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APRIL 2016

The Rejuvenation of Everitt Lab.

image of Everitt Lab, Future home of the Department of Bioengineering.

REMINDER
You are invited to the Everitt Laboratory Renovation Celebration
May 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Look for the tent and signs on the Bardeen Quad.

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Photo of Ting Lu. Lu selected for ONR Young Investigator Award

Through a Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Bioengineering Assistant Professor Ting Lu will conduct research to help devise a new way to address and reduce foodborne illness. The issue can be especially critical for active duty military while they are in the field and away from conventional medical services.

MORE ON LU’S ONR AWARD


Photo of Steve Boppart. Boppart named director of new Center for Optical Molecular Imaging at University of Illinois

Stephen Boppart, Abel Bliss Professor in Bioengineering, was selected to serve as director of the new GSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging, a partnership between GlaxoSmithKline and the UI Biophotonics Imaging Lab at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. The center initially is focusing on developing imaging tools to study the health of skin at the cellular level.

MORE ON BOPPART AND THE NEW CENTER


Bioengineering projects win two top awards at 2016 Engineering Open House

Two bioengineering-focused projects led by BIOE undergraduates earned top awards during the 2016 Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Freshman Nathan Cornwell steered the “Brain vs. Brawn Pong” team, which demonstrated the use of muscle and brain impulses to control the classic electronic table tennis game, Pong. (The entry is pictured here at top, as the team sets up the EEG with the parent's permission.) With 10 students from six disciplines, the team earned First Place in the Most Interdisciplinary category. Sophomore Pierce Hadley led “Shrinky-Dink Microfluidics,” a project that showed how microfluidic devices could be easily and inexpensively created using the principle on which “Shrinky Dink” toys operate. (Entry is pictured here at bottom.) This project won First Place in the Best Kickoff of EOH category. Each year, the student-run Engineering Council presents first-, second- and third-place awards in each of 14 categories, after judging more than 200 projects. This year, BIOE projects earned 10 awards from 19 entries, and the department also received the Spirit of Illini award for having the greatest EOH impact.

Photo of Brain v. Brawn EOH 2016 entry.
Photo of Shrinky Dink Microfluidics EOH 2016 entry.

Photo of Aaron Schwartz-Duval. Schwartz-Duval chosen for French American Doctoral Exchange program

As one of only 10 U.S. students selected for the French American Doctoral Exchange program, Bioengineering Ph.D. student Aaron Schwartz-Duval recently spent two weeks in Grenoble, France. The award included student and faculty presentations, tours of research facilities, and networking opportunities.

MORE ON SCHWARTZ-DUVAL'S DOCTORAL AWARD


Imoukhuede receives American Heart Association grant for PAD research

Princess Imoukhuede, assistant professor in Bioengineering, will use a three-year award from the American Heart Association to study ways to generate new healthy blood vessels to bypass blocked ones, with a focus on patients with peripheral artery disease.

MORE ON IMOUKHUEDE'S AHA AWARD

Photo of Princess Imoukhuede.

Sequence features accurately predict genome-wide MeCP2 binding in vivo

To gain more ground on understanding brain development and the involvement of a key protein in brain disorders, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Davis, are combining in vivo experimentation with computation. Co-first authors on the paper, recently published in Nature Communications, are Wooje Lee of UC Davis and Tomas Rube, postdoctoral researcher at Illinois. Qizhi Gong, professor of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at the UC Davis School of Medicine, and Jun Song (pictured here), Founder Professor in Bioengineering and in Physics at Illinois, led the research.

MORE ON THE PREDICTIVE MODELING RESEARCH

Photo of Jun Song.

Light illuminates the way for biobots

Bioengineering Department Head Rashid Bashir and his graduate student researchers, including Bioengineering’s Caroline Cvetkovic and Mechanical Science and Engineering’s Ritu Raman, are continuing to develop biobots at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that move and could be used for drug screening, sensing contaminants, and much more. Previous biobot work used self-propelled cardiac cells and electrical impulses applied to muscle tissue. The latest bots move via stimulation with light. Pictured here, left to right: Bioengineering Research Professor Parijat Sengupta, Cvetkovic, Bashir, and Raman. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.

MORE ON THE BIOBOTS
VIDEO ABOUT THE BIOBOTS

Photo of biobots team: Pari Sengupta, Caroline Cvetkovic, Rashid Bashir and Ritu Raman.

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