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E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels

Jay Keasling | Via Berkeley Lab News Center | November 29, 2011

A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels with a domestically-produced clean, green, renewable alternative. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of  Escherichia coli bacteria that can digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize […]

Researchers Awarded $3.2M from NIH to Pioneer Advanced Biomolecule Discovery Technology

Hyongsok Soh | Via UC Santa Barbara Engineering | November 28, 2011

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded $3.2 million to a team of preeminent engineering, chemistry, and biology researchers to develop a highly efficient system of generating nucleic acid molecules, called aptamers. The technology provides an entirely new method of discovering and mass producing new high-performance aptamers for a broad range of applications, including […]

Tissue Engineering Moves from Sci Fi to Reality, Mikos Shows

Antonios Mikos | Via NIH Record | November 25, 2011

If you ever want to gain a fresh appreciation of how well made the human body is, try building replacement parts for missing or damaged elements of the original equipment. It will require all the biology, chemistry, physics and engineering you can marshal, and then some. In a recent Wednesday Afternoon Lecture he titled “Biomaterials […]

A First: UCF Lab Creates Cells Used by Brain to Control Muscle Cells

James Hickman | Via UCF Office of Research & Commercialization | November 22, 2011

University of Central Florida researchers, for the first time, have used stem cells to grow neuromuscular junctions between human muscle cells and human spinal cord cells, the key connectors used by the brain to communicate and control muscles in the body. The success at UCF is a critical step in developing “human-on-a-chip” systems. The systems […]

How Cancer Cells get by on a Starvation Diet

Gregory Stephanopoulos | Via MIT | November 21, 2011

Cancer cells usually live in an environment with limited supplies of the nutrients they need to proliferate — most notably, oxygen and glucose. However, they are still able to divide uncontrollably, producing new cancer cells. A new study from researchers at MIT and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center helps to explain how this […]

Duerk Named Dean of Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering

Jeffrey Lewis Duerk | Via Case Western Reserve University | November 16, 2011

Biomedical Engineering Department Chair Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD, will become the next dean of the Case School of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder announced. An alumnus of the school, Duerk has been a member of the university faculty since 1988 and has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility […]

Onaral Receives Israel America Chamber of Commerce Recognition

Banu Onaral | Via Drexel University | November 16, 2011

Drexel University’s Dr. Banu Onaral has been bringing together leaders in technology and industry for years as an H.H. Sun professor and the director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Her visionary work to further international collaborations for translational research and technology transfer were recognized by the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce […]

Boppart Presents at Congressional Briefing

Stephen A. Boppart | Via University of Illinois Engineering | November 15, 2011

On November 17, 2011, Professor Stephen Boppart will take part in a congressional briefing convened by the Optical Society of America (OSA). The briefing is being held under the auspices of the Advisory Committee for the Congressional Research and Development Caucus. Boppart, a professor of electrical and computer engineeirng and of bioengineering at Illinois, will […]

New Journal on Disruptive Science and Technology Launching in 2012

Alan Russell | Via Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers | November 14, 2011

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers announces the launch of Disruptive Science and Technology, a highly innovative, bimonthly peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish game-changing research that has the potential to significantly improve human health, well-being, and productivity. The Journal will present new and innovative results, essential data, cutting-edge discoveries, thorough syntheses and analyses, and publish […]

Gilda Barabino Elected BMES President

Gilda Barabino | Via Georgia Tech News Center | November 8, 2011

Gilda Barabino was elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, it was announced at the 2011 BMES Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. She begins her two-year term in October 2012 at the Society’s next annual meeting in Atlanta. Barabino is the first underrepresented minority and second woman to be elected president of BMES since it […]

Carnegie Mellon’s Phil LeDuc and Mary Beth Wilson Receive Prestigious Gates Foundation Grant for Fighting Child Malnutrition in Africa

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | November 7, 2011

Carnegie Mellon University researchers are adjusting the cell mechanics of certain leafy vegetables in Africa in an effort to make the vegetation more palatable for malnourished infants and children.  Phil LeDuc, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Mary Beth Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, have won an extremely competitive Grand Challenges Explorations Award […]

Cancer Research Grants Awarded

Liping Tang | Via UT Arlington | November 4, 2011

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas has awarded two University of Texas at Arlington bioengineering researchers – Baohong Yuan and Liping Tang – more than $1.2 million to explore better methods of detecting cancer. Yuan, an assistant professor who joined UT Arlington in 2010, this week won a $1 million award that he […]

Scientist’s Revolutionary Drug Pump Draws NSF Support

Ellis Meng | Via University of Southern California News | November 2, 2011

Last month, for the first time in 11 years, USC associate professor Ellis Meng found herself raising her hand and asking questions in the classroom – not answering them. Meng, whose research at USC focuses on developing a tiny, implantable medication-delivery system, is enrolled in a business crash-course sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), […]

New Vaccine that Elicit Pulmonary Cytotoxic T Cell Responses

Jeffrey Hubbell | Via École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne | November 2, 2011

Nanoparticle conjugation of antigen enhances cytotoxic T-cell responses in pulmonary vaccination. Disulfide-linked nanoparticle-antigen conjugates could be useful for creating vaccines that elicit pulmonary cytotoxic T cell responses. As shown by the groups of Prof. Jeffrey Hubbell (LMRP – Merck Serono Chair in Drug Delivery) and Prof. Melody Swartz (LLCB – Laboratory of Lymphatic and Cancer […]

Paul Benkeser, Ph.D: Reflections of the Outgoing Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Paul Benkeser | Via Pioneer | November 1, 2011

Stemming from the tremendous growth of the department, several changes were made within the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering’s administration faculty shortly before the commencement of the 2011-2012 academic year. Paul Benkeser, Ph.D. was the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies for almost ten years, and has been with the Coulter Department since its […]

Harvard Med School Researchers Help Direct Stem Cells

Jeffrey Karp | Via Boston Business Journal | October 31, 2011

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and other hospitals have taken a step toward making stem cell therapies more effective by adding homing receptors to those cells. Attaching the chemical receptors to stem cells has the potential to increase the concentration of cells at target locations in the body, according to the researchers, who published […]

Lung Regeneration Closer to Reality With New Discovery by Weill Cornell Medical College Researchers

Sina Rabbany | Via Weill Cornell Medical College | October 28, 2011

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College say they have taken an important step forward in their quest to “turn on” lung regeneration — an advance that could effectively treat millions of people suffering from respiratory disorders. In the Oct. 28 issue of the journal Cell, the research team reports that they have uncovered the biochemical […]

Programming Cells to Home to Specific Tissues may Enable More Effective Cell-based Therapies

Jeffrey Karp | Via Brigham and Women's Hospital | October 27, 2011

Stem cell therapies hold enormous potential to address some of the most tragic illnesses, diseases, and tissue defects world-wide. However, the inability to target cells to tissues of interest poses a significant barrier to effective cell therapy. To address this hurdle, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have developed a platform approach to chemically […]

FDA Awards University of Maryland a New Center for Regulatory Science

William Bentley | Via UMD Newsdesk | October 26, 2011

Maryland is one of two new centers that will pilot ways universities can help improve how drugs and medical devices are evaluated. The University of Maryland has created a new Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), funded by an initial $1 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The center […]