Newsletter | Department of Bioengineering at Illinois
Profs. Cunningham and Rogers elected to National Academy of Inventors
Dr. Brian Cunningham (pictured on left) and Dr. John Rogers (on the right) have been elected 2013 Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. According to NAI, "Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society." Cunningham is a professor of Bioengineering and of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. Rogers is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry, on the Bioengineering Graduate Program faculty, and director of the Materials Research Laboratory. Congratulations to Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Rogers!
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Welcome, new Bioengineering faculty!
Dr. Jun Song earned an A.B. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Harvard University; a Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, UK; and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His original interests were in geometry and theoretical particle physics, but he later decided on further training and began studying medical physics. After finishing radiation oncology training at Harvard, Song wanted to study cancer at the molecular level and began working in computational biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. His interests include applying his computational skills to study how cell fates are regulated and how normal regulatory mechanisms are broken during pathogenesis. Song says he and his research group specialize in developing computational methods for sifting through the massive data resulting from DNA sequencing experiments in order to remove hidden biases and discover biologically meaningful patterns, some aberrant alterations of which may be targeted for therapeutic interventions.
Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, Song was an associate professor in the Institute for Human Genetics and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, where he now holds an adjunct professor position.
At Illinois, he is a Founder Professor of Bioengineering and of Physics and an affiliate in the Institute for Genomic Biology. He is the first professor hired as a result of the recent Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative and will be teaching a graduate-level Bioengineering course in the fall.
Dr. Marcia Pool earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. Before joining Bioengineering at Illinois as a lecturer, she served as an Instructional Laboratory Coordinator in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. There she managed and assessed junior-level laboratories (bioinstrumentation and biotransport), actively participated in the development and implementation of the sophomore and junior professional development courses and a problem-based learning approach to the biotransport lab to enhance students’ experimental design skills, and mentored and guided students through the senior design capstone course. To further pre-college student interest in biomedical engineering, Pool collaborated with the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) in on-campus events to provide informative presentations and hands-on experience to attendees.
Outside of her primary job, Pool is actively engaged at the local and national level with the biomedical engineering honor society, Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB), and has served as the National Executive Director since Fall 2011.
This semester, she is teaching BIOE 205 and BIOE 415 and is advising undergraduate Bioengineering students at Illinois.
Please help welcome Dr. Song and Dr. Pool to the Department of Bioengineering.
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Prof. Popescu leads development of new 3D imaging technique
Dr. Gabriel Popescu, a member of the Bioengineering Graduate Program faculty and associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois, and his UI research team have developed a new way of imaging living cells in three dimensions without the use of dyes or chemicals to color the cells. The technique, white-light diffraction tomography (WDT), allows researchers the opportunity to study cells and their behavior without interfering with their normal operation. Results of the study were published January 19 in the journal Nature Photonics.
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New Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offered at Illinois
Undergraduates in science and engineering disciplines, students from underrepresented groups, and women are encouraged to apply for this 10-week nanotechnology research experience at Illinois, which runs May 27 through August 1, 2014.
Benefits for each participating student include a $5,000 stipend, $700 in travel support, on-campus housing, a meal stipend, hands-on research, faculty/peer mentoring, and professional development and networking opportunities. U.S. citizenship/national or permanent residency is required. Sponsored by the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST/nano@illinois).
Questions? Contact Carrie Kouadio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-244-1353. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2014.
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