computational biology

A new molecule designed to kill deadly, drug-resistant superbugs

In 2016, I had a bacterial infection that I acquired after a routine knee surgery. Fortunately, my immune system reacted favorably to antibiotics, but had the bacteria been a “superbug,” resistant to medication, my story might have had a different ending. This incident inspired me to focus my work on discovering a new solution. With […]

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Cracking the Cancer Code with Watson Genomics

Since the time of Egyptians building pyramids, we’ve known about the impact cancer has on humankind. It is the second leading cause of death in the US1, based on data from 2010 through 2012, nearly 40 percent of Americans will develop it in their lifetime; one in four men and one in five women are […]

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Cell engineering can give IBM Watson “microscopic eyes”

What if your cells could actually see? Today, scientists at IBM Research’s Almaden lab in the Silicon Valley are pioneering a new field of discipline – cell engineering – that uses cells as sensors to transmit new information to researchers about disease and the environment. In collaboration with University of California-San Francisco, our lab will […]

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Accelerating early disease detection with nanobiotechnology

Imagine this scenario:  Annual physical examinations are supplemented by an affordable home diagnostic chip, allowing you to regularly monitor your baseline health with just a simple urine sample. Though outwardly you appear to be in good health, the device reveals a fluctuation in your biomarker profile, indicating the possible emergence of early stage cancer development […]

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