News

  • Dr. Martha Gillette and Dr. Kong have been awarded $3 million from NSF to lead a new interdisciplinary graduate training program to help form new insight on the brain. News. (July 2017)
  • Dr. Kong is elected to the AIMBE fellow. News. (Feb. 2017)
  • Dr. Kong joined the editorial board of Biofabrication. – (Jan. 2017)
  • Eunkyung (Clare) Ko was chosen as a trainee of the Tissue Microenvironment Training Program (TiMe) funded by NIH T32 grant. (Aug. 2016)
  • Prof. Kong joined the international editorial board of Biomaterials. (July 2016)
  • Professor Kong receives the Distinguished Promotion Award! (2016)
  • Congratulations Dr. Nicholas Clay for his successful defence! (2016)
  • Min and Jooyeon’s paper titled “Rupture force of cell adhesion ligand thethers modulates biological activities of a cell-laden hydrogel” has been highlighted in ChemComm. (2016)
  • Prof. Kong received the 2016 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Prof. Kong, who is part of the EBICS initiative, was featured in a news article on developing biomachines to improve human health.
  • Congratulations to Nick for receiving the DuPont Science and Engineering Fellowship. (2015)
  • Congratulations to Max for passing his defense! (2015)
  • Artem’s paper titled “Matrix stiffness-modulated proliferation and secretory function of the airway smooth muscle cells” listed as the editor’s pick for AJP-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. (2015)
  • Min Kyung Lee recently accepted a job offer at Samsung Electronics as a senior research engineer. She will start this June. Congratulations! (2015)
  • Congratulations to Cartney and Ian for passing their defense! (2015)
  • Congratulations to Ellen for receiving the Graduate Research Fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation. (2015)
  • Min Kyung’s poster “Colloidal Particle Assembly in Microchanneled, Bioactive Hydrogel for Guided Tubular Network Construction” was awarded at 2014 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit. (2014)
  • Congratulations to Cartney for receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student award provided by the Lam Research Corporation. (2014)
  • Welcome Clare and Ellen to the Kong lab! (2014)
  • Congratulations to Mei-Hsiu for becoming a Principal Development Chemist at Autonomic Materials, IL! (2014)
  • Congratulations to Mei-Hsiu, Johana, and Molly for passing their defense! (2014)
  • Max Rich got second place in the Elevator Pitch Competition at the 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Directors’ Meeting. (2014)
  • Nick Clay received Dow Chemical Company Graduate Fellowship since August 2014. (2014)
  • Cartney Smith received Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship since August 2014. (2014)
  • Max Rich’s confocal microscopy of murine 3D skeletal myotubes has been chosen as the “Image of the Month” at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), UIUC, in May 2014. (2014)
  • Andrew Zill became a senior research scientist at Thermo Fischer Scientific Inc. (2014)
  • Cartney Smith’s talk “Liposomal probes for enhanced vascular imaging and diagnosis via a polymeric fastener. Society for Biomaterials meeting” received honorable mention at SFB, Denver (2014)
  • Nick Clay’s poster “Breaking Collagen: Regulating In Vitro Hep2G Malignancy with In Situ MMP Degradation of Collagen-PEG Hydrogels” received honorable mention at CNST 12th Annual Nanotechnology Workshop (2014)
  • Dr. Nihan Yönet-Tanyeri became an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, İstanbul Medipol University, Turkey (2014)
  • Dr. Chaenyung Cha became an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering of the UNIST, Ulsan, Korea (2014)
  • Cartney Smith won the first place for oral presentation in the ChBE graduate symposium (2013)
  • Dr. Kong has been named a Centennial Scholar in honor of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. Congratulations Prof. Kong! (2013)
  • Dr. Kong is promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Congratulations Prof. Kong! (2013)
  • Cartney Smith’s poster “Bio-Inspired Assembly of Gadolinium on Liposome Surfaces for Enhanced MR Contrast Agents” received honorable mention at CNST 11th Annual Nanotechnology Workshop (2013)
  • Dr. Jaehyun Jeong became an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Soongshil University, Seoul, Korea (2013)
  • Dr. Ross DeVolder became a senior scientist in 3M. (2013)
  • Our recent work by Cha,C., Antoniadou,E., Lee, M., Jeong,J., Ahmed, W.W., Saif, T.A., Boppart, S.A. & Kong, H.J. , Tailoring Hydrogel Adhesion to Polydimethylsiloxane Substrates Using Polysaccharide Glue Angewandte Chemie (2013) has been chosen by editors as a HOT paper in Soft Material Chemistry. , Congratulations to everyone for their hard work!
  • Jinrong Chen became a M-CNTC fellow (May 2013). Congratulations!
  • Jaehyun's paper in Journal of the American Chemical Society was highlighted by C&EN news.
  • Ross J. Devolder successfully defended his Ph.D. defense (Dec. 7. 2012). Congratulations!
  • Dr. Kong has been has been named a recipient of the 2012 Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Dr. Kong has been appointed as a fellow of UIUC's Center for Advanced Study in 2012-2013 .
  • Nick Clay became a M-CNTC fellow (Sep. 2012). Congratulations! .
  • Cartney Smith became a NIH-CBI trainee (Sep. 2012) .
  • Dr. Kong has been has been named a recipient of the 2012 Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Dr. Kong recevied an NIH R21 research award for research in revascularization to be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Steven Zimmerman (Chemistry, University of Illinois) and Dr. Larry Schook (Animal Sciences, University of Illinois).
  • Dr. Cathy Chu became a senior scientist in Vertex. (2012)
  • Dr. John Schmidt became a senior scientist in 3M. (2012)
  • Cathy's paper was published in Tissue Engineering.
  • John's paper was published in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.
  • Dr. Kong was awarded the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association.
  • John Schmidt has successfully defended his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations! (Jan. 2012) .
  • Cathy Chu has successfully defended his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations! (Dec. 2011) .
  • Chaenyung Cha has successfully defended his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations! (Nov. 2011) .
  • Dr. Kong received an NIH R01 research grant for research in theranostic multifunctional nanoparticle. This research will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Steven Zimmerman (Chemistry, University of Illinois) and Dr. Sanjay Misra (Mayo Clinic). (Sep. 2011). .
  • Prof. Kong has been awarded the prestigious Young Investigator Award 2011 from the Korean Institute for Chemical Engineers.
  • Cathy has been named a Drickamer Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for 2010-2011.
  • Chaenyung has been named a Drickamer Fellow in the Department of Chemistry for 2010-2011.
  • Johana has been awarded the prestigious NSF graduate fellowship.
  • Jae Hyun was awarded honorable mention at UIC's Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium (March 24, 2010).
  • Dr. Kong received the prestigious NSF career award for research and educational efforts to design biomaterials with an in-depth understanding of biology.
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