News Archive for Grad Student

February 21, 2014

Duke’s StartupConnect Attracts Startups, Hundreds of Attendees

Aspiring Duke entrepreneurs met with more than 20 startup employers during the inaugural StartupConnect event Thursday at Gross Hall. The event, which was open to Duke students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, as well as invited guests from UNC, provided students with an understanding of the [...]

February 18, 2014

Gene Therapy Might Grow Replacement Tissue Inside the Body

By combining a synthetic scaffolding material with gene delivery techniques, researchers at Duke University are getting closer to being able to generate replacement cartilage where it's needed in the body. Performing tissue repair with stem cells typically requires applying copious amounts of [...]

February 13, 2014

New Test Screens Wastewater Biosolids for Environmental Contaminants

Every year waste treatment facilities in the United States process more than eight million tons of semi-solid sewage called biosolids—about half of which is recycled into fertilizer and spread on crop land. The practice helps solve storage issues and produces revenue to support the treatment plants [...]

January 09, 2014

'Superlens' Extends Range of Wireless Power Transfer

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility [...]

November 13, 2013

Thurstone Medical Imaging Fellowship Awarded to Duke BME PhD Candidate

Stephen Rosenzweig, a PhD candidate in Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded the first competitive Thurstone Medical Imaging Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering. This award provides an annual stipend supplement and educational allowance until time of degree, or a maximum of [...]

September 23, 2013

Ph.D. Plus Gives Engineering Graduate Students Career Edge

A Ph.D. in engineering, followed by years of postdoctoral study, has traditionally opened the door to an academic career focused on research and teaching—but more and more Ph.D. engineers are headed in other directions.  In fact, today, around 70 percent of Duke University’s engineering Ph.D. [...]

August 06, 2013

Entrepreneurs in ECE

Entrepreneurship success stories abound in Duke’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Look at Advanced Liquid Logic: founded in 2004 by ECE graduate students Vamsee Pamula and Michael Pollack, the company was acquired in July 2013 by Illumina, Inc., which develops life science tools [...]

July 16, 2013

Duke Bioengineers Develop New Approach to Regenerate Back Discs

Cell therapies may stop or reverse the pain and disability of degenerative disc disease and the loss of material between vertebrae, according to Duke University scientists. The health conditions affect thousands of Americans. To use cell therapies, however, scientists have to keep the cells alive, [...]

July 08, 2013

“Big Data” Collaboration Gives Students Big Experience

Jim Shappell was on an airplane last winter the first time he gave “big data” much serious thought. Like many people, Shappell, Parsons Corporation’s Group Executive for Strategy and Business Development, was becoming familiar with the concept of big data. But some in-flight reading really got him [...]

June 20, 2013

Light and Nanoprobes Detect Early Signs of Infection

Duke University biomedical engineers and genome researchers have developed a proof-of-principle approach using light to detect infections before patients show symptoms. The approach was demonstrated in human samples, and researchers are now developing the technique for placement on a chip, which [...]