An exciting month for EBICS faculty! Professor Paula Hammond, Professor Steven Stice, and Professor Hyunjoon Kong receive respective honors for their achievements

Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor and Head of MIT's Chemical Engineering Department, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Hyunjoon Kong, interim Director of UIUC's Bioengineering graduate program, was elected by the College of Fellows for induction into The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Steven Stice, Director of UGA's Regenerative Bioscience Center, was honored as a recipient of the 2017 Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award.

Now you can build your own bio-bot! Instructions revealed by University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

In the cover article of Nature Protocols's March 2017 issue, Professor Rashid Bashir's research group shares the recipe for the current generation of bio-bots. "The protocol teaches every step of building a bio-bot, from 3D printing the skeleton to tissue engineering the skeletal muscle actuator, including manufacturers and part numbers for every single thing we use in the lab," explained Ritu Raman, now a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioengineering and first author of their paper, "A modular approach to the design, fabrication, and characterization of muscle-powered biological machines."

A.I. used to generate a never-before-seen cancer phenotype

Researchers from Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have had previously shown that pigment cells (melanocytes) in developing frogs could be converted to a cancer-like, metastatic form by disrupting their normal bioelectric and serotonergic signaling and had used AI to reverse-engineer a model that explained this complex process. However, during these extensive experiments, the biologists observed something remarkable: All the melanocytes in a single frog larva either converted to the cancer-like form or remained completely normal. In the new study, the researchers asked their AI-derived model to answer the question of how to achieve partial melanocyte conversion within the same animal using one or more interventions.  

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Events

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

Multi-Institutional Trainee Research Symposium

Location: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Micro and Nanothechnology Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room 3005) and Weblink
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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 11:00am

Distinguished Lecture Celeste Nelson

Location: Georgia Institute of Technology ( "Suddath Room" in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience) and Webinar Link
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 11:00am to Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

EBICS Annual Retreat

Location: Callway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

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