New research from Professor Sanjay Kumar’s lab uncovers fundamental design principles of how cells and tissues define and maintain their structure, combining sophisticated micropatterning technologies to engineer cell shape, laser nanosurgery to cut individual stress fibers with light and probe their internal structure, and mathematical modeling. Cell shape is critical in development, wound healing, stem cell differentiation, and cancer, among other processes. The lead author is bioengineering PhD student Elena Kassianidou.
BioE alum and UCSF professor Tejal Desai was featured on the evening news for her lab’s work to create a tiny implantable nanostructures that will monitor blood sugar and secrete and dispense insulin for diabetics.
Members of UC Berkeley integrative biology professor Bob Full’s lab have designed a cockroach-inspired robot that can squeeze through the tiniest cracks and run at high speeds even when flattened. Full and recent PhD Kaushik Jayaram will publish their findings this month in the early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Professor Steven Conolly’s lab is the first in the world to achieve cell tracking in vivo by magnetic particle imaging.
A new $6 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has been awarded to UCSF Professor Shuvo Roy and colleagues for their work on a surgically implantable, artificial kidney.
Bioengineering graduate faculty Kevin Healy (UC Berkeley) and Jeffrey Lotz (UCSF) are among the leaders of the new University of California Tissue Regeneration Resource Center, a partnership between UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis. The center was established through a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
Amy Herr’s lab will be a Featured Innovator at a celebration of the opening of the new Silicon Valley Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
This story and video focuses on Professor Zev Gartner’s efforts to build fully functioning 3-D human tissue, cell by cell.