Thursday, February 5, 2015

CONNECT Activity -- Feb 04, 2014

Thank you to everyone that came to our activity led by John Sessions, a PhD student here at BYU. He introduced the amazing research his lab is doing with BioMEMs--Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. These incredible devices are built on a micron scale and have a large variety if applications. A former BYU student developed a BioMEM with a micro needle that can inject DNA into an embryonic cell with significantly higher success rates than typical methods. This allows scientists to genetically change somatic cells by modifying genetic expression and behavior. The technology is specific enough to locate and inject DNA at precise sites within the genome.

John recommended that students look into this segment of biomedical engineering because it is a quickly growing area with huge potential. Up and coming technologies like "Lab on a Chip" can be improved upon and the outlook to treat diseases like Alzheimer's and diabetes is optimistic.

John Sessions works in Dr. Brian Jensen's lab. Our club president, Nelson, also works in that lab and would be happy to answer any questions you may have on this subject.

Next week's Connect Activity will be held in the Benson Building room W111 at 4:00pm. We are having a joint meeting with the Life Sciences Entrepenuerial Club. Join us to learn more about TUTE Genomics and eat pizza!

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