Peter Wang from the Bioimaging Science and Technology group and his collaborators reported on developing a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based biosensor for studying subcellular localization of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) that is crucial for many cellular processes. Their paper was published in Nature Communications.
e! Science News – Graduate student Michelle Voss was lead author and Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer a co-author on a review paper for the Journal of Applied Physiology on the current evidence for the relationships between physical activity and exercise and the brain and cognition throughout the lifespan in non-pathological populations.
U of I News Bureau – Researchers Scott White, Jeff Moore, and Nancy Sottos of the Beckman Institute’s Autonomous Materials Systems group developed structural composites that use the vascular circulatory systems found in nature as a blueprint. In a paper in Advanced Materials, they report on a new class of vascular materials that are scalable, lightweight and strong, and perfect for manufacturing purposes such as in self-healing and self-cooling applications.
U of I News Bureau – Paul Braun of the 3-D Micro- and Nanosystems group led a team that has demonstrated the first optoelectronically active 3-D photonic crystal. “We’ve discovered a way to change the three-dimensional structure of a well-established semiconductor material to enable new optical properties while maintaining its very attractive electrical properties,” Braun said.
e! Science News – Technology from Beckman Institute faculy member William King undergirds a nanolithography technique for fabricating nanostructures on plastic substrates.
Nanowerk News – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with Xerion Advanced Battery Corp. under which Xerion has the exclusive right to bring the University's StructurePore battery-charging technology to the market. The StructurePore technology was developed by Beckman Institute faculty member Paul Braun, of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
PC World – The research of Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer and postdoctoral researcher Chandramallika Basak – which showed that some vital cognitive skills improved in older adults trained in a strategic video game called Rise of Nations – was featured as the seventh slide in an article on the impact that playing video games can have on the human brain.
Stephen Boppart, Co-chair of the Beckman Institute's Integrative Imaging research team, leads a team that received a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop new instruments for primary care physicians.