The Beckman Institute is a unique engine for research. We're making incredible advances while helping ordinary people.

Research that matters

The Beckman Institute is a community of researchers that transcend traditional boundaries, and a state-of-the-art facility that allows their work.


Our three research themes:

A yellow bearded dragon is examined by researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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

Susan Schantz


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.


Visit the 21st Century
Scientists' website


A collage of different scientists talking into a microphone.


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



Professor Brad Sutton poses in front of an MRI scanner
Emad Tajkorshid, Zhaleh Ghaemi, and Martin Gruebel.

Become a Beckman researcher

Whether you're a student hoping make a difference, already leading research on campus, or thinking about becoming a faculty member at the University of Illinois, the Beckman Institute could be the right place for you.

Become a student researcher

Become a Beckman faculty member

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.

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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.

Visit ITG's website