Researchers in the Quantitative Light Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute have been able to use label-free spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM) and computer processing in order to image microtubules in an assay. The hollow tubular structures serve as the backbone of cells and help carry materials in the cell. Malfunctioning microtubules have been associated with various illnesses including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
In a recent review article published in Advances in Nutrition, Ryan Dilger, a associate professor of animal sciences and a member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Austin Mudd, a doctoral student in the neuroscience program, provide background for the work they do with nutrition and neurodevelopment using the piglet as a model.
Microscopic shifts in metabolism and increases in tiny transport vesicles out of tumor cells preface larger changes to the tumor environment and could prepare the way for cancerous cells to spread and metastasize, according to a study prepared by researchers including Stephen Boppart, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. They saw cancer-causing biological events at both the molecular and tissue scales as they happened, imaging the cells with precise wavelengths of light – no chemicals, dyes or genetic manipulation needed.
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science.
As reported in The Guardian, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Illinois, including Aaron Benjamin, a member of Beckman's Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, have found that “cognitive offloading,” or as they describe it, the tendency to rely on things like the internet as an aide-memoire, increases after each use. In other words, the more we reach for our smartphones to tell us the answer, the more likely we are to do it again the next time.
Adrian Radocea, a graduate research assistant in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, Benjamin Chidester, a Ph.D. student working with Minh Do, and Pooya Khorrami, a graduate research assistant in the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group, discuss their research at the Graduate Student Seminar held at noon Wed., February 1, in Room 1005 Beckman. Lunch is provided.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the Beckman Institute and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has demonstrated the first important step toward integrating atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (APGNRs) onto nonmetallic substrates. The paper was published in Nano Letters.
Girish Chowdhary, assistant professor in agricultural and biological engineering, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member in the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group within the the Intelligent Systems research theme.
Nien-Pei Tsai, assistant professor in molecular and integrative physiology, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group within the Intelligent Systems research theme.
Randy Ewoldt, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineers (PECASE). President Obama has named 102 scientists and researchers as recipients of PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the U. S. Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
While most two-year-olds can recognize a range of nouns, such as the words that identify their parents, their siblings, and their favorite toys or foods, you certainly wouldn’t expect them to be able to grasp more advanced grammar—especially concepts like transitive and intransitive verbs.
Cynthia Fisher’s research gives us reason to rethink that assumption.
Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been named a recipient of the 2016 NML Researcher Award, sponsored by the journal of Nano-Micro Letters (NML). The award recognizes 15 outstanding researchers whose research fields are nano and micro science, with special consideration for those who have continuously made outstanding contributions to the development of science in the last three years.
With our society’s ever-growing volume of data, DNA is emerging as a potential storage media of unprecedented density, durability, and efficiency.
Paul Kenis, head of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, is part of an international collaboration of scientists who found that graphene quantum dots may offer a simple way to recycle waste carbon dioxide into valuable fuel rather than release it into the atmosphere or bury it underground.
Lydia Kisley, the first Beckman-Brown Fellow at the Beckman Institute, was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2017. She works with Deborah Leckband and Paul Braun from Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and Martin Gruebele, from the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group. Kisley aims “inspire and design materials and biomaterials in smarter ways by using unique microscopy in order to understand them better.”
The New York Times reports on a study conducted by Marni Boppart, associate professor of kinesiology and community health and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and others regarding how taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seemed to make exercise more difficult and less beneficial in mice.
Viktor Gruev, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is well known for integrating novel nano-materials with CMOS or CCD technology to achieve very sensitive imagers. As a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, his lab pioneered compact polarization and multi-spectral imaging sensors. This technology has successfully undergone clinical translation in the operating room, helping physicians diagnose early signs of cancer, and has been deployed to the Great Barrier Reef to better understand marine life. At Illinois, Gruev continues to design new imaging sensors that can capture polarization and multi-spectral properties of light.
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, presents the January Director’s Seminar on “Traumatic Brain Injury, Waves, Fractals” at noon Thursday, Jan. 26, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. The talk is open to the public and lunch is provided.