Seven U-M scientists, engineers named 2017 AAAS Fellows

Shawn Xu, Ph.D.

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:

—Nov 20, 2017

U-M Structure Seminar: Kazuhiro Yamada, Ph.D.

U-M Structure Seminar: Kazuhiro Yamada, Ph.D.

Crystal Structure of Cobalamin-Dependent Methionine Synthase from Thermus thermophilus HB8

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Biocatalysts are a bridge to greener, more powerful chemistry, new research shows

New research from the LSI shows green chemistry methods can result in powerful, and more precise, chemical reactions.

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.

—Nov 13, 2017

Tiny worms may offer new clues about why it’s so hard to quit smoking

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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.

—Nov 7, 2017

Fat hormone linked to progression of fatty liver disease may hold key to new treatments

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.

—Nov 6, 2017

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