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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University bioengineers have not only figured out a way to sneak molecular spies through the walls of individual cells, they can now slip them into the command center -- or nucleus -- of those cells, where they can report back important information or drop off payloads. Using silver nanoparticles cloaked in a protein from the HIV virus that has an  uncanny ability to penetrate human cells, the scientists have demonstrated that they can enter the inner workings of...
2010 - Two graduate students and Brian Mann, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, scored a number one ranking on ScienceDirect's top 25 articles for the first half of this year.
DURHAM, N.C. – Under the microscope, the bacteria start dividing normally, two cells become four and then eight and so on. But then individual cells begin “popping,” like circus balloons being struck by darts. Watch. 
2009/2010 - Jeff Coles and Robert Ferris, each won second place in the graduate student poster competition of the Biomaterials Interfaces Division at the 56th International Symposium of the Remmy American Vacuum Society in San Jose. Both students will receive a cash prize of over $400. The two work with Associate Professor Stefan Zauscher.
2009/2010 - Firas Khasawneh, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering under the supervision of Brian Mann, has won a fellowship from Duke’s Graduate School that will enable him to travel to the University of Bristol in England to enhance his dissertation research. He plans to visit the University of Bristol this upcoming summer. Firas is investigating the dynamics of systems that contain time delays in their mathematical models. Examples of his current and planned work consider self-...
2009/2010 - William Gardner has won the 2010 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Duke Graduate School. William will be presented with a $1,000 award at a reception on Thursday, April 15, 2010. This is the second time a mechanical engineering graduate student has been selected to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes invaluable service to the university by being a sterling example of mentoring in action.
2009/2010 - Minkyu Kim won a 2010 Student Research Achievement Award for his outstanding poster presentation at the Biophysical Society 54th Annual Meeting last month in San Francisco, California. Minkyu’s research in molecular biophysics was titled "Single-Molecule Atomic Force Spectroscopy Captures A Novel Class Of Molecular Nanosprings With Robust Stepwise Refolding Properties." He works with Professor Piotr Marszalek.
2009/2010 - Jonathan Boreyko, who works with Assistant Professor Chuan-Hua Chen, gave a 30-minute invited talk at the inaugural Faraday Discussion Graduate Research Seminar sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, a companion to the prestigious series of Faraday Discussions in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry. He won 2nd place in the poster contest out of more than 70 student posters for his work on the wetting dynamics of hydrophobic and structured surfaces.
2010/2010 - Stephen Clark has won a 2010 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. He was selected from an applicant pool of more than 2,600. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense and will cover full tuition and fees for three years and provide a yearly stipend. Stephen is pursuing graduate work in the aerodynamics area.
2009/2010 - The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics awarded one-year fellowships through the John T. Chambers Fellows program the 2009-2010 academic years. The fellowships are awarded to new recruits evaluated on the criteria of research accomplishments, research potential, personal qualities, and collaborative potential.