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Story by Lonnie Shekhtman for the Office of Engineering Communications Photo by Sameer Khan/Fotobuddy   Scientists have recently learned how to use light to control specific groups of neurons to better understand the operation of the brain, a development that has transformed areas of neuroscience. Researchers at Princeton University have now applied a similar method to controlling the metabolism, or basic chemical process, of a living cell.  In a series of experiments, they used
Photo by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy   Two out of three ain't bad! Among the three winning research groups at this year's Innovation Forum, two came from laboratories affiliated with chemical and biological engineering. The Keller Center held it's 13th Annual Innovation Forum on March 14, distributing $30,000 among three groups. Nine groups competed in a series of presentations that ranged from a new design in flowmeters, augmented reality for monitoring bridges, and robust n
José L. Avalos, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been named a 2017 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, in the research field of Systems Biology.  Established in 1985, the Pew Scholars Program provides four years of flexible funding to outstanding young investigators, working in areas of science relevant to the advancement of human health, during the first few years of their independent care
On February 21, the University announced three new projects to be supported by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund, a generously endowed fund which “gives Princeton the capacity to invest in truly innovative and highly promising research — research that is often considered too forward-looking for traditional funding mechanisms”.  One of these three projects, targeted at the optimization of biofuel production, will be pursued by Jose Avalos, Assistant
José L. Avalos, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been named a 2016 Sloan Fellow  in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology.  The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation established the Fellowships in 1955 to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded “in recognition of distinguished performa
Assistant Professor Jose Avalos was featured in a news article entitled “Pioneering Engineering” that is part of a recent issue of the “International Innovation” magazine. The article describes how work in the Avalos lab is "creating novel subcellular engineering methods to synthesize a range of molecules, from drugs to fuel.”