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Shriyaa Mittal on balcony that overlooks CLSL south atrium

Shriyaa Mittal receives Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Graduate College’s Fellowship Board has completed its review of nominations for the 2019 Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition. Forty-five departments from across campus submitted a total of 78 nominations and, of those, 18 nominations from 18 departments were selected for awards.  Biophysics and Quantitative Biology student Shriyaa Mittal was one of the 18 awardees.
Sashank Pant

Shashank Pant Named 2019 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow

Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology PhD candidate Shashank Pant was among seven graduate students named 2019 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows. This program offers University of Illinois graduate students at the graudate level the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute. 
overlay of computational model of SiRCcP with crystal structure of native SiR from E. coli

Biophysics faculty designs the first artificial catalyst to reduce sulfite with similar activity to the natural enzyme

Mitigating the environmental damage caused by contaminants such as nitrate, perchlorate, arsenate, and other similar compounds has been historically hindered by scientists’ inability to reduce sulfite.
Marcelo C. R. Melo

Graduate Spotlight: Marcelo C. R. Melo

Marcelo C. R. Melo has recently graduated with a doctoral degree from the Biophysics and Quantitative Biology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Biophysics research poster presented by graduate student in bow tie and suspenders

IBS hosts Biophysics Graduate Research and Networking Symposium

Students in Illinois’ Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology program gathered to showcase and share their research at the Biophysics Graduate Research and Networking Symposium on Tuesday, October 30th at the Illini Union. The event, hosted by the Illinois Biophysics Society (IBS), featured research poster presentations by graduate students, a scientific image contest, and presentations by faculty focused on their academic careers.
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Collaborative Paper Published by Professors Kai Zhang and Dipanjan Pan

The labs of Professors Kai Zhang and Dipanjan Pan recently published a collaborative paper investigating the use of carbon dots with induced surface oxidation for imaging at single-particle level. The full paper is avaialble here
Graduate students in front of a projected screen

A Grad Student's Perspective on Planning a Networking Event

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign graduate student Shriyaa Mittal shares her experience planning and hosting a Biophysical Society-sponsored networking event with five other graduate students. 
Anda Trifan

Biophysics Graduate Student Awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)

Anda Trifan has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Created in the early 1990’s, the program was developed to meet the nation’s growing need for science and technology professionals with advanced computer skills. Congratulations, Anda!
Kevin Cheng

BiOP Graduate Student Receives National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF)

Kevin Cheng has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF). The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. Congratulations, Kevin!
Rhanor Gillette

Emeritus Professor Leads Research in AI

Molecular and Integrative Physiology Emeritus Professor Rhanor Gillette developed an artificially intelligent (AI) ocean predator. The “Cyberslug” reacts to food and responds to the real-life predator in the same way that the real predator reacts. The animal the cyberslug was based on is the slug Pleurobanchaea californica. READ MORE