Newsletter | Department of Bioengineering at Illinois
UI researchers explore promising new option to identify endocrine therapy-resistant breast cancer
In one type of breast cancer, the presence of estrogen accelerates tumor growth, and a common treatment is to use drug therapy to starve the cells of estrogen. However, some patients develop a resistance to the drugs and a recurrence of the cancer. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new way to determine why some of these therapies fail, and the team explored a new imaging method to help predict which patients might respond positively to the therapy.
The research, published in the international journal PLOS One, was conducted by Sarah E. Holton (pictured here on the left), M.D./Ph.D. student in Bioengineering; Anna Bergamaschi, postdoctoral associate, Molecular and Integrative Physiology; Benita S. Katzenellenbogen, professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Cell and Developmental Biology; and Rohit Bhargava (pictured here on the right), professor in Bioengineering, Bliss Faculty Scholar, and professor in the Bioimaging Science and Technology group, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
According to Holton, "These preliminary results suggest that (the use of Fourier Transform Infrared) imaging may be used to complement the gold standard pathology method in order to aid the pathologist in making decisions about which therapy may be best for the patient and minimizing the chance of recurrence. "
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Prof. Insana named editor of IEEE journal
Michael Insana, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, Bioengineering, and former head of the Department of Bioengineering, is the new editor in chief of Transactions on Medical Imaging, a publication of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society; the IEEE Signal Processing Society; the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society; and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. Each year, Transactions on Medical Imaging publishes more than 150 of the 900-plus submissions in all areas of biomedical imaging that it receives. It is among the most highly cited of all biomedical imaging journals, serving a diverse and worldwide community of scientists and engineers. As editor in chief, Insana will select the publication's editorial board and associate editors, manage the day-to-day operations, monitor quality and timeliness of publication, and actively and regularly contribute to decisions about publication policies and priorities.
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Prof. Bashir selected to chair NIH study section
Rashid Bashir, Abel Bliss Professor of Bioengineering and Bioengineering department head, has been selected as Chair of the Nanotechnology Study Section (NANO) in the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes for Health. NANO reviews applications focused on research in bioengineering and technology development relating to the unique properties of nanomaterials. Nanotechnology draws from the disciplines of bioengineering, materials science, chemistry, physics and relevant biological/biomedical areas, and novel nanotechnology development, coupled with anticipated applications in various biological/biomedical fields, is typical.
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Three from BIOE earn international award for development of glove dispenser
In an international design competition hosted by the Australasian Medical Journal (AMJ), Jennifer R. Amos, Ashley S. Moy, (both serving as first authors) and Audrey Gomez recently earned the AMJ Innovation Award. The three submitted a paper reporting on their design of a new touch-free, non-sterile glove-dispensing unit that helps reduce contamination. Amos is a senior lecturer and director of undergraduate programs for the Department of Bioengineering, and Moy and Gomez are undergraduates in Bioengineering at Illinois. Pictured here with the trophy are, left to right: Gomez, Amos and Moy.
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Bioengineering's Zhang awarded Yee Fellowship
Yang Zhang, Ph.D. student in Bioengineering, recently received a Yee Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. He is one of four Yee Fellows selected for the coming year in the College of Engineering, and each receives a $5,000 award. Zhang earned his B.S. in Life Science at the University of Science and Technology in China in 2011. At Illinois, he is working with Bioengineering Assistant Professor Jian Ma to develop novel computational models that harness big data to investigate the regulatory elements of genes in mammalian evolution and human diseases. The Yee family established the fellowship to honor the memory of Warren W. Yee, a 1943 Ph.D. graduate in Civil Engineering of the University of Illinois, and to help graduate students from China.
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