Biotechnology

Brangwynne receives HHMI technology award for super-high-resolution microscopes
June 12, 2019
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded Clifford Brangwynne one of 40 Transformative Technology 2019 (TT19) Awards to create a shared research facility, NanoCIE: Nanoscale Condensate Imaging and Engineering.

Brangwynne, a professor of

Schmidt fund awarded to two transformative bioengineering projects
June 10, 2019
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Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Two research initiatives that aspire to engineer new biomaterials for unmet medical and research needs have been awarded funding through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.

The awards will go to cross-disciplinary…

Hop to It: New look upends old concept of bacteria’s movement
May 21, 2019
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Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

Bacteria get a bum rap. Long cast as deadly enemies, bacteria have emerged as allies in the fights against pollution and disease. But harnessing that potential will require a strategy to control their behavior.

Engineered bacteria can help clean up polluted aquifers, where they move through porous rocks and wet sediments to target and…

Avalos wins teacher-scholar award
May 14, 2019
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

José Avalos has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar “for spatial and dynamic control of engineered metabolism for microbial chemical production."

The award is given to chemical…

Princeton scientists bioengineer a cellular speedometer
May 13, 2019
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

An all-Princeton research team has identified bacteria that can detect the speed of flowing fluids.

Many kinds of cells can sense flow, just as our skin cells can feel the difference between a gentle breeze and a strong wind. But we depend on feeling the force involved, the push-back from the air against us. Without that push, we can’t…

Research finds some bacteria travel an alternate path to antibiotic resistance
April 25, 2019
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Written by Adam Hadhazy, Office of Engineering Communications

In a study with implications for efforts to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers at Princeton have identified a new, troubling path that some bacteria take toward resistance.

The discovery focused on bacteria called persisters, which are different from antibiotic-resistant…

Princeton scientists discover an interaction that helps cancers spread to bone
April 15, 2019
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Written by by Caitlin Sedwick for the Department of Molecular Biology

A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered a factor that promotes the spread of cancers to bone, opening the way toward treatments that could mitigate cancer’s ability to colonize bone. The study by Mark Esposito,

New technology marks a key step toward shrinking a medical lab to fit on fingertip
April 1, 2019
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Written by Bennett McIntosh for the School of Engineering and Applied Science

Identifying a patient’s viral infection or diagnosing a blood disorder usually requires a lab and skilled technicians. But researchers at Princeton University have developed a new technology that goes a long way toward replacing the lab with a single microchip.

In an important step toward performing medical diagnoses using handheld…

Pablo Debenedetti delivers Gubbins Lectures on the profound oddities of water
March 22, 2019
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Written by Scott Lyon

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Pablo Debenedetti delivered the 2019 Keith E. Gubbins Lectures at North Carolina State University. The lectures, a two-part series that connects deep inquiry to its profound implications for technology, focused on the strange…

Funds spur innovation and benefit for society
March 6, 2019
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Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

Funds spur innovation and benefit for society Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications Mar 6, 2019 faculty A new method to combat antibiotic resistance; a way to use computer science to limit misinformation; and a plan to better understand the impacts of land use and climate change on flooding are among 19 projects awarded…