Researchers at the UMKC School of Biological Sciences, working with investigators at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., have sequenced the complete genomes for five separate fungi in the dermatophyte group, which cause a variety of fungal infections, including athlete’s foot. The work at UMKC was performed in the lab of Theodore White, Ph.D., Interim [...]
The Fungal Genetics Stock Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Biological Sciences has been awarded a grant of nearly $500,000 by the National Science Foundation to establish the United States Culture Collection Network. The goal of the network is to bring together scientists working with laboratory-based collections of microbes across the nation. [...]
Dr. Lawrence Dreyfus has been named to the position of Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, for a three-year term effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Gail Hackett, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, announced Dreyfus’ appointment. “Dr. Dreyfus is taking over one of the most important positions at this [...]
Researchers at the UMKC School of Biological Sciences have identified a key protein that is essential in the development of proper muscle-tendon attachment and maintaining muscle strength and mobility. The results of the research were published and featured as the cover story in the Journal of Developmental Biology.
With an estimated 1.5 million species, fungi represent one of the largest branches of modern biology’s phylogenetic tree or “Tree of Life.” They have an enormous impact on human affairs and ecosystem functioning due to their diverse activities as decomposers and pathogens, as well as the mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships they share with other organisms. [...]
They are three bright, young, dedicated scientists who had offers to attend medical school, conduct research or teach at coastal powerhouses; but they have never doubted the wisdom of their decision to leave all that behind. In the opinion of these exceptional researchers, there is no better place to conduct scientific investigations than UMKC’s School [...]