• Graphic of swabs used, and specimens collected, in diagnostic testing for disease
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    Ph.D. student’s quantitative analysis of swab performance published in PLOS One, may inform future diagnostic test development

Ph.D. student’s quantitative analysis of swab performance published in PLOS One, may inform future diagnostic test development

Not all swabs used in diagnostic testing are created alike: UW BioE Ph.D student Nuttada Panpradist is lead author of study published recently in PLOS One that offers a quantitative, objective analysis of a common, critical component of diagnostic tests for disease. The study’s results may inform future diagnostic test development, helping test developers select appropriate swab types and transfer methods for diagnosis of a wide variety of disease.

SACNAS, BMES AND ABRCMS 2014 Conference Information

Prospective students, alumni, and other peers of UW Bioengineering are welcome to stop by and visit us at the following upcoming conferences! Conference dates, locations, booth numbers and more.

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    Ph.D. student’s idea for device that diagnoses tuberculosis from urine leads to Global WACh/W.H. Coulter Foundation Seed Grant

Ph.D. student’s idea for device that diagnoses tuberculosis from urine leads to Global WACh/W.H. Coulter Foundation Seed Grant

An interdisciplinary research team led by PIs Drs. James Lai and Barry Lutz of UW Bioengineering and UW tuberculosis researcher-clinician Dr. David Horne has received the 2014 Global WACh/W.H. Coulter Foundation Seed Grant to develop a point-of-care diagnostic device to diagnose TB from urine samples. The idea originated from a proposal developed by UW BioE student Nuttada Panpradist and UW MPH student and pediatrician Dr. Diana Marangu in a Global Health course, GH 590, “Bioengineering Solutions to Improve the Health of Women, Adolescents and Children”.

Direct freshman admit Solomon Muche “found hope in the margins” to overcome adversity and study at UW

UW BIOE Direct freshman admit and recent Ethiopian immigrant Solomon Muche faced a difficult path to UW, including homelessness. However, perseverance and hope guided him to complete high school, apply to UW and study bioengineering.

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    Huffington Post: Dissolvable “tampon” could quickly deliver anti-HIV drug

Huffington Post: Dissolvable “tampon” could quickly deliver anti-HIV drug

Anti-HIV materials being developed by the Woodrow group could be integrated into a dissolvable, “tampon”-like product that is both easy for women to use and also effective, reports the Huffington Post.

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    Dissolving fabric may offer fast, potent anti-HIV protection

Dissolving fabric may offer fast, potent anti-HIV protection

Bioengineers in Dr. Woodrow’s lab have discovered a faster way to deliver a topical drug that can protect women from contracting HIV. The researchers created a fiber material embedded with the drug through a process called electrospinning that quickly dissolves and releases a potent antiretroviral drug, maraviroc, when it comes into contact with moisture.

  • UW Bioengineering Associate Professor Dr. Dan Ratner leads activity on ultrasound
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    UW Bioengineering Summer Camp 2014 concludes, teaches high school students about bioengineering, global health

UW Bioengineering Summer Camp 2014 concludes, teaches high school students about bioengineering, global health

UW Bioengineering Summer Camp 2014 wraps up, teaching 24 high school students about the field of bioengineering and and the field’s solutions for global health problems.

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    Class of 2014 celebrates, David C. Auth delivers keynote speech, at Bioengineering Departmental Graduation Ceremony

Class of 2014 celebrates, David C. Auth delivers keynote speech, at Bioengineering Departmental Graduation Ceremony

The UW Bioengineering Class of 2014 celebrated their impressive accomplishments, David C. Auth delivered keynote speech, at the 2014 Bioengineering Departmental Graduation Ceremony.

Spring 2014 UW Bioengineering eNews

In this issue:  Chair’s Letter – Note to Graduates – Features – News Briefs – In the Media – Events Dear Alumni and Friends, With a sense of pride, we […]

Electrospun fibers show promise for rapid HIV prevention

UW Bioengineering Ph.D. student, Cameron Ball, and Assistant Professor Kim Woodrow, demonstrate the potential of a new type of product that may help women protect themselves against sexual HIV transmission. Their research, published online ahead of print in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC) of the American Society for Microbiology, shows the ability of water-soluble electrospun fiber material to rapidly release maraviroc, an antiretroviral drug. The researchers suggest that their material offers advantages over other anti-HIV microbicides currently in development.