the algorithms, software, design expertise, and scientific
knowledge gained through the modeling efforts, in
which Rempe is joined by Kevin Leung and Steve Plimpton,
will be shared with the external community through
workshops, seminars, conferences, and collaborations.
Working on another aspect of the project is Jeff
Brinker, who is affiliated with both Sandia and the
University of New Mexico. He will engineer components
of the bio-battery using silica technology.
The team plans to translate several categories of
biological function into new devices that would treat
disease and lead to implantable devices. Properties
of interest that appear in the biological ion transporters
include electrical signaling, osmotic pumping, and
Sandia is one of the center's participants, as are
the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern
California, the Illinois Institute of Technology,
Purdue University, the University of California-Davis,
the University of Illinois at Ubana-Champaign, Oxford
University (UK), Wabash College, and Weill Medical
College of Cornell University.
The National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors
is part of a package of about $43 million for four
advanced national centers in nanomedicine announced
this year under the NIH's New Pathways to Discovery
Program. The NIH program began in 2003 as a Roadmap
for Medical Research initiative to spur medial research
discoveries from bench to bedside. The other centers
will be at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston,
the University of California at San Francisco, and
Columbia University in New York City.
is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation,
a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department
of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national
security, energy and environmental technologies, and
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