Driving innovations in nano- and micro- technologies to reveal the fundamental rules governing complex biological systems

We are a team of young, enthusiastic scientists working at the interface of chemistry, engineering, biology, and medicine.  Harnessing our expertise in materials chemistry, nanotechnology, bioimaging, and microfluidics, we develop innovative methodologies to unveil the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing the ensemble behavior of heterogeneous, dynamic biological systems. In particular, we establish new bioanalytical platforms to extract the detailed molecular, structural and environmental characteristics of tissues and microbial populations in their native states. By characterizing the spatial and functional organization of biological components and studying how these components interact, we aim to learn how molecules and cells collectively perform system-level functions. High throughput, high resolution, and unbiased measurements of complex systems require multiple levels of innovations in imaging, sequencing, or cell manipulation tools.  Towards these goals, we develop high quality quantum dot probes, establish new imaging platforms, create new microfluidic modules, study fluidic dynamics in microfluidic channels for controlled manipulation of cells and drops, and generate computational analysis pipelines.

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Lab News

6/30/2020: Thomas’s article selected as inside front cover for Lab on a Chip issue 13. Congrats!
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: Prof. Han received a seed grant from Cancer Center at Illinois as a leading PI.
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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!
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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!
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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.