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IGB Profile: Erinn Dady

[ ] Over the past few decades, the food industry has increasingly leaned on the concept of molecular gastronomy—approaching cooking from the perspective of chemistry. Erinn Dady’s…

Machine learning used to classify fossils of extinct pollen

[ ] In the quest to decipher the evolutionary relationships of extinct organisms from fossils, researchers often face challenges in discerning key features from weathered fossils, or…

Cape Lion was genetically diverse prior to extinction, researchers find

[ ] Cape lions used to roam the Cape Flats grassland plains of South Africa, in what is now known as Western Cape Providence. When Europeans arrived in South Africa in the mid-1600s,…

Taher Saif elected to National Academy of Engineering

[ ] Taher Saif (M-CELS/RBTE), the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of…

Zeynep Madak Erdogan Receives American Association for Cancer Research Award

[ ] Cancer Center at Illinois Associate Director for Education and Sylvia D. Stroup Scholar of Nutrition and Cancer, Zeynep Madak Erdogan (CGD/GSP/EIRH) received the prestigious 2024…

Microbial division of labor produces higher biofuel yields

[ ] Scientists have found a way to boost ethanol production via yeast fermentation, a standard method for converting plant sugars into biofuels. Their approach, detailed in the…

New insights into how epilancin 15X kills bacteria

[ ] Antimicrobial resistance has emerged as a global threat that requires urgent attention. In a new study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers investigated how the…

Talking tomatoes: How their communication is influenced by enemies and friends

[ ] Plants produce a range of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds that influence their interactions with the world around them. In a new study, researchers at the University…

New Planning Grant Powers Up Pioneering Glioblastoma Research

[ ] A $25,000 grant from the Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) is catalyzing an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between neural networks and cancer cells in the…

Structural study of mucosal antibody reveals unexpected host-pathogen interactions

[ ] Secretory Immunoglobulin A (SIgA), the predominant human mucosal antibody, can bind to bacterial surface proteins and trigger an immune response to improve infection outcomes,…

Researchers design new open-source technology for interfacing with living neurons

[ ] Neurons intricately communicate and respond to stimuli within a vast network, orchestrating essential functions from basic bodily processes to complex thoughts. Traditional…

New insights into what helps Salmonella cause infections

[ ] Salmonella is notorious for surviving and replicating in macrophages, which are normally lethal to invading bacteria because of their inhospitable environment. In a new study,…

IGB Profile: Charles Schroeder

[ ] To solve the problems of today’s society, an interdisciplinary approach to research is necessary. Charles Schroeder (BSD), a professor of materials science and engineering (MatSE…

Researchers improve seed nitrogen content by reducing plant chlorophyll levels

[ ] Chlorophyll plays a pivotal role in photosynthesis, which is why plants have evolved to have high chlorophyll levels in their leaves. However, making this pigment is expensive…

Nanoparticle transport across the blood brain barrier increases with Alzheimer’s and age, study finds

[ ] Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease affect more than 270 million people worldwide. AD is the leading cause of dementia, resulting in memory loss due to atrophy…

Genetic sequencing uncovers unexpected source of pathogens in floodwaters

[ ] Researchers report in the journal Geohealth that local rivers and streams were the source of the Salmonella enterica contamination along coastal North Carolina after Hurricane…

Genetics of host plants determine what microorganisms they attract

[ ] Plants often develop communities with microorganisms in their roots, which influences plant health and development. Although the recruitment of these microbes is dictated by…

Pesticides and adjuvants disrupt honey bee’s sense of smell

[ ] It has long been known that exposure to pesticide sprays is harmful to honey bees. In a new study, researchers have uncovered the effect of such sprays on the sense of smell in…

IGB Early Innovator Program

[ ] The IGB Early Innovator Program (EIP) is a 10-week summer program hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) designed to teach participants the skills…

Genome Day brings the wonders of genetics and nature to life

[ ] From microorganisms and DNA extraction to poison frogs and lemon-scented ants, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology’s Genome Day brought science to life across a wide…