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Krishanu Saha reviews cells in his laboratory with a student
July 2, 2024

Serendipity reveals new method to fight cancer with T cells

A promising therapy that treats blood cancers by harnessing the power of the immune system to target and destroy cancer cells could now treat solid tumors more efficiently. Thanks to…

Krishanu Saha
July 2, 2024

Saha lab develops advanced gene editing techniques to boost T cells in cancer treatment

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biomedical Engineering and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) have pioneered a new method to enhance the body’s disease-fighting T cells using advanced…

PhD student Kevin Stindt and Associate Professor Megan McClean
June 17, 2024

Transfer tech: A new method for manipulating fungi in microbiomes

By targeting the bacteria in microbiomes, scientists can improve human gut health, bolster the hardiness of agricultural crops, and treat wastewater. Bacteria aren’t the only members of microbiomes, though. Fungi…

Christian Franck discusses traumatic brain injuries in an interview
June 7, 2024

Ask an expert: Franck breaks down blast and bump injuries to the brain

Christian Franck is the Bjorn Borgen Professor of mechanical engineering. He studies traumatic brain injuries and leads the multi-institutional, interdisciplinary PANTHER research initiative. PANTHER’s work focuses on understanding, detecting and…

May 29, 2024

Unique optical imaging approach sheds light on hidden information within cells

Randy Bartels, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an investigator at the Morgridge Institute for Research on campus, is using optical imaging techniques to answer…

PhD student Mitchell Josvai works in the lab
May 7, 2024

New model will help researchers connect dots at the intersection of our joints

The myotendinous junction is a key connective point in the human body, where skeletal muscle meets tendon. When muscles contract, the junction transmits the force to tendons, facilitating movement. As…

Megan McClean and Zack Harmer
May 1, 2024

Machine learning illuminates experimental design for synthetic biology

When Zack Harmer’s advisor and lab leader, Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Megan McClean, suggested he explore a potential collaboration with Chemical Engineering Professor Victor Zavala’s computational group, the University of…

PhD student Yizhou Yao working in the lab
April 30, 2024

An electrifying discovery may help doctors deliver more effective gene therapies

In an effort to improve delivery of costly medical treatments, a team of researchers in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a stimulating method for making the…

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…