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.
Research presented at the Innovation Forum ranged from sustainable furniture production to groundwater bioremediation. A member of each team delivered a three-minute pitch to a panel of judges consisting of investors and business leaders, who then awarded prize money to their top choices.
"We thought: does the nucleolus' assembly and function depend on the size of the cell?" said Clifford Brangwynne, the lead researcher and an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton. "If this were true, then it could provide a feedback mechanism for regulating cell growth."
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.