Bioengineering News

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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Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life.

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Russ Altman named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of biomedical informatics research, was elected for contributions in the field of bioinformatics.

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Stanford engineers developing miniature wireless device to create better way of studying chronic pain

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A team of Stanford engineers is creating a small wireless device that will improve studies of chronic pain. The engineers hope to use what they learn to develop better therapies for the condition, which costs the economy $600 billion a year.

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Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading

Friday, September 19, 2014

Experimental therapy stopped the metastasis of breast and ovarian cancers in lab mice, pointing toward a safe and effective alternative to chemotherapy.

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Stanford bioengineers develop a toolkit for designing more successful synthetic molecules

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Synthetic molecules hold great potential for revealing key processes that occur in cells, but the trial-and-error approach to their design has limited their effectiveness. Christina Smolke introduces a computer model that could provide better blueprints for building synthetic genetic tools.

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Optogenetics earns Stanford professor Karl Deisseroth the Keio prize in medicine

Friday, September 12, 2014

An idea that started as a long shot – using light to control the activity of the brain – is now widely used at Stanford and worldwide to understand the brain's wiring and to unravel behavior.

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Stanford scientists reveal complexity in the brain's wiring diagram

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Stanford Bio-X team found that the brain's wiring is more complex than expected – one set of neural wires can trigger different reactions, depending on how it fires. The work opens new questions for scientists trying to map the brain's connections.

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Eye implant developed at Stanford could lead to better glaucoma treatments

Monday, August 25, 2014

Reducing internal eye pressure is currently the only way to treat glaucoma. A tiny eye implant developed by Stephen Quake's lab could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and reduce a patient's eye pressure.

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Stanford bioengineers close to brewing painkillers without using opium from poppies

Friday, August 22, 2014

A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to creating yeast that makes palliative medicines in stainless steel vats.

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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

Stanford team has improved on 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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