2015 Summer Institute

Attendees participate in two weeks of lectures and hands-on training in engineering and physical science laboratory techniques by experts in the field. Topics include cancer nanotechnology, cell mechanics, molecular biology, micro fabrication, and NanoBio devices.

Click here to view the current program as a PDF file. (last updated 8/5/15)


Twenty-six students, postdocs, and junior faculty from science and engineering disciplines from across the campus, the country, and overseas participated in the 2015 University of Illinois BioNanotechnology Summer Institute from July 27-August 7 at the Micro + Nanotechnology Lab, learning about cancer nanotechnology, cell mechanics, molecular biology, micro & nano fabrication techniques, and microfluidics. Read more >>

Who should apply?

The intended audience is advanced undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members from engineering, physical sciences, and biological sciences who are interested in state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research at the intersection of engineering and biology

Registration fee is $1,500 per participant, which includes breakfast and lunch each weekday and dormitory housing from the evening of July 26 through the morning of August 8. NOTE: Limited financial assistance may be available toward the registration fee. If you wish to attend and require financial help, please indicate your request on the application form.

Featuring lecturers from:

  • Emory University
  • Georgia Tech
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Purdue University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Summer Institute flyer

Download an 8.5 x 11-in. PDF of the flyer.

The Program also will be available as a PDF.


The Summer Institute is sponsored by NSF IGERT, NIH M-CNTC, NSF EBICS, NCI/NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology, CNST, and NSF nanoBIO node.

National Science Foundation logo.     National Institutes of Health logo.     EBICS logo.
National Cancer Institute logo.     NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer.    NanoBio Node.     Nano@Illinois logo.
IGERT CEllular and Molecular Mechanics and BioNanotechnology logo.
M-CNTC Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center logo.
Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.


The Summer Institute is being held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

Cancer Nanotechnology and Cell Mechanics


The overall objective is to enhance the ability to address challenges in Cancer Nanotechnology and Mechanobiology. The 2015 Summer Institute offers expertise from interdisciplinary faculty in biology, engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology through a combination of lectures and hands-on lab experiences.

Specific objectives include:

  • Train next-generation researchers in nanotechnology, applied to both engineering and biology through lectures and hands-on experiences
  • Foster multi-lateral and multi-disciplinary collaboration and interaction


  • Rashid Bashir, Department Head, Bioengineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering, Summer Institute Organizing Committee Chair
  • Laura A. Miller, Program Manager, CMMB IGERT and M-CNTC, Summer Institute Organizing Committee Co-chair
  • Irfan Ahmad, Executive Director of CNST, Research Faculty in Agricultural and Biological Engineering; BNSI Co-chair
  • Lizanne DeStefano, Professor of Education Psychology, and Director of I-STEM, College of Education
  • Taher Saif, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Nahil Sobh, Site Lead, Network for Computational Nanotechnology, Research Staff, Computational Multiscale Nanosystems, nanoBIO node
  • Ayesha Tillman, I-STEM, College of Education
  • Dorothy Gordon, Administrative Assistant, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory