Three with Bioengineering ties among leaders of BD2K -- new UI-Mayo Clinic collaboration to revolutionize genomic data analysis
Jun Song, Founder Professor in Bioengineering and in Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of the Principal Investigators of a new National Institutes of Health-supported program, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, which establishes a Center of Excellence at Illinois. The center, jointly operated by Illinois and Mayo Clinic, will work on developing an analytical tool to help researchers include their datasets in the community of published genomics data to advance the body of knowledge and educational opportunities related to use of the data. Also among the PIs on the project are Saurabh Sinha and C. Victor Jongeneel, members of the Graduate Program Faculty in Bioengineering at Illinois.
ON THE TEAM: Jiawei Han, Saurabh Sinha, Jun Song, Richard Weinshilboum, and C. Victor Jongeneel
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Illinois hosts successful Frontiers in Bioengineering Symposium
The Frontiers in Bioengineering Symposium drew more than 200 participants and almost 30 leading figures in bioengineering from across the country — and one from Switzerland. These distinguished researchers and educators presented their forward-looking research in bioengineering and related fields during technical sessions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, September 7-9, 2014.
Steven Chu (pictured here on left), professor of bio-physics at Stanford University, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, and co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, delivered the keynote address on the development of new bioimaging technologies during the Monday night Speakers’ Dinner held at the Grainger Library on campus.
Also pictured here are College of Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris (center) and Bioengineering Department Head Rashid Bashir (right), symposium organizer.
The symposium also featured the work of 29 young investigators from across the country — junior faculty who presented posters and were nominated to participate in the symposium by their department heads. Four of these researchers received Best Poster awards, and four earned Honorable Mentions.
The multidisciplinary event, supported by the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, concluded with the expectation that it would continue on a biennial basis and with discussion from representatives of other universities, who expressed interest in hosting it in the future.
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