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Collaborative team at IGB discovers new natural products at unprecedented speed

[ ] Many of the drugs we utilize in modern medicine are naturally produced by microbes. Penicillin, an antibiotic derived from certain molds, is one of the most notable natural…

Apply for an IGB Postdoctoral Fellowship

[ ] The IGB is once again offering fellowships for truly exceptional young scholars who have completed their PhD or other relevant terminal degree within the last two years, who are…

Predicting mortality risks using smartphones

[ ] Healthcare professionals have long recognized the association of physical activity with mortality risk—those who engage in more moderate-to-vigorous activity have lower mortality…

Burke elected to National Academy of Medicine

[ ] Dr. Martin D. Burke (MMG), a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of chemistry and of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy…

iGEM 2022 Team: Seeking Solution to the Nitrate Problem

[ ] Update: The Illinois team’s “Curli Capture” was awarded a bronze medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) 2022 competition. The seven-member student team…

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…