The Han lab is an interdisciplinary research team that works at the interface of chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering. Our central goal is to pioneer new technologies to extract and combine detailed molecular, structural and environmental information from healthy or diseased tissues. This will allow us to obtain a holistic understanding of complex biological systems and to delineate molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the function or dysfunction of tissues/organs. The newly developed technologies are also used to study microbiome communities and their interactions with cells as our tools are highly useful to study various heterogenous, highly interacting systems. To create new technologies, we leverage recent advances in nanoscience, microfluidics, and bioimaging:_

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5/22/2020: Prof. Han received a seed grant from Cancer Center at Illinois as a leading PI.
3/1-5/2020: The Han group attended the Pittcon 2020 in Chicago. Joon gave an oral presentation and Juyeon, Thomas, Alex, Ding, and Wenyang gave a poster presentation. It was fun to hear new scientific progress from other groups and network with other scientists!
1/27/2020: Welcome Ryan Miller to the lab.
11/03/2019: Welcome Reed Mingione to the lab.
09/27-28/2019: The Han group attended the Turkey run conference! Everyone gave poster presentations!
08/23/2019: Welcome undergraduate Andrew Dobria to the lab.
12/03/2018: Welcome Wenyang Jing to the lab.
11/2-3/2018: The Han group attended the Turkey run conference. Prof. Han gave a keynote presentation and all other members gave poster presentations. It was fun!
10/15/2018: Welcome Hanyang Zhao to the lab.
7/02/2018: Welcome postdoc JuYeon Lee to the lab.
5/28/2018: Lab construction is complete! See photos
4/19/2018: The Han Lab completed the escape room at Lab Escape! Science saves the day.
3/13/2018: Welcome postdoc Joonhyuck Park to the lab.
3/8/2018: Microfluidic stand is read for dropmaking.
2/19/2018: Welcome to our first undergraduate; Arun Jayaraman.
2/1/2018: Organized our first outreach activity at Next Generation School’s STEAM Studio!
2/1/2018: Welcome postdoc Ruidua Ding to the lab.
1/31/2018: Ed completed NMR training.
1/19/2018: Alex completed cell culture training.
1/18/2018: Thomas completed MRL training.
1/17/2018: The Han Lab showed elementary school and preschool kids how the temperature changes the properties of materials at the next generation school. Kids were excited to see how liquid nitrogen makes rubber balls, flowers, and different materials brittle. We also made delicious icecream!
12/1/2018: Alex completed NMR training.
12/16/2017: Carry 5000 (UV-Vis-NIR) Spectrometer has arrived.
11/31/2017: We received first shipment of glassware.
11/20/2017: The lab is now ready for molecular biology work: (bio safety cabinet installed).
11/6/2017: The optics lab is officially open​.
11/4/2017: First group meeting.
10/31/2017: Welcome to the lab, Alex Schrader, Eduardo De La Toba, and Thomas Cowell.