Beckman Institute researcher Gabriel Popescu led a team that developed a novel measurement technique which provides new insight into the mechanics of red blood cell membranes. Popescu, a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group, and his collaborators published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Beckman Institute researcher Stephen Boppart led a project that uses magnetism to move nanoparticle contrast agents inside the body. The novel method provides a specificity not found with other techniques and has great potential for biomedical applications.
There is precious little evidence to suggest the skills used in these games (word-play computer games) transfer to the real world,” says Art Kramer, a Beckman Institute faculty memeber and professor of psychology and neuroscience at the U. of I.
Researchers Kevin Xiang, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology, and Charles Cox, a professor of pharmacology in the College of Medicine and Beckman Institute faculty member, have identified a potential drug target for Alzheimer’s disease – a receptor embedded in the membrane of neurons and other cells.
Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the U. of I., and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University in Boston have devised electrode arrays using protein from silk and thin metal electrodes.
Susan Odom is a postdoctoral researcher with the Beckman Institute’s Autonomous Materials System (AMS) group who enjoys communicating science to the general public. So when Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry called wanting materials for its new exhibit Science Storms, the AMS group naturally turned to Odom.
New research showing stark differences in the neural patterns and behavior of adolescent and adult mice given cocaine and methamphetamine is providing biological insight into the dangers of youthful drug use in humans.
Although it looks small and unassuming, the tiny origami crane sitting in a sample dish in Beckman Institute researcher Jennifer Lewis’ lab heralds a new method for creating complex three-dimensional structures for biocompatible devices, microscaffolding and other microsystems.
Richard Powers, a member of the Beckman Institute’s Cognitive Neuroscience group, has been elected as a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Beckman Institute researcher Art Kramer appeared on the WILL Radio program Focus recently, talking about brain plasticity across the lifespan, the effects of exercise on cognitive health, and many other topics during the interview with WILL host David Inge. To listen, click here.
Angus Rockett has joined the Beckman Institute as a faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group. Rockett is a Professor in the University of Illinois Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on topics such as photovoltaics, or solar cells, radiation detectors, and thin films.
A new study of brain activity in depressed and anxious people, conducted by Beckman Institute researchers Gregory A. Miller and Wendy Heller at the Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center, indicates that some of the ill effects of depression are modified – for better or for worse – by anxiety.