Research Programs

Purposely fighting for people. One project, one advance at a time.

Our powerhouse researchers include more than 150 Illinois faculty researchers, postdocs, and students—some survivors and advocates themselves. Equipped with the engineering know-how to build what doesn’t yet exist, we’re developing cutting-edge tools and programs, including sensors, devices, and software.

Our expertise.

Healthcare Systems Engineering

  • Healthcare delivery engineering systems and processes
  • Technical platform systems (EMRs, biomimetic platform engineering systems, robotic systems)

Program leaders:

  • Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas, PhD
  • Saurabh Sinha, PhD


Next-Generation Diagnostics

  • Point-of-care sensing
  • Imaging, including ultrasound, chemical, molecular, MRI, optical
  • Automated histopathology
  • Microenvironment
  • Contrast agents

Program leaders:

  • Brian Cunningham, PhD
  • Stephen Boppart, MD, PhD


Mechanisms and Modeling

  • Molecular mechanisms (druggable molecular expression, signal transduction, cellular behaviors induced by genetic and epigenetic activation; mechanisms of hormone action in normal and cancer cells)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Computational biology

Program leaders:

  • Paul Hergenrother, PhD
  • Brendan Harley, ScD


Prevention and Survivorship

  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Population health
  • Nutritional sciences

Program leaders:

  • Barbara Fiese, PhD
  • Hillary Klonoff-Cohen, PhD