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September 21, 2021

A cryo-electron microphotograph of a self-assembled icosahedral shell, made from DNA fragments, that has trapped a hepatitis B virus particle. Antibodies on the shell’s interior keep the virus bound inside.

Brandeis researchers knew they had a major scientific accomplishment on their hands when, for the first time, they and their collaborators at the Technical University of Munich were able to program bits of DNA strands to fold up and self-assemble into predetermined complex geometric shapes.

Read more about it in Brandeis Magazine.

September 21, 2021

3D-printed articulating hands lying flat on a table

In April, Brandeis faculty voted overwhelmingly to approve a new interdepartmental engineering major and program that will draw on all aspects of the liberal arts, from history and design to sustainability and ethics.

Read more about it in Brandeis Magazine.

February 18, 2021

Two types of cellular protein - kinesin and microtubules

Researchers at the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) are harnessing the power of swirling cellular proteins to create self-propelling fluids.

Read more about it at BrandeisNOW

MRSEC wins major new grant from the National Science Foundation

July 14, 2020

MRSEC grant illustrationThe cutting-edge research center received $18 million to develop the next generation of machines and materials.

Read more about it at BrandeisNOW.

MRSEC Featured on PBS NewsHour

February 6, 2019

"How cutting-edge engineering borrows nature's innovations"

Video transcript

MRSEC Video Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 MRSEC Video competition.

  • Winner: Graduate student Farri Mohajerani for "Cargo Encapsulation by Nanoshells"
  • Runner Up: Postdoc Dr. Simon Merminod for "Artificial Butterflies: Characterizing Interfacial Binding to Design"
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