Huilin Li

18 results.

April 1, 2022 Molecular ‘blueprint’ illuminates how plants perceive light

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 30, 2022) — Plants rely on their ability to sense light for survival. But unlike animals, plants don’t have eyes full…

March 21, 2022 Cryo-EM reveals how ‘911’ molecule helps fix damaged DNA

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 21, 2022) — When something goes wrong during DNA replication, cells call their own version of 911 to pause the process…

March 24, 2021 Today is World Tuberculosis Day. Here’s what you need to know.

On March 24, 1882, German physician Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had identified the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), a deadly disease that at…

June 3, 2020 Atomic blueprint of ‘molecular machine’ reveals role in membrane protein installation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 3, 2020) — Van Andel Institute scientists have revealed the first known atomic structure of a “molecular machine” responsible for installing…

February 4, 2020 World Cancer Day 2020: What energizes VAI scientists about the future of cancer research

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and Feb. 4, 2020, is World Cancer Day. To mark the occasion, Van Andel Institute scientists shared…

July 25, 2019 Explainer: What is structural biology?

The human body is immensely complex, comprising trillions of cells, proteins and molecules that work in concert to keep all of our systems up and…

October 3, 2018 High-resolution “blueprint” reveals mechanism that helps E. coli infect the urinary tract

The findings may aid in the development of precision antimicrobial therapies GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (October 3, 2018) — A common gut bacterium uses a unique…

May 10, 2018 Microbes from marine volcanic vents reveal how humans adjusted to a changing atmosphere

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., and ATHENS, Ga. (May 10, 2018) — Ancient microbes that thrive in some of the world’s most extreme environments and modern-day humans…