Bioengineering student team earns multiple awards for IV detangling device
A team of six students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Bioengineering's Senior Design course has developed an IV detangling device that has earned them three awards so far. The team initially developed the device in August 2014 in response to the challenge presented by the national Coulter Competition, which they won. Since then, the students also earned a second place award in an elevator pitch competition in St. Louis, and they won a pitch contest as part of an entrepreneurial workshop in Silicon Valley. The seniors and their advisors are pictured here, 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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Prof. Cunningham's smartphone matches lab instrument for quality of diagnostic tests
Brian Cunningham, Bioengineering professor, and his research team at Illinois have developed a smartphone and cradle system that can conduct biological tests for specific proteins and allergens. The potential uses are vast, especially as a diagnostic tool and to test for the presence of allergens in common food items. The research recently was published in Biomedical Optics Express.
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Bioengineering’s Jenny Amos to spend month in France as Fulbright Specialist
Jenny Amos, Bioengineering senior lecturer and director of undergraduate education, has earned a Fulbright Specialist award that will allow her to spend a month in Lille, France, where she will help develop a new biomedical master's program at the Ecole Centrale de Lille. The program matches scholars with host institutions through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.
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Through new Cancer Scholars program, Prof. Bhargava pilots challenge-inspired education model
A new program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed by Rohit Bhargava, Bioengineering professor and Abel Bliss Scholar, immerses undergraduate students in their scholarly interests and pursuit of health care solutions at the beginning of their freshman year. "We started asking, 'What if, from the beginning, you have a coherent backdrop of an inspired grand challenge where you can put the concepts of classroom learning into the context of your own interest?' " Bhargava said. The Cancer Scholars program integrates cancer research experiences into the Bioengineering curriculum, including an initial "boot camp," lab work, and connection to a research advisor.
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