Investigators from WID are among the recipients of the latest round of UW2020 awards.
The scholarship recognizes promising undergraduates who plan to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD followed by a research career in engineering, mathematics, or the natural sciences.
WID researcher Shaoqin Sarah Gong is working to more safely deliver a variety of drugs to treat cancer, heart disease and even blindness.
Error rates as high as 50 percent are a problem when the goal is to correct typos in the DNA that cause genetic disease. Now, a team of researchers led by WID’s Kris Saha has made the fix less mistake-prone.
In August 2017, Randolph Ashton received almost $800,000 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of NIH, to continue a five-year research study of Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS), after successfully completing its first phase.
The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million to a consortium of universities to support a new engineering research center that will develop transformative tools and technologies for the consistent, scalable, and low-cost production of high-quality living therapeutic cells. Several WID investigators are collaborators on the project.
The main scientific focus of the lab is in defining how the epigenome controls pluripotency. Pluripotent stem cells can differentiate into any cell type; gene regulation, controlled by the unique epigenetics of iPS cells, has to be plastic to maintain the cellular identity of a stem cell but also to be responsive to differentiation cues.
By bringing together stem cell biology, genome engineering, and biomaterials expertise, the Saha lab generates new tools for use with human-induced pluripotent stem cells to ask unique questions about human biology and disease.
Prof. Gong’s research group focuses on the design, synthesis/fabrication, and characterization of novel materials and devices. Many of their ongoing projects are multidisciplinary, bridging engineering with materials science, chemistry, and life sciences. Some of their efforts include multifunctional drug/agent nanocarriers for the combined delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic agents which can be used to treat and diagnose various types of diseases. Her group also studies multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for various applications including flexible electronics, supercapacitors, and nanogenerators.
The Turng lab works with injection molding and innovative plastics manufacturing processes (such as microcellular injection molding / MuCell process), pioneering materials (biobased polymers, nanocomposites, electro-active polymers (EAPs), etc.), and intelligent modeling and process control (computer-aided engineering (CAE), numerical simulation, design and process optimization, intelligent injection molding control, and Internet-based collaboration) to advance the science and manufacturing techniques surrounding tissue engineering scaffolds.