First MOOC-based Master’s Degree in Data Science presents a new model for meeting market demand

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is partnering with Coursera to provide a data science track within the on-campus or online professional Master of Computer Science degree, giving learners access to the world-class Illinois curriculum through the affordable, flexible massive open online course (MOOC) environment. “Data science has quickly … Read more…

Researchers develop new method of trapping multiple particles using fluidics

Precise control of an individual particle or molecule is a difficult task. Controlling multiple particles simultaneously is an even more challenging endeavor. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new method that relies on fluid flow to manipulate and assemble multiple particles. This new technique can trap a range of submicron- … Read more…

New study offers efficient alternative for Ebola screening program for travelers

As of January 31, 2016, a total of 28,639 cases and 11,316 deaths have been attributed to Ebola, figures that are assumed to significantly underestimate the actual scope of the 2014 Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak in West Africa. In the United States, there were also two imported cases and two locally acquired cases reported in … Read more…

Sequence Features Accurately Predict Genome-wide MeCP2 Binding in vivo

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California-Davis (UC Davis) are combining in vivo experimentation with computation for highly accurate prediction of the genome-wide binding pattern of a key protein involved in brain disorders. “The MeCP2 gene is critical for proper brain development and expressed at near-histone levels in neurons, … Read more…

DNA molecules directly interact with each other based on sequence, study finds

Proteins play a large role in DNA regulation, but a new study finds that DNA molecules directly interact with one another in a way that’s dependent on the sequence of the DNA and epigenetic factors. This could have implications for how DNA is organized in the cell and even how genes are regulated in different … Read more…

Reconstructing folding funnels from experimental data to uncover the inner life of proteins

Proteins are the molecules of life. They are chemically programmed by their amino acid sequence to fold into highly organized conformations that underpin all of biological structure (e.g., hair, scales) and function (e.g., enzymes, antibodies). Understanding the sequence-structure-function relationship–the “protein folding problem”–is one of the great, unsolved problems in physical chemistry, and is of inestimable … Read more…

Experimentation and largest-ever quantum simulation of a disordered system combine to explain quantum many-particle problem

Using some of the largest supercomputers available, physics researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have produced one of the largest simulations ever to help explain one of physics most daunting problems. “This result was a fantastic collaboration between theory and experiment,” explained Physics Professor Brian DeMarco, whose group led the experimental phase of … Read more…

Differential immuno-capture biochip offers accurate, specific leukocyte counting for HIV diagnosis

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a highly sensitive biosensor based on a differential immuno-capture technology that can detect sub-populations of white blood cells. As part of a small, disposable biochip, the microfluidic biosensor can count CD4+/CD8+ T cells quickly and accurately for AIDS diagnosis in the field. This is a … Read more…

New Academic-Industry Center Established for Molecular Imaging of Drugs

A new industry-supported center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign plans to image molecules, live cells and tissues in the body before, during, and after drug treatment in order to understand the efficacy of the drugs and the response of the body to treatments. A collaborative agreement with GSK, a research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare … Read more…

Battery technology could charge up water desalination

The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas, says a new study by University of Illinois engineers. Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions out of the water. Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor Kyle Smith and graduate student Rylan Dmello published their work … Read more…