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Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

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Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

Researchers in the Alper Lab have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings were published online in the journal Metabolic Engineering in March.

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Peppas Selected as Reilly Lecturer at Notre Dame

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Peppas Selected as Reilly Lecturer at Notre Dame

Nicholas Peppas, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected to present the 2015 Reilly Lectures for the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Peppas will give two presentations as part of … Read the rest »

Michael Baldea Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research on Energy-Intensive Processes

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Michael Baldea Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research on Energy-Intensive Processes

Michael Baldea, assistant professor of chemical engineering, is working to improve the efficiency and economic performance of chemical processes that interact with the power grid. His research was recently selected for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

CAREER Awards are highly competitive and prestigious grants given to young faculty who effectively integrate research … Read the rest »

Peppas Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Patras

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Peppas Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Patras

Nicholas A. Peppas, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy at UT Austin, has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Patras in Patras, Greece.

He was awarded the doctorate from the university’s Chemical Engineering Department, the top chemical engineering department in … Read the rest »

Hal Alper Selected as Mellichamp Lecturer at Purdue University

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Hal Alper Selected as Mellichamp Lecturer at Purdue University

Hal Alper, associate professor and Fellow of the Paul D. & Betty Robertson Meek Centennial Professorship, has been selected as the 2015 Mellichamp Lecturer at Purdue University.

The Mellichamp Endowed Lectureship was established in 2013 by Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp to recognize “a distinguished young engineering or scientificresearcher from a university, industry or national … Read the rest »

Improving Oil Production and Oil Spill Cleanup Using Nanotechnology

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Improving Oil Production and Oil Spill Cleanup Using Nanotechnology

Andrew Worthen, chemical engineering Ph.D. student supervised by professor Keith P. Johnston, is conducting research “all about discovering how we can steward the planet more responsibly,” something he gets closer to every day. While Andrew’s initial nanoparticle research focused on creating more efficient and eco-friendly oil extraction methods, he is now applying his findings to … Read the rest »

Jennifer Maynard’s Work to Fight Whooping Cough Featured on National Public Radio

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Jennifer Maynard’s Work to Fight Whooping Cough Featured on National Public Radio

Associate professor Jennifer Maynard’s research group is working to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat whooping cough—a highly contagious and dangerous disease that causes an estimated 294,000 deaths annually worldwide, primarily among young, unvaccinated children. Whooping cough is on the rise in the United States, and in Texas cases have increased 79 percent in … Read the rest »

Dyann Confer Joins Department as Financial Analyst

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Dyann Confer Joins Department as Financial Analyst

Dyann Confer will be joining the staff of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering March 4 in the role of Financial Analyst.

Dyann holds B.S. in Business Administration from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and is currently the financial coordinator for the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University.

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Researchers Use Light to Understand Cancer Progression

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Researchers Use Light to Understand Cancer Progression

Light is used as a diagnostic, therapeutic, and drug delivery tool. Alumna Laura Suggs, B.S. ChE ‘93, and her team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin believe light can also be used to help answer biological questions about the effect of extracellular matrix stiffness in relation to the progression … Read the rest »

Nicholas Peppas Selected as Kelly Lecture Speaker at Purdue University

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Nicholas Peppas Selected as Kelly Lecture Speaker at Purdue University

Nicholas Peppas, chair of the Cockrell School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and a professor of chemical engineering and pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected as the 2015 Kelly Lecture speaker at Purdue University.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Kelly Lectures, talks presented annually at Purdue’s School … Read the rest »