Department News:


CSU Hosting the Summer Q-Bio Conference - July 6-21, 2015

In 2015, we have added a new campus of the q-bio Summer School at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Three overlapping courses will be offered ranging from the analysis of complexity in biological systems to the inference of stochastic models from single-cell measurements and to the modeling of dynamics of leukemic cancers. Over two and a half weeks, students will attend:

  • ten invited 1-hour research seminars;
  • ten invited 1.5-hour general lectures;
  • 30 hours of in-depth breakout discussions including expert panel discussions, chalk talks, computer/experimental lab demonstrations;
  • 15-20 student oral presentations;
  • two catered poster sessions;
  • 20+ hours of mentored project work and project presentations;
  • formal and informal networking opportunities and more.

For questions about the Fort Collins Campus of the q-bio Summer School, contact Dr. Brian Munsky.


Open Position -
Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology

Applications and Nominations requested

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 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 Submit application materials electronically at this web site. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.  Review of applications will begin April 1, 2015 and may continue until the position is filled.


NSF Grant for Chris Snow

A recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award made to Colorado State University with an intended total amount of $350,000.00. This project, entitled "Highly Parallel Synthesis of Nanostructures Inside Crystalline Protein Scaffolds," is under the direction of Christopher Snow. The award is effective Sep. 01, 2014.
This is a 3-year CMMI Nanomanufacturing grant, a collaboration with Chris Ackerson in the department of Chemistry. A grand challenge in nanomaterials manufacturing is the reliable, scalable, and reproducible production of metallic nanostructures. Full story here


Fulbright Scholar


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.


ARPA Award

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".





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