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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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...
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, […]
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...
(News item prepared by Patience Graybill, Wash U) Researchers have thought that cancer begins when a single cell goes rogue in the body then begins to grow and multiply. Now, they are investigating evidence of more damage when a group of cells breaks off from a colony and more follow, leading to large-scale metastasis. Amit […]
(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 […]