Contact Information


Rashid Bashir
Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering

Ann M. Nardulli
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology


Program Contact

Dorothy A. Gordon
Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
1256 MNTL, MC-249
208 North Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois, 61801 USA

Phone: (217) 300-3638
Fax: (217) 244-6375



NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer

M-CNTC Vision

The M-CNTC is Training the next generation of leaders who will define the new frontiers and applications of nanotechnology in cancer research.

Integrating biology and medicine with micro and nanotechnology can be categorized into two broad areas, namely how micro/nanofabrication can help solve problems in life sciences (such as diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering) and how we can learn more from life science to solve important problems in micro/nano-science and engineering (such as bio-inspired self-assembly).

Learn more about the M-CNTC Trainee Experience >>

What's New?

Engineering at Illinois culture is maker culture.

The University of Illinois is proud to be a part of President Obama’s growing efforts to promote America’s maker culture. We’ve all seen the amazing things that happen when you put tools in people’s hands and encourage their ingenuity.

That attitude is at the heart of what we do, and it always has been. You can see maker culture all over Engineering at Illinois:

  • For more than 90 years, Engineering Open House has introduced tens of thousands of young people to the power of innovation and the excitement of making things.
  • We started one of the first semiconductor circuit fabrication labs in the 1960s and have taught thousands of integrated circuit makers since. Our next-generation fab lab will open in the new ECE building in the fall.
  • Students use our Engineering Student Projects Lab and Ford Automotive Science and Technology Lab every day. These facilities’ machine shops, diagnostic tools, and rapid prototyping equipment are used for projects like Formula-style race cars.

No engineering program in the world is better suited to lead as maker culture expands, inspires, and thrives. We have always been trailblazers in this approach to problem-solving. And we remain dedicated to fostering students’ enthusiasm for building and innovation—throughout campus and beyond.
Join us in this exciting commitment to America’s future success.

Andreas Cangellaris
Dean, College of Engineering

Illinois Engineering student Taylor Oltman works with students during a spring 2014 session of the BTW Engineering Club.


Check out some recent examples of Illinois engineers facing a seemingly impossible challenge and building a solution.



NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer Annual PI Meeting

The 2013 Annual PI Meering was held on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland September 17-19, 2013. Trainee Qian Yin attended the event and presented her research poster. 


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Using BioNanotechnology to Solve Medical Problems

IEEE Life Sciences interviews Illinois M-CNTC PI, Rashid Bashir, winner of the 2012 EMB Technical Achievement Award! Full Story >>


Bashir to head Illinois' Department of Bioengineering

As of August 16, 2013, M-CNTC PI, Rashid Bashir, will be the next head of the University's Department of Bioengineering. An Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering at Illinois, Bashir leads two efforts to train the next generation of leaders in nanotechnology and bioengineering—the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) on Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology, and the Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. These programs are funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, respectively. Join us in congratulating Dr. Bashir! Full Story >>


Select BioNanotechnology Seminar Series presentations have been archived and are available for viewing!

NanoHUB staff have recorded select seminars and made them available at Visit the BioNanotechnology Seminar Series page and click on "View Presentation". You will be redirected to the seminar hosted on the Web site.


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