Welcome to UW Bioengineering’s Winter/Spring 2016 eNews!
I’m pleased to send you this update on our advances in bioengineering research and education, as well as recognize recent achievements of our students and faculty.
I hope you enjoy this issue.
Cecilia Giachelli, Ph.D.
W. Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair, Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of Washington
Innovation and Impact
Faculty Drew Sellers and Suzie Pun have discovered that a small peptide called TAxI, or Targeted Axonal Import, can transport a recombinant protein from muscle into motor neurons. Their findings may lead to new strategies for treating motor neuron diseases like ALS.
Associate Professor Xiaohu Gao’s lab has demonstrated a new method that reduces wait times for biological assays to minutes. The researchers propose that their “soak, drain and repeat” approach could lead to faster experiments and medical diagnostics.
Professor Patrick Stayton’s appointment as UW Bioengineering’s first Distinguished Career Professor recognizes his excellence in research, teaching, entrepreneurship, leadership and service.
Professor Suzie Pun’s election to this high professional honor recognizes her prolific spirit of innovation. NAI Fellows create or facilitate outstanding inventions that improve quality of life, economic development and societal welfare.
miPS Labs and MultiModal Health were selected from 18 teams that pitched to more than 90 judges at the March 3 event, which offered students an opportunity to pursue solutions to important health care issues and build entrepreneurial skills.
Bioengineers without Borders (BWB) recently secured a six month grant from Seattle’s PATH to support further development of an anesthetic delivery device for low-resource clinical settings.
Photonic Crystal Optical Tweezers with High Efficiency for Live Biological Samples and Viability Characterization
Jing P, Wu J, Liu GW, Keeler EG, Pun SH, Lin LY. Scientific Reports.
Towse CL, Rysavy SJ, Vulovic IM, Daggett V. Structure.
Quantitative proteomics identify DAB2 as a cardiac developmental regulator that inhibits WNT/?-catenin signaling
Hofsteen P, Robitaille AM, Chapman DP, Moon RT, Murry CE. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Zhang Q, Lee CS, Chao J, Chen CL, Zhang T, Sharma U, Zhang A, Liu J, Rezaei K, Pepple KL, Munsen R, Kinyoun J, Johnstone M, Van Gelder RN, Wang RK. Scientific Reports.
Racca AW, Klaiman JM, Pioner JM, Cheng Y, Beck AE, Moussavi-Harami F, Bamshad MJ, Regnier M. The Journal of Physiology.
Arts T, Reneman RS, Bassingthwaighte JB, van der Vusse GJ. PLoS Computational Biology.
Bioengineers in the News
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat profiled UW professor of pathology, bioengineering and medicine/cardiology Charles Murry’s journey from medical school to a Ph.D. and back again, to the forefront of cardiac stem cell science and engineering.
Assistant Professor Deok-Ho Kim and collaborators have demonstrated that electroconductive nanopatterned substrates can enhance the maturation and differentiation of skeletal muscle cells. The work was featured as the cover article of the first issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials in 2016.
Assistant Professor Kelly Stevens’s photo capturing human liver tissue growing in a mouse’s damaged liver was selected for a 2016 Wellcome Image Award. The Wellcome Image Awards celebrate the scientists, clinicians and photographers who bring science to life through remarkable imaging.
Graduate student Alex Jiao, a Ph.D. candidate in Assistant Professor Deok-Ho Kim’s lab, co-founded startup miPS with a novel idea: allow consumers to freeze their cells now, and be able to regenerate their bodies later. miPS was recently featured on Seattle’s KOMO TV.