Research News

February 24, 2015

Xiling Shen: An Engineering Approach to Biomedical Challenges

Xiling Shen will join the biomedical engineering department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering in July 2015. An electrical circuit and computer systems expert by training, Shen applies his engineering background to understand the complex regulatory networks behind biological systems [...]

February 19, 2015

Bacterial Defense Mechanism Targets Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duke researchers have demonstrated a genetic therapeutic technique that has the potential to treat more than half of the patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). One of the challenges of treating DMD is that the disease can be caused by mutations to a number of different DNA [...]

February 09, 2015

Controlling Genes with Light

Duke University researchers have devised a method to activate genes in any specific location or pattern in a lab dish with the flip of a light switch by crossing a bacterium’s viral defense system with a flower’s response to sunlight. With the ability to use light to activate genes in specific [...]

January 28, 2015

Hoffman Wins National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award

Brenton Hoffman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award. The award supports outstanding young faculty members in their efforts to build a successful research enterprise and comes with a five-year, $500,000 [...]

January 13, 2015

First Contracting Human Muscle Grown in Laboratory

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals. The lab-grown tissue should soon allow researchers to test new drugs and study [...]

January 07, 2015

Wilson Awarded National Academy of Engineering’s Prestigious Russ Prize

Blake S. Wilson, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and surgery at Duke University and co-director of the Duke Hearing Center, has been awarded the 2015 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize for “engineering cochlear implants that enable the deaf to hear [...]

December 16, 2014

Calderbank, Chilkoti Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Two faculty members from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI): Robert Calderbank, the Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Computer Science, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and director of the Information [...]

December 12, 2014

Blake Wilson Named 2015 IEEE Fellow

Blake Wilson, adjunct professor of surgery, biomedical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in recognition for his work in the development of cochlear implants. The IEEE Grade [...]

December 04, 2014

Duke Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Leading Genome Editing Company

Duke University has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Editas Medicine, a leading genome editing company, for genetic engineering technologies developed in the lab of Charles Gersbach, assistant professor of biomedical engineering. The agreement focuses on Gersbach’s work with genome [...]

December 01, 2014

Truskey Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

George Truskey, the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering and senior associate dean for research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). With a long and [...]

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