Two distinguished scientists and educators have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The latest University of Chicago additions are Barry Aprison, PhD, a senior lecturer in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division and education and outreach director for the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, and Michael W. Vannier, MD, professor emeritus of radiology.
IGSB Alumnus Honored; Ron Hause has been awarded the prize for his work on protein quantitative trait loci with Drs. White, Dolan and Jones.
Every year, Popular Science honors the 10 brightest young minds that are reshaping science and the world.
IGSB’s Jack Gilbert was named in the top 10, highlighting his work profiling microbiomes, for his energy and enthusiasm as well as his love for Ice Cream.
In a recently published letter to Nature Biotechnology, Lixia Yao, IGSB core faculty Andrey Rzhetsky and colleagues dissect the decisions made in funding choices. His team compares these choices by funding agencies to trades in a financial market. In this communication, they expand on the idea that there exists an imbalance between health needs and biomedical research investment.
Looking Closer at the Role of Microbiome: Jack Gilbert and Colleagues Study Bacteria’s Broad Influence
"...In fact, it’s beneficial. It helps train your immune system.” Your body wants it there, needs it there, has evolved to live with it. “It’s a natural part of your gut’s flora, your ecosystem.”
In a study soon to appear in print in the journal Science, IGSB faculty Mike Rust and his team show how the highly unusual movements of a single protein drives the shift from nighttime to daytime biological functions in cyanobacteria.
The circadian clock drives powerful rhythms of rest and activity with your internal clock synchronized with local time. At night, you feel tired and in the morning, you feel ready to take on the world. You get jet lag when your clock — and therefore physiology and metabolism — are out of sync with your environment.
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.
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.