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A novel growth factor significantly improves the ability of specialized stem cells derived from human fat to be transformed into cartilage cells, according to Duke University Medical Center and Pratt School of Engineering researchers.
Liang BoHu, a graduate student of Tomasz Hueckel's, is currently spending a month at the Swiss Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) to jointly perform tests on damage to desiccating geomaterials. Hueckel and EPFL’s Dr. Lyesse Laloui are engaged in collaborative research on that subject within coordinated projects funded by their respective National Science Foundations.
David Sebba, a student in the lab of assistant professor Anne Lazarides, won the Colloid division student poster prize at the American Chemical Society meeting in Atlanta for his poster entitled "Core-satellite nanoassemblies with designed plasmonic properties."
Yunbo Liu, a doctoral student in the lab of associate MEMS professor Pei Zhong received a Predoctoral Traineeship Award from the Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program. The award is for $60,000 over a two-year period. His research project is entitled "A Novel Combination of Thermal Ablation and Heat-inducible Gene Therapy for Breast Cancer Treatment".
Gwangrog Lee, a graduate student in Associate Professor Piotr Marszalek’s laboratory (MEMS/CBIMMS) received a Student Research Achievement Award at the 50th Biophysical Society Meeting in Salt Lake City last month. He was honored for his poster presentation entitled "Nanospring behavior of Ankyrin Repeats Studied with Single Molecule AFM."
The Duke MEM student team with Dean Kristina Johnson and Senior Associate Dean Tod Laursen. From left, Srikanth Chunduri, Bansi Kotecha, Rahul Raj Gogna, Anjana Bhagavan, Kristen Yoder, Johnson, Laursen.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Three-dimensional ultrasound probes built by researchers at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering have imaged the beating hearts of dogs. The engineers said their demonstration showed that the probes could give surgeons a better view during human endoscopic surgeries in which operations are performed through tiny “keyhole” incisions.
For most doctoral students, the path forward is clear: industry research career or academic research and teaching career. But Audrey Ellerbee, originally from New York, is considering a different path. And that’s not at all unusual for her.Ellerbee earned her B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Princeton in 2001. She competed on Princeton’s rugby team, and held local and regional leadership roles with the National Society of Black Engineers.
At his high school in Greenville, S.C., Vincent Mao spent his days performing piano concertos. He never expected, just five years after coming to Duke as an undergraduate, to be making strides toward the future of computing. But, now a first-year graduate student in Electrical & Computer Engineering, he says it is in research that he found the balance he had sought all along between his academic and artistic sides.
If third-year engineering graduate student Scott McCain gets his way, the fight against drunk driving may soon be waged with a new, non-invasive blood alcohol sensor that could make standard blood or breath sample tests obsolete. The St.

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