Catherine Murphy, the Larry Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry, will receive the ACS Linus Pauling award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in chemistry and is presented by the Portland, Puget Sound, and Oregon sections of the American Chemical Society. The award will be presented at the annual Linus Pauling Medal Award Symposium in October in Corvallis, Oregon. Murphy will give a talk after the symposium and banquet.
Led by Alex Evilevitch, an associate professor of pathobiology and of physics, the Evilevitch Laboratory, in collaboration with the Microscopy Suite at the Beckman Institute, aims to understand the fundamental aspects of viral infection in order to develop better anti-viral drugs.
The Molecule Maker Lab, led by chemistry professors Martin Burke and Chad Rienstra, is one of 18 campus projects to receive funding from the campus's new Investment for Growth initiative. The lab, to be located at the Beckman Institute, will empower researchers, physicians, and citizen scientists from around the world to create molecules on-demand. It could enable rapid new drug development and other technologies that rely on small molecules.
Many of the funded proposals have three-to-five year plans to be profitable, and all solidify Illinois’ commitment to excellence and transformative learning experiences.
A research team led by Taher Saif, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, has developed soft robotic devices driven by neuromuscular tissue that triggers when stimulated by light — bringing mechanical engineering one step closer to developing autonomous biobots. Rashid Bashir, dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, also was part of the team.
Among the three faculty members to be awarded fall 2019 support from the Department of Chemistry’s Discovery Fund are Beckman’s Joaquín Rodríguez-López and Yi Lu. The fall 2019 round of funding will support research on enhanced MRI sensitivity, genetic engineering, and improved environmental pollutant monitoring.
A $6 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse will renew the Neuroproteomics and Neurometabolomics Center on Cell-Cell Signaling at the University of Illinois’ Beckman Institute. Established to provide expertise in proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics, the focus of the center is on understanding the neural mechanisms of addiction.
Patty Jones, the associate director for research at the Beckman Institute, was recently recognized with an Outstanding Service Award from the U of I Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance for her contributions in support of research at Beckman and Illinois.
If you want something done, ask a busy person – or so the saying goes. According to a new paper co-written by Dolores Albarracin, a professor psychology and marketing who studies attitudes and persuasion psychology, if you want to sell something quickly, it helps to try a busy consumer. “What we found is that walking involves activating action representations that in turn promote other actions outside of the context of walking,” Albarracin said.
Emad Tajkhorshid, a professor of biochemistry, has been awarded the 2020 Thomas E. Thompson award from the Biophysical Society. The award recognizes his outstanding contribution in the field of membrane structure and function. The award will be presented at the Membrane Structure and Function Subgroup symposium during the annual meeting.
Michael Fanous, Ph.D. bioengineering student and Beckman graduate research assistant,, was named the 2019 recipient of the McGinnis Medical Innovation Graduate Student Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The award provides support for a two-year fellowship to a Bioengineering Ph.D. student who is conducting research targeting the development of novel biomedical instrumentation.
For the past several years, Kyle Smith, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, has proven his growing expertise in the field of water desalination, with a range of research results that could address the immediate need to combat diminishing clean water sources around the world. Now, with a new publication and new research project funded by the National Science Foundation, he continues to build on his highly praised work to develop new methods of deionizing saltwater.