Biomedical and Translational Sciences

Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson, the first Head of the Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, meeting with students.Amy Wagoner Johnson leads Carle Illinois College of Medicine's Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences, providing medical students with mentorship and research access to world-class  experts in all disciplines that affect human health and health care.

Fueling interdisciplinary education and research to prepare physicians to advance health care

Carle Illinois College of Medicine's Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences leverages world-class teaching and expertise from across the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Our goals: to prepare a new generation of physician innovators who are grounded not only in medical science and the biosciences, but also engineering principles, innovation and the humanities; to fuel research and innovation that reaches beyond the boundaries of any single discipline; to advance human health and the human condition.

Engineering + Medicine

Problem-solving skills to re-engineer the future of medicine

Engineering programs with deep, thriving connections to medicine and health care are the future. The highly ranked Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois is leading the way. Carle Illinois students, working side-by-side with some of the world’s best engineers, are developing new strategies and innovative new technologies to advance the practice of medicine. Engineering is an integral part of the Carle Illinois curriculum, and our students have the opportunity to approach health care problems with an engineering mindset.

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Bioethics and Medical Humanities

"Medicine is not merely a science but an art. The character of the physician may act more powerfully upon the patient than the drugs employed."     -- Paracelsus

The Bioethics and Medical Humanities longitudinal curricular thread focuses on the intersection of empathic understanding, health, art, culture, justice, morality and outcomes for patients, communities, and populations.

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Health Innovation Faculty bring an interdisciplinary approach to health care

Health Innovation Professors are agents of change, carrying the pioneering banner of the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine across campus and around the globe. These professors -- chosen from disciplines ranging from engineering to law to the humanities to geology -- will be discoverers of breakthrough innovations in health care and medical education with the potential to impact and transform society.

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Health Innovation Professor and Geologist Bruce Fouke worked with scientists at Mayo Clinic to describe the geological underpinnings and stages of kidney stone formation, in hopes of developing preventions and treatments.

Biomedical & Translational Sciences

Amy Wagoner Johnson, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Amy Wagoner Johnson, PhD
Head, Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences
Andersen Faculty Scholar 

Kim Surles
Director of Departmental Operations & Faculty Development
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Stephanie McCullough
Office Administrator
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Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Urbana, IL 61801