Joseph Irudayaraj
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Prof. Joseph Irudayaraj is the Founder Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published over 300 refereed publications (Google Scholar Citations ~20,000, h-index = 78), graduated 40 graduate students and mentored hosted over 25 postdoctoral and 25 visiting scholars. His area of expertise in is nanoparticle technology and single molecule techniques for bioengineering.

His group has pioneered the application of gold nanoparticle sensors for the quantification of splice variants and single cell profiling which led to the development of a darkfield hyperspectral system which has been commercialized. His work on oxygen nanobubbles to treat cancer hypoxia is now being translated to treat diseases of the eye. His fundamental work on single cell epigenetic analysis utilizing molecular and spectroscopy tools led to epigenetic toxicity evaluation of endocrine disrupting chemicals. He directs the Illinois Superfund Research Center and works closely with the Illinois Fire Service Institute and the Illinois-EPA to examine the fate, transport, and cancer toxicity of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. At present, he is the Associate Director of Shared Resources for the Cancer Center at Illinois. His focus is on translating basic research to improve human health and quality of life.