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IGB profile: Lisa Surber

[ ] Studying behavioral and morphological responses to environmental cues in poison frogs Ask Lisa Surber her thoughts on science and the natural world and you’ll find passion and…

Two novel effects paired for superior biomarker detection method

[ ] Researchers from Brian Cunningham’s lab, in collaboration with researchers at Washington University, have demonstrated a new capability to detect and count individual biomolecules…

Illinois researchers create 3D images of C4 plant cellular components

[ ] A team from the University of Illinois has quantified the plant cell properties in two C4 species, including cell shape, chloroplast size, and distribution of cell-to-cell…

Researchers track antimicrobial resistance in E. coli isolated from swine

[ ] The spread of drug-resistant microbes has become a global health concern that threatens our ability to treat infections. The widespread use of antimicrobials in livestock, such as…

RIPE researchers model ‘link’ between improved photosynthesis and increased yield

[ ] A team from the University of Illinois has modeled improving photosynthesis through enzyme modification and simulated soybean growth with realistic climate conditions, determining…

Poison frog call to feed tadpole evolutionarily derived from other calls, research finds

[ ] Many animals produce sounds to communicate with others, often for the purpose of attracting mates, or warning others of nearby predators. Sometimes calls evolve for new and unique…

Understanding the long-term impact of climate change on Indian crops

[ ] Over the past few decades, it has become obvious that climate change, and consequent extreme weather events, can wreak havoc on crop yields. Concerningly, there is a large…

IGB Profile: Kathure Mugambi

[ ] Kathure Mugambi is a senior undergraduate student in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is also the undergraduate assistant for the IGB Lunchbox series. Growing up in Fort Wayne…

Bioethicist Françoise Baylis to give IGB Distinguished Public Lecture in Genomics

[ ] Françoise Baylis, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor Emerita at Dalhousie University, will speak as part of the IGB Distinguished Public Lecture in Genomics series at 4:00 p.m…

Young Innovator Program Spotlight: Jason Wang

[ ] Jason Wang, a graduate student in the Kong (GNDP/M-CELS) lab, won third place in the 2022 Young Innovator program and received $5000 to advance his proposal. He will develop a “…

Researchers design AI method to predict metabolomic profiles of microbial communities

[ ] Human bodies contain trillions of microbes, so much that the number of microbes rival the number of human cells in a body. These microbes help shape many of our biological…

AI predicts enzyme function better than leading tools

[ ] A new artificial intelligence tool can predict the functions of enzymes based on their amino acid sequences, even when the enzymes are unstudied or poorly understood. The…

Young Innovator Program Spotlight: Skye Shepard

[ ] Skye Shepherd is a graduate student in the Cunningham (CGD/MMG) group, where she develops new detection tools for proteins that can be used to identify diseases including cancer…

Researchers reveal real-time glimpse into growth habits of nanoparticles

[ ] For the first time, researchers have observed the process of nanoparticles self-assembling and crystalizing into solid materials. In new videos produced by the team, particles can…

Young Innovator Program Spotlight: Alejandra Zeballos

[ ] Alejandra Zeballos works on creating new therapies for neurological disorders. She is developing a platform that will select virus-based vectors that can deliver DNA-based…

Researchers discover new class of ribosomal peptide with hemolytic activity

[ ] Living organisms produce a myriad of natural products which can be used in modern medicine and therapeutics. Bacteria and other microbes have become the main source for natural…

Team uses MRI to image epigenetics in the brain

[ ] UPDATE: The Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2022 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize, an…

Shannon Sirk wins NIH Trailblazer Award

[ ] Professor Shannon Sirk (MME) received the NIH NIBIB R21 Trailblazer Award for her ongoing work in engineering both microbes and antibodies for human therapies. This three-year, $…

Bacterial signaling across biofilm affected by surface structure

[ ] Similar to how cells within human tissues communicate and function together as a whole, bacteria are also able to communicate with each other through chemical signals, a behavior…

DOE Renews CABBI Five More Years

[ ] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has committed another round of funding to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to lead the second phase of its Bioenergy Research Center…