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

Director, Cancer Center at Illinois

W. W. Grainger Chair, Bioengineering

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Stephen Boppart

Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

Director, GSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging

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Brian Cunningham

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

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Timothy Fan

Associate Director for Translation & Development

Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine

Fan Lam

Fan Lam

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

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Hua Li

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Bioengineering

Medical Physicist, Carle Cancer Center

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Zhi-Pei Liang

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Shuming Nie

Professor, Bioengineering

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Michael Oelze

Professor, Computer & Electrical Engineering

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Pengfei Song

Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering