Press Releases

  1. March 12, 2018
    Scientists at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute have discovered how one type of enzyme allows a microorganism to produce molecules with a wide range of potentially beneficial activities — from fighting insects to killing fungus.
  2. February 28, 2018
    Our bodies are not just passively growing older. Cells and tissues are continuously using information from our environments — and from each other — to actively coordinate the aging process. A new study from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute now reveals how some of that cross-talk between tissues occurs in a common model organism.
  3. February 13, 2018
    In fruit flies, repeating genetic elements shrink with age but then expand in future generations, a resurgence that may help explain how some cells stay immortal.  Little hints of immortality are lurking in fruit flies’ stem cells.
  4. February 8, 2018
    Ever wonder why obese bodies burn less calories or why dieting often leads to a plateau in weight loss? In both cases the body is trying to defend its weight by regulating energy expenditure. Until now, how this happens has been a mystery.
  5. February 5, 2018
    The University of Michigan Center for the Discovery of New Medicines has awarded early-stage funding for seven new drug discovery projects by faculty from across U-M.
  6. February 2, 2018
    A team of researchers led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has developed a new system to measure how fat cells can be activated to burn energy. 
  7. January 31, 2018
    A recent study from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and the University of California, San Francisco, has opened new options to further develop a potential cancer-fighting therapy, clearing an early hurdle in the lengthy drug-discovery process.                                                                          
  8. January 11, 2018
    A team of researchers led by the University of Michigan, the Baylor College of Medicine and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences has identified a possible new drug target for treating Huntington’s disease, a fatal neurological disorder for which there currently is no cure or preventative therapy.
  9. December 14, 2017
    Early in her college career, Amy Fraley set her sights on becoming a marine biologist. She decided that getting her  scuba diving certification would be key in achieving that goal, allowing her to immerse herself in the ecosystems she was studying.
  10. December 14, 2017
    During a discussion of how best to nurture a culture of collaboration among trainees within the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, a lightbulb went off for postdoctoral fellow Adam Iliff, Ph.D.