Press Releases

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. October 26, 2017
    By Elizabeth Walker
  5. October 18, 2017
    When the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infects a patient, it doesn’t just attack that person’s body. The virus inserts a copy of its genetic material into the patient’s genome — hijacking the patient’s biological machinery to “hide out” until conditions are right for the virus to replicate.
  6. October 9, 2017
    University of Michicgan Life Sciences Institute faculty member Daniel J. Klionsky was recognized with a University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. It honors senior faculty who consistently have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research or creative endeavors, teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty, service and a variety of other activities. 
  7. October 5, 2017
    Chilled proteins and 3-D images: The cryo-electron microscopy technology that just won a Nobel Prize
  8. September 25, 2017
    In the last century, Michigan was a driving engine of America’s manufacturing economy. Today, programs like the Perrigo Undergraduate Fellowship at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute are helping to fuel a new knowledge-based economy in the state. The fellowship enables outstanding students from colleges and universities across Michigan to spend 10 weeks immersed in the ongoing work of a leading bioscience lab.
  9. September 25, 2017
    When Stephanie Gates and Adam Yokom arrived as graduate students in the University of Michigan’s Program in Chemical Biology, neither really knew what research they wanted to explore. Now, five years later, they have successfully defended their theses and are preparing to launch their careers — with co-first authorship on a high-impact paper and expertise in one of the hottest areas of biology.
  10. September 18, 2017
    ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute is expanding its scientific reach with the addition of an affiliate faculty role, announces LSI Director Roger D. Cone. Affiliate faculty members will have labs located at the LSI — where they will have an adjunct appointment in addition to a tenure-track appointment in another unit on campus.