School of Engineering Launches "From the Lab"

POSTED ON: February 18, 2016


The Albert Nerken School of Engineering hosted its first "From the Lab," a series of talks designed to familiarize  alumni and other guests with some of the work being done by faculty and students. The event, which took place on February 18 in the Rose Auditorium, focused on bioengineering. After an introduction by Prof. David Wootton and Prof. Oliver Medvedik, two sophomores, Tushar Nichakawade and Yingfu (Ben) Ma, spoke about the method they developed to synthesize DNA at the lab bench. After the talks, guests toured laboratories where they spoke to students and professors about their work. The eight research projects included examining beehive microbiomes, extracting an anti-cancer agent from rice wine, and developing a means for bioremediation of oil spills on soil above aquifers.

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