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.
Two members of the engineering faculty, Celeste Nelson and Clifford Brangwynne, have been named to the inaugural group of Faculty Scholars, a joint award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Princeton engineers have found that, in breast cancer, tumor hardness and lack of oxygen trigger a biological switch that causes certain cells to embark on a cancer-promoting program.
Investigators eager to uncover the genetic basis of autism could now have hundreds of promising new leads thanks to a study by Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers.