Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering, explains how chemical imaging, machine learning, and 3D printing are changing how we think about and fight cancer. By studying microenvironments, scientists hope to better predict and fight cancer growth.
A robot developed by Girish Chowdhary and colleagues at the University of Illinois to find genes for high-yielding, hearty traits in the DNA of crop plants was recognized with the best systems paper award at the Robotics: Science and Systems conference. Chowdhary is an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering and a member of Beckman’s Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group.
Beckman affiliates Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and the director of the Carle R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and Jennifer Robbennolt, a professor of law, will co-teach a new massive open online course (MOOC), “Genomics for Law.” The course, recently created through a joint collaboration of the Institute for Genomic Biology and the College of Law "provides a unique framework to review the history and basics of genomics research as well as explore how genomics has, and will continue to, interact with the law,” according to the course description on Coursera.
Renato is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in educational psychology (Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning Division).
Jon Willits, an assistant professor in the Department of Pyschology, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative (ILLI) working group within the Intelligent Systems (IntelSys) research theme at the Beckman Institute.
Jessica Montag, an assistant professor in the Department of Pyschology, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative (ILLI) working group within the Intelligent Systems (IntelSys) research theme at the Beckman Institute.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded $300,000 for a research project led by Stephen Boppart, a professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. The project, "EAGER: Optical Molecular Imaging of Opioid Distribution and its Metabolic Effects in the Brain," will impact opioid addiction and related neuroscience, as well as the broader research of drug development involving different diseases, organs, and preclinical models. Haohua Tu, a Beckman senior research scientist, is co-principal investigator.
Xiangyu Song, also known as Silvia, is a fourth-year graduate student working in the Alexey Bezryadin Lab.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology recently examined a sample of 85 healthy college students to see how a number of personality traits can protect an individual’s brain against symptoms of emotional distress, namely depression and anxiety.
Nien-Pei Tsai, professor of integrative physiology and member of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, and a team of researchers have identified a key protein involved in irregular brain cell activity seen in autism spectrum disorders and epilepsy.
Justin Rhodes, professor of psychology and member of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, and Ross DeAngelis, U. of I. graduate student and clownfish biologist, recently conducted two studies on the behavior of new clownfish fathers. The researchers found that male clownfish, typically dedicated fathers, were less interested in nurturing their eggs when a chemical blockade prevented their brains from receiving oxytocin.
Beckman researchers Olgica Milenkovic, Jean-Pierre Leburton, Charles Schroeder, and Xiuling Li are on the team that will design a method to read, write, and store DNA data in a more cost-effective way. “We’re going to take cheap, native DNA and combine it with chemically modified nucleotides,” said Milenkovic, professor of electrical and computer engineering. “It will be stored and accessed using a novel implementation of a state-of-the-art semiconductor system.”
Janice Juraska, professor of psychology and leader of the new study; Daniel Kougias, postdoctoral fellow; and Elli Sellinger, neuroscience graduate student—all members of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group—found that male and female rats exposed in the womb and during lactation to plasticizing chemicals known as phthalates had significantly fewer neurons and synapses than those that were not exposed. These chemicals, regularly found in consumer goods, can have negative effects on behavior.
Bryan Holderfield, who retired June 30, reflects on his 29 years as an electrician at the Beckman Institute. Holderfield's skills were essential for maintaining the institute and for the installation of many advanced technologies throughout the years.
Aditi Das, comparative biosciences professor and member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and her team found that a class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids could inhibit cancer's growth and spread. These molecules, called endocannabinoid epoxides, contained pain-reducing, anti-inflamittory properties and appeared to stop cancerous cells from migrating.
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Michelle Rodrigues conducted a study observing bonobos and chimpanzees in captivity. The resulting paper will be published in a special print edition of Primates that focuses on social network analysis in primates. Rodrigues found differences in the social bonds and behavior of the primates in captivity that varies from those in the wild.
Daniel Bowie is a third-year Ph.D. student working in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab.
The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students recently. Among Beckman’s many connections to the college, Dr. King Li, member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is the dean of the new college, and Rashid Bashir, member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, serves as the executive associate dean and chief diversity officer.
Jill is an Office Support Specialist in the Director's Office.
Charles Schroeder, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and member of Beckman's Computational Molecular Science Group, co-authored a study on how single polymers – acting as individuals – work together to give synthetic materials macroscopic properties like viscosity and strength. The study was published in the journal Physics Review Letters.
Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering, and graduate students Shachi Mittal and Kevin Yeh, all members of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at Beckman, recently unveiled a new imaging method for simultaneously sub-typing cancer cells and the tumor microenvironment. Their approach used modern artificial intelligence algorithms to relate the information to disease to provide a powerful new all-digital, automated capability.
Three startups with connections to Beckman—PhantomCor, Vitrix Health, and YouMatter Studios— were among 11 startups chosen to participate in iVenture Accelerator's intensive summer program. The 10-week curriculum features a network of advisers, co-working space, and up to $10K in capacity funding to support student entrepreneurs at the University of Illinois.