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Pritzker Institute Welcomes New Faculty Steering Committee Members

JUNE 10, 2020

Three Illinois Tech faculty have been named to the newly created Pritzker Institute Faculty Steering Committee, executive director Phil Troyk announced.

The committee will be comprised of the following members:


Natacha DePaola

Dean, Armour College of Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering



John Georgiadis

Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering



Jialing Xiang

Interim Chair, Department of Biology
Professor of Biology


The role of the Faculty Steering Committee is to advise and provide guidance about activities of the institute for alignment with its mission, assess directions of institute activities, evaluate institute membership, and serve as a strategic assessment group for advising the executive director.

Austeja Staneviciute Named 2020 Pritzker Fellow

MAY 15, 2020

Austeja StaneviciuteAusteja Staneviciute, who graduated from Illinois Tech in Spring 2020 with a B.S in biomedical engineering and M.S in chemical engineering, has been named a 2020 Pritzker Fellow. Her Ph.D. work will focus on the development of a 3D in vitro mesenchymal stem cell laden tissue model to aid in the restoration of the bone/cartilage interface. She will continue her research with Dr. Marcella Vaicik & Dr. Georgia Papavasiliou.

In addition, the National Science Foundation awarded Staneviciute with its prestigious graduate research fellowship, based on demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The award provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period.

Pritzker Institute Brings Heart Waveform Measurements to Students by Remote Laboratory

May 1, 2020

Pritzker Institute Brings Heart Waveform Measurements to Students by Remote LaboratoryDuring the COVID-19 crisis of the Spring 2020 academic semester, BME undergraduate students, Sophia Nelson, Chandrika Haldar, and Claudio LoBraico were disappointed that they were not able to use the Illinois Tech laboratories due to the necessity of learning remotely.

The Pritzker Institute met this challenge by creating remote electrocardiogram (ECG) laboratory kits. Unlike other educational kits which are merely “plug and play,” the Pritzker Institute kit requires the student to fabricate an ECG measuring electronic circuit from individual components, debugging the circuit to obtain full operation.

The students received all of the components for fabricating the ECG circuit, electrodes for measuring the ECG from their wrists, and a small portable oscilloscope for waveform display. With some remote video troubleshooting assistance, the students not only successfully measured their own ECG waveforms, but also performed some other experiments they designed themselves. They expressed that they learned much more than they typically do in other, more programmed, on-site lab courses. This may suggest a new model for providing insightful lab experiences across courses within Biomedical Engineering.

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Christpher Chen Lectureship Scheduled for Fall 2020

APRIL 1, 2020

Christpher ChenChristopher Chen, a biomedical engineering professor at Boston University, is the 2019 Pritzker Distinguished Lecture speaker.

The lecture has been postponed to fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lecture titled “Seminar Title- Engineering Niches to Control Biological Function: How Simple is Complex Enough?” – is free and open to the Illinois Tech community.

Through the efforts of the family and friends of Robert A. Pritzker (IE ’46, Hon. Ph.D. ’84) and the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society Distinguished Lecturer Award was renamed in 2007 as a tribute to Robert A. Pritzker. The lectureship was designed to honor Pritzker’s dedication to the advancement of the biological engineering field. The purpose of the lecture is to critically review a field of biomedical engineering and offer a vision of its future.

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Pritzker Institute Launches Exploratory Initiative Program (EIP) for Faculty

FEBRUARY 21, 2020

The Pritzker Institute encourages all Illinois Tech faculty to apply for the new Exploratory Initiative Program (EIP) for the spring 2020 semester. Funding would support initiatives within biomedical science or engineering to facilitate or enhance research.

The EIP aims to identify and explore new possibilities for sustained faculty-support programs within the Pritzker Institute. The institute is seeking creative ideas for increasing the quality and quantity of biomedical science and engineering research at Illinois Tech. The outcomes of the initiatives funded during the spring 2020 academic semester will be assessed and considered for continuation in future academic years. Preference will be given to proposals that are highly strategic and demonstrate a likely pathway to future translational research. Proposed initiatives may directly benefit individual research, although preference will be given to those that embrace team-based research.

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Philip Troyk, Natacha DePaola Advocate on Capitol Hill for Increased Research Funding

FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Danny Davis Illinois RepresentativePritzker Institute Executive Director Philip Troyk and Armour College of Engineering Dean Natacha DePaola visited Capitol Hill Feb. 10-11.

Troyk and DePaola, both fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, visited the offices of Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, and Chicago Congressmen Bobby Rush and Danny Davis.

Tammy Duckworth OfficeThey talked about Illinois Tech’s innovative education and research programs. They also advocated for increasing the funding of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in order to compensate for eroded buying power of their budgets over the past decade. Their message was welcomed and their visits were warmly received.

Res-Match Event Kicks Off Program to Match Undergrad Students With Faculty Research

January 23, 2020

Res-MatchMore than 120 people attended the kick-off of the first Res-Match event, sponsored by the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science, on Jan. 23, 2020 at the University Tech Park atrium.

The Res-Match program matches undergraduate Illinois Tech students with faculty members who have research needs. Twenty-two faculty gave 38 quick, one-minute presentations using one slide.

Afterwards, students applied to the research projects that most interested them. Once recommended by the project faculty member, a faculty selection committee will review projects and students for pairing.

“For the first time at Illinois Tech, the RES-MATCH program provides students the opportunity to connect with faculty members for conducting research through an exciting event and an organized matching process," says Philip Troyk, executive director of the Pritzker Institute and professor of biomedical engineering. 

The Pritzker Institute will invest more than $30,000 to support the projects. Students who successfully complete the RES-MATCH research program will receive a $500 research award, and the corresponding faculty member will receive $500 for their laboratory.

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Click here to watch the full video of the RES-MATCH event

Philip R. Troyk Appointed as Executive Director of Pritzker Institute

November 4, 2019

Philip R. Troyk, Associate Dean of Armour College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been named executive director of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering.

Internationally recognized as a leader in the field of neural interface design through the use of implantable electronic devices and systems, Troyk will help guide all aspects of the Pritzker Institute's research portfolio. From his work on the implementation of an intracortical visual prosthesis to give sight to the visually impaired, to his research involving sensors for prosthetic limb control, Troyk’s research is on the forefront of some of the most significant biomedical advances of our time.

Troyk also serves as chair of the Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision, and Low Vision Technologies (BNVT) Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this leadership role, Troyk helps guide balanced discussions and application decisions as part of an extensive peer-review process, contributing to the NIH mission of promoting discoveries that improve health and save lives.

2018 Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer: Rashid Bashir

“BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology: From Lab on Chip to Printing Cellular Machines”

Rashid Bashir

Rashid Bashir
Department of Bioengineering

Carle Illinois College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, April 13, 2018
1:50 p.m. – Wishnick Hall 113
Reception to follow


Integration of biology, medicine, and fabrication methods at the micro and nano scale offers tremendous opportunities for solving important problems in biology and medicine and to enable a wide range of applications in diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering. Microfluidics and Lab-on-Chip can be very beneficial to realize practical applications in detection of disease markers, counting of specific cells from whole blood, and for identification of pathogens, at point-of-care. The use of small sample size and electrical methods for sensitive analysis of target entities can result in easy to use, one-time-use assays that can be used at point-of-care. In this talk, we will present our work on detection of T cells for diagnostics of HIV AIDs for global health, development of a CBC (Complete Blood Cell) analysis on a chip, electrical detection of multiplexed nucleic acid amplification reactions, and detection of epigenetic markers on DNA at the single molecule level. While the above mentioned devices are built with PDMS or silicon using microfabrication approaches, bio-printing with stereolithography can be a very powerful technology to produce bio-hybrid devices made of polymers and cells such as biological machines and soft robotics. Such complex cellular systems will be a major challenge for the next decade and beyond, requiring knowledge from tissue engineering, synthetic biology, micro-fabrication and nanotechnology, systems biology, and developmental biology. As these “biological machines” increase in capabilities, exhibit emergent behavior, and potentially reveal the ability for self-assembly and self-repair, questions can arise about the ethical implications of this work. These devices could have potential applications in drug delivery, power generation, and other biomimetic systems.

This event is free and open to the IIT Community