Advancing Clinical and Translational Research

Individualized medicine is the promise of advances in genetics, computing and nanotechnology. Translating these advances into real-world applications requires strong collaboration between leading research and clinical partners.

The University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic have formed a strategic alliance to promote a broad spectrum of collaborative research, the development of new technologies and clinical tools and the design and implementation of novel education programs.

There are an almost infinite number of collaborative research opportunities within the Mayo-Illinois Alliance. Mayo brings an exceptional portfolio of clinical medicine, biomedical and translational research and healthcare delivery. Illinois provides strengths in engineering, technology and life sciences--especially in high-performance computing, software, imaging, nanotechnology, genomics and tissue engineering.

Nicholas Chia, PhD: Theoretical Physicist to Microbiome Expert





  • Apply today to be a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN or Jacksonville, FL. Up to seven spots in the 2016 SURF Program have been exclusively reserved for Urbana campus undergraduates.  

    Important dates:
    Pre-selection Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
    Pre-selection Award Notification: January 18, 2016
    Mayo Clinic Online Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

    The SURF Programs runs from May 31 to August 6, 2016. Contact with any questions.