KC Huang probes basic questions of bacterial life

October 14, 2017

"My motivating questions are about understanding the physical challenges bacterial cells face,” he says. Bacteria are the dominant life-forms on Earth. They affect the health of plants and animals, including humans, for good and bad. Yet scientists know very little about the rules the microbes live by. Even questions as basic as how bacteria determine their shape are still up in the air, says Huang, of Stanford University."

CrowdFlower Announces First Round Winners of $1 Million AI For Everyone Challenge

September 14, 2017

"David Van Valen, M.D., Ph.D, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University who will be starting his own research group at Caltech next fall as a new assistant professor believes AI can augment these researchers' quest to rid the world of these diseases. To that end, Van Valen's work at Stanford has shown that AI and deep learning systems can speed up researcher's efforts, but success requires a massive amount of training data to teach a machine learning algorithm how to best determine the location, identity, and state of a cell."

$10 million grant funds infection-focused center

April 1, 2016

"The Allen Discovery Center at Stanford University for Multiscale Systems Modeling of Macrophage Infection will be directed by Markus Covert, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering. The multidisciplinary center is being funded by a four-year, $10 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a nonprofit organization aimed at spurring biomedical innovation. The new center will explore intracellular and intercellular processes by which salmonella bacteria, responsible for more than 100 million symptomatic infections annually, infect immune cells."

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