Meet a researcher
“For most chemicals, we have no idea what they’re doing to children’s neurodevelopment. … We shouldn’t have to wait 10 or 15 years – allowing countless children to be exposed to it in the meantime – until we’re positive it’s a bad actor.”
-Professor Susan Schantz, comparative biosciences
In Memoriam: Al Feng
Professor emeritus Albert Feng recalls his groundbreaking work on smart hearing aids and bio-molecular cochlear implants in this interview from 2007. Feng passed away unexpectedly in California on August 31, 2021. He was a professor at UIUC, and previously served as associate director of the Beckman Institute and chair of the UIUC Neuroscience Program.
Changing the culture of science
21st Century Scientists
This Beckman initiative is working to improve inclusion and diversity, create incentives for engagement, and innovate scientific training.
Inclusive Lab Leaders
21st Century Scientists leads this training initiative, which puts on regular workshops for both student researchers and their leaders.
Mantis Shrimp Bioinspired Camera for Cancer Surgery
Researchers at the Beckman Institute have adapted the unparalleled visual system of the mantis shrimp to create a camera that can help guide doctors during cancer surgery.
Meet a researcher
"By using the physics of MRI, we can see more than just the parts of the brain. It's a look at how they dynamically communicate with each other. The fun part of my job is to figure out how to get that information out of the imaging data."
-Professor Brad Sutton, bioengineering
Become a Beckman researcher
Need resources for your research?
We provide state-of-the-art facilities for faculty, staff, and students.
Biomedical Imaging Center
BIC is a state-of-the-art imaging facility that develops and applies cutting-edge techniques using magnetic resonance and molecular imaging tools.
Staff members employ advanced MRI, optical imaging, EEG, PET, SPECT, CT, fluorescence, and bioluminescence techniques to address questions about structure and function of systems across a variety of disciplines.
Imaging Technology Group
ITG is home to Beckman's Microscopy Suite and its Visualization Lab.
Hundreds of researchers from the Beckman Institute and nearly every department on campus use its state-of-the-art microscopy, spectroscopy, image processing, and rendering capabilities.