Fouke Named Director Carver Biotech

Posted on 08.23.2015

Professor Bruce Fouke will be the new Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center (CBC) on the UIUC campus, effective November 1, 2012. The Director is responsible for the overall leadership of the CBC, and will manage the Center in support of its mission of service to the dynamic and emerging needs of the biomedical and life sciences research community. The mission of the CBC, founded in 2003, is to provide state-of-the-art research services to the University of Illinois community, facilitate interdisciplinary research, and assist faculty in initiating and sustaining intensive research programs. To achieve that mission, its research themes capitalize on recent advances in bioscience and biotechnology. The Carver Biotechnology Center serves faculty and research staff from the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Medicine, Applied Health Sciences, the Beckman Institute and the Institute for Genomic Biology, as well as the national and international research community.

Bruce has collaborated with research groups in ACES, Engineering, LAS, FAA and GSLIS, and has developed strong working relationships with both federal funding agencies and the corporate sector. In the course of his interdisciplinary research at Illinois, he has worked with many of the CBC Centers. His current research interests include determination of how the organic macromolecules produced by bacteria and corals affect the precipitation of carbonate biominerals during rapid environmental change. This work is expected to result in improved predictive models for the response of coral reefs to global warming.

The Department of Geology congratulates Bruce as he takes on this new, prestigious role!