Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

CRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasure

By Liz Ahlberg Touchstone, University of Illinois News Bureau In the fight against disease, many weapons in the medicinal arsenal have been plundered from bacteria themselves. Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, researchers have now uncovered even more potential treasure hidden in silent genes. A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois and colleagues at […]

Congrats to scholarship, research symposium winners

On Friday, April 7, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering honored its outstanding students by holding the annual Undergraduate Awards Ceremony. Faculty presented the 2016-2017 scholarships and Omega Chi Epsilon students announced winners of the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations to all! At the ceremony, Department Head Dr. Paul Kenis called the students an inspiring […]

Anton Paar, Rogers Lab install new state-of-the-art research instrument

The University of Illinois Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering are pleased to announce that Anton Paar, a leading laboratory equipment company which makes high end instrumentation for material characterization, will provide state-of-the-art instruments to two faculty members to support their work on advancing fundamental and applied […]

2016 PhD grad awarded Beckman Postdoc Fellowship

Congratulations to recent graduate Danielle Mai, who was chosen for a prestigious Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award. Mai graduated with a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her project is developing bioinspired polymers for rapid […]

Grad student chosen for TechnipFMC Fellowship

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Megan Witzke, who has been selected to receive the TechnipFMC Fellowship for 2017-2018. Witzke is a member of Assistant Professor David Flaherty’s lab. Her research aims to improve the catalytic conversion of biomass derivatives to higher value chemicals by determining the reaction mechanism and underlying factors that control catalyst […]

Four ChBE students win NSF Grad Research Fellowships

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois is pleased to announced that four graduate students in the program have received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and one student has received an honorable mention. Congratulations to NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients Jason Adams, Raul Sun Han Chang, Jason Madinya, and Aleczandria Tiffany. They joined […]

Undergrads showcase ChemE projects at Engineering Open House

Curious students, from grade schoolers to high schoolers, packed Loomis Laboratory to learn about a variety of chemical engineering applications as part of the 97th Engineering Open House. They learned about everything from cyclone separators to homemade chapstick and they sampled the always popular liquid nitrogen ice cream. Engineering Open House was held March 10-11, […]

Grad student invited to Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Thao Ngo, who was selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer. Ngo is a graduate student in Richard C. Alkire Professor Hong Yang’s research group. Her research focuses on studying the growth and dissolution of Pt-based nano catalysts using in situ electron […]

Study: Changing the environment within bone marrow alters blood cell development

Researchers at the University of Illinois report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone marrow. The findings, reported in the journal Science Advances, are a first step toward developing more effective bone marrow treatments for diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. Blood cells flow throughout […]

New method of genetic engineering indispensable tool in biotechnological applications

Research by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Huimin Zhao and graduate student Behnam Enghiad is pioneering a new method of genetic engineering for basic and applied biological research and medicine. Their work, reported in ACS Synthetic Biology, has the potential to open new doors in genomic research by improving the precision and adherence of […]

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