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Kumar lab sheds new light on cellular stress fiber networks

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 13:15
New research from Professor Sanjay Kumar's lab uncovers fundamental design principles of how cells and tissues define and maintain their structure, combining sophisticated micropatterning technologies to engineer cell shape, laser nanosurgery to cut individual stress fibers with light and probe their internal structure, and mathematical modeling. Cell shape is critical in development, wound healing, stem cell differentiation, and cancer, among other processes. The lead author is bioengineering PhD student Elena Kassianidou .
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Arkin will lead new NASA Center

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:28
Professor Adam Arkin will lead the new NASA Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), a Space Technology Research Institute to advance research into an integrated, multi-function, multi-organism bio-manufacturing system to produce fuel, materials, pharmaceuticals and food on long-term space missions.
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U.S. patent office issues decision in CRISPR-Cas9 case

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:24
The ruling says that the inventions claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by the Doudna/Charpentier research group and those filed by the Broad Institute are separately patentable, moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent.
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UC Berkeley, NASA looking for citizen scientists to help find Planet 9

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:00
Volunteers needed to scan images of the sky to look for moving specks of light that could be a new planet or brown dwarf
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Fossil record should help guide conservation in a changing world

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:28
Writers, lawyers and policymakers as well as biologists and paleobiologists urge a focus on saving resilient ecosystems as well as species
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Three faculty named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:37
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has announced it's inaugural class of 47 faculty investigators from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Stanford, including three Berkeley Bioengineers. Professors Dan Fletcher, Amy Herr and Aaron Streets are among the 13 Berkeley faculty who will receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research.
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Ackerly Elected to Ecological Society of America

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:28
Ackerly In Grass

Professor David Ackerly has been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. The ESA cited his contributions "for pioneering the integration of phylogenetic methods into ecology to generate new understanding of the evolutionary processes that contribute to the ecological function and community assembly of plants." Ackerly joins Professor Mary Power, who was elected as a Fellow and also served as President of ESA in 2009-2010.
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Connolly Lab wins safety award

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:29
Professor Steven Conolly’s lab has won the 2017 Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award in the Large Physical Sciences Lab category. Winners were selected based on consideration of the lab’s safety inspection results, internal safety communications, and collaboration with EH&S and Department Safety Coordinators.
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Arkin and Keasling break ground on the IGI

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 16:21
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab began construction of the Integrative Genomics Building (IGB), which will house researchers from the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute with those from the Systems Biology Knowledgebase under one roof. Bioengineering professors Adam Arkin, Director of Kbase, and Jay Keasling, Biosciences Associate Laboratory Director, were on hand for the groundbreaking.
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$3.6 million from NIH to build better infectious disease surveillance

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 15:50
Berkeley is leading a global project that will use big data to simulate and track infectious diseases around the world.
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UC, CSU faculty send open letter to Trump on climate change

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:00
More than 2,300 faculty from all disciplines urge action on climate change
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Mofrad lab on the cover of ACS Nano

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:08
Research from Professor Mohammad Mofrad's lab, "Bacterial Networks on Hydrophobic Micropillars", made the cover of the journal ACS Nano this issue.
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A chain reaction to spare the air

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:12
Bakar Fellow Jeffrey Long, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has devised a new material that can capture and release CO2 at a lower temperature and in a much greater volume than present-day technologies
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Healy Lab featured on Futurism

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:06
Healy Lab's heart-on-a-chip technology is the subject of a video feature at Futurism.
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Scientists unveil new form of matter: time crystals

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 08:30
By repeatedly tweaking a group of ions, physicists make first example of a non-equilibrium material: a system that repeats in time, rather than space
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Center for Built Environment, turning 20, helps shape building industry

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:58
Its research offers building operators, managers and designers new tools to enhance energy efficiency, environmental quality and livability for residents and workers — from the open-office plan and the cubicle to multifamily structures
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CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 08:15
Five year, $125 million investment in Innovative Genomics Institute will help improve global food security and the environment
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Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:00
Study finds that blinking prompts eye muscles to keep our vision in line
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Amy Herr is first Faculty Director of Bakar Fellows

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:43
Professor Amy Herr has been named the the inaugural faculty director of the Bakar Fellows Program at UC Berkeley. The program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture, to help professors translate their ground-breaking discoveries into practical solutions and contribute to Berkeley's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Herr was a member of the first class of Bakar Fellows in 2012.
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