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Teaching Algae to Make Fuel

Shuguang Zhang | Via MIT News | May 24, 2011

New process could lead to production of hydrogen using bioengineered microorganisms. Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for […]

Nokes Named Department Chair

Sue Nokes | Via University of Kentucky | May 20, 2011

Dean Thomas W. Lester announced on Friday, May 20, 2011 that Dr. Sue Nokes, Ph.D., P.E. has been appointed as chair of the biosystems and agriculture engineering department. “Dr. Nokes has compiled an excellent record as a teacher and scholar,” said Dean Lester in his announcement, “and has served as director of undergraduate studies. She […]

UCSF Launches New Master’s Degree Program in Biomedical Imaging

Sharmila Majumdar | Via UC San Francisco | May 13, 2011

UCSF students will soon have the opportunity to broaden their investigative projects with a comprehensive understanding of imaging as part of a new Master’s Degree Program in Biomedical Imaging (MBI) launching this fall. “We are the leading health science campus for the UC system and have faculty and physicians who have embraced quantitative imaging,” said Sharmila […]

Southern California Wireless Health Innovators Win Funding for Inventions

Ellis Meng | Via UC San Diego | May 12, 2011

Southern California researchers working on wireless health technologies recently won commercialization support and research funding through the TATRC/Qualcomm Wireless Health Innovation Challenge. The awards will support UC San Diego work on artificial retinas made from nanowires, a UCLA system that helps people re-learn to walk after a traumatic injury, and USC tools that enable doctors […]

Clemson University’s Karen Burg Elected President of Scientific Society

Karen Burg | Via Clemson University | May 9, 2011

Clemson University bioengineering professor Karen Burg has been elected president of the Society For Biomaterials, a professional society for scientists and engineers who study cells, tissues and organs and their interactions with natural and synthetic materials, including implanted prosthetic devices. Burg, who holds the Hunter Endowed Chair in Bioengineering, is director of the Institute for […]

Prof. Konofagou Develops Method To Directly Diagnose Arrhythmias

Elisa E. Konofagou | Via Columbia University Engineering | May 9, 2011

Abnormalities in cardiac conduction — the rate at which the heart conducts electrical impulses to contract and relax — are a major cause of death and disability around the world.   Researchers at Columbia Engineering School lead by Professor Elisa Konofagou have been developing a new method, Electromechanical Wave Imaging (EWI), that is the first non-invasive direct technique to map the electrical activation […]

CCSB Makes Debut with Big Symposium

Sylvia K. Plevritis | Via Stanford Medicine | May 9, 2011

The Center for Cancer Systems Biology held its first annual symposium May 2-3 on campus. CCSB was launched in 2010 with a $12.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health and is one of 12 centers sponsored by the agency. The CCSB meshes biological and computational research to reconstruct molecular networks in the study […]

The Soul of a Cell: Stanford Researchers Used Advanced Instrument to Read Cells’ Minds

Garry Nolan | Via Stanford Medicine | May 5, 2011

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have taken a machine already in use for the measurement of impurities in semiconductors and used it to analyze immune cells in far more detail than has been possible before. The new technology lets scientists take simultaneous measurements of dozens of features located on and in cells, […]

U-M, Coulter Translational Partnership Build $20 Million Endowment for Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine Research

Douglas Noll | Via University of Michigan | May 5, 2011

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation along with the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and the School of Medicine has enabled the creation of a $20 million endowment to enhance and support research directed at technologies promising progression towards commercial development and clinical practice. "We are grateful to the Coulter Foundation for once again advancing […]

Engineers Aim to Green the O.R. and Pitt Researcher Recognized For Melding Body and Machine | University of Pittsburgh News

William Wagner | Via University of Pittsburgh News | May 5, 2011

The country’s foremost scientific organization for biomaterials has honored William Wagner, a professor of surgery, bioengineering, and chemical engineering in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, for his work developing medical technology that functions in synchronicity with the body. The Society for Biomaterials presented Wagner with the 2011 Clemson Award for Applied Research, which recognizes the […]

Sport Science, Featuring WSU’s Cynthia Bir, Takes Home an Award at 32nd Annual Sports Emmys

Cynthia A. Bir | Via Wayne State University | May 5, 2011

Sport Science, the popular television series featuring Cynthia Bir, professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University, took home an award at the 32nd annual Sports Emmys, held May 2 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Sport Science team won a Sports Emmy for […]

Wyss Institute’s George Church Elected Member of National Academy of Sciences

George M. Church | Via Wyss Institue at Harvard | May 3, 2011

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that one of its core faculty members, George Church, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded […]

Laurel Carney Awarded Engineering Professor of the Year

Laurel Carney | Via University of Rochester Medical Center | May 1, 2011

Congratulations to Professor Laurel Carney, who was recognized by the Student Association as the Engineering Professor of the Year at the prestigious annual University of Rochester Undergraduate Research Symposium. Undergrad Travis Bevington, BME ’12, said, in presenting the award, Even with all of her research, Professor Carney manages to find time to spend countless hours […]

Ellis Meng Wins Use-Inspired Research Award at 2011 Annual VSoE Faculty & Staff Awards Luncheon

Ellis Meng | Via University of Southern California | April 29, 2011

Ellis Meng, Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering, was awarded the Use-Inspired Research Award at the 2011 Annual VSoE Faculty & Staff Awards Luncheon held on Thursday at Town & Gown of USC. In her short time as a young faculty member, Ellis has invented several devices that will revolutionize the way incurable ocular diseases are […]

Donald Ingber on the Serendipity of Science

Donald Ingber | Via PopTech | April 27, 2011

It may have been serendipity. While Donald Ingber was enrolled in an undergraduate sculpture course, he was also learning how to culture cells in a biology class, which led him to an unexpected breakthrough in comprehending cellular construction. It’s that same kind of chance that Ingber hopes will infiltrate Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically […]

Controlling Prosthetic Limbs with Electrode Arrays

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via MIT Technology Review | April 25, 2011

A new nerve-cell-support design could give amputees better control over prosthetic limbs. To design prosthetic limbs with motor control and a sense of touch, researchers have been looking at ways to connect electrodes to nerve endings on the arm or leg and then to translate signals from those nerves into electrical instructions for moving the […]

‘DNAsomes’ Can Deliver Multiple Drugs or Genetic Therapy

Dan Luo | Via Cornell Chronicle | April 21, 2011

DNA isn’t just for genetics anymore. Cornell researchers are using synthetic DNA to make nanoparticles, dubbed DNAsomes, that can deliver drugs and genetic therapy to the insides of cells. Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering, and colleagues report their work in the Jan. 3 issue of the journal Small. DNAsomes, Luo said, can […]

Rice Wins $1.2 Million for Heart-Valve Tissue Research

Jane Grande-Allen | Via Rice University News | April 21, 2011

A team of bioengineers from Rice University is bringing a promising new strategy for growing replacement heart valves closer to reality, thanks to a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The team hopes to use gel-like materials to generate three-dimensional patterns called scaffolds that can simultaneously mimic the complex structural and […]

Akay Delivers Keynote Address at Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering

Metin Akay | Via University of Houston | April 19, 2011

Metin Akay, chair of the Cullen College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, recently served as a keynote speaker at the first Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering.

Healy Wins Clemson Award

Kevin Healy | Via UC Berkeley Bioengineering | April 15, 2011

Bioengineering and Materials Science & Engineering Professor Kevin Healy was awarded the 2011 Clemson Award for Basic Research from the Society for Biomaterials. Healy was honored for contributions to the basic knowledge and understanding of the interaction of materials with tissue, evidenced by significant research, important original publications in the literature and/or frequent reference to […]