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JUNE 2016


Photo of Kenny Long. Long earns NIH Fellowship and UI International Graduate Achievement Award

Kenny Long, M.D./Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at Illinois, has earned a Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to support his continuing work developing biosensors to detect HIV viral load. He also recently received a campus award for his efforts in forming an educational and mutually beneficial partnership between the University of Illinois and Njala University in Sierra Leone.

MORE ON LONG’S AWARDS


Bhargava named Cancer Community director; lab receives NCI/NIH support for cancer imaging

If great news comes in threes, Rohit Bhargava has one more big announcement coming his way. Bhargava, a professor in Bioengineering and Abel Bliss Scholar at Illinois, has been selected to be the director of the Cancer Community at Illinois for a three-year term. He had served the initiative as faculty coordinator for four years and moves into this new role immediately. Bhargava also recently received a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study new methods of cancer imaging. He and his research team will use the award to focus on prostate cancer.

MORE ON BHARGAVA AS NEW CC@IL DIRECTOR
MORE ON NCI/NIH AWARD

Photo of Rohit Bhargava.

Photo of Stephen Boppart. Boppart to receive 2016 EMBS award

In mid-August, Bioengineering Professor Stephen Boppart will receive the 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society at the organization’s annual international conference. Up to five recipients are selected for the award each year, and this year's awardees will be honored during the conference's opening session in Orlando, Fla.

MORE ON THE IEEE EMBS CONFERENCE (EMBC)


Photo of Rashid Bashir. Differential immuno-capture biochip offers accurate, specific leukocyte counting for HIV diagnosis

Rashid Bashir and his research team at Illinois have developed a biosensor with a highly sensitive biochip that captures, separates and counts cells, providing information on T-cell concentration needed for an AIDS diagnosis. The team is working on the components necessary to put sensors in the hands of medical personnel in the field. Bashir is the department head and an Abel Bliss Professor in Bioengineering.

MORE ON NEW BIOCHIP FOR HIV DIAGNOSES


Photo of Dipanjan Pan. Pan selected for Scientific Reports editorial board

Bioengineering Assistant Professor Dipanjan Pan has been invited to join the editorial board of the journal Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing) and will become the editor for the Chemical Biology subject area. An area of focus in Pan's nanotechnology work is using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes synthetic chemistry, molecular biology, engineering and medicine to develop translational diagnostics and treatments.

MORE ABOUT THE JOURNAL


The Rejuvenation of Everitt Lab.

Photo hard hats, bricks, and four students representing fellow Bioengineers at May 5, 2016, events to celebrate renovation of Everitt Lab.

On May 5, 2016, Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering, and UI campus students, faculty, alumni, friends, staff and administrators gathered to celebrate the beginning of the renovation of Everitt Laboratory, the future home to the Department of Bioengineering.

Department Head Rashid Bashir delivered introductory remarks and served as master of ceremonies for the brief program on the Bardeen Quad. College of Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris reminded the crowd of early bioengineering efforts on campus, such as ultrasound breakthroughs, and how fitting it is that the building that housed researchers who launched the "third industrial revolution" is the same building that will allow researchers to make a new global impact on human health. Provost Edward Feser rounded out the remarks with acknowledgement of the campus' commitment to the project and the strong partnerships that helped make the Everitt renovation possible, including the Grainger Foundation and Jump Trading.

The ceremony concluded with a special connection of DNA-inscribed bricks held by the three speakers, UI President Timothy Killeen, and four students (pictured here, left to right: Yanfen Li, Kenny Long, Ashley Williams and Nathan Cornwell) representing their fellow Bioengineering students and alumni.

For more photos and highlights of the May 5th Everitt Lab events, visit the image galleries on the website at everitt.illinois.edu


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