Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology
Colorado State University seeks applications and nominations for the Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology. The successful candidate will have a well-funded research program and actively participate in education and scholarship activities. Candidates must have an international reputation in synthetic biology and must be eligible for appointment as a full professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion. A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field is required. Nominations should be submitted to the search chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Important information regarding the application process and required application materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and list of references) may be found at https://www.engr.colostate.edu/abell-chair/. Submit application materials electronically at this web site. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Review of applications will begin February 10, 2014 and may continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2014
Dr. Brad Reisfeld has been named a Fulbright Scholar. Through the
Fulbright award, he will teach and conduct research at the Center of Excellence for Environmental Health and Toxicology at Naresuan
University in Thailand during the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Reisfeld's research will focus on the development and use of
biologically-based models to systematically investigate the
disposition of chemicals associated with the cause and treatment of diseases with risk factors that make them highly significant to the people of Thailand. The news was announced by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
A Colorado State University team, including assistant Professor Ashok Prasad as co-PI, was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy. The project involves using synthetic biology to enhance the engineering of plants for bioenergy production. The other team members are biology professor June Medford (as P.I.) and research assistant professor Mauricio Antunes (also as co-PI). The grant was part of 66 projects chosen from a national competition as part of ARPA-E's "OPEN 2012" program. Announcing the winners, energy secretary Steven Chu said in a press release that "The 66 projects selected today represent the true mission of ARPA-E: swinging for the fences and trying to hit home runs to support development of the most innovative technologies and change what’s possible for America’s energy future." The CSU team's project was chosen from among more than 4000 submissions. More here
Ashok Prasad Awarded CAREER Grant
Chemical and Biological Engineering professor, Ashok Prasad, was awarded a five year CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, starting September 1 2012, to study how stem cells respond to the geometry and topography of their environment, and how these physical cues can direct stem cell differentiation into different cell types.
CAREER grants are described by the NSF as “the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations”.
Matt Kipper - Muscoskeleton Transplant Foundation Award
Matt Kipper, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering and biomedical engineering, has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Muscoskeletal Transplant Foundation to take his discovery to the next level and test it using bone allografts. Allografts are bones that are donated through tissue banks and used to replace large segments of missing bone following massive limb trauma or tumor surgery. Kipper, who is in the College of Engineering, will work with Dr. Nicole Ehrhart in the Animal Cancer Center, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, on the research.
“These types of implants have a high incidence of failure, related to healing where that implant was put in. Sometimes failures occur years after the implant procedure,” Kipper said.
Full story here
ChemE Car Team competing at Nationals this weekend
AIChE National Student Conference is being held in Minneapolis Oct 14-18th, and the CSU-CBE Cheme Car team will be competing in the National ChemE Car competition.
The CSU team of 11 engineering students has been planning and working on their car, named Murphy, for three semesters. The team’s car is constructed of a carbon-fiber composite material and milled aluminum and it runs off a hydrogen fuel cell. To be ready for the competition, the team, comprised of chemical and mechanical engineers, must not only design the car, but also test it, collecting data in advance to know how the car runs under different conditions.
News from Dr. Reisfeld's group:
Dr. Mike Lyons, a Research Associate in Dr. Reisfeld's Research Group, was recently awarded a Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. This five year, $617,298.00 grant will support development of a project entitled "Optimal Drug Regimens for TB: An Integrated Computational/Experimental Approach". Dr. Anne Lenaerts (Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology), Dr. Raymond Yang (Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences), and Dr. Reisfeld will serve as principal mentor and co-mentors, respectively, on this grant.
Todd Zurlinden, a graduate student in Dr. Reisfeld's group, was recently awarded a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Student Fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency. This prestigious award will allow Mr. Zurlinden to pursue research with Dr. Reisfeld in the area of "Environmental Public Health Indicators for Organophosphorus Insecticide Exposure".
All Seminars are noon - 1pm in Rockwell W209 unless otherwise noted**
Spring 2014 schedule
Matt Koffas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Susan Roberts, University of Massachussetts - Amherst
Jane (Yaney) Kondev, Brandeis University
Rachael Oldinski, University of Vermont, Dept. of Orthopaedics (joint with Mechanical Engineering)** details tbd
CBE Mission Statement
To educate future leaders in chemical and biological engineering who
effectively combine their broad knowledge of mathematics, physics,
chemistry and biology with their engineering analysis and design
skills for the creative solution of problems in chemical and
biological technology and for the synthesis of innovative processes
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Colorado State University
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Fort Collins, CO 80523-1370
Phone: (970) 491-5252
Fax: (970) 491-7369