Bioengineering News

Bioengineer Karl Deisseroth wins NIH Transformative Research Award

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Transformative Research Award supports exceptionally innovative or unconventional research projects with the potential to change fundamental paradigms.

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Bioengineer Christina Smolke wins NIH Director's Pioneer Award

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The award includes a five-year, $2.5 million grant for highly innovative approaches with the potential to affect biomedical or behavioral research. Smolke studies the use of microbes to produce complex chemicals to advance natural-product drugs.

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Video Profile: Brain-like computer chips to control prosthetics

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bioengineer Kwabena Boahen is working on a new type of computer chip that works more like the human brain. These chips would be ultra-low powered and run cool enough to be implanted in the brain to help amputees control prosthetic limbs with their thoughts.

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Stanford scientists use microbes to make 'clean' methane

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Most methane comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. Stanford and Penn State scientists are taking a greener approach using microbes that can convert renewable electricity into carbon-neutral methane.

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Researchers first to determine entire genetic sequence of individual human sperm

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Capping a near-decade effort, Stanford bioengineer Stephen Quake sequences the entire genomes of multiple sperm from one donor providing a glimpse into genetic variability in a single individual.

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Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A mammoth effort, led by bioengineer Markus Covert, has produced a complete computational model of the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium, opening the door for biological computer-aided design

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Stanford faculty is embracing online teaching opportunities

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The team leading Stanford's online education initiative announces seed grants to faculty members across campus for course development. "It's been a grassroots phenomenon, which really reflects Stanford's tradition of innovation and creativity," said John Mitchell, professor of computer science and President John Hennessy's special assistant for educational technology.

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Dancing to her own rhythm: Alyson Yamada choreographs an individualized degree

Monday, July 16, 2012

Alyson Yamada was a promising ballerina until injury changed her plans. Now she's turned her interest in dance -- and her injury -- into an individualized major in biomechanical design and engineering.

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Bioengineer Stephen Quake: Winner of "Inventors' Oscar" is transforming science and medicine

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Stephen Quake, who recently received the Lemelson-MIT Prize, has made pioneering discoveries such as a technique for sequencing an entire genome from a single cell and developed the biological equivalent of the integrated circuit.

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Stanford Bioengineer Stephen Quake wins $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

Monday, June 11, 2012

Holder of over 80 patents, Quake is the founder of at least four companies and inventor of technologies that have transformed science and medicine.

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Norbert Pelc, ScD, expert in medical imaging, named new chair of Stanford Bioengineering

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pelc, who is professor of bioengineering and of radiology, joined the Stanford faculty in the Department of Radiology over two decades ago. Before that, he was a senior physicist and manager in the Applied Science Laboratory at GE Medical Systems.

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A different drummer: Stanford engineers discover neural rhythms drive physical movement

Sunday, June 3, 2012

In a surprising new finding researchers at Stanford University have proposed a new model that says motor neurons send basic rhythmic patterns, not specific information, down the spine to drive movement.

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Totally RAD: Bioengineers create rewritable digital data storage in DNA

Monday, May 21, 2012

Researchers at Stanford have engineered a pair of enzymes to reliably record digital data within the genome of living cells. The result is a new type of tool to help researchers study and control living systems.

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New smartphone scans from Stanford could prevent needless oral cancer deaths

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

An ultra-low-cost smartphone device being developed at Stanford may enable early diagnosis of cancer, with no dentist visits required.

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Department spotlight: Bioengineering

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bioengineers are a new class of scientists who use the tools and the know-how of engineering to solve medical problems and design solutions to disease, abnormalities and injury.

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Technologies give high-resolution ‘snapshot’ of cancer tissues

Monday, November 21, 2011

Researchers combined the tools of engineering and medicine to gauge more accurately how dangerous a cancer is likely to be – work that could lead to more targeted cancer therapies.

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Bioengineer creates first human heart cells that can be paced with light

Monday, September 19, 2011

Oscar Abilez, MD, a doctoral candidate in bioengineering, has used optogenetics, a biological engineering technique developed at Stanford, to create human heart cells that pulse when illuminated by a specific blue light. The work could one day lead to less invasive pacemakers.

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Last but not least: 'Building 4' to complete the SEQ

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering Building, the last component of the Science and Engineering Quad, will echo the design and energy-saving features of the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. It too is designed to foster cooperation and teamwork among researchers.

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VIDEO: Bioengineering, transforming human health

Can-do meets cutting edge. Stanford Bioengineers discuss their research and the future of bioengineering at Stanford University.

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