Biomedical Sciences & Engineering

  • Researchers find pathway that controls metabolism by prompting fat cells to store or burn fat.
  • Sensors, memory switches, and circuits can be encoded in a common gut bacterium.
  • Sangeeta Bhatia, member of the EECS faculty, of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and has teamed with researchers at the University of California at San Diego to create a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver by using probiotics — providing a way for earlier detection of cancers such as colon and pancreatic that typcially metastasize to the liver. Read more.
  • The members of Voltage, a new group in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, want to interest more freshmen and Course 6 students in the field of Electrical Engineering (EE). Sponsored by MIT IEEE/ACM, the group is working to build a cohesive network for students in both the EE degree program (6-1) as well as for students leaning to EE in the EECS degree program (6-2) — offering support and resources in academics, research and careers. Read more.
  • Sangeeta Bhatia has been named the recipient of the 2015 Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment in recognition of her work in tissue engineering, disease detection and advocacy for women in STEM. Read more.
  • Todd Coleman, EECS alumnus and associate professor at UCSD in Biotechnology will give a talk on the integration of healtcare, wearables and big data, sponsored by the MIT System Design and Management, tomorrow Friday, April 10, 2015, in the Wong Auditorium 2 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, from 11am to noon. Open to the public. See: to register. For more information his work:
  • The Optical Society (OSA) announced on March 1, 2015, the selection of Professor James G. Fujimoto as the recipient of the Frederic Ives Medal / Quinn Prize. He is recognized for pioneering the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and for his research group’s and collaborator’s contributions leading to its widespread medical application and major commercial impact. Read more.
  • MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan and Associate Department Heads Bill Freeman, Silvio Micali, and David Perreault announced in February 2015, the promotions of eight faculty members in the department. Professors Adalsteinsson, Daniel, Golland, and Torralba are promoted to full professor. Professors Chilpala, Polyanskiy and Vaikuntanathan are promoted to associate professor. The promotions are effective July 1, 2015. Read more.
  • On February 19th, the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, Professor James G. Fujimoto was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. Professor Fujimoto was awarded the University’s highest academic distinction, Doctor Honoris Causa. Read more.
  • Mapping the human genome, accomplished a decade ago, was heralded for laying the foundation for understanding genetic variation and links to a wide range of diseases. But genes can be switched on and off by many chemical modifications, aka "epigenetic marks." Now Manolis Kellis, EECS professor and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Broad Institute has led an NIH group that has created a similar map of the human epigenome. This work will lead to a global map towards understanding fundamental developmental and disease processes in humans. Read more.


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