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Oct 29, 2014

Wyss Institute launches ‘SLIPS’ company press release

New startup will develop non-stick surfaces for broad range of industrial applications

Oct 28, 2014

Study shows vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors press release

Boston researchers find vibratory stimulation applied to the sole of the foot using novel piezoelectric technology shows promise for fall prevention.

Oct 27, 2014

Harvard's Wyss Institute and University of Zurich announce partnership press release

Collaboration will speed clinical translation of cardiovascular tissue engineering technologies for repairing and regenerating the diseased heart

Oct 23, 2014

Synthetic biology on ordinary paper, results off the page press release

By combining efforts and innovations, Wyss Institute scientists develop synthetic gene controls for programmable diagnostics and biosensors, delivered out of the lab on pocket-sized slips of paper.

Oct 19, 2014

Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream press release

Wyss Institute Core Faculty members Peng Yin and William Shih have manufactured the first large DNA crystals with prescribed depths and complex features, which are more than 1000 times larger than particles they have already successfully built using programmable, self-assembling DNA nanotechnology

Tags: Peng Yin, Programmable Nanomaterials, William Shih

Oct 15, 2014

New molecular probe tracks cellular forces press release

 Professor Christopher Chen and collaborators have developed a new method to measure cell traction forces at unprecedented resolution in space and time.

Oct 12, 2014

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria press release

A team of Harvard scientists and engineers have developed a new surface coating for medical devices using materials already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Oct 9, 2014

DNA nano-foundries cast custom-shaped metal nanoparticles press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically–Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have unveiled a new method to form tiny 3D metal nanoparticles in prescribed shapes and dimensions using DNA, Nature's building block, as a construction mold.

Sep 23, 2014

Airway muscle-on-a-chip mimics asthma press release

Hope for healthier airways may be on the horizon thanks to a Harvard University team that has developed a human airway muscle-on-a-chip that could be used to test new drugs because it accurately mimics the way smooth muscle contracts in the human airway, under normal circumstances and when exposed to asthma triggers. As reported in the journal Lab on a Chip, it also offers a window into the cellular and even subcellular responses within the tissue during an asthmatic event.

Sep 19, 2014

Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs press release

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials.

Sep 17, 2014

Recruiting bacteria to be technology innovation partners press release

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University sees biofilms as a robust new platform for designer nanomaterials that could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products, fabricate new textiles, and more.

Sep 14, 2014

Blood-cleansing biospleen device developed for sepsis therapy press release

Things can go downhill fast when a patient has sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient's blood — often too fast for antibiotics to help. A new device inspired by the human spleen and developed by a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering may radically transform the way doctors treat sepsis.

Sep 11, 2014

Harvard's Wyss Institute awarded DARPA contract to further develop Soft Exosuit press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it was awarded a first-phase $2.9 million follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop a biologically inspired smart suit.

Aug 14, 2014

Tissue development 'roadmap' created to guide stem cell medicine press release

In a boon to stem cell research and regenerative medicine, scientists at Boston Children's Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Boston University have created a computer algorithm called CellNet as a "roadmap" for cell and tissue engineering, to ensure that cells engineered in the lab have the same favorable properties as cells in our own bodies.

Aug 14, 2014

A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm press release

A team led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Radhika Nagpal describes in Science a major advance for Artificial Intelligence: getting Kilobots — the first technology to be licensed by the Wyss Institute – to follow simple programmed rules and self-assemble themselves into vast, complex shapes.

Aug 7, 2014

Robot folds itself up and walks away press release

A team of engineers used little more than paper and Shrinky dinks™ — the classic children's toy that shrinks when heated — to build a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes flat, and crawls away without any human intervention.

Jul 28, 2014

Wyss Institute's technology translation engine launches 'Organs-on-Chips' company press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its human 'Organs-on-Chips' technology will be commercialized by a newly formed private company to accelerate development of pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, and personalized medicine products. The announcement follows a worldwide license agreement between Harvard's Office of Technology Development (OTD) and the start—up Emulate Inc., relating to the use of the Institute's automated human Organs-on-Chips platform...

Jul 17, 2014

A new genome editing strategy offers potential way to control spread of insect-borne disease and invasive species press release

A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called "gene drives"...

Jun 25, 2014

Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood press release

In wind farms across North America and Europe, sleek turbines equipped with state-of-the-art technology convert wind energy into electric power. But tucked inside the blades of these feats of modern engineering is a decidedly low-tech core material: balsa wood.

Jun 23, 2014

Delivering drugs on cue press release

Harvard team uses ultrasound and self-healing hydrogels to noninvasively deliver drugs at the right place and the right time -- and shows that periodic drug bursts may enhance chemotherapy treatment

Jun 16, 2014

Tugging on the “malignant” switch press release

Harvard-led engineers and cancer biologists explain how stiffness in breast tissue contributes to invasive carcinoma...

Jun 3, 2014

Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber to deliver 2014 Graeme Clark Oration press release

Landmark annual event celebrates multidisciplinary efforts that deliver leading edge technologies

May 28, 2014

Researchers use light to coax stem cells to repair teeth press release

Noninvasive laser therapy could radically shift dental treatment and lead to a host of broader clinical applications in regenerative medicine

May 12, 2014

Patient stem cells used to make 'heart disease-on-a-chip' press release

Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and 'organ-on-a-chip' technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease...

May 5, 2014

Bone marrow-on-a-chip unveiled press release

Device captures complexity of living marrow in the laboratory; could help test new drugs to prevent lethal radiation exposure

Apr 30, 2014

Wyss Institute Core Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Sciences press release

James Collins honored for his achievements in original research

Apr 24, 2014

Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences press release

Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg, Ph.D. was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious honor society and a leading center for independent policy research.

Apr 22, 2014

Cloaked DNA nanodevices survive pilot mission press release

Successful foray opens door to virus-like DNA nanodevices that could diagnose diseased tissues and manufacture drugs to treat them

Mar 17, 2014

Bacterial reporters that get the scoop press release

Engineered bacteria sense, remember, and report on their experience in the gut -- paving the way to living diagnostics and therapeutics

Mar 13, 2014

Roomy cages built from DNA press release

Self-assembling cages are the largest standalone 3-D DNA structures yet, and could one day deliver drugs, or house tiny bioreactors or photonic devices

Mar 5, 2014

New shrinking gel steers tooth tissue formation press release

Material inspired by embryo's power to shape organs could enable engineering of new teeth, bone, or other tissues

Mar 3, 2014

Manufacturing a solution to planet-clogging plastics press release

Research team paves way to scale up manufacturing of large objects using a fully compostable bioplastic made from shrimp shells

Feb 27, 2014

A bird's eye view of cellular RNAs press release

New method identifies working copies of genes in human cells; could help diagnose sick tissues early

Feb 26, 2014

Artificial muscles that do the twist press release

Researchers develop a bio-inspired actuated material that mimics the complex motion of the heart muscle and could lead to better implantable medical devices and flexible robots

Feb 19, 2014

An essential step toward printing living tissues press release

New method enables scientists to print tissue constructs with blood vessels

Feb 13, 2014

Robotic construction crew needs no foreman press release

Team led by Core Faculty member Radhika Nagpal design self-organizing robots that demonstrate swarm-like intelligence

Feb 3, 2014

Capturing ultrasharp images of multiple cell components at once press release

New DNA-based, super-resolution microscopy method could simultaneously spot dozens of distinct types of biomolecules

Jan 28, 2014

'Chameleon of the sea' reveals its secrets press release

Cuttlefish may offer model for bioinspired human camouflage and color-changing products

Jan 27, 2014

Getting a charge from changes in humidity press release

New type of generator built with bacterial spores could one day provide a steady source of green electricity

Jan 10, 2014

Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award: EUR 30,000 for international scientists press release

Wyss Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Javier Fernandez awarded Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award. Award honors Fernandez’s work in biologically inspired engineering materials that will shape the future of manufacturing.

Jan 1, 2014

Novel noninvasive therapy prevents breast cancer formation in mice press release

Injectable therapy could help people avoid mastectomy

Dec 12, 2013

Programming smart molecules press release

Harvard machine-learning algorithms could make chemical reactions intelligent

Dec 10, 2013

Wyss Institute at Harvard University announces election of two Core Faculty members to National Academy of Inventors (NAI) press release

George M. Whitesides and David A. Edwards recognized for prolific record of innovation

Dec 9, 2013

Measuring life's tugs and nudges press release

Tiny oil droplets help measure mechanical forces produced by living cells that shape tissues and organs; new method could improve diagnosis of cancer, hypertension, and many other diseases

Nov 8, 2013

"W-Ink" team receives 2013 R&D 100 Award press release

"Watermark Ink" scientists are honored for developing a low-cost, power-free way of identifying liquids of any type.

Oct 21, 2013

Wyss Institute Core Faculty member elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies press release

David Mooney, Ph.D., has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, which is one of the highest honors in the field of medicine in the United States.

Oct 17, 2013

Radical recoding press release

In two parallel projects, researchers have created new genomes inside the bacterium E. coli in ways that test the limits of genetic reprogramming and open new possibilities for increasing flexibility, productivity, and safety in biotechnology.

Oct 16, 2013

Harvard's Wyss Institute and AstraZeneca announce collaboration on Organs-on-Chips for drug safety testing press release

Today the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and AstraZeneca announced a collaboration that will leverage the Institute's Organs-on-Chips technologies to better predict safety of drugs in humans.

Oct 3, 2013

DNA nanotechnology opens new path to super-high-resolution molecular imaging press release

NIH funds Harvard's Wyss Institute team to create blinking DNA probes that could help overcome longstanding limits of optical microscopy

Tags: Peng Yin

Sep 26, 2013

A hidden genetic code for better designer genes press release

How rare 'words' in bacterial genes boost protein production

Tags: Don Ingber, George Church

Sep 17, 2013

Harvard's Wyss Institute and Charité, one of Europe's largest university hospitals, announce partnership press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Berlin-based Charité jointly announced a formal partnership today.

Tags: David Mooney, Don Ingber

Sep 9, 2013

Programmable glue made of DNA directs tiny gel bricks to self-assemble press release

A team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has found a way to self-assemble complex structures out of bricks smaller than a grain of salt. The self-assembly method could help solve one of the major challenges in tissue engineering: regrowing human tissue by injecting tiny components into the body that then self-assemble into larger, intricately structured, biocompatible scaffolds at an injury site.

Tags: Ali Khademhosseini, Peng Yin, Programmable Nanomaterials

Sep 6, 2013

Cross-disciplinary team from Harvard University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings novel therapeutic cancer vaccine to human clinical trials press release

A cross-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and clinicians announced today that they have begun a Phase I clinical trial of an implantable vaccine to treat melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer...

Tags: David Mooney, Programmable Nanomaterials

Aug 12, 2013

Harvard's Wyss Institute to use 'Organ-on-a-Chip' microdevices to evaluate therapies for lethal radiation exposure press release

The Wyss Institute has received a $5.6 million grant award from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use its Organs-on-Chips technology for a novel application of keen interest to national security and health officials: to test human physiological responses to radiation, and to evaluate drugs designed to counter those effects. The effort will also be supported by a team in the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children's Hospital.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems

Aug 2, 2013

New coating turns ordinary glass into superglass press release

A new transparent, bioinspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning, and incredibly slippery, a team from the Wyss Institute and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) reported online in the July 31 edition of Nature Communications.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Joanna Aizenberg

Jul 30, 2013

Lifelike cooling for sunbaked windows press release

Sun-drenched rooms make for happy residents, but large glass windows also bring higher air-conditioning bills. Now a bioinspired microfluidic circulatory system for windows developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University could save energy and cut cooling costs dramatically -- while letting in just as much sunlight.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Don Ingber, Joanna Aizenberg

Jul 8, 2013

"Watermark Ink" device (W-INK) wins R&D 100 Award press release

A device that can instantly identify unknown liquids based on their surface tension has been selected to receive the 2013 R&D 100 Award—known as “the Oscar of Innovation”—from R&D Magazine.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Joanna Aizenberg

Jul 3, 2013

Dodging antibiotic side effects press release

A team of scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has discovered why long-term treatment with many common antibiotics can cause harmful side effects—and they have uncovered two easy strategies that could help prevent these dangerous responses.

Tags: James J. Collins, Synthetic Biology

Jun 25, 2013

High-octane bacteria could ease pain at the pump press release

New lines of engineered bacteria can tailor-make key precursors of high-octane biofuels that could one day replace gasoline, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School report in the June 24 online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tags: Pamela Silver, Synthetic Biology

Jun 19, 2013

A shot in the arm for old antibiotics press release

Slipping bacteria some silver could give old antibiotics new life, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported June 19 in Science Translational Medicine.

Tags: James J. Collins, Synthetic Biology

Jun 18, 2013

Printing Tiny Batteries press release

3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet provide enough stored energy to power them.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Jennifer Lewis

Jun 10, 2013

A potential new target to thwart antibiotic resistance press release

Bacteria in the gut that are under attack by antibiotics have allies no one had anticipated, a team of Wyss Institute scientists has found. Gut viruses that usually commandeer the bacteria, it turns out, enable them to survive the antibiotic onslaught, most likely by handing them genes that help them withstand the drug.

Tags: Gene Expression, James J. Collins, Synthetic Biology

May 21, 2013

Founding donor Hansjorg Wyss doubles his gift to Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering from $125 million to $250 million to advance Institute efforts press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that Hansjörg Wyss (Harvard MBA, '65), the entrepreneur and philanthropist who enabled the Institute's creation in 2009 with a $125 million gift, has donated a second $125 million gift to the University to further advance the Institute's pioneering work.

May 16, 2013

Beautiful "flowers" self-assemble in a beaker press release

With the hand of nature trained on a beaker of chemical fluid, the most delicate flower structures have been formed in a Harvard laboratory -- and not at the scale of inches, but microns.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Joanna Aizenberg

May 2, 2013

Robotic insects make first controlled flight press release

In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leapt a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air.

Tags: Rob Wood, Robotics

Apr 8, 2013

Cry me a river of possibility: Scientists design new adaptive material inspired by tears press release

A team of researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have designed a new kind of adaptive material with tunable transparency and wettability features, as reported yesterday in the online version of Nature Materials.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Joanna Aizenberg

Mar 25, 2013

Wyss Institute awarded DARPA contract to further advance sepsis therapeutic device press release

The Wyss Institute  announced today that it was awarded a $9.25 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further advance a blood-cleansing technology developed at the Institute with prior DARPA support, and help accelerate its translation to humans as a new type of sepsis therapy.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Wyss Institute

Mar 18, 2013

Harvard's Wyss Institute and Sony DADC Announce Collaboration on Organs-on-Chips press release

Today the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Sony DADC announced a collaboration that will harness Sony DADC's global manufacturing expertise to further advance the Institute's Organs-on-Chips technologies.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Wyss Institute

Feb 26, 2013

Wyss Institute's Lung-on-a-Chip wins prize for potentially reducing need for animal testing press release

In a London ceremony today, Wyss Founding Director Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., received the NC3Rs 3Rs Prize from the UK's National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) for his innovative Lung-on-a-Chip -- a microdevice lined by human cells that recapitulates complex functions of the living lung.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber

Feb 7, 2013

New Technology May Help Doctors Monitor Concussions, Aging, and Neurological Function press release

Doctors routinely track their patients' hand-eye coordination to monitor any neuromuscular deficits, particularly as patients age or when they are injured -- but the tests they have been using to track this kind of information may be subjective and qualitative.

Tags: Anticipatory Medical Devices, Ary Goldberger

Feb 4, 2013

Scientists Notch a Win in War Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria press release

A team of scientists just won a battle in the war against antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" -- and only time will tell if their feat is akin to the bacterial "Battle of Gettysburg" that turns the tide toward victory.

Tags: Gene Expression, James J. Collins, Synthetic Biology

Jan 10, 2013

Jennifer A. Lewis, pioneer in 3D printing and bioinspired materials, joins Harvard faculty press release

Jennifer A. Lewis, Sc.D., an internationally recognized leader in the fields of 3D printing and biomimetic materials, has been appointed as the first Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute. Lewis is the first senior faculty to occupy a Wyss-endowed professorial chair.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Jennifer Lewis, Wyss Institute

Nov 29, 2012

Researchers Create Versatile 3D Nanostructures Using DNA "Bricks" press release

Wyss Institute researchers have created more than 100 three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures using DNA building blocks that function like Lego® bricks -- a major advance from the two-dimensional (2D) structures.

Tags: DNA Origami, Peng Yin, Programmable Nanomaterials, Self Assembly, Synthetic Biology, Synthetic Biology - Biomaterials Evolution

Nov 13, 2012

Injectable sponge delivers drugs, cells, and structure press release

Bioengineers at Harvard have developed a gel-based sponge that can be molded to any shape, loaded with drugs or stem cells, compressed to a fraction of its size, and delivered via injection. Once inside the body, it pops back to its original shape and gradually releases its cargo, before safely degrading.

Tags: David Mooney, Engineered Materials

Nov 7, 2012

Wyss Institute Models a Human Disease in an Organ-on-a-Chip press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have mimicked pulmonary edema in a microchip lined by living human cells, as reported today in the journal Science Translation Medicine. They used this "lung-on-a-chip" to study drug toxicity and identify potential new therapies to prevent this life-threatening condition.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Microfluidics

Oct 15, 2012

Two Wyss Institute Core Faculty Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announces today that two of its core faculty members, Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., and James Collins, Ph.D., have been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, which is one of the highest honors in the field of medicine in the United States.

Tags: Don Ingber, James J. Collins, Wyss Institute

Oct 4, 2012

Wyss Institute at Harvard University Enters $10 Million X PRIZE Competition press release

George Church, Ph.D., well known for his pioneering contributions to genomic science, announced last night that he is leading a team from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University in the Archon Genomics X PRIZE competition -- a 30-day competition presented by Express Scripts that is easy to get excited about, even for those who don't wear a white coat to work every day.

Tags: Gene Sequencing, George Church

Sep 24, 2012

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute Engineer Novel DNA Barcode press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute have created a new kind of barcode that could come in an almost limitless array of styles -- with the potential to enable scientists to gather vastly more vital information, at one given time, than ever before.

Tags: DNA Origami, Peng Yin, Programmable Nanomaterials, Self Assembly, William Shih

Sep 5, 2012

Tough gel stretches to 21 times its length, recoils, and heals itself press release

A team of experts in mechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering have created an extremely stretchy and tough gel that may pave the way to replacing damaged cartilage in human joints.

Tags: David Mooney, Engineered Materials

Aug 30, 2012

Uncoiling the cucumber's enigma press release

In the creeping plant's tendrils, researchers discover a biological mechanism for coiling and stumble upon an unusual type of spring.

Tags: L. Mahadevan

Aug 16, 2012

Writing the Book in DNA press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical School have encoded the book, Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves in DNA, 1,000 times the largest data size previously achieved in DNA.

Tags: George Church, Programmable Nanomaterials, Synthetic Biology, Synthetic Biology - Biomaterials Evolution

Jul 30, 2012

New coating evicts biofilms for good press release

Scientists from the Wyss Institute and Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a slick way to prevent the troublesome bacterial communities from ever forming on a surface.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Joanna Aizenberg

Jul 24, 2012

Wyss Institute to Receive up to $37 Million from DARPA to Integrate Multiple Organ-on-Chip Systems to Mimic the Whole Human Body press release

The Wyss Institute today announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Agreement worth up to $37 million with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an automated instrument that integrates 10 human organs-on-chips to study complex human physiology outside the body.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Kit Parker, Microfluidics, Wyss Institute

Jul 22, 2012

Artificial jellyfish swims in a heartbeat press release

Using recent advances in marine biomechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering, a team of researchers at Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have turned inanimate silicone and living cardiac muscle cells into a freely swimming “jellyfish.”

Tags: Kit Parker, Wyss Institute

Jul 19, 2012

Harvard’s Wyss Institute Receives $2.6 Million in DARPA Funding to Develop Smart Suit That Improves Physical Endurance press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that it has received a $2.6 million contract (including option) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a smart suit that helps improve physical endurance for soldiers in the field.

Tags: Conor Walsh, George Whitesides, Rob Wood, Robotics, Wyss Institute

Jul 11, 2012

Smart materials get SMARTer press release

A Harvard-led team of engineers presented a strategy for building self-thermoregulating nanomaterials that can, in principle, be tailored to maintain a set pH, pressure, or just about any other desired parameter by meeting the environmental changes with a compensatory chemical feedback response.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Joanna Aizenberg, Wyss Institute

Jul 5, 2012

Harvard's Wyss Institute Develops Novel Nanotherapeutic that Delivers Clot-Busting Drugs Directly to Obstructed Blood Vessels press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute have developed a novel biomimetic strategy that delivers life-saving nanotherapeutics directly to obstructed blood vessels, dissolving blood clots before they cause serious damage or even death. This new approach enables thrombus dissolution while using only a fraction of the drug dose normally required, thereby minimizing bleeding side effects that currently limit widespread use of clot-busting drugs.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Programmable Nanomaterials

Jun 20, 2012

"SLIPS" Receives 2012 R&D 100 Award press release

A novel coating that repels almost every type of liquid and solid -- from blood and crude oil, to ice and bacteria -- has received a 2012 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. The annual awards honor the 100 most technologically significant products of the previous year.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Joanna Aizenberg

Jun 11, 2012

A new spin on antifreeze press release

A team of researchers from Harvard University have invented a way to keep any metal surface free of ice and frost. The treated surfaces quickly shed even tiny, incipient condensation droplets or frost simply through gravity. The technology prevents ice sheets from developing on surfaces -- and any ice that does form, slides off effortlessly.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Engineered Materials, Joanna Aizenberg

May 30, 2012

Wyss Institute Develops New Nanodevice Manufacturing Strategy Using Self-Assembling DNA "Building Blocks" press release

Wyss researchers have developed a method for building complex nanostructures out of short synthetic strands of DNA. Called single-stranded tiles (SSTs), these interlocking DNA "building blocks," akin to Legos®,  can be programmed to assemble themselves into precisely designed shapes, such as letters and emoticons.

Tags: DNA Origami, Peng Yin, Programmable Nanomaterials, Self Assembly

May 1, 2012

Wyss Institute at Harvard wins 2012 Webby Award press release

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced today that the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is the winner of the 2012 Webby Award in the category of Science.

Tags: Wyss Institute

Apr 24, 2012

New Microdevice Enables Culture of Rare Circulating Tumor Cells from Blood press release

A research collaboration between the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston has created a microfluidic device that can harvest rare circulating tumor cells from blood to enable their expansion in culture for analysis.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Microfluidics

Mar 27, 2012

Harvard's Wyss Institute Creates Living Human Gut-on-a-Chip press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have created a gut-on-a-chip microdevice lined by living human cells that mimics the structure, physiology, and mechanics of the human intestine -- even supporting the growth of living microbes within its luminal space.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber

Mar 8, 2012

Wyss Core Faculty member Robert J. Wood to receive NSF's Alan T. Waterman Award press release

Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Robert J. Wood has been named one of two recipients of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Alan T. Waterman Award. Wood, who is also an associate professor of electrical engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, shares the honor with Scott Aaronson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tags: Rob Wood, Robotics

Feb 28, 2012

New “Magnetic Yeast” Could be Significant Step in Harnessing Nature’s Magnetic Capabilities press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical School have developed a method for inducing magnetic sensitivity in an organism that is not naturally magnetic -- yeast. Their technology could potentially be used to magnetize a variety of different cell types in medical, industrial and research applications.

Tags: Pamela Silver, Synthetic Biology

Feb 16, 2012

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute Develop DNA Nanorobot to Trigger Targeted Therapeutic Responses press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute have developed a robotic device made from DNA that could potentially seek out specific cell targets within a complex mixture of cell types and deliver important molecular instructions, such as telling cancer cells to self-destruct. Inspired by the mechanics of the body's own immune system, the technology might one day be used to program immune responses to treat various diseases. The research findings appear in today's issue of Science.

Tags: DNA Origami, George Church, Programmable Nanomaterials, Robotics, Self Assembly, Shawn Douglas

Feb 15, 2012

In new mass-production technique, robotic insects spring to life press release

A new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet. Devised by engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute, the ingenious layering and folding process enables the rapid fabrication of not just microrobots, but a broad range of electromechanical devices.

Tags: Rob Wood, Robotics

Feb 13, 2012

Wyss Institute's George Church Elected Member of National Academy of Engineering press release

The Wyss Institute announced today that one of its core faculty members, George Church, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for contributions to human genome sequencing technologies and DNA synthesis and assembly. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Tags: Gene Sequencing, George Church, Synthetic Biology - Biomaterials Evolution

Jan 12, 2012

Researchers Develop "Smart" Nanotherapeutics that Deliver Drugs Directly to Pancreas press release

A research collaboration between the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Children's Hospital Boston has developed "smart" injectable nanotherapeutics that can be programmed to selectively deliver drugs to the cells of the pancreas. Although this nanotechnology will need significant additional testing and development before being ready for clinical use, it could potentially improve treatment for Type I diabetes by increasing therapeutic efficacy and reducing side effects.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Microfluidics

Dec 16, 2011

Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber Receives 2011 Holst Medal press release

The Wyss Institute announced today that its Founding Director, Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., has received the 2011 Holst Medal in recognition of his pioneering work exploring the cellular mechanisms that contribute to mechanical control of tissue and organ development, and his groundbreaking development of bioinspired technologies, ranging from Organ-on-Chip replacements for animal studies, to new engineering approaches for whole organ engineering.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber

Dec 13, 2011

Inspired by Insect Cuticle, Wyss Researchers Develop Low-Cost Material with Exceptional Strength and Toughness press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute have developed a new material that replicates the exceptional strength, toughness, and versatility of one of nature's more extraordinary substances -- insect cuticle. Also low-cost, biodegradable, and biocompatible, the new material, called "Shrilk," could one day replace plastics in consumer products and be used safely in a variety of medical applications.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Don Ingber, Engineered Materials

Nov 17, 2011

Wyss Institute Signs Licensing Agreement with K-Team Corporation press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it has signed an agreement to license its Kilobot robotic technology to K-Team Corporation, a Swiss manufacturer of high-quality mobile robots for use in advanced education and research. K-Team robotics solutions are used in more than 600 universities and industrial research centers internationally.

Tags: Radhika Nagpal, Robotics

Nov 15, 2011

Dramatic diversity of columbine flowers explained by a simple change in cell shape press release

Columbine flowers are recognizable by the long, trailing nectar spurs that extend from the bases of their petals, tempting the taste buds of their insect pollinators. New research at Harvard and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) helps to explain how columbines have achieved a rapid radiation of approximately 70 species, with flowers apparently tailored to the length of their pollinators' tongues.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, L. Mahadevan

Oct 24, 2011

Discovery of Mechanical Mechanism in Embryo Formation Could Lead to New Approach for Organ Engineering press release

A research collaboration between Children's Hospital Boston and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has identified a novel role for mechanical forces in control of whole organ formation. The findings, which appear in the current issue of Developmental Cell, could lead to a new approach for organ engineering in humans.

Tags: Don Ingber

Oct 20, 2011

Wyss Institute Awarded $3.7 Million from DARPA to Develop Genetic Security System press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it has been awarded a $3.7 million contract (including option) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a genetic security system that would track an organism's history.

Tags: James J. Collins, Pamela Silver, Synthetic Biology

Sep 28, 2011

Wyss Institute Awarded Grant from DARPA to Develop Bioinspired Sepsis Therapeutic Device press release

The Wyss Institute announced today that it has been awarded a $12.3 million, four-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a treatment for sepsis, a commonly fatal bloodstream infection. Sepsis is a major cause of injury and death among combat-injured soldiers in the field, as well as patients in hospital intensive care units.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, George Church, Joanna Aizenberg, Wyss Institute

Sep 21, 2011

Slippery slope: Researchers take advice from carnivorous plant press release

After a rain, the cupped leaf of a pitcher plant becomes a virtually frictionless surface. Sweet-smelling and elegant, the carnivore attracts ants, spiders, and even little frogs. One by one, they slide to their doom. Adopting the plant's slick strategy, a group of applied scientists at the Wyss Institute and Harvard's School of Applied Sciences and Engineering have created a material that repels just about any type of liquid, including blood and oil, and does so even under harsh conditions like high pressure and freezing temperatures.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Joanna Aizenberg

Jul 22, 2011

Researchers from Harvard's Wyss Institute Develop Next-Generation Tools to Program Cells press release

In what could be a significant step toward converting cells into tiny biological production facilities, researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a novel technology for controlling the behavior of a cell, in much the same way that an integrated circuit directs the behavior of a computer or a cell phone.

Tags: Pamela Silver, Programmable Nanomaterials, Self Assembly, Synthetic Biology

Jun 9, 2011

Wyss Institute's Lung-on-a-Chip Named Finalist for 2011 INDEX: Design for Life Award press release

The Wyss Institute announced today that its lung-on-a-chip microdevice, which could help replace animal testing and accelerate the arrival of promising and affordable new drugs on the market, has been named a finalist for a 2011 INDEX: Design for Life Award. It was one of just 61 finalists selected by an international jury from a total of 966 nominations.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber

May 3, 2011

Wyss Institute's George Church Elected Member of National Academy of Sciences press release

The Wyss Institute announced today that one of its core faculty members, George Church, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded a scientist or engineer.

Tags: Gene Sequencing, George Church, Synthetic Biology - Biomaterials Evolution

Mar 25, 2011

New Nanoscale Tool May One Day Build Molecular Structures that Treat Disease press release

A research team led by Ozgur Sahin, Ph.D., a Scholar in Residence at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, has developed a tool for rapidly and efficiently building molecular structures that could one day be used to treat and diagnose diseases. Sahin's findings appear in the current issue of Nature Communications.

Tags: Programmable Nanomaterials

Mar 21, 2011

How the lily blooms press release

The "lily white" has inspired centuries' worth of rich poetry and art, but when it comes to the science of how and why those delicately curved petals burst from the bud, surprisingly little is known. Now, however, mathematics has revealed that differential growth and ruffling at the edges of each petal -- not in the midrib, as commonly suggested -- provide the driving force behind the lily's bloom.

Tags: L. Mahadevan

Mar 11, 2011

Harvard’s Wyss Institute Receives Multiple Honors for Innovative Organ-on-Chip Technologies press release

The Wyss Institute announced today that its researchers received a total of seven awards at this week’s 50th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology. The awards recognized their contributions to developing novel alternatives to animal testing for predicting toxicity and assessing risk in humans.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Wyss Institute

Mar 2, 2011

Wyss Institute Experts to Share Cutting-Edge Research in Bio-inspired Building Materials at International Architecture Symposium press release

Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and award-winning U.S. designer and Wyss Institute Visiting Scholar, Chuck Hoberman, will be keynote speakers at "Adaptive Architecture," a three-day symposium on the future of architecture, which is being held at the Building Centre in London, England.

Tags: Adaptive Material Technologies, Chuck Hoberman, Don Ingber, Engineered Materials

Feb 25, 2011

Boston Based Groups Selected to Showcase Technology at 2011ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit press release

Four cutting edge Boston based groups are excited to announce their selection for the prestigious Technology Showcase at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, co-hosted by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency -- Energy (ARPA-E) and the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI).

Tags: Pamela Silver, Synthetic Biology

Feb 9, 2011

James J. Collins Elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering press release

Wyss Institute core faculty member, James J. Collins, Ph.D., has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering on the basis of his contributions to synthetic biology and engineered gene networks.

Tags: James J. Collins

Feb 4, 2011

Founding Director of Harvard's Wyss Institute Elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering press release

The Wyss Institute today announced that its founding director, Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows on the basis of his major contributions to cell and tissue engineering, angiogenesis and cancer research, systems biology, and nanobiotechnology.

Tags: Don Ingber

Jan 10, 2011

Harvard’s Wyss Institute Announces International Competition on Biomolecular Nanotechnology press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced the creation and launch of BIOMOD, a biomolecular design competition for undergraduate students around the world. Student teams will be asked to devise projects in which biological molecules are engineered to assemble themselves into nanoscale structures, systems, or machines that can be programmed to perform useful scientific or technological tasks that could help address real-world challenges.

Tags: DNA Origami, Engineered Materials, Programmable Nanomaterials, Self Assembly, Synthetic Biology - Biomaterials Evolution

Dec 8, 2010

Wyss Researchers Develop Low-Cost, Reliable, Rapid Gene-Synthesis Technology press release

Wyss Institute researchers have developed a technology for synthesizing whole genes, and potentially whole gene circuits, that is faster, more accurate, and significantly less expensive than current methods.

Tags: Gene Sequencing, George Church, Synthetic Biology - Biomaterials Evolution

Nov 12, 2010

Breaking the ice before it begins press release

A team led by Joanna Aizenberg has designed and demonstrated ice-free nanostructured materials that literally repel water droplets before they have the chance to freeze. The findings could lead to a new way to keep airplane wings, buildings, powerlines, and entire highways free of ice during the worst winter weather.

Tags: Joanna Aizenberg

Nov 12, 2010

George Church wins 2011 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science press release

Wyss Institute core faculty member, George Church, Ph.D., has received the 2011 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The prestigious award honors Dr. Church for his innovative contributions to genomic science.

Tags: George Church

Nov 8, 2010

Agilent Technologies and Harvard's Wyss Institute Announce Collaboration to Advance Burgeoning Discipline of Biologically Inspired Engineering press release

Agilent Technologies Inc. and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced an agreement to work together to develop innovative tools, technologies and instruments that will advance human health and improve the environment.

Tags: Wyss Institute

Nov 1, 2010

Wyss Institute Researchers Develop DNA-Based Extracellular Matrix press release

Researchers from the Wyss Institute have developed a DNA-based extracellular matrix that could be a highly effective and safe tool for regenerating bone, muscle, and other tissues. Their findings appear in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Tags: Pamela Silver, Synthetic Biology

Oct 29, 2010

Harvard's Wyss Institute Welcomes Swiss Delegation press release

The Wyss Institute today welcomed a delegation, led by Swiss Federal Councilor Didier Burkhalter, to its facilities in the Longwood Medical Area. The visit was designed to promote the exchange of ideas and innovation strategies and to identify potential areas of future collaboration...

Tags: Wyss Institute

Oct 4, 2010

Wyss Institute Awarded $3.3 Million from NIH-FDA to Develop "Heart-Lung Micromachine" for Drug Safety Testing press release

Researchers from the Wyss Institute announced that they have been awarded more than $3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop a "Heart-Lung Micromachine" that will accelerate drug safety and efficacy testing.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Kit Parker

Sep 30, 2010

Peng Yin of Harvard's Wyss Institute Receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award press release

Peng Yin, Ph.D., a core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and an assistant professor in the Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School, has received a National Institutes for Health Director's New Innovator Award. The award, which was announced today, supports highly innovative research by promising new investigators.

Tags: Peng Yin

Sep 1, 2010

New Research Finds Evidence of Charitable Behavior in Bacteria press release

Researchers from the Wyss Institute and Boston University have discovered that charitable behavior exists in one of the most microscopic forms of life -- bacteria.

Tags: James J. Collins

Jul 7, 2010

Don Ingber joins National Space Biomedical Research Institute's Board of Directors press release

Wyss Institute founding director Donald Ingber has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), a NASA-funded consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing countermeasures to mitigate the risks.

Tags: Don Ingber

Jun 28, 2010

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute Develop Technology to Produce Sugar from Photosynthetic Bacteria press release

Wyss researchers Researchers have engineered photosynthetic bacteria to produce simple sugars and lactic acid. This innovation could lead to new, environmentally friendly methods for producing commodity chemicals in bulk. Their research findings appear in the June issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Tags: Pamela Silver, Synthetic Biology

Jun 28, 2010

Shape-shifting sheets automatically fold into multiple shapes press release

Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and MIT have reshaped the landscape of programmable matter by devising self-folding sheets that rely on the ancient art of origami. The team demonstrated how a single thin sheet composed of interconnected triangular sections can transform itself into a boat- or plane-shape -- all without the help of skilled fingers.

Tags: Rob Wood, Robotics, Self Assembly

Jun 24, 2010

Living, breathing human lung-on-a-chip: A potential drug-testing alternative press release

Wyss researchers have combined microfabrication techniques from the computer industry with modern tissue engineering techniques, human cells and a plain old vacuum pump to create a living, breathing human lung-on-a-chip. The device mimics the most active part of the lung, the boundary between the air sac and the bloodstream.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber

Jun 20, 2010

Researchers create self-assembling nanodevices that move and change shape on demand press release

By emulating nature's design principles, Wyss Institute researchers have created nanodevices made of DNA that self-assemble and can be programmed to move and change shape on demand. In contrast to existing nanotechnologies, these programmable nanodevices are highly suitable for medical applications because DNA is both biocompatible and biodegradable.

Tags: Programmable Nanomaterials, Self Assembly, Tensegrity, William Shih

Jun 7, 2010

Wyss Founding Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of In Vitro Biology press release

Donald E. Ingber, MD, PhD, Founding Director of the Wyss Institute, today received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of In Vitro Biology in recognition of his trailblazing work in advancing the field of in vitro biology. Ingber has developed or applied several technologies -- such as microcontact printing, cell magnetometry, laser nanosurgery, and microfluidics -- to manipulate cell shape and function.

Tags: Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber

Jun 2, 2010

Bioengineers at Harvard's Wyss Institute Successfully Replicate Nature's Design Principles to Create Customized Nanofabrics press release

Wyss bioengineers have developed a new technology that can be used to regenerate heart and other tissues and to make nanometer-thick fabrics that are both strong and extremely elastic. The key breakthrough came in the development of a matrix that can assemble itself through interaction with a thermosensitive surface. This discovery has potential applications in tissue regeneration and high-performance textiles.

Tags: Engineered Materials, Kit Parker

May 27, 2010

DOE Awards Wyss Institute $4.2 Million Grant to Develop Microbial Fuel Cells in National Effort to Change How the Country Produces Energy press release

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it has been awarded a $4.2 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop new approaches for advanced microbial biofuels as part of a national effort to accelerate innovation in clean technologies, increase America's competitiveness, and create jobs.

Tags: Pamela Silver, Synthetic Biology - Biomaterials Evolution, Wyss Institute

May 25, 2010

Inspired by cotton candy, engineers put new spin on nanofibers press release

Hailed as a "cross between a high-speed centrifuge and a cotton candy machine," bioengineers at Harvard have developed a new, practical technology for fabricating tiny nanofibers. The invention, reported in the May 24 online edition of Nano Letters, could be a boon for industry, with potential applications ranging from artificial organs and tissue regeneration to clothing and air filters.

Tags: Kit Parker

Apr 25, 2010

ASIP Award Lecturer Donald Ingber to Discuss Mechanobiology press release

At the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) Rous-Whipple Award Lecture, Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D, will speak on Mechanobiology and Cellular Mechanotransduction. The lecture will take place Sunday, April 25, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center as part of Experimental Biology 2010. “By pursuing the idea that mechanical forces are as important for health as chemicals and genes, our work has helped uncover principles that govern developmental control, and thus, that have great potential for diagnostic and therapeutic applications,” said Dr. Ingber. Download press release from ASIP site...

Tags: Biological Control, Biomimetic Microsystems, Don Ingber, Mechanobiology, Self Assembly

Jan 13, 2010

Wyss Institute Launches “Molecular Origami” Interactive Feature press release

Molecular Origami is a process that allows researchers to build nano-sized structures out of DNA (or RNA). To help illustrate the basics of DNA origami, Harvard’s Wyss Institute has created a Flash-based interactive feature that allows users to build virtual nanostructures by sequencing a simple, abstract representation of a DNA molecule and then allowing it to self assemble.

Tags: DNA Origami, Programmable Nanomaterials, Self Assembly, Shawn Douglas, William Shih

Nov 25, 2009

First cancer vaccine to eliminate tumors in mice press release

A cancer vaccine carried into the body on a carefully engineered, fingernail-sized implant is the first to successfully eliminate tumors in mammals, a team of Harvard bioengineers and biologists including Wyss Faculty Member David Mooney report today in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Tags: David Mooney

Nov 23, 2009

Characteristic Shape of a Long Leaf Revealed press release

By stretching a foam ribbon and dissecting leaves, a mathematical model emerges, according to new research by L. Mahadevan. The resulting model has application in understanding a variety of artificial systems such as non-uniform thermal expansion, hydraulic swelling, and plasticity induced shape changes in thin laminae.

Tags: L. Mahadevan

Oct 19, 2009

The book of life can now literally be written on paper press release

An insight from the labs of Harvard chemist George Whitesides and cell biologist Don Ingber is likely to make a fundamental shift in how biologists grow and study cells – and it’s as cheap and simple as reaching for a paper towel.

 

Oct 15, 2009

From stem cells to functioning heart muscle press release

A team of Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers, including Wyss faculty member Kit Parker, has taken a giant step toward the possibility of using human stem cells to repair damaged hearts.

Tags: Kit Parker

Oct 5, 2009

Dr. Donald Ingber cited for outstanding achievements press release

The Biomedical Engineering Society has awarded Dr. Donald Ingber its 2009 Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship for outstanding achievements, originality and leadership in biomedical engineering.

 

Tags: Don Ingber

Sep 29, 2009

Whitesides receives inaugural Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences press release

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation announced that George M. Whitesides, a Wyss faculty member and the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, has won the inaugural Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences.

 

Tags: George Whitesides

Sep 24, 2009

Boston University engineer to use $2.5 million NIH grant to cells' reaction to physical force press release

The National Institutes of Health today announced an award of $2.5 million to a team led by Boston University biomedical engineer Bela Suki that will study the role of physical forces on cell function.

Tags: James J. Collins, Mechanobiology

Sep 1, 2009

Getting better visualization of joint cartilage press release

In its quest to find new strategies to treat osteoarthritis and other diseases, a Boston University-led research team has reported finding a new computer tomography contrast agent for visualizing the special distributions of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – the anionic sugars that account for the strength of joint cartilage.

Tags: Neel Joshi

Aug 12, 2009

Research Team Receives $10 Million Grant press release

Harvard research team receives $10 million National Science Foundation grant to fund the development of small-scale mobile robotic devices.

 

Tags: L. Mahadevan, Radhika Nagpal, Rob Wood, Robotics

Jul 26, 2009

Researchers rapidly turn bacteria into biotech factories press release

"We decided to engineer in the context of biology, embracing evolution rather than trying to fit a square peg in a round hole," said George Church. "This automated, multiplex technology will allow labs to engineer entire pathways and genomes and take cell programming to a whole new level." 

Tags: George Church

Jul 9, 2009

Rob Wood wins Presidential Award press release

President Obama today named 100 beginning researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Jun 22, 2009

Working to lift the fog of war press release

SEAS Professor, Army Major Parker on mission in Afghanistan

Tags: Kit Parker

Jun 17, 2009

Studying arrangements of tissue networks by cell division press release

Could lead to insights about how multicellular systems achieve robustness from seemingly random behavior.

Tags: Radhika Nagpal

May 28, 2009

Engineered circuits can count cellular events press release

MIT and Boston University engineers have designed cells that can count and "remember" cellular events, using simple circuits in which a series of genes are activated in a specific order.

Tags: James J. Collins

May 20, 2009

Scientists create custom three-dimensional structures with "DNA origami" press release

By combining the art of origami with nanotechnology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers have folded sheets of DNA into multilayered objects with dimensions thousands of times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.

Tags: William Shih

May 19, 2009

BU recognizes two distinguished professors press release

Collins, founder of new field of synthetic biology, and George Annas, considered “Father of Patient Rights,” were named the first William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professors at Boston University for their outstanding contributions to teaching and research.

Tags: James J. Collins

May 14, 2009

Collins Wins Exceptional Achievement Award press release

Biomedical engineering pioneer James J. Collins, known for his work in improving the brain functions of stroke victims, has been named the recipient of Drexel University’s inaugural Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award.

Tags: James J. Collins

Mar 7, 2009

Taking a stride toward synthetic life press release

Harvard scientists have cleared a key hurdle in the creation of synthetic life, assembling a cell’s critical protein-making machinery in an advance with both practical, industrial applications and that advances the basic understanding of life’s workings.

Tags: George Church

Jan 8, 2009

Assembly of nanobristles into helical clusters press release

Finding has potential use in energy and information storage, photonics, adhesion, and more.

Tags: Joanna Aizenberg, L. Mahadevan, Self Assembly

Oct 7, 2008

Wyss Institute Created press release

Entrepreneur donates $125 million

Tags: Wyss Institute

Aug 29, 2008

Caltech Scientists Create DNA Tubes with Programmable Sizes for Nanoscale Manufacturing press release

Peng Yin led a team of scientists at CalTech in creating a simple, modular system for developing nanotubes of various, precisely controlled sizes provides their user with more options. 

 

Tags: Peng Yin, Programmable Nanomaterials

Feb 15, 2007

Spray-dry vaccine for TB developed press release

New delivery system may be used for HIV as well as TB

Tags: David Edwards

  

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