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What I Did for My Summer Vacation!

By James McGonigle on November 7, 2019

by Amanda Cottone and Jim McGonigle.   Our 2019 Summer Research Experience for Teachers program supported its 3rd cohort consisting of four high school STEM teachers from the Philadelphia area. Over the seven-week program, teachers immersed themselves in mechanobiology research at the University of Pennsylvania to engage in a real-world inquiry that marries science and engineering. […]

Applications Open for CEMB Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

By Annie Jeong on November 1, 2019

Applications are now open for the CEMB Summer Undergraduate Research Experience! During this 10-week immersive experience, rising juniors and sophomores from around the country engage in integrative, multidisciplinary research at UPenn or WashU campuses. In addition to becoming members of a lab, they also participate in professional development and communications workshops, grad school networki...

Why Tissue Gets Stiffer When Compressed

By Annie Jeong on October 16, 2019

In a study recently published in Nature, Drs. Paul Janmey and Vivek Shenoy, along with their graduate students Anne van Oosten and Xingyu Chen and collaborators, have answered the long-standing biomedical paradox of why tissues stiffen when compressed.  Reported in The Medium, the researchers found that when tissue is compressed, the cells inside expand laterally, […]

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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 […]

CEMB at BMES 2019

By Annie Jeong on October 3, 2019

There will be a strong showing of CEMB research at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society conference in Philadelphia, PA, on October 16-19, 2019. Co-organized by CEMB’s Jason Burdick, there will be 70 posters and talks by researchers in CEMB labs.  Included in this list are 10 summer undergraduate students, two of whom will be giving […]

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...

Blinking Eye-on-a-Chip featured in NSF video

By Annie Jeong on September 16, 2019

Recent research by CEMB PIs and trainees has been featured in NSF’s series, “4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn’t Hear About.” The blinking eye-on-a-chip is currently being used to study dry eye disease, with potential to  address many other diseases that affect the eye. In addition to lead authors Dan Huh, associate professor in Bioengineering […]

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 […]