Former Illini football player Kevin Jackson, a senior research scientist at the Beckman Institute, concerns himself with athletes and athletic injuries. His current project is to figure out a way to more effectively treat head and neck injuries that happen during athletic activity and to help rethink the picture of the athlete-as-human in general.
The first Director's Seminar for 2016 features Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Preethi Jyothi and Renee Sadowski. The seminar is Thursday, Feb. 4, at noon, in Room 1005 Beckman. Lunch will be served.
Lili Sahakyan, associate professor of psychology, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
A number of awards and fellowships at the Beckman Institute are available for graduate students. The application deadline for the Beckman Graduate Fellows Program is midnight Monday, February 22, 2016. All other fellowship and award applications are due by noon on Monday, March 11, 2016.
John Rogers from the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has developed sensors that can measure pressure, temperature, and much more in the brain before being safely absorbed into the body. Featured in an article in The Atlantic.
A new portable sensor can be used in the field to determine the severity of an eye injury by measuring the levels of vitamin C in the fluids emitted by the eye. Dipanjan Pan, of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group and assistant professor of bioengineering, is working on the sensor with Dr. Leanne Labriola, an ophthalmologist at Carle Health System, and two postdoc researchers at Illinois. The team's research appeared in Nature’s journal, Scientific Reports.
Sepideh Sadaghiani Friberg, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, has been named a full-time faculty member in Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
Nancy Sottos, part-time faculty member in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group and professor of materials science and engineering, Wenle Li, a postdoctoral research assistant, led a team that developed color-changing indicators to highlight microscopic cracks in structural materials.
Joanna Shisler, research staff in the Bioacoustics Research Lab and associate professor of microbiology at the College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the recipient of a $238,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Shisler, together with Dr. Brian Ward from the University of Rochester, will use the grant to study the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) in detail to identify ways to regulate its underlying proteins to formulate cures for infections and diseases such as cancer.
The BBC reports on research conducted by John Rogers, from Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, into circuit boards that can dissolve in water.
Researchers from the Computer Vision and Robotics Lab, led by Narendra Ahuja of the Artificial Intelligence Group, have created an algorithm that led to a fashion-optimized image search tool.
John A. Rogers, of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanotechnology Group, was one of the researchers from the University of Illinois who reported on the discovery of an important method for measuring the properties of nanotube materials using a microwave probe. Slava V. Rotkin, a former Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow who is now at Lehigh University, also contributed to the discovery, which can contribute to next-generation electronics.
Diagnostic Photonics, a start-up company created to market near infra-red light source technology developed by Stephen Boppart and Scott Carney from Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has raised $3.1 million to fund a clinical trial for its high-resolution imaging probes for cancer surgeons. The technology prevents multiple surgeries for cancer patients. The company is focusing efforts first on breast cancer because about 25 percent of affected women undergo multiple surgeries after lumpectomy, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison.
A collaboration between the research group of Andrew Smith, professor of bioengineering, and the research group of Aditi Das, assistant professor in comparative biosciences and affiliate faculty member in Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has developed a new material composite derived from quantum dots. These lipoprotein nanoplatelets are rapidly taken up by cells and retain their fluorescence, making them particularly well-suited for imaging cells and understanding disease mechanisms.
Michael Insana, full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, develops novel ultrasound techniques and instruments for imaging soft tissue microstructure, elasticity, and blood flow in order to understand basic biological mechanisms, disease progression, and therapeutic responses.