Michigan Drug Discovery Logo
January 10, 2020

The University of Michigan and Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company (SPARC) have launched a partnership to accelerate the development of potential new medicines for a wide range of diseases. 

Michigan Drug Discovery Logo
December 9, 2019

The new director of Michigan Drug Discovery has big plans for how the initiative can continue to impact the university and the regional economy.

Zinc-finger antiviral protein in complex with RNA
November 11, 2019

A new study reveals how an antiviral protein in our cells latches onto foreign invaders, and how some viruses — including HIV — evade capture.

Isin Cakir, Ph.D.
October 31, 2019

Research investigator Isin Cakir, Ph.D., has been awarded the the 2019 Klatskin-Sutker Discovery Fund award to develop a suite of new molecules targeting obesity.

cryo-EM 3D reconstruction of the protein P-Rex1 bound to G-beta-gamma
October 16, 2019

Researchers have shed light on the molecular details of a protein-protein interaction that drives cell movement and cancer metastasis

Amy Fraley and Tyler Beyett
September 30, 2019

The LSI Cubed funding program is spurring innovative, trainee-led research projects, and already resulting in high-impact scientific findings.

Representation of fungi and the structure of a natural product they make
September 23, 2019

Researchers have solved a nearly 50-year-old mystery of how fungi produce a large class of bioactive compounds, revealing a chemical reaction reaction that is nearly unprecedented in nature

August 29, 2019

Researchers have identified the first known cold-sensing protein to respond to extreme cold.

Liver cells, illustration
August 8, 2019

Researchers have  created a high-resolution picture of the cells at work inside a key hub of metabolism — the liver — and how individual cell types are reprogrammed in disease.

2019 Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium
July 26, 2019

The 2019 symposium will bring pioneers in the field of protein engineering to the University of Michigan to discuss the new technologies and applications that are advancing the field across scientific disciplines.

David Sherman and Rosa Vasquez discuss images of the Boiling River
June 28, 2019

LSI researchers are traveling more than 3,500 miles from Michigan to the Mayantuyacu Community in Peru in search of the organisms that can survive in a river so hot, it boils.

Randy Schekman delivers the commencement address at the 2019 Rackham Graduate Exercises
June 28, 2019

Nobel laureate Randy Schekman sat down with LSI faculty member and fellow cell biologist Yukiko Yamashita to discuss his approach to shaping a scientific career, the changing landscape of basic research, his thoughts on broadening the reach of academic publishing and his advice for aspiring scientists

U-M Biosciences Initiative
June 17, 2019

The University of Michigan Biosciences Initiative is proud to announce the onboarding of Roland Kersten, Ph.D., as its first expert faculty hire.

Michigan Life Sciences Fellow Mo Siddiq, Ph.D.
May 23, 2019

Meet the newest MLSF fellows, who are investigating important  questions related to multiple sclerosis, triple-negative breast cancer, and how complex living architectures form.

LSI SciComm Speaker Series
April 11, 2019

The Life Sciences Institute is launching an annual series of public talks highlighting the importance of disseminating scientific findings beyond the walls of the academy. 

Alison Narayan, Ph.D.
March 29, 2019

Alison Narayan, Ph.D., is one of only two researchers nationwide to be named both a 2019 Sloan Research Fellow and a 2019 Cottrell Scholar Award recipient. Taken together, these two awards illustrate Narayan’s passion for advancing bold, new approaches to  chemistry within her lab and within in undergraduate classrooms where she can help shape the next generation of innovative chemists.


Structure of the FabZ enzyme
March 15, 2019

Research writes new chapter in the story of fatty acid biosynthesis and its potential for new antibiotics and renewable resources

February 20, 2019

LSI faculty member Alison Narayan was one of three U-M professors to be named a 2019 Cottrell Scholar.

February 19, 2019

Researchers have solved the structure of a key protein that is over-activated in 90 percent of cases of uveal melanoma.

Alison Narayan
February 19, 2019

LSI faculty member Alison Narayan was one of three U-M professors to be named a 2019 Sloan Research Fellow.

Jonathan Nelson
February 15, 2019

LSI Outreach Awards recognize the value of our community members' efforts to connect research, teaching and service to the public

January 24, 2019

Four teams of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will soon launch their own cross-lab, interdisciplinary projects, with funding from the LSI Cubed program.

Cryo-EM logo
January 16, 2019

The University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute will lead a five-day cryo-electron microscopy workshop in June to introduce participants to common image processing software packages.


January 14, 2019

Researchers have identified a hormone produced by the liver that tells the body to downshift its metabolism when it’s expending a lot of energy, revealing a potential target for treating metabolic disorders.

January 2, 2019

Research from the LSI has uncovered a cause of declining motor function and increase frailty in tiny aging worms — and a way to slow it down.