Carnegie Mellon University

Life Sciences

Creating Tools with the Power to Heal

Advancing medicine doesn't depend on a medical school but on having innovative thinkers — and thousands of these thinkers call Carnegie Mellon home. Through collaborations with some of the largest medical facilities in the nation, researchers at the university are pioneering new technologies that have life-saving potential.

Cancer ResearchDouble Helix

A team of American, Israeli and German scientists led by Carnegie Mellon researcher Ziv Bar-Joseph recently found important clues on how cancers develop. Using computational biology techniques, the team identified more than 100 genes involved in human cell division that have an abnormal pattern of activation in cancer cells. The genes are potential targets for drug therapy. Read more.

Speeding Up Medical DiscoveriesRobert Murphy

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon's Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology have discovered how to speed up critical steps in an automated method for analyzing cell cultures and other biological specimens. The new technique, published online in the Journal of Machine Learning Research, promises improved accuracy in the analysis of microscopic images produced by today's biological screening methods — such as the ones used in drug discovery. Read more.

Increasing the OddsSurgery

For patients in need of a kidney donor, waiting isn't a game but a matter of life and death. Carnegie Mellon computer scientists are working to help. They've developed a step-by-step method — or algorithm — for matching donors with recipients that could significantly increase the number of kidney transplants in the United States, thereby saving lives. Read more.