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Roy Dar

Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Affiliate, Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology
roydar at illinois dot edu

"You ask me if an ordinary person could ever get to be able to imagine these things like I imagine them. Of course! I was an ordinary person who studied hard. There are no miracle people. It happens they get interested in this thing and they learn all this stuff, but they're just people. There's no talent, no special ability to understand quantum mechanics, or to imagine electromagnetic fields, that comes without practice and reading and learning and study. I was not born understanding quantum mechanics -- I still don't understand quantum mechanics! I was born not knowing things were made out of atoms, and not being able to visualize, therefore -- when I saw the bottle of milk that I was sucking -- that it was a dynamic bunch of balls bouncing around. I had to learn that just like anybody else. So if you take an ordinary person who is willing to devote a great deal of time and work and thinking and mathematics, then he's become a scientist!"
-- Richard Feynman

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Kathrin Bohn-Wippert

Ph.D. Microbiology (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany)
bohnwipp at illinois dot edu

"The important thing is to never stop questioning."



Graduate Students

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Yiyang (Tony) Lu

B.S. Biomedical Engineering (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

lu74 at illinois dot edu

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." -- Benjamin Franklin


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Tarun Mahajan

M.S. Electrical Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi)
tarunm3 at illinois dot edu

"The inextricable joys of philosophy sometimes, mysteriously, disentangle for the uninitiated. Philosophy of biology is one such unique and magical realm. Epistemology of biology, especially mechanistic theories, has a mind-boggling implication: under its ambit, the collective human venture represents life’s unrelenting efforts to look upon itself with a microscope."





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Jason Wang

B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Vanderbilt University)
jasonxw2 at illinois dot edu

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” -- Paulo Coelho




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Melina Megaridis

Bioengineering Class of 2019
megarid2 at illinois dot edu

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." -- Albert Einstein



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Patrick Pazerunas

Chemical Engineering Class of 2018
pazerun2 at illinois dot edu

"Science knows no nation or state because knowledge belongs to humanity, and it is the torch which illuminates the world." -- Louis Pasteur




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Erin Tevonian

Bioengineering Class of 2019
tevonia2 at illinois dot edu

"What is now proved was once only imagined." -- William Blake



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Elizabeth Troy

Bioengineering Class of 2021
etroy2 at illinois dot edu

"Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood" -- Marie Curie





Domminic Demma (Bioengineering Class of 2019)
Kendall Junger (Bioengineering Class of 2020)
Jennifer Moy (Stanford University)