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Category: Biomedical Engineering

Meet Dong Xu – University of Missouri College of Engineering

Computational capabilities, medical breakthroughs and biological advancements are accelerating at lightning speeds. A Mizzou Engineering researcher is keeping up. Meet Dong Xu, a bioinformatics expert whose fingerprints can be seen across Mizzou Engineering and the MU campus. Xu is Shumaker Endowed Professor in Bioinformatics in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He’s also an investigator at the Bond Life Sciences Center, and a core faculty member of MU Institute for Data Science and Informatics and MU’s Interdisciplinary Plant Group.…

Yan honored with UM System Presidential Faculty Award

Assistant Professor Zheng Yan Mizzou Engineering’s Zheng Yan has received the 2021 UM System Presidential Faculty Award for Career Excellence Early Career – STEM. Yan is an assistant professor, holding a joint appointment between the Department of Biological, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. “It’s a great honor to me. For the last four years, I have been working really hard on research, teaching and service,” Yan said. “I think this is a great…

Gigantic flying pterosaurs had spoked vertebrae to support their ‘ridiculously long’ necks — ScienceDaily

Little is known about azhdarchid pterosaurs, gigantic flying reptiles with impressive wingspans of up to 12 meters. Cousins of dinosaurs and the largest animals ever to fly, they first appeared in the fossil record in the Late Triassic about 225 million years ago and disappeared again at the end of the Cretaceous period about 66 million years ago. One of their most notable features for such a large flighted animal was a neck longer than that of a giraffe. Now,…

Two Mizzou Engineers Named Goldwater Scholars

Rebecca Shyu and Brandon Lee both received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Two Mizzou Engineering students have been named Goldwater Scholars, making the University of Missouri the only school in the state with more than one recipient. Rebecca Shyu is majoring in computer science with an interest in bioinformatics. Brandon Lee is a double major in chemical engineering and physics. Both went through a rigorous essay and application process for the Goldwater Scholarship, which aims to foster and encourage outstanding students…

New class of versatile, high-performance quantum dots primed for medical imaging, quantum computing — ScienceDaily

A new class of quantum dots deliver a stable stream of single, spectrally tunable infrared photons under ambient conditions and at room temperature, unlike other single photon emitters. This breakthrough opens a range of practical applications, including quantum communication, quantum metrology, medical imaging and diagnostics, and clandestine labeling. “The demonstration of high single-photon purity in the infrared has immediate utility in areas such as quantum key distribution for secure communication,” said Victor Klimov, lead author of a paper published today…

Rugby study identifies new method to diagnose concussion using saliva — ScienceDaily

A University of Birmingham-led study of top-flight UK rugby players — carried out in collaboration with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby, and Marker Diagnostics — has identified a method of accurately diagnosing concussion using saliva, paving the way for the first non-invasive clinical test for concussion for use in sport and other settings. Following the team’s previous research, which identified that the concentration of specific molecules in saliva changes rapidly after a traumatic brain injury, the researchers embarked…

Parkinson’s gene may impair how new neurons are made throughout our lifetime — ScienceDaily

A pioneering study, published in Scientific Reports, found that the Parkinon’s gene PINK1 is important for the generation of dopamine-producing neurons throughout life, and is not just responsible for the premature death of these neurons The international research, led by University of Sheffield’s Neuroscience Institute, used two model systems to examine how neurons are produced throughout our lifetime Parkinson’s disease is a relentlessly progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects around 145,000 people in the UK A gene defect linked to Parkinson’s…

Antibody injections could become more affordable with new production method — ScienceDaily

Antibody injections are a highly desirable treatment for people with chronic diseases such as cancer, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and arthritis. And recently, antibodies have been in the news as a promising treatment for severe cases of COVID-19. But the costly, time-consuming manufacturing process to produce antibodies prevents these treatments from being accessible to most patients. Andrew Zydney, Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, has identified a new method to manufacture antibodies, which could drive…

Researchers design a new highly-selective tool to study — ScienceDaily

Researchers have developed a new tool to study ‘undruggable’ proteins through the sugars they depend on. Almost 85 percent of proteins, including those associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, inflammation, and certain cancers, are beyond the reach of current drugs. Now, with a new pencil/eraser tool, researchers can start to study how sugar molecules affect these proteins, insights that could lead to new treatments for the ‘undruggable.’ Sugar has been called “evil,” “toxic,” and “poison.” But the body needs sugars, too. Sugar…

Technique speeds up conventional 3D printing by 10-50 times — ScienceDaily

It looks like science fiction: A machine dips into a shallow vat of translucent yellow goo and pulls out what becomes a life-sized hand. But the seven-second video, which is sped-up from 19 minutes, is real. The hand, which would take six hours to create using conventional 3D printing methods, demonstrates what University at Buffalo engineers say is progress toward 3D-printed human tissue and organs — biotechnology that could eventually save countless lives lost due to the shortage of donor…