Centers and Labs
College faculty provide leadership in large-scale multidisciplinary research programs as well as pursue independent research investigations.
NIH-funded Research Centers
Evaluating phytoestrogens such as soy isoflavones for their potential for preventing and causing diseases
Characterizing, at molecular and cellular levels, the hormonal pathways that regulate embryo implantation and fertility. with the ultimate goal of improving human reproductive health.
Researching the impact of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, and other endocrine disruptors on child development
A Sampling of Research Laboratory Websites
A collaborative research, diagnostic, and training lab for new or ongoing studies in free-ranging and captive amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Seeking to understand the structure-function of membrane-bound enzymes involved in lipid metabolism in their native-like lipid bilayer environment of nanodiscs.
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.
Studying the effects of environmental chemicals on the development and function of the female reproductive system throughout the life cycle.
Elucidating the interaction between immune system and nervous system in autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Using the natural virus-host model of Marek’s disease virus in chickens to study the replication and pathogenesis of herpesviruses.
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.
Studying lung-bacterial pathogen interactions, specifically the modulation of airway mucus hypersecretion in chronic lung diseases, alveolar epithelium during lung infection, and regulation of genetic transfer and virulence by Streptococcus pneumoniae.
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.
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.
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.
Focusing on the spatial epidemiology of diseases and using spatial databases and statistical analyses to improve public health.
Focusing on improving health by finding better ways to intervene in disease processes, from tuberculosis in cattle to breast cancer in women.
Using a combination of genetics, genomics and cell biology approaches to understand parasite biology and develop novel therapeutics for cryptosporidiosis.