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Bioengineering student team earns multiple awards for IV detangling device

Photo of six Bioengineering students on design team and their two advisors.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

Prof. Brian Cunningham photo.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 photo.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

Prof. Rohit Bhargava photo.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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MEng degree in Bioinstrumentation poised to deliver well-trained technicians and leaders

As the global healthcare system transforms -- especially to meet the challenges of an aging population -- there is a greater need for technological advances in medicine and bioengineering that will provide better healthcare at a lower cost. However, a recent survey of U.S. CEOs by Business Roundtable and Change the Equation highlighted the need for skilled employees with advanced quantitative knowledge. The new M.Eng. in Bioinstrumentation degree program is designed to bridge this skills gap by developing students with increased technical know-how, a better understanding of the highly regulated medical imaging industry, and more business acumen through coursework, an applied consulting project, weekly seminars and co-curricular workshops. In 12 months' time, students in Bioinstrumentation at Illinois can fast-forward their careers in industry! Please encourage students to apply. Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2015 class now through March 15, 2015.

Professional master's in engineering degree in bioinstrumentation.

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

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Dipanjan Pan, Bioengineering assistant professor, edits, contributes to new book on nanomedicine

Asst. Prof. Dipanjan Pan photo.

As the nanomedicine industry continues to grow, it will increasingly fuel interest among people with varying levels of expertise. Dipanjan Pan, Bioengineering assistant professor, is adding to the body of knowledge with a new book, "Nanomedicine, a Soft Matter Perspective," which he edited and contributed chapters. The book, which was sparked by a lecture Pan gave in 2012, is expected to appeal to students, researchers and both experts and non-experts.

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Asst. Prof. Jian Ma named Fellow, UI Center for Advanced Study

Asst. Prof. Jian Ma photoJian Ma, assistant professor in Bioengineering, was named a 2015 Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The honor includes a semester of release time for faculty Fellows to pursue a proposed project. Ma's project, "Evolutionary Annotation of Regulatory Sequences," will allow him to spend a semester during the 2015-2016 academic year "to develop new comparative genomics methods to comprehensively annotate the detailed evolutionary history of regulatory sequences that contribute to species-specific traits in mammalian evolution and human biology."

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