In two recent and other upcoming studies, Beckman Institute researcher Klaus Schulten and his colleagues are using the computer as a microscope to get a clearer picture of the dynamics of the ribosome, which is perhaps the cell’s most essential, and most complex, molecular machine.
The Fall 2009 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar series continues on Wednesday, December 2. The seminar will feature three short talks from graduate students Behzad Sharif, Kyle Mathewson and Xindi Yu.
William P. King, a member of the Beckman 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group, has received the 2009 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer. This award is given annually by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to the top researcher in heat transfer under the age of 36. The award was given “for substantial contributions to the field of mechanical engineering through the development of nanometer-scale thermal processing and thermal measurement techniques, and the new physical insights made possible by these techniques.”
John Rogers, a Beckman researcher and U. of I. professor of materials science, has found that droplets of fluid in fiber optic channels can increase the speeds of data-carrying photons. His micro-fluid optical fibers could be key to super-fast delivery of live and streaming multi-media.
An optical imaging system developed at Beckman Institute faculty member Stephen Boppart's laboratory has proven accurate and viable as an operating room diagnostic tool for the important mission of assessing tumor margins in breast cancer surgery.
A project led by Beckman Institute faculty member Yi Lu is using insights gained from natural processes to aid in the design of tailor-made proteins with numerous applications.