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 use state-of-the-art facilities to transcend traditional boundaries.


Our three research themes

Jeff Chan and Anuj Yadav

Meet a researcher

“I study how we as humans can use adaptations found in the natural world to create new and innovative technologies.

My best piece of advice would be to always ask questions.... Just keep practicing and as your skills grow, your confidence will too."

-Elizabeth Bello, an entomology graduate student

Elizabeth Bello


Researchers identify compound with antiseizure effects

Beckman researcher Hee Jung Chung, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology, discusses how her team discovered a compound that reduces the excitability of neurons in the hippocampus. The compound lowered the severity of seizures in mice and may contribute to the development of medications to treat epilepsy in humans.

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.


How to MRI your dragon

Bearded dragons are America's No. 1 companion lizard. Dr. Krista Keller and "B" the bearded dragon discuss why they are creating an MRI brain atlas for these amazing reptiles.

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."

-Brad Sutton, professor of bioengineering



Professor Brad Sutton poses in front of an MRI scanner
Susan Schantz

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 members, 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.

Visit BIC's website

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

Research images

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