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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of biomedical informatics research, was elected for contributions in the field of bioinformatics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, August 22, 2014
A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to creating yeast that makes palliative medicines in stainless steel vats.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Manu Prakash honored for 'frugal science' initiatives, creating instruments that make scientific exploration inexpensive.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
A team led by Assistant Professor Zev Bryant builds molecular motors to further the study of cell function.