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Taekjip Ha Wins Ho-Am Prize

[ ] Cellular Decision Making in Cancer Theme Leader Taekjip Ha has been awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Science by the Ho-Am Foundation in Korea. The Prize was established by Kun-hee…

The Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology

[ ] “The Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology" opening reception was held on Thursday, March 31 from 6:00- 8:30 p.m. at downtown Champaign’s indi go Gallery.…

IGB Announces Proof of Concept Awards

[ ] The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at the University of Illinois have launched a Proof of Concept Award Program to…

May Berenbaum to Receive 2011 Tyler Prize

[ ] University of Illinois entomology professor and department head May Berenbaum will receive the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, an international award that…

New IGB Director Takes the Helm

[ ] New IGB Director Takes the Helm Genomics of Neural and Behavioral Plascticity Theme Leader Gene E. Robinson has accepted the position of Interim Director of the Institute for…

Jian Ma receives CAREER award for large-scale Genomic Studies

[ ] Jian Ma, an assistant professor in bioengineering and a member of the Cellular Decision Making in Cancer Research Theme at the Institute for Genomic Biology, has been awarded a…

IGB Director Awarded 2011 Wolf Prize in Agriculture

[ ] IGB Director Harris Lewin is a recipient of the 2011 Wolf Prize in Agriculture. He shares the prize with James R. Cook, of Washington State University. The $100,000 Wolf Prizes…

Team Overcomes Major Obstacle to Cellulosic Biofuel Production

[ ] A newly engineered yeast strain can simultaneously consume two types of sugar from plants to produce ethanol, researchers report. The sugars are glucose, a six-carbon sugar that…

Paul Hergenrother: Finding New Targets by Way of Novel Pathways

[ ] While there are thousands of drugs on the market for human diseases, they only hit in the neighborhood of 200 targets, says Paul Hergenrother, professor of chemistry and a member…

Microbiomes May Hold Key to Better Understanding of Preterm Birth

[ ] Microbiomes May Hold Key to Better Understanding of Preterm Birth A team of scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mayo Clinic, and the J. Craig Venter…

Bill Metcalf: Tackling Infectious Disease

[ ] New Way to Make Malaria Medicine Also First Step in Finding New Antibiotics University of Illinois microbiology professor William Metcalf and his collaborators have developed a…

Bryan White: Breaking Down Barriers to Biofuels

[ ] Mixing and Matching Microbes for Food and Fuel What do cows and termites have in common? “Nada, zip, zilch,” most people would say. But Bryan White, a professor of animal sciences…

Mary Schuler: Targeting Malaria at the Molecular Level

[ ] Overcoming mosquito defense systems Each year, millions of people fall victim to insect-borne diseases-but Mary Schuler, an affiliate in the IGB's Genomic Ecology of Global Change…

Rachel Whitaker: Geography influences microbe genetic diversity

[ ] Using Genomics to Look at Microbial Evolution Most microbiologists sequence genes in order to determine what a given gene does. Rachel Whitaker, a member of the biocomplexity…

IGB Researcher John Gerlt to Lead $33.9 million Grant

[ ] Glue Grant will Enable Enzyme Function Discovery A multi-institutional team of researchers, led by John Gerlt, Gutgsell Chair, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry and a member…

Lisa Stubbs: Exploring What Makes Us Different

[ ] Exploring Learning, Behavior and Synaptic Plasticity Lisa Stubbs, who joined the University of Illinois in March 2008, adds a key new dimension to IGB: an expertise in mouse…

Bryan Endres: The Legal Implications of Biofuels, Other Crops

[ ] Myriad rules and regulations challenge emergent biofuels industry Bryan Endres’s exploration of the legal issues surrounding biofuels and genetically modified plants is tightly…

Paul Kenis: Engineering Tools to Enable Biological Studies

[ ] New Theme Leader Brings Engineering Background to Biology Many members of the scientific community who know of Paul Kenis’ work in, among other things, microfuel cells, might be…

The Energy Biosciences Institute

[ ] Realizing Sustainable Biofuels From media reports, Americans might conclude that surging ethanol production has put the nation well on the road to energy independence – but that…

New tool in the fight against tuberculosis

[ ] New tool in the fight against tuberculosis Researchers at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois have developed a way to harness the prodigious quantities…