Newsletter | Department of Bioengineering at Illinois
New biochip diagnoses HIV/AIDS on the spot
A new sensor technology developed by researchers at Illinois and collaborators at Daktari Diagnostics in Boston can diagnose HIV/AIDS using just a drop of blood. The device is expected to provide less costly, easy-to-use, immediate disease diagnostics.
Using a microfluidic biochip (a miniaturized chip designed to process fluids and sense the cells electronically), the device works similar to a common blood sugar test. A patient puts a drop of blood on a strip and inserts it into a handheld reader. The strip is inside a cartridge where white blood cells are captured in a microfluidic chamber coated with proteins.
The device was developed and tested in a study by co-first authors Nicholas Watkins and Umer Hassan in Prof. Rashid Bashir's research group, along with UI doctoral students Gregory Damhorst and HengKan Ni, Dr. Awais Vaid of the Champaign County Public Health District, Dr. William Rodriguez of Daktari Diagnostics, and Dr. Bashir. The study is published as the cover story in the Dec. 4, 2013, issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.
Drs. Rodriguez and Bashir are two of the co-founders of Daktari Diagnostics, which is a Boston-based company that is commercializing portable technologies for global health.
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Prof. Brian Cunningham and group designs biosensor to improve cancer detection
A new biosensor is expected to help detect cancer at an early stage and lead to more effective treatments. From a sample as small as a single drop of blood, the new sensor detects proteins produced by cancer cells, known as biomarkers. The new technology could replace more complex tests typically unavailable at a doctor's office. The work is supported by a recent grant from the National Institutes of Health.
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Prof. Stephen Boppart elected AAAS Fellow
Prof. Stephen Boppart has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for "distinguished contributions to optical coherence tomography and its applications to biomedical imaging."
Boppart is one of four Illinois professors to be recognized by the AAAS this year.
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Prof. John Rogers earns 2013 Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian magazine
Smithsonian magazine named Prof. John Rogers a recipient of a 2013 Ingenuity Award and featured him in the latest issue of the magazine and in a recent episode of "Genuis in America" on the Smithsonian TV channel. The award honors Rogers for his work with flexible, dissolvable electronics.
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2014 Gaden Award to Prof. Huimin Zhao
Prof. Huimin Zhao has been selected to receive the 2014 Gaden Award for significant contributions to biochemical engineering. Named in honor of Elmer L. Gaden Jr., the founding editor of the journal Biotechnology & Bioengineering, the Gaden award recognizes an outstanding published paper from the journal in the last year. Zhao will receive the award and speak at the American Chemical Society Spring Annual Meeting next year in Dallas, Tex.
Dec. 5th iGEM info session for Bioengineering students interested in synthetic biology
The Illinois team who recently won an international award in the 2013 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) contest is holding an info session for students interested in learning more about the competition. Members of the iGEM team have the opportunity to conduct research as an undergraduate, start a company, or develop their own software tools. Join the team on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Room 612 of the Institute for Genomic Biology (basement of the IGB Gatehouse).
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