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Institute is a barrier-busting,
interdisciplinary
research facility
and community
of innovation.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Break Barriers.

The Beckman Institute was created to support interdisciplinary research among University of Illinois faculty. We foster scientific advances that couldn’t be done in any other way.
Our founder, Arnold Beckman, was an inventor and philanthropist who knew firsthand the power of interdisciplinary work.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Propel Science and Technology.

The Beckman Institute is a unique engine for research. We're making incredible advances while helping ordinary people.
Beckman researchers have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time, and energy needed.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Help You Connect.

We offer a café with drinks and daily specials, events from concerts to research lectures, and plenty of study and meeting spaces.
The Beckman Institute was built to help people connect. Learn more about exploring Beckman.

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Upcoming events

Responsible Conduct of Research: Patty Jones

Beckman 1005

Contact name: Patty Jones
Contact email: pmjones5@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-300-3580

Patty Jones, Beckman’s associate director for research,  will speak about “Teamwork, Communication, and Research Integrity.” Lunch is provided.

Cancer Center of Illinois Seminar: John C. Cheville, MD

Beckman 2269 - 2nd Floor Tower Room

Contact name: Fain, Andrea Mae
Contact email: amfain@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-333-2022

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Neuroscience Program Seminar: Yehuda Ben-Shahar

Beckman Institute Room 1005

Contact name: Stephanie Pregent
Contact email: spregent@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-9838

"The genetics of neuronal robustness," Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

To produce adaptive behaviors, neurons must maintain robust intrinsic excitability. However, the genetic networks that enable intrinsic neuronal homeostasis remain mostly unknown. The Ben-Shahar lab explores the molecular processes that maintain neuronal robustness at different timescale by using the power of Drosophila neurogenetics. 

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman 5269, 5th Floor Tower Room

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us for a free hour of yoga Wednesdays at the Beckman Institute in the fifth-floor tower room, 5269. (No class March 18 because of spring break.) Everyone is welcome. Bring your own mat.

EVIT Working Group Meeting

Beckman 3269 - 3rd Floor Tower Room

Contact name: Boppart, Marni
Contact email: mboppart@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-1459

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Neuroscience Program Seminar: Matthew R. Hayes

Beckman Institute Room 1005

Contact name: Stephanie Pregent
Contact email: spregent@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-9838

"Brainstem astrocytes mediate neuroendocrine signaling for energy balance control," Matthew R. Hayes, PhD, Associate Professor, Vice Chair of Basic and Translational Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

Pharmaceutical manipulation of the hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and leptin are viable treatment options for obesity and metabolic diseases.  Surprisingly, the cellular mechanisms within the brain mediating GLP-1 and leptin's effects on body weight regulation remain largely unknown. Data presented will show a unique contribution of astrocytes within the brainstem in mediating the food intake and body weight suppressive effects of GLP-1 and leptin. 

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman 5269, 5th Floor Tower Room

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us for a free hour of yoga Wednesdays at the Beckman Institute in the fifth-floor tower room, 5269. (No class March 18 because of spring break.) Everyone is welcome. Bring your own mat.

TESCAN Seminar

Beckman 3269 - 3rd Floor Tower Room

Contact name: Yin, Leilei
Contact email: yin@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-265-0875

Luke Hunter, TESCAN,  "Opportunities for Time-resolved Dynamic CT Imaging in the Laboratory"