Bioengineering

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

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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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Making Biotechnology Interactive
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Through special environments called biotic processing units, Stanford bioengineers let people interact with cells.

In the 1950s, computers were giant machines that filled buildings and served a variety of arcane functions. Today they fit into our pockets or backpacks, and help us work, communicate and play.

"Biotechnology today is very similar to where computing technology used to be," said Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford.

Last modified Tue, 21 Apr, 2015 at 9:25

Professor Karl Deisseroth wins prestigious Albany Prize

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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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The bioengineer and psychiatrist will be honored for his seminal role in the field of optogenetics.

Stanford Professor Karl Deisseroth

Professor Karl Deisseroth will receive the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research for his pioneering work in optogenetics.

Last modified Mon, 20 Apr, 2015 at 11:40

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

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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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NIST researchers launch effort to define standards for using biotechnology to create things such as vaccines, drugs and biosensors

Just as defining the meter, kilogram and second helped lay the foundation for modern commerce, new measures and standards are needed to fuel the growth of the 21st Century bioeconomy.

The desire to create these new metrics brought more than 100 researchers from academia, industry and government to Stanford University on March 31st to launch a consortium convened by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST.

Last modified Thu, 16 Apr, 2015 at 9:49

Five faculty members receive NSF Early Career Development awards

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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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Arbabian, Lepech, Pavone, Prakash and Tang receive Early Career Development awards.

Five Stanford Engineering faculty members have received National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) awards for 2015. The CAREER program helps promising junior faculty pursue outstanding research while also improving education.

Last modified Thu, 2 Apr, 2015 at 16:16

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

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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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Smolke to Get AWIS Mentor Award
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Northern California Chapter of Association of Women in Science honors Stanford bioengineer.

Stanford bioengineer Christina Smolke was recently delighted and surprised to learn that she had been chosen to receive an award for student mentoring by the Northern California Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (NCC-AWIS).

“I was really touched by this,” Smolke said. “Several of my current and former students put the nomination package together, and I didn’t know about it until I got the email notifying me that I had received this award.”

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Stanford researchers unravel secrets of shape-shifting bacteria

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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 bioengineers show step by step how bacteria could go undercover in ways that might trick the human immune system.

Sixty years ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Joshua Lederberg first described a biological mystery. He showed how bacteria could lose the cell walls that define their shapes, potentially becoming less visible to the immune system, only to later revert back to their original form and regain their full infectious potential.

Last modified Wed, 18 Mar, 2015 at 13:10

Stanford engineers solve the mystery of the dancing droplets

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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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Mystery of Dancing Droplets Solved
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Molecular minuet among drops of food coloring explained.

A puzzling observation, pursued through hundreds of experiments, has led Stanford researchers to a simple yet profound discovery: under certain circumstances, droplets of fluid will move like performers in a dance choreographed by molecular physics.

Last modified Thu, 12 Mar, 2015 at 9:18

HCI Design Studio final presentations

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Cubberly Auditorium, Stanford  Map
Free and open to the public, refreshments

 

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Friday, March 13, 2015. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cubberly Auditorium, Stanford

Last modified Thu, 5 Mar, 2015 at 14:56

Stanford bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

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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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New Tool Could Aid Gene Therapy
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Stanford bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code.

Biology relies upon the precise activation of specific genes to work properly. If that sequence gets out of whack, or one gene turns on only partially, the outcome can often lead to a disease.

Now, bioengineers at Stanford and other universities have developed a sort of programmable genetic code that allows them to preferentially activate or deactivate genes in living cells. The work is published in the current issue of Cell, and could help usher in a new generation of gene therapies.

Last modified Mon, 26 Jan, 2015 at 14:13

Stanford researchers measure concussion forces in greatest detail yet

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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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Measuring Concussion Forces
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David Camarillo's lab has measured the forces imparted on the brain in greater detail than ever before.

More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from concussions each year, but scientists are just beginning to understand the traumatic forces that cause the injury.

Now a team of engineers and physicians at Stanford has provided the first-ever measurements of all the acceleration forces imparted on the brain during a diagnosed concussion. The findings could lead to better injury detection or toward developing safer protective gear.

Last modified Thu, 8 Jan, 2015 at 10:36