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Engineering professor applies eye tracking technology and machine learning algorithms to education and training environments

Feb. 3, 2023—By Lena Anthony First-year nursing students, U.S. Army soldiers and a middle school science class might seem very different at first glance. But when you consider the recent work of Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering Gautam Biswas, the similarities become clear. Each group has been a test case for Biswas’ research, which collects multimodal data...

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Vanderbilt engineer receives NSF award to develop neural analysis methodology

Jan. 18, 2023—Mikail Rubinov, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been awarded $600,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop new computational methods for analysis of large-scale brain activity data. The three-year project is funded by the NSF Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS). It was awarded alongside a companion project from the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation...

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Company co-founded by Vanderbilt professor receives distinguished FDA breakthrough device designation for minimally invasive surgical tool

Jan. 10, 2023—A company co-founded by Robert J. Webster III, Richard A. Schroeder Professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate professor of medicine and urology at Vanderbilt University, has received a breakthrough device designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that could open the door for new diagnostic and therapeutic applications of flexible endoscopy. The designation given...

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Vanderbilt engineering professor receives over $2 million in funding for genome sequencing research

Dec. 15, 2022—Maizie (Xin) Zhou, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and computer science, is the recipient of a $1.9 million award from the National Institutes of Health. She has also received $120,000 from Complete Genomics, a leader in human genome sequencing. The Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA)(R35) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH) will...

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Vanderbilt engineers’ innovative research directly monitors cellulose production from individual synthase enzymes

Dec. 14, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers have uncovered conditions needed to produce cellulose at the single molecule level that could one day aid in the dismantling of bacterial defenses as well as potentially lead to the engineering of more efficient and cost-effective biofuel feedstock sources. The findings were published in the scientific journal PNAS. The researchers used optical tweezers...

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Vanderbilt engineers’ paper on differences in water and water vapor transport selected as ‘Editors’ Highlight’ in Nature Communications

Dec. 1, 2022—The transport of water molecules through nanoscale pores is central to a number of processes like water treatment, biological membranes, ionic/molecular separations, water treatment and protective applications, but the mechanisms of transport are not fully understood. Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Vanderbilt, and a team of researchers recently had a...

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Engineering researcher Catie Chang harnesses the power of computational analysis to gain new insights into how the brain works

Oct. 27, 2022—Advances in neuroimaging over the past 25 years have ushered in nothing short of a revolution in technology for understanding the human brain. These new technologies have opened broad vistas for scientists, from being able to pinpoint regions of the brain responsible for various functions and behaviors to targeting new treatments for illnesses ranging from...

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Vanderbilt researchers provide hope with innovative breast cancer vaccine

Oct. 27, 2022—As a child, Jenna Dombroski was at her grandfather’s bedside when cancer took his life. A scientist, he was her inspiration. Years later, the Vanderbilt University Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow is honoring him by leading the development of what appears to be a promising treatment for breast cancer metastasis, and...

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