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

 

 

Research Assistants


Varsha John

Post-undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. Molecular Cell Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2017

B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2017

Research Interests

I recently graduated majoring in Neuroscience, Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychology. My research interests include stem cell therapy for gliomas and other therapeutic interventions for neurogenetic diseases. I am interested in moving on to medical school to become a neurologist and to continue to pursue preclinical as well as clinical research.

Email: vsjohn2@illinois.edu