BME News

How Cells Remember

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. More

$3.3M Awarded to ENG Researchers under NIH BRAIN Initiative

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. More

ENG Researchers Awarded $1.59M to Advance New Treatment for Surgical Adhesions

By Liz SheeleyNovember 14th, 2018in NEWS, Spotlight Research

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. More

Antibiotic Resistance Without the Antibiotics

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. More

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Metamaterials Offer Communications Breakthroughs

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. More

ENG’s Xin Zhang Is BU’s 2018 Innovator of the Year, First Woman Chosen

Cited for translational research on use of metamaterials in MRI, acoustic technologies Xin Zhang, a College of Engineering professor, is the ninth faculty member to receive the BU Innovator of the Year award. Photo by Cydney Scott 10.24.2018 By Joel Brown Originally Featured on BU Today Xin Zhang is well-known for her pioneering work with... More

Treating Tumors with Light and Sound

In lumpectomy surgeries, operations where a (usually cancerous) lump is removed from the breast, many small, early-stage tumors can’t be felt by hand during an exam, which makes them difficult to locate during surgery. For tumors like these, a doctor typically inserts a thin guide wire, less than a millimeter wide, More