Cancer Center at Illinois engineers are revolutionizing cancer imaging technology — providing oncologists and cancer patients with more efficient and accurate diagnostic results. Currently, cancer imaging is typically conducted in specialized laboratories, which can lead to longer wait times for patients. CCIL researchers are using their expertise, and working with doctors, to bring imaging closer to the patient — using innovative molecular contrast agents, increased information content, and computing to help doctors and patients make more informed decisions about their treatment and predicted outcomes. 

University of Illinois scientists invented the MRI, and the campus has a long legacy of excellence in imaging and data science. Imaging experts at Illinois work together at the CCIL under the Cancer Measurement and Data Science Research Theme.


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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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