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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society



Thomas Gaj joins the IGB

Professor Thomas Gaj has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Biosystems Design (BSD) Research Theme.  He recently joined the Department of Bioengineering as an Assistant Professor.  He received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.  His research focuses on using highly versatile genome-modifying technologies to develop corrective gene therapies for neurodegenerative disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease.


Mary Callaway joins the IGB

Mary Callaway has joined the IGB as the Assistant to the Director. Prior to joining the IGB, she worked in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Office of the Chancellor. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and has worked on campus for 17 years.

Erin Johnson joins the IGB

Erin Johnson recently joined the IGB as a Business and Policy Specialist in the Business Office.  Prior to joining the IGB, she worked as an Administrative Aide in the Department of Bioengineering.  She has worked on Campus for 18 years.

Julia Pollack joins the IGB

Julia Pollack has joined the IGB as an Creative Program Manager who will be Managing the Art of Science initiative. She has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, and a Masters degree in Digital Humanities from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. She previously worked as a Librarian for Bronx Community College in New York, and a User Experience designer for Pixo in Urbana. She has shown multimedia art pieces at local venues and presented work internationally. Her work seeks to visualize concepts of information transmission and knowledge production, with a specific focus on audience interaction.