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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society



Mark Hauber joins the IGB

Professor Mark Hauber has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Gene Networks in Neural and Developmental Plasticity (GNDP) Research Theme.  He recently joined the Department of Animal Biology as the Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions. Previously he served as associate provost for research at Hunter College, and as associate vice chancellor for research at the City University of New York. Professor Hauber's research focuses on the evolution of recognition systems, and using land and seabirds to address questions about how individuals recognize themselves, their mates, their young, their prey and their predators.

Joseph Irudayaraj joins the IGB

Professor Joseph Irudayaraj has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine (ONC-PM) Research Theme. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois as a Founder Professor in Bioengineering, and associate head for graduate programs in the Department of Bioengineering.  He comes to Illinois from Purdue University, where he served as a professor of Biological Engineering and deputy director of the Bindley Biosciences Center.  Professor Irudayaraj conducts bionanotechnology research, developing nano diagnostic tools to understand cellular mechanisms that could lead to targeted therapies or better prognoses for cancer or neurodegenerative diseases.

Shannon Sirk joins the IGB

Professor Shannon Sirk has joined the IGB as an affiliate member in the Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) Research Theme. She recently joined the Department of Bioengineering as an Assistant Professor.  Professor Sirk received her Ph.D. from UCLA, and subsequently was a postdoctoral research associate at the Scripps Research Institute and Stanford University.  Her research aims to harness the natural power of microbes to develop biological therapeutics that can treat cancer and other diseases.


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.