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Engineering-Based Medicine

Our Focus Areas

BIOPHYSICS

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.

COMPUTATIONAL GENOMICS

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.

HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

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.

MEDICAL IMAGING

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.

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.

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.

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.

SYNTHETIC BIOENGINEERING

Forward engineering and design using biological components at all scales, both in-vitro and in-vivo, with applications in human health, and sustainability.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH CENTERS

Collaborative research institutes and facilities such as the Woese Institute of Genomic Biology, the Beckman Institute, the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, the Materials Research Lab, the Coordinated Science Lab, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, along with growing clinical collaborations with Carle Health System, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., the OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., and the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, are tackling a wide range of biomedical and health-related subjects. The College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana is also an important partner for translational use of technologies using animal models.

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