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GROWTH FACTORS APRIL 2021

 
 


Dear bioengineering community,

In this issue of Growth Factors newsletter, I would like to update you on our continued excellence in research and teaching. From new ways to look for chemicals that can keep viruses suppressed, to new 3D microscopy techniques that exploit deep learning to analyze fat tissue microenvironments, to high-definition infrared imaging for cancer progression, our faculty are making important research contributions that are advancing our field.

Our faculty has also been recently recognized for their broader impacts. Professor Rashid Bashir has received the AIMBE Professional Impact Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to advancing bioengineering education and his pivotal role in developing the world's first engineering-based medical school here at Illinois. 

Our world-class engineering education faculty continue to critically study and improve the pedagogical aspects of our discipline.  Recently, professor Karin Jensen has received an NSF award to study the prevalence of different stressors by groups to assess the effect of stress on the intentions of students to remain in a doctoral engineering program. 

Warm regards,

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

 
   
 
Rashid Bashir 
 
Rashid Bashir receives AIMBE Professional Impact Award


Bioengineering professor and dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, Rashid Bashir, was recognized for his outstanding commitment to advancing bioengineering education and his pivotal role in developing the world's first engineering-based medical school. Learn More →

 
 
Roy Dar 
 
Illinois researchers hunt for drugs that keep HIV latent


Bioengineering professor Roy Dar's lab published in PNAS, a new way to look for chemicals that can keep the virus suppressed into its dormant state. Learn More →

 
 
Karin Jensen 
 
NSF funds study on STEM graduate students' well-being and retention


Illinois professors Karen Jensen and Jennifer Cromley plan to identify major stressors that high-level engineering students commonly face and test how stress can predict whether students will complete their program. Learn More →

 
 
Rohit Bhargava Cancer Research 
 
Bioengineer professor and cancer surgeon team up on cancer research


Bioengineering Founder Professor Rohit Bhargava teamed up with cancer surgeon Dr. Georgina Cheng from the Carle Foundation Hospital to present a high-definition infrared imaging-based organizational measurement framework (INFORM) that is predictive of the overall survival of patients with colon cancer. Learn More →

 
 
Andrew Smith Mark Anastasio 
 
3D microscopy clarifies understanding of body's immune response to obesity


Bioengineering's Mark A. Anastasio and Andrew M. Smith have used a new 3D microscopy technique to analyze fat tissue microenvironments. Their findings may be able to help future drug therapies to treat obesity. Learn More →

 
 
 
 
 
 
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