Flipping light on-off turns bacteria into chemical factories
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 needed to turn bacteria into chemical factories that produce valuable compounds such as the biofuel isobutanol.
Graduate student who models electrolytes wins 2020 Merck Research Award
Graduate student Shuwen Yue has received a 2020 Merck Research Award from the American Chemical Society's Women Chemists Committee. Yue was one of eight award recipients, each of whom received a $1500 stipend and delivered a talk during a half-day symposium at the ACS national-virtual meeting on August 16.
New tools catch and release cellular targets at the flip of a light switch
A Princeton team has developed a class of light-switchable, highly adaptable molecular tools with new capabilities to control cellular activities. The antibody-like proteins, called OptoBinders, allow researchers to rapidly control processes inside and outside of cells by directing their localization, with potential applications including protein purification, the improved production of biofuels, and new types of targeted cancer therapies.
Biomedical expert Goyal wins interdisciplinary award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Cancer researcher and CBE graduate alumnus Yogesh Goyal has received a 2020 Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI) from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. All eight of this year's awardees receive $500,000 over a five-year period, bridging postdoctoral training with the first three years…

Datta named Innovative Early-Career Engineer, selected for symposium

Sujit Datta has been named an Innovative Early-Career Engineer from the National Academy of Engineering, one…

Encouraged and supported, she hit her stride in control
Q&A with CBE graduate student Alicia Magann, whose research bridges several disciplines. Raised in Phoenix, Magann graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a degree in chemical engineering that led somewhat unusually to her graduate work in quantum control through the chemistry department.
Drug delivery expert Prud’homme partners with Genentech on vaccines and cancer treatments
A new partnership between the Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI) and Genentech, a biotechnology company based in South San Francisco, is enabling several Princeton faculty members, including Robert Prud'homme, to pursue mission-driven collaborations in fundamental research.
Benziger, surface science expert who revitalized curriculum, transfers to emeritus status
Jay Benziger, professor of chemical and biological engineering, was among ten Princeton University faculty members transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees.
Bioengineer Clifford Brangwynne named 2020 Blavatnik National Awards laureate
Clifford Brangwynne, a biophysical engineer who transformed the way scientists see cell biology, has won the 2020 Blavatnik National Award in Life Sciences.
New study provides evidence for decades-old theory to explain the odd behaviors of water

Water, so ordinary and so essential to life, acts in ways that are quite puzzling to scientists. For example, why is ice less dense than water, floating rather than sinking the way other liquids do when they freeze?

Now a new study provides strong evidence for a controversial theory that at very cold temperatures water can…