North Carolinian boats are now fishing off New Jersey’s coast
Feb. 18, 2019
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

As the oceans warm in response to climate change, fishing boats in the Mid-Atlantic that focus on only one or two species of fish are traveling more than 250 miles farther north than they did 20 years ago, while others catching a wide diversity of species have not changed fishing location, reported Talia…

Dying bacteria absorb antibiotic, allowing others to survive and grow
Feb. 5, 2019
Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

Bacteria have multiple strategies to survive antibiotics: developing genetic resistance to the drugs; delaying their growth; or hiding in

Biologists turn eavesdropping viruses into bacterial assassins
Dec. 13, 2018
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler and graduate student Justin Silpe have identified a virus, VP882, that can listen in on bacterial conversations — and then, in a twist like something out of a…

Researchers find a way to peel slimy biofilms like old stickers
Dec. 5, 2018
Written by Adam Hadhazy for the Office of Engineering Communications

Slimy, hard-to-clean bacterial mats called biofilms cause problems ranging from medical infections to clogged drains and fouled industrial equipment. Now, researchers at Princeton have found a way to cleanly and completely peel off these notorious sludges.

By looking at the films from a mechanical engineering perspective, as well as a…

New tools illuminate mechanisms behind overlooked cellular components’ critical roles
Nov. 30, 2018
Written by Adam Hadhazy for the Office of Engineering Communications

Creating new tools that harness light to probe the mysteries of cellular behavior, Princeton researchers have made discoveries about the formation of cellular components called membraneless organelles and the key role these organelles play in cells.

In two papers published Nov. 29 in the journal Cell, researchers from multiple…

Princeton and Microsoft collaborate to tackle fundamental challenges in microbiology
Nov. 29, 2018
Written by Princeton University

Princeton University has teamed up with Microsoft to collaborate on the leading edge of microbiology and computational modelling research.   

In this project, Microsoft is helping Princeton to better understand the mechanisms of biofilm formation by providing advanced technology that will greatly extend the type of research analysis…

Princeton Catalysis Initiative and Celgene sign 10-year, $6 million partnership
Nov. 27, 2018
Written by James Bronzan, Office of Communications

The Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI), an effort to accelerate interdisciplinary collaboration on catalysis — interpreted broadly — across the University and with industry, is flexing its muscles. PCI’s first…

'Focused Research Teams' take on emerging opportunities in biotechnology and robotics
Oct. 22, 2018
Written by Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications

In an initiative to boost collaborations on subjects too new to fit into existing departments and centers, the School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a program to fund small, cross-disciplinary groups of researchers called Focused Research Teams.

The school has named…

Sophomore Fotopoulos on co-founding a startup at Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs
Oct. 11, 2018
Written by Wright Seneres, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council

Niko Fotopoulos, a Princeton sophomore, is a co-founder of Blackwell, a medical technology startup. The Blackwell team spent this past summer at Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs, the first undergraduate team to do so.  

How did you (and your team) come up with your business ideas?
Princeton faculty Brangwynne, Sly; arts fellow Okpokwasili awarded MacArthur Fellowships
Oct. 4, 2018
Written by by Jamie Saxon, Steven Schultz and Molly Sharlach

Two Princeton professors — one who explores the interior structures of cells, and another who mathematically defines thresholds between shifting, complex systems — have been awarded 2018 MacArthur Fellowships. Choreographer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili, a Hodder Fellow in the Lewis…