For the second year in a row, the “Discoveries in Bioimaging” Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), has brought 10 undergraduates from universities across the United States and Puerto Rico to the University of Illinois to learn about research.
A new surgical imaging tool used to determine if all the cancerous cells of a tumor have been removed has been approved for clinical veterinary trials at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Developed by Stephen Boppart, from Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, the tool uses optical coherence tomography (OCT) during surgery to ensure that all cancerous cells have been removed. Clinical studies for humans have also been performed on patients with breast cancer at Carle Foundation Hospital. The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking pets for the trials.
A symposium honoring the career of Dr. Thomas S. Huang, professor of electrical and computer engineering and former co-chair of Beckman's Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction theme, will be held at the Beckman Institute Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1. The tentative schedule and registration information can be found here: huang-symposium.beckman.illinois.edu/.
Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of bioengineering and full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been invited to join the editorial board of the journal Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing) and will become the editor for the chemical biology subject area. An area of focus in Pan's nanotechnology work is using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes synthetic chemistry, molecular biology, engineering and medicine to develop translational diagnostics and treatments.
Stephen Boppart, professor of bioengineering and full-time faculty member in Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, will receive the 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society at the organization’s annual international conference in August. Up to five recipients are selected for the award each year, and this year's awardees will be honored during the conference's opening session in Orlando, Fla.
The research group of Narayana Aluru, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group, has demonstrated doping-induced tunable wetting and adhesion of graphene, revealing new and unique opportunities for advanced coating materials and transducers.
Cancer cells are able to evade a biochemical process that leads to cell death, which allows for uncontrolled cellular growth. Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor in bioengineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has discovered a highly selective nanotechnology-based approach that can trigger the "suicide switch" for cancer cells.
Susan Schantz, professor of biosciences and full-time faculty member in the NeuroTech Group, directs the Children's Environmental Health Research Center at the University of Illinois, which is studying whether, and how, exposure to phthalates disrupts child brain development. Phthalates are used in some cosmetics, food packaging and products with fragrances.