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AUGUST  2016


 

Photo of Dr. King Li. Inaugural dean chosen for Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Dr. King Li has been selected to lead the new College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective Oct. 1. He comes to Illinois from Wake Forest University, where he is the senior associate dean for clinical and translational research and deputy director of that university’s cancer center. At the U of I, he will be the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the nation’s first engineering-based college of medicine.

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Nine students selected for new NIH-supported TiMe training program

The University of Illinois recently received a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health to create the Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program for pre-doctoral trainees. Selected trainees and their programs are: Eunkyung (Clare) Ko, Bioengineering; Phuong Le, Bioengineering; Ruibo Wang, Materials Science and Engineering; Kyung Hwa (Iris) Choi, Mechanical Science and Engineering; Seth Kenkel, Mechanical Science and Engineering; Jan Lumibao, Nutritional Sciences; Joanne Li, Bioengineering; Jee-wei (Emily) Chen, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The program is focused on professional development and includes curricular, extracurricular and career activities, and it funds the students for up to two years.

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Photo of Andrew Smith. Engineering at Illinois announces next class of Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows

Andrew Smith, assistant professor in Bioengineering, is one of four fellows in the second class of the Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow program in the College of Engineering, an initiative supported by COE alumni. The fellowship, established in 2015, allows faculty to pursue innovative ideas without taking a sabbatical and working away from campus. Smith and his lab team are working on enhancing quantum dots in diagnostic applications.

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Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin: UI research led by Wang and Belmont
Photo of Ning Wang and Andrew Belmont.

Ning Wang, professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering and member of the Bioengineering Graduate Program Faculty, and Andrew Belmont, professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and their team have found the pathway by which physical forces drive gene expression in cells. The work was published in Nature Materials and has applications for cancer, stem cells and regenerative medicine.

MORE ON THE GENE EXPRESSION RESEARCH


Schwartz-Duval earns AHA award for research on detecting heart disease

The American Heart Association has selected Bioengineering Ph.D. student Aaron Schwartz-Duval to receive a two-year predoctoral award. He and Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor in Bioengineering and principal investigator on the research, earned the award for developing a controlled non-seed mediated gold nano-architecture with supreme branching and anisotropic behavior, for which the preliminary work was recently published in Nano Research. It is the first time the team demonstrated that supreme hyper-branching is possible even with inorganic nanocrystals and polymer hybrids.

THE PUBLISHED PAPER
ANIMATION SHOWING THE PROCESS (97MB .mov file)

Photo of Aaron Schwartz-Duval.

Illinois student team earns $15,000 prize in NIBIB competition

A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign took second place in the National Institutes of Health Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge. The Illinois team was one of six teams of undergraduate engineering students who won with devices aimed at improving health and targeting underserved communities. The team earned a second-place, $15,000 award for their development of a disposable, low-cost chip that detects biomarkers of sepsis.

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The Rejuvenation of Everitt Lab.

Image from the live stream of the Everitt webcam.

The Everitt Cam is live! We’ve installed a webcam on the upper floor of Talbot Lab (thank you, Talbot IT staff!), and it provides a live stream of the north side of Everitt Lab. (The image shown above is a screen capture.) Watch the progress of the exterior renovation. See people walking or driving by on Green Street. Watch the workers riding their wheelbarrows. (Yes, motorized wheelbarrows!) Little by little, you’ll also see 40- to 60-year-old windows replaced, entrances get regraded so the building stays dry and wildlife remains outdoors, and the new glass-enclosed extension rise up and fill the north-side “courtyard” area on the second and third floors. And, if you just need a moment of zen, be mesmerized by the Boneyard trees gently swaying in the C-U breeze. Bookmark the webcam:
THE NEW EVERITT LAB WEBCAM

For more information on the Everitt Lab project, visit everitt.illinois.edu

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