Research News

April 27, 2016

Bleeding Duke Blue

Originally published in DukEngineer, the student-written magazine of the Pratt School of Engineering Supercomputing and the Cardiovascular System When Amanda Randles was finishing her bachelor’s degree at Duke, the most powerful supercomputer in the world was BlueGene/L. The computer had a maximal [...]

April 22, 2016

Time Cues Help Keep Humans Looking Human

Researchers believe that genetically modified bacteria can help explain how a developing animal keeps all of its parts and organs in the same general proportions as every other member of its species. In 1952, Alan Turing mathematically demonstrated how the nearly endless variety of patterns seen in [...]

April 11, 2016

Antibiotics Don't Promote Swapping of Resistance Genes

Researchers have shown that, outside of a few specific examples, antibiotics do not promote the spread of bacterial antibiotic resistance through genetic swapping, as previously assumed. While the overuse of antibiotics is undeniably at the heart of the growing global crisis, new research published [...]

April 08, 2016

Lynch Wins Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Researchers at Duke University have received a grant to engineer microbes to make explosives. “Well, precursors to energetic materials,” explained Mike Lynch, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry at Duke. “These compounds are traditionally produced from petroleum sources, [...]

March 28, 2016

New Class of Molecular 'Lightbulbs' Illuminate MRI

Duke University researchers have taken a major step towards realizing a new form of MRI that could record biochemical reactions in the body as they happen. In the March 25 issue of Science Advances, they report the discovery of a new class of molecular tags that enhance MRI signals by 10,000-fold [...]

March 16, 2016

New Collaborative Seed Grant Program Gives Eight Awards

A new program aimed at fostering interactions between researchers in the School of Medicine and the campus has awarded its first round of seed grants to eight project teams. "The overarching goal of this program is to encourage collaborations around quantitative basic and clinical research [...]

March 11, 2016

Gersbach Named Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Charles Gersbach has been named the Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. The professorship, established in 2014 by a gift from Timothy Rooney E’80, MBA’82 and Mary Rooney as part of the Vinik Faculty Challenge, honors an [...]

February 29, 2016

Engineered Swarmbots Rely on Peers for Survival

Duke University researchers have engineered microbes that can’t run away from home; those that do will quickly die without protective proteins produced by their peers. Dubbed “swarmbots” for their ability to survive in a crowd, the system could be used as a safeguard to stop genetically modified [...]

February 23, 2016

Pratt Pouch Project Funded in Ecuador

GSK and Save the Children have awarded $226,600 to a program that uses a Duke innovation to help prevent mothers from passing HIV to their newborn children in Ecuador. The project uses a product dubbed the “Pratt Pouch”—which looks similar to a fast-food ketchup packet—to deliver anti-HIV [...]

February 18, 2016

Rapidly Building Arteries that Produce Biochemical Signals

Duke engineers have developed a technique to make artificial arteries that naturally produce biochemical signals vital to their functions. The technique is also ten times faster than current methods for tissue engineering of blood vessels. Arterial walls have multiple layers of cells, including the [...]

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