A new instrument in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology’s Microscopy Suite allows researchers to measure the size and concentration of incredibly small particles.
Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow Ghazal Naseri Kouzehgarani, and graduate students Francheska Merced-Nieves, Neuroscience Program, and Mikhail E. Kandel, electrical and computer engineering, will present their research at the Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar at noon Wednesday, April 3, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. Lunch will be served. No registration is required.
Mostafa Wael, a clinical professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and part of the Carle Neuroscience Institute, will join the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member. Mostafa will be a member of the Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Working Group, which is part of the Intelligent Systems research theme.
Liviu Mirica, the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemistry, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member. Mirica will be a member of the Molecular Design and Engineering Group within the Molecular Science and Engineering research theme. Mirica has the vision that chemical synthesis is most impactful when implemented without regard to traditional boundaries that have previously separated inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry.
Narayana Aluru, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, will speak at noon April 4 at the Beckman Institute Director's Seminar in Room 1005. Aluru will discuss "Layered Materials for Energy Conversion." Lunch will be available; no registration is required.
In less than a decade, driven by the deep learning revolution, computer vision has boomed and begun to transform photography, social and interactive computing, manufacturing, health care, construction industry, agriculture, and other fields. Illinois Computer Science’s three vision professors and their widening network of alumni are among the leaders driving and shaping that growth. Professor David Forsyth and Associate Professors Derek Hoiem and Svetlana Lazebnik lead Illinois Computer Science’s Vision Group and play, as Forsyth says, a significant role in the academic computer vision community.
Polette Centellas, a Ph.D. student in aerospace engineering who is in Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, competed at the JEC World Composites Challenge in Paris last week. Her challenge was to pitch her thesis in just 5 minutes, using only one slide. This is not an easy task when communicating highly technical information. But honing what's commonly referred to as an "elevator speech" is a science Centallas has mastered.
Neil Dettling, a resident Facilities and Services painter, reflects on his time at the Beckman Institute. Dettling will retire at the end of March.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $5 million to extend the community of researchers who use Clowder, an open-source data management tool that was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Clowder was designed to help preserve, share, navigate, and reuse large collections of data that are now essential to scientific discoveries and is a key part of the 4CeeD framework developed by Illinois Computer Science Professor Klara Nahrstedt.
Mei Shen, an assistant professor of chemistry at Illinois, has joined the Beckman Institute as a part-time faculty member. Shen will be a member of the Neurotecnology for Memory and Cognition Working Group within the Intelligent Systems research theme, and have a secondary affiliation with the Extracellular Vesicle Imagaging and Therapy Working Group within the Integrative Imaging research theme. Her research interests include nano-electrochemistry, neurotransmitter detection, liquid-liquid interfaces, somatic and synaptic neurotransmission, and scanning electrochemical microscopy.
According to a new study led by food science and human nutrition professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, free fatty acids in the blood are linked with higher rates of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer in obese postmenopausal women. The finding could help explain obese women’s elevated risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.
Dr. Martin D. Burke, a professor of chemistry and the associate dean of research at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, led a new study that demonstrates an approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or defective in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale. “Instead of trying do gene therapy—which is not yet effective in the lung—or to correct the protein, our approach is different," Burke said.
Kannanganattu Prasanth, a professor of cell and developmental biology and a Beckman affiliate, led a team that found that certain genes that don't code for proteins could play an important regulatory role in breast cancer. Rohit Bhargava, the director of the Cancer Center at Illinois and a professor of bioengineering, was a co-author of the study.
Taylor Jansen, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, and her interdisciplinary research team conducted a project focused on aging and chronic disease management in the summer of 2017. Now a published journal author, Jansen thanks the CLEAR Initiative for kick-starting her research experience as an undergraduate.
Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, an assistant professor of bioengineering and a faculty member at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, has been named a co-chair of the Beckman Institute’s Integrative Imaging research theme.
The Beckman Institute has named five new Postdoctoral Fellows. Their work covers a variety of topics, from diagnosing and treating breast cancer and osteosarcoma, to better fighting fungal infections, to developing energy-efficient manufacturing methods, to exploring the supramolecular assembly of materials.