In new research published in Cell, Assistant Professor Ahmad ‘Mo’ Khalil, graduate student Minhee Park and colleagues engineered a fully synthetic epigenetic system to better understand, study, and control its behaviors. Using synthetic biology, they constructed molecular modules that mimic features of natural epigenetic systems and found that they were able to induce epigenetic activities in mammalian cells, such as storing cellular memory.
Author: Liz Sheeley
Their research proposal has three specific aims, but overall plans to deliver a systematic understanding of the effects of a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, ultrasound neuromodulation.
Professor Muhammad Zaman and his team at Boston University are partnering with Merck Global Health to further develop PharmaChk, a user-friendly, portable device for testing drugs of questionable quality.
Professor Joyce Wong (BME, MSE) and Associate Professor R. Glynn Holt (ME), have discovered a possible non-invasive, preventative treatment to keep abdominal adhesions from forming after surgery. With a new grant from the National Institutes of Health for phase II of their project, the pair hope to continue the work to develop this for clinical use one day.
Antibiotic resistance is a global threat that leads to more than 23,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Over exposure to antibiotics has long been blamed, but Assistant Professor Mary Dunlop is flipping that idea on its head, finding that bacteria can also develop resistance without being exposed to antibiotics.
Professor Christopher Chen has been selected to receive the 2019 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award, the Biomedical Engineering Society’s premier recognition for outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering.
Professor Xin Zhang (ME, ECE, BME, MSE) is an expert in the field of metamaterials and recently her lab has developed two new structures that can manipulate sound and electromagnetic waves. Although they are different, both offer two forms of wave control in their own spectrums, performance yet seen in other devices.
Engineers solve grand challenges by forming interdisciplinary centers
New device could make lumpectomies faster and more precise
The College of Engineering honored three alumni for their career achievements and for the support they have given their alma mater and community during BU Alumni Weekend ceremony in September. After a welcoming address from Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen, two current students introduced the three 2018 honorees – Larry Leszczynski (BME ’85, ’87), Anne Hines (BME ’85) and Tonie Leatherberry (ME ’85).