Press Releases

  1. June 22, 2017
    After a file cleanup unearthed a 1970s Tang commercial staring LSI Professor Emerita Rowena Matthews, we reached out to her for the backstory.
  2. June 21, 2017
    Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute have identified a new type of rapid-response defense mechanism that helps protect cells from environmental stress while giving slower, well-known protection systems time to act. “It’s like a first responder rushing to an alarm while the larger response team mobilizes,” says lead author Natsuko Jin, Ph.D.
  3. June 15, 2017
    New cryo-EM research, published in Science, reveals 3-D snapshots of how a key biological machine unfolds a ribbon of protein through its central channel.
  4. May 24, 2017
    Researchers at the University of Michigan and their collaborators have captured the first cryo-electron microscopy snapshots of a cellular target for Type 2 diabetes in action.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.