Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University


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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.
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).
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Jens Rittscher, PhD

Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom


Tuesday, May 2, 2017
4:30–5:30 PM
Doherty Hall A302

Quantitative Methods for Cell and Tissue Imaging

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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).