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  • Team uses MRI to image epigenetics in the brain

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    Scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a method to noninvasively image DNA methylation, allowing new explorations of the mechanisms that regulate gene expression in the brain. The team includes, from left, chemistry professor Scott Silverman; entomology professor Gene Robinson, the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; bioengineering professor Fan Lam; animal sciences professor Ryan Dilger; and electrical and computer engineering professor Zhi-Pei Liang.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Fan Lam, email

    To reach King Li, email

    To reach Gene Robinson, email

    The paper “Epigenetic MRI: Noninvasive imaging of DNA methylation in the brain” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. This paper was a finalist for the 2022 Cozzarelli Prize from PNAS. The prize is awarded annually to six research teams whose PNAS articles have made outstanding contributions to their field.

    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2119891119      

    Ryan Dilger, Fan Lam, King Li, Zhi-Pei Liang and Gene Robinson are affiliates of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the U. of I. Lam also is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, Li also is a professor of computer science, and Liang also is a professor of bioengineering at Illinois. Dilger also is a professor in the Center for Digital Agriculture and in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of I.

    The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Illinois Sociogenomics Initiative funded this research.