Press Releases

  1. 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.
  2. December 14, 2017
    arly 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.
  3. 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.
  4. December 7, 2017
    On Sunday, Dec. 10, three scientists from Europe and the US will receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing cryo-electron microscopy. The University of Michigan has one of the top cryo-EM labs in the country — learn more about how this technology is revolutionizing biology and how U-M is using it to study things like neurodegenerative diseases and bacterial infections.  
  5. November 21, 2017
    New research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has determined how a common holiday spice — cinnamon — might be enlisted in the fight against obesity. Scientists had previously observed that cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor, appeared to protect mice against obesity and hyperglycemia. But the mechanisms underlying the effect were not well understood.
  6. November 20, 2017
    Seven University of Michigan faculty members, including Life Sciences Institute faculty member Shawn Xu, are among 396 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. These scientists and engineers were chosen as AAAS Fellows by their peers for their "efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished," according to AAAS. The new fellows are:
  7. November 13, 2017
    New research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute is building a bridge from nature’s chemistry to greener, more efficient synthetic chemistry. Researchers in the lab of Alison Narayan, Ph.D., analyzed biocatalysts evolved by nature for their utility in a variety of synthetic chemical reactions. The results, published in Nature Chemistry on November 13, open the door to promising practices for chemists, pointing to not only more efficient but more powerful tools for chemists.
  8. November 7, 2017
    Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute have found that a previously dismissed genetic mechanism may contribute to nicotine dependence, and to the withdrawal effects that can make quitting smoking so difficult. Scientists in the lab of Shawn Xu, Ph.D., examined withdrawal responses in the millimeter-long roundworms Caenorhabditis elegans, which get hooked on nicotine just like humans.
  9. November 6, 2017
    The rising obesity epidemic has brought with it an army of maladies. One, in particular, is threatening to outpace many of the disorders that accompany obesity, in terms of occurrence and severity: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.  “I think in the coming decades, it’s going to be a bigger problem than even diabetes,” says University of Michigan cell biologist Jiandie Lin, Ph.D., senior author of a new study that identified a key driver of the progression to the most harmful form of the disease: nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH.
  10. October 26, 2017
    By Elizabeth Walker