RBTE), a Materials Science and Engineering assistant professor, was recently awarded a 2.26M Research Project grant from the National Cancer Institute, which will…

IGB’s “Art of Science” exhibit now on display at the Keck Center

[ ] The Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences is now displaying “Art of Science”, an exhibition of artwork from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology located…

Tracy Parish joins IGB as Director of External Relations and Strategic Partnerships

[ ] The mission of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology is to tackle grand challenges in fundamental and applied research using multi-disciplinary research themes.…

DOE $1.85M grant funds sorghum photosynthesis study

[ ] A University of Illinois research team received a $1.85 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study photosynthesis efficiency in sorghum, an important crop for…

Modeling antimicrobial use and resistance in Canadian turkey flocks

[ ] Antimicrobial resistance in gut bacteria is constantly being detected on poultry farms and in poultry retail products worldwide, including in turkey flocks. Concerningly,…

15 Years of IGB: Highlights from IGB Institutes past and present

[ ] Building molecules, studying symbioses between species, and exploring how life evolved At the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, scientific questioning occurs across a…

Pollen Power back in season at Unit 4

[ ] Activities that revolve around science provide children with the opportunity to develop different skills, including communication, problem solving, perseverance, and learning to…

Helping crime laboratories become more efficient

[ ] The Illinois Forensic Science Commission relies on U of I to debate pressing issues facing police investigators Since March, some of the most pressing issues of forensic science…

New therapeutic target identified for triple-negative breast cancer

[ ] Breast cancer is categorized into three major subtypes: hormone receptor-positive, HER2-positive, and triple-negative. Although there are targeted therapeutic approaches for the…

15 Years of IGB: Accelerating biological engineering through automation and artificial intelligence

[ ] One of the biggest challenges in traditional laboratory settings is performing countless hours of error-prone lab work: handling reagents, incubating reactions or living cells,…

Young Innovator program successfully concludes its second year

[ ] The Young Innovator program is designed to help trainees become innovative leaders in their fields. The students attended classes for ten weeks over the summer and, at the end of…

Ultra-sensitive biosensing technique can spot individual molecules that reveal cancer

[ ] Despite recent years’ dramatic improvements in cancer treatment, cancer remains second only to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans. But a new Nature…

RIPE researchers prove bioengineering better photosynthesis increases yields in food crops for first time ever

[ ] For the first time, RIPE researchers have proven that multigene bioengineering of photosynthesis increases the yield of a major food crop in field trials. After more than a decade…

Illinois General Assembly recognizes IGB’s 15th anniversary

[ ] On February 25th 2022, the Illinois General Assembly adopted House Resolution 0690, commending the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology on its 15th year of societal,…