Newsletter | Department of Bioengineering at Illinois
Illinois team wins big at international competition in synthetic biology
Four Bioengineering students are members of an Illinois team of undergraduates who earned a top award in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation's international "jamboree." The Illinois team is the only U.S. undergrad team to earn an award in the 2013 international competition, which included 80 participating teams from around the world.
The Illinois students won the Best Health and Medicine Project award in the Undergraduate division for their project, "Cardiobiotics, A Genetically Engineered Approach to Cardiovascular Health."
Team members include (pictured here, left to right, with degree program in parentheses): Blake Wilhelmsen (Bioengineering), Xinyi (Cathy) Guo (Molecular and Cellular Biology), Rachel Walker (Bioengineering), Ashley S. Moy (Bioengineering), Adi Malik (Bioengineering), Margaret Barbero (Bioengineering), Arnav Rana (Molecular and Cellular Biology), and Will Dolatowski (Agricultural and Biological Engineering).
Awards were presented in eight categories and in Undergraduate and Overgraduate divisions, as well as three overall awards. The Illinois team qualified for the competition by earning a gold medal in the North America regional iGEM contest in October.
What's next for this accomplished group of Illinois students? According to Moy, it is "to publish!"
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Professor Cunningham named OSA Fellow
In October, Bioengineering Professor Brian Cunningham was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America “for the invention, development, and commercialization of biosensors and detection instrumentation based upon nanostructured surfaces, and the development of biological applications.”
Cunningham will receive the award at a 2014 OSA conference. He is a professor in both the Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments at Illinois, leads the Nano Sensors Group, and currently is interim director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.
Gift supports new faculty hires
The $100 million gift from the Grainger Foundation that launched the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative earlier this year is supporting the hiring of senior faculty engaged in bioengineering and big data research. The Department of Bioengineering is engaged in the process of hiring faculty who will add to the depth and breadth of research at Illinois and is particularly interested in senior faculty in bioengineering.
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Bioengineering celebrates its 10th anniversary
More than 120 students, faculty, administrators and staff gathered on Nov. 1 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Bioengineering at Illinois. Although bioengineering research began in the 1940s at Illinois and related courses have existed in different forms on campus for more than 20 years, the Department of Bioengineering was founded in the College of Engineering on December 9, 2003.
The event was kicked off with a student poster session, and the efforts of Bioengineering students, faculty and staff were acknowledged, commended and encouraged in remarks from Provost Ilesanmi Adesida, Dean Andreas Cangellaris, Founding Department Head Bruce Wheeler, and Department Head Rashid Bashir.
In the accompanying photo, students describe their work to poster session visitors, including the founding head of the department, Dr. Bruce Wheeler (in yellow tie).
Student marketing/communications internships available
Bioengineering is looking for a couple of great communications interns. If you are interested in using your science knowledge and a combination of writing, graphics, photography or video ability, this internship is for you! Gain valuable communications and marketing experience while on campus -- Apply today!
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CORRECTION: In the September 17, 2013, issue of this newsletter, the article on new faculty incorrectly stated Dr. Dipanjan Pan's previous positions at Washington University School of Medicine. The report should have stated that, previous to joining Illinois, Dr. Pan was an Assistant Professor in Medicine, Research from 2010-2013, and previous to that, he was an Instructor in Medicine, Research. We regret the error.
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