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How antiviral from Hepatitis C could damage other viruses

January 05, 2016
A new virus-killing peptide springs from an unexpected source: another virus, Hepatitis C. Biomedical engineers at UC Davis and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore show how the HCV alpha-helical (AH) peptide can make holes in the types of membranes that surround viruses.

New Thermal Ablation and Chemotherapy Treatment Cures Tumors in Mice

December 01, 2015

Magnetic resonance–guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) thermal ablation is a noninvasive, image-guided thermal treatment for cancer. The effectiveness of MRgFUS can be limited by the need to spare normal tissue or critical structures on the tumor margins, as well as the need to eliminate micrometastases.

New fabric opens air vents with workout sweat

November 23, 2015
Athletic wear often claims to allow ventilation or drain away sweat. Thanks to new inventions by UC Davis engineers in Tingrui Pan's MiNi Lab, future clothing might actually respond to sweat by opening vents or relaxing constrictions. 

Simon Lab Illuminates Monocytes’ Role in Arterial Plaque Formation

November 02, 2015

Foamy monocytes have recently emerged as a biomarker for measuring cardiovascular disease risk and a drug target for preventing plaque formation. However, it is unclear how these cells become activated in blood and then accumulate in the arterial vessel wall. Now, a new article published in the Journal of Immunology unveils a mechanism through which foamy monocytes stick to the inside of arteries and form plaque.

Building the World’s First Total-Body PET Scanner

October 06, 2015

Simon Cherry (Biomedical Engineering) and Ramsey Badawi (Radiology) lead a consortium of scientists that has received a $15.5 million, 5-year NIH Transformative Research Award to develop EXPLORER, the world’s first total-body PET scanner that allows all tissues and organs to be imaged simultaneously with 40 times more sensitivity than current clinical PET/CT scanners.

Undergraduate STEP Students visit Silva Lab

September 14, 2015

A group of five UC Davis’ undergraduate students from the Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) toured the Silva research group laboratory last week. STEP is a summer bridge program for underrepresented-minority first-generation students from low-income families. It also ensures a two-year follow-up with this population, which is more vulnerable to poor academic performance and dropout.

TEAM Facility Partners with Veterans Affairs to Restore Latino Monument

August 17, 2015
“El Soldado” is a monument at the State Capitol dedicated to all Hispanic/Latino service members. The TEAM Prototyping Facilities are working with the California Department of Veterans Affairs to repair and restore the memorial, which was first erected in 1951.

Jamal Lewis Joins BME Faculty

July 23, 2015

Dr. Jamal Lewis will join the Biomedical Engineering Department at UC Davis as an Assistant Professor this Fall.

Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. degree in 2012, and comes to UC Davis following a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Benjamin Keselowsky in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Florida.