While biological understanding has long focused on understanding the behavior of single cell types, there is a growing realization that the microenvironment of a tissue may determine its fate. Hence, a quantitative understanding of the tissue microenvironment (TiMe) is critical for advancing biomedical science and healthcare in applications ranging from regenerative medicine to managing the burden of cancer.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers are leading the charge in this area with expertise in biology and bioengineering, computational methods and imaging. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is also recognizing Illinois’s excellence in TiMe by awarding a National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grant to the Urbana campus. This funding will help develop the next generation of scientific leaders. Illinois faculty member Rohit Bhargava is the PI of this award and more than 35 Illinois faculty from across campus will contribute to this new interdisciplinary training program for graduate students.