For more than a decade, Penn’s Dan Huh has been developing super-small devices called organs-on-chips that use living cells to stand in for larger organs. In May 2019, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched two experiments with Huh’s organs-on-chips to the International Space Station. In orbit, a lung chip and bone marrow chip are being compared to Earth-bound counterparts to shed light on astronauts’ susceptibility to infection.

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Inventing the Future

Inside the Ko Lab: Tracking Living Tissues

Researchers from the laboratory of Jina Ko (pictured), Assistant Professor in Bioengineering and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, are using a new method known as “scission-accelerated fluorophore exchange” (SAFE) to detect biomarkers in cells that is highly gentle and allows for high multiplexing via cyclic imaging so that more biomarkers can be identified in a single sample and changes in living cells and tissues can be tracked over time. Ko first developed this method during her postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital under the supervision of Jonathan Carlson and Ralph Weissleder.
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René Vidal Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

President Liz Magill and Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein announce the appointment of René Vidal as a Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective January 1, 2023.

Vidal, a global pioneer of data science, is the Rachleff University Professor, with joint appointments in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Department of Radiology in the Perelman School of Medicine.
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Kirigami Technique Hints at Promising Outcomes for Breast Reconstruction

For many breast cancer patients, the road to recovery may present hidden complications related to breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. The insertion of foreign materials such as silicone breast implants can lead to implant malposition, a condition that affects a significant number of patients even years after surgery.

A team of researchers led by Shu Yang, the Joseph Bordogna Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, have used the principles of a papercutting technique known as kirigami to safely and more securely cover implants while also using less material.
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Penn Engineering's Nader Engheta Wins the Benjamin Franklin Medal

Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor in Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been selected as a 2023 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal, one of the world’s oldest science and technology awards. The laureates will be honored on April 27 at a ceremony at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Engheta is being honored for his transformative innovations in engineering novel materials that interact with electromagnetic waves in unprecedented ways, with broad applications in ultrafast computing and communication technologies.
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Inside the Mitchell Lab: Crossing Biological Barriers

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Penn Scientist Nader Engheta Wins the Benjamin Franklin Medal

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The Association for Computing Machinery Recognizes René Vidal for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Vision Technology

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MEAM Seminar: “3D Printing Active Electronic Devices”

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ASSET Seminar: The marriage of logic and learning: will it be a happily ever after?, Jyotirmoy Deshmukh (University of Southern California)

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BE/Genetics Seminar: “A network-based blueprint for understanding condensates in health and disease” (David W. Sanders, Princeton University)

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In Memoriam: Charles J. McMahon (1933-2022)

Charles J. McMahon, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, passed away on December 10, 2022, at the age of 89.

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