In this issue: Research & Awards | Student & Alumni News | Announcements | Featured Publications
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 elected to AIMBE
The honor represents the top two percent of medical and biological engineers.
DeForest 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.
Stevens 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 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.
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.
UW 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.
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 Graduate Research Fellows tackle cancer therapies, drug delivery, artificial organs
Clinton Heinze, Trey Pichon, Olivia Prado are 2020 NSF Fellows.
Student 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.
Master 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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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.
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
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