Interview on WILL about COVID Diagnostics

U OF I RESEARCHERS DEVELOPING SMARTPHONE APP FOR CORONAVIRUS TESTING BRIAN MOLINE, ILLINOIS NEWSROOM | 4/3/2020 3:30:07 PM A team of University of Illinois researchers is working on a smartphone application that would detect the novel coronavirus within 30 minutes, without the need for a diagnostic lab. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline spoke with Brian Cunningham. […]

Announcing the Center for Genomic Diagnostics

January 29, 2020 By: Claudia Lutz A new research center at the University of Illinois directed by Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering Brian Cunningham aims to revolutionize diagnostics and personalized medicine, developing technologies that are at once more accurate, more affordable, and more practical for routine care. The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic […]

Single-molecule detection of cancer markers brings liquid biopsy closer to clinic

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A fast, inexpensive yet sensitive technique to detect cancer markers is bringing researchers closer to a “liquid biopsy – a test using a small sample of blood or serum to detect cancer, rather than the invasive tissue sampling routinely used for diagnosis. Researchers at the University of Illinois developed a method to […]

Illinois Team Leads Effort to Fight Mosquito-Borne Pathogens

KIM GUDEMAN, CSL | 11/6/2019 9:31:21 AM Infectious diseases such as Zika and Dengue remain a top contributor to death and disability across the globe, according to the World Health Organization. Diagnosing and treating these diseases, which often have similar symptoms, is especially difficult in developing countries, where access to health care and laboratories is often […]

New Framework for Nanoantenna Light Absorption

Harnessing light’s energy into nanoscale volumes requires novel engineering approaches to overcome a fundamental barrier known as the “diffraction limit.” However, researchers in the Cunningham Group have breached this barrier by developing nanoantennas that pack the energy captured from light sources, such as LEDs, into particles with nanometer-scale diameters, making it possible to detect individual […]

Anapole mode dielectric nanoantenna boosts fluorescent biosensor signals

A new paper by Laaya Sabri, Qinglan Huang, Jui-Nung Liu, and Brian T. Cunningham from the Nanosensors Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign introduces a fundamentally new class of all-dielectric nanoantenna field-enhancement structures for biosensing applications that, due to destructive farfield interference of resonant modes, functions as a nonradiating “anapole” in the visible spectrum. […]

Photonic Resonator Outcoupler Microscopy: New Tool for Live Imaging of Cell Focal Adhesions By Maeve Reilly.  Published on June 01, 2018 Photonic Resonator Outcoupler Microscopy (PROM) Focal adhesions are large specialized proteins that are located in the area where a cell membrane meets the extracellular matrix (ECM), a collection of molecules surrounding the cells that provide support and regulate micromechanical signals to the cells. Examining focal adhesions […]

MNTL and IGB Team up to Develop New Approaches to Cancer Treatment

RESEARCH THEME UPDATE: OMICS NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR CANCER PRECISION MEDICINE JANET MCGREEVY | 1/29/2018 3:56:12 PM Have you ever wondered how ground-breaking, innovative research ideas get their start? How does an interdisciplinary research team come together, with just the right people to move the research forward? The Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine (ONC-PM) theme is […]

Kenny Long Awarded Best Student Paper at NIH Point of Care Technologies Conference

Nanosensor Group BioE graduate student Kenny Long was selected as the recipient of the best student paper at the 2017 IEEE/NIH Special Topics Conference on Healthcare Innovations on Point of Care Technologies in Bethesda, MD.  His paper, entitled “Design and demonstration of the transmission, reflection, intensity (TRI)-Analyzer instrument for mobile spectroscopy” was co-authored with ECE […]