Susan Schantz, a professor of comparative biosciences, warns how common chemicals around the house can impact human development, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.
Dipanjan Pan, a professor of bioengineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and his team developed a rapid-sensing gel, called OjoGel, to measure a molecular marker of eye injury in a teardrop. "We expect a significant potential impact of this biosensor for evaluating the eye in post-surgical patients as well as trauma patients," said Pan.
Jeff Moore, professor of chemistry and director of the Beckman Institute, is one of the recipients of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award for his work as a member of the Scientific and Operational Leadership team for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) project. JCESR is a Department of Energy-funded partnership of public and private institutions that is developing high-performance, low-cost energy storage technologies for transportation and the electric grid.
Mark E. Hauber, a professor of animal biology and member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group at Beckman, will speak at Beckman Institute's first fall Director's Seminar at noon, Sept. 13, in Room 1005 Beckman. Hauber will discuss “Tracking the Neuroecology of Avian Recognition Systems for Self and Others.”
Investigators from the Beckman Exosome Working Group have been named the recipients of an NIH RO1 for a project that will project will develop cell- and exosome-based therapies to improve skeletal muscle recovery following immobilization, ultimately preventing disability in our growing aged population. Marni Boppart, an associate professor of kinesiology and community health, is the PI for the project, "Development of a Cell-Based Therapy to Improve Recovery Following Immobilization." The project includes several investigators from the Beckman Exosome Working Group, including Wawosz Dobrucki, an assistant professor of bioengineering; Stephen Boppart, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Jonathan Sweedler, a professor of chemistry.
Yang Zhang, member of the Beckman's Computational Molecular Science Group, was recently promoted from assistant to associate professor. Zhang, who has made major strides in research at the U of I, said he does some of his best thinking during the walk between his home department, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, and the Beckman Institute.
Neha Pravin Gothe, a professor of kinesiology and member of Beckman's Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, was quoted in an article in the Daily Illini about the benefits of "non-traditional activities," such as yoga, meditation, and martial arts.
Kyle Smith, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems Group, was honored by the International Society of Electrochemistry with the 2018 ISE-Elsevier Prize for Applied Electrochemistry. The prize is awarded annually to a scientist under age 35 for achievements in the field of applied electrochemistry.
Research by Liang Gao, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is improving microscopic imaging. And a new $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will give his team a boost as they pursue ultrafast bioimaging and the promise of several fundamental scientific discoveries.
The first of the fall Graduate Student Seminars, hosted by the Beckman Institute, will be at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 5 in Room 1005. Three Ph.D. students will discuss their research: Parinaz Fathi, bioengineering; Collin Kaufman, neuroscience; and Nathan Walter, nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering. Lunch will be provided.
Mark Hauber, a professor of animal biology, and colleagues investigated how specific features of the shape of an egg affects its movement on slanted surfaces. “We found that conicality – the degree to which the pointed end of the egg mimicked a cone – suppressed egg displacement on surfaces inclined more than 2 degrees,” Hauber said. At lower inclines, however, conicality only mildly increased egg displacement.
Elena Romanova, a senior research scientist, and Jonathan Sweedler, a professor of chemistry and member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, served as guest editors for an issue of ACS Chemical Neuroscience that focused on animal models in neuroscience. More than 20 articles presented distinctive model organisms spanning six phyla of the Metazoa, all of which contribute to the understanding of brain complexity.
Research by U of I crop scientists—including Nathan Schroeder, a member of Beckman’s Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group—offers new hope for fighting neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Many researchers are looking at the genetic cause of the unhealthy accumulation of toxic proteins to find ways to treat them but, in a twist, the agricultural scientists’ findings showed a common soybean pest might offer fresh inspiration as a new model of regeneration.
When the good and bad bacteria in our mouth become imbalanced, the bad bacteria form a biofilm (aka plaque), which can cause cavities, and if left untreated over time, can lead to cardiovascular and other inflammatory diseases like diabetes and bacterial pneumonia.
A team of researchers, headed by Beckman faculty member Dipanjan Pan, an associate professor of bioengineering, has recently devised a practical nanotechnology-based method for detecting and treating the harmful bacteria that cause plaque and lead to tooth decay and other detrimental conditions.
Gene E. Robinson, a professor of entomology and the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and Andrew Suarez, a biologist and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology group, were quoted in an article about the effect of an ancient insulin-signaling pathway on ant colonies' division of reproductive labor.
In India and other countries in Southeast Asia, curcumin is often used as a spice in cooking, particularly chicken or fish. It is known for its therapeutic effect and as a way to kill germs present in raw meat. Dipanjan Pan, an associate professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and colleagues in his lab collaborated with Peter Stang, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of American Chemical Society and Distinguished Professor of chemistry at the University of Utah, on ways to be able to render curcumin soluble, deliver it to infected tumors, and kill cancer cells.
Joshua is a sophomore working in the Chemical Imaging and Structures Lab.
The University of Illinois hosted 10 undergraduate students this summer for a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). The program, “Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging,” is credited with benefiting both the visiting undergraduate students and their Illinois graduate student mentors.
Joey Ramp, a senior molecular and cellular biology major, and her service dog, Sampson, are changing the way service dogs are viewed in the laboratory. Ramp works in the lab of Justin Rhodes, a professor of psychology. Both researchers are members of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group.
Brian Cunningham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has been named as a distinguished lecturer by the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Program. This program was designed to honor excellent speakers who have made technical, industrial, or entrepreneurial contributions to the field of photonics and to enhance the technical programs of the IEEE Photonics Society chapters.
Decades ago, synthetic polymers became popular because they were cheap and durable. Now, scientists are creating material that self-destructs or breaks down for reuse on command.
Paloma manages programs for graduate and high school students at Beckman. She also works with Dr. Rohit Bhargava's lab and the Cancer Center.
Florin Dolcos and Sanda Dolcos, professors of psychology and members of Beckman's Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, conducted a study that found when participants focused on the neutral context of a memory, rather than their feelings, they were better able to regulate their emotions. This strategy could also be applied to "cringe attacks", which occur when a person suddenly remembers an uncomfortable, cringeworthy moment they've experienced.
Jefferson Chan, a professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Bioimaging and Science Technology Group, and colleagues developed a molecular probe, AlDeSense, that can tag and track elusive cancer stem cells in both cell cultures and live organisms. The probe lights up cancer cells so they can be identified, tracked and studied in their native environment: the body. Researchers include Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, a professor of bioengineering and co-author of the study, and Jamila Hedhli, a Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow.