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New faculty: Marjan Rafat, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering

Oct. 16, 2017—The regimen is all too familiar for those battling breast cancer and for their loved ones: tough rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The patient goes on to live a long, cancer-free life when that regimen works. Marjan Rafat studies when it doesn’t.

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Goal of new tissue-chip research is to assess efficacy of novel epilepsy drugs

Sep. 20, 2017—An interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University researchers has received a two-year, $2-million federal grant to develop an “organ-on-chip” model for two genetic forms of epilepsy.

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Cancer-fighting T cells are smarter, stronger than experts thought

Aug. 14, 2017—It takes a minuscule amount of force to make T cells behave in the lab as they behave in the body. That finding is a leap in cancer therapy research.

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Alex’s Lemonade grant allows new engineering grad student to join neuroblastoma fight

Jul. 5, 2017—Graduate student Kyle Garland is diving into his studies with eight weeks of intense immunology research.

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Mood ring materials – a new way to detect damage in failing infrastructure

Nov. 21, 2016—"Mood ring materials" constitute a new type of smart sensing technology that could play an important role in minimizing and mitigating damage to the nation's failing infrastructure.

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Building stronger, more diverse pipeline of future faculty is aim of new postdoctoral program

Oct. 24, 2016—An ambitious postdoctoral training initiative designed to prepare recently graduated doctorates for competitive academic careers will launch later this year, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced Oct. 24.

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Vanderbilt University honors 24 as emeriti faculty

May. 13, 2016—Twenty-four retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony May 13, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.

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Studio arts class invites you to ‘Dis-connect’ at Vanderbilt Libraries

Apr. 6, 2016—A studio arts class taught by Mel Ziegler has created a series of installations called "Dis-connect" at the Central and Divinity libraries that explores how rapid advances in technology have impacted our perceptions of libraries in general.

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Wound-healing scaffolds

Jan. 27, 2016—The elasticity of a scaffold used for healing skin wounds is a key factor in promoting regeneration versus scarring.

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Targeting bone metastasis

Jul. 23, 2015—The rigidity of the bone extracellular matrix increases the ability of tumor cells to destroy bone, suggesting new targets for anticancer drug development.

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Vanderbilt researcher’s look at fatty liver disease hits home with dad’s diagnosis

Jun. 11, 2015—Jamey Young, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, wants to learn more about the estimated 5-10 percent of people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease who never develop its deadliest complications in the hopes of developing new treatments.

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Immune response depends on force

Jan. 26, 2015—New studies explain how T-cell receptors use force to recognize and protect us against pathogens.

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