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BioE and ChemE faculty team receives College of Engineering Strategic Instruction Initiative award

BioE/ChemE's team will launch an interdepartmental health engineering course for first year direct to college (DTC) students that explores multidisciplinary engineering approaches to improving and promoting human health.

By | September 12th, 2017|

Senior Fellow Ryan Nagao receives NIH K99/R00 grant

The grant will support efforts to develop a framework for studying renal vascular disease by creating a model of the renal microvasculature environment.

By | August 30th, 2017|

October 27, 2017: Biomaterials Showcase and Hoffman Symposum

This event will feature an agenda of talks from prominent members of industry, alumni and UW faculty communities, student activities and the annual Allan S. Hoffman Lecture. This year's lecturer is the event's namesake - Prof. Emeritus Allan S. Hoffman.

By | August 16th, 2017|

Engineered human liver tissue “seeds” blossom after transplant, offer an alternative strategy to organ transplantation

Researchers discovered that a "seed" of human liver and supporting cells "blossomed" to 50 times its original size in mice. The work could lead to clinical solutions for organ disease and failure, and serve as an alternative to whole organ transplant.

By | July 24th, 2017|

In situ expansion of engineered human liver tissue in a mouse model of chronic liver disease

Kelly R. Stevens, Margaret A. Scull, Vyas Ramanan, Chelsea L. Fortin, Ritika R. Chaturvedi, Kristin A. Knouse, Jing W. Xiao, Canny Fung, Teodelinda Mirabella, Amanda X. Chen, Margaret G. McCue, Michael T. Yang, Heather E. Fleming, Kwanghun Chung, Ype P. de Jong, Christopher S. Chen, Charles M. Rice and Sangeeta N. Bhatia. Science Translational Medicine, 19 Jul 207: Vol. 9, Issue 399. Stevens et al. fabricated artificial liver seeds in biomaterials that were able to grow after implantation into mice in response to liver injury, and began to carry out normal liver functions. The work offers an approach to study organ development and a possible strategy for organ engineering.

By | July 24th, 2017|

B.S. alumna Jasmine Fuerte-Stone receives Washington State Opportunity Scholarship/Infectious Disease Research Institute internship

2017 B.S. Bioengineering graduate Jasmine Fuerte-Stone is among four UW students to receive internships through a partnership with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship and the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI).

By | July 19th, 2017|

UW Bioengineering ranked fifth among biomedical engineering programs by Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

UW Bioengineering is among several UW departments ranked in the world's top 10 in their respective fields in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2017.

By | July 19th, 2017|

Gao lab discovers that material from shellfish dramatically enhances bioassays, medical tests

Xiaohu Gao and other UW researchers have discovered a simple way to increase the accuracy of commonly used diagnostic tests. By adding polydopamine — a material first isolated from shellfish — the team was able to increase the sensitivity of these common bioassays such as ELISA, micrarrays, FISH and immunohistochemistry imaging, by as many as 100 to 1,000 times.

By | July 17th, 2017|

Nuttada Panpradist receives Graduate Discovery Fellowship

Fourth year UW Bioengineering Ph.D. student Nuttada Panpradist of Associate Professor Barry Lutz's lab has received a 2017 UW Medicine Graduate Discovery Fellowship to work with Dr. Shirit Einav of Stanford University. The experience will allow Nuttada to further pursue development and translation of diagnostic technologies.

By | July 14th, 2017|

Dramatic enhancement of the detection limits of bioassays via ultrafast deposition of polydopamine

Junwei Li, Madison A. Baird, Michael A. Davis, Wanyi Tai, Larry S. Zweifel, Kristina M. Adams Waldorf, Michael Gale Jr, Lakshmi Rajagopal, Robert H. Pierce, Xiaohu Gao. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 1, 0082 (2017). The researchers report a simple, universal "add-on" technology (EASE) that converts the ordinary sensitivities of common bioassays to extraordinary ones. They demonstrate that EASE facilitated increased sensitivity of ELISA-based detection of HIV, and enabled the direct visualization in tissues of the Zika virus and of low-abundance biomarkers for neurological diseases and cancer immunotherapy.

By | July 12th, 2017|