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

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology Turns 10

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, a building that exemplifies cutting-edge scientific research by virtue of its sleek geometry and meticulous attention to detail by all those involved in its development.

Heralded by many as an architectural gem not only for the University of Pennsylvania but for Philadelphia, the iconic glass-clad, cantilevered 78,000 square-foot structure is nestled between the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter and David Rittenhouse Laboratory on the eastern edge of campus. It was also Penn’s first collaborative building between two schools: the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Arts & Sciences. 

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The Alchemy Behind the Diamond: Unearthing Baseball’s Beloved Mud

This mysterious mire, harvested from a secret locale along the Delaware River, has long been an unsung companion of Major League Baseball (MLB) players. The mud has been sourced by one family safeguarding its location for nearly 90 years and is a goopy, grayish-brown substance that has the curious property of “spreading like cream, and gripping like sandpaper,” according to Douglas Jerolmack, a professor of earth and environmental science at Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences and mechanical engineering and applied mechanics (MEAM) at Penn Engineering who is leading the investigative charge.

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Lipid Nanoparticles That Deliver mRNA to T Cells Hold Promise for Autoimmune Diseases

A research team led by Michael Mitchell, Associate Professor in Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed a lipid nanoparticle (LNP) platform to deliver Foxp3 messenger RNA (mRNA) to T cells for applications in autoimmunity.

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The Future of Medicine Rises in University City: University of Pennsylvania Opens New Multi-Disciplinary Research Labs in One uCity Square

On September 14, Wexford Science & Technology, LLC and the University of Pennsylvania announced that the University has signed a lease for new laboratory space that will usher in a wave of novel vaccine, therapeutics, and engineered diagnostics research to West Philadelphia. Research teams from Penn are poised to move into 115,000 square feet of space at One uCity Square, the 13-story, 400,000 square foot purpose-built lab and office building within the vibrant uCity Square Knowledge Community being developed by Wexford. This is the largest lease in the building, encompassing four floors, and bringing the building to over 90% leased.

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The Calculus on Direct Air Capture

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Penn Receives $2 Million NASA Grant for TRUSSES Project to Study Lunar Robotics

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The NEMO Prize Goes to Research Improving Soft-Tissue Transplant Surgeries

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MSE Seminar: “Aluminum Scandium Nitride Thin Films and Microdevices for Radio Frequency Filters and Magnetoelectric Sensors”

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ESE Fall Seminar – “Electromagnetics for advanced power electronics and wireless power transfer”

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BE Doctoral Dissertation Defense: “A robotic system for automated genetics of Caenorhabditis elegans” (John Zihao Li)

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