Contact Information


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

Martha L. Gillette
Alumni Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

K. Jimmy Hsia
Professor of Mechanical Science and

Taher A. Saif
Gutgsell Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Michael P. Sheetz
William R Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences, Columbia University and Director of the Mechanobiology Institute in Singapore



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

The NSF IGERT-CMMB project at University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) was completed successfully, and it has now ended. The information on this site is being provided for information only basis, and will not be updated.


The CMMB IGERT is training the next generation of leaders who will define the new frontiers of cellular and molecular mechanics and bionanotechnology.

Integrating biology and medicine with micro and nanotechnology can be categorized into two broad areas, namely how micro/nano-fabrication 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 CMMB IGERT 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.




Using BioNanotechnology to Solve Medical Problems

IEEE Life Sciences interviews Illinois IGERT 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, CMMB IGERT 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 >>



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