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Notre Dame Researchers are Improving the Speed and Practicality of Detecting Disease

Nur Mustafaoglu, a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student and Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics (AD&T) Berry Family Graduate Fellow

Published: June 12, 2017, Author: Brandi Klingerman To detect an illness in the body, common diagnostic tests like the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) are used. Unfortunately, ELISA takes hours to process and requires expert analysis, limiting its benefits for developing countries and those who require immediate results. In order to combat these challenges, Notre Dame researchers have been working to develop an improved test and have recently published a study on a new diagnostic method that uses gold nanoparticles, requires little to no expertise, and provides results in minutes.

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Notre Dame Researchers Receive Prestigious National Science Foundation Awards

ndavis • Date: June 12, 2017

Pinar Zorlutuna

Pinar Zorlutuna, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, received her CAREER Award for a project titled, “Tissue-engineering an Aging Heart: The Effect of Aged Cell Microenvironment in Myocardial Infarction.” The main objective of her research is to better understand the cardiovascular disease progression in older tissue in order to find ways to decrease age-related cardiovascular conditions. Zorlutuna became a member of the faculty in 2014.

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Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards

nwelding • Date: April 17, 2017

Established in 1999, the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards recognize graduate student instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) who demonstrate a commitment to exceptional teaching. Forty-Seven University of Notre Dame graduate student TAs have received 2016-2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards.

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Notre Dame Partners with the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute

nwelding • Date: February 22, 2017

A microwell array system for culturing breast cancer spheroids.

Researchers in bioengineering at the University of Notre Dame will join a consortium of academia, industry and government organizations and the nonprofit sector — the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute — to develop next-generation manufacturing processes and technologies for cells, tissues and organs.

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Biocomputing: Imitating the Real Thing to Improve Life

nwelding • Date: January 27, 2017

Pinar Zorlutuna and a team of University researchers have created a new type of diode, one that is made entirely of cardiac muscle cells and fibroblasts. Their recently published paper titled “Muscle-Cell-Based ‘Living Diodes’” discusses how using muscle cells as the diode components is ideal for cell-based information processing.

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