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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).
2017 Happy HourLast week BME hosted a Graduate Students Christmas Party with White Elephant gift exchange. Funny gifts made the biggest splash at the party, but were not the most desirable items for swapping. Check out the spirit of this fun game here.
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.
PotluckLast week BME hosed a Thanksgiving potluck lunch where students, faculty and staff spent wonderful time together tasting delicious food and sharing plans and spirits for the coming Christmas holidays.
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 Apple PickingStop by to see the pictures from 2017 BME Apple Picking. BME students had lots of fun picking apples at Triple B's Farm. Happy faces, fabulous weather and bags full of apples! What a great way to spend a magnificent fall day!
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.
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.
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.

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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Frederick Epstein, PhD

Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Radiology
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904


Tuesday, February 20, 2018
4:30–5:30 PM
Doherty Hall A302

MRI in mouse models of heart disease

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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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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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