As Stanford interdisciplinary scientists find new ways to push, pull and sometimes jiggle cells and molecules, they’re also discovering microscopic answers to the biggest questions in biology and health.
A technique for growing sticky films of bacteria into elaborate microscopic images could reveal how potentially dangerous biofilms grow and transmit antibiotic resistance, and could lead to novel biomaterials or synthetic microbial communities.
Biologists have wondered for centuries why plants and animals take the shapes they do. Now, researchers exploring the mechanics of cells and tissues are finding answers that might one day help engineers rebuild our bodies.
Students in a Biodesign Innovation class got a first-hand look at challenges in health care with intense – and inspiring – hospital simulations. These students took what they learned in the simulations and applied it to new technology solutions.
A new semiconductor developed by Stanford researchers is as flexible as skin and easily degradable. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications, without adding to the mounting pile of global electronic waste.
Stanford faculty will be part of a new collaboration created by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to study biotechnology, together with UC Berkeley and UCSF. Stephen Quake, professor of bioengineering and of applied physics, will co-lead the Biohub.