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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…

Hyun Joon Kong: Revascularization in Service of Tissue Regeneration

[ ] A Civil Engineer Takes on Biological Systems Civil engineering is not the most traditional route to tissue regeneration research, but that is how chemical and biomolecular…

Doug Mitchell: Removing Bacteria From Between Rock and Hard Place

[ ] A Different Approach to Fighting Harmful Bacteria As bacteria develop resistance to traditional antibiotics and researchers worldwide seek new ones, Doug Mitchell has explored in…

Rebecca Stumpf: What Makes Us Human?

[ ] Understanding Similarities, Differences Between Human and Non-human Primates Rebecca Stumpf became a biological anthropologist because she was curious about the relationship…

Ping Ma: Letting the Data Speak

[ ] Statistician using numbers to paint complete biological pictures Cell biology experiments that used to take months now take one day, the number of labs doing bench science has…

Andrew Leakey: Harnessing the Power of Photosynthesis

[ ] Microarray Experiments Reveal How Plants Adapt to Climate Changes When school children learn multiplication tables and grammar - before they move on to calculus and physics - they…

Sua Myong: Shedding Light on Single Molecules

[ ] Single Molecule Imaging Reveals Surprising Activity Sua Myong, a member of the Precision Proteomics theme at the IGB, is in the business of shifting paradigms, one molecule at a…

Nathan Price: Applying systems biology to cell chemistry

[ ] Nathan Price: Applying systems biology to cell chemistry As a student, Nathan Price had always preferred “quantitative science,” like engineering, to biology. But even so, he had…

Darwin's Playground

[ ] Embracing the Creativity of Art and Science Originally called “the blobs” by Chicago-artist and creator Tony Tasset, the colorful sculptures now known as Darwin’s Playground have…

Opportunities to Support

[ ] Opportunities for Contribution You can support the IGB in two ways: with a current gift, or an endowment. Also known as outright gifts, current gifts provide immediate financial…

Brain Gene Expression Changes When Honey Bees Go the Distance

[ ] Brain gene expression changes when honey bees go the distance Tricking honey bees into thinking they have traveled long distance to find food alters gene expression in their…