Hyunjoon (Joon) Kong, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a Centennial Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is a core member of Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He also holds affiliation with the Department of Bioengineering, Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, and Neuroscience Program. He received his engineering education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Ph. D.) and performed post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan and Harvard University. He joined the University of Illinois in 2007. Since then, he has been conducting research projects that aim to better understand roles of an extracellular matrix and biotransports on cancer progression. In parallel, he has been assembling active colloids for enhanced molecular and cellular treatments of cancer. During the academic life, he received the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association, the Career Award from NSF, Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, UIUC Engineering Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, Centennial Scholar, and Promotion Award. He was recently elected to an American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow.