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Tandem bike
5/17/2022

Long ride: Biomedical engineering students persevere to build tandem bike for autistic adult

As an 8-year-old, Noah would pedal around the cul-de-sac in his Madison, Wisconsin, neighborhood, showing off hard-won biking skills his mom had patiently taught him over the course of multiple…

The colors in this image of induced pluripotent stem cells indicate the relative oxidation-reduction state of cells.
4/21/2022

Label-free imaging, plus data science, means better quality control for biomanufacturing stem cells

By reprogramming cells from a patient to yield induced pluripotent stem cells, scientists and clinicians can wield a fertile and versatile resource for personalizing patient healthcare via regenerative medicine, cell…

Play-Doh replica of Goldilocks with oxygen levels
4/05/2022

Channeling Goldilocks creates a lab environment for cells that’s ‘just right’

Humans breathe in a mix of air containing roughly 21% oxygen—yet, the oxygen levels in our individual cells vary considerably, depending upon their location and function and our body’s overall…

Undergrad Dhruv Biswas works with PhD student Wihan Adi in the lab
3/23/2022

By delivering more details, biosensor boosts antibody testing

In the future, with a finger prick and a portable testing device featuring a biosensor, a light source and a camera, you might be able to check your antibody levels…

Students working with a microscope system in lab course
3/02/2022

New lab course shines light on optical principles

Walk through any of the buildings on the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering campus and it won’t take you long to come across a microscope in a research lab….

Photo of Clyde, a black lab with paralyzed back legs
2/16/2022

Making a difference: First-year engineers build wheelchair for paralyzed dog

For Clyde the dog, University of Wisconsin-Madison first-year engineering students have offered one of the greatest gifts of all: renewed freedom to move about on his own. Clyde is a…

Photo of Gabrielle Ibrahim
2/07/2022

Co-op confirms BME undergrad’s career plans

It’s hard to say which was the bigger challenge for Gabrielle Ibrahim in 2021: navigating pandemic-enforced travel delays and restrictions to get to her cooperative education experience at Siemens Healthineers…

Photo of grad students using an automated multiphoton microscope
2/03/2022

New collaborative research center to provide clearer image of tumor microenvironment

Immunotherapies, in which care teams harness and augment patients’ immune systems to battle diseases, have emerged as promising treatments for a range of cancers. Yet their effectiveness remains largely blunted…

Photo of Melissa Skala
1/26/2022

Skala to develop new imaging approach for retinal diseases

Melissa Skala, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has landed a grant from the National Eye Institute to develop a new imaging method for quantifying melanin…

Images of pancreatic cancer cells
1/20/2022

Optical imaging highlights metabolic interactions that make pancreatic tumor cells grow

Pancreatic cancer is a rare, yet elusive and deadly cancer, with a five-year survival rate of about 10%. If the cancer has metastasized, that rate lowers to 3%. And treatment…