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ECE student wins 2021 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships


Meg Dickinson, Beckman Institute

Rong "Ronny" Guo
Rong "Ronny" Guo

Seven Illinois graduate students have been awarded 2021 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships. The program offers University of Illinois graduate students at the MA, MS, or PhD level the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute. Illinois ECE graduate student Rong "Ronny" Guo was one of the seven recipients of the fellowship. 

Guo is pursuing a PhD in electrical and computer engineering. He will work with Illinois ECE Professor Zhi-Pei Liang, Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,Brad Sutton and Fan Lam in bioengineering, and Florin Dolcos and Aron Barbey in psychology. His research will use the 7 Tesla MRI at the Carle Illinois Advanced Imaging Center to develop an unprecedented imaging technology: ultrafast, ultrahigh-resolution magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging for brain mapping.

Zhi-Pei Liang
Zhi-Pei Liang

His research will solve two key challenges: Designing a data acquisition scheme to capture high resolution in a feasible scan time, and optimizing the data processing scheme to obtain high-quality and robust molecular information from the data the scan acquires.

He plans to use simulations, phantoms, and human subjects to evaluate the technology he develops. Once it has been validated, it can be applied to both neuroimaging problems and clinical applications to maximize its impact. It will transform non-invasive molecular imaging by enabling a range of clinical and research applications.

Liang is affiliated with the Beckman Institute and CSL.

Read more about the seven Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows on the Beckman site