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Biodegradable 'Living Plastic' Houses Bacterial Spores That Help It Break Down

April 30, 2024

Biodegradable 'Living Plastic' Houses Bacterial Spores That Help It Break Down

A new type of bioplastic could help reduce the plastic industry’s environmental footprint. Researchers have developed a biodegradable form of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) filled with bacterial spores that, when exposed to nutrients present in compost, germinate and break down the material at the end of its life cycle. Full Story


Innovative Microscopy Demystifies Metabolism of Alzheimers Disease

April 23, 2024

Innovative Microscopy Demystifies Metabolism of Alzheimers Disease

Bioengineers and neuroscientists at UC San Diego have deployed state-of-the art imaging techniques to study the metabolism driving Alzheimer’s disease; results suggest new treatment strategies Full Story


Acting Student and Bioengineering Alumna Awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

April 17, 2024

Acting Student and Bioengineering Alumna Awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Riyam Al Msari, an undergraduate bioengineering alumna from Iraq, is one of 30 recipients of the 2024 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The merit-based program for immigrants and children of immigrants awards up to $90,000 to support each fellow’s graduate studies.  Full Story