Some of the biggest problems in applied science – such as personalized genome mapping and affordable renewable energy – require the aid of some of the world’s smallest devices. In the meticulously maintained clean room at CSU Northridge, students create and test these nanotech devices under the direction of Assistant Professor Henk Postma.
The Twenty-Fourth Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium continued a proud tradition of bringing the CSU’s greatest minds in life science research, engineering and technological innovation. With more than 600 researchers, mentors, students and faculty from across the system, the yearly program provided an opportunity to build bridges on collaborative research, share educational practices and celebrate the achievements of CSU students and faculty.
No time went to waste during the symposium. Lunch featured faculty hosted topic tables, where a salad might be served with a side of bioengineering. Read more »
A group of CSU students* (from Fullerton, San Bernardino and San Diego) assemble on the dais after attending a session on the role of stem cells in neurological function and disorders
Science thrives at the edge of what’s possible. Pushing the boundary leads to discovery and to solutions for intractable human problems. One field pushing the boundary is biotechnology, especially in the area of stem cell research related to regenerative medicine. California State University students and faculty united with fellow explorers this month in Pasadena as part of the 2011 World Stem Cell Summit.
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine sponsored the CSU participants. The participating CSU students conduct research in stem cell related fields through the Bridges to Stem Cell Research programs. CIRM has awarded CSU funding for 13 Bridges programs. This allows students to benefit from the faculty expertise and lab facilities at CSU and partner universities. Read more »
The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology recently participated in a BayBio campaign to educate the public on the impact of life sciences on the environment, human health and the economy. A thirty second spot featuring the CSU ran on KPIX/KBCW, a CBS affiliate station, and was seen by half a million residents throughout the Bay Area and northern California.
Below are descriptions of the various campus projects highlighted in the spot. Read more »
Summer camp has gone high-tech at CSU East Bay’s Concord campus. For a week, 60 Contra Costa County high school students attending Biotech Camp had an opportunity to explore a variety of areas in life sciences, including biofuels, forensics, disease, stem cells and bioethics. Read more »
Spurred by her intent to help find better ways to battle AIDS, Elisabeth Freeman made her way from her homeland of Zimbabwe to CSU Channel Islands.
Now, after earning a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2006, she’s returned to Africa to help communities develop sustainable ways to improve public health. For the story in her own words, read “Looking Beyond the Cure,” the latest post in the CSU’s Voices and Views blog.
At Cal Poly Pomona, biology professor Ansel (Yuanxiang) Zhao and her students employ stem cells to examine the counterbalancing molecular mechanics of fat development and fat breakdown.
Watch out for side effects
In a four-year, $422,000 study funded by National Institutes of Health, they are investigating how 14 different drugs (already known to cause weight gain as a side effect) may inhibit or prevent the breakdown of fat. (Here are the NIH abstract and a report from Cal Poly Pomona.)
According to Zhao, “Many common drugs prescribed to millions of people each year have been clinically linked to significant weight gain as a result of undesired side effect (referred to as obesogenic effect), but the underlying pharmacological mechanisms are poorly understood. Read more »
The 105-page report describes California’s rise to global leadership in the biomedical industry and the impact of the industry’s presence on the state. California, it says, houses the biggest concentration of biomedical companies, researchers, entrepreneurs, suppliers, venture capitalists and workers in the world.
CSU Biotechnology Symposium honors excellence of student research –
Fullerton’s Schott takes Eden Award; Long Beach’s Ricarte, the Nagel
Bustle and brainpower were in abundance at the 23rd annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, held Jan. 7-8 in Anaheim.
Experts described challenges – and achievements – of delivering medicine and designing medical technology in developing countries. A panel of two journalists, two geneticists and a bioethicist provoked lively and lingering discussions on privacy and DNA testing. Tips and business cards flowed at career-networking sessions. Professors shared their findings from the frontiers of cellular physiology, bioinformatics and genetic regulation.
However, in a hotel ballroom striated by partitions adorned with research posters, the CSU students’ sessions created the most buzz – literally. Down the room’s alleys, dozens of small groups huddled to exchange questions and chatter in overlapping conversations about membranes, protein molecules, viral releases, genetic expressions, “how’d you do that?”, and the like. Read more »