Press Releases

  1. April 10, 2017
    A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has developed the first clear picture of a critical mechanism in the cellular budding process. It shows how six copies of the Vps4 protein actually come together to form an active molecular machine.
  2. April 5, 2017
    The University of Michigan Center for the Discovery of New Medicines has awarded funding for four new drug discovery projects by U-M faculty aimed at fighting cancer, sickle cell disease and creating new, non-addictive painkillers. For the first time, the center is also providing formal mentoring support to two promising, early-stage cancer drug discovery projects, which it hopes to further support in the future with grant funding.
  3. March 20, 2017
    An international research team led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute is changing the understanding of the key cellular and molecular events that trigger graft-versus-host disease, an often-fatal complication of bone marrow transplants.
  4. March 20, 2017
    Postdoc Laura Mike, Ph.D., is targeting bacteria’s need to scavenge iron from its human host in order to survive.
  5. March 20, 2017
    The Life Sciences Institute’s newest faculty member, Alison Narayan, Ph.D., is the first recipient of a Klatskin-Sutker Discovery Fund award, which will fuel the development of a library of bioactive molecules to support the search for new antibiotics, antivirals and anti-parasitic agents.
  6. March 20, 2017
    Alicia Buisst recently toured the LSI with members of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan, visiting to learn about the research of faculty member Ivan Maillard, whose work the society supports. In this personal essay, she connects the drive of basic science research to her journey as a blood cancer patient.
  7. March 13, 2017
    Research led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has mapped the complex chemistry involved in creating several types of bioactive compounds that are naturally produced inside bacteria. The compounds, known as hapalindole and fischerindole alkaloids, are members of a larger family of compounds — called indole alkaloids for their double-ring-shaped core structures — that have a long history of diverse uses including as antibacterial, antifungal and anticancer agents. 
  8. February 17, 2017
    A team of scientists at the University of Michigan has identified a molecular switch that triggers a stem cell’s progeny to make a U-turn after cell division and commit to generating only differentiated cell types of the central nervous system, such as neurons and glial cells, by giving up its “stemness.”
  9. February 17, 2017
    On July 17, 1838, botanist Asa Gray became the first paid professor of the University of Michigan. Yesterday, nearly 180 years later, the U-M Board of Regents named Life Sciences Institute Director Roger D. Cone, Ph.D., the Asa Gray Collegiate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the Medical School.
  10. December 8, 2016
    How fly fishing can help explain a new frontier of drug discovery By Sara Talpos   Anna Mapp, Ph.D., grew up fishing with her father in rural Tennessee. Now in Ann Arbor, she and her 11-year-old son catch rock bass in the Huron River. Perhaps it’s no surprise then, that when Mapp talks about her research, she likes to use fly fishing as a metaphor.  

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