Press Releases

  1. November 6, 2006
    Alan Saltiel Reappointed as Director of the Life Sciences Institute July 22, 2005 ANN ARBOR, Mich--- At their monthly meeting July 21, 2005, the Regents of the University of Michigan approved the reappointment of Alan R. Saltiel as director of the Life Sciences Institute (LSI). First appointed by President Mary Sue Coleman in September of 2002, Saltiel is the John Jacob Abel Professor of Life Sciences and is LSI's second director.
  2. November 6, 2006
    September 13, 2005 ANN ARBOR, Mich.---A new study in the journal Cell Metabolism explains some crucial steps in how fat cells are formed. The findings may help in understanding chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes. Research conducted in the laboratory of Alan Saltiel, Director of the UM Life Sciences Institute, dissected the genetic effects of a hormonal cocktail that induces the transition from fat-cell precursors to full-blown fat cells.
  3. November 6, 2006
    LSI Director Alan Saltiel elected to Institute of Medicine October 24, 2005 ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Life Sciences Institute Director Alan R. Saltiel was elected to The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences October 24, 2005 along with 63 other new members from around the world.
  4. November 6, 2006
    May 5, 2006 ANN ARBOR, Mich---A gene that degrades the body's collagen infrastructure has been shown to make fat cells fatter and expand girth. Excess fat is stored in white adipose tissue, the primary energy depot in the body, primarily around the midsection. The gene a UM team studied acts as a metabolic pair of scissors, cutting through the collagen tissue matrix that holds fat in place, which allows fat cells to expand beneath the belly.
  5. November 6, 2006
    U-M Launches Center for Stem Cell Biology September 19, 2005 ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- President Mary Sue Coleman today announced a significant expansion of the University of Michigan 's efforts in stem cell science with the creation of a new interdisciplinary center for stem cell research, to be based at the Life Sciences Institute.
  6. November 6, 2006
    Anuj Kumar Featured in Genomic Technology Magazine March 15, 2005 Model Organism Marathon If you've been in this field long enough, you've probably heard -- or perhaps contributed to -- the grumbling by now. Researchers who traffic in plant and animal genomics say they often feel like second-hand citizens in the broader genomics community, arguing that human genome researchers get all the glory.
  7. November 6, 2006
    Life Sciences Institute Research Professor Daniel J. Klionsky Examines the Cell's Housekeeping Habits November 4, 2004 ANN ARBOR, Mich---The cells of higher organisms have an internal mechanism for chewing up and recycling parts of themselves, particularly in times of stress, like starvation and disease. But nobody is quite sure yet whether this recently discovered process protects cells, or causes damage.
  8. November 6, 2006
    Klionsky Named National Academies Biology Mentor February 23, 2006 ANN ARBOR, Mich---LSI Research Professor Daniel J. Klionsky has been named an Education Mentor in the Life Sciences by The National Academies February 21, 2006 along with 20 other scientists from around the country. Klionsky is also Abram Sager Collegiate Professor of Life Sciences, professor of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and Biological Chemistry and an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar.
  9. November 6, 2006
    Strep disrupts blood clotting to infect humans August 26, 2004 ANN ARBOR, Mich.---University of Michigan researchers have captured a glimpse of the endless arms race between infectious agents and the human immune system in a bacterium that uses a mimic of a human blood-clotting enzyme to advance its infection.
  10. November 6, 2006
    Two LSI Research Professors to be Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Monday, May 2, 2005 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 196 new Fellows and 17 new Foreign Honorary Members. The 213 men and women are leaders in scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs.