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E-Week Awards - Biological Engineering

02/20/2018

The Department of Biological Engineering invites you to the Recognition Ceremony for:

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Optimizing Spider Silk Production and Improving Synthetic Spider Silk's Mechanical Characteristics Through Genetic Engineering and Expression Techniques

Optimizing Spider Silk Production and Improving Synthetic Spider Silk's Mechanical Characteristics Through Genetic Engineering and Expression Techniques

01/31/2018

Michaela Hugie is presenting her proposal defense.

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Development and Characterization of Aqueous-Based Recombinant Spider Silk Protein Biomaterials with Investigations into Potential Applications

Development and Characterization of Aqueous-Based Recombinant Spider Silk Protein Biomaterials with Investigations into Potential Applications

01/18/2018

Come support Thomas Harris with his proposal defense on January 18 at 9:00 AM at USTAR Bioinnovations Building 650 (IC 650) 205B

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Senior Design Poster Presentations

Senior Design Poster Presentations

12/21/2017

On December 11th, 2017 seniors from the Biological Engineering department presented their design

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Production of Polyhydroxyalanoates Using Sustainable Carbon Sources

Production of Polyhydroxyalanoates Using Sustainable Carbon Sources

12/08/2017

Come to support Chad with his Master's Candidate Defense on Monday, December 11 at 1:30 pm in ENGR 406.

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Identification and Engineering of Nonribosomal Peptide Biosynthetic Systems

Identification and Engineering of Nonribosomal Peptide Biosynthetic Systems

12/08/2017

Come support Fuchao Xu with his proposal defense on Monday, December 11, at 11:00 AM in ENGR 402C

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Recovery of Energy from Toxic and Refractory Wastewater in New Applications of the Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor and Microbial Fuel Cell

Recovery of Energy from Toxic and Refractory Wastewater in New Applications of the Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor and Microbial Fuel Cell

12/07/2017

Come to support Iegor with his proposal defense on Friday, December 8 at 12:30 in ENGR 406.

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USU Professor Elected to American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

USU Professor Elected to American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

12/05/2017

Biological Engineering Professor Dr. Ron Sims was elected this week to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

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Faculty presents at Harvard 'Light Microscopy' workshop

Faculty presents at Harvard 'Light Microscopy' workshop

11/10/2017

The New Approaches in Light Microscopy Workshop at Harvard University brings together academia and industry partners to exchange ideas on new ways of using light microscopy for biological and biomedical applications.

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USU to Host Institute of Biological Engineering Regional Conference

USU to Host Institute of Biological Engineering Regional Conference

11/03/2017

Biological engineering students at Utah State University will host a regional conference aimed at connecting participants with industry

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Mechanisms of Abnormal Angiogenesis in Retinal Disease

Mechanisms of Abnormal Angiogenesis in Retinal Disease

11/03/2017

Come to support Farhad with his proposal defense on Friday, November 3 at 2:45 pm in the BE conference room (ENGR 402c)

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Investigation and Engineering of Polyketide Biosynthetic Pathways

Investigation and Engineering of Polyketide Biosynthetic Pathways

10/17/2017

Lei Sun Doctoral Dissertation Defense

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Driven by Curiosity, USU Professor Turns to Nature for Drug Discovery

Driven by Curiosity, USU Professor Turns to Nature for Drug Discovery

10/12/2017

Dr. Jixun Zhan presenting at his Inaugural Lecture entitled “Curiosity-Driven Exploration and Reprogramming of Nature’s Biosynthetic Machinery.

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Congratulations A-Pin Recipients!

Congratulations A-Pin Recipients!

10/04/2017

This fall, 28 students were recognized for receiving the prestigious A-Pin Award

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Priming Plants to Tolerate Drought

Priming Plants to Tolerate Drought

10/02/2017

Food growers are facing a difficult reality: climate change is expected to intensify drought conditions, and expanding urban populations are competing for arable land and water supplies

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Biological Engineering Undergrad Wins International Video Contest

Biological Engineering Undergrad Wins International Video Contest

08/30/2017

Nathan Guymon takes second place for his video about solid waste

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The Use of Microfluidics and Dielectrophoresis for Separation, Concentration, and Identification of Bacteria

The Use of Microfluidics and Dielectrophoresis for Separation, Concentration, and Identification of Bacteria

08/04/2017

Come to support Cindy with her Dissertation defense

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The Development and Optimization of a Produced Water, Biofilm Based Microalgae Cultivation System for Biocrude Conversion with Hydrothermal Liquefaction

The Development and Optimization of a Produced Water, Biofilm Based Microalgae Cultivation System for Biocrude Conversion with Hydrothermal Liquefaction

08/04/2017

Come to support Benjamin Peterson with his defense.

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Silane Modulation of Protein Conformation and Self-assembly

Silane Modulation of Protein Conformation and Self-assembly

08/04/2017

Shameem will be presenting his Dissertation Defense on August 20, 2017, come and show him your support.

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Plant-STEM Summer Outreach Comes to a Close

Plant-STEM Summer Outreach Comes to a Close

07/01/2017

After eight weeks of research, students gave their final presentations for the 2017 Plant-STEM program.

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Biological Engineering Summer Outreach

Biological Engineering Summer Outreach

06/09/2017

The Department of Biological Engineering hosted nine students as a part of the Native American Student Mentorship Program

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BE Student Wins International Award for Research Presentation

BE Student Wins International Award for Research Presentation

05/31/2017

Biological Engineering's Ph.D. candidate, Anna Doloman, wins an international award at the International Conference on Biogas Microbiology.

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Bioengineered System Computational Modeling: Designing A Way of Improving Bioreactors

05/30/2017

Researchers from the Biological Engineering, Computer Science, and Biology departments have come together to design more efficient cellular factory models that address some of the issues that current systems have with nutrient delivery and waste removal.

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Biosynthetic Secrets: How Fungi Make Bioactive Compounds

Biosynthetic Secrets: How Fungi Make Bioactive Compounds

05/23/2017

Biological engineers at USU decoded and reprogrammed the biosynthetic machinery that produces natural compounds found in fungi

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Congratulations Graduating Class of 2017

05/12/2017

The Department of Biological Engineering would like to congratulate all of our students who graduated May 5-6.

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BE Students visit Edwards Lifesciences

BE Students visit Edwards Lifesciences

05/10/2017

The Biomedical Engineering Society's (BMES) club hosted an industry tour with Edwards Lifesciences in Draper, Ut.

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Our Students Win Gold

Our Students Win Gold

05/04/2017

Students at both the Graduate and Undergraduate level were presented awards for their research at the Student Research Symposium on April 13, 2017.

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Darcie Christensen Wins Robins Award

Darcie Christensen Wins Robins Award

04/27/2017

Biological Engineering student named Scholar of the Year.

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BE Students participate in SRS

04/20/2017

The Student Research Symposium is an annual event hosted by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies that takes place as a part of Utah State University's Research Week. This year the SRS was held on April 13, 2017, in the Merrill-Cazier Library from 9...

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Winning Essays Focus on Complexities of Religion, Land and Government

Winning Essays Focus on Complexities of Religion, Land and Government

04/20/2017

The complex attitude of religious adherents toward land and government captivated this year's selection committee in naming two winners of the 2016 Arrington Writing Awards.

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Biological Engineering Students Showcase Research at Industry Meeting

Biological Engineering Students Showcase Research at Industry Meeting

04/12/2017

Institute of Biological Engineering annual meeting comes to Salt Lake City

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BENG 5880 / 6880 BioMEMS: Microtechnology for BioMedical Research

BENG 5880 / 6880 BioMEMS: Microtechnology for BioMedical Research

04/12/2017

Attention Students! BENG 6880 – BioMEMS: Microtechnology for BioMedical Research is being offered Fall 2017. Prerequisite for the course is BENG 3500 or by permission of the instructor.

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Faculty Promotions 2017

Faculty Promotions 2017

04/10/2017

USU College of Engineering faculty promotions 2017

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USU Biological Engineer Featured in Chemical & Engineering News

USU Biological Engineer Featured in Chemical & Engineering News

03/28/2017

February cover story features bioenergy research of Dr. Foster Agblevor

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Economical Alternative Treatment Technologies for Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Management

Economical Alternative Treatment Technologies for Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Management

03/24/2017

Alan Hodges will be giving his Thesis Defense for his Master's degree on Tuesday, April 4 at 3:30 pm in ENGR 406.

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Algae-based Biofilm Productivity and Treatment of Dairy Wastewater: Effects of Temperature and Organic Carbon Concentration

Algae-based Biofilm Productivity and Treatment of Dairy Wastewater: Effects of Temperature and Organic Carbon Concentration

03/24/2017

Zachary Fica will be giving his Thesis Defense of his Master's degree on Wednesday, April 5 at 4:30 pm in ENGR 406

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Synthetic Bio-manufacturing Center

03/07/2017

The Department of Biological Engineering is constantly working on developing new and innovative Bioproducts that can solve some of the most challenging contemporary dilemmas of the 21st century.

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E-Week Awards 2017

E-Week Awards 2017

02/28/2017

On February 22nd the Department of Biological Engineering had their engineering week award ceremony. Where the following individuals were acknowledged for their hard work and perseverance to research and further the Biological Engineering department as a

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Engineering Week Award Ceremony

Engineering Week Award Ceremony

02/16/2017

The Department of Biological Engineering invites you to our annual Engineering Week recognition ceremony on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 12:00 pm in Engineering Building 406.

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Webinar: Winning at NIH: Grabbing the Brass Ring

Webinar: Winning at NIH: Grabbing the Brass Ring

02/16/2017

The Department of Biological Engineering will be hosting a webinar presentation on Monday, February 27, 2017, titled: Winning at NIH: Grabbing the Brass Ring. The presentation will be given by Dr. Rosemarie Hunziker

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Biological Engineering Professor Presents Inaugural Lecture

Biological Engineering Professor Presents Inaugural Lecture

02/15/2017

Dr. Anhong Zhou reflected on family and the future of bio-technologies at his inaugural lecture last week where he was honored for his promotion to professor.

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Biological Engineering Student Wins Gold

Biological Engineering Student Wins Gold

02/10/2017

Biological Engineering Student Matt Clegg was awarded first place for his oral presentation at the Inaugural Biomedical Engineering Society's (BMES) Western Regional Conference

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Lei Sun's Proposal Defense

Lei Sun's Proposal Defense

01/12/2017

Join the BE department for Lei Sun's proposal Defense on Friday, January 13th, 2017 from 4:00 - 5:00 in ENGR 402C.

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Senior Capstone Poster Presentations

Senior Capstone Poster Presentations

01/03/2017

On December 12th, 2016 the Biological Engineering department's senior class presented their capstone research projects. In total forteen groups shared their research findings that have spanned over a year of their Undergraduate career with the Biological

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Mannequin Challenge

12/22/2016

Who says that learning about the various properties of Biomaterials is boring? Clearly, they haven't taken Dr. Yu Huang's BENG 2330 Properties of Biomaterials course.

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BE Students Visit NASA

BE Students Visit NASA

11/23/2016

Early in November students from Utah State University's Biological Engineering program presented their research project, Eden, to the Scientists and Engineers employed in NASA.

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BE Students attend BMES Conference

BE Students attend BMES Conference

11/02/2016

Students from the Biological Engineering Department attended the annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota from October 5th to October 8th.

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Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Center for Integrated BioSystems

Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Center for Integrated BioSystems

11/02/2016

Dr. Elizabeth Vargis will be giving a presentation for Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Center for Integrated BioSystems on 11/3/2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Merrill-Cazier Library room 154

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Combining Careers in Engineering

Combining Careers in Engineering

10/15/2016

Biological Engineer Blends Chemistry, Machines and Life Sciences

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Detection of Fungal Infections Using SERS

Detection of Fungal Infections Using SERS

10/14/2016

Dr. Agnes Ostafin will be giving a presentation titled "Detection of Fungal Infections Using SERS" on October 19th, 2016 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in ENGR 406.

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Aqueous Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Advanced Biofuels

Aqueous Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Advanced Biofuels

10/14/2016

Dr. Bin Yang will be giving a presentation titled "Aqueous Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Advanced Biofuels" on October 26th, 2016 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in ENGR 406.

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BD Medical Tour

BD Medical Tour

10/06/2016

On October 6, 2016, students traveled to Sandy, Ut to tour BD Medical. Students were able to experience a medical manufacturing company first hand.

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Cynthia Hanson's Proposal Defense

Cynthia Hanson's Proposal Defense

09/29/2016

The Biological Engineering Department is pleased to announce that Cindy Hanson will be presenting her proposal defense on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm in ENGR 326

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Angela Akude's Thesis Defense

Angela Akude's Thesis Defense

09/29/2016

Angela Akude will be defending her thesis on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 9 am in the BENG Conference Room (ENGR 402C).

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Dr. Elizabeth Vargis to Present at TEDxUSU

Dr. Elizabeth Vargis to Present at TEDxUSU

08/12/2016

Biological Engineering faculty will discuss muscles and mentors at October 28 event in the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall

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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

07/12/2016

Biological Engineering student Harsh Singh

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Doctoral Proposal Defense by Anna Doloman

05/05/2016

Optimization of Biogas Production by use of Microbially Enhanced Inoculum On May 5, 2016, at 1:00 pm in ENGR 406.

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Dr. Hadi Soroosh Research Presentation

05/03/2016

Rise of human population causes an increase of freshwater use and wastewater production worldwide. Wastewater contains various pathogens injurious to health and nutrients (mainly N and P) which would support photosynthesis of chlorophytes and terrestrial

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BE makes High Impact on 2016 Annual IBE Conference

BE makes High Impact on 2016 Annual IBE Conference

04/21/2016

The BE Department made a high positive impact at the 2016 International Annual Conference of the Institute of Biological Engineering, which was held in Greenville, South Carolina, from April 7 through 9. BE was represented by ten students and six faculty

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Aggie Engineers Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Aggie Engineers Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

04/01/2016

MAE senior and BE alumnus win prestigious fellowships

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Senior Alumni and Industry Luncheon 2016

Senior Alumni and Industry Luncheon 2016

02/24/2016

The 3rd Annual Senior, Alumni, & Industry Luncheon (SAIL) will be on Friday, March 25, 2016 in room 326 of the Engineering Building (ENGR) at 11:30 AM.

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USU Biological Engineer Patents Method to Make Natural Blue Dye

USU Biological Engineer Patents Method to Make Natural Blue Dye

02/22/2016

A biological engineering researcher has taken a big step toward making a safer, more natural blue dye

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Engineering Week Award Ceremony

Engineering Week Award Ceremony

02/11/2016

The Biological Engineering Department invites you to our annual Recognition Ceremony.

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Ryan Summers Seminar Presentation

Ryan Summers Seminar Presentation

02/11/2016

Upcoming Seminar. "Production of High-Value Methylxanthines by Metabolically Engineering E. coli." Dr. Ryan Summers is an assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama. His research interests in

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USU Engineering Study Wins Support from American Heart Association

USU Engineering Study Wins Support from American Heart Association

12/10/2015

The American Heart Association is supporting a new study at Utah State University where researchers are developing a technology that may help the human body better protect itself against cardiovascular

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Master's Thesis Defense by Elizabeth Martinez

11/25/2015

Master's Thesis Defense by Elizabeth Martinez. December 9, 2015 at 10:30 in ENGR 402C. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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2015 Graduate Researcher of the Year Award

2015 Graduate Researcher of the Year Award

11/20/2015

Lifu Xiao received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Fudan University in China, 2011. He has been pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Biological Engineering since 2011 at Utah State University under the supervision of Dr. Anhong Zhou.

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Dr. Allan Guymon Undergraduate Seminar

Dr. Allan Guymon Undergraduate Seminar

11/06/2015

Dr. Guymon is presenting an undergraduate seminar on Tuesday November 10th, at 12pm in ENGR 406. His presentation is on Controlled Controlled Micro- and Nanostructured Biomaterials through Photopolymerization

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Vision: An Engineer's Tool in the Fight Against Eye Disease

Vision: An Engineer's Tool in the Fight Against Eye Disease

11/05/2015

Biological engineers developing new methods to treat age-related macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity

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iGEM vs. the Cheese Killer

iGEM vs. the Cheese Killer

11/03/2015

Biological Engineering Students Studying Ways to Combat Virus

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Dr. Catherine E. Brewer research presentation

Dr. Catherine E. Brewer research presentation

11/03/2015

Biomass Systems Engineering and Thermochemical Processing research seminar presentation by Dr. Catherine E. Brewer. Refreshments provided.

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Tackling Salinity in the Colorado River One Ion at a Time

Tackling Salinity in the Colorado River One Ion at a Time

10/27/2015

It’s one of the most overtaxed waterways on the planet, and its shrinking flow is only part of the problem. The Colorado River travels 1,500 miles through seven U.S. states before reaching the Gulf of California. Throughout its long journey the river supp...

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Process optimization to enhance quality and quantity of transiently expressed proteins

Process optimization to enhance quality and quantity of transiently expressed proteins

10/26/2015

Process optimization to enhance quality and quantity of transiently expressed proteins" seminar by Dr. Gerald McEwen on October 27, 2015, at 12pm in ENGR 406.

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iGEM Jamboree

iGEM Jamboree

10/07/2015

The 2015 iGEM Giant Jamboree was an inspiring and enjoyable experience for members of Utah State’s iGEM team. Sara Gertsch, Chad Nielsen, Alex Torgesen, and Tom Overbeck traveled to Boston

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What are the Long-term Affects of Spaceflight on Human Muscle Tissue?

What are the Long-term Affects of Spaceflight on Human Muscle Tissue?

09/28/2015

Biological engineering doctoral candidate Charles Harding wants to know how long-term spaceflight can affect human muscle tissue. It’s an increasingly important topic as scientists and engineers move closer to manned space flights to Mars. Harding is get

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Growing Algae in Produced Water

Growing Algae in Produced Water

09/15/2015

Biological Engineering Team Leads New Study on Growing Algae in Produced Water

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Uintah Basin’s Wastewater Evaporation Ponds Could Yield Bioenergy

Uintah Basin’s Wastewater Evaporation Ponds Could Yield Bioenergy

09/15/2015

The wastewater evaporation ponds that support the oil and natural gas extraction industries in the Uintah Basin may soon help spur the development of alternative bio-based fuels.

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B.E. Club Lab Tour

09/14/2015

Happy September 14th, 2015 (Monday) everyone! A reminder that tomorrow, September 15th, we are doing a lab tour of Dr. Miller’s lab. You can meet us at either the lab (SER 117) or in the ENGR building’s atrium 10 to 15 minutes before 5 pm so we can walk o...

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Biological Engineering Opening Social

Biological Engineering Opening Social

09/02/2015

The Biological Engineering Club would like to invite everyone to our opening social on Thursday, September 10th, 2015.

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Biological Engineering Faculty Awarded for Cutting-Edge Eye Health Research

Biological Engineering Faculty Awarded for Cutting-Edge Eye Health Research

08/18/2015

More than six million Americans are affected by age-related macular degeneration and other retinal diseases, and despite the prevalence of these disorders, few methods of prevention and treatment exist today.

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Dr. Britt - Wins 2015 Robins Award for Teaching

Dr. Britt - Wins 2015 Robins Award for Teaching

08/18/2015

Dr. Britt - Wins 2015 Robins Award for Teaching

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BE Sweep Awards at 2015 IBE Conference

08/18/2015

LOGAN, Utah – March 10, 2015 – Students from Utah State University’s Biological Engineering department brought home three of eight awards at the Institute of Biological Engineering Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo, March 5-7. There were a total of about...

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Infant Eye Disease Research at USU Gets Funding From Knights Templar

Infant Eye Disease Research at USU Gets Funding From Knights Templar

06/01/2015

TJ Robertson, right, Grand Commander, Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Utah, presents Dr. Elizabeth Vargis with eye health research funding alongside College of Engineering Dean Christine Hailey and Robert Bennett, left, Deputy Grand Commander, Knight...

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Utah State Signs 2-Year Research Deal with Korean Bio Medical Institute

Utah State Signs 2-Year Research Deal with Korean Bio Medical Institute

05/20/2015

It was a meeting of East and West on Wednesday morning at the Innovation Campus where a new deal was signed by USU researchers that could help bring fresh answers in the fight against cancer, diabetes and other diseases.

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Cindy Hanson, PhD Student received an Education Scholarship from SPIE

05/15/2015

Cindy Hanson PhD Student has been awarded an SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

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Position Announcement and Job Description Head, Biological Engineering Department

Position Announcement and Job Description Head, Biological Engineering Department

05/01/2015

Utah State University seeks applications from candidates for the Head of the Biological Engineering Department. Applicants must have earned a PhD or equivalent

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From Plants to Bacteria

04/12/2015

A researcher at Utah State University is developing a cutting-edge method for synthesizing some of the most promising natural compounds found in plants using bacteria.

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Global Leader in Water Treatment Industry Opens Cache Valley Office and New Partnership with College of Engineering

Global Leader in Water Treatment Industry Opens Cache Valley Office and New Partnership with College of Engineering

11/18/2014

Firm will partner with Biological Engineering department to find innovative solutions for water treatment

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Up in Smoke – How Changes in Egyptian Farming Can Help Preserve the Pyramids

Up in Smoke – How Changes in Egyptian Farming Can Help Preserve the Pyramids

11/11/2014

Agricultural burning in Egypt leads to air pollution and problems for the nation's ancient monuments

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