Current & Past Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Fellows

The Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Fellows program is an opportunity for the Fellow to conduct independent, interdisciplinary, oncology-related translational research before launching her/his formal career.

Current Recipients


Aaron Anderson
Anderson received his Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics in May 2018 from the University of Illinois. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is uniquely capable of noninvasive imaging the material properties of brain tissue and has proven sensitive to a number of physiological changes and diseases. His research aims to improve specificity through higher-order material models for improved clinical outcomes. He will work with Brad Sutton, a professor of bioengineering, and Dr. Graham Huesmann, a neurologist and epileptologist at Carle Foundation Hospital and a research assistant professor of molecular and integrative physiology at Illinois.

Jianfeng Wang
Wang received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 2017 from the National University of Singapore. In his research, he plans to use cellular-resolution wide-field polarization-sensitive volumetric optical coherence tomography (PSV-OCT) in order to significantly improve the detection sensitivity and specificity of positive breast tumor margins. He will work with Stephen Boppart, Liang Gao, and Minh Do from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Drs. Anna Higham and Kimberly Cradock from Carle Surgical Oncology; and Dr. George Liu from Carle Pathology.

Past Recipients

  • Rachael Rubin, 2014
  • Jongsick Kim, 2011
  • Michael Walsh, 2008