Penn Engineering is pleased to announce the recipients of three Scholarly Chairs: Drs. Vivek Shenoy, Jason Burdick, and Beth Winkelstein. These are well-deserved honors and we celebrate the privilege of having each of these outstanding scholars among us. Read more at : SEAS news
Andrei Georgescu, a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Dan Huh’s research group, presented the lab’s work at the Pennovation Center as part of the Penn’s celebration of “Be A Scientist Day” on Sunday, April 22. Dozens of activities, demonstrations, and talks made for a fabulous day to delve into the world of science and technology. […]
CEMB is excited to announce that our core course “Integrative Plant and Animal Mechanobiology” has been approved for the fall semester. It will be offered at UPenn and WUSTL on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 Eastern Time, with lectures given at multiple sites and broadcast to all. At Penn, the course number is CAMB 711 (we’re working […]
A system of interconnected, fluid-filled compartments lies below the skin’s surface, lining the digestive tract, lungs and urinary systems, and around arteries, veins, and the space between muscles, according to a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, and the New York University School of […]
Congrats to CEMB PIs Vivek Shenoy, Jason Burdick, Paul Janmey, and Robert Mauck and their new publication on how matching material and cellular timescales effects cell spreading in viscoelastic substrates. Read more in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Two new publications from the lab of Ram Dixit at Washington University in St. Louis indicate how kinesin motor proteins and the microtubule tracks on which they move are regulated in plant cells. Kinesins are proteins that work as “engines” that carry material from one part of the cell to the next. As a transporter […]
Dr. Erica Holzbaur is serving as a co-chair of an upcoming Gordon Conference titled “Cell Biology of the Neuron: Emerging Themes in Neuronal Trafficking, Homeostasis, Synapse Function and Disease Mechanisms.” The conference, set for June 24-29 of this year, promises to attract leaders in the field who are at the cutting-edge of nerve cell research. […]
Biomemetic devices represent a promising technological advance in the way we research and test complex biological systems. Engineered technologies that imitate cells, organs and processes can provide a controlled, scientific platform as an alternative to living tissue. Mimicry by lab-developed models can give us key insights into how natural systems will respond to stimuli while […]
CEMB is proud to congratulate Elizabeth S. Haswell, associate professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and CEMB Fellow, for her election as council delegate for biological sciences for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Haswell’s term began Feb. 20. Read more.
Mechanics of Muscle Cells Revealed: Ostap and Sindelar Use Advanced Microscopy to Show Myosin’s Role in Contraction
The Winter Olympics are dominating news headlines, but how do speed skaters and downhill skiers summon the speed to go for the gold? Muscles – contracting slow and fast – allow these athletes to power through the race and sprint to the finish. The remarkable nanometer-sized cellular machines that drive muscle contraction are called myosins. […]