Surafel Argaw, Kwasi Amofa, and Marc Shuler Win 2016 EBICS Annual Retreat's REU Poster Awards

Aug. 2, 2016 - Congratulations to Surafel Argaw, Kwasi Amofa, and Marc Shuler for winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes respectively at the REU Poster Presentations during the 2016 EBICS Annual Retreat! Sufafel, Kwasi, and Marc entered their EBICS REU journeys with different backgrounds of lab experience, but by the end of their 10-weeks, all returned to their home institutions similarly affected: encouraged by their expanded skill sets, inspired by the work and advice of their mentors and PIs, and grateful for the opportunities and the network afforded to them through the EBICS community. Click to learn more!

Highlights from the 2016 EBICS Annual Retreat

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2016 - 87 members of the EBICS community including faculty, trainees, REUs, External Advisory Committee (EAC), Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), and staff, participated in the 2016 EBICS Annual Retreat at the Q Center in St. Charles, IL. Click to see highlights of the Retreat!

Goals and impacts of the 1st International Workshop on Engineering Living Systems

Aug. 3-4, 2016 - The 1st International Workshop on Engineering Living Systems convened a cadre of 60 forward-looking thought-leaders across a variety of expertise including: industry, stem cell biology, developmental biology, synthetic biology, tissue chip engineering, robotics, and ethics, whose primary goal is the exploration of the ethical and research implications that arise from the EBICS mission to develop the capability to design, engineer and produce complex integrated cellular systems or "biological machines" that solve real-world problems in health, security, and the environment. Click to learn more!

Sebastien Uzel led development of a microfluidic device that replicates the connection between muscles and nerves

Aug. 3, 2016 - During his graduate studies at MIT, Sebastien Uzel, now a postdoc at Harvard, led the work on creating a quarter-sized microfluidic device, that allows researchers to influence and observe the interactions between the muscle tissue and motor neurons within a realistic, three-dimensional matrix. Click to learn more!

Meghan Ferrall-Fairbanks and Dayne West lead teams to receive top prize at PrePARE Professional Development Workshop

Aug. 7-12, 2016 - EBICS trainees Meghan Ferrall-Fairbanks (GT), Nicole Madfis (UC Merced), Tanya Singh (CCNY), and Dayne West (GT) attended the Paths Afforded by the Research Enterprise (PrePARE) Professional Development Workshop in Indianapolis, IN. Click to learn more!

Simone Douglas receives Sloan Fellowship

Aug. 26, 2016 - Simone Douglas was named as a 2016 Sloan Scholar as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) Program. Simone is a 2nd year Ph.D. student, mentored by Prof. Manu Platt, in the biomedical engineering program at Georgia Tech and Emory University. In EBICS, she is a member of the Student Leadership Council (SLC) and is currently researching alternative fibrinolysis pathways in the Vascularization Working Group, to characterize and control fibrin degradation in vascularized constructs. Click to learn more!

Clare Ko receives training grant, The Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program, supported by NIH

Aug. 25, 2016 - Clare Ko, EBICS trainee at UIUC mentored by Prof. Hyunjoon Kong, was selected from a strong applicant pool across UIUC to receive one of eight TiMe Training Program grants, which awards recipients up to two years of funding from the NIH, and provides recipients with curricular, extracurricular, professional development, and career development activities. Click to learn more!

NPR's Science Friday interviews Ritu Raman about UIUC's bio-bot research in their segment "Predicting the Future of Robotics"

July 22, 2016 - "And as engineers build squishy biological-machine hybrids, with mouse muscles and sea slug mouthparts, how far are we from creating truly living machines? A look at the future of 'bio-bots' and the unintended consequences of combining flesh, neurons, and mechanical parts." - Science Friday Listen to the episode now!