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Kelly Stevens and Lola Eniola-Adefeso

UW and Michigan bioengineers lead national call to end U.S. funding discrimination against Black scientists

UW Bioengineering’s Kelly Stevens and Univ. of Michigan’s Omolola Eniola-Adefesa lead a national network of biomedical engineers calling to end funding discrimination against Black scientists.



Research & Awards

Dan Ratner Kim Woodrow AIMBE

Dan Ratner, Kim Woodrow elected to AIMBE

The honor represents the top two percent of medical and biological engineers.




Cole DeForest patterned platform heartDeForest lab creates patterned platforms for tissue engineering

A new approach uses lasers and molecular tethers to pattern 3D cell fate in natural scaffolds for tissue engineering.



Kelly Stevens lab HEAT technologyStevens lab uses HEAT to control 3D organ-like tissues

UW Bioengineering’s Kelly Stevens lab and researchers at Rice University created radiatorlike systems to remotely control the positioning and timing of cell functions to build 3-dimensional, artificial, living tissues.



New sensor to spot coronavirus

New sensors quickly spot coronavirus proteins, antibodies

When mixed with fluid from a nasal swab or blood sample, these protein sensors emit light within minutes. BioE graduate student Alfredo Quijano-Rubio co-led the work at the Institute for Protein Design.



Ying Zheng engineered blood vessel

Zheng lab: Blood vessel twists-and-turns cause cell changes

New 3D model reveals that curvature gives rise to a range of vascular shapes and sizes, important for engineering tissues and understanding disease.



Yager lab research looking at vialUW BioE pivots diagnostics to at-home COVID-19 tests

The Barry Lutz and Paul Yager labs focus their experience with rapid, at-home testing on COVID-19.



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Student & Alumni News

Ph.D. student wins $150K DoD grant for brain cancer research

Meilyn Sylvestre studies glioblastoma drugs, transport across the blood-brain barrier.



NSF Fellows 2020NSF Graduate Research Fellows tackle cancer therapies, drug delivery, artificial organs

Clinton Heinze, Trey Pichon, Olivia Prado are 2020 NSF Fellows.



3 undergrad DEBUT prize winner with Dr. LaiStudent invention to diagnose tuberculosis wins NIH prize

A team of UW bioengineering and mechanical engineering undergraduates won second place overall – and took home a $15,000 prize – at the National Institutes of Health’s 9th annual Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge.



Researcher in lab with pipetteMaster of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering program advances alumni careers

The evening online master’s degree program in pharmaceutical bioengineering is designed for professionals worldwide who want to know how drugs are designed and brought to market. Learn how graduates have advanced their careers at companies like Genentech, Moderna and Juno/Bristol Myers Squibb.


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AMPLIFY: Race and Reality in STEM





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Featured Publications

Incorporation of sensing modalities into de novo designed fluorescence-activating proteins

Jason C Klima et al.
Andre Berndt lab / UW Depts. of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Institute for Protein Design / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Univ. of Calif. San Diego / Stanford Univ.
Nature Communications

Photopatterned biomolecule immobilization to guide three-dimensional cell fate in natural protein-based hydrogels

Ivan Batalov et al.
Kelly Stevens and Cole DeForest labs
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Long-term dry storage of enzyme-based reagents for isothermal nucleic acid amplification in a porous matrix for use in point-of-care diagnostic devices

Sujatha Kumar et al.
Barry Lutz and Paul Yager labs

Nearly-incompressible transverse isotropy (NITI) of cornea elasticity: model and experiments with acoustic micro-tapping OCE

John J Pitre Jr et al.
Ricky Wang, Matt O’Donnell, Ivan Pelivanov labs / UW Dept. of Ophthalmology
Scientific Reports

Designed protein logic to target cells with precise combinations of surface antigens

Marc J Lajoie et al.
Suzie Pun lab / UW Dept. of Biochemistry, Institute for Protein Design / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Increasing Fatty Acid Oxidation Prevents High-Fat Diet-Induced Cardiomyopathy Through Regulating Parkin-Mediated Mitophagy

Dan Shao et al.
Mike Regnier and Rong Tian labs / UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

An Open Resource for Non-human Primate Optogenetics

Sébastien Tremblay et al.
Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad lab / Univ. of Penn. and 30+ international institutions

3D curvature-instructed endothelial flow response and tissue vascularization

Christian Mandrycky et al.
Ying Zheng lab / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Science Advances

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