Research

Using Imaging Tools to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

July 22, 2020

Biomedical engineering professor Julie Sutcliffe and her team are using their expertise in cancer imaging and diagnosis to develop a new, effective treatment for pancreatic cancer. After her team created a therapeutic based on a radioactive imaging tool they previously developed, the team received $4 million from the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer to bring their drug to clinical trials to help patients suffering from the disease.

A New Gold Standard for Early-Stage Cancer Diagnosis

July 22, 2020

Biomedical engineering assistant professor Randy Carney and his lab are on a mission to find new tools to diagnose very early-stage cancer. A new five-year, $2.5 million project funded by the NIH National Cancer Institute seeks to develop next-generation nanotechnology to identify traces of cancer in blood, saliva or sweat samples to find the disease earlier and save more lives.

EXPLORER Scans Cancer Patients

July 08, 2020
EXPLORER – the world’s first total-body PET scanner – has now been used to scan about 200 patients and 65 research subjects. Developed by Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi, professors in the biomedical engineering department, EXPLORER can scan up to 40 times faster than current PET scanners along with a much lower dose of radiation.

Tan Lab Develops Tool for Tuning Cellular Noise

June 22, 2020
Cells are noisy entities. This noise manifests through the heterogeneity of protein synthesis and cellular behavior. Understanding and controlling the noise is paramount to various biomedical applications, including drug treatment, tissue engineering, and the design of synthetic cells.

UC Davis Engineers, Clinician Develop Low-Cost, Portable Ventilator

April 29, 2020
Engineers at the University of California, Davis, are working with clinicians to create a simple, inexpensive ventilator. They have developed a prototype and plan to make plans freely available online. Versions could be in clinical use in about six months.

UC Davis Engineers Respond to COVID-19 Challenges

March 26, 2020
Anticipating a scarcity of medical devices and a lack of treatment options for COVID-19, UC Davis College of Engineering researchers are investigating innovative technology to manufacture masks, ventilators and other critical equipment.

Look What’s Inside: Full-Body Movies From EXPLORER Scanner

January 21, 2020

Positron emission tomography, or PET scanning, a technique for tracing metabolic processes in the body, has been widely applied in clinical diagnosis and research spanning physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. Now researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Fudan University, Shanghai, have shown how to use an advanced reconstruction method with an ultrasensitive total-body PET scanner to capture real-time videos of blood flow and heart function. The work paves the way for looking at the function of multiple organs, such as the brain and heart, at the same time.

Undergraduate Researchers Make Surprising Discovery in Mechanotransduction Research

October 02, 2019
Undergraduate researchers in the Yamada Lab discovered that when force is applied to a cell, a protein called cten is recruited to these fibrous structures. Since actin was long believed to be an important part of mechanotransduction, the UC Davis researchers inhibited actin to simply show that cten recruitment required actin. To their surprise, the mechano-sensitive response of cten was still present.

Job Opportunity: Louie Lab Seeks Postdoctoral Scholar

September 03, 2019
The Louie lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis is seeking motivated, intelligent, self-starters for postdoctoral positions that are part of an NIH project to develop targeted anticoagulants for treatment in atrial fibrillation.