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Defining “Renewability” a Challenge for Laws and Regulation

[ ] Jody Endres, the Senior Regulatory associate at the University of Illinois’ Energy Biosciences Institute, is the author of a recently published paper on key issues facing…

New sensors streamline detection of estrogenic compounds

[ ] Researchers have engineered new sensors that fluoresce in the presence of compounds that interact with estrogen receptors in human cells. The sensors detect natural or human-made…

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowships Awarded

[ ] The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Nhat Trinh from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a 2011 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research…

Bruce Schatz : Building Healthcare Solutions

[ ] Groundbreaking Health Informatics Book Shows Healthcare Infrastructure Solutions University of Illinois professor Bruce Schatz, a faculty member at the Institute for Genomic…

IGB faculty member selected as Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study

[ ] Andrew Leakey, a member of the Genomic Ecology of Global Change theme at IGB, was recently selected as a Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study.  Leakey’s proposal, “Opening…

Researchers Map Minority Microbes in the Colon

[ ] They make up less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the microbes that live in the colon, but the bacteria and archaea that sop up hydrogen in the gut are fundamental to colon…

Two IGB Faculty Members Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

[ ] James Slauch and Wilfred van der Donk  have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. They are among the 78 microbiologists chosen by their peers for…

Genetic Study Offers Insight into the Social Life of Bees

[ ] Most people have trouble telling them apart, but bumble bees, honey bees, stingless bees and solitary bees have home lives that are as different from one another as a monarch’s…

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…