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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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Dan Huh Wins 2018 Lush Science Prize for Organ-on-a-Chip Work

By James McGonigle on February 11, 2019

The Lush Prize is a major initiative aiming to bring forward the day when safety testing takes place without the use of animals.  It focuses pressure on toxicity testing for consumer products and ingredients, in a way which complements the many projects already addressing the use of animals in medical testing.  The Lush Prize rewards […]

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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. […]

A Partnership to Advance Useful Knowledge

By James McGonigle on December 5, 2018

The CEMB is dedicated to connecting its research to a wide audience across the biomedical community, especially to those in the biomedical industries.  This is part of the ‘knowledge transfer mandate’ from NSF’s Science and Technology Center program.  Through a newly announced partnership, The Alliance of Advanced Biomedical Engineering (AABME) will connect CEMB with scientists, […]

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Jason Burdick’s, PROHIBIX, launches at Penn incubator space

By James McGonigle on November 14, 2018

On November 1, The University of Pennsylvania launched a new partnership with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the health care giant’s collaborative arm. Known as JPOD @ Philadelphia and based in the Pennovation Center, JPOD is a start-up incubator designed to accelerate innovative health care technologies.  Among the several companies there is Prohibix, a company started by CEMB researcher Ja...

Successful Summer: CEMB Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Washington University in St. Louis

By James McGonigle on August 27, 2018

(News item prepared by Patricia Widder, Wash U) The Washington University in St. Louis cohort of the CEMB Undergraduate Research Program had a productive and successful summer, with a full schedule of research, education, and outreach.  The 10-week program brought five students from four different universities to Wash U’s campus to work and learn in […]