Kenneth Suslick, professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Suslick co-founded ChemSensing, which began the commercialization of the Suslick research group’s optoelectronic nose technology, and its successor, iSense Systems LLC in Mountain View.
Jean-Pierre Leburton, professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has been honored with a lifetime membership from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This special honor is awarded to individuals in the association who have exhibited leadership, volunteerism and dedication to advancing technology for humanity. Life member status recognizes Leburton’s outstanding achievements and research that have made a significant impact on the growth and development of IEEE.
Brian Cunningham, professor of electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering, and colleagues have invented a novel live-cell imaging method that could someday help biologists better understand how stem cells transform into specialized cells and how diseases like cancer spread. Their Photonic Crystal Enhanced Microscope (PCEM) is capable of monitoring and quantitatively measuring cell adhesion, a critical process involved cell migration, cell differentiation, cell division, and cell death. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Yue Zhuo led the study and works with Cunningham, from the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group.
Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has received an Agilent Thought Leader Award in recognition of his pioneering work in the development of infrared spectroscopic imaging, and its application to life sciences research.
Iwona Jasiuk, professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Advanced Materials Award from the International Association of Advanced Materials.
She received the award at the award ceremony of American Advanced Materials Congress 2016, held December 4. She also presented a lecture titled “Novel copper-carbon nanomaterials.”
Disease. Weeds. Nutrient deficiency. Weather damage. These are just a few issues that can arise in agricultural fields, but thanks to IntelinAir, a start-up co-founded by CSL Professor Naira Hovakimyan, these problems are becoming easier for farmers to detect.
In a sweeping perspective article published this month in the journal Nature, a trio of Beckman researchers review the field they pioneered more than a decade-and-a-half ago and look at the future of autonomous polymers.
Beckman researchers have conducted a new study linking blood levels of a key nutrient to brain structure and intelligence in older adults. Lutein (LOO-teen) is one of several plant pigments that humans acquire through the diet, primarily by eating leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, or egg yolks, said Marta Zamroziewicz, graduate research assistant, who led the study with Aron Barbey, associate professor of psychology and member of Beckman's Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group. Lutein accumulates in the brain, embedding in cell membranes, where it likely plays “a neuroprotective role,” she said.
Nature Biotechnology asked a number of experts, including Jonathan Sweedler, professor of chemistry and member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, to provide insights into the challenges and promises of single-cell technology.
Researchers have developed the first artificial red blood cells designed to emulate vital functions of natural red blood cells. If confirmed safe for use in humans, the nanotechnology-based product could represent an innovative alternative to blood transfusions that would be especially valuable on the battlefield and in other situations where donated blood is difficult to obtain or store. The artificial cells, called ErythroMer, are designed to be freeze-dried, stored at ambient temperatures, and simply reconstituted with water when needed. The donut-shaped artificial cells are formulated using nanotechnology--in partnership with Dipanjan Pan, an assistant professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group--and are about one-fiftieth the size of human red blood cells.