Vaccine strategy could aid in COVID-19 immunization

A biomaterials-based infection vaccine strategy shows first promise in eliciting immunity against SARS-CoV-2 and could be applied broadly to stave off infectious disease.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
Aug. 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 coronavirus david-mooney wyss-institute vaccine omnivax

Wyss Institute’s improved face shield design hits 7M mark

The Wyss Institute made improvements to its face shields based on recommendations from area hospitals. Joining forces with a Mansfield, Mass.-based manufacturer, the institute’s face shields are now being produced at a rate of 400,000 a day.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Aug. 17, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 wyss-institute inc ppe jennifer-lewis lacerta-group

Red blood cells could generate immune response via vaccines

New platform technology uses red blood cells to generate targeted immune responses in mice

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
July 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences seas donald-ingber samir-mitragotri wyss-institute vaccines anvay-ukidve vaccinations

Wyss researchers predict biggest scientific advances of 2020s

The Wyss Institute asked its faculty members to predict the biggest scientific advancements in their fields in the next 10 years.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Jan. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  science-technology  wyss-institute  2030  predictions  scientific-advances

Lab-grown meat gains muscle as it moves from petri dish to dinner plate

Researchers are able to build muscle fibers, giving lab-grown meat the texture meat lovers seek.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 21, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  wyss-institute  lab-grown-meat  kit-parker  muscle-tissues

Creating a reliable clock to track changes in microbiome

The microbiome is a treasure trove of information about human health and disease, but getting it to reveal its secrets is challenging, especially when attempting to study it in living subjects. A new genetic “repressilator” lets scientists noninvasively study its dynamics, acting like a clock that tracks how bacterial growth changes over time with single-cell precision.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Oct. 11, 2019 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-medical-school  wyss-institute  microbiome  bacterial-growth  repressilator

Wyss Institute develops technology to better study blood-brain barrier

Wyss Institute scientists have developed chip technology that mimics the blood-brain barrier in humans. The new models will help researchers study drugs to treat cancer, neurodegeneration, and other diseases of the central nervous system.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
June 21, 2019 ~11 min

Tags:  science-technology  donald-ingber  organ-chips  wyss-institute  organs-on-chips  blood-brain-barrier  eric-shusta  james-gorman  nur-mustafaoglu  tae-eun-park

Wyss Institute lays some groundwork to protect environment with robots

The Wyss Institute has developed a sheet pile driving robot, Romu, that works in uneven terrain to build metal walls that can act as dams, retaining walls, or building foundations.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
April 16, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  wyss-institute  degraded-landscapes  environmental-stewardship  justin-werfel  land-management  land-restoration  machine-ecology  nathan-melenbrink  radhika-nagpal  romu  sheet-pile-driving  termes  terramanus-ferromurus

Harvard scientists bioprint 3-D kidney tubules

The Wyss Institute and Roche Innovation Center Basel in Switzerland have teamed up to create 3-D bioprinted proximal tubules beside functioning blood vessel compartments, closely mimicking the kidney’s blood-filtration system that removes waste products while returning “good” molecules, such as glucose and amino acids, back into the bloodstream.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
March 8, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  seas  donald-ingber  wyss-institute  jennifer-lewis  kidneys  kimberly-homan  3-d-bioprinting  annie-moisan  david-kolesky  filtering-blood  glomeruli  john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-science  nathan-duarte  neil-lin  proximal-tubules  roche-innovation-center-basel  sanlin-robinson  tissue-engineering

Harvard researchers look toward nature to beat cancer

Every year, more than 18 million people around the world are told, “You have cancer.” In the U.S., nearly half of all men and more than one-third of women will develop some kind of cancer during their lifetimes, and 600,000-plus die from it annually. Despite the billions of dollars and countless new treatments that have […]

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
March 1, 2019 ~24 min

Tags:  inflammation  chemotherapy  health-medicine  artificial-lymph-nodes  cancer-research-uks-grand-challenge  cancer-treatments  cancer-vaccine  david-mooney  dna-origami  donald-ingber  mimicking-nature  nanoparticle-backpacks  organ-chips  samir-mitragotri  william-shih  wyss-institute

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