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Wendy Yang joins the IGB

Professor Wendy Yang has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Genomic Ecology of Global Change (GEGC) Research Theme.  Dr. Wang is a professor in the Department of Plant Biology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her current research focuses on how human activities are changing how natural and managed ecosystems function, and how ecosystem response to global change can feedback to drive or slow future global change.

Uwe Rudolph joins the IGB

Professor Uwe Rudolph has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Gene Networks in Neural and Developmental Plasticity (GNDP) Research Theme.  Dr. Rudolph recently became the Head of the Department of Comparative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He previously served as the Director of the Laboratory of Genetic Neuropharmacology at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachussetts and as a Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Lin-Feng Chen joins the IGB

Professor Lin-Feng Chen has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) Research Theme.  Dr. Chen is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry.  He recieved his Ph.D. from Kyoto Iniversity and was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, San Francisco.  His current research focuses on the epigenetic regulation of NF-kB and the role of NF-kB in apoptosis and cancer.

Maria Godoy joins the IGB

Professor Maria Godoy has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) Research Theme. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences.  Prior to joining the faculty, she received her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, and was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois.  Professor Godoy's research focuses on improving the quality of life and wellness of companion animals through research focusing on ingredient evaluation and foodomics, pet food technology, and therapeutic nutrition.

Colin Kieffer joins the IGB

Professor Colin Kieffer has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Infection Genomics for One Health (IGOH) Research Theme.  Dr. Kieffer recently joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology after completing a post doc at the California Institute of Techology.  He recieved his Ph.D. In Biochemistry from the University of Utah and was a postdoctoral research associate at Utah in Oncology.  His current research focuses on the mechanisms of HIV pathogenesis in animal models and human patient samples, as well as the development and application of multiscale tissue imaging models.

Staff

Sonya Grindley joins the IGB

Sonya Grindley recently joined the IGB as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of External Relations & Strategic Partnerships. Prior to joining the IGB, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Executive Director, Facilities & Services. She has worked on Campus for 28 years.

Renee Profancik joins the IGB

Renee Profancik recently joined the IGB as an Account Technician 1 in the business office. She previously worked for Sam’s Club in Champaign for 16 years, with the last 11 years as the receiving invoice clerk. She also worked in their business office for 2 years.