More than 20 percent of Princeton Engineering faculty members, including engineers from all six departments, are engaged in research aimed at improving human health. Some engineers are advancing fundamental biology through the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, while others are using their expertise in nanotechnology to provide innovative solutions to long-standing problems in neuroscience, cancer treatment or vaccine delivery.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2.43 million grant to Princeton engineer Michael McAlpine, to investigate new ways to interweave electronic and biological materials to ultimately produce bionic organs for a range of scientific and biomedical applications.
Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood.
Graduate student Vikram Pansare took top honors at the Keller Center's 9th annual Innovation Forum, Feb. 26, with his pitch for producing a "Janus particle" capable of driving advances in pharmaceuticals, electronics, oil exploration and other fields.