National Cancer Institute Conference on Microbial-Based Cancer Theranostics

he National Cancer Institute is hosting a conference on Microbial-based Cancer Theranostics on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Microbial-based cancer theranostics is a treatment strategy that combines cancer therapeutics with cancer imaging in one multifunctional microbial agent. The one-day NCI conference aims to discuss the various aspects of the field, including the biology of microbial-tumor interaction and therapy, microbial-based imaging, diagnosis, cancer theranostics, and the potential clinical utility of this strategy. View the conference agenda to learn more. 

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IGB Lunch with the Core

The IGB Core Facilities is hosting a Spring 2022 seminar series covering the instrumentation in the Core and some of the research taking place in the Core. The seminars are typically held from 12-1 p.m. in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Room 612 (Concourse level). Due to the fluctuating COVID-19 cases and restrictions, Lunch with the Core may change from partially virtual to virtual only. Please email Hannah McClellan to attend in-person or virtually. Check the IGB events page for information on each talk.


Past Events

MicroERA Spring Symposium – April 11, 2022

The Microbial Early-Career Researchers Association (MicroERA) 2nd annual Research Symposium was held in-person Monday, April 11, from 1-6 p.m. at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB). The MicroERA Research Symposium highlighted interdisciplinary microbial systems research among trainees. Learn more about the event by visiting the MicroERA page


Cancer and Microbes Workshop

On Sept. 17, the Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) and the Microbial Systems Initiative (MSI) held the Cancer and Microbes Workshop as part of a new partnership formed between the CCIL and the MSI to promote collaboration at the interface of microbial sciences and cancer research.

The Cancer and Microbes initiative will promote the continued development of collaborations established at the event through an online directory providing information on research topics and areas of expertise, regular meetings and seed funding to support new projects that will stimulate future multi-PI funding awards in Cancer and Microbes. If interested, contact Maggie Berg (MSI) or Margaret Browne Huntt (CCIL) for more information.

Read more here.

2021 Microbial Systems Initiative Virtual Symposium

The 2021 symposium brought the MSI community together to showcase microbial systems research at Illinois and plant the seeds for new collaborations. The program featured our new MSI faculty and included research talks, discussions, and networking opportunities.

Did you miss the some or all of the symposium or want a refresher? Contact Maggie Berg to get access to recordings of the talks and final panel discussion: “Lessons from the Pandemic.”

2021 MSI Virtual Symposium Program