Department Head's Message
Meet Mark Anastasio: New head of Illinois Bioengineering
It is my pleasure to greet you as the new Head of the Department of Bioengineering (BioE) at Illinois. Although I have been on the job for less than a month, due to everyone’s great hospitality, I already feel at home.
I was attracted to Illinois BioE for many reasons. The department has a highly accomplished faculty whose research addresses impactful topics that include bioimaging; bio-micro and nanotechnology; synthetic bioengineering; molecular, cellular, and tissue engineering; and computational and systems biology. Due to the wonderful community of scholars conducting basic science, biomedical, and engineering research at Illinois, along with access to world-class facilities, the department is poised to achieve preeminent status.
We have tremendously strong partners on campus, as BioE faculty members participate actively in campus-wide initiatives and institutes, including the Illinois Cancer Center, Material Research Lab, the Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab. The department’s continued relationships with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Carle Foundation Hospital, as well as with other leading medical centers, will provide great opportunities for impactful bioengineering research and will also facilitate the advancement of academic medicine at Illinois.
Last but not least, our department now has its own building — the historic Everitt Laboratory — which has recently undergone a $55 million renovation. This wonderful space contains over 100,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art research laboratories and active learning and seminar-style classrooms.
The outlook for the department is brighter than ever. Moving forward, we will continue to promote high impact BioE research aimed at improving human health and providing deeper understandings of complicated biological systems. We will also continue to innovate our BioE education, with the goal of assuming international leadership on topics such as curriculum design and professional education. Along with these tasks, we will continue to grow the size of the department in a way that is sustainable and increases opportunities for students and enhances the global influence of our research contributions.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead the department during this exciting period. I look forward to working with all our stakeholders—students, faculty, alumni, staff, donors, and friends.
Mark A. Anastasio
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering
Head, Illinois Bioengineering Department