Systems Biology of Cells in Engineered Environments

An NSF IGERT Program at the University of Delaware


How Math Could Make Bones Stronger Photo 

How Math Could Make Bones Stronger
Models help UD researchers calculate best dosage for osteoporosis treatment

March 29, 2017

They may seem rigid and set in their ways, but your bones are actually under constant construction and deconstruction.

Better battery membranes Photo 

Better battery membranes
UD researchers develop safer electrolytes and use novel technique to assess them

April 2, 2015

Most of us have seen dramatic photographs of laptops and even cars that have burst into flames due to failures in lithium-ion batteries. On a much larger scale, battery fires grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets for several months in 2013 while the company implemented new features to reduce the risk of overheating and combustion.

Platelets on demand Photo 

Platelets on demand
Research paves path to accelerating, enhancing platelet production

September 25, 2014

Platelets are an expensive biomedical commodity. These microscopic cells that come to the rescue when our blood vessels need to be repaired cannot be frozen and are stable for only three to five days at room temperature.

Hybrid seed Photo 

Hybrid seed
UD researchers look at small RNA pathways in maize tassels

August 21, 2014

Researchers at the University of Delaware and other institutions across the country have been awarded a four-year, $6.5 million National Science Foundation grant to analyze developmental events in maize anthers and tassels, the male reproductive organs that produce pollen.

ACS award Photo 

ACS award
Zhuang receives research scholar grant from American Cancer Society

June 23, 2014

Zhihao Zhuang, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware, has received a four-year, $792,000 Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society.

Engineering Bone Repair Photo 

Engineering Bone Repair
Researchers seek to develop non-viral carrier for gene therapy use in bone repair

May 13, 2014

A team of researchers from the University of Delaware and Thomas Jefferson University has been awarded a $1.4-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore the use of non-viral gene therapy to enhance bone repair.

Papoutsakis Honored Photo 

Papoutsakis Honored
Delaware Bio holds 2014 annual awards gala celebration

April 29, 2014

Terry Papoutsakis, Eugene du Pont Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, only needed to scan the room at Delaware Bio's 2014 annual awards gala to see just how deeply the roots of the bioscience community stretch in Delaware.

Transposons Photo 

UD studies how plant small RNAs are activated to control transposons in pollen

April 29, 2014

Studying a distant relative of viruses known as transposons, the University of Delaware's Blake Meyers is working with researchers from Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) Laboratory to see how small RNAs in plants are activated and how they work to control transposons in the development of pollen.

Smart Hydrogels Photo 

Smart Hydrogels
UD-developed smart gels deliver medicine on demand

January 14, 2014

Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed a "smart" hydrogel that can deliver medicine on demand, in response to mechanical force.

Biochemical Engineering Excellence Photo 

Biochemical Engineering Excellence
UD's Papoutsakis to receive Daniel I.C. Wang Award from AIChE

September 25, 2013

Terry Papoutsakis, Eugene du Pont Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been selected to receive the Daniel I.C. Wang Award for excellence in biochemical engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Society for Biological Engineering.

From Methanol To Butanol Photo 

From Methanol To Butanol
UD receives multimillion-dollar ARPA-E award for methane conversion research

September 23, 2013

The University of Delaware has been awarded a three-year grant totaling more than $3 million from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to use an engineered microorganism to produce butanol, a useful transportation fuel, from methanol and carbon dioxide.

NSF Recognition Photo 

NSF Recognition
UD's Kloxin receives prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award

April 2, 2013

April Kloxin, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware, has been awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award to study the extracellular signals that regulate tissue stability, disease and repair in the body.

Young Visionary Photo 

Young Visionary
UD biologist receives prestigious ARI Young Investigator Grant

April 2, 2013

Salil Lachke, University of Delaware assistant professor of biological sciences and a 2012 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, is one of just eight researchers from around the world selected as an Alcon Research Institute 2013 Young Investigator Grant recipient.

IGERT Scholars Photo 

IGERT Scholars
Delaware Biotechnology Institute hosts reception for IGERT Scholars

December 18, 2012

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) hosted a reception Tuesday, Dec. 11, for the first cohort of five IGERT Scholars participating in the new National Science Foundation-supported Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program

Help for Cancer Patients Photo 

Help for Cancer Patients
UD partner in $2.5 million NIH grant to produce artificial salivary glands

August 13, 2012

University of Delaware professor Xinqiao Jia is part of a research team breaking new ground in the creation of artificial salivary glands.

IGERT Funding Photo 

IGERT Funding
NSF grant supports work in systems biology of cells in engineered environments

June 7, 2012

With the responsibility of great research comes the requirement of educators to also transcend traditional boundaries by integrating multi-disciplinary knowledge into their work.

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