Centers and Labs

College faculty provide leadership in large-scale multidisciplinary research programs as well as pursue independent research investigations.

NIH-funded Research Centers

[Botanical Estrogens & Cognitive Function research image]Botanical Estrogen Research Center

Evaluating phytoestrogens such as soy isoflavones for their potential for preventing and causing diseases

  • Project Leaders: William Helferich, Benita Katzenellenbogen, and Susan Schantz
  • Funding: National Institutes of Health

[fertility research image]Center For Research in Reproduction and Infertility

Characterizing, at molecular and cellular levels, the hormonal pathways that regulate embryo implantation and fertility. with the ultimate goal of improving human reproductive health.

  • Project Leaders: Indrani Bagchi, Milan Bagchi, Benita Katzenellenbogen, and Robert Taylor (Emory University)
  • Funding: National Institutes of Health

[cognitive test of infant]Children’s Environmental Health Research Center at Illinois (I-Kids)

Researching the impact of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, and other endocrine disruptors on child development

 

A Sampling of Research Laboratory Websites

[allender with turtle]Matt Allender Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory

A collaborative research, diagnostic, and training lab for new or ongoing studies in free-ranging and captive amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

[Cyclooxygenase-2 Catalysis and Inhibition in Lipid Bilayer Nanodiscs]Aditi Das Laboratory

Seeking to understand the structure-function of membrane-bound enzymes involved in lipid metabolism in their native-like lipid bilayer environment of nanodiscs.

[evilevitch lab]Alex Evilevitch Laboratory

Investigating fundamental physical principles that control viral encapsidation and genome release using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), microcalorimetry, high-resolution cryo electron microscopy and single molecule fluorescence, small angle x-ray scattering, and light scattering.

[image for Jody Flaws lab]Jodi Flaws Reproductive Toxicology Laboratory

Studying the effects of environmental chemicals on the development and function of the female reproductive system throughout the life cycle.

[diagram from Inoue Lab]Makoto Inoue Laboratory

Elucidating the interaction between immune system and nervous system in autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.

[chicken feather image from Jarosinski lab]Keith Jarosinski Laboratory

Using the natural virus-host model of Marek’s disease virus in chickens to study the replication and pathogenesis of herpesviruses.

[ovary in female aging]CheMyung Ko Laboratory

Working to elucidate the molecular mechanism of ovulation, i.e., the process of egg release from the ovary, by focusing on endothelin system in ovulation and luteal function, steroids and prostaglandins in leukocyte trafficking, steroid receptors in PCOS pathogenesis and reproductive aging.

[Photic Phase-Response Curve]Megan Mahoney Chronobiology Laboratory

Combining research into circadian rhythms, female reproductive cycles, and estrogen by examining the effect of disruptions in rhythms (jet lag and shift work) on estrous cyclicity and clock gene expression and by characterizing the expression of circadian rhythms in mice with impaired estrogen production or signaling.

[colorful slide from Jodi Flaws lab]Program in Embryology, Endocrinology, and Reproduction

A large, internationally recognized group of faculty, located in various departments on the Illinois campus, whose work focuses on various aspects of reproductive biology, early embryonic development and endocrine physiology.

[qiao lab image]

Qiao Laboratory

A group that seeks to understand how post-translational modifications, such as SUMOylation (Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier) and ubiquitination, regulate a range of checkpoint pathways in mammalian cells.

[disease data depicted through GIS software]Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz Geographic Information System and Spatial Analysis (GISSA) Laboratory

Focusing on the spatial epidemiology of diseases and using spatial databases and statistical analyses to improve public health.

[modeling for disease control improvement]Rebecca Smith Modeling for Disease Control Improvement

Focusing on improving health by finding better ways to intervene in disease processes, from tuberculosis in cattle to breast cancer in women.