Topic List : Bioengineering

  • $10 million grant funds infection-focused center

    The new center will explore intracellular and intercellular processes by which salmonella bacteria, responsible for more than 100 million symptomatic infections annually, infect immune cells.


  • Brain activity that underlies risky choices

    When rats were trained to choose between high- and low-risk options while a circuit in their brains was monitored and manipulated, a specific signal in that circuit determined their choice.


  • Accelerating protein evolution

    A new tool enables researchers to test millions of mutated proteins in a matter of hours or days. The technology could speed the search for new medicines, industrial enzymes and biosensors.


  • A word with Karl Deisseroth

    Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, calls the human brain “the most complicated object in the universe.” The Stanford psychiatrist and bioengineer is well-known for developing two game-changing techniques — optogenetics and CLARITY.


  • Deisseroth wins $3 million prize

    Initiated in 2013 by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, the annual award — the world’s largest in dollar terms — honors pioneers in life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics.


  • Bioengineering major launches

    From its outset, Stanford sought to imbue the Bioengineering Department with the different but essential traditions of the School of Engineering and School of Medicine.


  • Reprogrammed yeast produce opioids

    It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but researchers have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations.


  • Team makes biotechnology interactive

    Bioengineers have created games that allow people to interact with cells, as well as a robotic lab capable of carrying out remote-controlled experiments.


  • Deisseroth wins Albany Prize

    The bioengineer and psychiatrist will be honored for his seminal role in the field of optogenetics, which allows scientists to precisely manipulate nerve-cell activity in freely moving animals to study their behavior.


  • Solving mystery of the dancing droplets

    Puzzled by the odd behavior of food-coloring droplets, a trio of bioengineers dove into a previously unexplored current in fluid dynamics to discover the forces that choreographed a molecular minuet.