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January 2020

 
 
Karin Jensen, researching mental health in engineering programs, earns NSF CAREER award - first for teaching faculty at Illinois
 
Karin Jensen, Bioengineering assistant teaching professor. 
 

Bioengineering Teaching Assistant Professor Karin Jensen has earned a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the first among teaching faculty at Illinois to receive the prestigious early-career award. Jensen is conducting research on how students feel about and cope with the high-stress environment of engineering education, and she plans to develop training for administrators, faculty and staff to help create and sustain a positive healthy culture. More ...

 
Stephen Boppart and team develop label-free microscopic techniques to visualize extracellular vesicles in cancer
 
Photo of label-free visualization of cancerous cells. 
 

In research conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and led by Bioengineering Professor Stephen Boppart, a team developed a label-free imaging system that allows for visualizing extracellular vesicles during cancer surgery. The system helps better visualize the vesicles' role in cancer's aggressiveness and differentiate more accurately between cancerous and healthy tissue. More ...

 
Researchers develop single-molecule detection of cancer markers, bringing 'liquid biopsy' closer to clinic
 
 
 

A team led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a method to detect cancer markers called microRNA with single-molecule resolution, a technique that could be used for "liquid biopsies," a test that uses a small blood sample rather than the traditional invasive tissue biopsy. Researchers pictured here include, from left: Taylor D. Canady, postdoctoral researcher; Bioengineering Associate Professor Andrew M. Smith; Nantao Li, ECE Ph.D. student; Lucas Smith, Bioengineering Ph.D. graduate and postdoctoral researcher; and ECE Professor Brian T. Cunningham. [Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.] The team also includes Chemistry Professor Yi Lu from Illinois and Manish Kohli from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida. More ...

 
Ashley Mitchell earns SHPE poster competition award
 
 
 

Ashley Mitchell, senior in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently earned third-place honors in the poster competition at the 2019 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) national convention. Mitchell's project uses eye-tracking technology in a software app to help healthcare professionals train and retain information on how to efficiently use the pediatric code cart. More ...

 
Alumnus Adi Malik and his TeaSquares company recognized for new, differentiated products in snack bar category
 

Adi Malik, 2014 Bioengineering graduate and CEO at 120/Life, co-founded Chicago-based TeaSquares in 2016 to provide gluten-free, natural, tea-infused energy snacks as a lighter, superfood alternative to protein bars. Among its awards, in November 2019, the company earned the grand prize in the Make City Business pitch competition in Chicago, sponsored by Groupon and organized by the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago. The company also pitched its products at FoodBytes!, a pitch competition and networking opportunity sponsored by Chicago's Rabobank in September 2019. And TeaSquares was featured in a FOODnavigator-usa article in November as a company to watch. More (FOOD-navigator article) ...

 
Biomedical imaging REU deadline is Feb. 10 - Please share with undergraduates who may be interested
 
Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging summer REU, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; For undergraduates interested in researching and learning from bioimaging faculty experts; Apply by Feb. 10, 2020, and find program info at reu.bioengineering.illinois.edu; Supported by the National Science Foundation.