August 3, 2021

Study tests microplasma against middle-ear infections

  • By Ryann Monahan

Middle-ear infections are a common affliction in early life, affecting more than 80% of children in the U.S. Antibiotics are often employed as a first line of defense but sometimes fail against the pathogenic bacteria that can develop in the middle ear, just behind the eardrum. In a new study, researchers explore the use of microplasma – a highly focused stream of chemically excited ions and molecules – as a noninvasive method for attacking the […]

July 22, 2021

New approach eradicates breast cancer in mice

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new approach to treating breast cancer kills 95-100% of cancer cells in mouse models of human estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers and their metastases in bone, brain, liver and lungs. The newly developed drug, called ErSO, quickly shrinks even large tumors to undetectable levels. Led by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the research team reports the findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine. “Even when a few breast cancer cells do survive, enabling tumors […]

July 1, 2021

CARLE ILLINOIS WELCOMES CLASS OF 2025

  • By Ryann Monahan

URBANA, Ill – Forty-seven new medical students have embarked on a journey to become physician innovators at Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the nation’s first engineering-based medical school. The Class of 2025 was welcomed to the UIUC campus this month marking the first time in the medical school’s history that Carle Illinois has held four full classes of students. Established in 2015, the college welcomed its inaugural class […]

June 29, 2021

Carle Illinois Student’s Emergency Response Comes to the Rescue on First Day of Medical School

  • By Beth Hart

Most medical students don’t put their life-saving instincts to the test the first day of medical school, but that’s exactly what happened to new Carle Illinois College of Medicine student Vignesh Alla when an explosion rocked his dormitory. After completing his first day of orientation June 28, 2021, as a new student at Carle Illinois, Alla returned to his residence in Hendrick House, only to learn that the building’s maintenance staff was investigating a possible […]

June 4, 2021

Adapting laboratory techniques for remote instruction

  • By Ryann Monahan

The COVID-19 pandemic forced instructors to adapt their courses for online learning. Laboratory courses were particularly difficult due to lack of access to specialized equipment for remote learners. To overcome this challenge, researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign designed a laboratory exercise to teach students how to use micropipettes, through remote learning, using at-home kits. Micropipettes are common—and essential—laboratory instruments and are used in several fields including molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry. They are […]

May 18, 2021

Carle Illinois Launches Online Apparel Store

  • By Ryann Monahan

Get your Carle Illinois apparel just in time for summer! Carle Illinois has partnered with Campus Ink to launch an online store with Carle Illinois branded 1/4-zip pullovers, polos, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, and hip packs. Items include designs created by our students. Order here: illini.store/carleillinois The store will be open for a limited time. Purchases can be made here now through June 7.

May 9, 2021

Achievement in Absence of Graduation

  • By Ryann Monahan

There will be no walking across a graduation stage or turning tassels for Carle Illinois College of Medicine students this May. Instead, the inaugural class of the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine has one more year to prepare for the historic moment when they become newly-minded physician innovators with a medical degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. However, you don’t need to look far to find impressive accomplishments among Carle Illinois students. Innovation […]

Saif Lab Research
May 5, 2021

Carle Illinois, CCIL Scientist Develops High-Res Sensors to Investigate Cancer Cell Activity

  • By Beth Hart

Urbana, Ill. – When Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor Taher Saif, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, joined the University of Illinois over two decades ago, he thought he would use his skills to help people – by improving their vehicles and cell phones. But just a few years later, he realized his expertise could be put towards another cause: fighting cancer. Saif spent his early career in applied mathematics, where his lab work focused […]

Drs. Bashir and Smith
May 5, 2021

RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW TECHNIQUE TO STUDY “MICROCANCERS” AND SCREEN CANCER-FIGHTING DRUGS

  • By Beth Hart

A team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Mayo Clinic have developed a new technique for creating “microcancer” cell cultures. It allows researchers to form hundreds of microcancers in a high-throughput format using a small, microfabricated chip, enabling direct measurement of cell health or response to drugs. It also allows researchers to control the shape of the culture using capillary forces and thus create cultures that more closely resemble in-vivo cells’ three-dimensional […]

National Academy of Science Award Winners for 2021
April 27, 2021

Carle Illinois professor among three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Physics professor Nadya Mason, chemistry professor Ralph Nuzzo, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine and chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk are among 120 newly elected U.S. members – 59 of whom are women, the most elected in a single year – and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in […]