Barnett Institute celebrates 40 years of scientific breakthroughs

During its 40-​​year his­tory, the Bar­nett Insti­tute of Chem­ical and Bio­log­ical Analysis has pio­neered break­throughs in biotech­nology, forensic sci­ence, and advanced mate­rials study. Last week, its accom­plish­ments were hon­ored at a day­long con­fer­ence on campus.

Nasal treatment targets Parkinson’s disease at its roots

Phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences pro­fessor Bar­bara Waszczak and grad­uate stu­dent Brendan Harmon devised an intranasal gene therapy that tar­gets the under­lying cause of Parkinson’s dis­ease, not just its symptoms.

Kryptonite for cancer cells

In a new paper, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Man­soor Amiji and his col­lab­o­ra­tors present a drug-​​delivery system they believe can specif­i­cally target only tumors and turn off the cancer cells’ “super­powers” that allow them to grow uncontrollably.

3Qs: The 3-​​D printing of tomorrow

Pro­fessor Ahmed Busnaina’s method of directed assembly is faster, cheaper, and more ver­sa­tile than tra­di­tional 3-​​D printing. What does it mean? Could $10 iPhones and tissue engi­neering break­throughs be just the tip of the ice­berg. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

Targeted drug delivery researcher earns lifetime achievement award

Vladimir Torchilin, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences, has earned a life­time achieve­ment award for his out­standing con­tri­bu­tions to the field of tar­geted drug delivery.

Researchers as entrepreneurs

Northeastern’s unique Lab to Ven­tures pro­gram guides top grad­uate stu­dents through the process of turning their research into inde­pen­dent, suc­cessful companies.

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Why so persistent?

Per­sis­tence — it’s what keeps us all sur­viving. If it weren’t for this lovely quality, we’d just give up and crawl under a rock some­where because it’s all just so […]

Biology is a complex matter

World-​​renowned sys­tems biol­o­gist Leroy Hood said Monday at Northeastern’s Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series that in the next 10 years, he believes we will each have our genome sequenced and a drop of blood could offer a window into health and disease.

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Leroy Hood to address Northeastern community

Biol­o­gist Leroy Hood sees humans as walking clouds of data, ripe for the taking when it comes to the future of med­i­cine. Hood, who will address the North­eastern com­mu­nity on […]

Global Health Initiative to address neglected tropical diseases

Chem­istry and chem­ical biology pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri announced the launch of the Inte­grated Ini­tia­tive in Global Health at his Col­lege of Sci­ence Col­lo­quium talk last Friday.

The language of neural cells

Heather Clark, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences, has received a $300,000 Young Fac­ulty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to explore neural cell communication.

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A cure for sleeping sickness?

A few years ago chem­istry and chem­ical biology pro­fessor Mike Pol­lastri met a researcher name Larry Ruben at a con­fer­ence. Ruben was pre­senting a poster on an enzyme that is […]

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Protect the water

One of the big ideas in health­care today is pre­ven­ta­tive med­i­cine. Treat the causes instead of the symp­toms, pro­po­nents say, and you’ll keep people healthy and avoid expen­sive pro­ce­dures down […]

Northeastern opens Waters Center of Innovation

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity hosted a ribbon-​​​​cutting cer­e­mony on Wednesday to com­mem­o­rate the new home of the Waters Lab­o­ra­tory at 140 The Fenway. The lab, des­ig­nated as a Waters Center of Innovation, […]

Cancer-​​detection nets entrepreneurial award

Phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences pro­fessor Ban-​​An Khaw was named a Mass Chal­lenge finalist for his ground-​​breaking tech­nology to detect cancer at very low levels by tag­ging cells with a “Christmas tree” of radioac­tive markers.