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TechSpark[view image]CMU College of Engineering launched a major education facility - Tech Spark, which is the cornerstone of CIT's maker ecosystem, an integrated set of resources including simulation cluster, 3D printers, rapid prototyping equipment, electronic fabrication facilities, etc.
CookThe American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Keith Cook, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University to its College of Fellows. Dr. Cook was nominated and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for significant contributions to the development of artificial lungs.
FeinbergResearchers in Prof. Adam Feinberg's lab have developed a low-cost 3-D bioprinter by modifying a standard desktop 3-D printer, releasing the breakthrough designs as open source. They have also published a paper in HardwareX that contains complete instructions for printing and installing the syringe-based, large volume extruder to modify any typical, commercial plastic printer. More details.
KainerstorferProf. Jana Kainerstorfer, her PhD student Alexander Ruesch, and collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh have been developing a non-invasive way for doctors to monitor intracranial pressure using an approach based on near infrared spectroscopy. Learn details.
HeBME Department Head Dr. Bin He is developing a novel method of treating brain disorders by using ultrasonic waves and EEG imaging to noninvasively trigger electrical signals in the brain. To perform this research, Dr. He recently was awarded with a $2.4M NIH BRAIN Initiative Grant to develop this technology. Check out the details.
BME FacultyBME Profs. Steven Chase and Byron Yu published a paper in Nature Neuroscience, "Learning by neural reassociation", where they used a brain-computer interface to understand how neural activity reorganizes to support learning. They find that the brain repurposes existing neural activity patterns to perform new tasks. Their findings help explain how learning can proceed so quickly -- and why it is sometimes incomplete. This is another work by departmental faculty to delineate the mechanisms of brain using neuroengineering technology.
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SahilBME PhD student Sahil Rastogi, advised by Prof. Tzahi Cohen-Karni, won the first place for the best poster award in the Tissue Engineering category at McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Retreat. The topic of Sahil’s poster was "Graphene-based Biocompatible and Transparent Micro-Electrode Arrays for Simultaneous Electrical and Optical Measurements of Electrogenic Cells".

HeAs of February 1, new Department Head of Biomedical Engineering Dr. Bin He began his appointment. Dr. He succeeds Yu-li Wang, the R. Mehrabian Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who has served as Department Head since 2008. Dr. Bin He is an internationally renowned scholar, and has made leadership contributions to biomedical engineering research and graduate education. Click here for more details.
FeinbergProf. Adam Feinberg has been recognized for his outstanding work and selected as inaugural Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Feinberg has pioneered the development of materials-based engineering strategies to encode information in the 3-D environment of the cell. Congratulations on this significant achievement!
HsiaBME/MechE Prof. Jimmy Hsia and his Post Doc Changjin Huang along with David Quinn, and Subra Suresh (former president of Carnegie Mellon and president-designate of NTU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) have developed a novel technique for producing synthetic gels that give us a clue into the process of morphogenesis (read the article).
SoohooBME PhD student Elaine Soohoo, advised by Prof. Dennis Trumble has been selected to receive a Liang Ji-Dian Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $4000 to be applied to her tuition. This fellowship was created through the generosity of Liang Ji-Dian to help support the graduate studies of highly deserving CIT PhD students of Chinese heritage.
KainerstorferProf. Jana Kainerstorfer has been awarded a 3-year, NIH Trailblazer grant “Non-invasive intracranial pressure sensing with near infrared light for monitoring the healthy and diseased brain”. The grant is focused on measuring neuro-vascular coupling with combined electrical and optical recording in an animal model of hydrocephalus.
SoohooBME PhD student Elaine Soohoo, advised by Prof. Dennis Trumble has been selected as a 2018 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow to complete a 12-week program in Washington, D.C. at the National Academy of Sciences office.
Tony DiGioiaBME Department congratulates alum Anthony DiGioia M.D. (B.S. 1979, M.S. 1982), on the publication of his book entitled “The Patient Centered Value System: Transforming Healthcare through Co-Design”, in which he articulates on his long passion of teaming medical professionals with patients and family members to deliver integrated patient care.

ZhangFormer PhD student Jian Zhang, advised by Prof. Yu-li Wang, published a paper in Molecular Biology of the Cell, entitled “Centrosome defines the rear of cells during mesenchymal migration”. Challenging the conventional view that cell migration is steered at the front, the study suggests that centrosome, the organelle involved in setting the direction of cell migration, is positioned towards the rear where it sends signals to define the position of the tail of a migrating cell (read the paper).

CookProf. Keith Cook discussed his scientific advancement on the PBS show called SciTech Now! He developed an artificial lung that promises to provide needed long term respiratory support for patients waiting for a transplant. Please use this link to watch it.
2017 BMES ConferenceThe BME department had a strong presence at the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, which was attended by over 4,000 biomedical engineers. Along with giving 19 presentations, BME students and faculty sponsored a booth and hosted a dinner for prospective graduate students. It was our strongest conference presence ever, and we can’t wait for the 2018 Annual Meeting!
Biomaterials Day[view image]CMU students, Rei Ukita and Sahil Rastogi, won best podium presentation awards in two of the four presentation sessions. Read the news 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.
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).
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).

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Adam Cohen, PhD

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Physics
Harvard University


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
4:30–5:30 PM
Singleton room, Roberts Hall

All-optical electrophysiology: from mice to microbes

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Bin He


NEXTpittsburgh, an online magazine about people driving change in the region, published an impressive article about Professor Bin He, the new Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering, on his pioneering research on noninvasive neuroengineering techniques for dynamic brain imaging and noninvasive mind-controlled technology. Dr. He is excited to collaborate with top experts in engineering, robotics and artificial intelligence, and neuroscience here in Pittsburgh. Read full article here.

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BME PhD student Diane Nelson, advised by Prof. Keith Cook, is developing a method of emulsifying lung medications into oxygen-saturated perfluorocarbon liquid (PFC), allowing the liquid to fill the lungs and reach areas that inhaled medications could not–without impairing patients’ ability to breath (read the story).

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Alyssa Siefert


Alyssa Siefert, ChemE/BME, 2009, is currently the Engineering Co-Director for CBIT (Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology) at Yale University. In this role, she manages industry partnerships such as the Clinical Immersion Program with Medtronic, co-teaches a Medical Device Design class at Yale, organizes events like clinician pitch nights, and connects people and resources to launch biomedical innovation ideas.

Alyssa and her sisters also founded a company called “Science Pants” that stencils or graphs prints of microscopic organisms onto recycled fabrics to create fun active-wear.

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Jana Kainerstorfer


Assistant professor of BME, Jana Kainerstorfer, is recognized to be one of the leading women scientists taking down breast cancer. Prof. Kainerstorfer is developing a first-of-its-kind portable handheld device that can give doctors more information about breast lesions to figure out next steps for treatment (read the story).

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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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