News: Biomolecular Engineering

Clifford Brangwynne, professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is one of two recipients of this year’s Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Nakasone Award.
For undergraduates in the engineering school, summer often means a chance to apply their learning in new ways, whether conducting field research, working in industry or volunteering abroad. Last summer, with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting many of these plans, some students’ research projects took them in unexpected directions.
Researchers in chemical and biological engineering have created a new and improved way to more precisely control genetically engineered bacteria: by simply switching the lights on and off. Working in E. coli, the workhorse organism for scientists to engineer metabolism, researchers developed a system for controlling one of the key genetic circuits...