2017 Summer School on Engineered Living Systems: Application NOW OPEN!

Rolling admissions! The primary goal of the 2017 Summer School on Engineered Living Systems (ELS) is to build the scientific/engineering base and probe the ethical implications that arise from these complex biological interactions, their resultant emergent behaviors, and the ultimate creation of complex biological systems engineered to perform specific, targeted functions. Learn more about what Summer School on ELS offers and APPLY!

EBICS Knowledge Transfer in Action!: Kara McCloskey delivers UIUC-developed bio-bot teaching module to UC Merced

Jan. 11, 2017 - Kara McCloskey, EBICS faculty member at UC Merced, collaborates with Renuka Nandkishore and Rashid Bashir's lab at UIUC to teach students in her Tissue Engineering Design course to build living, walking robots, aka "bio-bots," out of engineered muscle cells. By harnessing the adaptive response behaviors of biological materials, bio-bots could accomplish more than traditional robots can, due to complex functionalities like self-assembly or self-healing. 

Lu Lab exposes masses of hidden traits and possible subtle genetic connections relevant to unseen influences on disease

Nov. 23, 2016 - Hang Lu, EBICS faculty member at Georgia Tech, led researchers to develop algorithms and a special microscope slide to expose previously unseen neurological nuances and intricate mutations that may be behind them. Their findings, published in Nature Communications exposes some of the secrets behind gene mutations towards localizing genetic biomarkers for diseases in humans and understanding debilitating disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and autoimmune disorders. 

Brian Williams completes his PhD at University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign

Aug. 8, 2016 - Brian Williams defended his dissertation "Low Reynolds Number Biohybrid Swimming" at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in front of advisor, Taher Saif, and the rest of his defense committee Hyunjoon Kong, Rhanor Gillette, and Gabriel Juarez. Williams was one of EBICS's most prolific developers of outreach demonstrations, used in community events in Champaign, to present core EBICS research concepts, highlights of which include the soft robotics inchworm, the optogenetic bot, and most recently, the Elementary Braitenberg vehicle.

EBICS core principles: Ethics modules and Interdisciplinary modules are now fully updated on EBICS website!

EBICS affiliates have presented the EBICS Ethic Modules to a wide range of audiences throughout the United States. The EBICS Education team has curated interdisciplinary modules from EBICS faculty to bridge potential gaps in technical knowledge experienced by students from disparate engineering and science backgrounds and to provide continuing education for EBICS undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs. We will continue to update the series of lectures going forward. 

Stice Lab research featured on cover of Stem Cells and Development's 25th Anniversary issue

Dec. 6, 2016 - The "Stice Stice Lab produces a neurodevelopment model with potential to accelerate research on Zika-related birth defects" feature story from the November 2016 EBICS Newsletter landed the cover feature of Stem Cells and Development's 25th Anniversary issue in support of their paper, "Zika Virus Induced Mortality and Microcephaly in Chicken Embryos." 

Prof. Laurie Boyer leads Journal Club discussion on "Developmental Engineering of Cell Fate Decisions"

Dec. 12, 2016 - MIT hosted Journal Club where the EBICS community across 7 of its affiliated institutions and organizations tuned into Prof. Laurie Boyer's discussion of two papers "Mapping the Pairwise Choices Leading from Pluripotency to Human Bone, Heart, and Other Mesoderm Cell Types" and "Tissue Mechanics Orchestrate Wnt-Dependent Human Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation" to illustrate the importance of developmental engineering of cell fate decisions.

Welcome to Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems

Events

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, June 16, 2017 - 9:00pm

2017 Summer School on Engineered Living Systems

Location: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 9:00pm

REU at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
See also: Outreach
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:00pm

REU at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Location: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
See also: Outreach

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