2019

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...

Remembering William C. Hunter (1946 – 2019)

By James McGonigle on January 7, 2019

It is with great sadness that we report our dear friend and colleague, William (Bill) Hunter of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, passed away on January 3.  Bill was the founding director of diversity of the CEMB and played a major role in establishing the educational, diversity and outreach components of our new center. […]