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Paper - Digital Assessment of Stained Breast Tissue Images for Comprehensive Tumor and Microenvironment Analysis

October 2, 2019

Collaborators between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Craiova (Romania) and University of Illinois at Chicago published this paper, led by Dr. Shachi Mittal, focused on using interpretable features from deep learning methods to categorize breast cancer. Read the full article below.

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Sudipta Mukherjee wins award for 2019 Beckman Image Research Contest

September 23, 2019

Sudipta Mukherjee won an award for the 2019 Beckman Image Research Contest. The winning image is acquired using stimulated Raman scattering microscope and shows a co-culture of colon cancer cells and fibroblasts embedded in hydrogel matrix.

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Paper - Extended Multiplicative Signal Correction for Infrared Microspectroscopy of Heterogeneous Samples with Cylindrical Domains

June 01, 2019

Drs. Ilia Rasskazov, Rajveer Singh, Scott Carney, and Rohit Bhargava published on looking at optical scattering corrections with a goal to have an absorption spectrum relatively free of sample morphology effects. Read the Paper below.

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Paper - A fully automated, faster noise rejection approach to increasing the analytical capability of chemical imaging for digital histopathology

April 24, 2019

Collaborators between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Chicago, and the University of Texas at Austin published this paper focusing on denoising images against the Minimum Noise Fraction (MNF).Read the Paper below.

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Paper - Relating strain hardening moduli in high density polyethylene copolymers to anisotropic molecular deformation using infrared spectroscopic imaging

April 16, 2019

The second latest paper co-authored with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company focuses on bulk strain hardening moduli of tensile polyolefin samples. Read the full article below.

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5 Amazing Projects That Will Change the Future of Healthcare

March 11, 2019

Dr. Rohit Bhargava's 3D printer work was featured in PCMag as one of the five amazing projects that will change the future of healthcare. Read the full article below.

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2019 Beckman Open House

March 09, 2019

The Chemical Imaging and Structures Laboratory particpated in the biannual Beckman Open House on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Visitors had the opportunity to build chemical structures out of marshmallows, learn about spectroscopy, and even have the chance to win a free-form 3D printed item!

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Paper - comparison of mid-infrared spectral regions on accuracy of tissue classification

March 06, 2019

Shachi Mittal and Dr. Bhargava's paper on IR Spectroscopy dives deeper into spectral regions that can provide high-accuracy classifiers other than just the fingerprint region. Read the full article below.

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Shachi Mittal Selected as Beckman Fellow

March 01, 2019

Shachi Mittal were among the five researchers named as Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows for 2019. Shachi expects to earn her Ph.D. in bioengineering in 2019. She hopes to improve the treatment of breast cancer by developing digital models using molecular imaging. Her work could provide more detailed diagnoses, identify breast cancer subtypes, and better predict patient outcomes for improved patient care.

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Rohit Bhargava does podcast on Cancer

Campus Conversation: Rohit Bhargava of Cancer Center at Illinois

February 07, 2019

Cancer Center Director Rohit Bhargava featured in the News Gazette Campus Conversation podcast and talked about the center's plans and impact both on campus and in the community.

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Paper - Controlled Dissolution of Freeform 3D Printed Carbohydrate Glass Scaffolds

January 22, 2019

"Controlled Dissolution of Freeform 3D Printed Carbohydrate Glass Scaffolds in Hydrogels Using a Hydrophobic Spray Coating" was published in Additive Manufacturing late last year and focuses on sacrificial molding to generate complex 3D models. Read the full article below.

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Matt Gelber, Greg Hurst, and Rohit Bhargava publish new article

Paper - Freeform Assembly Planning

December 3, 2018

Our latest article "Freeform Assembly Planning" was published in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Check out the full article below.

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Hyukjin 'Jimmy' Jang presents at Beckman Graduate Fellows Seminar

Beckman Graduate Student Seminar

November 7, 2018

Hyukjin 'Jimmy' Jang presented on "Polymeric Microfluidic Platform Integrated with Fourier Transform Infrared Imaging to Study Biomolecular Events" at this monthly Seminar Series.

Dr. Rohit Bhargava named as Researcher to Know

Dr. Rohit Bhargava named as IST Coalition's Reasearchers to Know 2018

October 11, 2018

CCIL Director Rohit Bhargava was named to the IST Coalition's Researchers to Know 2018! This list highlights university researchers who have made a significant impact in their field and are driving innovation in Illinois.

Dr. Ayanjeet Ghosh begins as an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama

Dr. Ayanjeet Ghosh: Assistant Professor

August 15, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Ayanjeet Ghosh on beginning his new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Univeristy of Alabama!

Saumya Tiwari successfullly defends dissertation

Saumya Tiwari's Defense and PostDoctoral Position

August 6, 2018

Congratulations to Saumya Tiwari on her successful dissertation defense and new position at the University of California San Diego, as a Postdoctoral Fellow. We wish you the best on your new professional adventure!

Future Environments: Cancer Microenvironments with Rohit Bhargava

July 31, 2018

The Beckman Institute

Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering, explains how chemical imaging, machine learning, and 3D printing are changing how we think about and fight cancer. By studying microenvironments, scientists hope to better predict and fight cancer growth.

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3-D printing machine could be medical breakthrough

July 18, 2018

Emily Braun - WCIA

A 3D printing machine developed by Beckman researchers could provide the medical breakthrough to fight cancer.

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Newest Paper published in <em>Macromolecules</em>

All-Digital Pathology of Tumor and Microenvironment Achieved

June 28, 2018

Laura Schmitt

Illinois Founder Professor Rohit Bhargava and Bioengineering graduate students Shachi Mittal and Kevin Yeh have developed a novel imaging method that simultaneously sub-types cancer cells and the tumor microenvironment. They presented at the International Society of Clinical Spectroscopy SPEC 2018 conference in Glasgow in June.

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3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturing

May 23, 2018

Liz Ahlberg Touchstone - News Bureau

Illinois professor Rohit Bhargava and Ph.D. graduate Matthew Gelber developed a free-form 3-D printer that can create scaffoldings out of sugar for tissue engineering and manufacturing applications.

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Newest Paper published in <em>Macromolecules</em>

Newest Paper published in Macromolecules

May 11, 2018


"Relating Post-yield Mechanical Behavior in Polyethylenes to Spatially Varying Molecular Deformation Using Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging: Homopolymers" is the latest publication from the CISL group. Authors include Rohit Bhargava, Ayanjeet Ghosh, Prabuddha Mukherjee, Nicolas Spegazzini, and collaborators from Chevron-Phillps.

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Jim McGraw named Office Professional of the Year

Jim McGraw named Office Professional of the Year

April 18, 2018

The Secretariat

Congratulations to Jim McGraw for being awarded the prestigious Office Professional of the Year award by The Secretariat. He was up against fierce competition and his nomination by Dr. Bhargava made him stand out. Congratulations to Jim and the other nominees!

Shachi Mittal Awarded Nadine Barrie Memorial Fellowship

Shachi Mittal Awarded Nadine Barrie Memorial Fellowship

April 13, 2018

The Beckman Institute

Congratulations to Shachi Mittal for being awarded the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship! The fund provides fellowships to female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the general field of medical imaging.

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Prarie Dragon Paddler Event

Sing for the Health of It! Raises Awareness

April 6, 2018

Ty Batemon - Illinoishomepage.net

Prairie Dragon Paddlers hosted its inaugural event Sing for the Health of It. The Paddlers are the first Illinois Dragon Boat Team. It's made up of breast cancer survivors.The night was dedicated to the cause. Some singers performed in honor of a loved one who had the disease. This is all part of the paddlers' goals.

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Why Cancer Needs Engineering

Why Cancer Needs Engineering

January 30, 2018

Mike Koon

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a critical mass of researchers—both in natural sciences and engineering—committed to leading the way in finding next generation solutions to cancer and other medical challenges.

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CSP Graduating Cohort

Now Seniors, First Cohort of Cancer Scholars Set to Graduate

January 8, 2018

Mike Koon

Congratulations to Pierce Hadley and Miranda Dawson for being among the first cohort of Cancer Scholars to graduate!

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November 13, 2017

Researchers Put New Spin on Old Technique to Engineer Better Absorptive Materials

The Illinois News Bureau recently published the work of Drs. Rohit Bhargava, Ayanjeet Ghosh, Prabuddha Mukherjee, and San Deb. Check out the story below!

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October 12, 2017

Mapping Solvation Environments in Porous Metal–Organic Frameworks with Infrared Chemical Imaging

Take a look at our newest paper by Ayan Ghosh, Prabuddha Mukherjee, and San Deb published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

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October 3, 2017

Matthew Gelber's Defense

Congratulations to Matt Gelber for defending his PhD dissertation! We look forward to seeing where your doctorate takes you.
September 29, 2017

Bhargava Group Outing

The lab took an afternoon off to enjoy the great outdoors and connect with one another. There was grilling and volleyball and some very well-deserved relaxation.

July 19, 2017

Dr. Tomasz Wrobel's New Job

Congratulations to Dr. Tomasz (Tomek) Wrobel who has joined the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences on a tenure-track position in Krakow, Poland. You will be missed in the lab and we wish you the best of luck on your new endeavors!

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July 18, 2017

WYSE Campers Visit the Lab for a Day

The CISL group was delighted to host WYSE summer campers for a day in lab! A special thanks to Troy Comi, Rachel Norman, and Pierce Hadley for making the day a huge success.

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July 5, 2017

Cancer Center at Illinois Launched

Rohit Bhargava, Founding Director, announced that the Cancer Center at Illinois will bring together more than 90 faculty members from across campus, and numerous graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, to pursue cancer-related research.

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June 2, 2017

2017 EAS Graduate Student Research Award

Saumya Tiwari has been named as one of 4 winners of the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) Graduate Student Research Awards! She will be attending the Symposium and Exhibition in November 2017 with all expenses covered. Congratulations Saumya!

May 15, 2017

TiMe Day Symposium 2017 Poster Winner

Congratulations to Shachi Mittal for winning runner-up in the innagural Tissue and Microenvironment (TiMe) Day Poster Competition!

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May 6, 2017

Dongkwan Lee Named 2017 Beckman Institute Undergraduate Fellow

Dongkwan Lee has been named a 2017 Beckman Institute Undergraduate Fellow! Congratulations, Kwan!

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April 19, 2017

25th Annual Office Professional of the Year Nomination

Congratulations to Jim McGraw for being nominated as an Office Professional of the Year for The Secretariat! The competition was fierce, and although he wasn't selected, it is an honor to recognize his hard work and dedication!

April 17, 2017

Shachi Mittal Named 2017 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows

Congratulations to Shachi Mittal for being named a 2017 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow!

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April 10, 2017

Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award

Rohit Bhargava, Founder Professor of Engineering and full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has received the Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award.

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April 5, 2017

Image of Research

Matt Gelber submitted and became a finalist for the 2017 Image of Research competition!

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March 29, 2017

2017 GEM Associate Fellow

The BioE Department named Craig Richard 2017 GEM Associate Fellow. Congratulations, Craig!

March 14, 2017

Hadley to Receive Schowalter Award for Leadership, Dedication

Pierce Hadley, a junior in bioengineering and a member of the first class of Cancer Scholars within that department, has been named the recipient of the William R. Schowalter Award, given by the College of Engineering.

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February 22, 2017

Rapid Imaging of Polymers Could Lead to Better Bioimaging

Developing faster imaging techniques could provide better imaging of biological materials, particularly histology samples.

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February 20, 2017

3D-Printed Objects Serve As Sacrificial Templates, Mimicking Physiological Structures

Matt Gelber has been working on creating objects that can be designed to mimic physiological structures such as blood or lymphatic vessels and secretory ducts.

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January 31, 2017

Engineering Investitures Ceremony

Dr. Rohit Bhargava was celebrated as a Founder of Engineering by the College of Engineering.

January 2017

Analyst Article

"Rapid visualization of macromolecular orientation by discrete frequency mid-infrared spectroscopic imaging" written by Tomek Wrobel, Prabuddha Mukherjee, and Rohit Bhargava.

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January 12, 2017

Agilent Thought Leader Award

Agilent Technologies Presents Thought Leader Award to Bioengineering Researcher Rohit Bhargava of University of Illinois Cancer Center.


December 15, 2016

VizLab 2016 Science Imaging Challenge

Congratulations to Matt Gelber for being a finalist in the School of Chemical Science's VizLab 2016 Science Imaging Challenge!!

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December 12, 2016

Agilent Thought Leader Award Announcement

Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that Dr. Rohit Bhargava has received an Agilent Thought Leader Award in recognition of his pioneering work in the development of infrared spectroscopic imaging, and its application to life sciences research.

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September 9, 2016

Founder Professor in Bioengineering

Rohit Bhargava named Founder Professor in Bioengineering by the College of Engineering.

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August 2016

TiMe Fellowship

Seth Kenkel has been selected as a trainee for the new NIH-supported Tissue Microenvironment training program. Congratulations, Seth!

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June 16, 2016

Improving Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Beckman Insitute Postdoctoral Fellow Tomasz Wrobel featured for his research with chemical imaging for prostate cancer diagnostics.

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May 16, 2016

Bhargava Named Director of the Cancer Community @ Illinois

Dr. Rohit Bhargava named as Director of the Cancer Community @ Illinois for 3 years, after being its long-time faculty coordinator.

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May 2, 2016

Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship

Saumya Tiwari is selected as the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship recipient. Congratulations Saumya!

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April 15, 2016

Bhargava Lab Receives Funding for Cancer Imaging

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a new four-year grant of more than $1.6 million to Beckman researchers for the development of innovative cancer imaging.

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October 2015

BRAIN Initiative Grant Awarded

Sweedler, Gillette and Bhargava awarded BRAIN Initiative grant to develop new cross-disciplinary tools for brain characterization at the cellular level.

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June 2015

Carbon Nanoparticles you can Make at Home

Prabuddha Mukherjee and Rohit Bhargava, in collaboration with Dipanjan Pan and Santosh Misra, are involved in research to produce carbon nanoparticles that can be used for biomedical purposes

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May 2015

Graduate Cancer Program

Rohit Bhargava speaks at event announcing new graduate cancer program [“University of Illinois announces graduate cancer program” (willradio.tv.online)]; “University collaborates with Carle for Cancer Community program” (The Daily Illini).

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October 2015

Celebrating Blue Waters

Rohit Bhargava sits on panel at celebration of Blue Waters supercomputer [“Celebrating Blue Waters” (National Center for Supercomputing Applications); National Center for Supercomputing Applications Facebook page: Blue Waters].

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April 2015

2015 Beckman Graduate Fellow

Congratulations to Saumya Tiwari for being selected as a 2015 Beckman Graduate Fellow!

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April 2015

Engineering Freshman of the Year Award

Congratulations to Pierce Hadley for winning the University of Illinois Engineering Freshman of the Year Award, awarded at the Outstanding Contribution Award Banquet!

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April 2015

Cancer Documentary Trailer

Matthew Kole featured in cancer documentary trailer (see complete “Living With Cancer in Central Illinois” documentary:
Part 1: “Strategic Treatment”;
Part 2: “Seeking a Cure”;
Part 3: “Diagnoses & Decisions”).

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April 2015

Cancer Documentary Interview

Rohit Bhargava interviewed in documentary “Living with Cancer in Central Illinois”.

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March 2015

Stainless Biopsy Imaging

Prof. Bhargava led a group that uses infrared light to image biopsy samples without dyes or stains [“New technique paints tissue samples with light” (Illinois News Bureau); “Stain remover? New infrared technology ‘paints’ tissue samples with light” (Medical Daily); “Staining tissue with light” (Optics & Photonics News); “University of Illinois scientist develops new cancer tool” (India West)]

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March 2015

Tumor Microenvironment

Prof. Bhargava and team measure tumor microenvironments with chemical imaging to enable precision medicine for prostate cancer.

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March 2015

ASEE Outstanding Poster Award

Congratulations to Pierce Hadley, Mark Gryka, and Matt Gelber for winning the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Illinois-Indiana Section Outstanding Poster Award!

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March 2015

Induction into AIMBE

Rohit Bhargava to be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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March 2015

New College of Medicine

U of I gets new College of Medicine for the first time in 60 years!

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February 2015

UI-Carle Medical School up for Academic Senate Vote

The campus Academic Senate is scheduled to vote on the proposal when it meets at 3:10 p.m. today, in what would be the first formal step toward approval for the plan.

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January 2015


Bhargava group works on quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) to push infrared imaging closer to the clinic.

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2014 & 2013

December 2014

Cancer Scholars Program

Through “Cancer Scholars,” Bhargava Pilots Challenge-Inspired Education Model.

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August 2013

2013 Prostate Cancer Highlights

A Novel Microscopy Technique for Better Prostate Cancer Detection and Prognosis

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