Bioengineering News

Stanford bioengineer named a top innovator by Technology Review

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Manu Prakash honored for 'frugal science' initiatives, creating instruments that make scientific exploration inexpensive.

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Stanford bioengineers create remote-controlled nanoscale protein motors

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A team led by Assistant Professor Zev Bryant builds molecular motors to further the study of cell function.

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Drew Endy discusses what bioengineers should be vibrating about

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

At TEDx Stanford, the associate professor of bioengineering talks about where genetic engineering should be going.

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Stanford bioengineers make it easier to see inner workings of the brain

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bio-X scientists have improved on their original technique for peering into the intact brain, making it more reliable and safer. The results could help scientists unravel the inner connections of how thoughts, memories or diseases arise.

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Stanford scientists tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit in mice

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The new findings could throw light on psychiatric disorders marked by impaired social interaction such as autism, social anxiety, schizophrenia and depression.

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Stanford bioengineers invent a way to speed up drug discovery

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New technique can be used in living cells to track a key family of proteins that regulate health or cause disease.

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New Stanford blood test identifies heart-transplant rejection earlier than biopsy can

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Noninvasive test detects donor DNA in a recipient's blood when a transplanted heart is being rejected.

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Bioengineering and chemical engineering building at Stanford named for gifts from Ram and Vijay Shriram

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

$61 million in support from university trustee and his wife names the Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering and endows the departmental chair.

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Shocking Stanford video reveals the surprising truth about cell wall growth

Monday, May 12, 2014

Researchers use new techniques to document how cells can conceal growth, then suddenly swell like raisins into grapes; study is a ‘paradigm shift’ in understanding osmotic shock that may lead to new strategies for fighting bacterial disease.

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Stanford bioengineers study how form and function unite to create the dynamic architecture of life

Friday, May 9, 2014

Studying the proteins that build and maintain cells helps to reveal the molecular underpinnings of disease and health, and suggests new ways to bioengineer organisms for medicinal or industrial tasks.

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Stanford bioengineers develop ‘molecular stethoscope’ that uses RNA to track the dynamics of fetal development and disease

Thursday, May 1, 2014

This new technique, which tracks RNA levels in blood samples, offers more information than DNA analysis. It's like having a video rather than a snapshot to help figure out what the body is doing, and why.

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Three Stanford Engineering professors are elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Daphne Koller, Stephen Quake and Mendel Rosenblum to become members of one of the country's oldest and most prestigious honorary learned societies.

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Stanford team makes switching off brain cells with light as easy as switching them on

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Karl Deisseroth team's improved “off” switch is expected to give researchers a better understanding of the brain circuits involved in behavior, thinking and emotion.

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Stanford scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stanford bioengineers have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and a new way of understanding the brain. For instance, a chip as fast and efficient as the human brain could drive prosthetic limbs that have the speed and complexity of our own actions.

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Stanford scientists observe brain activity in real time

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Stanford Bio-X team of scientists invented tools for watching mice brain nerves send signals in real time. The technique will make it easier to study brain functions and help develop therapies for brain diseases.

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Stanford researchers develop a single-cell genomics technique to reverse engineer the developing lung

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How do embryos form the cells in our lungs, muscles, nerves and other tissues? A new process decodes the genetic instructions that enable the all-purpose cells of the embryo to multiply and transform into the many specialized cell types in the body.

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Inspired by a music box, Stanford bioengineer creates $5 chemistry set

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Manu Prakash won a contest to develop the 21st-century chemistry set. His version, based on a toy music box, is small, robust, programmable and costs $5. It can inspire young scientists and also address developing-world problems such as water quality and health.

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Stanford researchers survey protein family that helps the brain form synapses

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Groundbreaking study finds hundreds of variants of neurexin proteins, offering new evidence linking these differences to complex brain functions and disorders like autism.

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Stanford engineers brave the 'vomit comet' to improve astronauts' heart health

Friday, March 7, 2014

When humans go into space, the reduced gravity can weaken the heart's ability to pump hard in response to a crisis. Stanford student researchers are developing a simple device to monitor an astronaut's heart function, and have flown in near-zero gravity to show that it works.

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Manu Prakash's 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Foldscope is a fully functional microscope that can be laser- or die-cut out of paper for about 50 cents.

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Shedding a light on pain: A technique developed by Stanford bioengineers could lead to new treatments

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stanford researchers have developed mice whose sensitivity to pain can be dialed up or down by shining light on their paws. The research could help scientists understand and eventually treat chronic pain in humans.

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Stanford researchers discover how parts of the brain work together, or alone

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Our brains have billions of neurons grouped into different regions. These regions often work alone but sometimes must join forces. How do regions communicate selectively?

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Stanford researchers reveal more about how our brains control our arms

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Recording the neural activity of monkeys as they plan to reach, or just react, will help engineers design better brain-controlled prosthetic limbs.

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Solving big problems with tiny prototypes

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Stanford BioX fellow Joel Sadler describes how his team designed the JaipurKnee prosthetic, an affordable knee joint for amputees.

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Stanford bioengineers redesign protein motors to create novel nanomachines

Monday, January 6, 2014

Stanford scientists genetically engineer versions of myosin proteins that transport biological materials in cells to illuminate design features that keep these protein motors on track.

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