Three Class of 2014 Bioengineers Develop Point-of-Care Blood Test

Build a better mousetrap. That’s the axiom for entrepreneurial success, and one which three young bioengineers have leveraged to improve the typical blood test. If their prototype proves successful, 2014 graduates Peter Bacas, Max Lamb and Nishant Neel intend to replace a typical needle-based test with a pain-free experience that provides almost instantaneous results. “Data […]

Danielle Bassett Receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

What is your most important social network? According to Danielle S. Bassett, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Bioengineering, the answer is your human brain. Bassett applies network science — a multi-disciplinary field of study which focuses on the interactions of individual elements within complex networks and how they affect the behavior […]

Christopher Fang-Yen Receives New Scholar Award in Aging

Christopher Fang-Yen, Wilf Family Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, is the recipient of the 2013 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging for his proposal, “High-throughput Imaging of Lifespan and Healthspan in C. Elegans.” This award is given to exceptional new faculty whose work shows the potential for great impact in […]

Penn iGEM Team Wins Regional Competition with Novel Epigenetic Engineering Toolbox

For the second year in a row, Penn’s iGEM team is the winner of the North American Regional iGEM competition, which was held on October 4 to 6 at the University of Toronto, Canada. Held by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation, the iGEM competition is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Student teams […]

TitanArm Receives First Place at 2013 Intel Cornell Cup

Team Titan returned to Penn Engineering the First Place winners of the 2013 Intel Cornell Cup, held May 2-4 at Walt Disney World. Team members are Elizabeth Beattie, a senior in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and MEAM doctoral student beginning this fall, Nick McGill, a senior majoring in both MEAM and Electrical and […]

Katherine Kuchenbecker: Haptography: Digitizing Our Sense of Touch

Is it possible to incorporate the sense of touch into the digital world? Katherine Kuchenbecker thinks so. At TEDYouth 2012, Katherine shares her work in the field of haptics, while discussing its potential to change fields such as gaming, museums, dentistry and stroke rehabilitation.

Bioengineering undergrads win regional award at iGEM competition

Four Bioengineering undergraduates were named the overall regional winners of the Americas East Jamboree that is part of the prestigious International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, a synthetic biology research contest (http://igem.org/). The Penn team beat out 42 other teams from 40 universities — including Carnegie Mellon, MIT and Cornell — to win the regional […]

Researchers solve the puzzle of controlled therapeutic release of macromolecules

When a large volume of medication is the prescription, steady and controlled release of the drug sometimes is preferred by physicians over a “burst-release” treatment in which the substance is administered all at once. In recent years, researchers have developed numerous ways to administer substances in a controlled way, but doing so for therapeutics of […]

Penn Engineers and physicians work together to improve patient health

Physicians know that once a patient has a heart attack, he or she is at increased risk for developing heart failure. That’s because of a complex series of physiological events that occur after someone suffers a myocardial infarction (or heart attack). Specifically, there is increased stress in the heart tissue, which leads to heart enlargement […]

Improving Disease Detection in Clinical Settings

The rapid advancement in our understanding of the regulatory and signaling pathways responsible for cell growth, differentiation and death has led to the identification of many anomalies in the genome and proteome that can be associated with disease. The research of Andrew Tsourkas, associate professor of Bioengineering, focuses on developing nanosensors that can be used […]

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