M.Eng. Faculty – College of Engineering

Stephen Boppart


◆ Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Medicine
◆ Director, Imaging at Illinois
◆ Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Institute for Genomic Biology, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

M.D., Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Ph.D., Medical and Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research interests: Biophotonics, including optical coherence tomography, multi-photon microscopy
Recent honors, awards: 2014 Innovation Transfer Award, UI Office of Technology Management and Champaign County Economic Development Corp.; 2012 Hans Sigrist Award; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science


Brian Cunningham


◆ Professor, Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
◆ Interim Director, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
◆ Director and Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology

Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research interests: biophotonics, optical biosensors, mobile sensors, disease diagnostics, optical imaging
Recent honors, awards: 2014 Technical Achievement Award, IEEE EMBS; Fellow, National Academy of Inventors; Fellow, Optical Society of America


Wawrzyniec Dobrucki


◆ Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
◆ Faculty. Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology
◆ Head, Experimental Molecular Imaging Laboratory (EMIL)

Ph.D., Chemistry, Ohio University, Athens
M.Sc., Bioengineering, Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland and Technical University of Hamburg, Germany
Research interests: biomedical imaging, pathobiology/animal models for medicine
Research honors:  2015 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent


Michael Insana


◆ Donald Biggar Willett Professor, Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Engineering

Ph.D., Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.S., Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research interests: Medical imaging systems development with applications in breast cancer and vascular disease, ultrasonics, signal processing, signal detection, elasticity imaging, soft tissue biomechanics, polymer mechanics, complex system modeling
Recent honors, awards: Editor, IEEE Transaction on Medical Imaging; member, IEEE; member, Acoustical Society of America; Fellow, Institute of Physics; Chair, Ultrasonic Imaging Technology Special Study Section; National Institutes of Health; 2015 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent


Sergei Maslov


  • Professor and Bliss Faculty ScholarPhD 1996 Theoretical statistical physics,  Stony Brook University
    M.S. (physics and applied mathematics), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
    Research interests: computational systems biology, the evolution of bacterial genomes, phage-bacterial interactions, the dynamics of biomolecular networks, the origins of life, models of complex systems and theoretical statistical physics.


Michael Oelze


◆ Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D., Physics, University of Mississippi
Research interests: ultrasound/tissue interaction including: cancer detection using quantitative ultrasound, ultrasound microscopy, bioeffects of ultrasound, ultrasound-based therapies and coded excitation
Recent honors, awards: Senior member, IEEE; Fellow, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine; 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar


Dipanjan Pan – Associate Head of BIOE Graduate Programs and M.Eng. Faculty Director


◆ Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Carle Foundation Hospital
◆ Research member, UI Cancer Center

Ph.D., Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, KGP, India
M.S., Chemistry, Vidyasagar University, India

Research interests: translational nanomedicine, molecular carcinogenesis, nanotoxicity, breast cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, molecular imaging, image-guided drug delivery, stem cell therapy
Recent honors, awards: 2011 Innovative Research Award, American Heart Association; 2006 Management Award, General Electric Global Research


Brad Sutton


◆ Associate Professor, Bioengineering
◆ Affiliate Faculty, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Computational Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Neuroscience Program

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan

Research interests: developing magnetic resonance imaging acquisition, image reconstruction, and systems modeling approaches to understand brain function
Recent honors, awards: 2013 Collins Award for Innovative Teaching, UI College of Engineering; 2012 Top 10% of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (rated by students), University of Illinois; 2015 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent