From the Chemical Imaging and Structures Laboratory (CISL) website (http://www.chemimage.illinois.edu/):
The Chemical Imaging and Structures Laboratory, headed by Professor Rohit Bhargava, focuses on both research and education in combining spectroscopic and structural information to understand biochemical processes and materials. Our activities include developing novel technologies for spectroscopic imaging, formulating advanced numerical processing methods, providing objective methods in histopathology and understanding polymer composites. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the laboratories are located in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and Carle Foundation Hospital at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The central theme of our research is the development of novel chemical imaging technology and structures that can be employed to detect, diagnose and understand living and non-living materials' structure. Scientific areas of particular interest include cancer pathology and progression, polymer composites, foodgrains and cultural artefacts. Imaging technology used includes optical (spectroscopic imaging), material (probes) and development of novel algorithms for information extraction from large imaging data sets. Understanding tissue structure includes the analysis of human samples, engineered cell and tissue cultures and well as microfabricated materials. Please use the links above to view more information about a particular area of research.
We are grateful for the support provided by the National Institutes of Health (NCI and NIBIB R01 awards and other sub-awards), National Science Foundation (CHE and DMR), Department of Defense (Prostate and Breast Cancer Programs), United Soybean Board, Grainger Foundation and the University of Illinois.
Matthew V. Schulmerich, Department of Defense Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, UIUC
"I am a big believer that spectroscopy and quantitative imaging tools can play a critical role in the clinical workflow associated with all stages of pathology. By combining instrumentation developed for specific needs and focusing efforts on quantification, my research aims at aiding progress against human disease. With a background in analytical chemistry and an expertise in Raman spectroscopy, I have been involved in several projects (links are below) with this goal in mind. Raman spectroscopy is a very nice 'hammer', with almost an endless number of 'nails'. But any technique by itself will only fill-in parts of the puzzle. I am working towards developing my expertise in multi-modal approaches. I am always interested in new collaborations and expanding the methods I have been involved in developing. "
-Taken from Matthew Schulmerich's website.
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