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Biomedical Engineering Simulates Life @ Small Scale

Biomedical engineering research has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, but the field still falls short of most other types of engineering in one key respect: engineers’ ability to model their work.

With the enormous complexity involved in even the simplest of living organisms, developed over billions of years of evolution, true models tend to fall well short of the wide array of interactions taking place within an organism, making it much more difficult to rely on computers to expedite engineering research and development.

Applications Open for Stanford India Biodesign 2013

STANFORD biodesign logoWe are pleased to announce that the application process is open for the 2013 Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB) Fellowship. The goal of this programme, launched in 2007, is to train the next generation of biomedical technology innovators in India. This highly competitive programme is directed to Indian citizens who have an interest in the invention and early-stage development of new biomedical technologies.

The SIB Fellowship Programme is centred at Stanford and in New Delhi and administered as a collaboration between Stanford University, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in partnership with the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF).


A team led by Stanford researcher Ingmar Riedel-Kruse has taken gaming to an entirely new level, introducing life itself into games.

Riedel-Kruse and his lab have developed the first biotic video games. The player’s moves directly influence the behavior of living micro-organisms in real time as the game is being played.Players are able to influence the basic biological functions of single-celled organisms. The team’s goal is for players to learn about biological processes and interact with them without having to go through the rigorous process of formal experimentation.

 In total the team has created eight different games that allow players to interact with paramecia (the single-celled organisms used in numerous biology experiments).