Bioengineering News

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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Getting CLARITY: Hydrogel process developed at Stanford creates transparent brain

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stanford bioengineers have transformed an intact, post-mortem mouse brain into a transparent three-dimensional structure that keeps all the fine wiring and molecular structures in place. Known as CLARITY, the technique stands to transform our understanding of the brain and indeed of any biological tissue.

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President Obama's new $100 million brain research initiative taps several Stanford scientists

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, which calls for initial federal funding of $100 million, will make use of several innovative technologies invented by Stanford scientists.

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Biological transistor enables computing within living cells

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A team of Stanford University bioengineers has taken computing beyond mechanics and electronics into the living realm of biology. They have developed a biological transistor made from genetic material — DNA and RNA. The team calls its invention the “transcriptor.”

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Stanford scientist joins call for major brain research project

Monday, March 11, 2013

Stanford Professor Karl Deisseroth joins a super-team of scientists to propose the Brain Activity map, a collaborative initiative akin to the Human Genome Project, to better understand how the brain works.

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Covert wins Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator Award

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bioengineer receives $1.5 million Distinguished Investigator grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for his work to create computer models of entire cells.

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Eight Stanford Engineering Faculty Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive.

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Graduate Fellow Melina Mathur is engineering genetic systems

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Melinda Mathur, a PhD candidate in Bioengineering, says the Vincent V.C. Woo Graduate Fellowship is allowing her to pursue research that tackles big issues.

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The 30-year story behind one cancer drug

Monday, January 14, 2013

Vismodegib—also know by its brand name Erivedge—is the first class of drugs that treats inoperable basal cell carcinomas by inhibiting one of the key regulators in human development: the hedgehog molecular signaling pathway. Bioengineer Matthew Scott was a key player in the history of hedgehog gene research.

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Big Challenges, Big Ideas: Stanford Engineering Year in Review

Monday, January 7, 2013

Letter from the Dean of Stanford Engineering.

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United Technologies Research Center Graduate Research Fellows Named

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The fellowships aim to advance research in aerospace and sustainable energy.

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Bioengineers induce, relieve depression symptoms in mice using light

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Researchers at Stanford have pinpointed well-defined types of neurons within a specific brain region to directly tie them to the control of several symptoms of major depressive illness. Using optogenetics they can turn the symptoms on and off using light. The findings provided a much more detailed understanding of the brain circuitry of depression and could lead to concepts that help people suffering from depression.

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Optogenetics illuminates pathways of motivation through brain, study shows

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Researchers Karl Deisseroth and Melissa Warden led a team that used optogenetics to identify the pathways in our brains that prompt us to act. Their findings could help explain how these pathways become dysfunctional in people suffering from major depression.

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A leap forward in brain-controlled computer cursors

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stanford researchers have designed the fastest, most accurate algorithm yet for brain-implantable prosthetic systems that can help disabled people maneuver computer cursors with their thoughts. The algorithm’s speed, accuracy and natural movement approach those of a real arm, doubling performance of existing algorithms.

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Researchers develop light-based 'remote control' for proteins inside cells

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scientists at Stanford have developed an intracellular remote control: a simple way to activate and track proteins, the busiest of cellular machines, using beams of light.

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Bioengineer Prakash wins Gates Foundation global health “Explorations” grant

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The $100,000 award goes to develop and field test an ultra-low-cost paper microscope designed for disease diagnostics.

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Stanford researchers measure impact of football concussions

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Preventing concussions in football requires first knowing what types of hits cause them. Stanford scientists have developed technologies that will help unlock that mystery.

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Identification of microbes in healthy lungs sheds light on cystic fibrosis in new study

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New research from the Stanford School of Medicine and of Engineering and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital shows that healthy lungs play host to a diverse community of microbes in marked contrast to the bacteria found in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. The findings could have wide implications for treatment of cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases.

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Stanford Bioengineers Introduce ‘Bi-Fi’ — The Biological Internet

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Using an innocuous bacterial virus, bioengineers have created a biological mechanism to send genetic messages from cell to cell. The system greatly increases the complexity and amount of data that can be communicated between cells and could lead to greater control of biological functions within cell communities.

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