Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University


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2017 Welcome PartyThis year’s BME Graduate Student Welcome Party was held on the Princess ship of the Gateway Clipper. Students, faculty and staff enjoyed wonderful weather, magnificent views of Pittsburgh and delicious food. Please see more pictures of happy BME folks here.
2017 Diversity PotluckThe Biomedical Engineering Department celebrated diversity with a potluck lunch on September 1st. Everyone brought their favorite dishes that reminded them of where they were from, be it from another country or a region of the US. We also used a map of the world to mark where we grew up, showing how diverse our Department is! Please have a look at pictures here.
2017 OrientationThe Biomedical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University officially hosted the orientations for incoming Master’s and PhD students over the last week of August. Vivat Academia! Please see pictures of the promising new students here.
AbbottWe are delighted to welcome Prof. Rosalyn Abbott as a new faculty to the Department of Biomedical Engineering! The research of Prof. Abbott is focused on monitoring physiologically relevant, sustainable, human adipose tissues in vitro to gain new insights into metabolic diseases.
RenWe are also delighted to welcome Prof. Xi (Charlie) Ren as a new faculty to the Department of Biomedical Engineering! The research of Prof. Ren is focused on the biomaterial and stem cell engineering, with the goal of providing regenerative therapeutic solutions to repair or replace damaged tissues and organs.
YuProf. Byron Yu and collaborator Prof. A. Batista at Pitt is awarded by the NIH with a new R01 research grant entitled "Dynamical Constraints on Neural Population Activity". The goal of the project is to use brain-computer interfaces to probe how the brain prepares and executes arm movements.
KainerstorferProf. Jana Kainerstorfer is awarded with a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association, entitled “Cerebral autoregulation assessment with near-infrared light during intracranial pressure changes”. The goal of the project is to use near-infrared spectroscopy for non-invasively monitoring changes in intracranial pressure, which may occur as a result of disease or trauma and cause brain damage.
Cohen-KarniThe group of Prof. Cohen-Karni published a paper in ACS Nano entitled “Nanowire-Mesh-Templated Growth of Out-of-Plane Three-Dimensional Fuzzy Graphene“. The paper describes the preparation of a true 3D hybrid nanomaterial with a potential for novel applications in biomedical sensing.
AntakiProf. James Antaki is awarded with a renewal R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled “Multiscale Model of Thrombosis in Artificial Circulation”. The goal of the project is to use computer simulations for predicting and alleviating blood-damaging problems of medical devices such as artificial hearts.
YuProfs. Byron Yu and Steve Chase are awarded with a renewal R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled "Shaping Neural Population Dynamics to Facilitate Learning".  The goal of the project is to use brain-computer interfaces to study how to accelerate learning. 
ChaseProf. Steve Chase and collaborators published a paper in the journal eLife, entitled “Dynamic range adaptation in primary motor cortical populations”. The study shows that the brain optimizes how it represents movements, much like a camera with auto contrast control optimizes its sensitivity to light (read the paper, and the news).
NelsonBME PhD student Sahil Rastogi, co-advised by Prof. Cohen-Karni and Ge Yang, is the lead author of a paper "Effect of Graphene on Nonneuronal and Neuronal Cell Viability and Stress", published in the journal NanoLetters. The paper shows that graphene has no adverse effect on cells and highlights its potential in biomedical applications (link to the paper)

LifeInSpaceBME MS students Deepshikha Acharya and Vishaal Dhamotharan are members of the CMU team that won the HP and Intel Life in Space Design Challenge. Their design, Muscle Maximus, is a self-sustaining wearable resistance system for enhancing muscle activities in space (read the news, and watch the video).

NelsonBME PhD student Diane Nelson is the winner of this year’s CMU 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Championship, an internationally recognized competition that challenges PhD students to present a compelling oration on their thesis in 3 minutes, in language that anyone can understand.

HsiaProf. Jimmy Hsia and coworkers published a paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, entitled “Formation and Size Distribution of Self-Assembled Vesicles”. The study sheds light on the formation of cellular structures and suggests new possibilities for disease intervention (read the news).

ZapantaBME Teaching Professor and Associate Head Prof. Conrad Zapanta receives Honorable Mention in the University/Post-Secondary Educator category of the Carnegie Science Awards, presented annually by the Pittsburgh Carnegie Science Center to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania (read the news).

Cohen-KarniProf. Tzahi Cohen-Karni is a recipient of the Office of Naval Research 2017 Young Investigator Award, to work on a project “Three-Dimensional -3D- Nanosensors Array For Measurement of the Electrical Activity of Microscale Human Brain Tissue”. The program attracts outstanding junior faculty members in U.S. academic institutions to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers (read the announcement).
RueschBME PhD student Alexander Ruesch, advised by Prof. Jana Kainerstorfer, received an Early Career Investigator Travel Bursary to attend the Brain & Brain PET 2017 Conference, to be held in Berlin, Germany in April 2017.
SoohooBME PhD student Elaine Soohoo, advised by Prof. Dennis Trumble, is the first author of a paper entitled “Computational Parametric Studies Investigating the Global Hemodynamic Effects of Applied Apical Torsion for Cardiac Assist”, published in the journal Annuals in Biomedical Engineering.
TiltonProfessor Bob Tilton has been named Editor of Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. This international journal published by Elsevier is devoted to the science underlying applications of colloids and interfacial phenomena.

BeelsBME MS student Stephanie Beels and fellow members of the team "The Pittsburgh Pascals" won the first place of the 2016 United States Association for Energy Economics Case Competition, where Ms. Beels conducted health risk analysis for Saudi Arabia to move toward renewable energy.
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Michael King, PhD

J. Lawrence Wilson Professor and Department Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37235


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
4:30–5:30 PM
Doherty Hall A302

Rolling in the Deep: Employing blood cells as drug carriers to target disseminating tumor cells

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Sabrina Liu


For her senior project, MSE/BME alum Sabrina Liu, B.S. 2017, worked with tiny heart tissues to determine if scientists could use them as actuators, or components to power and mobilize, soft robotic devices—devices made from highly pliable materials that mimic the behavior of living organisms. These microtissues in general could also serve as patient-specific models for testing new drugs, as well as building blocks for regenerative therapies for larger scale tissue replacement. This work was done with MSE and BME Associate Professor Adam Feinberg’s Regenerative Biomaterials and Therapeutics Group, where she collaborated with graduate students and postdocs to develop technology that could potentially transform human cells into human tissue (read the story).

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(PECA Labs), co-founded by Douglas Bernstein (BS BME/Mech E, 2012), Arush Karla (MS BME, 2013, and Jamie Quinterno (BS History Business and History, 2012), recently received European CE mark certification for their innovative vascular graft called exGraft™ for use in pediatric heart surgery. This graft allows surgeons to detect any twisting or kinking of the graft during surgery and follow-up. PECA Labs develops cardiovascular products which are intended to provide significantly improved outcomes for children born with rare congenital heart defects (read the story).

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Sanna Gaspard


Dr. Sanna Gaspard, Ph.d. 2011, was recently selected as an Invention Ambassador by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her inventions in the medical device space (read the press article).

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Lesion Scanner


BME PhD student Connie Robbins, under the guidance of Profs. Jana Kainerstorfer and Jim Antaki, is creating a hand-held breast lesion monitoring device that has the potential to revolutionize breast cancer detection and treatment worldwide. The device uses sophisticated photonic approaches to detect “lumps” with a distinct pattern of blood supply in the breast tissue (read the story).

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