Illinois is Partner to NSF Grant for Biological Machines

Rick Kubetz
2/26/2010 8:00:00 AM

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $25 million to establish the Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS) Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The center’s objectives are to dramatically advance research in complex biological systems, create new educational programs based on this research, and demonstrate leadership in its involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering. This effort was lead by Professors Jimmy Hsia, Taher Saif, Martha Gillette, and Rashid Bashir. College of Engineering Dean, Ilesanmi Adesida, remarked, “Our efforts in this area largely grew out of the Center for Cellular Mechanics (CCM) that we seeded about four years ago.” He added, “The students and researchers who participate in these programs will shape the future of biological science and engineering on a global scale.”

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