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

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! Deadline Friday February 24, 2017.

EBICS Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer 2017: Application NOW OPEN!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS) invites all undergraduates who are U.S. citizens/permanent residents AND currently enrolled in a science/engineering undergraduate program to apply! We strongly encourage students from underrepresented minority groups, women, and individuals with disabilities to submit an application! Learn about what EBICS REU offers and APPLY! Deadline Friday February 17, 2017.

A well-developed chicken embryo within the egg, and lesion within the brain, attributed to the Zika virus infection. The embryo was infected with the Zika virus at a time associated with the first trimester of a human pregnancy.

Stice Lab produces neurodevelopmental model with potential to accelerate research on Zika-related birth defects

Oct. 19, 2016 - Forrest Goodfellow, a 2012 EBICS REU student and mentored by professor Steven Stice since 2011, has been leading a team at University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center (RBC) since 2015 to develop a neurodevelopmental chick model that could mimic the effects of Zika on the first trimester of pregnancy. This model demonstrates fetal death and brain damage in early chick embryos similar to microcephaly -- a rare birth defect linked to the Zika virus, now alarming health experts worldwide.

Popescu and Gillette Labs collaboration develop new imaging method to analyze dynamics of cellular systems

Oct. 26, 2016 - Led by professor Gabriel Popescu and professor Martha Gillette, researchers at their respective labs, including former EBICS trainees Ru Wang, Basanta Baduri, Shamira Sridharan, Mustafa Mir, and Raj Iyer, developed a dye and chemical-free imaging method, phase correlation imaging (PCI), to track cells over long periods of time. PCI uses only light to reveal dynamics and provide insight into how cells function, develop and interact.


Ritu Raman completes her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Oct. 17, 2016 - Ritu Raman defended her dissertation, entitled "3D Printed Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots," with co-advisors Rashid Bashir and Taher Saif. Her committee members included Gabriel Popescu and Hyun Joon Kong. "We have developed and optimized novel stereolithographic 3D printing technologies as enabling tools for 'building with biology.' Using these 3D printers, we have forward-engineered biohybrid robots, or bio-bots, capable of complex controllable locomotion in response to a range of dynamic environmental signals. We anticipate that, in collaboration with the EBICS community, we can design bio-bots that target the next generation of grand engineering challenges," Raman explains. Read more!

Brian Williams earns EBICS Knowledge Transfer Award

Oct. 11, 2016 - Brian Williams, EBICS trainee based out of Saif Lab at UIUC, was recognized for his efforts in Knowledge Transfer, "For Leadership in Communicating Science to the Public." Brian was also awarded with $500 in recognition of his creativity, leadership, and hard work in STEM outreach. Brian has played a major role in the success of EBICS outreach activities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign such as Engineering Open House and Science at the Market. He has developed many of the activities now utilized in presentations for teachers to teach the public about EBICS research. Thank you Brian, for all your efforts!

Professor Manu Platt receives "40 under 40" honor from Atlanta Business Chronicle

Nov. 3, 2016  - Manu Platt, associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, was recognized by the Atlanta area as one of 40 leaders under the age of 40 who have made significant career achievements and have demonstrated substantial involvement in community service. Learn more about Professor Platt's work!

Professor Paula Hammond elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Oct. 17, 2016 - Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering and head of MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in recognition of her distinguished contributions to medicine and health. Membership in the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service. Learn more about Professor Hammond's awards and accomplishments!

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 9:00pm

REU at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
See also: Outreach
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, 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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