Klaus Schulten, Beckman researcher and head of the theoretical and computational biophysics group at Illinois, says the University of Texas's new supercomputer will help researchers better understand how cells work, how viruses infect human cells and how proteins fight obesity within cells.
Northwestern University scientists have created 55,000 images of Thomas Jefferson and put them into a space the size of a nickel. It demonstrates the commercial viability of dip pen nanolithography, a technology discovered and pioneered at Northwestern. Beckman researcher and U. of I. electrical and computer engineering professor Chang Liu is among the authors of a paper presenting the work, which was published online Monday by the journal Angewandte Chemie.
Beckman Institute/Krannert Art Museum CANVAS Hosts Interactive Performance, MiX TAPEStry Sept. 28th-30th, middle school students in two states will take part in an experiment that combines an artist's images, a rapper's music and the students' movements.
By looking at what goes wrong in the memory systems of amnesic patients, Neal Cohen's Amnesia Research Laboratory at the Beckman Institute has provided original insights into how memory functions in a healthy brain.
"In the past we were constantly going to telecoms firms to convince them that their products could be useful for OCT (optical coherence tomography)," said Stephen Boppart of the U. of I. Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. "However, today there has been a switch and photonics companies are now making light sources specifically for OCT."
Stephen Sligar, a faculty member in the 3-D Micro- and Nanosystems group at Beckman, focuses on using novel technologies in order to understand the mechanisms of biological function at the molecular and cellular level. Sligar is currently using nanodisc technology in a number of projects aimed at advancing our understanding of cellular function, as well as aiding development of drug targeting methods.
Researchers at Illinois are developing a near-infrared imaging technique that could significantly affect the ways physicians detect and treat breast cancer. "Tissue removed during biopsy or surgery must be microscopically examined by a pathologist, which can sometimes result in a lengthy and anxious wait for the patient," says Stephen Boppart, a Beckman researcher and professor of electrical and computer engineering, bioengineering, and medicine. "We want to move the microscopic examination of tissue from the pathology lab to the patient's point of care and do the analysis in real time."
Beckman researcher and U. of I. chemistry professor Kenneth Suslick has developed a technique that essentially tastes and smells a substance visually. Suslick, who founded the company ChemSensing Inc. in Champaign, Ill., has worked on developing colorimetric arrays for several years. The company's emphasis is on early-stage disease detection, but Suslick has applied the technology to other subjects, including volatile organic compounds and, now, beer. People can smell and taste the difference between beers, and Suslick noted that the colorimetric approach has some advantages when it comes to duplicating that feat.
Beckman researcher and U. of I. electrical and computer engineering professor Chang Liu and University of Virginia professor Joseph Humphrey are collaborating on a project funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to build new bio-inspired sensors.
Beckman Institute researcher Kenneth L. Watkin is investigating ways to treat head and neck cancers with less of the chemotoxins found with current chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Nicholas Fang focuses on the smallest of materials but his imagination is expansive.