Venom gets good buzz as potential cancer fighter
Dipanjan Pan, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering, and his research team have developed a way of treating cancerous tissue with venom proteins, while preserving the surrounding tissue. The work was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, and widely reported in news media, including CBS and CNN.
ON THE TEAM: Santosh K. Misra, Mao Ye, Sumin Kim, Dipanjan Pan
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Advancing personalized cancer treatments
Princess Imoukhuede, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering, is working with a research team that is examining biomarkers to help determine how receptive a cancer patient is to certain types of treatments. The group recently published four papers on the subject of customizing treatments to individual patients, with the work appearing in the Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE), the Journal of Materials Chemistry B, and Cancer Medicine.
ON THE TEAM: Felipe Lee-Montiel, Aleksander Popel, Brian Roxworthy, Michael Johnston, Randy Ewoldt, Kimani Toussaint, Jared Weddell, Princess Imoukhuede
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Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on command
Biological machines -- bio-bots -- made of hydrogel and muscle tissue can be controlled with electronic impulses and could be a future way to test for contaminants or deliver medicine in a targeted way, according to research from the team of Rashid Bashir, Abel Bliss Professor and Department Head in Bioengineering. The National Science Foundation-sponsored research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
ON THE TEAM: Caroline Cvetkovic, Ritu Raman, Vincent Chan, Brian J. Williams, Madeline Tolish, Piyush Bajaj, Mahmut Selman Sakar, H. Harry Asada, M. Taher A. Saif, Rashid Bashir
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Illinois Bioengineering students win Coulter College competition
A team of Bioengineering undergraduates recently won First Place in the 2014 Coulter College contest in Florida. The three-day training event, developed by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation along with the Biomedical Engineering Society, encourages young investigators to develop innovative solutions to unmet clinical needs.
ON THE TEAM: Pictured above, left to right, back row: Divya Tankasala, Amelia Johnson, Mallika Modak, Asha Kirchhoff, Stephanie Slania; front row: Ravi Chandra Yada, Faculty Sponsor Jenny Amos, Clinical Collaborator Dr. John Vozenilek
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