Dr. Rohit Bhargava

Founder Professor of Engineering
DirectorCancer Center at Illinois
DirectorTissue Microenvironment Training Program
Departments of Bioengineering (primary), Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Science & Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology


4265 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801


Rohit Bhargava is the Founder Professor of Engineering and serves as the Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois). His primary appointment is in the Department of Bioengineering with joint appointments in several engineering departments and Chemistry as well as in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Rohit graduated with a dual-degree B.Tech. (1996) from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and received a doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University (2000). After a stint at the National Institutes of Health, he has been at Illinois as Assistant (2005-2011), Associate (2011-2012) and Full (2012-) Professor.

His innovative teaching has been consistently recognized by his students, leading to his election to the list of teachers ranked excellent 13 times. He currently serves as the PI of the Tissue Microenvironment training program supported by a T32 grant. At Illinois, Rohit has also served to connect the research community in new and exciting ways to take on basic science and engineering questions that surround cancer. He was the first assistant professor hired into Illinois’ Bioengineering Department and played a key role in its development. He proposed (2011) and has since served to develop the Cancer Center at Illinois—a basic science center combining high quality technology and engineering with the field of oncology.

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