Welcome to the new Wyss Institute website
We just launched the new Wyss website, which features the bold color palette and striking biologically inspired imagery that have come to be associated with our work. The new homepage provides direct access to the wide variety of content on the site, which includes a new set of videos that were filmed in our offices and labs and feature our faculty and staff members. Check out the site at wyss.harvard.edu.
New DARPA grant will fund sepsis therapeutic device
The Wyss Institute was 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. The proposed device will integrate several technologies by Wyss researchers, Don Ingber, Joanna Aizenberg, and George Church, including organs-on-a-chip, super slipery surfaces, and magnetic opsonins that can remove pathogens from the blood. More...
Joanna Aizenberg and collaborators have been awarded $900,000 from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. Inspired by nature, both efforts will focus on the creation of new surfaces that are capable of unprecedented adaptive and self-regulating behavior. Marine biofouling is one of the focus applications, where the proposed surfaces would offer a cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative to current toxic treatment methods and would result in lower ship drag and reduced fuel costs.
Inventing the future built environment
The Wyss Institute's first workshop on adaptive architecture -- Buildings Inspired by Nature: Inventing the Future Built Environment -- brought together diverse members of the scientific community and the building industry to help set a future course for architecture. Led by Chuck Hoberman, Joanna Aizenberg, and Don Ingber, the event explored bioinspired advances in materials and structures that can address our most pressing building needs. More...
MAGE jumps in the industrial front
We recently initiated a research collaboration with BASF, the world's largest chemical company. The collaboration, headed by George Church, explores use of the Wyss Institute’s Multiplexed Automated Genome Engineering (MAGE) technology as a faster, cost-effective alternative to current metabolic engineering alternatives. This collaboration complements our ongoing efforts using MAGE to explore pharmaceutical and biofuel applications.
Technologies in the Pipeline
Hijacking the genetic code using directed evolution (Science, July 2011)
Communicating secret messages with W-ink
(JACS, July 2011)
Turning a cell into a factory
(Science, July 2011)
Explaining the looping pattern of the intestine
(Nature, August 2011)
Bioengineer/soldier attacks brain trauma
(PNAS, August 2011)
DNA nanotechnology grows up
(Science, June 2011)
Out and About
Introducing the Wyss model at the IEEE
Nagpal's Robot swarms go international
"Products that change lives" conference
In the Media
New Scientist focuses on organs-on-a-chip
BBC asks what's in George Church's DNA?
IEEE Pulse and C&I articles spotlight the Wyss model