Navigation Links
Doctoral students to study biology, mechanics connection under NIH grant
Date:7/3/2014

The Venus Flytrap is a fascinating plant with two leaf jaws that sense when an insect approaches and quickly snap shut, trapping the insect for a meal. The carnivorous plant is one of nature's clearest examples of biology and mechanics working together to sustain life.

Four doctoral students at Washington University in St. Louis will have the opportunity to take a closer look at this intersection under a five-year, $921,040 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health.

Philip V. Bayly, PhD, the Lilyan and E. Lisle Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, will lead the grant to train four doctoral students in mechanobiology, a developing field that focuses on how forces and changes in cell or tissue mechanical properties contribute to growth, structure and health.

More than 25 faculty members from across the university will serve as mentors to the four students.

"This training grant is unique because we have pure biologists from the Department of Biology, as well as biologists in the School of Medicine who apply biology to medicine," Bayly says. "There are a lot of people who already involve mechanics in biological research. This is a nice opportunity because it brings them together and provides an opportunity for students to work in those interfaces."

Blending biology with engineering and other scientific disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, computer science and math, is part of "A New Biology for the 21st Century" initiative by the National Research Council of the National Academies. The initiative is designed to integrate these disciplines to create a research community that can tackle a broad range of scientific problems.

Bayly says students in this program will be prepared to perform advanced, interdisciplinary research on the role of mechanics in biology and will fill an important and growing need in the scientific community.

The Washington University students who train under the grant will cross disciplines: those who are studying biology will take basic courses in mechanical engineering, and engineering students will take basic biology courses.

In addition, students will conduct research on a variety of length scales, from the tiniest (nanometer) to larger sizes, corresponding to structures from the molecular and cellular level to the tissue level. They will also to spend eight to 10 hours a year doing outreach activities with high school or younger students.

"Outreach helps students develop teaching and communication skills," Bayly says. "One of the best ways for Washington University to be a good member of the community is to take all of this intellectual horsepower we have in our students and bring it to bear in St. Louis."

The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 82 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,300 undergraduate students, 700 graduate students and more than 23,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners across disciplines and across the world to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.


'/>"/>

Contact: Neil Schoenherr
nschoenherr@wustl.edu
314-935-5235
Washington University in St. Louis
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Space research institute awards postdoctoral fellowships to four scientists
2. Space research institute awards postdoctoral fellowships to 4 scientists
3. UC Riverside receives 3 grants to assist graduate students in pursuing doctoral degrees
4. The 2013 HFSP postdoctoral fellowship awards
5. Autism Speaks announces 2014 Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellows
6. EPSRC adopts 2 new Centres for Doctoral Training
7. Autism speaks announces Meixner Postdoctoral Fellowships in translational research
8. 5 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships awarded to UH students, alumna
9. College students work to sterilize air, kill pathogens on buses
10. New study published on fertility awareness among American university students
11. Rice students work on weighty problem for doctors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Doctoral students to study biology, mechanics connection under NIH grant
(Date:1/20/2016)... --  MedNet Solutions , an innovative SaaS-based eClinical technology ... is pleased to announce the attainment of record-setting corporate ... of the company,s laser focus on (and growing international ... comprehensive, easy-to-use and highly affordable cloud-based technology platform. ... growth achievements in 2015 include: , Record ...
(Date:1/18/2016)... JOSE, Calif. , Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... security software that simplifies the use and access ... technology and go-to-market partnership with American Cyber.  ... Cyber brings extensive experience leading transformational C4ISR and ... implementing and integrating the latest proven technology solutions," ...
(Date:1/13/2016)... , January 13, 2016 ... published a new market report titled - Biometric Sensors Market ... Forecast, 2015 - 2023. According to the report, the global biometric ... is anticipated to reach US$1,625.8 mn by 2023, expanding ... In terms of volume, the biometric sensors market is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... DUBLIN , Feb. 10, 2016  Allergan plc ... today announced that Brent Saunders , Allergan,s CEO ... in a fireside chat session at the RBC Capital ... 12:30 p.m. ET at The New York Palace Hotel ... presentation will be webcast live and can be accessed ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Rocky Mountain Chapter 21st Annual Vendor Exhibition on ... fill more than 100 tables for its annual event, which will run from ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... Multiplex Testing (PROMPT), a research registry built on the secure online PatientCrossroads platform, ... 2014. More than 1,600 participants have joined the PROMPT study, which seeks to ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Jolla CA (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... new agents for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, announced today it has been selected ... February 18th at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. The purpose of the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: