Harnessing cellular power to meet global challenges

For José Avalos’ research team, the intricate, small-scale work of bioengineering could hold the key to solving global challenges in renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing.

Thwarting bacteria's defenses as a way to fight infection

To combat the growth of antibiotic resistance, Mark Brynildsen searches for precise treatments that kill pathogens by weakening their defenses against the body’s immune system. 

Nature reveals there's more than one way to build a lung

Celeste Nelson explores how branching patterns emerge during development. Her research combines biology with engineering and computational modeling — with the ultimate goal of building functional tissues outside the body. 

'Evolution acclerators' show how some cancers evade treatment

A cross-discipline team of electrical engineers, biophysicists and medical researchers has developed microchips that allow them to closely follow the progression of cancer and investigate drug resistance, a major problem in cancer treatment. 

Tiny polymer springs give a boost to environmental clean up

Princeton researchers have found that a promising class of cleaning solutions behave in ways that both confound traditional fluid models and explain their usefulness to remediation efforts.

Giant umbrellas shift from convenient canopy to sturdy storm shield

In a new approach to storm surge protection, a Princeton team has created a preliminary design for dual-purpose kinetic umbrellas that would provide shade during fair weather and could be tilted in advance of a storm to form a flood barrier.

Innovation funds propel research to improve health, computing and sustainability

Funded by Princeton alumni, parents and other donors, this year’s Innovation Research Grants total more than $1.3 million.

Multi-year datasets suggest projecting outcomes of people’s lives with AI isn’t so simple

The machine learning techniques scientists use to predict outcomes from large datasets may fall short when it comes to projecting the outcomes of people’s lives, according to a mass collaborative study led by researchers at Princeton.

Fix to longstanding flaw in sensor readings could lead to energy-saving building designs

An unexpected result at a conference led Princeton researchers to uncover a significant error in the method used for decades to measure radiant heating and cooling in buildings.

New mathematical model can more effectively track epidemics

A new mathematical model developed by Princeton and Carnegie Mellon researchers improves tracking of epidemics by accounting for mutations in diseases. Now, the researchers are working to apply their model to allow leaders to evaluate the effects of countermeasures to epidemics before they deploy them.