Our Focus Areas
Computational medicine, systems biology, and computational biophysics—using high-performance computation, large-scale informatics, and control systems to examine very large-scale complex systems of cell networks to generate a new understanding of human health.
- Straight up, with a twist: new model derives homochirality from the basic requirements for life (Physics/IGB)
- Beckman Researchers Construct Atomic Model of an Immature Retrovirus (Beckman/Physics/NCSA)
- Illinois, Carle and OSF HealthCare attack overwhelming infection (HCESC/CS/ARI/BioE/CoM)
Unpacking big data to produce transformative research in systems biology, cellular and metabolic engineering, and the processes underlying the structure and function of genes and their influence on complex traits.
- Illinois collaborates with Mayo Clinic to Revolutionize Genomic Data Analysis (Mayo Clinic, IGB, CS, CSL, NCSA)
- Computational discovery of transcription factors associated with drug response (CS)
- Bioengineering researchers build a genomic platform to further understand E. coli (Bioengineering)
- Genome researchers raise alarm over big data (CS)
Connecting interdisciplinary expertise from bioengineering, mechanical, electrical, industrial engineering, and computer science, to expand the frontiers of health care simulation and education, optimization of health care delivery, robotic surgery, health IT, security, and tele-health.
- Gift launches $50-million-plus partnership to revolutionize health care (OSF Hospital, Jump Trading, CoE)
- Illinois researchers making virtual surgery simulation a reality (ISE/HCESC/CoM)
- Illinois researchers developing new technology to assist in-home rehab care (HCESC/ISER)
- CyPhy software employs 3D immersion technology for advanced telemedicine (CS/CSL)
- MoveSense app makes cellphone an oxygen saturation monitor for heart and lung patients (CS)
Developing cutting edge technologies which integrate magnetic resonance methods with other imaging techniques, including optical imaging, eye-tracking, ultrasound, MRI and EEG to study the structure and function of biological systems at multiple scales.
- New technology looks into the eye and brings cells into focus (ECE)
- State-of-the-art functional X-ray facility online in NPRE (NPRE)
- A New Form of Microscopy for Quantitative Imaging of Cell-Surface Interactions (Bioengineering)
MICRO & NANOTECHNOLOGY
Innovating new materials—from molecular scale materials to wearable sensors and lab-on-chip devices—to sense, manipulate, and reengineer molecular and cellular structure and function.
- Building a biochemistry lab on a chip (ECE/Bioengineering)
- Smart skin: Electronics that stick and stretch like a temporary tattoo (MatSE/ECE)
- Age of Wearable Computing Delivers BioStamp Electronic Skin (MatSE/ECE)
MOLECULAR, CELLULAR & TISSUE
Improving drug delivery, stem cell engineering, biomaterial development, and approaches for regenerative medicine, aimed at improving the understanding and treatment of disease.
- Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibiotic (MatSE)
- Harley Lab receives NSF funding for stem cell biomanufacturing (ChemE)
ROBOTICS & NEUROSCIENCE
Exploring the connections between robotics and neuroscience through research in areas that include electrodiagnostic analysis of brain and muscle activity, analysis of dexterous manipulation and motion, and cognitive control processes.
- Bretl projects merge robotics and neuroscience (CSL/CEE/CS/Aero)
- Illinois Students Developing Real-Time Concussion Detection System (CS/ECE/Aero)
- Brain-injured patients need therapies based on cognitive neuroscience (Beckman/IGB)
Forward engineering and design using biological components at all scales, both in-vitro and in-vivo, with applications in human health, and sustainability.