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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Restoring the heart’s elasticity: new path against heart failure

By James McGonigle on July 23, 2018

Ben Prosser, Assistant Professor of Physiology and CEMB faculty researcher and his colleague, Ken Margulies recently reported in Nature Medicine, promising work into restoring elasticity to previously ‘damaged’ and stiff cardiac muscle cells.  The work focuses on the microtubules within a single cardiac cell. Diseased cells fill up with greater numbers of these filaments increasing ...

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Three CEMB faculty honored with Penn Scholarly Chairs

By James McGonigle on May 9, 2018

Penn Engineering is pleased to announce the recipients of three Scholarly Chairs: Drs. Vivek Shenoy, Jason Burdick, and Beth Winkelstein. These are well-deserved honors and we celebrate the privilege of having each of these outstanding scholars among us.  Read more at : SEAS news  

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Huh Lab Debuts “Eye-on-a-Chip” at AAAS Meeting

By Patience on March 7, 2018

Biomemetic devices represent a promising technological advance in the way we research and test complex biological systems. Engineered technologies that imitate cells, organs and processes can provide a controlled, scientific platform as an alternative to living tissue. Mimicry by lab-developed models can give us key insights into how natural systems will respond to stimuli while […]

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Haswell Elected as Delegate to AAAS

By Patience on March 6, 2018

CEMB is proud to congratulate Elizabeth S. Haswell, associate professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and CEMB Fellow, for her election as council delegate for biological sciences for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Haswell’s term began Feb. 20. Read more.