The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group (TCBG) at the Beckman Institute worked with scientist Theo Gray to create an app that brings molecules to life in a handheld device.
Although newly formed, the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative (ILLI), based at the Beckman Institute, builds on the legacy of the University of Illinois’ extensive research into language. The initiative brings together researchers from across campus to study language—from how it is learned, comprehended, and spoken throughout the lifespan, to second language learning, to language processing by technological devices.
Beckman's Microscopy Suite, a facility open to researchers worldwide, hosts a wide range of tools for microscopic imaging. Hyunjung (Anna) Kim, a graduate student in integrative biology, found that electron microscopy was a key component of many projects in her lab, so she has become a vital resource in her lab’s studies of host–pathogen interactions.
Deana McDonagh, industrial design professor and Beckman part-time faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group, merges empathic design with scientific and technological advances.
Beckman is home to more than 80 staff who help facilitate the research and daily activities of the Beckman Institute. The Grants & Contracts team assists with pre- and post-award grant needs for the Institute, ensuring everything runs smoothly, from the proposal to the final reports.
Chris Chipot, a Beckman Senior Fellow and adjunct physics faculty at Illinois, is visiting the Institute for six months to work closely with long-time collaborator Klaus Schulten, head of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and physics professor at Illinois.
The Spring 2015 Synergy showcases the wide variety of disciplines that work together at the Institute to produce research. This issue features Deana McDonagh, professor of industrial design and member of Beckman’s Human Perception and Performance Group, who works on empathic design; Anna Kim, a graduate student in integrative biology, whose research into host-pathogen interactions utilizes Beckman’s Microscopy Suite; and an app created by the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group that brings molecules to life.