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NOVEMBER   2016


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Cunningham elected Fellow of AAAS

Brian T. Cunningham is one of six faculty members from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Cunningham is a Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Bioengineering and in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at Illinois.

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UI researchers develop new treatment for reducing inflammation to treat obesity-related diseases

Andrew Smith, Bioengineering assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (pictured here on the left), is leading a team that developed a treatment for inflamed cells in fatty tissue, with future implications for addressing obesity along with diet and exercise. Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, assistant professor in Bioengineering (center), oversees the study's imaging, and Kelly Swanson, professor of Animal and Nutritional Sciences at Illinois (right), guides the pre-clinical studies.

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Photo of Andrew Smith, Wawosz Dobrucki, Kelly Swanson.

Raman spectroscopic analysis reveals abnormal fatty acid composition in tumor micro- and macroenvironments in human breast and rat mammary cancer

Stephen Boppart and his team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have discovered a large-scale transition from monunsaturated to polyunsaturated fatty acids in cancerous tissue, with implications for advancing knowledge of the tumor micro- and macroenvironment, potentially leading to better breast cancer treatments. Sixian You, Bioengineering Ph.D. student, is first author on the study, published in Nature. Boppart is an Abel Bliss Professor in Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Internal Medicine at Illinois.

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Graduate students earn fellowships, awards

Ph.D. students Sixian You, Jamila Hedhli, and Guillermo Monroy recently earned selective fellowships and awards from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

You (top photo) was selected for the 2017 CSE Fellowship -- awarded to eight students annually -- for her research project, “Quantitative Imaging of Breast Cancer Progression Using Multimodal Optical Microscopy and Machine Learning.” The fellowship provides a half-time research assistantship in addition to a tuition waiver, and fellows present their research at the annual CSE Symposium in April.

Hedhli (center photo) and Monroy (bottom photo) each earned Beckman fellowships for their projects, “Adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells as a novel therapy to treat and reverse vascular diabetic complications” and “Longitudinal tracking, verification, and characterization of human middle ear bacterial biofilms using optical coherence tomography,” respectively. The Beckman fellowship allows graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary research with Beckman faculty members.

Hedhli also was chosen for the Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) traineeship, a recently established program at Illinois that is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. It funds the trainees for up to two years each, with an annual stipend of more than $23,000.

Monroy also earned the Bob Bilger Graduate Student Award, presented by the Speech and Hearing Science department at Illinois to students studying the auditory system. It is awarded based on academic merit, as well as the research’s potential for continued progress.

Story by Katharina Rains, 2016 communications intern in Bioengineering

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Photo of Sixian You.
Photo of Jamila Hedhli.
Photo of Guillermo Monroy.

 

The Rejuvenation of Everitt Lab.

During the holiday season, we are grateful for a year of amazing research and learning; students, faculty and staff honored with awards; the launch of the Everitt renovation - a project that is on schedule, so far; and, above all, your friendship and support.

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


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