The recent IEEE Metro Area Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts included a Life Sciences track. This month we bring you articles and an interview from presenters at that event. In an interview and an article, Nanotechnology expert Brian Cunningham tells us about his breakthrough work in the use of nanostructures and optoelectronics in biomed applications. Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer, an MD who is also a global consultant on electrical safety writes on the challenges and opportunities for bioengineers in systems safety. And an authority on control techniques applied to cancer genomics, Aniruddha Datta, brings us an report on his research into the use of optimal control techniques to design cancer therapy protocols.