Target Recycling for Ultrasensitive Detection of miRNA Cancer Biomarkers

Researchers set sights on prostate cancer with new, rapid biomarker detection method Feb 6, 2023 | Cancer Center News Cancer Center at Illinois program leader Brian Cunningham is joined by research project members, from the left, Xiaojing Wang and Skye Shepherd, who were co-first authors on the teams’ recently published research. Team members not pictured include: Nantao […]

1-minute cancer test using magnetic-plasmonic nanoparticles

January 27, 2022 By: Alisa King-Klemperer The detection and quantification of cancer-associated molecular biomarkers in body fluids, or liquid biopsies, prove minimally invasive in early cancer diagnostics. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed an approach that accelerates the detection of cancer biomarkers in samples taken at the time and place of patient […]

Direct Detection of Intact SARS-CoV-2 with PCR Sensitivity

New label-free detection technique digitally counts intact SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in saliva or exhaled breath As health and research institutions continue to rapidly develop new methodologies for detecting SARS-CoV-2, researchers from the Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory have found themselves at both forefronts of discovery and featured on the cover of the Journal of the […]

Introducing PRISM: Photonic Resonance Interferometric Scattering Microscopy

CUNNINGHAM GROUP DEVELOPS MICROSCOPE TECHNIQUE TO DETECT INDIVIDUAL VIRUSES FOR POWER RAPID DIAGNOSTICS CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A fast, low-cost technique to see and count viruses or proteins from a sample in real time, without any chemicals or dyes, could underpin a new class of devices for rapid diagnostics and viral load monitoring, including HIV and […]

Using Photonics to Generate “Hot Electrons” that Catalyze Chemical Transformations

Researchers in Prof. Brian Cunningham’s Nanosensors Group at the University of Illinois, in collaboration with Prof. Singamaneni’s research group at Washington University, described a new approach for efficiently catalyzing chemical reactions using light, in the journal ACS Photonics.   The researchers harnessed a new approach for amplifying electromagnetic fields in nanometer-scale volumes by coupling the energy […]