Centers and Labs
College faculty provide leadership in large-scale multidisciplinary research programs as well as pursue independent research investigations.
Nationally Funded Research Centers
Evaluating phytoestrogens such as soy isoflavones for their potential for preventing and causing diseases
Researching the impact of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, and other endocrine disruptors on child development
Developing solutions to the problem of vector-borne disease in Illinois as part of a larger center
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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.
Focusing on the spatial epidemiology of diseases and using spatial databases and statistical analyses to improve public health.
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.
The research in our lab brings together two major fields of biology: reproductive endocrinology and chronobiology. These research aims are of broad significance as they investigate questions important for basic science as well as human health.
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.
Seeking to understand the mechanisms regulating mammalian spermatogenesis at the molecular level, with the aim to development of novel therapies for the infertile male.
Developing and studying genetic mouse models relevant for pathophysiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders using molecular biological, biochemical, morphological, optogenetic, chemogenetic and behavioral methods.
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.