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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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Kwanghun Chung awarded Packard Fellowship

Kwanghun (KC) Chung, investigator of neuroscience at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, core faculty of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and an assistant professor in the MIT departments of Chemical Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is one of 18 individuals chosen to receive a 2015…

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Shalek Awarded NIH New Innovator Award

Seventy-eight grants have been awarded to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research, under the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supported by the NIH Common Fund. Awards support exceptional investigators pursuing bold research projects that span the broad mission of the NIH, including developing methods for cells to synthesize…

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