ChemBE Bond Newsletter

The Fall 2017 edition of ChemBE Bond has just been published! Read all the latest about ChemBE faculty, student, and alum accomplishments.

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Schulman and Gracias collaborate on new way to create 'soft robots'

Researchers join forces to pioneer new approach to change the shape of water-based gels using specific DNA sequences, opening new opportunities in soft robotics, smart actuators, and programmable matter.

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New Faculty

Joining Johns Hopkins July 1 will be Yannis Kevrekidis (Princeton): Bloomberg Distinguished Professor; Stavroula Sofou (Rutgers): tenured associate professor; Jamie Spangler (Stanford): assistant professor.

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Explaining Neurodegenerative Disease

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Rong Li publishes paper in Nature explaining why protein clumping and mitochondrial deterioration are both hallmarks of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Bridging the Gap

ChemBE researchers have coaxed DNA nanotubes to assemble themselves into bridge-like structures arched between two molecular landmarks in a lab dish, potentially opening new lines of direct communication with living cells.

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Water-Based ‘Engine’ Propels Tumor Cells

Professors Konstantopoulos and Sun have discovered a new mechanism that explains how cancer cells spread through extremely narrow three-dimensional spaces in the body by using a propulsion system based on water and charged particles.

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Research Highlight

Healing Wonders of Hydrogel

A simple substance comprised of a water-based, three-dimensional network of polymers shows amazing promise for treatment of third-degree burns.

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