Barcodes are all the buzz when it comes to identifying bees, thanks to research conducted by the University of Illinois’ Institute for Genomic Biology and Coordinated Science Lab. Internationally renowned bee expert Gene Robinson, IGB Director and Swanlund Chair at Illinois, came up with the idea of using barcodes to tell bees apart from each other – a prospect that has many challenges, not the least of which is creating a barcode that is small enough to fit on a bee.That is where Lav Varshney an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, comes in.
Armed with a tiny new thermometer probe that can quickly measure temperature inside of a cell, University of Illinois researchers have illuminated a mysterious aspect of metabolism: heat generation. Beckman faculty involved in the research: Rhanor Gillette, emeritus professor of molecular and integrative physiology, and Daniel Llano, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology.
Twenty neurosurgery residents will join Carle and other elite neurosurgeons from around the country Aug. 30-31 for an event to advance brain surgery education. This practical experience allows neurosurgery residents to train for the complex procedures they may one day perform. It better positions them for high-value clinical challenges and delivering successful outcomes. "The Beckman Institute will direct and oversee the state-of-the-art imaging used to guide the teaching activities of the course,” said Dr. Wael Mostafa, Carle neurosurgeon and the course director.
Jeff Moore and Cathy Murphy are among the 2020 national award winners of the American Chemical Society. Moore, the director of the Beckman Institute and the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry, will receive the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry, which recognizes outstanding fundamental contributions and achievements in the field. Murphy, the Larry Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry, will receive the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry, given to recognize and encourage fundamental research in the field of inorganic chemistry. They will be honored at an awards ceremony in March.
Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will speak at Beckman Institute's first fall Director's Seminar at noon, Sept. 5, in Room 1005 Beckman. Kong will discuss “Biological Applications of Engineered Active Matters.”
Martin D. Burke, a professor of chemistry, has been named the recipient of the 2019 iCON Innovator Award, presented by the Illinois life sciences industry association iBIO. Burke was cited for pioneering the field of molecular prosthetics, including the development of an automated Lego-like platform for democratizing small molecule synthesis. iCON awards "celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding innovators and leaders whose work provides the basis for life sciences developments worldwide." The recipients will be honored at a reception in September.
The Quantitative Light Imaging Laboratory, led by Gabriel Popescu, has recently received two grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling $ 4.5 million to develop label-free imaging for identifying aggressive cancers as well as quantifying cell growth.
The first of the fall Graduate Student Seminars hosted by the Beckman Institute will begin at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 4 in Room 1005. Three graduate students will discuss their research: Evan Lloyd, Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow; David Mast, chemistry; Melanie Muller, biophysics and quantitative biology. Lunch will be provided.
A collaboration between the Sweedler and the Rodriguez-Zas labs at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Pradhan lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago has identified genes that are involved in opioid-induced hyperalgesia, an abnormally increased sensitivity to pain.
Where are the bees? Bee expert and entomologist Gene Robinson was quoted in an Ask WGN segment, saying urban environments like Chicago are actually great for bees. There are often less pesticides and a wider variety of flowering plants and trees to feed on, he said.
For anyone living in the U.S. in 2019, plastic is nearly impossible to avoid. But what many people don't know is that we're doing more than just using plastic. We're ingesting it, too. When you eat a bite of food or even have a sip of water, you're almost certainly taking in tiny plastic particles along with it. Because research into microplastics is so new, there’s not yet enough data to say exactly how they’re affecting human health, says Jodi Flaws, a professor of comparative biosciences and associate director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program at the University of Illinois. The article in Consumer Reports includes six tips to reduce your exposure to plastic.
The Pan Research Group has recently developed a probe made of nanoparticles by crosslinking biliverdin molecules, which are pigments that exist naturally in the body. This probe will be able to detect cancer metastases in lymph nodes without causing toxicity or prolonged accumulation in organs and can disappear after the detection.
Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, other species sometimes prefer one appendage, or eye, over the other. A new study reveals that American robins that preferentially use one eye significantly more than the other when looking at their own clutch of eggs are also more likely to detect, and reject, a foreign egg placed in their nest by another bird species – or by a devious scientist. Mark Hauber, a professor of evolution, ecology and behavior at Illinois, led the research.
The National Institutes of Health has approved a five-year $2 million grant for a collaborative research project at the Beckman Institute. The work will explore the possible link between cognition and the brain’s connectome.
Student-athletes need the help of coaches and educators to perceive themselves as scholars as well as athletes, according to a study led by Illinois geology and microbiology professor Bruce Fouke.
Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. A team led by Ying Diao, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, report their findings in the journal Science Advances.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will fund two projects for research on human performance optimization within United States war fighters at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
People who are the most optimistic tend to sleep better and longer, suggests a new study led by Beckman affiliate and social work professor Rosalba Hernandez.
A new imaging technology developed in the lab of Dr. Stephen Boppart, a professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering, was named one of the top 10 best microscopy innovations of 2019 by Microscopy Today.
Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, has shown that the honey bee is a beguiling study subject that reveals more about us than we ever expected.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved a grant for $2 million for the research project, “Using atlas-driven imaging for determining variations in velopharyngeal function among children with cleft palate and hypernasal speech.”