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In the Spotlight

Discovering health across disciplines

Health researchers at Illinois are working to find solutions to some of today’s most pressing societal health challenges. Learn more about how they conduct their research, what inspires their work, and how the University of Illinois makes it possible. 

Manuel Hernandez, PhD

Brain Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health

“Given the complexity of health and wellness problems, having interdisciplinary teams allows us to work towards transformative solutions that can make a real-world impact. ”

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Tim Hale, PhD

Health Equity
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the rapid adoption of telehealth, such as virtual visits and remote monitoring. Although many have benefitted from the use of telehealth, we have also seen that not everyone is able to access or make effective use of the new services.”

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Collin Kieffer, PhD

Microbial Systems
Assistant Professor, School of Molecular & Cellular Biology

“If you dig deeper or look at a biological process in a unique way, you can find something that no one has seen before...You never know where the science is going to take you.”

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Susan Aguiñaga, PhD

Brain Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health

“The long-term goal of our research is to develop interventions that are sustainable and enjoyed by communities so that our elders can lead long and healthy lives. ”

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Nidia Ruedas-Gracia, PhD

Health Equity
Assistant Professor, College of Education

“My lab hopes that our work can inform and develop culturally relevant and sustaining interventions to improve mental health outcomes among individuals from minoritized populations, thus, mitigating disparities in mental health and disparities in access to mental health resources.”

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Ting Lu, PhD

Microbial Systems
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering

“The breadth of research in microbial systems across campus allows me to seek advice and help, identify complementary expertise, and establish collaborations.”

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Chris Brooke, PhD

Microbial Systems
Assistant Professor, School of Molecular & Cellular Biology

“I got involved in local efforts to address the impact of COVID-19 as soon as I heard how little testing we were capable of doing locally. Because my research group studies RNA viruses and commonly performs the specific techniques involved in the molecular test, I knew that we could help in local efforts to expand testing capacity.”

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Kari Foss, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Brain Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine

“From a pet owner’s perspective, having the most information about what is ailing their family member is of utmost importance. It allows them to make educated decisions in regard to their pet’s care and provides them a better understanding of the disease processes and the expected prognosis.”

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