Two faculty members named top young innovators
Two Illinois chemistry professors who are also affiliated with the College of Engineering – Ryan C. Bailey and Prashant K. Jain – have been chosen as two of the world’s top young innovators by Technology Review, the world’s oldest technology magazine.TR35 recognizes the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 for their contributions to biomedicine, energy, the Web, computing and materials, among other emerging fields. The 2012 honorees were selected from more than 250 nominations.
Bailey’s research interests lie at the interface of bioanalytical and biomaterials chemistry. He was honored for his work with chip-based tests to detect diseases at their earliest stages and then help clinicians choose the best course of personalized treatment. Unlike tests that rely on added fluorescent tags for protein detection, Bailey’s chips are sensitive to the presence of the target molecule itself, which could make it fast and easy for physicians to see results.
Bailey earned his doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University in 2004 and joined the faculty at Illinois in 2006. He also is affiliated with the department of bioengineering, Institute for Genomic Biology, and Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at Illinois.
Jain earned his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008, and held postdoctoral positions at Harvard University and the University of California-Berkeley before joining the faculty at U. of I. in 2011. He also is affiliated with the department of physics and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
“This year’s TR35 recipients are applying technology to some our generation’s greatest challenges, and innovating to improve the way we live and work,” said Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of Technology Review. “We look forward to watching these young technology leaders grow and advance over the coming years.”
Bailey, Jain and the other TR35 winners for 2012 will be featured in the September/October issue of Technology Review and online.
Writer: Liz Ahlberg, physical sciences editor, U of I News Bureau, 217/244-1073.
Photos: L. Brian Stauffer
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