Organizational structure

Organizational structure


Catherine Murphy's directory photo.

Catherine Murphy Interim Director, Beckman Institute, Professor

Cathy Murphy is the interim director designate of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. She reports to Susan Martinis, the vice chancellor for research and innovation.

Reporting to the director

Cristina Alvarez Mingote's directory photo.

Cristina Alvarez Mingote Associate Director for Research

The associate director for research oversees Beckman's research enterprise and shared research facilities. The directors of the Biomedical Imaging Center, Microscopy Suite, and Visualization Lab report to her.

Shawna Graddy's directory photo.

Shawna Graddy Associate Director for Administration

The associate director for administration oversees these groups:


Meg Dickinson's directory photo.

Meg Dickinson Executive Director of Communications

Stacy  Olson's directory photo.

Stacy Olson Administrative Assistant

Research theme leaders

Michael L. Oelze's directory photo.

Michael L. Oelze Professor

Mariana Kersh's directory photo.

Mariana Kersh Associate Professor

Gabriele Gratton's directory photo.

Gabriele Gratton Professor

Daniel Llano's directory photo.

Daniel Llano Professor

Ying Diao's directory photo.

Ying Diao Associate Professor

Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez's directory photo.

Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez Professor

Administrative support staff

These staff members support the Beckman Institute's everyday operations and research activities. They report to the director's administrative assistant.

Mollie Stevens's directory photo.

Mollie Stevens Office Support Specialist

Supports Beckman administrative offices, including the Beckman Café, business office, communications, the director's office, facilities, human resources, and Information Technology Services.
Sandra Helregel's directory photo.

Sandra Helregel Office Manager

Supports the Intelligent Systems research theme.
William Mullins's directory photo.

William Mullins Office Manager

Supports the Integrative Imaging research theme.

Laura Thurlwell Office Manager

Supports the Molecular Science and Engineering research theme.


Beckman Institute Executive Committee

BIXC is comprised of the research theme co-chairs, as well as a few other faculty members, staff, and Beckman Institute Fellows. BIXC members, along with the associate directors and the executive director of communications, meet with the director every two weeks to discuss matters of interest.

  • Rohit Bhargava (Term: August 2021 to August 2026)
  • Marni Boppart (Term: March 2021 to March 2026)
  • Hemani Chhabra (Term: October 2023 to September 2024)
  • Qian Chen (Term: March 2021 to March 2026)
  • Ying Diao (Term: March 2021 to March 2026)
  • Gabriele Gratton (Term: January 2022 to December 2026)
  • Fatima Husain (Term: May 2022 to August 2026)
  • Mariana Kersh (Term: March 2021 to March 2026)
  • Deana McDonagh (Term: August 2018 to August 2024)
  • Mahmoud Mahrous (Term: October 2023 to September 2024)
  • Michael Oelze (Term: May 2024 to May 2029)
  • Joaquín Rodríguez-López (Term: April 2024 to August 2028)
  • Sepideh Sadaghiani (Term: August 2021 to August 2026)
  • Susan Schantz (Term: August 2017 to August 2024)
  • Pengfei Song (Term: May 2022 to August 2026)
  • Brad Sutton (Term: August 2017 to August 2024)
  • Jonathan Sweedler (Term: August 2017 to August 2024)
  • Cate Wallace (Term: June 2022 to June 2025)

Program Advisory Committee

The director invites faculty members to join the Program Advisory Committee. The primary duties of this committee are to review the applications for the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program and the Beckman Institute Graduate and Undergraduate Fellows Programs. Members also evaluate research seed grant proposals.

Members are:

  • Aleksei Aksimentiev
  • Marianne Alleyne
  • Ben Auerbach
  • Yun-Sheng Chen
  • Kathryn Clancy
  • Nick Jackson
  • Hyun Joon Kong
  • Mei Shen
  • Karen Tabb
  • Sam Tawfick
  • Yingjie Zhang
  • Coordinating Committee

    The Coordinating Committee consists of the executive officers of units relevant to the Beckman Institute who serve as an advisory body to the director on issues and activities involved in interdisciplinary research on campus. Members of the Coordinating Committee are:

    • Jonathan Freund, aerospace engineering
    • Rodney Johnson, animal sciences
    • Brenda M. Farnell, anthropology
    • Alan Mette, art and design
    • Satish Nair, biochemistry
    • Mark Anastasio, bioengineering
    • Mark Cohen, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
    • Christopher Rao, chemical and biomolecular engineering
    • Jonathan Sweedler, chemistry
    • Janet Jokela, College of Medicine
    • Uwe Rudolph, comparative biosciences
    • Nancy Amato, computer science
    • Klara Nahrstedt, Coordinated Science Lab
    • Dan Shao, East Asian languages and cultures
    • Kiel Christianson, educational psychology
    • Bruce Hajek, electrical and computer engineering
    • Becky Fuller, evolution, ecology, and behavior
    • Nicki Engeseth, food science and human nutrition
    • Minjoo “Larry” Lee, Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory
    • Jeffrey Shamma, industrial and enterprise systems engineering
    • Kim Graber, kinesiology and community health
    • Hye Suk "James" Yoon, linguistics
    • Paul Braun, Materials Research Laboratory
    • Nancy Sottos, materials science and engineering
    • Vera Hur, mathematics
    • Anthony Jacobi, mechanical science and engineering
    • Claudio Grosman, molecular & integrative physiology
    • Rizwan Uddin, nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering
    • Matthias Grosse Perdekamp, physics
    • Aaron Benjamin, psychology
    • Paul Kenis, School of Chemical Sciences
    • Milan Bagchi, School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Pamela Hadley, speech and hearing science
    • Bo Li, statistics