PEOPLE

Principal Investigator


Dr. Ling Jian Meng

 

Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Affiliated Faculty Member, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Office: 111E Talbot Laboratory, 104 S Wright St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Tel: 217-333-7710 Fax: 217-333-2906

Email: ljmeng@illinois.edu

 

 

 

Graduate Students


Andrew Nicholas Groll

NPRE PhD Student

B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012

M.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2016

Research Interests

I have spent my college career focused on studying medical imaging technology for application in neurodegenerative disease. Currently, I have quite interested in the potential application of X-ray fluorescence imaging technology and positron emission tomography (PET) to diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Tertiary activities to my core studies include mentoring my undergraduates, exploring entrepreneurial activities, participating in radiological curriculum development, and teaching. I am currently a Mavis Fellow and, therefore, intend to pursue a career in academia. It is at this moment that I am searching for a post-doctoral position in imaging technology development for neurodegenerative application.

Email: groll1@illinois.edu

 

Jonathan George

NPRE PhD Student

B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011

M.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2016

 

Research Interests

My research interests include x-ray fluorescence, x-ray luminescence imaging, and theranostic techniques. My undergraduate and graduate training was a mix of nuclear engineering, chemistry, and molecular biology. I have a particular interest in investigating applications of theranostics for gliobastomas and astrocytomas.

Email: jgeorge3@illinois.edu

 

 

Elena Maria Zannoni

BIOE PhD Student

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy, 2013

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy, 2015

Research Interests

My research interests focus on developing advanced ionizing and ion-ionizing molecular imaging techniques such as MRI-compatible SPECT system, exploring statistical techniques for the design and optimization of complex imaging systems and, delving into advanced image formation techniques for emission tomography. Finally, I want to concretize all my effort in preclinical and clinical applications such as tracking radiolabeled stem cells in gliomas or imaging other innovative carriers for theranostic purpose.

Email: zannoni2@illinois.edu

 

Byung Hui Yoon

BIOE M.S. Student

B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Illinois, 2015

B.S. Bioengineering, University of Illinois, 2015

 

Research Interests

My research interests lie on many fields such as Biomedical imaging, Photonics, Nanomedicine, Semiconductor Physics, and Cancer Nanotechnology. Specifically, I am interested in developing a novel technology that tracks cancer tissues/cells non-invasively and in vivo. I have previously worked on development of X-ray Luminescence Computed Tomography (XLCT) for increasing sensitivity of Electron-Multiplying Charge-Coupled Device (EMCCD). My current work focuses on exploring a new class of nanomedicine that emits high number of optical photons under high energy excitations such as X-rays, Gamma rays, and etc.

Email: byoon2@illinois.edu

 

 

Undergraduate Students


Dan Strat

NPRE B.S. Student

Research Interests

I am a 9th semester senior in the NPRE department with a specialization in radiological engineering as well as a minor in chemistry. I joined the group in May 2014 and have since been involved with the X-ray stimulated emission and semiconductor PET projects. My particular interests lie in nanoparticle cancer therapy, low-level biosensor hardware, and prosthetics. In fall 2015 I was accepted into the Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research program, and presented nanoparticle-luminescence research at the spring undergraduate research symposium, as well as the NPRE-research open house.

Email: dstrat4@illinois.edu

 

Jazz Kroeger

NPRE B.S. Student

 

 

Research Interests

I am a senior student and am specialized in Radiology in NPRE. I am enrolled in the Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research Program (ISUR) program with Andrew Groll as my mentor. My project focuses on developing an Allen Mouse Brain Toolkit for 3D Printed PET Phantoms. Previously I have done research with Professor Sullivan in isotope detection using a program called MCNP. In the future, my ambition is going to medical school.

Email: jkroeger@illinois.edu

 

 

John Buchanan III Smith

NPRE B.S. Student

Research Interests

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, with a minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology. In Fall 2016 I have been accepted into the Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research Program (ISUR) with Andrew Groll as my mentor. I am a co-author on two conference abstracts: “A Prototype Ultrahigh Resolution PET imaging System based on hybrid Pixel-Waveform (HPWF) CdTe Detectors: Evaluation of CdTe PET for In-Vivo Investigation of Neurodegenerative Disorders in Transgenic Mouse Models” presented at the 2016 SNMMI Annual Meeting in San Diego and “Remote Assessment of Radioactive Security Threats: Prototyping of an Energy Capable Mobile Detection Unit” presented at the 2016 ANS Student Convention in Madison. My career goals are to one day become a physician and hopefully continue research.

Email: jbsmith5@illinois.edu

 

Harsh Bathia

ECE B.S. Student

Research Interests

I am a senior student at the ECE Department and a member of the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) team with Andrew Groll as my mentor. In 2016 Summer I attended an internship in Analog Devices in Boston that has been extended in 2016 Fall.

Email: XXXX@illinois.edu

 

Matthew Mistro

Engineering Physics B.S. Student

 

Research Interests

Within this group, I am working to improve the resolution capabilities of x-ray fluorescent imaging with adapted optical techniques. Previously in my undergraduate studies, I studied Quark Gluon Plasma in high energy, heavy ion collisions with a professor working with the ATLAS collaboration for CERN. Upon graduation, expected in December 2016, I plan to pursue Medical Physics with an unknown specialty.

Email: mistromatt@illinois.edu

 

 

Peter Conway

NPRE B.S. Student

 

Research Interests

I am a senior student majoring in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering with concentration in Radiological Engineering. My research interests include single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). My project consists in developing a customized graphical user interface in MATLAB for the visualization and manipulation of scalar volume data such as 3D biomedical images. My undergraduate coursework has included mostly radiological engineering and molecular and cellular biology, with some chemistry work as well. I am interested in moving on to medical school to become a radiologist and in the future will further pursue research in the aforementioned subjects.

Email: pmconwa2@illinois.edu