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2017 Retina Research Foundation Honors Vision Researcher

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Jennifer Kang-Mieler received the 2017 Retina Research Foundation Paul Kayser Global Award. The $50,000 prize will further her research into the development of a drug delivery platform that would replace the conventional monthly intravitreal injection treatment for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. 

Research Into Temporary Scaffolding Criteria Published

Illinois Tech researchers have concluded that a crucial need exists for nationally accepted criteria for design of temporary scaffolding structures to better ensure workers’ safety and minimize economic losses. Work performed by Mehdi Modares, associate professor, Jamshid Mohammadi, professor, and Armour R&D undergraduate student Padraic Chronowski from the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering was featured in the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE SmartBrief and ASCE eNews.

Researchers Recognized for Muscular Dystrophy Exon Skipping

A form of RNA splicing where cells "skip" over imperfect sections of genetic code, known as exon skipping, is the focal point of research as a leading near-term prospect for meaningful treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by a team led by Nick Menhart, associate professor of biology. The team, including biology graduate students Krystal Manyuan Ma, Xin Niu, and biochemistry undergraduate Evelyn Thomas (BCHM ’17), won a Best Poster award for “Are Alternative Exon Skip Repairs of the Same DMD Defect Equivalent?” at the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Connect Conference held this summer in Chicago. 

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Armour College of Engineering Associate Professor Named ARVO Fellow

Jennifer Kang-Mieler, associate professor of biomedical engineering, was named a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). This honor recognizes current ARVO members for their individual accomplishments, leadership, and contributions to the association. In 2015, Kang-Mieler was named an ARVO trustee member representing the Retina section and is currently serving her five-year term where she is involved in policymaking and strategic direction for the association.

Research Group Uncovers New Tools for More Efficient Construction of New Materials

Andrey Rogachev, assistant professor of chemistry, and his research group discovered an efficient tool for fine-tuning magnetic coupling between delocalized radicals. In their most recent study, Rogachev’s group performed an extensive theoretical modeling which revealed that magnetic coupling between polyaromatic radicals in such supramolecular aggregates can be fine-tuned by using alkali metals of different size. This resulted in successful synthesis and isolation of different supramolecular aggregates. The group’s most recent findings were published in Chemical Science (impact factor 9.14).