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.
Professor Bob Tilton delivered a keynote speech for the Surfactants and Detergents Program at the American Oil Chemists Society Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. The speech is about collaborative research with Professors Todd Przybycien and Steve Garoff on the effects of polymer-surfactant complexation on surface tension-driven flows at complex fluid interfaces.
BME Ph.D. student Diane Nelson won a Reviewers Choice Award for her abstract "In Vitro Evaluation of Lysophosphatidic Acid for use in Perfluoro-carbon-Based Pulmonary Delivery to Enhance Alveolar Repair Following Acute Lung Injury". The award allowed her to deliver a full-conference podium presentation at the Respiratory Drug Delivery Conference held on April 17-21 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Professor 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.
BME Ph.D. student Shinjini Kundu won the second place and Blue Martin was a finalist in this year's CMU Three Minute Thesis contest, an internationally recognized competition that challenges Ph.D. students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just 3 minutes (watch the video and read the news).
BME Associate Head Prof. Zapanta receives the 2016 Theo Pilkington Award from American Society for Engineering Education's Biomedical Engineering Division, for his significant contributions to biomedical engineering education as evidenced by the development of successful teaching programs, curricula, and publications.
BME student Eric Parigoris (BME and MechE '16) has received a Whitaker International Fellowship to go to ETH Zurich for a year of research. The Whitaker Fellowship sends emerging leaders in Biomedical Engineering overseas to advance their skill set and the larger profession (read the news).
Prof. Cohen-Karni received an NSF CAREER Award entitled "3D Nanosensors Array for Elucidating the Electrical Activity of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived Cardiomyocytes". The $500,000 grant is aimed to develop 3D nanosensors array for elucidating the electrical activity of induced pluripotent stem cells derived cardiomyocytes (see the announcement and read the news).
Molly Blank, Ph.D. 2016, has leveraged her thesis research to found a startup company PalpAid. Her innovative technology for tracking benign breast masses has been selected by the AlphaLab Gear, a national startup accelerator, as a finalist for its National Hardware Cup.
Team CMU won a Gold Award in the 2015 Giant Jamboree Competition of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM), with a project entitled "Biosensor Emission Analysis Machine". The team includes BME students Dominique Maccalla ('16) and Lei Mon Lu ('17). (read the news and see the poster).
Prof. Steve Chase and Prof. Byron Yu published a paper in eLife entitled "Internal models for interpreting neural population activity during sensorimotor control". Leveraging a brain-machine interface paradigm, the study examines neural population activities in the context of how prior briefs guide the transformation of sensory input into motor output (read the news and read the paper).
BME student Andreas Fatschel ('17) was named to the 2015 Academic All-America Division III Men's Soccer team, an honor given to student athletes with outstanding academic performance. Fatschel has a GPA of 3.95 (read the news).
The research of Prof. Chris Bettinger on ingestible medical devices is described in an recent article in Popular Science. While such devices have been on the market, e.g. for monitoring and diagnosing the GI track, Prof. Bettinger's research has addressed a major obstacle, a power source that is compatible with the body (read the article).
The Department of Biomedical Engineering welcomes Assistant Professor Jana Kainerstorfer, who has been a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University with an expertise in biomedical photonics, specifically the application of near IR diffuse optical imaging to detect brain functions and monitor diseases.