Bioengineering News

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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Professor Stephen Quake named Inventor of the Year

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bioengineering professor joins an elite group honored by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association

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Letter from the Dean

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stanford engineers have always tackled the biggest challenges, and the past academic year was no exception.

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Stanford Engineering Year in Review

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stanford engineers are driven to change the world, and 2013 was no exception. Stanford Engineering faculty and students blazed new trails in energy, nanotechnology, bioengineering, education and many other fields.

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Stanford researchers take a step toward developing a ‘universal’ flu vaccine

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stanford engineers are working to create a flu vaccine that could be produced more quickly and offer broader protection than what is available today.

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Merck Research Labs chief Peter Kim to join Stanford’s Department of Biochemistry

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stanford alum will also be a member of the new Stanford Institute of Chemical Biology.

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Stanford scientists think mysterious virus could be a signal of a weak immune system

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Genomic analysis of transplant patients finds an opportunistic microorganism whose elevated presence could be used an indicator in treatment.

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Entrepreneur Jim Clark to Donate $60 million for interdisciplinary research at Stanford

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tech leader cites university's academic environment as crucial to producing insights at the intersection of life sciences, technology and engineering.

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Stanford scientists awarded grants for innovative research

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Michael Lin and Elizabeth Sattely are among eight Stanford researchers given NIH grants to pursue innovative research in biomedicine.

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Bio-X: Bright minds, interdisciplinary collaborations, groundbreaking discoveries

Monday, September 9, 2013

Researchers from engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, humanities, ethics and the law, working together at the Clark Center, have been part of the Bio-X story of innovation.

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Stanford bioengineering lab builds molecular ‘switch’ to reprogram control pathways in cells

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Called a molecular network diverter, this new switch combines existing biological techniques into a meta-tool that can sense and modulate the signals that regulate the molecular machinery of life.

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Stanford scientists develop ‘molecular flashlight’ that illuminates brain tumors in mice

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tough, bioengineered peptide is a major advance in brain tumor imaging that could enable more precise surgical removal.

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From bridges to snails and lead contamination, seven new sustainability research projects for Stanford Woods Institute

Friday, June 21, 2013

The 2013 Environmental Venture Projects enable interdisciplinary research studies that propose practical solutions to major sustainability challenges.

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Stanford Bioengineering Assistant Professor Honored by White House

Monday, June 17, 2013

Drew Endy named an Open Science Champion of Change.

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Quake Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bioengineer receives one of nation's highest honors in science. His innovations include a rapid DNA sequencer, a non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome and the biological equivalent of the integrated circuit.

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