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Clemson University Spinoff Company to Commercialize Advanced Genetic Technology

Guigen Zhang | Via Clemson University Newsstand | July 10, 2012

A new company emerging from Clemson University research aims to commercialize innovative genetic sensing technology, according to the university Research Foundation. Tiger Bioanalytics, led by Guigen Zhang of Clemson University, is developing a cost-effective way to more accurately conduct gene sequencing. The goal is to sequence a whole genome using DNA from a single cell […]

Harvard’s Wyss Institute Develops Novel Nanotherapeutic that Delivers Clot-Busting Drugs Directly to Obstructed Blood Vessels

Donald Ingber | Via Wyss Institute | July 5, 2012

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a novel biomimetic strategy that delivers life-saving nanotherapeutics directly to obstructed blood vessels, dissolving blood clots before they cause serious damage or even death. This new approach enables thrombus dissolution while using only a fraction of the drug dose normally required, […]

Dr. Joseph Irudayaraj Named Bindley Bioscience Center Deputy Director

Joseph M. K. Irudayaraj | Via Purdue University | July 1, 2012

The Bindley Bioscience Center Welcomes its first Deputy Director effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Joseph Irudayaraj, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, has been selected as the inaugural Deputy Director of the Bindley Bioscience Center (BBC).  Primarily, the Deputy Director will be responsible to interface and enable faculty.  Dr. Irudayaraj will work to create and […]

UCSF Scientists Working to ‘Program’ E-Coli Bacteria

Christopher A. Voigt | Via abc Local | July 1, 2012

Scientists at UC San Francisco are hoping to revolutionize medicine with bacteria notorious for causing food poisoning. They are engineering e-coli bacteria to behave in a way that will one day allow living cells to be programmed to act logically, just like a computer. Imagine if the intelligence of a super computer could be applied […]

Congratulations To Professor Andrew Laine!

Andrew Laine | Via IEEE Life Sciences | July 1, 2012

Andrew Laine was elected chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Columbia University, effective July 1, 2012. He is the Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia.

New Technique Controls Crystalline Structure of Titanium Dioxide

Roger Narayan | Via NC State Newsroom | June 27, 2012

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for controlling the crystalline structure of titanium dioxide at room temperature. The development should make titanium dioxide more efficient in a range of applications, including photovoltaic cells, hydrogen production, antimicrobial coatings, smart sensors and optical communication technologies. Titanium dioxide most commonly comes in one […]

Institute for Molecular Engineering Names Three Esteemed Researchers to Faculty

Matthew Tirrell | Via UChicago News | June 25, 2012

The University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering is making its first set of new faculty appointments, bringing in world-leading research programs at the interfaces between molecular-level science and powerful new technologies. The new faculty members, who will have joint appointments at Argonne National Laboratory, are physicist-engineer David Awschalom of the University of California, Santa […]

Pitt Develops Biodegradable Artery Graft to Enhance Bypass Surgeries

Yadong Wang | Via University of Pittsburgh News | June 25, 2012

With the University of Pittsburgh’s development of a cell-free, biodegradable artery graft comes a potentially transformative change in coronary artery bypass surgeries: Within 90 days after surgery, the patient will have a regenerated artery with no trace of synthetic graft materials left in the body.  Research published online June 24 in Nature Medicine highlights work […]

Blood-Brain Barrier Building Blocks Forged from Human Stem Cells

Sean Palecek | Via University of Wisconsin News | June 25, 2012

The blood-brain barrier — the filter that governs what can and cannot come into contact with the mammalian brain — is a marvel of nature. It effectively separates circulating blood from the fluid that bathes the brain, and it keeps out bacteria, viruses and other agents that could damage it. But the barrier can be […]

Blood-Brain Barrier Building Blocks Forged from Human Stem Cells

Eric V. Shusta | Via University of Wisconsin News | June 25, 2012

The blood-brain barrier — the filter that governs what can and cannot come into contact with the mammalian brain — is a marvel of nature. It effectively separates circulating blood from the fluid that bathes the brain, and it keeps out bacteria, viruses and other agents that could damage it. But the barrier can be […]

Regrown Bones, Transplanted Faces: This Chemist is Remaking Military Medicine

Joachim Kohn | Via | June 24, 2012

Dr. Joachim Kohn has never seen combat. He has never retaliated enemy fire, deployed with a platoon to some foreign, war-ravaged nation, or ridden shotgun in a tank. But from his first years of childhood to his military-funded, revolutionary scientific innovations, Kohn’s life has been indelibly marked by armed conflict. “One of my earliest memories […]

Of Plants and Polymers: Researchers to Collaborate with Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology

Kristi Kiick | Via University of Delaware | June 20, 2012

Two collaborative research projects have been selected for funding under a six-year partnership agreement that includes the University of Delaware, the Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology (CMB) and the state of Delaware. The two-year grants total $400,000 to support work to be conducted at UD and Fraunhofer. Kristi Kiick, professor of materials science and engineering […]

Grants Add to Northwestern-Qatar Partnership

John B. Troy | Via Northwestern University | June 18, 2012

Northwestern University has received its first research grants from the Qatar National Research Fund, a branch of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, opening the door to increased collaborations between Northwestern faculty and researchers in Qatar.  The two grants, each worth $1,050,000 over three years, are part of $140.5 million awarded to […]

ALung Technologies Presents Positive Clinical Trial Results of the Hemolung Respiratory Assist System

William Federspiel | Via ALung | June 18, 2012

ALung Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of innovative lung assist devices, presented an analysis of its recent clinical trial of the Hemolung Respiratory Assist System (RAS) in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The data were presented during the session “Chronic and Acute Hypercapnic Failure – Management with low flow CO2 […]

BME Welcomes Dr. Schmidt and Thanks Dean Abernathy

Christine Schmidt | Via University of Florida | June 16, 2012

The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering is exceptionally pleased to welcome Dr. Christine Schmidt as the incoming Chair of the Department.

Alyssa Panitch Selected for ELATE Program

Alyssa Panitch | Via Purdue University | June 15, 2012

Alyssa Panitch, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected for the inaugural class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program at Drexel University. The one-year, part-time fellowship is designed to address the need to increase the diversity and leadership capacity of engineering, computer science and related fields within academe. Panitch is […]

Microfluidic Chips Offer a SMART-er Way to Detect Flu

Catherine Klapperich | Via Nature | June 11, 2012

Tracking influenza outbreaks quickly and cheaply could get a whole lot easier thanks to a number of experimental devices that can accurately detect viral strains in an hour or so. Using microfluidic techniques, these ‘flu chips’ could lead to better disease surveillance and treatment “We want to see better tests in the outpatient setting so […]

Medical Imaging Expert Norbert Pelc Named New Chair of Bioengineering

Norbert Pelc | Via Stanford University | June 11, 2012

The Department of Bioengineering has a new chair in Norbert Pelc, ScD, an expert in biomedical imaging. He will assume his new responsibilities on July 1. Formed in 2003, the department is a fusion of the School of Engineering and School of Medicine that brings together engineering and life science research to promote scientific discovery […]

Biorepositories: Building Better Biobanks

Allison Hubel | Via Nature | June 7, 2012

Across the world, freezers and cabinet shelves are full of human samples. Biobanks — collections of biological material set aside for research — vary tremendously in size, scope and focus. Samples can be collected from the general population, from patients who have had surgery or a biopsy and from people who have recently died. Some […]

Workshop to Help Teachers Use Engineering Design in Science Classes

Alyssa Panitch | Via Purdue University | June 7, 2012

More than 40 teachers from Indiana elementary schools will attend a Purdue University workshop this month to learn how to incorporate engineering design activities into their science classrooms. The workshop, which will be June 11-15 and June 18-22, is presented through the Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) project. The project is co-directed by Alyssa […]