Topic List : Bioengineering
Yeast made to produce cough suppressant
The only source of noscapine, a cough suppressant with potential anti-cancer properties, is opium poppies. Yet Stanford bioengineers have found a new way of producing the drug: reconstructing its biosynthetic pathway in yeast.
Yock receives Gordon Prize
Paul Yock is being honored for establishing Stanford Biodesign to help innovators create devices and technologies that improve health care.
Using cellphones to track mosquitoes
A simple recording of a mosquito’s buzz on a cellphone could contribute to a global-scale mosquito tracking map of unprecedented detail.
Nearly all microbes inside unknown to science
A Stanford survey of DNA fragments circulating in the blood suggests the microbes living within us are vastly more diverse than previously known. In fact, 99 percent of that DNA has never been seen before.
Course spreads the gospel of microfluidics
Tiny devices could help scientists study coral bleaching, parasites, molecular biology and more, but few scientists know how to use them. A new course aimed to change that by pairing students with labs looking for help.
Cochran appointed bioengineering chair
Jennifer Cochran, whose research focuses on development of new technologies for high-throughput protein analysis and engineering, succeeds Norbert Pelc.
Deisseroth wins Fresenius Prize
The Stanford psychiatrist, neuroscientist and bioengineer will be honored for three distinct contributions to the medical field: optogenetics, hydrogel-tissue chemistry and research into depression.
Automating biology experiments with Legos
Modern biology labs often use robotic assemblies to drop precise amounts of fluids into experimental containers. Now, researchers have shown how to adapt a Lego robotics kit to do this for much less money.
Brainlike computers come of age
Conventional computer chips aren’t up to the challenges posed by next-generation autonomous drones and medical implants. Now, Kwabena Boahen has laid out a way forward, using ideas built in to our brains.
Accelerating discovery by orders of magnitude
Polly Fordyce and her team use microfluidic tools to understand protein interactions in the body — knowledge that could help researchers develop therapeutics for a variety of diseases.