Research Assistant Professor
Primary AffiliationNeurotechnology for Memory and Cognition
B.S., biology and psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, 1994
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%)
Molecular, cellular and tissue engineering
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.
- “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).