UT professor wins $750,000 engineering prize

AUSTIN -- A assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin was selected for the Beckman Young Investigator Award.

The $750,000, four-year award will support Yuebing Zheng's efforts to develop a powerful, palm-sized device that could bring health care monitoring and diagnostics to underserved areas while advancing study in life sciences, according to statement released by UT.

Zheng will build a first-of-its-kind tool, called Virtual Plasmonic Tweezers, which will use touch-screen technology to view and precisely control the movement of cells and biomolecules on a chip. The invention could lead to portable devices for point-of-care medical diagnosis and study in remote areas.

To learn more about Zheng's project, check out his research group here.

For more information, contact: Sandra Zaragoza, Cockrell School of Engineering, (512) 471-2129.


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