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Dynamic Daylight Control System

Faculty Member Awarded for Innovation [September 8, 2014] Wyss Institute Core Faculty member James Collins, Ph.D., will receive the 2015 Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Nakasone Award for his innovative work on synthetic gene networks and programmable cells...

 

Dynamic Daylight Control System

Dynamic Daylight Control System [August 14, 2014] Scientists and engineers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard Graduate School of Design have jointly developed a unique and flexible approach to dynamically redirect daylight that maximizes daylight autonomy and saves energy...

 

Symposium

Bioinspired Adaptive Materials: From Molecules to Buildings [June 27, 2014] Our 5th annual symposium welcomed an international audience including more than 450 professionals from academia and industry, representing diverse disciplines such as architecture, medicine and materials. The day's topic: bioinspired adaptive materials....

 

Peng Yin

Wyss Core Faculty member Peng Yin Receives 2014 ACS Synthetic Biology Young Investigator Award [June 26, 2014] Yin will be presented with the ACS Synthetic Biology Young Investigator Award at the Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) conference in Manhattan Beach, CA on July 15, 2014. The award recognizes the contributions of a scientist who has made a major impact on the field of synthetic biology early in his or her career...

 

Pam Silver and Jeff Way

Researchers 3D print biomimetic shark skin [May 30, 2014] The team of Harvard scientist George Lauder and Wyss Institute Senior Staff Scientist James Weaver characterize the hydrodynamic properties of synthetic shark skin—an advance that could inspire improved swimsuit, boat, and aircraft designs...

 

Pam Silver and Jeff Way

Rational design: best route for synthetic biology? [May 22, 2014] A healthy debate exists in science about the best way to engineer new biological systems that can clean water, generate green energy solutions, treat diseases, and more. In Nature Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Pamela Silver and Senior Staff Scientist Jeffrey Way argue that a rational design approach is the best way to go. ...

 

Heart

Creepy, Crawly, Slippery - Bioinspired Technologies! [April 29, 2014] A team of Wyss researchers showcased a number of bioinspired technologies at the third annual USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC...

 

Heart

Modeling cardiac ischemia using little more than paper and wax [March 31, 2014] Scientists have been on the hunt for better ways to study cells that operate in a “code blue” condition called ischemia, which can occur during a heart attack or stroke ...

 

Heartthrob

Heartthrob [February 24, 2014] A new spin on old data reveals stunning complexity of the human heartbeat ...

 

Peng Yin and William Shih

 

Programming molecular robots [January 24, 2014] A Q&A with Wyss Core Faculty members William Shih and Peng Yin ...

 

AAAS Fellows

Stain no more [January 10, 2014] The researchers behind SLIPS (Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces) have demonstrated a spate of sleek applications of the super-slick coating since unveiling it in a 2011 issue of Nature ....

 

AAAS Fellows

Two Wyss Faculty Named AAAS Fellows [November 26, 2013] The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has selected Core Faculty member Jim Collins and Associate Faculty member Ali Khademhosseini to be among its new class of 388 AAAS Fellows....

 

George Whitesides

A deceptively simple path to powerful new technology [November 21, 2013] Building simple, functional parts speeds technology development, argues Core Faculty member George M. Whitesides...

 

Retreat 2013

Fifth Annual Retreat [November 18, 2013] More than 500 members of the Institute community celebrated our innovative technologies...

 

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Science Driven Technology: The Final Frontier [November 4, 2013] There has been a great deal of discussion recently—much of it fraught with frustration—about the challenges facing our nation's academic communities: How do we support basic curiosity-driven research and maintain our position as the global leader in innovation and technology at a time of rapidly dwindling government funds?...

 

BIOMOD 2013

Germany’s “DNA Diamonds” win Grand Prize in the 2013 BIOMOD Design Competition [November 4, 2013] Students from around the world competed at Harvard University this weekend in the Wyss Institute’s third annual BIOMOD Jamboree – a bio-molecular design competition. The “DNA Diamonds” from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich return home to Germany today with the grand prize for...

 

BIR co-sponsors NERC 2013

Wyss Institute's Bioinspired Robotics Platform co-sponsors 2nd Northeast Robotics Colloquium [October 6, 2013] The Wyss Institute co-sponsored the 2nd annual Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC) where more than 200 students, senior academics, and robotics practitioners from 38 companies and universities engaged in discussions about...

 

Villi

How the gut's 'fingers' form [September 23, 2013] The human intestine is a marvel of morphology, meandering 21 feet inside the abdomen, with a miniature forest of finger-like projections called villi covering its inner surface. Now a team including L. Mahadevan, Ph.D., a Wyss Institute Founding Core Faculty Member, has uncovered the forces that direct that forest to develop....

 

TEDx

Gut-, Kidney-, Heart-, on-a-chip ready to serve as disease models, drug testbeds [September 6, 2013] Core Faculty members Don Ingber and Kit Parker and teams take a big step closer to accurate alternatives to animal testing for new drugs and toxins...

 

TEDx

Organs-on-chips at TEDx Boston [June 25, 2013] A cross-disciplinary team of researchers at the Wyss Institute, led by Founding Director Don Ingber, is mimicking life-threatening conditions in microchips the size of memory sticks that are lined by living human cells...

 

Voyage

A Fantastic Voyage through the Future of Nanomedicine [June 7, 2013] In the 1960s sci-fi film "Fantastic Voyage," a miniaturized crew traveled through the bloodstream of a comatose scientist in a tiny submarine on a mission to dissolve a life-threatening blood clot in his brain...

 

wrinkles

Wrinkles that we want [June 5, 2013] Wyss Institute researchers have demonstrated the ability to fine-tune the optical properties of a material by applying varying degrees of mechanical strain - in effect, wrinkling it....

 

Silk pavilion

Spinning up a Silk Pavilion [May 28, 2013] A new lobby exhibit that is attracting the attention of passersby in the MIT Media Lab blurs the line between digital fabrication and biological synthesis. Masterminded by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Research Group at the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with colleagues from Harvard's Wyss Institute...

 

Celebrate

Celebrating give years of growth [May 21, 2013] The Institute community gathered on May 21 to celebrate five years of the Institute's work in innovation, collaboration, and technology translation...

 

Extracellular matrix

Softening tissue to breathe easier [April 30, 2013] A drug that softens the extracellular matrix, the molecular scaffold that knits cells together into tissues, may ease pulmonary edema, a life-threatening condition caused by fluid filling the air sacs of the lung...

 

Apprentice Learning

Boston 8th graders become Wyss Institute "apprentices" [April 29, 2013] The Wyss Institute was one of ten "site partners" for this year's Apprentice Learning program, which offers middle school students at the Boston-based Mission Hill School a taste of a "real" work experience...

 

hot spring bacteria

Team closer to getting iconic laboratory bacterium to function like a plant [April 5, 2013] Wyss researchers are drawing inspiration -- and genetic sequences -- from a little-known bacterium, Chloroflexus aurantiacus, that lives in hot springs and carries out photosynthesis much more efficiently than the vast majority of plants on Earth...

 

George Church

De-Extinction: An idea worth spreading? [March 15, 2013] Wyss Core Faculty member George Church was one of 25 eminent speakers at a day-long TEDx conference in Washington, DC, called TEDxDeExtinction, which explored a bold topic: reviving extinct species and re-introducing them to the wild...

 

Don Ingber

Society of Toxicology honors Don Ingber [March 10, 2013] The Society of Toxicology (SOT) honored Wyss Founding Director Don Ingber with the 2013 Leading Edge in Basic Science Award at the annual SOT meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on March 10th...

 

Bioinspired fibers

Bioinspired fibers change color when stretched [January 28, 2013] A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter, UK, have invented a new fiber that changes color when stretched...

 

Pitcher plant

SLIPS: Toward a greener future [November 29, 2012] Millions of miles of pipelines criss-cross the United States alone, and when they become fouled by the likes of bacterial colonization or corrosion, the flow of fuel is reduced -- causing tremendous energy loss...

 

R and D 100

4th Annual Wyss Retreat: The adventure continues [November 20, 2012] The 4th annual "Wyss Retreat" held in Boston yesterday was not your typical academic meeting -- but then again, the Wyss Institute isn't a typical academic research institute...

 

 

R and D 100

Collins wins eminent Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award [November 14, 2012] At a ceremony yesterday in Paris, Wyss Core Faculty member Jim Collins, Ph.D., joined three other internationally renowned researchers who received the prestigious "Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Awards" for their innovative contributions to healthcare. Each researcher won a prize of 120,000 euros...

 

R and D 100

Japan's Team Sendai wins Grand Prize in 2012 BIOMOD competition [November 5, 2012]"Team Sendai" heads back to Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, with the grand prize for the second annual BIOMOD competition in hand. This was the second year for BIOMOD, an international biomolecular design competition sponsored by the Wyss Institute, with additional support from Autodesk and Mathworks...

 

R and D 100

SLIPS receives prestigious R&D 100 Award [November 2, 2012] SLIPS -- a novel material that repels just about any liquid or solid -- was officially recognized at the R&D 100 Awards Banquet in Orlando on November 1 for winning an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. The R&D 100 Awards, called the "Oscars of Innovation," recognize and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year...

 

WikiCells

WikiCell design wins award [October 24, 2012] WikiCell Designs Inc., the brainchild of Wyss Core Faculty member David Edwards, Ph.D., just received the prestigious Special Jury Award for Innovation at SIAL Paris, the leading global food industry conference...

 

 

World Technology Network

Don Ingber and Wyss Institute win World Technology Awards [October 24, 2012] The Wyss Institute made an impressive showing in the recent announcement by the World Technology Network (WTN) for this year's awards, which honor the world's most significant innovators in science and technology who are "creating the 21st century." The Institute as a whole is one of five nominees in the biotechnology category...

 

Geraldine Hamilton

Wyss Institute participates in World Innovation Summit [September 29, 2012] Several members of the Wyss community played a leading role in the "World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The New, Smarter Innovation Economy," held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston from September 26-28. The summit attracted a diverse group of nearly 600 participants from around the world...

 

Sriram Kosuri

Sriram "Sri" Kosuri elected as PopTech Science Fellow [September 28, 2012] PopTech, a global community of innovators, announced that Staff Scientist Sriram "Sri" Kosuri has been selected as one of this year's elite class of ten "PopTech Science Fellows. The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity...

 

Anthony Bahinski

Anthony Bahinski elected to SPS Board of Directors [September 28, 2012] The Wyss Institute at Harvard University is pleased to announce that the Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) recently elected Lead Senior Staff Scientist Anthony Bahinski, Ph.D., MBA, FAHA, to serve on its Board of Directors...

 

W3 Award

Wyss website wins W3 design award [September 22, 2012] The International Academy of the Visual Arts announced this week that the Wyss Institute won the W3 Gold Award in the category of Biotechnology, and Silver Awards in Science, Homepage Design, Visual Appeal, and Web Video: Technology/Science...

 

Living foundries

Improving the reliability, efficiency, and economics of microbial manufacturing [August 6, 2012] The Wyss Institute has been awarded up to $900,000 from DARPA to further develop tools for improving the reliability and efficiency with which living cells are transformed into microbial manufacturing facilities for high-value commodity chemicals, such as biofuels and drugs...

 

Bacterial spores

Surviving extreme dehydration [August 1, 2012] Bacterial spores can survive prolonged periods of dehydration while showing no detectable damage. Researchers at the Wyss Institute are now providing insights on this extraordinary survival mechanism...

 

 

=Dan Huh

Dan Huh takes top innovation honors at SLAS event [July 1, 2012] Wyss Technology Development Fellow Dan Huh, Ph.D., was honored with the 2012 Innovation Award from the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) for his work developing a living, breathing human lung-on-a-chip and for its potential for drug screening and nanotoxicology applications...

 

iGarden

A garden built to order [June 22, 2012] What if you could create your own tomato with the perfect mixture of sour and sweet? Amp up the nutritional content in your home-grown lettuce? Tone down the allergens in your strawberry patch? Students working with Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver may be taking us one step closer to making such personal modifications possible...

 

Lab on a Chip

Special themed issue of Lab on a Chip inspired by the Wyss [June 15, 2012] From its original inspiration to its artwork, editors, authors, and highlighted discoveries, a recent special-themed issue of the journal Lab on a Chip has close ties to the Wyss. The issue -- Lab on a Chip: the United States -- focuses on America's cutting-edge work in microsystems engineering...

 

Wyss Symposium

Third annual Wyss Institute Symposium explores the noise and rhythm of living systems [June 11, 2012] From the fluctuations of heartbeats and breaths, to the mechanisms that cause a bee's wings to flap, to the way that termites work together to air condition their nests, Nature is overflowing with examples of complex, non-linear dynamical systems and behaviors that are often at the edge of chaos...

 

Don Ingber

Don Ingber discusses "radical innovation" at the 2012 World Science Festival [June 6, 2012] Donald Ingber, Director of the Wyss Institute, took part in two presentations at this year's World Science Festival, held in New York City. On the afternoon of Saturday, June 2, at a session called Radical Innovation by Nature, Ingber presented the Wyss Institute's Lung-on-a-Chip technology...

 

Micrograph by James Weaver

James Weaver's electron micrographs on display in Paris [June 1, 2012] A series of exquisite scanning electron micrographs by Wyss research associate James Weaver is now on display at the Pompidou Center in Paris as part of its "Imaginary Beings: Mythologies of the Not Yet" exhibit...

 

MALSI Day

Wyss Institute research honored at the Massachusetts Life Science Innovation Day 2012 [May 31, 2012] The Wyss Institute has won second and third place prizes in the "Research Showcase -- Poster Session" at the 2012 Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day held May 31 in Boston...

 

US Science and Engineering Festival

Bioinspiring the next eneration of scientists and engineers [May 11, 2012] Thanks to members of the Wyss Bioinspired Robotics platform, thousands of young minds have likely absorbed a key point about robots -- they can do more than just spy on people...

 

 

Wyss Institute lobby

Expanding our Boston footprint [April 27, 2012] The Wyss Institute today completed its expansion into 31,000 square feet of new lab and office space at its main site at the Center for Life Science Boston (CLSB), in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area....

 

 

Jim Collins

Jim Collins to be inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences [April 19, 2012] The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that one of its core faculty members, James J. Collins, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences...

 

Radhika Nagpal

Radhika Nagpal approved for promotion to tenured full professor [April 18, 2012] Harvard President Drew Faust has approved Radhika Nagpal for promotion to the role of full professor with tenure at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Nagpal, a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute...

 

Robert J. Wood

Got Purified Milk?: Kentucky grade schoolers take top science honors Inspired by Wyss Institute technology [April 11, 2012] Inspired by the Wyss Institute's magnetic blood-cleansing technology, a team of budding young (9- to 14-year-old) scientists has conceptualized a system that could purify raw milk without pasteurization...

 

Robert J. Wood

Robert J. Wood approved for promotion to tenured full professor [April 3, 2012] Harvard President Drew Faust has approved Robert J. Wood for promotion to the role of full professor with tenure at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Wood, a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute, is founder of the...

 

Printed robot

Robot building simplified [April 3, 2012] Two Wyss Institute researchers will play key roles in an ambitious new project designed to make customized robots -- and their myriad potential applications -- widely available. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the new project seeks to develop a desktop technology...

 

Dan Leslie

Leading industry event honors Wyss researchers for organ-on-chip advances [March 26, 2012] In recognition of their work advancing organ-on-chip technologies, three Wyss researchers were honored with a total of six awards at the 51st annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in mid March...

 

Brazilian delegation

Brazilian delegation visit focuses on medical advances, biomaterials evolution [February 27, 2012] A Brazilian delegation of academics and industry executives -- on a mission to learn about cutting-edge advances in medicine and biomaterials evolution -- visited the Wyss Institute to meet with leading researchers and hear about the Institute's unique model...

 

Scandinavian delegation

Scandinavian delegation visits Wyss Institute on tour of top U.S. nanomedicine hubs [January 31, 2012] Nanorobots that deliver messages to specific cells in the body, DNA strands that self assemble into drug delivery devices, and microchips that mimic human organ functions were among the cutting-edge technologies shared with a Scandinavian mission to the Wyss Institute...

 

Molecular probe

New molecular probe can distinguish DNA and RNA sequences with unprecedented accuracy [January 27, 2012] In reliably identifying and binding to a target under a wide range of operating conditions, this novel probe could be valuable tool in basic research and potentially in clinical diagnostics...

 

Conor Walsh

Wyss Institute welcomes Conor Walsh as new Core Faculty Member [January 20, 2012] Conor Walsh, Ph.D., joined the Wyss Institute this month as a new core faculty member who will focus on developing smart medical devices for diagnostic, therapeutic, and assistive applications...

 

Kit Parker

Kit Parker recognized by Aviation Week [January 6, 2012]
Noted for his innovative work in the defense industry," Kit Parker explains his groundbreaking research on traumatic brain injuries in Aviation Week's January issue of Defense Technology International...

 

Harris Wang

Harris Wang recognized as one of the Brightest Stars Under 30 [January 5, 2012] Wyss Technology Development Fellow, Harris Wang, has been named to the Forbes list of "30 Under 30" of tomorrow's brightest stars in each of 12 fields. The 360 "ultra impressive up-and-comers" were selected by leading experts in industry from among thousands of nominations...

 

Joanna Aizenberg

Third Annual Wyss Institute retreat celebrates year of growth, breakthroughs, and progress [November 28, 2011] The Wyss Institute holds its annual retreat every November to share updates, identify synergies, and foster communication within its ever expanding community. This year about 320 faculty, fellows, students, staff, clinical partners, and other collaborators convened at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston...

 

Ali Khademhosseini

Ali Khademhosseini elected to American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering [November 28, 2011] Wyss Institute associate faculty member, Ali Khademhosseini, Ph.D., has been selected as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). AIMBE is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering...

 

Biomod 2011

Danish Nano Artists take home grand prize in BIOMOD design competition [November 7, 2011] Danish Nano Artists took home the grand prize at BIOMOD 2011, the inaugural international biomolecular design competition hosted by the Wyss Institute. Twenty-one undergraduate teams, representing more than 100 students from around the globe, competed in the event...

 

Jim
Collins

Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli briefed on Wyss Institute key research initiatives [October 31, 2011] Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli visited the Wyss Institute to learn about its unique model of innovation, collaboration and translation. They toured the labs at the Wyss facility in Boston's Longwood Medical Area with Donald Ingber and William Chin...

 

Jim
Collins

James Collins receives 2011 World Technology Award [October 28, 2011] Wyss Institute core faculty member, James J. Collins, Ph.D., has received the 2011 World Technology Award for Biotechnology in recognition of his work in synthetic biology and antibiotic drug discovery...

 

Adaptive Architecture Workshop

Buildings Inspired by Nature: Inventing the Future Built Environment [October 11, 2011] The Wyss Institute's first workshop in adaptive architecture brought together diverse members of both the scientific and building industry communities to explore ways in which current research initiatives can best meet today's real-world social and environmental needs -- and to set a future course for architecture...

 

FDA and NIH visit

Wyss welcomes FDA and NIH to Longwood [October 11, 2011] Representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) met with Wyss researchers in Longwood last month to discuss our joint program to develop a "Heart-Lung Micromachine."...

 

Peng Yin

Peng Yin wins DARPA Young Faculty Award [September 20, 2011] Wyss core faculty member Peng Yin, Ph.D. has received a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to pursue work in programmable nanofabrication using nucleic acids. His proposal is entitled "Programmable Inorganic Materials Synthesis with DNA Nano-Structures."...

 

New space

Latest milestone in Wyss Institute Technology offers hope for treating traumatic brain injury [July 26, 2011] A research team led by Wyss Institute core faculty member Kit Parker has discovered the mechanism that underlies the types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering...

 

New space

Wyss Institute welcomes Hong Kong Biotechnology Delegation [June 27, 2011] Executive leaders and researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering welcomed the Hong Kong Biotechnology Delegation to the United States at their facilities in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area...

 

New space

Wyss Institute expands on Harvard University campus [June 27, 2011] The Wyss Institute has expanded on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge to accommodate ongoing growth in research activities. The Institute is now operating in newly renovated space in Harvard's Engineering and Sciences Lab...

 

RaPID

Wyss Institute RaPID technology named best "Big Undiscovered Idea" at Massachusetts Life Science Innovation Day 2011 [June 16, 2011] The Wyss Institute has won first prize for its Rapid Pathogen IDentification (RaPID) system in the "Big Undiscovered Idea" competition at the 2011 Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day held June 2 in Boston...

 

2nd annual Wyss Institute Symposium

Donald Ingber to speak at Imperial College London [May 18, 2011] Donald Ingber, Director of the Wyss Institute, will deliver the inaugural Bagrit Lecture at Imperial College London on May 19, 2011. Ingber, a pioneer of organ-on-chip technology, will discuss the exciting potential in applying Nature's design principles to the development of novel technologies for use in medicine, industry, and the environment...

 

2nd annual Wyss Institute Symposium

Wyss Institute explores microfluidics and medicine in its second annual symposium [May 17, 2011] The second annual Wyss Institute symposium drew a full-capacity crowd of academics, government representatives, and members of industry to hear some of the world's leading experts in microfluidics share their insights into the exciting advances taking place in this rapidly evolving field...

 

Treating infections

New research could lead to cheap, effective treatments for chronic bacterial infections [May 13, 2011] Researchers from the Wyss Institute and Boston University have developed an effective, low-cost approach to treating chronic bacterial infections, such as staph and urinary tract, and potentially even strep and tuberculosis...

 

Michael Sismour

Michael Sismour represents the Wyss Institute at the French National Assembly [May 10, 2011] The Wyss Institute's Michael Sismour, Ph.D., was one of just eight American experts asked to share their perspectives on synthetic biology at this week's Franco-American Conference, a two-day event held in Paris...

 

Department of Defense logo

Wyss Institute to form part of multidisciplinary effort on DoD award [May 3, 2011] The Wyss Institute announced today that it is part of a team of investigators who will be receiving a Department of Defense award to pursue multidisciplinary research. The award is one of just 27 winning projects selected from a highly competitive field of 332 initial applicants...

 

Drew Faust visit

Harvard University president pays visit to the Wyss Institute [April 27, 2011] In her recent visit to the Wyss Institute, Harvard President Drew Faust met with executive leaders, staff scientists, and engineers to discuss the wide range of interdisciplinary activities and technology development efforts taking place...

 

Hydrogen production

New technology could help overcome obstacles to hydrogen production [April 24, 2011] A new technology greatly improves the efficiency with which hydrogen can be produced, potentially bringing biological production of a clean fuel source one step closer to economic feasibility...

 

Paper-based culture

"Using no-frills paper to create inexpensive 3D cell culture [April 11, 2011] A new video provides a compelling demonstration of how a novel paper-based system for culturing mammalian and bacteria cells can be used to diagnose biomarkers in diseases such as malaria, TB, and HIV...

 

Insect Day

"Wyss Institute's Bioinspired Robotics plays role in education [March 5, 2011] Members from the Wyss's Bioinspired Robotics Platform performed demos, explained their work, and showed off their amazing collection of centipede, cockroach, bee, termite, and ant prototypes during "Insect Day" at Harvard's Museum of Natural History...

 

Centipede millirobot

"Centipede millirobot" wins honorable mention in Visualization Challenge [February 23, 2011] A stunning photo of a centipede millirobot by Wyss core faculty member Rob Wood and graduate student Katie Hoffman received an honorable mention in the 2010 AAAS International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge...

 

Ali Khademhosseini

Ali Khademhosseini receives Sloan Research Fellowship [February 17, 2011] Wyss Institute associate faculty member, Ali Khademhosseini, Ph.D., has received a Sloan Research Fellowship, an annual award given to early-career scientists and scholars in recognition of their achievements and potential to make substantial contributions to their fields...

Science

Wyss discoveries rank as runners-up to "Breakthrough of the Year" [January 26, 2011] Discoveries from teams led by Wyss Institute faculty members George Church, Ph.D., and Jim Collins, Ph.D., were recognized on a short list of runners-up for 2010 "Breakthrough of the Year," the annual award given by Science for the most significant development in scientific research...

 

Peng Yin

Wyss Institute faculty member wins NSF Career Award [January 25, 2011] Peng Yin, Ph.D., a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation to support his cutting-edge work in information-directed molecular nanotechnology...

 

Lung on a Chip

Lung-on-a-Chip ranks among year's best research/top stories [January 24, 2011] Don Ingber's groundbreaking work in creating a living, breathing human lung-on-a-chip has been recognized as one of 2010's most important research advances in biological and medical science, as well as one of 2010's most important stories....

 

Neel Joshi

Wyss faculty member receives Milton Fund Award [December 20, 2010] Wyss faculty member Neel Joshi, Ph.D., today received a Milton Fund award to pursue development of a novel approach to site-specific drug delivery. If successful, the proposed technology could lead to effective new diagnostics and therapies for patients with vascular disorders...

 

WTN

Wyss faculty members get top technology honors from WTN [December 20, 2010] Each year, the World Technology Network (WTN) honors the globe's most outstanding individual and corporate innovators. This year, the Wyss Institute was well represented in both categories...

 

iGEM

Harvard’s iGarden takes a gold in global competition [December 1, 2010] A team of Harvard University undergraduate students, cosponsored by the Wyss Institute, has won a gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition for their personalized food engineering toolkit. Known as iGarden, the kit is designed to directly engage people in genetic engineering by giving them...

 

PopTech

Wyss founding director translates nature’s teachings at PopTech 2010 [October 20, 2010] Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., is offering insights into what we can learn from nature at PopTech 2010, a boundary-defying symposium about creative change that takes place October 20-23...

 

Ary Goldberger

Wyss Institute faculty member honored as keynote speaker [October 20, 2010] Wyss Institute faculty member Ary Goldberger, M.D., was recently honored as Keynote Speaker at the 26th Annual Medical Student Research Day at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC...

 

Wyss founding director shares lessons from nature at opening of Parisian exhibit on cellular design [September 22, 2010] In the Exhibit on Cellular Design, Wyss Institute Founding Director, Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., will describe the many design strategies that nature can teach us as we search for ecologically sustainable new approaches to manufacturing, energy production, and construction...

 

The Pumpkin [September 22, 2010] Inspired by a biological cell, the Pumpkin is a safe and ecologically sustainable way to carry water as Nature does, without harming the environment. The idea was originated and developed in the class of Wyss core faculty member, David Edwards...

 

A Healthy Complexity: When Dr. Ary Goldberger looks at an EKG, he doesn’t just see the signal of a beating heart, he also sees a musical score...

 

 

Inspired by an Embryo: Since her student days, Radhika Nagpal has been pondering one of biology’s most compelling questions...

 

 

Build it Like Mother Nature: Frank Lloyd Wright knew nature could teach architects a thing or two. Inspired by the contours of the landscape, Wright designed buildings with organic forms. With a similar philosophy, researchers are charting a new course...

 

 

We've won a Webby Award!

Wyss Institute is a winner of the 2012 Webby Awards in the Science category.