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When it Rains……. It Swells.

By James McGonigle on June 24, 2020 in 2020, Home Page, News, Publications, Research

Elizabeth Haswell, PhD and professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and postdoctoral research scholar, Dabarati Basu have discovered the mechanosensitive ion channels in the plant’s cells that respond to swelling by inducing cell death — potentially to protect the rest of the plant. The discovery — reported by Haswell and Debarati Basu, […]

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Ben Prosser to Co-Lead $6.5 Million Transatlantic Grant to Investigate Cytoskeleton’s Role in Heart Disease

By James McGonigle on June 22, 2020 in 2020, Awards/Recognition, Home Page, News, Research

Benjamin L. Prosser, PhD, an assistant professor of Physiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will serve as the North American coordinator for a new, multi-institutional $6.5 million grant from the Leducq Foundation, aimed at better understanding the role the heart cell cytoskeleton plays in heart disease and finding new ways to […]

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Motor proteins create more stable tracks to deliver much-needed materials in plant cells

By James McGonigle on June 12, 2020 in 2020, Home Page, News, Research

From WashU’s, The Source. June 2, 2020. As a plant grows, it moves cellular material from its version of manufacturing sites to the cell wall construction zone. Transporter proteins, called motor proteins, are thought to move these cell wall cargo via a complex highway system made up of microtubule tracks. The position of these tracks […]

New COVID-19 Research Project from CEMB Postdoctoral Research Trainees

By James McGonigle on April 26, 2020 in 2020, Home Page, Research

“Engineered lung alveolar organoids to probe fibrotic remodeling in COVID-19 induced lung injuries” Claudia Loebel, MD/PhD and Matthew Davidson, PhD (PI: Jason Burdick)   Abstract:  Using engineered alveolar organoids and secreted extracellular matrix (ECM) labeling  and stiffening techniques, we will monitor cell behavior in response to mechanical perturbations and antiviral treatment.  Specifically, we will test […]

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Derrick Dean: ASU Professors Join COVID-19 Fight

By James McGonigle on April 22, 2020 in 2020, Home Page, Primary Investigators, Uncategorized

Two Alabama State University professors have joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by using their personal 3D printers to make medical face shields for health care workers who are in desperate need of protective gear.  Derrick Dean, professor and coordinator of Biomedical Engineering, and Windham Graves, assistant professor in the College of Visual and […]

Yale E. Goldman: 2020 recipient of the Kazuhito Kinosita Award in Single-Molecule Biophysics

By James McGonigle on January 27, 2020 in 2020, Awards/Recognition, Home Page, News, Primary Investigators

Congratulations to Yale E. Goldman for winning the Biophysical Society’s 2020 Kazuhito Kinosita Award in Single Molecule Biophysics. This award is in recognition of Yale’s seminal contributions in measuring and understanding orientations, rotations, and dynamics of motor proteins by developing and using single molecule imaging approaches.  Three papers significant to the award are listed below.  […]

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Remembering Barbara G. Pickard

By James McGonigle on December 23, 2019 in 2019, Home Page, News, People, Primary Investigators, Uncategorized

With great sadness, we share the loss of our friend, Prof. Barbara G. Pickard of Washington University in St. Louis.  Barbara passed on December 6, 2019, from complications related to hip surgery.   She served as a faculty fellow of CEMB since its inception. Prof. Pickard played a foundational role in ideas that helped shape CEMB, […]

Healing interventions for spinal disc injuries

By James McGonigle on November 18, 2019 in 2019, Home Page, News, Research

Researchers in the Mauck group have discovered that using a biological inhibitor to prevent cells in the spinal cord from becoming stressed and starting a subpar healing process gives doctors more time to treat injuries before they worsen. “These data show us that treating disc injuries very soon after injury is essential before this transition in […]