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A Father-and-Son Journey Into Synthetic Biology

UI Alumnus Brock Siegel has made his mark in genetic engineering, and showed the way for his son Justin to make his own in the same field. The result: significant advances in genetic engineering of proteins.

  Brock (left) and Justin Siegel
Credit: Justin Siegel
 

FROM Science Careers (http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/), from the journal Science

Alumni Stories:

Volunteer Spirit: Space Saver

Gwen Zabicki turns vacant storefronts into studio space for artists.
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Franchise Player

As creative director of the best-selling video game Madden NFL, Mike Young is part of something that’s highly anticipated, beloved by millions and devoted to the nation’s favorite sport. It’s no wonder he loves his work.
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Alumni Profile: UFO Tracker

As director of the Center for UFO Studies, Mark Rodeghier keeps a close watch for close encounters
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Mountain Mover

Nina Pritikin Zale helps disabled Israeli veterans learn to ski.
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Farmer's Daughter

For winemaker Janet Myers, the journey from family orchard to high-end vineyard has been a ferment of scientific study, world travel and unexpected opportunities. And, of course, the joy of wine itself.
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Network Provider

Dr. Lee Francis, president and CEO of Erie Health Center, has helped the community-based organization expand its reach by cultivating relationships with staff, neighborhood leaders and partnering hospitals.
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Transition Specialist

Iraq War veteran Robert Malnik helps returning military personnel readjust to civilian life.
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Digital Educator

Alice Diec Zhao on teaching children new languages and her new app, Gus on the Go.
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Bar Raiser

Bored by the world of high finance, Anne Shaeffer launched a gourmet confectionery brand, Sulpice Chocolat. It’s a move that has made her happy and keeps her busy 24/7.
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Shape-Shifter

Actress Janina Gavankar transforms herself into all creatures great and small for the HBO series True Blood.
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Game On

A passion for the hidden stories motivates Michael Osacky’s world-class trade in baseball memorabilia
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Arms for the world

For Jonathan Naber ’11 ENG, the idea for the arm came when he was a sophomore, in a rush of altruism.
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Sword Play

As emcee in Roman-era extravaganza, Joseph Steven Klus made life-and-death calls on gladiators in combat
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Pitch man

As superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Arnold Randall hopes to lure urbanites into the extraordinary wilderness that’s in their backyard
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Rules of the Game

How Kim Vandenbroucke got to be a top player in the challenging world of game invention
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Community Partner

Pharmacist Mary Ann Kaminski does far more than simply fill prescriptions for West Town’s underserved—and she likes it that way
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Lost

In her quest to link cultural collapse and climate change, Lisa Lucero has pursued the secrets of the Maya – all the way to mysterious pools in the Belizean jungle.
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The Candy Man

For David Levine, owner of Illinois Nut & Candy, it’s all about the brand
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Good Neighbor

Community developer Joel Bookman empowers neighborhoods to invest in themselves
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Field Mentor

Pediatrician Alvin Miller helps launch Project NEWSTART and improves the odds for infants
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Infrastructure Builder

Dr. Basil Taylor Bennett revamps UIC’s Research Resources Center and helps elevate the campus’ stature.
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Toolmaker

Dr. Michael Gordon’s Harvey, a life-sized mannequin, breathes new life into health care- provider training.
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Mutations Interpreter

Barry Ganetzky’s fruit fly research expands world’s comprehension of neural function.
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Fine Tuner

Rebecca McFadden ensures that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra doesn’t miss a beat.
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Dead-on

Founding editor of the website Deadspin, Will Leitch helped pioneer the postmodern world of sportswriting – all the news that’s fit to print, plus all the stuff that maybe isn’t.
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Odds Beater

Don Bielinski tells how UIC sharpened his competitive edge and why the upper walkways were great.
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My Passion

Louis Greco discusses his efforts to chronicle his family’s history and what surgery and writing have in common.
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‘A Sucker For Fun’


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Getting To The Promised Land

Architect Ed Jackson helps bring King Memorial to the nation’s capital
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High-Rise Farmer

Could UIC Alumnus and entrepreneur John Edel’s vertical farm revolutionize how we grow crops?
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A Whale of a Tale

UIC is more than 700 miles from the nearest ocean, but that doesn’t stop Associate Professor Jennifer Schmidt from being one of the world’s foremost whale shark researchers.
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Technology, politics and the Beatles

By Shannon O’ Brien
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Architect of Smiles

Rich and poor, healthy and sick, the children who visit pediatric dentist Dale Nickelsen get the care they need and the smiles they deserve.
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Recovery Specialist

Dr. Sam Wexler takes us down into his basement and provides a tour of his vast collection of antique dental equipment, including the molds of Albert Einstein’s back teeth.
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Across The Water

Making it to the NBA is the ultimate goal for lots of talented college players. But as numerous past Fighting Illini hard-court greats can tell you, playing professional basketball overseas is also a supreme experience – though not without its challenge
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A Gift for the Ages

The renovation of majestic Lincoln Hall, constructed a century ago on the University of Illinois Quad, will modernize the facility but still retain much of its character.
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Every Day is a Gift

Many people keep a list of activities they’d like to do or places they’d like to visit before they die. This is often referred to as a bucket list because it organizes the goals one would like to accomplish before “kicking the bucket.”
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How to Grow a Human Network

Sue Bostrom sits high atop the corporate ladder at Cisco, but she also touts the merits of down-to-earth Midwestern values.
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Body and Soul

Students continue to thrive at one of the nation's most accessible college campuses
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Illinois Homecoming

In its 100-year history, Homecoming at the University of Illinois has held many special moments – such as the four touchdowns within 12 minutes made by Red Grange during the 1924 game.
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Illini Spirit

Button Up For Homecoming
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In The Time Of PLATO

How students at Illinois created today’s computer technology 50 years ago
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The Unsilent World

For more than two decades, Susan Schiefelbein enjoyed a remarkable working relationship with the underwater adventurer Jacques Cousteau in helping to bring his beliefs to the written page.
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Physician, Educate Thyself

At Illinois, students inject the study of medicine with other disciplines
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O Brave New Web

As the Internet colonizes more and more space in our world, what will be the conveniences and challenges of life in the cyber-dimension?
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Labors Of Love

Lorado Taft – the sculptor behind the ‘Alma Mater’ – embraced both his art and his University
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Special Game Plan

Nothing that you will read here disputes the fact that the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics, a worldwide organization that provides sports training and competition for people who have cognitive disabilities.
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News Worthy

At the Freedom Forum and the Newseum, alumni Ken Paulson and Joe Urschel help document news – right up to the very moment you’re reading this.
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Getting It On Tape

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the University of Illinois Springfield, alumni are collecting oral histories from fellow graduates, faculty and staff of Sangamon State University and UIS
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Moving Beyond Luck and Happenstance

UIS alumna Catalina Hernandez epitomizes the philosophy and value of public institutions of higher education.
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Alumni Spotlight: Victor Juarez

Uncommon Commitment
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A Father-and-Son Journey Into Synthetic Biology

UI Alumnus Brock Siegel has made his mark in genetic engineering, and showed the way for his son Justin to make his own in the same field. The result: significant advances in genetic engineering of proteins.
[ read more ]



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