Research

Shape-Changing Soft Robots

Johns Hopkins engineers have used sequences of DNA molecules to induce shape changing in water- based gels, demonstrating a new tactic to produce soft robots and “smart” medical devices that do not rely on cumbersome wires, batteries, or tethers.

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Toward Better Pharmaceuticals

Producing drugs in living systems has given new hope for treating diseases for which there were previously no effective therapies.

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On the Road to Less Expensive Fuel Cells

Johns Hopkins engineers manipulate nanomaterials to make them a million times thinner than a strand of hair—dramatically increasing their reactivity.

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Reshaping the Immune Response

“If we can build up and understand mechanisms on the molecular level, we can better design drugs and therapies for a particular disease indication,” says Jamie Spangler.

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So Long, Equations; Goodbye Variables

Yannis Kevrekidis and his collaborators work on algorithms that exploit data to enhance, or even circumvent, conventional modeling of chemical and biological systems, and help scientists better predict system behavior—from reaction rates to materials properties.

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