Paper on Transmural Flow published in Small

Published: January 6, 2020

Congratulations to EBICS members Gio Offeddu and Roger Kamm, as well as Industrial Advisory Committee member Dean Hickman on the publication of "Application of Transmural Flow Across In Vitro Microvasculature Enables Direct Sampling of Interstitial Therapeutic Molecule Distribution" in the journal Small!

TERMIS endorses M-CELS Workshop

Published: January 6, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society has endorsed the Workshop on Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems, to be held in Bethesda, MD on May 26-28, 2020. Registration is now open.

ENGAGES and BEEAM high school students attended ABRCMS conference

Published: December 9, 2019

High school students from the ENGAGES program at Georgia Tech and the BEEAM program at MIT were able to meet each other and share experiences at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Anaheim, CA from November 13-16, 2019. Students attended scientific sessions, networking sessions, and group meals. They also got to spend time with a number of EBICS alums!

New paper on automated design of PSC self-organization published today in Cell Systems

Published: November 20, 2019

Congratulations to EBICS members Ashley Libby, David Joy, Calin Belta, and Todd McDevitt, and EBICS alum Demarcus Briers, on their paper, "Automated Design of Pluripotent Stem Cell Self-Organization" that came out in Cell Systems today, November 20!

EBICS members attend workshop on Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China

Published: November 6, 2019

EBICS members Roger Kamm (MIT), Caroline Lowenthal (MIT), Ron Weiss (MIT), Taher Saif (UIUC), and Shuichi Takayama (Georgia Tech) attended a workshop on Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems (M-CELS) at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in October 2019.

Pericytes Contribute to Dysfunction in a Human 3D Model of Placental Microvasculature through VEGF-Ang-Tie2 Signaling

Published: October 30, 2019

Congratulations to EBICS members Tina Haase and Roger Kamm on the publication of Pericytes Contribute to Dysfunction in a Human 3D Model of Placental Microvasculature through VEGF-Ang-Tie2 Signaling in Advanced Science!

Epi-illumination gradient light interference microscopy for imaging opaque structures

Published: October 29, 2019

Congratulations to EBICS members Mikhail Kandel, Chenfei Hu, Ghazal Naseri Kouzehgarani, Hyunjoon Kong, Martha U. Gillette, and Gabriel Popescu on the publication of Epi-Illumination Gradient Light Interference Microscopy for Imaging Opaque Structures in Nature Communications.

Blood Brain barrier Dysfunction in a 3D in vitro Model of Alzheimer's disease

Published: October 16, 2019

Congratulations to Yoojin Shin and Roger Kamm on the publication of their paper, "Blood Brain Barrier Dysfunction in a 3D in vitro Model of Alzheimer's Disease" in Advanced Science

Researchers build microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nerves

Published: September 16, 2019

EBICS Professors Rashid Bashir and Taher Saif were recently featured for their work on swimming biohybrid biobots

MIT High School and Undergrad Summer Interns Finish Program

Published: August 14, 2019

Congratulations to the students in MIT's BEEAM high school research program and undergraduate REU program who have all successfully completed a summer of intensive research in MIT's labs.

EBICS Annual Retreat

Published: August 1, 2019

At the end of July, representatives from all of the participating EBICS institutions, including members of the 2019 summer REU program and the ENGAGES program at Georgia Tech came together in Georgia for three days of research presentations, collaboration, and fun

Dr. Hang Lu Wins Lab on a Chip "Pioneers of Miniaturization" Lectureship

Published: July 23, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Hang Lu of Georgia Tech, who has won the 2019 "Pioneers of Miniaturization" lectureship, sponsored by Dolomite and Lab on a Chip, for her outstanding contributions to the understanding and development of miniaturized systems.

Perspective on Responsible M-CELS Research Published

Published: July 23, 2019

A group of M-CELS researchers and ethicists that came together during the 2018 EBICS M-CELS conference has recently published "Multi-cellular engineered living systems: building a community around responsible research on emergence" in Biofabrication

The perspective explores the ethical and societal challenges that are beginning to arise in the field of M-CELS and the need for an M-CELS community that actively addresses these aspects of the research. 

EBICS MIT Hosts Trainee Research Symposium

Published: April 5, 2019

EBICS MIT recently hosted its spring Research Symposium, featuring research presentations from Hyeonyu Kim, Marianna Sofman, Min-Cheol Kim, Vera Koledova, Alex Brown, Wade Wang, and Jean Carlos Serrano.

Dr. Paula Hammond Featured as an "Amazing Woman of Chemistry"

Published: March 20, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Paula Hammond, who was recently featured as one of Chemistry and Engineering News' "Amazing Women in Science". In her interview, Dr. Hammond discusses her research on polymer chemistry, her background, and the importance of diversity in science and education.

Grooved Surfaces Help Organize Neuron/Muscle Growth

Published: February 7, 2019

Congratulations to Eunkyung Ko, Seung Jung Yu, Gelson J. Pagan‐Diaz, Ziad Mahmassani, Marni D. Boppart, Sung Gap I, Rashid Bashir, and Hyunjoon Kong on the publication of "Matrix Topography Regulates Synaptic Transmission at the Neuromuscular Junction" in Advanced Science

Dr. Rashid Bashir on PBS NewsHour

Published: February 7, 2019

UIUC's Rashid Bashir and PBS NewsHour's Miles O'Brien talk about how engineers are using the design principles found in nature to create new and improved biobots.

ALS-on-a-chip Featured on Atlas of Science

Published: January 28, 2019

Professor Linda Griffith Named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Published: January 3, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Linda Griffith, who is one of three MIT faculty to be named as a 2018 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

2019 REU Applications Open Now

Published: December 3, 2018

Applications for the 2019 Research Experience for Undergraduates program are open now! This funded summer research program matches undergraduate students with researchers at MIT, Georgia Tech, and UIUC. Applications are open until February 15th, 2019.

EBICS Distinguished Lecture Series ft. Dr. Nigel Goldenfeld

Published: November 28, 2018

11/26/18 - Dr. Nigel Goldenfeld presented his lecture, "Emergence", at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Dr. Goldenfeld discussed the collective behavior of complex systems and the new laws of physics which describe these emergent states of matter. A full recording of his lecture is available here.

Dr. Linda Griffith on PBS NewsHour

Published: November 26, 2018

MIT's Dr. Linda Griffith and PBS NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan talk about her work on "Body on a Chip" models, which allow researchers to study the effects of new drugs on multiple interacting tissue types. Watch the full interview here.


Christina Haase Wins NAVBO Outstanding Poster Award

Published: November 1, 2018

Congratulations to Christina (Tina) Haase for winning an Outstanding Poster Award at the North American Vascular Biology Organization's 2018 conference for her poster: Placental pericytes contribute to dysfunction and inflammation in a 3D model of placental microvasculature through VEGF-Ang-Tie2 signaling

M-CELS Perspective Published

Published: October 12, 2018

Congratulations to Roger D. Kamm, Rashid Bashir, Natasha Arora, Roy D. Dar, Martha U. Gillette, Linda G. Griffith, Melissa L. Kemp, Kathy Kinlaw, Michael Levin, Adam C. Martin, Todd C. McDevitt, Robert M. Nerem, Mark J. Powers, Taher A. Saif, James Sharpe, Shuichi Takayama, Shoji Takeuchi, Ron Weiss, Kaiming Ye, Hannah G. Yevick, and Muhammad H. Zaman on the publication of Perspective: The promise of multi-cellular engineered living systems in APL Bioengineering on October 11, 2018!

Testing new drugs with “ALS-on-a-chip”

Published: October 12, 2018

Congratulations to MIT postdoc Tatsuya Osaki, Harvard postdoc Sebastien G. M. Uzel, and MIT Professor Roger D. Kamm on the publication of Microphysiological 3D model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) from human iPS-derived muscle cells and optogenetic motor neurons in the journal Science Advances. The research and the article were featured on the front page of the MIT website on October 11.

Georgia Institute of Technology welcomes Project ENGAGES, Cohort 6.

Published: June 27, 2018

Georgia Institute of Technology welcomes Project ENGAGES, Cohort 6.

A new class of scholars will complete a four-week bootcamp inclusive of biology, physics, coding and math to prepare for their full-time lab and research experience during the month of July.  The summer component will end with a grand finale oral and poster presentation on July 24, 2018 and then the students will return part-time on August 15, 2018.  

To learn more about Project ENGAGES, click here. 

Hang Lu and Melissa Kemp join new Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology!

Published: June 27, 2018

Hang Lu and Melissa Kemp join new Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology!


The new Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology (SCMB), which includes the Georgia Institute of Technology, aims to convey the benefits of physics' age-old intertwining with math upon biology, a science historically less connected with it.

The National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation have launched a large collaboration of bioscientists and mathematicians to advance both fields. The project will have a total of four centers funded with a total of $40 million, one of which is headquartered at Georgia Tech and will receive a fourth of the funding. The SCMB is one of four NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems.


"Math can potentially change the way we do our experiments," said Hang Lu, who co-leads of the center. "If you model your data with topology (a field of mathematics) you see that your data can have a shape," Lu said. "And that can make you go look for different kinds of data."

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Taher Saif wins Koiter Medal

Published: June 27, 2018

Taher Saif wins Koiter Medal

Taher Saif has been named the 2018 recipient of the Warner T. Koiter Medal, granted by ASME in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of solid mechanics. He is the first winner of this award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Pradeep Sharma, the Chair of ASME's AMD Executive Committee noted, "Professor Saif receives the Koiter Medal for employing principles of mechanics to explore phenomena at small scale providing the first evidence of plastic strain recovery in nanograined metals, and neuronal tension and its influence on neurotransmission; as well as providing leadership in promoting mechanics research in frontier areas."

Platt Lab & EBICS Take Over Protease Conference in Italy

Published: June 27, 2018

Platt Lab & EBICS Take Over Protease Conference in Italy


EBICS trainee Simone Douglas, PhD student of Dr. Manu Platt, attended the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Conference (GRC) on Proteolytic Enzymes and Their Inhibitors in Lucca (Barga), Italy! Simone delivered a talk titled "Human Cathepsins K, L, and S: Related Proteases, but Unique Fibrinolytic Activity" at the GRS and presented a poster on the topic. At the GRC, she had an opportunity to give a 3-minute rapid fire talk as a preview to the poster session. Simone talked to other researchers about EBICS and how regulation of proteolytic activity is important in the design of engineered living systems. The data presented was well received by the protease community! Fibrin as a substrate for degradation by cathepsins is novel, and many researchers believe understanding this proteolytic mechanism is important for future fibrin-based tissue engineered constructs. Simone acknowledges that her collaborations through EBICS sparked the exploration of this topic and was grateful for the opportunity to present her work at an international conference.

Dr. Ritu Raman is organizing and presenting at a workshop focused on bio-hybrid machines at the IEEE EMBS Conference

Published: June 27, 2018

Dr. Ritu Raman is presenting at the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics in London

"Optogenetic Skeletal Muscle-Powered Adaptive Biological Machines".

Understanding the design rules that govern the structure and function of natural biological systems gives us the ability to forward engineer machines integrated with and powered by biological components. Such machines, or "bio-bots," can sense, process, and respond to dynamic environmental signals in real time, enabling a variety of applications. Here we present a modular optogenetic muscle actuator used to power actuation and locomotion of 3D printed flexible skeletons. Observing and controlling the functional response of such muscle-powered machines helps replicate the complex adaptive functionality we observe in natural biological systems. This demonstration thus sets the stage for building the next generation of bio-integrated machines and systems targeted at a diverse array of functional tasks.

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NSF EBICS Outreach at UC Merced: McCloskey Lab Tour

Published: June 27, 2018

NSF EBICS Outreach at UC Merced: McCloskey Lab Tour

On a warm spring Sunday morning, the Minds in Motion Merced Track team visited the McCloskey lab at UC Merced. EBICS graduate trainees (with aid of a former EBICS REU summer student) lead an EBICS related outreach activity aimed at educating the high school students about EBICS themes and the power of Bioengineering. Rachel Hatano started the event with a short presentation about what bioengineering entails and explained the interesting research being conducted throughout the EBICS center. She emphasized the construction/development of the biobots and the complex behavior that emerges when cells come together. Later, the students were lead to the McCloskey lab where they received a lab tour and were split into three groups. Group one worked with Anley to culture stem cells. Group two worked with Gregory to thaw stem cells from liquid nitrogen. Group three worked with Jose to practice the fundamentals of microfluidic device fabrication. With these hands-on activities the students began to understand in what it means to work with cell and how these cells can later be used to create bigger systems such as the biobots.

Congratulations to Rajashekar Iyer of the Gillette Lab!

Published: June 27, 2018

Congratulations to Rajashekar Iyer of the Gillette Lab!

Rajashekar Iyer's presentation at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience meeting has won a 2018 Platform Presentation Award in the UIUC Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Awards Ceremony will be held May 3, 2018.

Citation: Iyer R., T. Kim, M. Kandel, Y.S. Kim, J. Mitchell, G. Popescu, M.U. Gillette. "miR-125b Toggles  Dynamics and Structure of Dendritic Filopodia in Developing Hippocampal Neurons." SfN Annual Meeting, Washington DC. November 2017. (Link the underlined part to the SfN annual meeting website.)

2017 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Information

First Place Winner Austin Payne Passaro, at the 2018 UGS RBC Fellow Symposium! Congratulations!

Published: June 27, 2018

First Place Winner Austin Payne Passaro, at the 2018 UGS RBC Fellow Symposium! Congratulations! 

Austin Payne Passaro won first place in the 2018 UGA RBC Fellow Symposium oral presentation for his work titled: Functional outcomes of crosstalk between neural networks and muscles during early in vitro development are revealed by a novel 3D neuromuscular co-culture platform. As part of his presentation, he talked about his collaborations through EBICS: at MIT, where the group is using a novel microfluidic device for angiogenesis assays, and with the University of Illinois on a novel three-dimensional culture platform for neuromuscular junction research.

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ENGAGES Scholar Tatiyanna Singleton named valedictorian

Published: June 27, 2018

ENGAGES Scholar Tatiyanna Singleton named valedictorian

Congratulations to Project ENGAGES student Tatiyanna Singleton who graduated as the valedictorian and STAR student for KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School, Class of 2018! Tatiyanna has been assisting Simone Douglas in the Platt lab since 2016. Her works with cathepsin-mediated fibrin degradation experiments aims to better understand mechanisms of destabilization and destruction of fibrin matrices in "bio-bots" and microvascular networks. Tatiyanna competed in the Atlanta regional and state science fairs, where she received fourth honors ribbon, and won 1st place in the Project ENGAGES Winter 2017 Celebration Poster competition. She is also listed as a co-author on "Human Cathepsins K, L, and S: Related Proteases, but Unique Fibrinolytic Activity" Tatiyanna will be majoring in engineering at Vanderbilt University in the fall.

EBICS Annual Retreat and M-CELS Workshop

Published: June 27, 2018

The 2018 EBICS Annual Retreat will take place Monday, July 30th - Thursday, August 2nd , 2018.

The Retreat will be immediately followed by the Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems (M-CELS) Workshop Thursday, August 2nd - Saturday, August 4th.

Both meetings will take place at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois, outside Chicago.


Welome REU 2018 Cohorts!

Published: June 27, 2018

Welcome to REU cohorts:


University of Ilinois Urbana-Champaign

Hamzah Ahmed, a rising Sophomore at Texas A & M University

Michael Chi, a rising Senior at UC-Merced

Wil Desposorio, a rising Senior at the University of Utah

Stephanie Lopez Alvarado, a rising Senior at UC-Merced

Jasmine Thornhill, a rising Sophomore at Oakwood University, Alabama


Georgia Institute of Technology

Kevin Baez, a rising Sophomore at Clark Atlanta University

Arshay Grant, a rising Senior at Fayetteville State University

Dakota Lee, a rising Junior at UNC Pembroke

Carina Rojanaroj, a rising Freshman at Augusta University

Cara Young, a rising Sophomore at University of Michigan



Christopher Carlson, a rising Senior at the University of California Merced

Kendreze Holland, a rising Junior at Georgia State University

Patricia Garcia, a rising Sophomore at Florida International University

Alexxa Cruz-Bonilla is a rising Sophomore at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez 

Hana Grubb, a rising Junior at Florida State University 

Jane Akintoye, a rising Sophomore at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County

PrePARE (Paths Afforded by the Research Enterprise) Applications

Published: May 16, 2018

A National Science Foundation sponsored professional development workshop for Ph.D. students (and postdocs if appropriate). EBICS accepts at least 3 students every year - so there's a place for you! 

The workshop, which will run from August 5 to August 10, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN, 

Participants will be taught strategies to:

  • Identify and assess the distinct combination of their expertise, interests, skills, and values and through this process be able to articulate their distinctiveness to others.
  • Learn the skills of self-advocacy and negotiation as owners of their own professional development and career choices.
  • Become more aware of their biases and understand how to work collaboratively with others in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Further enhance their verbal/written communications, teaching/training, resource development and knowledge transfer skills, through actual team projects and presentations.
  • Research career fields beyond traditional academic opportunities and launch a job search.
  • Create their own developmental professional/personal network and manage those relationships professionally and effectively.  

More information/Application is available at  

Applications are due by June 15, 2018.  

Paula Hammond and Rashid Bashir are Presenting at the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research Annual Summer Symposium: Breakthrough Cancer Nanotechnologies

Published: May 16, 2018

EBICS faculty members Paula Hammond and Rashid Bashir are presenting on June 15, 2018, MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research will present its 17th annual Summer Symposium: Breakthrough Cancer Nanotechnologies.  Experts will discuss how nanotechnology can provide rapid and sensitive detection of cancer, as well as generate entirely novel and highly effective therapeutic agents. The symposium will also feature an industry panel to discuss the impact of nanomedicine on the future of cancer care.

If you are local to Boston or will be visisting the area, REGISTER HERE

(Use your MIT, Broad, or Whitehead email address to receive the registration discount!)

ENGAGES (Engaging New Generations at Georgia Tech through Engineering & Science) at the Center for Civil and Human rights museum!

Published: May 16, 2018

ENGAGES students and mentors took a tour of the Center for Civil and Human rights museum to observe the achievements of both the civil rights movement and the broader human rights movement.  The tour was followed by an informative panel discussion which included GT faculty member, Dr. Sam Graham, Mercedes Benz Diversity and Inclusion Director, Tamika Curry-Smith, IBB Assistant Director of Core Facilities, Steve Woodard, GT Alumni and GTBAO Member, Cornell Seymour, and Xeron Pledger, Constituents Services  Coordinator from the Office of Congressman Henry Johnson.

More about Project ENGAGES

Congratulations: Dr. Rashid Bashir named Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow!

Published: May 16, 2018

Professor Rashid Bashir, a Grainger Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering, earned the honor in recognition of his research contributions in the broad field of BioMEMS and biomedical nanotechnology.

More details on the Fellowship

Mikhail Kandel (Graduate Trainee, Popescu Lab) presents Research on QLI Lab Microscope Add-On Module at EBICS Illinois Research seminars!

Published: May 16, 2018

Mikhail Kandel presented his research April 18 with colleague Chenfei Hu in conjunction with their work via EBICS and the QLI Lab.

Kandel's presentation showed the lab's new microscope add-on module, which improves contrast in reflected light imaging by using phase shifting. "It opened up a bunch of new avenues, as our module can be integrated into a high throughput imaging instruments," he explained. The module "provides a significant improvement in resolution and sectioning."

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Congratulations to Ghazal Naseri Kouzehgarani for achieving two awards!

Published: May 16, 2018

EBICS trainee Ghazal Naseri Kouzehgarani was recently awarded a Beckman Graduate Fellowship and the University of Illinois' Molecular and Cellular Biology Teaching Excellence Award. Her proposal featured collaborative research between the laboratories of EBICS faculty Martha Gillette and Gabriel Popescu:

In April, Ghazal Naseri Kouzehgarani, an EBICS trainee in Martha Gillette's laboratory at the University of Illinois, was awarded a 2018 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship for her research proposal entitled, "Advanced Technological Imaging to Investigate Morphological and Coupling Heterogeneity of Astrocytes in Hippocampal Dentate Gyrus." The Beckman Graduate Fellows Program offers University of Illinois graduate students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the Institute. Preference is given to those proposals that are interdisciplinary and involve the active participation of two Beckman faculty members from two different research groups. Ghazal's research will utilize an emerging technology in real-time imaging, gradient light interference microscopy (GLIM), developed in the laboratory of Gabriel Popescu, well-established tracing techniques supported by a newly-acquired, high-resolution 2-photon Bruker imaging set-up in the Beckman laboratory of Professor Dan Llano, combined with Martha Gillette's lab's expertise in astrocyte electrophysiology and coupling. This interdisciplinary project will allow Ghazal to advance knowledge of the role of astrocytic networks in regulating the neuronal circuitry important in learning and memory.

In addition to her Beckman Fellowship, Ghazal Naseri will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 3rd for the University of Illinois' Molecular and Cellular Biology Teaching Excellence Award.

Congratulations! Gelson Pagan-Diaz recognized at UIUC Celebrating Diversity, Recognizing Excellence Event!

Published: May 16, 2018

Congratulations to Gelson Pagan-Diaz for being recognized by the University of Illinois Graduate College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at its Celebrating Diversity, Recognizing Excellence event in March.  Nominated by the Bioengineering department, two graduate students were honored for their published research; for receiving awards or fellowships; for teaching, service or community awards; and other noteworthy achievements. Gelson also was recognized for a top paper/poster award.

The University of Illinois' Graduate College Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and initiatives improve educational access, encourage a sustainable student experience, and promote successful outcomes for traditionally underrepresented communities. The work of diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to fostering the inclusive climate and culture necessary to achieving excellence at Illinois.

Click HERE to see the full announcement

Please join EBICS in congratulating some of our REUs on their next steps!

Published: May 16, 2018

Greg Girardi will be pursuing his PhD at UC Davis! REU 2017, MIT (McCloskey Lab and Asada Lab, mentor Hyeonyu Kim)

Kwasi Amofa will be pursuing his PhD at UC Berkely! REU 2016, MIT (Griffith Lab, mentor Marianna Sofman), Fulbright Scholar '18

Elijah Karvelis will be pursuing his PhD at MIT! REU 2015, MIT Griffith Lab, mentor Natasha Arora and Marianna Sofman) 

Greg Girardi will be pursuing his PhD at UC Davis! REU 2017, MIT (McCloskey Lab and Asada Lab, mentor Hyeonyu Kim)

Published: May 16, 2018

To better understand the anatomical, morphological, and emergent properties of the mammalian spinal cord, collected samples were stained using immunohistological techniques with confocal and brightfield microscopy for visualization.  This allowed for the presence of specific diverse cell types to be found as well as the ability to quantify both the mean process length and the relative amounts of each cell type over time. Such work will be key in contributing to the optimization and development of a novel neuromuscular system that can exhibit both complex behaviors and a high degree of autonomy.

More Details HERE

EBICS at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Published: May 15, 2018

EBICS was invited to demonstrate at the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival (USA Science & Engineering Festival) in Washington, DC, sponsored by the NSF. The Festival showcases their demos of 3D printing, Biobots, and light-controlled synthetic robots.

Click HERE to learn more about the exhibit

Griffith lab - Body on a Chip to Study Drug Effects on Multiple Organ Systems Simultaneously

Published: May 15, 2018

Researchers at MIT have developed an advanced microfluidic system that encompasses tissues from up to 10 organs. The device allows scientists to test the effects of drug candidates on multiple organ systems simultaneously. Screening drug candidates in this way reduces the chance of unexpected side-effects during subsequent clinical trials, and reduces the need for animal testing.

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Nature Article

Stice lab - Stem-cell based stroke treatment repairs brain tissue

Published: May 15, 2018

A team of researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center and ArunA Biomedical, a UGA startup company, have developed a new treatment for stroke that reduces brain damage and accelerates the brain's natural healing tendencies in animal models. They published their findings in the journal Translational Stroke Research.

The research team led by UGA professor Steven Stice and Nasrul Hoda of Augusta University created a treatment called AB126 using extracellular vesicles (EV), fluid-filled structures known as exosomes, which are generated from human neural stem cells.

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EBICS participants contribute to the NSF-funded Miniature Brain Machinery (MBM) Program

Published: May 15, 2018

The NSF-funded Miniature Brain Machinery (MBM) Program continues to blaze a trail at the University of Illinois in its emerging field combining cognitive & behavior studies with brain cell & tissue studies, with the goal of training the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to advance discovery in the interdisciplinary field of brain organoids.

EBICS participants Lauren Grant, Mikhail Kandel, Collin Kaufman, and Gelson Pagan-Diaz are among the first cohort of NRT fellows. Martha Gillette serves as program director with several EBICS members in Illinois among the Co-PIs and faculty, including Joon Kong, Rashid Bashir, and Gabriel Popescu.

Trainees have taken a special topics course featuring lectures by program faculty. This course is accompanied by guest lectures as part of a Frontiers in Miniature Brain Machinery lecture series, which has been open to the public, providing more outreach to packed rooms of attendees from across campus. Guest lecturers have included Drs. Sung Gap Im and EBICS faculty Rashid Bashir. Course lecturers have included Drs. Martha Gillette, Joon Kong, Gabi Popescu, Brad Sutton, and Jonathan Sweedler, with Drs. Hee-Jung Chung and Neal Cohen to teach future sessions.

Learn more HERE

EBICS at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

Published: April 6, 2018

April 6-8th, 2018 - EBICS trainees will be presenting their demos of 3D printing, Biobots, and light-controlled synthetic robots, at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Click here for more on the EBICS exhibit!