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Fellowbook News

AIMBE Fellowbook collects news stories highlighting the members of the AIMBE College of Fellows. Read the latest stories, jump to the College Directory, or search below to find the newest research, awards, announcements and more for the leaders of the medical and biological engineering community.

 

 

Douglas Lauffenburger honored for contributions to biological engineering education

Douglas Lauffenburger | Via MIT | March 11, 2021

Professors awarded the National Academy of Engineering’s prestigious Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has announced that two MIT professors have been jointly awarded the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, the most prestigious engineering education award in the […]

Viruses Mutate, But Treatments Are Static. Is There a Way to Change That?

Leor Weinberger | Via UCSF | March 11, 2021

There is a big, global problem: viruses such as HIV and COVID-19 mutate, but treatments for them don’t. For more than 20 years, Leor Weinberger, PhD, has been thinking about how to make vaccines work more efficiently by being adaptive, rather than static. “We’re fighting biology with chemistry,” said Weinberger, director of the Gladstone Center […]

Pericardial injection effective, less invasive way to get regenerative therapies to heart

Ke Cheng | Via NC State News | March 5, 2021

Injecting hydrogels containing stem cell or exosome therapeutics directly into the pericardial cavity could be a less invasive, less costly, and more effective means of treating cardiac injury, according to new research from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stem cell therapy holds promise as a way to […]

Immune Cell Profiles Reveal Cancer’s Leading Indicators

Garry Nolan | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 4, 2021

If you want to understand economics, study market crashes and depressions. If you want to understand immunology, study cancer. It is when systems are tottering on the brink of failure that you may observe stark differences between function and dysfunction. By seizing opportunities to see where systems go wrong, you may find ways to reverse […]

Olin President Gilda Barabino Named AAAS President-Elect

Gilda Barabino | Via Olin College of Engineering | March 3, 2021

Gilda A. Barabino, Ph.D., President of Olin College of Engineering, has been selected as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Barabino was elected as an AAAS Fellow in 2010 and has been a member of the organization since 1987. She began her term on Feb. 24. After serving for one year […]

LNP Delivers CRISPR Directly to Mouse Liver, Dramatically Cuts Cholesterol Levels for Months

Qiaobing Xu | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 2, 2021

Scientists at Tufts University and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT have developed a lipid nanoparticle (LNP) technology that can package and deliver CRISPR gene editing machinery specifically to the liver. Their studies in mice demonstrated use of the LNP technology to shuttle CRISPR Cas9 mRNA and guide RNA directly to the liver, to […]

Scientists achieve milestone in animal-free production of biologics

Mattheos Koffas | Via Science Board | March 2, 2021

For the first time, scientists have successfully produced sugar-based biologic molecules utilizing bacteria, without the need for animal products. The paper, published in Nature Communications on March 2, describes the production of a common designer polysaccharide, chondroitin sulfate (CS). Sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are linear polysaccharides consisting of repeating disaccharide units composed of N-acetylhexosamine and uronic […]

Purigen Simplifies Simultaneous Extraction and Purification of DNA and RNA from Challenging FFPE Samples

Juan Santiago | Via Business Wire | March 2, 2021

Purigen Biosystems, Inc., a leading provider of next-generation technologies for extracting and purifying nucleic acids from biological samples, today announced the launch of the Ionic® FFPE Complete Purification Kit. Scientists are now able to consistently recover both DNA and RNA (mRNA and miRNA) simultaneously from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue samples in a single workflow. Purigen […]

Scientists achieve milestone in animal-free production of biologics

Jonathan Dordick | Via Science Board | March 2, 2021

For the first time, scientists have successfully produced sugar-based biologic molecules utilizing bacteria, without the need for animal products. The paper, published in Nature Communications on March 2, describes the production of a common designer polysaccharide, chondroitin sulfate (CS). Sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are linear polysaccharides consisting of repeating disaccharide units composed of N-acetylhexosamine and uronic […]

Doppler Used in Novel Microbial Assay To Tell a Friend from a Foe

Michael Ladisch | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 2, 2021

You must have noticed the sudden change in pitch of a siren on a police car zooming past. That’s the Doppler effect. Scientists at Purdue University have now used the Doppler effect to look inside living cells in a novel approach to detect pathogens and treat infections. In this unique method, Doppler is used to […]

Tissue-engineered implants provide new hope for vocal injuries

Sherry Harbin | Via Purdue University | February 23, 2021

New technology from Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine innovators may one day help patients who suffer devastating vocal injuries from surgery on the larynx. A collaborative team consisting of Purdue biomedical engineers and clinicians from IU has tissue-engineered component tissue replacements that support reconstruction of the larynx. The team’s work is published […]

Gut Microbiome Uniqueness May Predict Healthy Aging and Lifespan in Older People

Nathan Price | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | February 22, 2021

Researchers at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle have identified distinct signatures in the human gut microbiome that are associated with either healthy or unhealthy aging trajectories, and which in turn could help to predict survival in a population of older individuals. The team’s combined analysis of gut microbiome, phenotypic, and clinical data […]

AIMBE Fellow, Peter Basser, Won the Prestigious Eduard Rhein Technology Award

Peter Basser | Via Eduard Rhein Stiftung | February 20, 2021

Following unanimous proposals by the Board of Trustees and the jury, the Board decided to award Prof. Koblitz, Ph.D. and Mr. Victor S. Miller, Ph.D. with the Technology Award 2020 and Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen with the Culture Award 2020, and Prof. Denis LE BIHAN, MD, PhD and Mr. Peter J. Basser, Ph.D. with the […]

New Technique Developed for Large-Scale Continuous Protein Purification

Andrew Zydney | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | February 17, 2021

Scientists have developed a new technique for purifying proteins during antibody manufacturing. The aim is to reduce the cost of continuous manufacturing for large-scale applications, such as COVID-19 therapeutics or Alzheimer’s disease treatments, without the need for Protein A. “Protein A chromatography is robust and works well, but it’s also expensive and can create significant […]

Acclaimed biomedical scientist, former Emory professor Ravi Bellamkonda named provost

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via Emory University | February 16, 2021

Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves today announced the appointment of biomedical scientist Ravi Bellamkonda as the university’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2021. Bellamkonda returns to Emory after serving as dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University for five years. He previously held a […]

Mr. Michael Wolf to be inducted into medical and biological engineering elite

Michael Wolf | Via AIMBE | February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Michael F. Wolf, MS, to its College of Fellows. Mr. Wolf was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions towards industrial, regulatory, and international standards that assess the blood […]

Dr. Kim Woodrow to be inducted into medical and biological engineering elite

Kim Woodrow | Via AIMBE | February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Kim A. Woodrow, Ph.D., to its College of Fellows. Dr. Woodrow was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to engineered biomaterials and mucosal biology with a focus on […]

Dr. Yang Xia to be inducted into medical and biological engineering elite

Yang Xia | Via AIMBE | February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Yang Xia, Ph.D., to its College of Fellows. Dr. Xia was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for seminal work in q-space imaging, and outstanding contributions to microscopic multimodality imaging for […]

Dr. Malcolm Xing to be inducted into medical and biological engineering elite

Malcolm Xing | Via AIMBE | February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Malcolm Xing, Ph.D., to its College of Fellows. Dr. Xing was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to biomaterials design and their applications in therapeutics. The College of […]

Dr. Duan Xu to be inducted into medical and biological engineering elite

Duan Xu | Via AIMBE | February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Duan Xu, Ph.D., to its College of Fellows. Dr. Xu was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions and leadership in the development of innovative pediatric MR imaging techniques […]