Newsletter | Department of Bioengineering at Illinois
Prof. Insana invested as Willett Professor
On Sept. 10, Prof. Michael F. Insana was invested as a Donald Biggar Willett Professor in the College of Engineering in Bioengineering, along with Rakesh Nagi, professor and head of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, and James Stubbins, head of the Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering. The ceremony, held at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, included College of Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris presenting each of the three honorees with the Willett Professorship medallions.
Insana was recognized for his contributions to the department, college and university and his translational research in the development of novel ultrasonic instrumentation and methods for imaging soft tissue microstructure, viscoelasticity, and blood flow. His research includes a joint translational project with Mayo Clinic, developing new ultrasonic imaging techniques.
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Medical Scholars Program names Dr. Myong an Advisor of the Year
Going above and beyond as an advisor can make a big difference in the life of a student, and that is especially true for students in the Medical Scholars Program (MSP), for whom the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program takes an average of eight to nine years to complete.
Dr. Sua Myong, assistant professor in Bioengineering and MSP advisor to Helen Hwang, recently was honored along with Justin Rhodes, associate professor in Psychology, with the Medical Scholars Program's 2013 Outstanding Advisors of the Year Award. (Myong and Hwang are pictured here, left to right, respectively.)
Hwang identified more than 50 reasons why Myong is deserving of the award, including the way Myong taught Hwang "how to think like a scientist," the fun and creative lab environment Myong fosters, and the support she provides for Hwang's education, career and life.
Welcome, new Bioengineering faculty!
Dr. Wawrzyniec Dobrucki and Dr. Dipanjan Pan started this semester as assistant professors in the Bioengineering department.
Dobrucki (pictured left), who earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Ohio University, has been working on campus since 2010. In addition to Bioengineering, he is a professor in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, where he heads the Molecular Imaging Laboratory, conducting research on bioimaging and pathobiology.
Pan (pictured below), who also is associated with the Beckman Institute, Carle Clinic and the Mills Breast Cancer Center, as well as Bioengineering, is new to the campus. Previously he was a research instructor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Pan's research involves developing personalized medicine by conducting research in three main areas: translational nanomedicine, molecular carcinogenesis, and nanotoxicity. He earned a Ph.D. in Synthetic Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
In the spring, Dobrucki will teach BIOE 414 Bioinstrumentation, and Pan will be teaching BIOE 498 Fundamentals of Probe Development for Imaging and Therapy.
Please help welcome Dr. Dobrucki and Dr. Pan to the Department of Bioengineering.
Alumni Panel Discussion and Networking event on campus Oct. 7
Bioengineering is hosting an Alumni Panel Discussion and Networking event on Monday, Oct. 7, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., and everyone is invited. The event will be held in the Auditorium at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana, IL.
The panel will answer questions from a moderator, talk about how they chose and started their careers, describe how Bioengineering prepared them for life after graduation, and take questions from the audience.
A brief networking social event will follow, with light hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
Come by and meet our accomplished alumni! This event is open to everyone but is especially intended for Bioengineering students at all levels.
Please check the BIOE website at the end of this week for more info!
Questions? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty positions now open in Bioengineering
New chairs and professorships supported by the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative:
Open-rank faculty positions: