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Clearing a Potential Road Block to Bisabolane

Jay Keasling | Via Berkeley Lab News Center | January 9, 2012

The recent discovery that bisabolane, a member of the terpene class of chemical compounds used in fragrances and flavorings, holds high promise as a biosynthetic alternative to D2 diesel fuel has generated keen interest in the green energy community and the trucking industry. Now a second team of researchers with the U.S Department of Energy […]

Prof. Konofagou Develops Single-Heartbeat Diagnosis for Arrhythmia

Elisa E. Konofagou | Via Columbia University Biomedical Engineering | January 6, 2012

Thanks to a new study from Columbia Engineering School, doctors may now be able to diagnose in their offices non-periodic arrhythmias-noninvasively and at low cost-within a single heartbeat. Non-periodic arrhythmias include atrial and ventricular fibrillation, which are associated with severely abnormal heart rhythm that can in some cases be life-threatening. Using Electromechanical Wave Imaging (EWI), […]

Rice’s Grande-Allen Wins AHA Established Investigator Award

Jane Grande-Allen | Via Rice University News | January 5, 2012

Rice University’s Jane Grande-Allen, one of the world’s foremost experts on the biomechanics of heart-valve tissue, has won an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. The award, which includes a five-year research grant, recognizes midcareer scientists who have shown “unusual promise and an established record of accomplishments.” Grande-Allen, associate professor of bioengineering and […]

New UT Arlington Sleep Apnea Device May Reduce Cost, Time Required for Diagnosis

Khosrow Behbehani | Via University of Texas at Arlington | January 4, 2012

UT Arlington bioengineering researchers have designed an innovative, ultrasonic sensor system that can accurately detect whether a person suffers from sleep apnea without the inconvenience or cost associated with an overnight stay in a sleep center. The University of Texas at Arlington has applied for a provisional patent for the concept and technology. Researchers are […]

Blinking bacteria trained in ‘biopixel’ displays | Cutting Edge – CNET News

Jeff Hasty | Via cnet | January 2, 2012

To make a new kind of display, researchers have engineered bacteria to be brighter. The University of California at San Diego last month detailed the latest advances toward making a lighting system powered by genetically engineered e. coli bacteria. Bioengineers insert a protein that causes the bacteria to fluoresce. Assembled in colonies, these bacteria act […]

Martha Warren Bidez Named Director of eLearning and Professional Studies; UAB Online Launches

Martha Bidez | Via University of Alabama at Birmingham | January 2, 2012

The Office of eLearning and Professional Studies will give traditional students and non-traditional, niche populations access to diverse opportunities via technology in the digital age. UAB has named Martha Warren Bidez, Ph.D., director of the new Office of eLearning and Professional Studies, which launched in May. Bidez, an internationally renowned biomedical engineer who has […]

Professor Warren Grundfest Appointed to FDA Science Advisory Board

Warren Grundfest | Via UCLA Engineering | January 1, 2012

Professor Grundfest has been appointed to the FDA Science Advisory Board, to serve on the Subcommittee for the Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH). This prestigious Committee provides scientific advice and reviews regulatory science issues and programs of the FDA. The panel provides input directly to the Director of the Food and Drug Administration, […]

Cellular-Imaging Center Gets Over $8 Million to Speed Search for Earlier Diagnostic Tests and Treatments for Cancer

Zaver Bhujwalla | Via Johns Hopkins Medicine | December 27, 2011

A team of cancer imaging experts at Johns Hopkins has embarked on a five-year research initiative to speed development of early diagnostic tests and new treatments for breast, prostate and other common cancers. Using advanced imaging tools developed or used for the last decade at Johns Hopkins In-Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Center (ICMIC), the […]

Illuminated Bacterial Cells Form “Neon Signs”, Used to Detect Arsenic

Jeff Hasty | Via Daily Tech | December 19, 2011

The biological sensor shows the presence and levels of arsenic through the frequency of the oscillations of the cells’ pattern of blinking Just in time for the Christmas season are cells that resemble Christmas twinkle lights. University of California – San Diego scientists have created neon signs made of blinking bacterial cells, which could eventually […]

UCSD Turns Bacteria into “Blinking Light Bulbs”

Jeff Hasty | Via UT San Diego | December 19, 2011

University of California San Diego scientists who are exploring how to program cells to perform machine-like tasks such as monitoring the environment found a way to make lowly bacteria glow, blink in unison and spell out the school’s initials. The bacteria were turned into “blinking light bulbs,” as the university describes it, using a technique […]

Chemical Engineering Professor Judit Puskas Named Austin Chemical Chair

Judit Puskas | Via University of Akron | December 19, 2011

University of Akron professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Judit Puskas, was named the Austin Chemical Company, Inc. Chair holder in the UA College of Engineering. Through a gift to the University’s College of Engineering, Illinois-based Austin Chemical Co., founded in 1976, is funding the position dedicated to education and research. Puskas’ selection as chair […]

Researchers Create Living ‘Neon Signs’ Composed of Millions of Glowing Bacteria

Jeff Hasty | Via UC San Diego News Center | December 18, 2011

In an example of life imitating art, biologists and bioengineers at UC San Diego have created a living neon sign composed of millions of bacterial cells that periodically fluoresce in unison like blinking light bulbs. Their achievement, detailed in this week’s advance online issue of the journal Nature, involved attaching a fluorescent protein to the […]

Team Designs a Bandage that Spurs, Guides Blood Vessel Growth

Rashid Bashir | Via University of Illinois News | December 15, 2011

Researchers have developed a bandage that stimulates and directs blood vessel growth on the surface of a wound. The bandage, called a “microvascular stamp,” contains living cells that deliver growth factors to damaged tissues in a defined pattern. After a week, the pattern of the stamp “is written in blood vessels,” the researchers report. After […]

Microneedle Sensors May Allow Real-Time Monitoring Of Body Chemistry

Roger Narayan | Via NC State Newsroom | December 13, 2011

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of California, San Diego have developed new technology that uses microneedles to allow doctors to detect real-time chemical changes in the body – and to continuously do so for an extended period of time. “We’ve loaded the hollow channels within microneedles with electrochemical […]

It’s All in the Wrapping

Melissa Knothe Tate | Via Case Western Reserve University | December 13, 2011

A man-made package filled with nature’s bone-building ingredients delivers the goods over time and space to heal serious bone injuries faster than products currently available, Cleveland researchers have found. Tested on sheep in Switzerland, the surgical elastic “implant device,” essentially a wrapping that mimics bone’s own sock-like sheath called periosteum, delivered stem cells, growth factors […]

Renowned Georgia Tech BME Professor Robert M. Nerem Presents at WPI

Robert Nerem | Via Worcester Polytechnic Institute | December 12, 2011

This Fall, Worcester Polytechnic Institute had the pleasure of hosting Robert M. Nerem, Ph.D, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and Distinguished Chair Emeritus at the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. Professor Nerem’s visit to campus included meetings with faculty and graduate students as well […]

Six Rice University Professors Alected AAAS Fellows

George N. Bennett | Via Rice University | December 9, 2011

Rice University professors Behnaam Aazhang, Pedro Alvarez, George Bennett, Antonios Mikos, Krishna Palem and Richard Tapia have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. AAAS fellows are elected by their peers, and fewer than 1 percent […]

New Shu Chien Lab in New Research Building to Investigate Best Environment to Grow Stem Cells

Shu Chien | Via UC San Diego | December 7, 2011

Bioengineering Professor Shu Chien, who recently received a National Medal of Science at the White House, will have a laboratory in the new Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine building. Chien’s lab will be dedicated to further developing a technology that allows scientists to identify the best environments to grow stem cells. Creating these environments requires […]

Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber Receives 2011 Holst Medal

Donald Ingber | Via Wyss Institute | December 6, 2011

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that its Founding Director, Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., has received the 2011 Holst Medal in recognition of his pioneering work exploring the cellular mechanisms that contribute to mechanical control of tissue and organ development and his groundbreaking development of bioinspired technologies, ranging from […]

‘Label-free’ Imaging Tool Tracks Nanotubes in Cells, Blood for Biomedical Research

Ji-Xin Cheng | Via Purdue University | December 5, 2011

Researchers have demonstrated a new imaging tool for tracking structures called carbon nanotubes in living cells and the bloodstream, which could aid efforts to perfect their use in biomedical research and clinical medicine.  The structures have potential applications in drug delivery to treat diseases and imaging for cancer research. Two types of nanotubes are created […]