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January 2020

Andrew's Angle

A message from the Director of the Huck Institutes

If you imagine the 21st century as a five-day work week, hitting 2020 means Monday is over. What should we do with Tuesday?  

At Huck, we’re aiming for more disruption and failure. But not for their own sake. We’re after disruption and failure with a purpose. Our thinking is simple. Truly innovative and transformational research never starts with a ‘safe bet.’ That means we have to be prepared to make unsafe bets... 

The Symbiotic Podcast - Episode 5: "Intraoperative Bioprinting"

In this episode, Cole and his guests discuss a trans-disciplinary effort at Penn State to advance the printing of living tissues, from skin to bone to organs. Combining the efforts of engineers, nanotechnologists, and surgeons, the team has coined a new term – “intraoperative bioprinting” – to describe their approach.

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Andrew Zydney Drives Biotech Innovation

When Andrew Zydney was tapped to be the inaugural director of Penn State’s Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology in 2018, he recognized the unique opportunity to leverage his research expertise in bioprocessing and downstream processing, which is the purification of biological molecules...

Core Topics

Core Topics: The Evolution of Genomic Sequencing

“Sequencing the first human genome took a number of years and there are various estimates, but it cost around a billion dollars,” says Craig Praul. 

“That can now be done overnight for about a thousand.”

Dr. Praul is the Director of the Huck Institutes’ Genomics Core Facility. In his office on the top floor of Chandlee Lab, he explains the differences between Sanger sequencing, which was developed in the late 1970s, and the newer “next-generation sequencing,” which his team has been doing for the last decade and a half. It’s a difficult topic to put into layman’s terms...


Antonio Brown Takes Positivity Into Account

Congratulations to Antonio Brown, the recipient of this month’s Huck Kudos award. Antonio is an accountant in Huck’s administration office, where he plays a critical role in the day-to-day financial operations of a wide variety of units across our complex organization. 

A major sports and health enthusiast, Antonio is also a certified personal fitness trainer. He played all-conference football as a student athlete at Central Methodist University, and came to Penn State from the University of Michigan in 2017. One of the first things he did after settling in was to help lead the Huck Fitness Challenge in Spring 2018...


Media Mentions in December 2019


Huck News Stories in December 2019