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.
A study by biological engineers at Princeton solves a longtime paradox about how a key constituent of cells self-organizes intself into working structure despite being made of liquid. These insights into the form and function of the nucleolus could ultimately point toward new ways to treat disease.
Researchers at the intersection of engineering and biology are setting the groundwork for advances in health and medicine, including curing diseases such as Alzheimer's, growing replacement organs and preventing developmental abnormalities.
When graduate student Yogesh Goyal told an audience at Princeton University in October how his research could help doctors diagnose patients with difficult-to-characterize congenital disorders, he was describing more than a potential medical breakthrough.