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Venom gets good buzz as potential cancer fighter

Photo of Dipanjan Pan and image of bee on a flower.
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

Photo of Princess Imoukhuede.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

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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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Understanding cellular reprogramming barriers could aid regenerative medicine

Photo of Jun Song.Jun Song, Founder Professor in Bioengineering and in Physics, and his research team have identified barriers to reprogramming stem cells. The work, which began prior to Song joining the Illinois faculty, could help regenerate cells and better understand how cells are changed by cancer. The study was published in Cell.

ON THE TEAM: Han Qin, Aaron Diaz, Laure Blouin, Robert Jan Lebbink, Weronika Patena, Priscilla Tanbun, Emily M. LeProust, Michael T. McManus, Jun Song, Miguel Ramalho-Santos

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Biosensor designed to help detect ear infections

Photo of Stephen Boppart.A new biosensor that uses Optical Coherence Tomography reaches beyond the translucent eardrum to detect ear infections earlier and more accurately than traditional methods. Stephen Boppart, Abel Bliss Professor in Bioengineering and in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his research group demonstrate the new device in the Science 360 video linked below.

ON THE TEAM: Ryan Shelton, Ryan Nolan, Guillermo Monroy, Stephen Boppart

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UI researchers on team examining molecular process that dictates cancer-driving mechanism

Photo of Sua Myong.Sua Myong, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering, is working with a multi-university team that is looking at the molecular mechanism by which chromosome ends -- telemeres -- are protected. The study, recently published in Structure and Scientific Reports, reveals the molecular rules governing telomere regulation. Knowledge gained from this research may help develop drugs targeting cancer cells in which telomere length control is lost.

ON THE TEAM: Helen Hwang, Alex Kreig, Jacob Calvert, Justin Lormand, Yongho Kwon, James M. Daley, Patrick Sung, Patricia L. Opresko, Sua Myong

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New! BIOE at Illinois launches first-of-its-kind professional master's degree in Bioinstrumentation

The Department of Bioengineering announces its Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Bioinstrumentation, offered as a one-year program geared to individuals looking to work in industry. It combines a rigorous engineering curriculum with fundamental business training on issues that confront professionals developing medical devices and bioinstrumentation. Students who complete the program should have more technical know-how, business skills, and leadership experience than a traditional entry-level professional.

CONTACT: Liezl Bowman, program coordinator, liezlb@illinois.edu

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