Jefferson Chan, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, was one of four Illinois professors named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.” Awardees receive $60,000 to be used as they wish to further their research.
Christopher Evans, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been named an affiliate in the Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Illinois professor Prashant Jain’s research group found that ultrasmall nanoclusters of copper selenide could make superionic solid electrolytes for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Jain is a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group at Beckman.
A team of scientists, including Tahir Saif, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, has developed small, soft biological robots--bio-bots--that can walk and swim on their own or when triggered by electrical or light signals. These tiny muscle-powered robots were first 3-D printed and then seeded with muscle cells. The cells self-organised to form functional tissues that made the bio-bots move.
The lacy freeform 3D printed heart is more than something pretty to look at. “The principal application of these freeform printed objects is as sacrificial templates,” said Matthew Gelber, a Ph.D. candidate in bioengineering and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
Liang Gao, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is developing groundbreaking technology, which will ultimately lead to a new generation of high-speed fluorescence lifetime imagers. Gao received an NSF CAREER award, which includes over $500,000 in grant funding, for his proposal on compressed fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy. His research would allow biologists to quantitatively image dynamic fluorescence events at an unprecedented speed.
Reflecting the diversity of research conducted at the Beckman Institute, the 2017 class of Beckman Postdoctoral and the Beckman Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows has research interests in materials science, chemistry, neuroscience, biology, physical fitness, and nanomaterials.
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Gillian Hamilton and Tomasz Wrobel will present the Feb. 23 Director’s Seminar at noon in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute.
A new small-molecule strategy could help target cancer drugs selectively to tumors. A group led by Jianjun Cheng, a professor of materials science and engineering and member of the Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, Lichen Yin of Soochow University and Xuesi Chen of Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry has come up with a strategy called active tissue targeting via anchored click chemistry.
Sameh Tawfick, assistant professor in mechanical science and engineering, has been named an affiliate faculty member in Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.