Press Releases

  1. July 18, 2018
    The first Michigan Life Sciences Fellows have arrived at the University of Michigan, where they are investigating important biological questions related to multiple sclerosis, triple-negative breast cancer, and how complex living architectures form. 
  2. July 10, 2018
    When scientists discover a new phenomenon, they often get to name it. For researchers who study the model system Drosophila melanogaster, or fruit flies, that means participating in a long tradition that is a hallmark of the field’s culture.
  3. July 9, 2018
    Researchers at the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University are shedding new light on a fundamental cellular process — the formation of asters, star-shaped microtubule structures within cells that help cells to divide properly.
  4. June 27, 2018
    At its 2018 Spring Commencement ceremony, the University of Michigan awarded renowned chemist and educator David Walt, Ph.D., an honorary doctorate in recognition of his ability to “inspire students and colleagues with your research, entrepreneurship and commitment to recruit young people into math and science. 
  5. June 27, 2018
    Event: Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium — The Power of One: Frontiers in single cell biology Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Every tissue in the human body represents a complex mix of cell types — and the ability to probe subtle differences between these cells has substantial implications.
  6. June 20, 2018
    To truly understand how our brains regulate our behaviors, neuroscientists need genetic and molecular access to clear snapshots not just of the entire brain, but of specific neurons firing during a behavior.
  7. June 18, 2018
    ANN ARBOR — The development of an aggressive, early-onset form of colon cancer may come down to a single missing iron atom in a key DNA repair protein, according to findings from a research collaboration between the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Southern California.
  8. May 23, 2018
    A team of scientists led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has determined how microscopic marine bacteria build a chemical compound that has important biological activity — using a chemical transformation rarely seen outside of the lab. The compound, apratoxin A, induces cell death — which could be useful in fighting cancer cells, for example. But in its natural form, apratoxin A is highly toxic to many cell types, not just cancer cells. The research, therefore, offers insights that may be useful in developing future medicines.
  9. May 21, 2018
    The same proteins that moderate nicotine dependence in the brain may be involved in regulating metabolism by acting directly on certain types of fat cells, new research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute shows.  Previous research by LSI research assistant professor Jun Wu, Ph.D., and others identified a new type of fat cells in mice and humans, in addition to the white fat cells that store energy as lipids. These thermogenic, or “beige” fat cells can be activated to burn energy through a process called thermogenesis.
  10. April 23, 2018
    Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute are creating a legion of fruit flies to advance our understanding of Down syndrome, thanks to funding from the Klatskin-Sutker Discovery Fund.