Bioengineering News

Fei-Fei Li: How do we teach computers to understand the visual world?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A computer scientist explores ‘the dark matter of our digital universe.’

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New microscopy technique maps mechanical properties of living cells

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Researchers have developed a new way to use atomic force microscopy to rapidly measure the mechanical properties of cells at the nanometer scale, an advance that could pave the way for better understanding immune disorders and cancer.

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Stanford researchers develop microscope that allows first-ever look at live muscle units in action

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The basic process of force-generation in muscle has been known for decades, but until now no one has ever seen it work at a microscopic level in a living human. The new microscope could provide unique insights into treating muscular degenerative diseases.

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Stunning diversity of gut bacteria uncovered by new approach to gene sequencing devised at Stanford

Monday, December 14, 2015

A new technique can reveal subtle differences among the genomes of multiple species and subspecies of microbes.

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Stanford engineers invent process to accelerate protein evolution

Monday, December 7, 2015

A new tool enables researchers to test millions of mutated proteins in a matter of hours or days, speeding the search for new medicines, industrial enzymes and biosensors.

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Bioengineering Professor Karl Deisseroth awarded $3 million Breakthrough Prize for work in optogenetics

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Three Stanford professors honored by Breakthrough Prize Foundation

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Stanford graduate students named Siebel Scholars

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fifteen Stanford graduate students in business, computer science and bioengineering were recently named 2016 Siebel Scholars for outstanding academic performance and leadership in their fields.

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New Bioengineering Major culminated department’s evolution

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Stanford has added a permanent undergraduate training program to this new field “at the interface of life sciences and engineering.”

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Microfluidic pioneer Stephen Quake receives award in biotechnology and medicine

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Brandeis University bestows the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine on the Stanford bioengineer whose analyses using microscopic amounts of fluids are providing new medical insights.

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Stanford team re-engineers virus to deliver therapies to cells

Monday, September 21, 2015

Researchers stripped a virus of its infectious machinery and turned its benign core into a delivery vehicle that can target sick cells while leaving healthy tissue alone.

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Most sensors designed to measure head impacts in sports produce inaccurate data, Stanford bioengineers find

Monday, August 31, 2015

As scientists zero in on the skull motions that can cause concussions, David Camarillo's lab has found that many commercially available sensors worn by athletes to gather this data are prone to significant error.

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Stanford engineers develop a wireless, fully implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice

Monday, August 17, 2015

A blue glowing device the size of a peppercorn can activate neurons of the brain, spinal cord or limbs in mice and is powered wirelessly using the mouse's own body to transfer energy. Developed by a Stanford Bio-X team, the device is the first to deliver optogenetic nerve stimulation in a fully implantable format.

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Stanford researchers genetically engineer yeast to produce opioids

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but Christina Smolke and colleagues have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations, and later be used to develop treatments for other diseases.

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Stanford research suggests football helmet tests may not account for concussion-prone actions

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mounting evidence suggests that concussions in football are caused by the sudden rotation of the skull. David Camarillo's lab at Stanford has evidence that suggests current football helmet tests don't account for these movements.

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Just add water: Stanford engineers develop a computer that operates on water droplets

Monday, June 8, 2015

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, and his students have developed a synchronous computer that operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets. Their goal is to design a new class of computers that can precisely control and manipulate physical matter.

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Stanford team makes biotechnology interactive with games and remote-control labs

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Through special environments called biotic processing units, bioengineers let people interact with cells like fish in an aquarium or even do simple experiments from afar.

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Professor Karl Deisseroth wins prestigious Albany Prize

Monday, April 20, 2015

The bioengineer and psychiatrist will be honored for his seminal role in the field of optogenetics, which allows scientists to precisely manipulate nerve-cell activity in freely moving animals to study their behavior.

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NIST workshop at Stanford mulls ‘weights and measures’ for biotechnology

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Researchers from academia, industry and government launch effort to define standards for using bits and pieces of molecular biomachinery to create things such as vaccines, drugs and biosensors.

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Christina Smolke to receive mentor award from Northern California Chapter of Association of Women in Science

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ellen Weaver Award surprises the associate professor of bioengineering, who was nominated by current and former students for helping them balance the demands of research and life.

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Five faculty members receive NSF Early Career Development awards

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Assistant professors Amin Arbabian, Michael Lepech, Marco Pavone, Manu Prakash and Sindy Tang awarded grants to help promising junior faculty pursue outstanding research while also improving education.

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Stanford researchers unravel secrets of shape-shifting bacteria

Friday, March 13, 2015

Six decades ago, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Joshua Lederberg observed how bacteria could essentially go undercover in ways that might trick the human immune system. Now, using new techniques, Stanford bioengineers have created a time-lapse video that shows this process step by step.

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Stanford engineers solve the mystery of the dancing droplets

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Years of research satisfy a graduate student's curiosity about the molecular minuet he observed among drops of ordinary food coloring.

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Stanford bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

Monday, January 26, 2015

By selectively manipulating how DNA issues biological commands, Stanford bioengineers have developed a tool that could prove useful in future gene therapies.

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Stanford researchers measure concussion forces in greatest detail yet

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Although the mechanisms of concussions are still being revealed, David Camarillo's lab has measured the forces imparted on the brain in greater detail than ever before. The results could eventually lead to better injury detection and prevention.

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Stanford bioengineers discover knob to dial up fitter cells

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In one experiment bioengineers found that larger genetic mutants fared better, and in a second study they created viable cells using non-standard parts.

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