School of Engineering & Applied Science

A microscopic worm may shed light on how we perceive gravity

C. elegans shares more than half of its genes with humans, allowing genetic studies to give insight into which genes are responsible for similar traits in humans, such as pinpointing molecular pathways responsible for gravitaxis, the ability to move in response to gravity.

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Penn is establishing a $100M center to focus on the intersection of engineering and biomedicine

A planned Center for Precision Engineering for Health, housed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will focus on developing biomaterials for personalized medical treatments. “Engineering solutions to problems within human health is one of the grand challenges of the discipline,” Dean Vijay Kumar said. “Our faculty are already leading the charge against these challenges, and the Center will take them to new heights.”


Philadelphia Business Journal

University of Pennsylvania commits $100 million to launch engineering and health center

Penn is committing $100 million to establish a center for interdisciplinary research conducted by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Perelman School of Medicine.


The Scientist

Signaling dynamics fine-tune gene expressiong

Lukasz Bugaj of the School of Engineering & Applied Science comments on a systematic and quantitative look at how gene information is transmitted and what can influence the amount of expression.


Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn spinout Cogwear gets funding to develop ‘anxiety thermometer’ headband

Cogwear, a startup based at the Penn Center for Innovation and founded by PIK Professor Michael Platt and former postdoc Arjun Ramakrishnan, is developing a wearable device that monitors mental health.



Now that machines can learn, can they unlearn?

Aaron Roth of the School of Engineering and Applied Science spoke about his research on machine unlearning, which seeks to answer the question, “Can we remove all influence of someone’s data when they ask to delete it but avoid the full cost of retraining from scratch?”