Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University


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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. 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).
YuProf. Byron Yu is awarded with the Gerard G. Elia Career Development Professorship in Engineering, for his outstanding research in neural engineering and neural computation.
ChaseProf. Steve Chase is awarded with the College of Engineering Dean’s Early Career Fellowship, for his outstanding research in brain-computer interface (read the news).
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”, accepted by 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.

Cohen-KarniProf. Cohen-Karni, a recent recipient of the NSF CAREER Award for his 3D Nanosensors Array, is selected as one of the Rising Star Awardees for the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Annual Conference, to be held in January 2017 in Hawaii.
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.
WangProf. Yu-li Wang is awarded with a National Institutes of Health R01 grant entitled "Mechanical Regulation of Cell Migration". The project is to apply engineering approaches to understand how cell migration is affected by the input and output of mechanical signals under normal and diseased conditions.
Scott Hall[large photo]The Department of Biomedical Engineering has moved into its new home in Sherman & Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, which has been under construction since 2012. The location and design of the building, based on innovative concepts to promote interactions, collaborations, and resource sharing, are expected to greatly boost the research and education missions of the Department.
Bettinger The research of Prof. Chris Bettinger on ingestible medical devices is described recently in Wired and Chicago Tribune. Prof. Bettinger has addressed a major obstacle of these devices by inventing a biocompatible ("edible') battery based on ingenious use of pigment molecules found in squids (read the article).
Tzahi Nano[large photo]PhD candidate Elnatan Mataev (left), together with other students (Sahil Rastogi, center; Nicholas Lamprinakos, right) advised by Prof. Cohen-Karni, published a paper in Nano Letters entitled "Synthesis of Group IV Nanowires on Graphene: The Case of Ge Nanocrawlers". The team synthesized novel hybrid nanowires with potential applications in a new generation of photo-sensors and electrical devices (see the publication and read the story).
DahlProfessor Kris Dahl was a guest editor for a special topic issue of the journal Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, focusing on "Nuclear Mechanobiology". The journal is sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Society (see the issue).

TrumbleProfessor Dennis Trumble won the Top Presentation Award for his presentation entitled "A Muscle-powered Counterpulsation Device for Tether-free Cardiac Support" at the Design of Medical Devices Conference held on April 12-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Feinberg The group of Prof. Adam Feinberg published a paper in Science Advances on Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels (FRESH), a technique for 3D printing of complex soft biological materials for tissue engineering (read the news or view a video demonstration).
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Gary Wnek, PhD

Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106


Tuesday, March 28, 2017
4:30–5:30 PM
Doherty Hall A302

Some New Observations on Poly (acrylic acid) Gels and Fibers and Possible Connections to Physiological Phenomena

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Engineer Festival


BME is a prominent contributor to CMU's educational festival "Exploring Engineering!", which took place on February 20, 2017. More than 1,000 K-12 students registered for this event designed to expose kids to a variety of engineering disciplines (read the story).

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Portia Singh


Dr. Portia Singh, Ph.D. 2012, is a researcher and engineer at Philips Research North America working on technologies to assist elderly to take care of their health at home. She shared her story in the Winter 2017 issue of NSBE Bridge on how the Ph.D. education at Carnegie Mellon University has directed her to this successful and exciting career path (read the story).

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Dr. Sanna Gaspard, Ph.D. 2011, is the CEO of a startup company Rubitection, which leverages on her Ph.D. research to develop technologies for bedsore detection and management, a long-lasting problem of bedridden patients that is receiving an increasing attention from the healthcare system (read the story).