The BioTECH is a newsletter published by the MIT Biomedical Engineering Society as a vehicle to inform, involve, and mobilize our membership regarding the complex and evolving bioengineering landscape at MIT and nationwide. Founded in Spring 2003, the BioTECH has grown from a campus publication to one with wider constituencies, a bridge for inter-chapter relations and a catalyst to spark discussions on the national scene.

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Vol. 7, No. 2, April 2011

Vol. 7, No. 1, May 2010

Vol. 5, No. 1, May 2009

Vol. 4, No. 6, April 2006

HIGHLIGHTS: Frequently asked questions about BE answered
A Profile for BE.180: Programming for Biological Engineers
A Profile for BE.109: Engineering Proteins
Pfizer's Cambridge research facility toured
Interview with Professor Douglas Lauffenburger: Director of BE discusses his career and interest in the field
Student Research Spotlight: work by Heather Pressler '07 on Development of Cortisol-Targeted HPMA Copolymer-Bound Doxorubicin as a Treatment for Ovarian-Cancer

Vol. 4, No. 5, March 2006

Johnson & Johnson Research Prize
Interview with Dr. Vivian Berlin & much more

Vol. 4, No. 4, December 2005

HIGHLIGHTS: BMES Poster Session, Novartis Site Tour, Alumni Notes, and much more
Student Research Spotlight: work by Delbert Green on a New Model for Investigating Role of Evi1 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Vol. 4, No. 3, November 2005

HIGHLIGHTS: MIT BMES Wins Awards, Talks Shop at the National Conference in Baltimore
Griffith Offers Graduate School App Primer
Interview with Dr. Robert Langer & much more.
Student Research Spotlight: work by Danielle Carpenter on Quantitative Effects of ErbB-Targeted Therapeutics on Apoptosis and Proliferation in Human Cancer Cell Lines

Vol. 4, No. 2, October 2005

HIGHLIGHTS: Undergrads and Grads in BE Survey
BME @ Madison & much more.
Student Research Spotlight: work by Sophia Kamran on the Role of the Pst System in Pathogenesis of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Company Spotlights

Vol. 4, No. 1, September 2005

HIGHLIGHTS: Biological Engineering Major Welcomes Class of '09
Bioengineering Options: BE major & much more.
Student Research Spotlight: work by Melissa Wu on the DNA strand hypothesis in adult stem cell regeneration
New England Science Symposium 2005 Showcased Research

Vol. 3, No. 1, September 2004

HIGHLIGHTS: BE vs. BME: Bio + Eng landscape @ MIT
Bioengineering Options: BE major & much more.
BE Celebrates Newly Launched Major
Student Research Spotlight: Winning BMES-J&J Research.
Chapter Development: Goals & Checklist 2004-2005.
Inter-Chapter Relations: Letter from Berkeley & UCSD.

Vol. 2, No. 3, March 2004

HIGHLIGHTS: Updates on the BME Minor Curriculum and New BME Major.
Interview with Professor David Edwards, whose research and teaching at Harvard University concern cellular engineering, drug delivery, and the translation of basic biomedical science to biotechnology.
Student Research Spotlight: work by Brian Chase '06 on the kinase activity resulting from media stimulation or replacement.

Vol. 2, No. 2, December 2003

HIGHLIGHTS: Course 'XYZ' and BME: How does the BME minor relate to my major?
Interview with Professor Matthew Lang, whose research interests lie in elucidating the inner workings of proteins, enzymes, and biological motors, using instrumentation that combines optical tweezers, single molecule fluorescence, and pulsed spectroscopy. Student Research Spotlight: work by Melanie Cornejo '05 on the elusive role of Caspase-10 in Fas-mediated Apoptosis.

Vol. 2, No. 1, September 2003

HIGHLIGHTS: New Options for Undergraduate Studies in Bio/Medical Engineering.
Challenge for the Newly Arrived: How Can I Find a BME UROP?

Vol. 1, No. 2, April 2003

Excellence in Biomedical Engineering Prize Winners.

Student Research Spotlight!

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How? Submit an entry to the BioTECH!

Here are some guidelines for submission:

  1. Undergraduate research in a BME-related field.
  2. A concise and informative description of research in approximately 250 words.
  3. Include a brief blurb on the context of research (lab affiliation, mentor, how you got involved, degree and length of involvement, etc).
  4. Jargon-free, reader-friendly language accessible to the general MIT community.
  5. Approval from mentor if research is UROP-based, or clearance from employer if research is industry-based.

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