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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 […]

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 […]