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Mechanobiology Collection in Biophysical Journal

By Annie Jeong on June 25, 2020

CEMB Director Vivek Shenoy has curated a collection of recent, cross-kingdom mechanobiology published papers in Biophysical Journal: In this collection we have selected papers published in Biophysical Journal during the past year that focus on different aspects of mechanobiology. These articles highlight the cross-kingdom importance of mechanobiology, spanning shape evolution in plant organs an...

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When it Rains……. It Swells.

By James McGonigle on June 24, 2020

Elizabeth Haswell, PhD and professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and postdoctoral research scholar, Dabarati Basu have discovered the mechanosensitive ion channels in the plant’s cells that respond to swelling by inducing cell death — potentially to protect the rest of the plant. The discovery — reported by Haswell and Debarati Basu, […]

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Ben Prosser to Co-Lead $6.5 Million Transatlantic Grant to Investigate Cytoskeleton’s Role in Heart Disease

By James McGonigle on June 22, 2020

Benjamin L. Prosser, PhD, an assistant professor of Physiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will serve as the North American coordinator for a new, multi-institutional $6.5 million grant from the Leducq Foundation, aimed at better understanding the role the heart cell cytoskeleton plays in heart disease and finding new ways to […]

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Motor proteins create more stable tracks to deliver much-needed materials in plant cells

By James McGonigle on June 12, 2020

From WashU’s, The Source. June 2, 2020. As a plant grows, it moves cellular material from its version of manufacturing sites to the cell wall construction zone. Transporter proteins, called motor proteins, are thought to move these cell wall cargo via a complex highway system made up of microtubule tracks. The position of these tracks […]

New COVID-19 Research Project from CEMB Postdoctoral Research Trainees

By James McGonigle on April 26, 2020

“Engineered lung alveolar organoids to probe fibrotic remodeling in COVID-19 induced lung injuries” Claudia Loebel, MD/PhD and Matthew Davidson, PhD (PI: Jason Burdick)   Abstract:  Using engineered alveolar organoids and secreted extracellular matrix (ECM) labeling  and stiffening techniques, we will monitor cell behavior in response to mechanical perturbations and antiviral treatment.  Specif...

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Derrick Dean: ASU Professors Join COVID-19 Fight

By James McGonigle on April 22, 2020

Two Alabama State University professors have joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by using their personal 3D printers to make medical face shields for health care workers who are in desperate need of protective gear.  Derrick Dean, professor and coordinator of Biomedical Engineering, and Windham Graves, assistant professor in the College of Visual and […]

DIY Origami Face Masks For COVID-19

By James McGonigle on April 22, 2020

Seed Grant recipient Shu Yang, Ph.D., has developed a novel approach to developing home-made facemask to protect the spread of the COVID-19 virus. READ MORE

Four trainee teams awarded CEMB Pilot Grants

By Annie Jeong on March 2, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 Pilot grant awardees! Four trainee teams were awarded pilot funding to conduct interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, and cross-kingdom research. Check out the project titles and awardees below: The impact of proteoglycan structure on collagen fibrous network behavior Awardees: Dongning Chen (Penn) and Richard Vincent (NJIT) Characterizing the Piezoelectric Response...

Penn BioConnect: May 5, 2020

By Annie Jeong on March 2, 2020

The inaugural Penn BioConnect Symposium will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 11am-5pm in the Smilow Center for Translational Reseach. This first-of-its-kind symposium is designed to connect Penn trainees with BioTech companies in Philadelphia and to provide opportunities for increased integration and alignment between Penn’s training programs and industry needs.  Faculty keynote by Dan ...

Yale E. Goldman: 2020 recipient of the Kazuhito Kinosita Award in Single-Molecule Biophysics

By James McGonigle on January 27, 2020

Congratulations to Yale E. Goldman for winning the Biophysical Society’s 2020 Kazuhito Kinosita Award in Single Molecule Biophysics. This award is in recognition of Yale’s seminal contributions in measuring and understanding orientations, rotations, and dynamics of motor proteins by developing and using single molecule imaging approaches.  Three papers significant to the award are listed below....