Press Releases

  1. May 18, 2017
    Roger Cone, director of the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute, has been named to an additional role as the university's first vice provost and director of the biosciences initiative, effective immediately. The appointment was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents.
  2. May 17, 2017
    The University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute is pleased to welcome structural biologist Michael Cianfrocco, Ph.D., to its faculty. Cianfrocco joins the LSI as an assistant research professor, and will hold a joint appointment in the U-M Medical School’s Department of Biological Chemistry
  3. May 16, 2017
    A new study sheds new light on how the motor protein myosin V knows where to release a yeast vacuole, when transporting it from the mother cell into a new bud. Given the high degree of evolutionary overlap between the cellular mechanisms in yeast and in more complex organisms, like mammals, the findings may provide new insights into how the same type of motor proteins figure out where to deposit their cargos in human health contexts. Dysregulation of this process has been linked to neurological and immunological disorders, as well as pigmentation diseases.
  4. May 4, 2017
    Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute have uncovered an unexpected mechanism of glucose sensing in skeletal muscles that contributes to the body’s overall regulation of blood sugar levels.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. March 20, 2017
    Postdoc Laura Mike, Ph.D., is targeting bacteria’s need to scavenge iron from its human host in order to survive.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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