Joyce E. McConnell hired as next CSU president

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  The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System voted unanimously on March 29 to hire Joyce E. McConnell to lead the System’s flagship institution into its 150th year, building on a decade that has seen record levels of enrollment, donor and alumni support and research funding, along with the dramatic transformation of… Read more »

Best of the best: Outstanding teachers to be honored

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CSU will honor its very best teachers March 27 at the annual Best Teacher Awards banquet in the Lory Student Center Theater. This year’s winners include representatives from five colleges. Nominations are accepted from students, faculty and alumni, and winners are selected by a committee of students, faculty and staff, and alumni. The Best Teacher… Read more »

Students take on superbugs at synthetic biology competition

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It’s projected that by 2050, 10 million people will die per year from diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. That’s more than the current death rate due to cancer and diabetes combined, and will cost $100 trillion to treat. The primary method for treating bacterial infections is antibiotics. Yet these deadly bacteria are rapidly acquiring antibiotic… Read more »

Open Insulin, ‘DIY bio’ and the future of pharma

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The development, manufacture and sale of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States is a complex landscape involving intellectual property and strict federal regulations. But according to Colorado State University scientists, the status quo of the U.S. pharmaceutical market may soon be turned on its head. That’s due in part to a growing community of do-it-yourself… Read more »

BME Graduate Student Nguyen-Truong Receives Founder’s Award

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Graduate Students from the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering presented 54 outstanding research posters at the 2018 Graduate Student Showcase on November 13. Congratulations go to Michael Nguyen-Truong, School of Biomedical Engineering, for receiving this year’s Founder’s Award for his presentation “Different Mechanical Properties Between Adult Sheep Right and Left Ventricles.” The Founder’s Award… Read more »

Munsky’s groundbreaking advancements to predictive biological modeling published in PNAS

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The Munsky group of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and their collaborators at Vanderbilt University are currently at the forefront of predictive modeling in Systems Biology research. Brian Munsky, School of Biomedical Engineering student Zachary Fox, and their co-investigators, Gregor Neuert and Guoliang Li of Vanderbilt University and Douglas Shepherd of the University… Read more »

Research team makes cover of prestigious journal

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In June, the Journal of Materials Chemistry B—Materials for Biology and Medicine featured research from Associate Professor Melissa Reynolds’ Therapeutic Materials and Biointerfacial Research team (Janet P. Yapor, Bella H. Neufeld, and Jesus B. Tapia). Reynolds holds a joint appointment with the School of Biomedical Engineering. Full story: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2018/tb/c8tb00566d#!divAbstract

Synthetic biologists get $1.7 million to engineer world’s strongest biomaterial

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It’s the most durable biological material you’ve never heard of: sporopollenin. This naturally occurring polymer coats and protects individual grains of plant pollen, and it’s been found in 500 million-year-old sediments. (It’s not the stuff that causes allergies ­– those are proteins within the pollen itself, not the coating.) Synthetic biologists at Colorado State University… Read more »