May 29, 2018

3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturing

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University of Illinois engineers built a 3-D printer that offers a sweet solution to making detailed structures that commercial 3-D printers can’t: Rather than a layer-upon-layer solid shell, it produces a delicate network of thin ribbons of hardened isomalt, the type of sugar alcohol used to make throat lozenges. The water-soluble, biodegradable glassy sugar structures […]

May 29, 2018

Study shows how bacteria guide electron flow for efficient energy generation

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Biochemists at the University of Illinois have isolated a protein supercomplex from a bacterial membrane that, like a battery, generates a voltage across the bacterial membrane.

May 22, 2018

New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cells

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University of Illinois researchers, including Carle Illinois professor Andrew Smith, say they now know how to track and map drug and gene delivery vehicles to evaluate which are most effective at infiltrating cells and getting to their targets.

May 7, 2018

New CRISPR technology ‘knocks out’ yeast genes with single-point precision

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Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor and research mentor, Huimin Zhao, has developed CRISPR-based technology that “knocks out” yeast genes with single-point precision – offering potential benefits to industries that use the yeast to produce ethanol, chemicals, lubricants and pharmaceuticals.

Viktor Gruev, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
April 5, 2018

New camera gives surgeons a butterfly’s-eye view of cancer

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Inspired by the eye of the morpho butterfly, a new camera that can see both visible and infrared light could help surgeons more easily identify cancerous tissue.

Wilfred van der Donk, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 14, 2018

Study yields more than a million new cyclic compounds, some with pharmaceutical potential

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Researchers, including Carle Illinois College of Medicine research mentor Wilfred van der Donk, say they can now produce a vast library of unique cyclic compounds, some with the capacity to interrupt specific protein-protein interactions that play a role in disease. The new compounds have cyclic structures that give them stability and enhance their ability to bind to their targets.

February 28, 2018

Research by Dr. Kashif Ahmad finds videos help medical students master physiology concepts

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In his role as a medical education facilitator, Dr. Kashif Ahmad says he is excited to develop different teaching techniques that enhance students’ learning and contribute to the new college of medicine’s engineering-infused curriculum. Read more on his research below.