- Potential contribution of anammox to nitrogen loss from paddy soils in Southern China
- Metagenomes from two microbial consortia associated with Santa Barbara seep oil
- Zodiac: A Comprehensive Depiction of Genetic Interactions in Cancer by Integrating TCGA Data
- Satellite remote sensing data can be used to model marine microbial metabolite turnover
- Rare occurrence of EGFRvIII deletion in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Do building materials affect how bacteria behave? That’s what Jack Gilbert, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Chicago, is investigating. He examines the metabolism of specific microbes under different indoor conditions. He’ll spray bacteria onto a variety of materials, such as steel, wood, and copper, looking for changes in their growth and proliferation, and he’ll adjust certain environmental variables, such as temperature and humidity—things humans like to control.
If you don’t look too closely, Western blots are seemingly the same slog as when they were first described in 1979. You separate proteins by size (or charge) using gel electrophoresis, transfer them to a membrane, and probe the membrane using antibodies to your particular protein. Westerns have been a staple in protein research for many years, allowing researchers to identify, and sometimes semiquantify, proteins within tissues and cell cultures. It’s easy to take them for granted. At the same time, the familiar blots are often the subject of scrutiny, fodder for fraud, and the reason behind some research retractions.
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IGSB core investigator, Dionysios Antonopoulos, has been named ChairElect of the American Society for Microbiology’s Microbial Ecology Section. Dr. Antonopoulos’ research focuses on microbial ecology and using metagenomic enabled approaches to study communities of microbes in a variety of environments.
A recent Nature Communications paper, “Widespread Genetic Epistasis Among Cancer Genes” by IGSB scientists Wang, Fu, McNerney and White merited a significant advances profile in a “Research Highlights: Leveraging Functional Data For Driver Genes” story in the January 2015 issue of Nature Reviews Genetics.
IGSB Core Member Jack Gilbert was honored by Crain’s Chicago Business as a proven leader in his field. Previous winners before their 40th birthday include Barack Obama, Nate Silver, and Kevin White.