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Bio RESEARCH NEWS
Making Money from Lignin: Roadmap Shows How to Improve Lignocellulosic Biofuel Biorefining
The journal Science highlights research from Art Ragauskas on how to transform lignin from waste product into low-cost carbon fiber for cars or bio-based plastics.
Evolution in Species May Reverse Predator-prey Population Cycles
Joshua Weitz's research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows how co-evolution in species may reverse traditional predator-prey population cycles, creating the appearance that prey are eating the predators.
Engineering a Better Way to Rebuild Bone Inside the Body
Study published in Biomaterials by Todd McDevitt, Bob Guldberg and Johnna Temenoff shows how more efficient delivery of growth factors can aid in the recovery of traumatic bone injuries. 
Gene Expression Signature Identifies Patients at Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Death
Genome Medicine publishes findings from study by Greg Gibson which can lead to personalized medicine approach for patients recovering from heart attacks.
Special Delivery
Better microcapsules for next generation of cell replacement therapies are designed by Andrés García and Hang Lu.
Ovarian Cancer Cells are More Aggressive on Soft Tissues
New study from Michelle Dawson uses traction force microscopy to measure forces exerted by cancer cells on soft and stiff surfaces, featured in Journal of Cell Science.
INNOVATION & Entrepreneurship 
Georgia Tech & the Georgia Research Alliance Partner on Nationwide Cell Manufacturing Consortium
Governor announces Todd McDevitt will lead the launch of the nation-wide Cell Manufacturing Consortium, an effort funded by a planning grant from NIST, aimed to make the U.S. a world leader in biomanufacturing of cell therapies.
BioEngineering Day - A Day of Firsts
The first BioE Day showcased faculty and student presentations, community-building games and several new faculty and student awards including the Chris Ruffin Graduate Leadership Award.
Heroic Endeavor
Georgia Tech/Emory University biomedical engineering grad student is a Health-Care Heroes finalist.
New Faculty Leadership for the Petit Scholars Program
Tom Barker to serve as new faculty advisor.
Peeking Inside the Pharmaceutical Industry
Students travel to Puerto Rico for an intimate look at the pharmaceutical industry by visiting local manufacturing plants. 
Teachable Moments
Bioengineering and Bioscience Unified Graduate Students (BBUGS) Education and Outreach committee takes science off the Georgia Tech campus and into the community.
BIO-RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
Micro-needle Patches a Painless Shot-in-the-Arm for Future Vaccinations
Mark Prausnitz and his team are developing patches made up of hundreds of microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin to deliver vaccines painlessly.
Disturbance in Blood Flow Leads to Epigenetic Changes in Atherosclerosis
Hanjoong Jo shows that disturbed patterns of blood flow induce lasting epigenetic changes to genes in the cells that line blood vessels, and those changes contribute to atherosclerosis.
Reef Fish Lose Brain Power as Oceans Acidify
Research from Danielle Dixson lab demonstrates how climate change is affecting coral reef fish.
Genetic "Typo" Corrector
System being studied by Gang Bao is step toward replacing mutations with healthy DNA.
4 New Innovations to Energize the World
Pamela Peralta-Yahya and collaborators cross a fir tree with gut bacterium, fed it beef soup, to create highest-octane rocket fuel.
First Graduate of Emory, Georgia Tech, Peking U Global Biomedical Program
Warren Gray is the first to receive doctorate from the 3 institution joint program.
Journal of Lipid Researchers Support Key Research Lectures
Al Merrill gives presentation on LIPID Metabolics as part of 50th anniversary celebration of the journal.
AWARDS & Honors
Four Georgia Tech Researchers Recognized as Top 20 Medical Researchers in the State of Georgia
Ravi Bellamkonda, Ross Ethier, Todd McDevitt and Krishnendu Roy named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle among the top 20 medical researchers in the state, but to hear them tell it, the number could easily be much higher.
García Named as Rae S. and Frank H. Neely Endowed Chair
A pioneering researcher who heads up a cellular and bioengineering lab in the Parker H. Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience recently added another distinction to a growing list when he was selected to hold the brand new Rae S. and Frank H. Neely Endowed Chair in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.
M.G. Finn Named Interim Chair of the School of Chemistry & Biochemistry
With a range of interests from immunology to organic synthesis to materials science, Finn brings something special to this new role.
Pamela Peralta-Yahya Recognized for Scientific Innovation
Named to the 2014 Class of DuPont Young Professors, the program is designed to help promising young and untenured research faculty who work in areas of interest to DuPont begin their research careers, and Peralta-Yahya is 1 of 10 members of this year’s class. 
FEATURED EVENTS
The Business of Regenerative Medicine: New Therapies, New Model
Organized by the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, Georgia Tech, Case Western University and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
July 14-16, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
Genomics of Infectious Diseases Workshop
4-day workshop to bridge skills and domains for a multi-disciplinary audience - Organized by Intel, the Centers for Disease Control and Georgia Tech
July 14-17, 2014 - Technology Square Research Building Banquet Hall
   
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