The development of biological sensors, or biosensors, is a rapidly growing field and Beckman Institute researchers are in the forefront of these developments.
Yi Lu is a leader in employing chemical approaches to gain an understanding of biological structures and functions and in applying that knowledge, using biomolecules like DNA enzymes coupled to nanomaterials like gold nanoparticles, to develop real-world medical, industrial, and home use technologies.
Like many parents, scientists at the Beckman Institute often see their children follow them into their chosen profession.
Amy Alexander grew up in a city steeped in aviation history, Dayton, Ohio, and earned an Engineering Psychology Ph.D. at Illinois that had a focus on aviation human factors. Alexander also took advantage of the Beckman Institute’s Flight Simulator during her time at Illinois, but it wasn’t until after leaving college that she could realize a longtime desire, going from a virtual cockpit to the controls of a real airplane.
The Fall 2010 issue of Synergy features high tech applications and science but most of all it is about people: how biosensing applications could someday help people, what happens when science becomes a family affair, and profiles of two people whose research is benefitting others.