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Diamond-embedded nanocoil Hai lab
April 10, 2024

Diamond-embedded nanocoils improve magnetic field detection

Neural engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a unique diamond-embedded, nanofabricated coil that expands their growing toolkit of noninvasive devices and methods for better monitoring and stimulating the…

Patterns in the tiny amounts of light emitted by these neural stem cells helped researchers determine whether they were active or dormant without destructive testing.
March 28, 2024

New tool provides researchers with improved understanding of stem cell aging in the brain

Researchers can use the light naturally thrown off by biological specimens to better study the different states of stem cells in the nervous system, thanks to a tool developed by…

Sean Palecek and Eric Shusta working in the lab
March 21, 2024

For researchers, new serum-free cell line could advance understanding of brain disorders

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a process to generate a new cell type that may aid researchers in understanding the progression and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and…

stock image of person doing kicking motion
March 15, 2024

Kicking generic knees to the curb

How a mechanical engineer hopes to influence the ubiquitous surgery’s success, one patient at a time Deb Constien recalls a time years ago when climbing the stairs of her house…

Network of neurons
March 11, 2024

Reverse engineering the brain’s connections from fuzzy data

By better understanding the connections among different parts of the brain—from individual neurons all the way up to whole regions—neuroscientists could glean insights about how the brain works and what…

Scientist at imaging instrument
February 27, 2024

Bartels aims to shatter ‘ballistic barrier’ in imaging

Most imaging scientists will tell you that scattered light — rays of light that get rerouted when ping-ponging between obstacles in a frame — is the sworn enemy of clear,…

Yunus Alapan
February 9, 2024

Focus on new faculty: Yunus Alapan creates microrobots to benefit human health

During a medical appointment, a doctor deploys a tiny robot in a patient’s body, where it homes in on the patient’s diseased cells and tissues and delivers drugs directly to…

Krishanu Saha
February 7, 2024

Ask an expert: Saha explains CRISPR

Krishanu Saha is an associate professor of biomedical engineering. In his research, Saha uses genetic tools like CRISPR—sometimes referred to as a “molecular scissors”—to study and create personalized medicines and…

Pascale Carayon
February 7, 2024

Carayon earns NAE election

The National Academy of Engineering has elected Pascale Carayon, professor emerita of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as one of its new members. Carayon, who retired…

Hands sticking out of jail cell
January 29, 2024

Jail staff attitudes may influence opioid use disorder treatment

Buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone are the leading medicinal treatments for opioid use disorder, dulling cravings and offering a foothold in the path to recovery. But for incarcerated individuals with opioid…