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2012

The inner workings of the circadian clock

The inner workings of the circadian clock

Michael Rust and colleagues reveal the biochemical mechanisms that allow the oscillations of the cyanobacterial biological clock to be tuned to changes in the environment while simultaneously maintaining a robust 24-hour period.

Tracing adaptive evolution of regulatory elements in the fly genome

Tracing adaptive evolution of regulatory elements in the fly genome

Kevin White and colleagues determine the binding sites of the insulator protein CTCF in four Drosophila species whose divergence spans 25 million years in evolutionary time.  Their findings provide evidence for positive selection shaping the evolution of these regulatory sites and through them, the genes they control.

Argonne-Sponsored Meeting Showcases Scientific Advances in Soil Metagenomics

Argonne-Sponsored Meeting Showcases Scientific Advances in Soil Metagenomics

More than 140 researchers from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Asia (Taiwan), and Europe (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain) gathered at the Indian Lakes Resort near Chicago to participate in the 4th Annual Argonne Soil Metagenomics meeting October 3–5.

Systems Biology of Immune Cells at the Genomic Level

Systems Biology of Immune Cells at the Genomic Level

Aly Azeem Khan, IGSB/CBC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, co-authored with collaborators at Genentech, Washington University, New York University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, a new study published online in advance of print in Science Magazine.

Why a diet rich in saturated fat can trigger bowel disorders

Why a diet rich in saturated fat can trigger bowel disorders

Dionysios Antonopoulos, an assistant biologist (microbiologist) in the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at Argonne National Laboratory, is co-author (with Suzanne Devkota, Bana Jabri, Eugene Chang, and others at the University of Chicago) of a new study on the role that diet plays in promoting complex immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Aashish Jha was recently selected to receive a predoctoral fellowship from the University of Chicago

Aashish Jha was recently selected to receive a predoctoral fellowship from the University of Chicago

IGSB graduate student, Aashish Jha, in Kevin White?s lab, was recently selected to receive a predoctoral fellowship from the University of Chicago?s Center for Systems Biology of Oxygen Sensing.  An Institutional Training Grant, “Training in O2 Biology in Health & Disease,” will support his research training. This award is based on Aashish Jha?s academic record, scienti?c performance in the lab, and relevance of his thesis project to the ?eld of oxygen biology.

IGSB Fellow Yoav Gilad heads study on how social stress changes immune system gene expression in primates

IGSB Fellow Yoav Gilad heads study on how social stress changes immune system gene expression in primates

“We were able to use gene expression to classify individuals based on their rank,” said Yoav Gilad, PhD, associate professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago Biological Sciences and senior author of the study in PNAS. “Demonstrating these very plastic and temporal changes was novel and quite interesting.” Press Release

UChicago scientists find untapped potential in the “microbiome” of bacteria inside the human body

UChicago scientists find untapped potential in the “microbiome” of bacteria inside the human body

While microbiologists were classically limited to studying only bacterial species they could get to grow in a laboratory dish, the new method of metagenomics has allowed ecologists to discover thousands of new species in a single scoop of soil or teaspoon of seawater. Now that technology is being applied by University of Chicago Medicine researchers, in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory, to the ecosystem of the human gut.Press Release

IGSB Senior Fellow Janet Rowley wins  the 2012 Japan Prize for Healthcare and Medical Technology

IGSB Senior Fellow Janet Rowley wins the 2012 Japan Prize for Healthcare and Medical Technology

Janet Davison Rowley, MD, the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, will share the 2012 Japan Prize for Healthcare and Medical Technology with Brian J. Druker, MD, from the Oregon Health and Science University, and Nicholas B. Lydon, PhD, formerly with Novartis. They were chosen for their roles in the development of the first precisely targeted anti-cancer drug, called imatinib (Gleevec®). Press Release

IGSB Fellow Habibul Ahsan receives named professorship

IGSB Fellow Habibul Ahsan receives named professorship

Habibul Ahsan, MD, MMedSc, professor in the departments of health studies, human genetics and medicine, director of the Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the University of Chicago Medical Center and associate director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a Louis Block Professor. Press Release

Top Japanese Scientist leaving government post to move to the University of Chicago Medical Center

Top Japanese Scientist leaving government post to move to the University of Chicago Medical Center

“Dr. Nakamura has made major contributions to modern genetics and genomics,” said Kenneth Polonsky, MD, Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. “We are extremely gratified by his interest in continuing his illustrious career at the University of Chicago.”  Press Release

IGSB Core Faculty Robert Grossman appointed Chief Research Informatics Officer of the Division of the Biological Sciences

IGSB Core Faculty Robert Grossman appointed Chief Research Informatics Officer of the Division of the Biological Sciences

Robert Grossman, PhD, assumed the role of chief research informatics officer and is currently overseeing a research group focused on bioinformatics, data mining, data intensive computing and related areas. Press Release

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