Research Centers and Training Grants

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers numerous research opportunities, including the following institutes, centers and programs aimed at providing out-of-classroom opportunities and advancing research in bioengineering-related disciplines.

NSF Center for the Physics of Living Cells

The Physics Frontiers Center in Illinois is funded by the National Science Foundation and aspires to make transformational advances at a genuine scientific frontier: the physics of living cells. The biological physics group at Illinois has grown significantly in the last few years, with the inclusion of junior faculty in strategically important areas, the expansion of recognized strengths in biological computation and fluorescence spectroscopy, the crossover of physics faculty from condensed matter, and importantly, the strong interest shown in the biological physics area by our graduate students. The effort is now at the scale where Illinois can realistically aspire to pioneer the creation of synergies between different approaches, which the center's faculty believe is the only way to tackle convincingly the major challenges of the field.

Yann Robert Chemla, co-director (Physics)


NSF Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS)

EBICS is dedicated to creating a new scientific discipline for building living, multi-cellular machines that solve real-world problems in health, security and the environment. EBICS is a partnership of the City College of New York, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Merced, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The program offers graduate research opportunities at those institutions and addresses integrated research and education, human resource development, diversity and outreach programs, knowledge-transfer activities, and ethics training.

Rashid Bashir, associate director


NIH P41 Computational Resource for Macromolecular Modeling (in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group)

The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group (TCBG), NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics, was founded by Professor Klaus Schulten in 1989 and is located at the Beckman Institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other federal and private agencies, the TCBG's sizeable multidisciplinary team is engaged in the modeling of large macromolecular systems in realistic environments, and has produced ground-breaking insights into biomolecular processes coupled with mechanical force, bioelectronic processes in metabolism and vision, and with the function and mechanism of membrane proteins.


NCN nanoBIONode

As a project of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, the nanoBIONode at Illinois is helping to advance nanoscience and nanotechnology through nanoHUB, a scientific cloud computing environment serving as a resource for research, collaboration, teaching, learning and publishing. The nanoBIONode at Illinois supports nanoBIO research and education through the creation of computation and visualization tools.

Umberto Ravaioli, principal investigator (Electrical and Computer Engineering)


UI Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST or nano@Illinois)

The CNST fosters partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty, students, industry partners and scientists from government laboratories and higher education institutions around the world. The Center is a leader in groundbreaking nanotechnology research, centrally located in the United States and offering outreach to grade school and secondary students, educational curriculum development for faculty, and fellowship and project opportunities for students and researchers.

Irfan Ahmad, executive director
Rashid Bashir, co-director (Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering)



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