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Interdisciplinary Design Conversations will feature Lee Gehrke

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the MIT International Design Center (IDC) is hosting an Interdisciplinary Design Conversation featuring Lee Gehrke, the Hermann von Helmholtz Professor in MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and a professor of microbiology and immunology at Harvard Medical School. This event, which will take place at 4…

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A new way to monitor vital signs

Ingestible sensor measures heart and breathing rates from within the digestive tract. Using technology invented at MIT, doctors may one day be able to monitor patients’ vital signs by having them swallow an ingestible electronic device that measures heart rate and breathing rate from within the gastrointestinal tract. This type…

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Reprogramming biology

Since arriving at MIT last December, James Collins’ biggest challenge has been finding time to take on all of the research projects that appeal to him. “It’s truly an embarrassment of riches here in terms of opportunities,” says Collins, the Termeer Professor of Bioengineering, who joined MIT after 24 years…

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Faculty Profile: Alex Shalek

Collaborative Process Alex Shalek wants to know how our immune cells collaborate—and might be manipulated—to keep us healthy and even save our lives. “We like to think of cells as if they were people: How are they organized? Who talks to whom? And how do those lead to good or…

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Using ultrasound to improve drug delivery

Using ultrasound waves, researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found a way to enable ultra-rapid delivery of drugs to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This approach could make it easier to deliver drugs to patients suffering from GI disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s…

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