Professor Dan Fletcher’s lab has received a $1.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the scaled-up production of the LoaScope. The video adaptation of the CellScope cellphone-based microscope will enable mapping of Loa loa prevalence and intensity in Central and West Africa.
Alumnus Dino Di Carlo, Professor at UCLA Bioengineering, tackles the big question on the cover of SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening).
The Yartsev Lab shows that adult bats can not only modify distinct parameters of their vocalizations, but that these changes persist weeks or months, making bats an important model organism for studies of the rare trait of vocal plasticity in adulthood.
Adam Arkin describes the goals of the Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES) project and how their work could enable human life on Mars.
Professor Michael Yartsev’s lab has shown that bats’ brain activity is literally in sync when bats engage in social behaviors like grooming, fighting or sniffing each other. This is the first study to observe synchronized brain activity in a non-human species engaging in natural social interactions, and opens the door to future study on how our brains process social interactions.
The Engineering Biology Research Consortium, a public-private partnership headquartered at UC Berkeley, has released a new roadmap laying out the successes, opportunities and challenges of the maturing field of synthetic biology. It identifies five research areas that the federal government needs to invest in to fuel the bioeconomy and keep the U.S. at the forefront of the field.
Read Professor Amy Herr’s thoughts about Berkeley’s entrepreneurial spirit and “how much we are crushing it.”
BioE MEng alumni Thomas Galeon and Meryll Dindin, with CEE teammate Pierre-Louis Missler were recently featured by the Consumer Technology Association for their creation of AsTeR: a platform for collecting and prioritizing information to facilitate decision making during natural disasters.
Adam Arkin’s lab is working to determine what plants and organisms can be genetically engineered to function and grow into useful products in deep space. Check out Adam’s lab walkthrough video!