Diagnostic Technology

Advances in cancer diagnostic testing have revolutionized cancer treatment and care. At the Cancer Center at Illinois, scientists are using their multidisciplinary expertise to develop devices and techniques that address a number of limitations of current diagnostics. Currently, many ways to diagnose cancer can be invasive, expensive, limited (requiring additional testing), and require patients to wait days or weeks for a proper diagnosis. CCIL researchers are developing improved imaging techniques and molecular measurement devices –  they can detect specific biologic molecules, or biomarkers, in a patient’s tissue and fluid samples – to tackle these issues.

Learn more about the CCIL’s research program themes dedicated to diagnostic technology.


Rashid Bashir

Dean, Grainger College of Engineering

W. W. Grainger Chair, Bioengineering

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

Director, Cancer Center at Illinois

Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering

Stephen Boppart

Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

Director, GSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging

Brian Cunningham-1

Brian Cunningham

Program Leader, Cancer Measurement Technology & Data Science (CMD)

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Timothy Fan

Timothy Fan

Associate Director for Translational Research and Development

Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine

Fan Lam

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Hua Li

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Bioengineering

Medical Physicist, Carle Cancer Center

Zhi-Pei Liang

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Shuming Nie

Professor, Bioengineering

Michael Oelze

Professor, Computer & Electrical Engineering

Pengfei Song

Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering