Press Releases

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. April 11, 2018
    Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have determined how satellite DNA, considered to be “junk DNA,” plays a crucial role in holding the genome together. Their findings, published recently in the journal eLife, indicate that this genetic “junk” performs the vital function of ensuring that chromosomes bundle correctly inside the cell’s nucleus, which is necessary for cell survival. And this function appears to be conserved across many species.
  4. April 6, 2018
    ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute will lead a five-day cryo-electron microscopy workshop in June to introduce participants to common image processing software packages. Recent technological developments in microscopes, cameras, and computation have led to a “resolution revolution” in the field of cryo-EM, making it possible to determine 3-D structures below a three-angstrom resolution.
  5. March 26, 2018
    On a recent Tuesday at the University of Michigan, a group of researchers gathered in a conference room on the sixth floor of the Life Sciences Institute. They were there to discuss new findings related to obesity and metabolic disorders. Polish donuts and homemade Chinese dumplings on the table marked the celebration of Mardi Gras and the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday.
  6. March 26, 2018
    A residency at the U-M Life Sciences Institute is helping one visiting scholar from Liberia build research capacity at his university. How can you teach undergraduate students about molecular biology lab techniques when you have almost none of the equipment now used in molecular biology labs? That question brought researcher Kalilu S. Donzo from his home institution in Monrovia, Liberia, to the Center for Structural Biology at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ‘Start with what we have’
  7. March 21, 2018
    The University of Michigan Life Science Institute’s newest faculty member is studying how the brain controls breathing and sighing — and how these same circuits might be recruited to help fight conditions such as sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Molecular neuroscientist Peng Li, Ph.D., has joined the U-M faculty as a research assistant professor at the LSI and an assistant professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences at the School of Dentistry. His arrival marks the LSI’s first dual-appointment with the dental school.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.