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October 2019

 
 
Photo of Bioengineering Assistant Professor Pablo Perez-Pinera. 
 
Pablo Pérez-Piñera earns 2019 Parkinson’s Foundation Impact Award

Pablo Pérez-Piñera, assistant professor in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received a 2019 Impact Award from the Parkinson's Foundation to support his gene-editing work that changes the way Parkinson's disease develops and progresses. The research is aimed at developing more effective treatments and, eventually, a cure. Read more ...

 
 
 Photo of Shuming Nie, Grainger Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering.
 
Shuming Nie receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Nanomedicine from CASNN

Grainger Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Shuming Nie has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chinese American Society of Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology (CASNN) for his pioneering research contributions that include single-molecule single-particle surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy. Read more ...

 
 
Illinois researchers build biohybrid robots propelled by muscles and nerves
Artist rendering of a new generation of biobots that are powered by skeletal muscle tissue stimulated by on-board motor neurons. 
 

A new generation of biobots paves the way for responsive multicellular living systems with potential uses in bioengineering, medicine, and self-healing materials technologies. In research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign led by Taher Saif and Rashid Bashir, the new soft robotic devices are powered by skeletal muscle tissue stimulated by on-board motor neurons. Read more ...

 
 
Photo of front entrance to Everitt Lab with superimposed LEED Gold logo. 
 
It's LEED Gold for the Everitt Lab renovation project!

For the measurable commitment to sustainability and a healthy environment, the renovated Everitt Laboratory at 1406 West Green Street in Urbana, Ill., has earned the facility the LEED Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council. The University of Illinois ensured that Everitt Lab implemented water-saving and energy-efficient attributes in the remodel, as well as sustainable site practices. Read more ...

 
 
Illinois receives a $2 million NIH grant to investigate how inherent brain activity influences cognition
Colorful image of MRI scan of a human brain. 
 

The National Institutes of Health is funding a five-year $2 million grant for an interdisciplinary research project at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The work will explore the possible link between cognition and the brain's connectome. Among the collaborating researchers on the project is Brad Sutton, professor of Bioengineering and technical director of Beckman's Biomedical Imaging Center. Read more ...

 
 
 Photo of Jaena Park, Ph.D. student in Bioengineering, and her research image of a malignant pancreatic tumor growing in a mouse.
 
Pancreatic cancer image from Jaena Park one of six winning images selected for display in Beckman Institute

Jaena Park, Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at Illinois, is one of five student contest winners recognized for outstanding research images by the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. The winning images were selected to highlight the beauty of science and showcase the range of research conducted at the institute. Park's entry shows a human pancreatic malignant tumor growing in a mouse. Park is a graduate student researcher in Stephen Boppart's Biophotonics Imaging Lab where she is investigating extracellular vesicles and their role in cellular communication. Read more ...

 
 
Bioengineering Ph.D.student Gelson Pagan Diaz
 
 
 
 
 
Spotlight on Victoria Krummick, Cancer Scholar, BIOE junior, cancer researcher

Cancer Scholar Victoria Krummick, a junior in Bioengineering, is featured in September 2019's Student Spotlight by the Cancer Center at Illinois. As an undergraduate researcher at the Beckman Institute at Illinois, Krummick is focused on exploring cancer-causing gene mutations and how those genes could be edited to develop customized treatments and possible cures. She has a keen interest in cancer research, as three family members and a friend have had different versions of the disease. Read more ...

 
 
Illinois I-mark, including Bioengineering and Grainger College of Engineering 
 
Bring your expertise to Illinois - faculty openings in Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering, in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is looking for open-rank tenured/tenure-track and teaching faculty. Positions are open now, and early applications are encouraged. Deadlines are: Oct. 21, 2019, for teaching faculty, and Dec. 1, 2019, for tenure/tenure-track positions. Position descriptions and application links ...

 
 
Alumni, join us for Illini Days Chicago luncheon | RSVP by Nov. 13
 
Chicago skyline image with text, Grainger Engineering Illini Days, Chicago, Nov. 20, 2019.