You may have 20/20 vision, but your eyes are no match for those of the mantis shrimp. This unique sea creature has inspired researchers at Illinois to create an ultrasensitive camera said to be capable of sensing both color and polarization. “The animal kingdom is full of creatures with much more sensitive and sophisticated eyes than our own,” said Viktor Gruev, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and co-author of the new study. “These animals perceive natural phenomena that are invisible to humans.”
Amy Wagoner Johnson, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to further her leading-edge research on synthetic bone scaffolds.
Jefferson Chan, an assistant professor of chemistry and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, developed a photoacoustic molecular probe that activates in tissues low in oxygen. The device could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of cancer, stroke, and blocked or narrowed blood vessels.
Pragya is an junior undergraduate student in psychology, working in the Behavioral Genetics lab.
According to a study led by Alejandro Lleras, an associate professor of psychology and member of Beckman’s Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, that feeling of zoning out on long tasks is because the human brain is built to detect and respond to change, so prolonged attention on a single task can hinder performance. To remain productive, Lleras recommends taking breaks during long tasks.
Charles Sing, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Computational Molecular Science Group, within in the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Jiahui Yu is an MS-PhD student in electrical and computer engineering, working with the Image Formation and Processing Group.
Beckman's Vis Lab uses its expertise in high-speed video to help the Champaign County METRO Sniper Unit perform their jobs better.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute are investigating the efficacy of topical dermatological medications through noninvasive imaging technologies that track changes at the molecular level more quickly than previously possible.
Zahra Mohaghegh is helping position Illinois to become a global leader in socio-technical risk analysis.
Mayank Garg, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering who works with the Autonomous Materials Systems Group at Beckman in the area of environmentally triggered transient polymers, was awarded a PPG-Materials Research Lab graduate research assistantship to pursue cutting-edge research broadly related to the areas of interest to PPG, a global manufacturer of paints, coatings, and specialty materials.
The Fall 2017 Synergy features: the “Discoveries in Bioimaging” Research Experience for Undergraduates; the Vis Lab’s first ballistics experiment, which was done for the local METRO Sniper Unit; an update on the GSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging; a feature on professor Zahra Mohaghegh, who is helping position Illinois as a global leader in socio-technical risk analysis; a look at the art and science of an image, by a Beckman Postdoc, that won first place in the “Science as Art” competition. The issue also includes a look back at several events hosted by the Beckman Institute and many honors earned by faculty and students.
Dipanjan Pan, professor of bioengineering and member of our Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, led a study designing nanoparticles that specifically bind to a protein that marks the surface of breast cancer stem cells. “It is critical to administer treatments for already-developed tumors; however, long-term survival and not allowing it to come back are equally important,” Pan said. “We want to destroy the cells that are hidden in the tissue and cause the cancer to come back or spread to other parts of the body.”
Anurup Ganguli, a graduate student researcher from Rashid Bashir’s group; Lauren T. Gates-Tanzer, an M.D-Ph.D. student from Joanna Shisler’s group, and Hua-Chia Tai, a Ph.D. candidate from Jonathan Sweedler’s group, will discuss their research at the Graduate Student Seminar at noon Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute. Lunch will be provided.
Joseph Irudayaraj, a professor of bioengineering, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, within the Integrative Imaging research theme.