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Combining nanomaterials in 3D to build next-generation imaging devices

April 12, 2021

Combining nanomaterials in 3D to build next-generation imaging devices

UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Oscar Vazquez-Mena is taking nanomaterials to the next dimension. By integrating different nanoscale materials together in 3D, he is creating a new generation of devices for environmental monitoring, energy harvesting and biomedical applications. Vazquez-Mena recently received a CAREER Award through the NSF to develop devices that can "see" wavelengths of light that are invisible to the human eye, such as IR and UV light. He also received a DARPA Director's Fellowship to develop a material that can let ultrasound through the skull and do non-invasive imaging and stimulation of the human brain. Full Story


Understudied Mutations Have Big Impact on Gene Expression

April 9, 2021

Understudied Mutations Have Big Impact on Gene Expression

An international team of researchers led by computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have identified 163 variable number tandem repeats (VNTRs) that actively regulate gene expression. In a paper published in Nature Communications this week, the researchers provide new insights into this understudied mechanism, how it may drive disease and other traits and could ultimately impact patient care. Full Story


Diversifying the ranks of engineering faculty

April 5, 2021

Diversifying the ranks of engineering faculty

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering partners with University of Michigan on program to address the lack of diversity in academia. Full Story