The future of AI in medicine and a message of gratitude
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GROWTH FACTORS NOVEMBER 2020

Dear bioengineering community,

We have so much to be thankful for here at the department of bioengineering at Illinois. Everyone, from the faculty and staff to our graduate and undergraduate students, plays a big role in delivering consistent excellence in research and education. You can read a sampling of our recent work in the featured stories below and in our latest annual report.

2020 has been a year that's tested our grit, resilience and innovative spirit. I'm proud to see our department tackle challenges head-on with determination and adaptability - exemplifying the critical role that bioengineers play in our rapidly evolving world. 

With sincere gratitude,

Mark A. Anastasio
Department Head
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering

 
 
 
   
 
 
Steven Boppart and Rohit Bhargava 
 

Experts discuss the future of AI

Bioengineering professors Steven Boppart and Rohit Bhargava speak with the News-Gazette about the future of AI research at Illinois and AI-related medical innovations to watch for the next decade.

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Using magnetic resonance elastography to detect epilepsy 
 

A new study uses magnetic resonance elastography to detect epilepsy

Researchers used MRE to compare the stiffness of the hippocampus in patients who have epilepsy with healthy individuals. They found this technique can improve the detection and characterization of the disease. 

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CRISPR-induced immune diversification in host-virus populations 
 

CRISPR-Cas sheds light on immune diversification in microbes

Illinois researchers used computational models to explore the influence of microbial immune diversity on population dynamics of host-virus interactions and reported their findings in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Bioengineering TA Benjamin David 
 

Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab goes virtual

In light of COVID-19, bioengineering professor Karin Jensen and TAs Benjamin David and Faisal Masood rapidly adapted their lab for distance learning. They published their experience in the COVID-19 Special Issue of Biomedical Engineering Education.

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low cost mask filtration testing device 
 

Clinical partnership results in low-cost mask filtration testing device

Clinicians, medical students and researchers teamed up to develop a low-cost conversion of existing hospital equipment to measure filtration efficiencies of alternative mask materials in response to COVID-19.

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Bioengineering professor Sergei Maslov 
 

The American Physical Society elects Sergei Maslov as a fellow

Bioengineering professor Sergei Maslov was recognized for his seminal discoveries and contributions to the dynamics and statistical physics of networks. Most recently, as a founding member of Illinois' COVID-19 Modeling Taskforce, he was instrumental to the state’s public health policies.

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Health-Make-A-Thon Winners 
 

Bioengineering student teams win the 2020 Health-Make-a-Thon

The Health-Make-a-Thon is an annual startup competition with the goal of democratizing health innovation to improve the world's well-being. Two bioengineering student-led teams took home $10K seed funding to launch their ideas.

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Join us to conduct ground-breaking research

We invite applications for a full-time faculty member for a tenure-track or tenured position in neuroimaging to help advance imaging development and research on campus and leverage the new Siemens 7 T Terra MRI scanner, the strongest available MRI for clinical use.

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