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Photo of Founder Professor Tandy Warnow. Warnow named ACM Fellow

Founder Professor Tandy Warnow, of Bioengineering and of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She is being honored for her contributions to the application of mathematics and computer science in the study of phylogenomics, metagenomics, and historical linguistics.

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Tiny drug-laden ‘popping bubbles’ lead triple-attack treatment for liver cancer
Illustration of the drug-laden bubbles being inserted into liver cancer cells.

A new drug treatment for liver cancer has shown promising results after drugs were delivered to cancer cells via “nano-bubbles” that were then “popped” inside the cells. The process effectively destroys the cancer without harming surrounding healthy tissue. Researchers developed the technique as part of a three-pronged approach for treating liver cancer. Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, led the interdisciplinary team, and the results were published in ACS Nano, a journal of the American Chemical Society.

MORE ON POPPING BUBBLES IN NEW CANCER TREATMENT


Bashir to co-lead curriculum development for new College of Medicine at Illinois
Photo of Rashid Bashir, Bioengineering department head.

Rashid Bashir, Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and Bioengineering department head at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named co-chair of the curriculum committee for the new engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine on the Urbana campus. Bashir will serve as co-chair along with Dr. Robert Good, senior associate medical director of population health at Carle Health System, Urbana, Ill. The two will lead a team of 18 members from Carle and the UI campus in Urbana.

MORE ON NEW MED SCHOOL CURRICULUM TEAM


Portable device can quickly determine extent of eye injuries

A new portable sensor can be used in the field to determine the severity of an eye injury by measuring the levels of vitamin C in the fluids emitted by the eye. Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (pictured here, on the left) is working on the sensor with Dr. Leanne Labriola (center), an ophthalmologist at Carle Health System, Urbana, Ill., and two postdoc researchers at Illinois, including Santosh Misra (pictured here, on the right) and Manas Gartia. The team's research appeared in Nature’s journal, Scientific Reports.

MORE ON NEW OCULAR DEVICE

Photo of Dipanjan Pan, Leanne Labriola, and Santosh Misra, postdoctoral researcher.

Interdisciplinary team from Illinois wins contest with design of new cast for treating broken bones
Photo of Ashley Moy, Justin Troutner and Jason Brooks.

The basics of how broken bones are immobilized has not changed much in the last several decades. Three seniors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are working to change that. Ashley S. Moy (Bioengineering), Justin Brooks (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Jason Troutner (Mechanical Science and Engineering) -- pictured here, left to right -- are gaining attention for their new cast design that uses a lattice framework produced by an extrusion-like process to create a cast customized for each wearer. The three recently pitched their idea to investors and won the St. Louis University Elevator Pitch Competition in the for-profit category. The students continue to refine their system and the new company they founded to market it, Cast21.

MORE ON THE STUDENTS' NEW CAST DESIGN


Now accepting applications for Bioimaging REU at U of I
Students in the 2015 Discoveries in Bioimaging in REU at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looking at cells through microscope.

Undergraduates interested in research opportunities for Summer 2016 should apply to the "Discoveries in Bioimaging" REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Bioimaging REU is a 10-week in-residence program that combines hands-on research with the chance to build presentation skills, network with students and faculty, and explore potential graduate programs.
NOTE: Please watch for more information on the Discoveries in Bioimaging REU at Illinois -- to be sent in a separate email in January.

APPLICATION FORM - DISCOVERIES IN BIOIMAGING REU


The Rejuvenation of Everitt Lab.

In early 2016, the University will begin renovation of Everitt Laboratory, and approximately 32 months later, the building will become the new home of the Department of Bioengineering.

We are excited to share highlights of the project, including a rendering of the building's proposed exterior (shown here). As the project develops, please watch this newsletter and our website for more information: EVERITT.ILLINOIS.EDU.

Architect's rendering of exterior of Everitt Laboratory.

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