Press Releases

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.
  6. 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.  
  7. November 29, 2016
    The University of Michigan Center for the Discovery of New Medicines has awarded funding for four new drug discovery projects by U-M faculty that target triple-negative breast cancer, other forms of cancer, arthritis and bacterial infections.
  8. November 17, 2016
    An international team of scientists led by the University of Michigan has discovered a new type of photoreceptor—only the third to be found in animals—that is about 50 times more efficient at capturing light than the rhodopsin in the human eye. The new receptor protein, LITE-1, was found among a family of taste receptors in invertebrates, and has unusual characteristics that suggest potential future applications ranging from sunscreen to scientific research tools, the team noted in findings scheduled to be published Nov. 17 in the journal Cell.
  9. November 11, 2016
    University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute faculty member Yukiko Yamashita, Ph.D., has been awarded the 2016 Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award by the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules at Nagoya University in Japan. The award is presented annually to an early career scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of biology through innovative and original approaches or transformative technologies, the award website says. And it “recognizes a young scientist’s extraordinary efforts and accomplishments and encourages his or her future success.”
  10. November 8, 2016
    Reactive chemicals that cause damaging oxidation to the nervous system may actually improve sensory function at low doses, researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and collaborators at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China have found.