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Catherine Best-Popescu

Research Assistant Professor

Primary Affiliation

Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Bioengineering

Phone 333-8367


Address 2055 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Biography


    • B.S., biology and psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, 1994

  • Honors
    • 2015: Alpha Omega Alpha Robert Glaser Distinguished Teacher Nominee

    • 2014: UIC Urban Health program COM Team Member Servant Leadership Award, College of Medicine (COM), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

    • 2012, 2013, and 2014: Teacher ranked as excellent by the students, Medical Neuroscience, COM UIUC, 2012, 2013 and 2014* (* instructor rating was outstanding- top 10%)

  • Research

    Research Area:

    • Molecular, cellular and tissue engineering

    Research Interests:

    • Neuroprotection and neuroimaging of cerebral blood flow in the context of brain Injury and neurodegenerative disease.

    Catherine Best-Popescu’s research interests include interfacing bioengineering, neuroscience and medicine from the molecular to the behavioral scale, and the application of quantitative phase microscopy techniques to biomedical problems.

  • 2011

    • “Optical Sensing of Red Blood Cell Dynamics” by YK Park, C A. Best-Popescu, and G Popescu, in "Mechanobiology of cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions," Edited by Amy Wagoner Johnson (Springer, 2011)


    • “Erythrocyte Nanoscale Flickering: A Marker for Disease” by C. A. Best-Popescu, in “Nanobiophotonics”, Edited by G. Popescu (McGraw Hill, 2010).