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  • Exhibit A:
    photo - Engineered Biosystems Building lab


    The Engineered Biosystems Building includes facilities designed to be used by multiple research groups. Shown in the Optical Microscopy Core are Haylee Bachman and Aaron Lifland. Part of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, the facility provides users with access to state-of-the-art systems for fast 3-D imaging of live cells and whole organisms. Available in the Core are two PerkinElmer UltraVIEW VoX spinning disk confocal microscopes along with a Carl Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1 microscope. These systems can be used for studying subcellular trafficking, cell migration, embryogenesis and development, deep tissue and organ imaging, whole animal imaging, neurite outgrowth, and more. Photo by Rob Felt.

  • Exhibit A:
    photo - Engineered Biosystems Building interior


    Laboratory space in the new Engineered Biosystems Building is designed to encourage collaboration, with labs and offices located close together. Shown is the lab of Biomedical Engineering Professor Tom Barker, who is working with his students and postdoctoral fellows to understand how the microenvironment of cells directs their phenotype and initiates pathological programs. Photo by Rob Felt.

  • Exhibit A:
    photo - Engineered Biosystems Building


    In September 2015, Georgia Tech officially opened the Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB). The 219,000 squarefoot facility was designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers who are developing the next bioscience and biotechnology discoveries. More than 140 faculty and nearly 1,000 graduate students from 10 different academic units work in the labs and facilities there. Photo by Josh Meister.

Front Office

Let the Light In

Optical sensors make environmental sense.

Intensive Care

Khatereh Hadi looks at how to improve health care through design.

Deformation Discoveries

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and computer modeling have combined to produce an understanding of how atomic-scale deformation mechanisms determine the structure and properties of nanomaterials.

Into the Fold

Origami adds a new wrinkle to the creation of sturdy structures.

Complex Objects Fold Themselves

Using a set of smart shape-memory materials that each respond in a slightly different way to heat, researchers have demonstrated a four-dimensional printing technology that creates complex self-folding structures.

Light it Up

Optogenetics provides a powerful tool for studying the brain by allowing researchers to activate and suppress neurons using simple light-based signals.

Martian Moisture

A study led by Georgia Tech scientists has provided the strongest evidence yet that there is intermittent flowing water on modern Mars.

This Message Will Self Destruct

Researchers have demonstrated a technique for creating dynamic patterns on graphene surfaces.

Color Theory

A bacterium engineered to produce different pigments in response to varying micronutrient levels in blood samples could give health officials an inexpensive way to detect nutritional deficiencies affecting human populations in resource-limited areas of the world.

Eyeing the Data

A new analytics framework called Diamond Eye could help businesses monitor massive amounts of data in a userfriendly way.

In Charge

A detailed nano-mechanical study of degradation processes in silicon structures containing varying levels of lithium ions offers good news for researchers attempting to develop reliable next-generation rechargeable batteries using silicon- based electrodes.

Breathe Easier

Combining information about electric power plant operation with real-time air quality predictions has allowed researchers to create a new capability for minimizing the human health effects of air pollution from power generating facilities.

Why Alfred Hitchcock Grabs Your Attention

The movies of Alfred Hitchcock have made palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years.

Liquid Cooling Moves Onto the Chip

Water-based technique cuts operating temperatures by 60 percent.

How Joiners Differ from Founders in Startups

A growing interest in startups has focused attention on company founders who often take great risks to launch new ventures.

Foes Become Friends on the Coral Reef

On the coral reef, knowing your friend from your enemy can be a little complicated.


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