COVID-19 testing, AI in medicine and more.
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GROWTH FACTORS - SEPTEMBER 2020
 
 
 
 
 

Dear bioengineering community,

As we start an unusual academic year, I want to reflect upon our mission as a land-grant institution to share our knowledge for the benefit of all. Illinois is more than just a university. It is a hub of research, innovation and collaboration. As you'll read below in this issue of our monthly newsletter, Illinois researchers are at the nexus of engineering and health care. From mitigating the spread of COVID-19 to leveraging artificial intelligence for medicine, we are at the forefront of tackling harrowing challenges.

I wish everyone the best for this new semester. 

Sincerely,

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
Rapid COVID-19 saliva test
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Illinois has developed SHIELD, a three-pronged “target, test, tell” system that incorporates testing with data reporting, modeling and a smartphone app. Up to 20,000 faculty, staff and students are tested per day this semester to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Go to full story →

 
 
 
   
 
 
COVID-10 portable tests
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bioengineering professor Rashid Bashir, dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, bioengineering graduate program faculty Brian Cunningham and mechanical science and engineering professor Bill King led a research team that developed a portable COVID-19 test using microfluidic cartridges that can process samples with a smartphone in 30 minutes. Go to full story →

 
 
 
   
 
 
NSF funded AI institute
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Illinois engineers will lead two of the seven new national AI institutes. Bioengineering graduate program faculty Huimin Zhao will lead the NSF Molecule Maker Lab to develop new AI-enabled tools to accelerate automated chemical synthesis and advance the discovery and manufacture of novel materials and bioactive compounds. Go to full story →

 
 
 
   
 
 
Varatharajah Yogatheesan epilepsy research
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Illinois researchers, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, have developed a new approach to better diagnose epilepsy. Varatharajah Yogatheesan, the first author of this paper, was named a finalist in the 2020 Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Student Paper Competition, chosen from over 1000 submissions. Go to full story →

 
 
 
   
 
 
Sepsis and COVID-19 Symposium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hosted by The Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Illinois College of Medicine, this event will bring together international experts to discuss sepsis and how cutting-edge research in sepsis could potentially help with the COVID-19 pandemic. Register today →