Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) members Yun-Sheng Chen (left) and Huanyu Qiao

The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) welcomes two new members to our growing community of cancer researchers.

Yun-Sheng Chen joins the CCIL as an associate member in the Cancer Measurement Technology and Data Science (CMD) Program with a strategic cancer research focus in imaging. Chen is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is a faculty member of Beckman Institute, Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (HMNTL), and affiliated with the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences of The Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He earned his masters in materials science and engineering from National Sun-Yat Sen University, Taiwan, and optics from CREOL at the University of Central Florida. Yun-Sheng subsequently attained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Following the completion of his Ph.D., Chen was accepted into the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS), at Stanford University, Department of Radiology, where he worked under the supervision of Professor Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, a renowned pioneer in the field of molecular imaging. He was also awarded the esteemed Google Faculty Award, ISAC award. Yun-Sheng’s scholarly pursuits focus on developing innovative, translatable imaging, diagnostic, and therapeutic techniques utilizing light and ultrasound.

Huanyu Qiao joins the CCIL as an associate member in the Cancer Discovery Platforms Bridging the Engineering-Biology Continuum (CDP) Program with a strategic research focus in cancer pathways and mechanisms. Qiao is an assistant professor in comparative biosciences. His laboratory seeks to understand how post-translational modifications, such as SUMOylation (Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier) and ubiquitination, regulate a range of checkpoint pathways in mammalian cells. Their approach takes advantage of skills in mouse genetics, proteomics, electron microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, and spermatocyte/oocyte culture. This work has the potential to uncover fundamental molecular mechanisms that will provide insights for developing treatments for infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, cancer, immune dysregulation, neural degeneration, and aging-related diseases.