University of Illinois researchers are leading the charge in the area of the tissue microenvironment with expertise in biology and bioengineering, computational methods and imaging. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recognized Illinois’s excellence by awarding a National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grant to the Urbana campus. This funding will help develop the next generation of scientific leaders. Illinois faculty member Rohit Bhargava is the PI of this award and more than 35 Illinois faculty from across campus will contribute to this new interdisciplinary training program for graduate students. Rex Gaskins, faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences, will serve as deputy director for the training program.
The inaugural group of TiMe Training students and their programs are: Jee-wei (Emily) Chen (chemical and biomolecular engineering), Kyung Hwa (Iris) Choi (mechanical science and engineering), Jamila Hedhl (bioengineering), Seth Kenkel (mechanical science and engineering), Eunkyung (Clare) Ko (bioengineering), Phuong Le (bioengineering), Joanne Li, (bioengineering), Jan Lumibao (nutritional sciences), and Ruibo Wang (materials science and engineering).