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Innovative “Factory-in-a-shoebox” could save lives:

Therapeutic protein research ongoing at CAST

The Technology Research Center (TRC) is a hidden gem at UMBC.  Tucked away just outside Hilltop Circle in a converted juvenile detention center, the place is brimming with interdisciplinary research projects poised to make powerful impacts on global health care.  Adil Zuber, a PhD student in the Frey Lab in UMBC’s Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering Department, is immersed in one such project.  He’s working on a device that could revolutionize access to protein-based medications in remote or war-torn locales.   

Read more at The Helix, a STEM-focused blog at UMBC

Originally published October 22, 2014 at The Helix


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CAST’s Sun: The Sensor

As the planets revolve around its main source of energy, the Sun, the members of CAST turn to sensors as the ultimate solution to a variety of problems. As Dr. Dan Kostov, an electrical engineer at CAST, puts it, “We have the how, now we need the why.”

A first look…