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June 14, 2016

Engineering with a Purpose

Inspired by her little brother’s chronic illness, biomedical engineering student Rhianna Lee ’16 sets out to find a cure—and helps some of Durham’s disabled workers along the way.

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February 04, 2016

How Gut Inflammation Sparks Colon Cancer

Chronic inflammation in the gut increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 500 percent, and now Duke University researchers think they know why. Their new study points to a biomarker in the cellular machinery that could not only serve as an early warning of colon cancer, but potentially be [...]

January 26, 2016

Duke University Names New Engineering School Dean

Ravi Bellamkonda, a renowned biomedical engineer who has led one of the top-ranked departments in the country, will be the new Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Sally Kornbluth announced Tuesday. Bellamkonda is the Wallace H [...]

January 05, 2016

Traveling Salesman Uncorks Synthetic Biology Bottleneck

Researchers have created a computer program that will open a challenging field in synthetic biology to the entire world. In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent on technology that can quickly and inexpensively read and write DNA to synthesize and manipulate polypeptides and proteins [...]

January 04, 2016

CRISPR Treats Genetic Disorder in Adult Mammal

Researchers have used CRISPR to treat an adult mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This marks the first time that CRISPR has successfully treated a genetic disease inside a fully developed living mammal with a strategy that has the potential to be translated to human therapy. Researchers [...]

December 14, 2015

Duke Electric Vehicles Team Hits Hollywood

During the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon, the Duke Electric Vehicles (DEV) team had quite a showing. Not only did they take 2nd place in their category, their carefully catalogued research into the optimal thickness of their car’s carbon-fiber body won them the Technical Innovation Award. The [...]

November 23, 2015

An Eagle-Eye, Real-Time View of Neural Activity

Researchers have devised a way to watch the details of your neurons at work. Every second of every day, the 100 billion neurons in your brain are capable of firing off a burst of electricity called an action potential up to 100 times per second. For neurologists trying to study how this [...]

November 17, 2015

Farsiu Named Senior Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing

Sina Farsiu, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, ophthalmology, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering, will join eight of his colleagues around the world as a senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. The journal covers novel theory, algorithms, [...]

November 11, 2015

Photo Essay: Duke Engineers for International Development in 2015

Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID) is a student organization that sends student-led groups to locations around the globe to assess and implement engineering projects that spur development. After working with communities to identify their needs, the teams collaborate with professors [...]

November 04, 2015

Duke Pioneers Pathway to Philanthropy for Entrepreneurs Through New Program

Entrepreneurs who are passionate about Duke University now have a new vehicle that allows them to support the university by leveraging their start-ups. The new DukeOne program enables entrepreneurs to pledge 1 percent of their company to Duke, deferring their gift until they have sold their company [...]

November 04, 2015

Campus-Wide Autism Research App Collaboration Wins Duke Teamwork Award

This past spring, Apple released a new open source software framework known as ResearchKit, which allowed for the creation of new apps geared toward medical research. Duke immediately planned to get involved. Bringing together 25 faculty and staff from across 11 schools and departments, a group of [...]

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