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Monday, July 19, 2021

Mathematical models and computer simulations are the new frontiers in COVID-19 drug trials


Researchers are using computer models to simulate COVID-19 infections on a cellular level – the basic structural level of the human body.

The models allow for virtual trials of drugs and vaccines, opening the possibility of pre-assessment for drug and vaccine efficacy against the virus.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

WIN member cited for one of 2020’s top PNAS research papers

A WIN member was recently honoured by the National Academy of Sciences of America for research involving a gel-like robot, inspired by sea slugs and snails, that is steerable by light.

Hamed Shahsavan, who joined Waterloo as a professor of chemical engineering last year, was lead author of a paper chosen as a finalist for a Cozzarelli Prize recognizing the top work published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in 2020.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Developing inks to 3D print cells and tissue structures

PhD Student Yun Wu in lab

To a scientist, trial and error are common in laboratories to refine new tests and methods and look for potential problems on the small scale. But what happens when these techniques are meant for human tissues, such as for surgeries, medical tests, and treatments, where multiple different trials are not possible?

Monday, May 17, 2021

Researchers observe unprecedented Hall effect

Adam Wei Tsen in the lab

Researchers studying two-dimensional crystalline materials have observed an electromagnetic effect, called the nonlinear anomalous Hall effect, of unprecedented size. Their finding opens the door to exploring other quantum materials using their techniques and hints at promising applications in spintronic devices.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Taking innovation to the next level

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Impressing a venture capitalist with their business pitches earned a senior-year nanotechnology engineering team $50,000 in financial backing.

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