2019

[img] Rebecca Wells

Organ-Level Function on a Chip: Bile Duct-on-a-Chip

By James McGonigle on October 8, 2019

In a recent paper published in Hepatology, CEMB’s Rebecca G. Wells, reports on creating the first bile duct-on-a-chip, making it possible for more-complete research to be conducted without the need for human or animal participants. “Bile ducts pose great challenges to researchers because of their location and their complex function and cellular structure, which has […]

People’s Choice Award Given to Eoin McEvoy at Annual PSOC meeting

By Annie Jeong on September 23, 2019

CEMB Postdoctoral Fellow, Eoin McEvoy, was awarded the “People’s Choice” award at last week’s Physical Sciences in Oncology (PSOC) meeting for his poster, “An active free-energy-based model to investigate cancer cell invasion.” This award recognizes trainees who present posters to non-sicentists in an engaging and accessible manner. Judging was done by patien...

2019 Summer Undergraduates Conduct Novel Independent Research

By Annie Jeong on August 22, 2019

  The 2019 summer undergraduate research cohort consisted of 18 top undergraduates from around the country. Over the course of 10 weeks, the students became valued, contributing members of their research groups at University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to conducting novel independent research with graduate student and postdoctoral mentors, […]

[img] Lucia Strader

Plant Cell Mechanobiology Blossoming at WashU

By James McGonigle on August 14, 2019

Plant biologist Lucia Strader in the School of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis discovered a cellular transporter that regulates root initiation and progression.  Roots anchor plants in place and allow them to absorb nutrient from soil.  But the process of growing new roots is costly to a plant, and there can […]

Trainee Pilot Awards: Proposal Deadline Nears!

By James McGonigle on August 13, 2019

$10K TRAINEE PILOT AWARDS DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES CEMB encourages applications for up to 3 pilot awards of up to $10,000 each to pairs or groups of CEMB-affiliated trainees to carry out innovative and integrative pilot studies in mechanobiology. Open to any CEMB trainee affiliate (postdocs or graduate students) Each proposal must be submitted by a pair […]

Organs-on-Chips and Organoids: Best of Both Worlds

By James McGonigle on June 11, 2019

Dan Huh, the Wilf Family Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, focuses his research on creating organs-on-chips: specially manufactured micro-devices with human cells that mimic the natural cellular processes of organs. Recently, the  lab has engineered chips that approximate the functioning of the eye, a placenta and a diseased lung.  ...

Replicating fetal bone growth process could help heal large bone defects

By James McGonigle on June 10, 2019

From Penn Today:  June 6, 2019:  To treat large gaps in long bones, like the femur, which result from bone tumor removal or a shattering trauma, researchers Joel Boerckel’s group and the University of Illinois at Chicago developed a process that partially recreates the bone growth process that occurs before birth. A bone defect of more […]

Cells Control Their Own Fate by Manipulating their Environment

By James McGonigle on April 11, 2019

As stem cells differentiate into functional specialized cells, the process is controlled through signals from their surroundings.  In a recent paper published in Nature Materials, this CEMB study suggests that cells may have more control over their fate than previously thought. The study found that cells secrete proteins within hours of being encapsulated in specialized […]

Faculty promotions at Washington University in St. Louis

By James McGonigle on March 15, 2019

We are thrilled to congratulate two of our colleagues on their promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective next fall Marcus Foston, Associate Professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering.  BioProducts Engineering Lab. Amit Pathak, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. Cellular Mech...

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Vivek Shenoy receives Heilmeier Research Award

By James McGonigle on January 30, 2019

Heilmeier Awards Committee in Penn Engineering has selected Professor Vivek Shenoy from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as the recipient of the 2019 Heilmeier Research Award. This award is named for our late alumnus and Overseer George Heilmeier, whose many technological contributions include the development of liquid crystal displays. The distinction associated with the [&h...