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Department to host graduate information blitz

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Are you interested in helping revolutionize the medical field through advances in imaging technology, sensory feedback for rehabilitation, nanotechnology-based biomarkers and drug delivery vehicles, or pioneering new treatments through cell and tissue engineering? Or how about helping craft the latest computational models to optimize targeted drug delivery to the brain or improve treatment of Alzheimer’s, or taking advantage of big data to advance personalized medicine? These are just a few of the exciting research arenas you could join as a graduate student in the Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering.

Potential students can learn about the department and different opportunities available for graduate study on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event is being organized by Associate Professor Salman Khetani and is open to any potential graduate student who wishes to learn about UIC bioengineering faculty who are looking to mentor and fund students for master’s and PhD degree programs starting in the fall of 2021.

As with most things in 2020, Khetani said traditional graduate student recruiting has been turned upside down, and the department is looking for new and creative ways to reach out to prospective students.

“I thought I would find out all the labs looking for graduate students and come up with a two-hour symposium where each faculty member or their representative can give a five-minute blitz on what their lab does,” Khetani said.

The event will also feature virtual breakout rooms with the professors and several current students where the attendees can learn more about the specific labs or about attending UIC.

Interested students will have to register for the event by 12 p.m. Central time on Dec. 1 in order to receive a link to attend the symposium. Anyone with questions or looking for additional information can contact Khetani at

“We are inviting anyone and everyone across the world to attend the event who is looking to pursue graduate study and is considering UIC,” Khetani said. “Our application deadline for graduate programs is January 15, 2021, so we are trying to reach out to as many students as we can before then.”

The agenda for the event is as follows:

  • 6 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.: Professor and Department Head Thomas Royston’s overview of department
  • 6:10 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.: Professor and Director of Graduate Studies David Eddington to provide overview of graduate programs
  • 6:20 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: 5-minute lab overviews from:
    • Research Assistant Professor Muge Karaman
    • Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Bioengineering Jae-Won Shin
    • Associate Professor Kamran Avanaki
    • Professor Andreas Linninger
    • Associate Professor James Lee
  • 6:45 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.: Break
  • 6:55 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.: 5-minute lab overviews from:
    • Richard and Loan Hill Professor Michael Stroscio
    • Richard and Loan Hill Professor Xincheng Yao
    • Associate Professor Salman Khetani
    • Associate Professor Ao Ma
    • Professor James Patton
    • Richard and Loan Hill Professor Eben Alsberg
  • 7:25 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Break
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Breakout rooms for individual faculty and current students and concurrent presentations from:
    • Assistant Professor Zhangli Peng
    • Assistant Professor Beatriz Penalver Bernabe
    • Associate Professor Dieter Klatt