May 19, 2015
Graduate Student Awarded Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognitions (SFB STARs)
BME graduate student, Ayesha Aijaz, was awarded a Society of Biomaterials STAR award for her research at the 2015 SFB meeting. The Student Travel Achievement Recognitions (STARs) recognize research excellence and develop future leaders within our Society. Ayesha is advised by Professor Ronke Olabisi.
May 19, 2015
Rutgers NIH Biotechnology Training Program Renewed a Sixth Time
The Rutgers PhD Program in Biotechnology has been renewed by the NIH National Institutes of General Medical Sciences for a record sixth time (years 26-30). The 5-year award, totaling $1,987,080 provides 10 predoctoral fellowship awards per year. With matching university and industrial support, the program will be hosting 15 meritorious students annually, providing two years of financial support. The program draws its students and faculty from biomedical engineering, chemical and biochemical engineering, chemistry and chemical biology, and 10 different life science graduate programs. In addition to a summer industrial internship, students take 3 program-specific courses: "Topics in Advanced Biotechnology I and II", "Bioengineering in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries", and "Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology", led by experts from Rutgers and area companies. The overall aim of the program is to train a select group of creative young investigators and leaders who are able to translate basic science discoveries into technology developments for the needs of industry, government, and society. Professors Martin Yarmush and Anne Stock are the directors of the program.
May 18, 2015
BME Staff Robin Yarborough Nominated for Career Mentor of the Year Award
BME Department Administrator Robin Yarborough was one of 70 mentors nominated for the University Career Services "Career Mentor of the Year 2015" program. Robin was nominated because she gives exemplary career service and advice to students. The nomination came from BME class of 2015 undergraduate student Srinidhi Bellamkonda.
May 13, 2015
Professor Freeman Named Chancellor`s Scholar
BME Professor Joseph Freeman has been nominated and selected to be named as a Chancellor`s Scholar at Rutgers. The Chancellor`s Scholar initiative was created through the New Brunswick Strategic Plan to recognize truly outstanding and highly promising scholars at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. As a Chancellor`s Scholar, he will receive $5k towards his research account for innovative research initiatives and/or program development for up to five years.
May 11, 2015
Professor Li Invited as Renowned Speaker at 2015 World Neural Congress
BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li has been named a Renowned Speaker at the upcoming 6th Annual World Neural Congress to be held on May 22-24, 2015 in Hangzhou, China. The theme of the congress is "Explore the Deeper Biological Mysteries". Professor Li is invited to present his work in the Novel Neurotechnologies session on "Noninvasive Approach to Investigate Brain Hemodynamics and Oxygenation".
May 01, 2015
Student Awarded Douglass Residential College Challenge Award
BME graduating senior and new MS student Wilai Kosol has been selected for the Douglass Residential College Challenge Award which is given to a Douglass student who has taken risks and persevered in a challenging academic environment, a community service-oriented endeavor, or a co-curricular activity. She is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Honors Academy, the James J. Slade Scholars Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Upon graduation she will intern at Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, on one of its Research & Development teams before returning in the fall to complete her MS degree in BME. Wilai`s current research advisor is Professor Francois Berthiaume.
April 15, 2015
Graduate Student Work Featured in Symbolia Magazine
In late January-early February 2015, BME PhD student Maria Qadri had her research covered in a comic journalism feature for Symbolia Magazine. The series can be viewed publicly via the Pacific Standard Magazine online in a 3 part series covering Traumatic Brain Injury: http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/survive-thrive-quantified-self-big-data-health-care, Deep Brain Stimulation Research: http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/survive-thrive-health-data-diabetes-parkinsons, and Diabetes: http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/survive-thrive-health-data-diabetes-management-glucose. Maria is working in the laboratory of BME Professor William Craelius.
April 11, 2015
Cardiovascular Engineering Lab Student Won American Society of Hypertension Young Investigator Award
The American Society of Hypertension (ASH) has announced that Timothy Phan from BME`s Cardiovascular Engineering Lab is a recipient of the 2015 Young Investigator Travel Award. Tim will present "Integrating increased pulse wave velocity and reflections on late systolic ventricular loading and unloading" at the 30th ASH Annual Scientific Meeting on May 15 – 19, 2015 in New York City. Tim has been working under the direction of BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li.
April 10, 2015
Professor Roth to Receive One of the 2015 SoE Awards
BME/CBE Professor Charles Roth has been selected as the School of Engineering's (SoE) 2015 Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award recipient. This award recognizes the special achievements and contributions of its dedicated faculty members. The formal recognition will be confirmed at the Medal of Excellence Dinner in Fall of 2015. Our sincere congratulations to Professor Roth.
April 08, 2015
Graduate Student Awarded Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowship
BME graduate student, Ayesha Aijaz, has been awarded a 1-year, Schlumberger Foundation "Faculty for the Future" Fellowship to pursue PhD studies on developing a cell-based therapy for chronic and acute wounds. The Schlumberger Foundation through this program supports women scientists from developing countries to strengthen the teaching and research faculties of their home institutions. Ayesha is advised by Professor Ronke Olabisi.
April 02, 2015
BME Junior Awarded a Goldwater Scholarship
BME junior Varun Arvind was one of 260 recipients nationwide, and the only engineering student from New Jersey to be awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2015. This national scholarship honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, and is the highest undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 118 Marshall Awards, 110 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships. Varun works under the guidance of Professor Prabhas Moghe.
March 25, 2015
Graduate Student Wins P.E.O. Scholar Award
BME PhD student Kathryn Drzewiecki has recently been awarded a $15k P.E.O (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Scholar Award. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is interested in bringing increased opportunities for higher education to women. The P.E.O. Scholar Award was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. Kathryn`s research involves developing a technique for free-form fabrication of soft tissues using a photocrosslinkable, thermoreversible collagen-based biomaterial. Kathryn is advised by Dr. David Shreiber.
March 04, 2015
Graduate Student Awarded 2-Year NJCCR Fellowship
Michelle Sempkowski, a BME PhD student, has been awarded a 2-year, $50,000 fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Michelle is currently studying a new binding geometry on liposomes that has the potential to selectively and effectively target and kill cancer cells with low or too low receptor expression. Michelle is advised by Dr. Stavroula Sofou.
February 24, 2015
Professors Roth and Devore Issued Patent
A patent entitled "Graft Polymers for Enhanced Intracellular Delivery of Antisense Molecules" was issued to Professors Charles Roth (BME/CBE Departments) and David Devore (NJ Center for Biomaterials). The invention is based on the development of a graft copolymer that protects antisense oligonucleotides from systemic degradation, mediates their entry into cells, and reroutes them within cells to their targets. Applications in cancer and wound healing are under development.
February 24, 2015
Professors Roth, Uhrich and Team Issued Patent
A patent entitled "Amphiphilic Macromolecules for Nucleic Acid Delivery" was issued recently to Professors Kathryn Uhrich (CCB), Charles Roth (BME/CBE), along with former Ph.D. students Sarah Sparks, Alex Harmon, Li Gu (all CCB) and Carolyn Federici (CBE). The invention is based on the design and synthesis of novel macromolecular architectures with tunable domains for sequestration of nucleic acids and for cellular entry.
February 19, 2015
BME Undergraduate Receives LSAMP Research Funding
Shivani Patel (class of 2016) received $1,400 from LSAMP research funding (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) for the Spring 2015 semester.
Shivani Patel works in Dr. Li Cai`s laboratory on a project named "Analysis of Gene Expression in Cells Derived from Autism Patients".
February 09, 2015
Patent Issued to Professor Yarmush
A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush entitled, "Elastin based growth factor delivery platform for wound healing and regeneration" (Patent number 8940868). The invention is based on the development of a potent growth factor delivery system by creating a fusion polypeptide that includes two portions: a growth factor protein and an elastin-like peptide set of repeats. The chimeric protein produced is administered directly to a wound site as a nanoparticle accelerating recovery.
February 05, 2015
Professor Zahn and Colleagues Receive NIH NIDA-CEBRA Award
BME faculty member Jeffrey Zahn , Ron Hart from CBN and Zhiping Pang from Neuroscience & Cell Biology /The Child Health Institute of NJ have received an NIH The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) R21 grant entitled "High throughput multicompartment culture chambers to develop neurocircuit models of addiction risk". The grant is $383,873 over 2 years.
February 05, 2015
Professor Androulakis Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows
Professor Ioannis (Yannis) Androulakis of Rutgers University, has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. AIMBE`s College of Fellows consists of outstanding leaders, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators in medical and biological engineering. The induction of the Class of 2015 AIMBE Fellows will take place on Monday, March 16th, at the National Academy of Sciences.
February 02, 2015
Professor Yarmush`s Work Featured in NIH Newsletter
The lead article in the February 2015 NIH News in Health newsletter, "Fixing Flawed Body Parts: Engineering New Tissues and Organs", describes the work of several leading NIH supported tissue engineering investigators nationwide. In the article, Professor Yarmush`s work on organ decellularization/recellularization is described, as well as his efforts to revitalize non-transplantable organs to make them transplantable. The full newsletter can be found at http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/
January 26, 2015
BME Work Study Student Received University Recognition Award
Shernelle Pringle, a work-study student at BME for more than two years was recognized for her outstanding work at the 2014 Rutgers Student Employee of the Year Celebration. She was awarded a certificate of nomination, one of 31 out of 10,000 employees at Rutgers according to Cynthia Meekins, Director of the Department of Student Employment. Shernelle`s work at BME on cardiovascular diagnosis was presented at the 5th Annual Garden State- LSAMP STEM Research Conference as a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar. Her supervisor is BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li.
December 12, 2014
Patent Issued to Professor Yarmush and Colleagues
A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush, Eric Wallenstein, and Rene Schloss entitled, "Media Conditioning for Improving Gene Delivery Efficiency To Differentiating Embryonic Stem Cells". The invention provides systems and methods for improving the efficiency of transient gene delivery to differentiating embryonic stem cells by serum starvation. Dr. Eric Wallenstein graduated from Rutgers BME with a PhD in 2008 under Professor Yarmush`s supervision, and currently works as a Principal Scientist at Merck.
November 11, 2014
BME Students in Cardiovascular Engineering Lab Won Aresty Research Assistantships for 2014-2015
Three BME students from the Cardiovascular Engineering Lab won Aresty undergraduate research assistantships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Jeanette Caronia is working on Emerging Cardiovascular Technology, Priya Mohan is working on Model-based Hypertension Diagnosis and Amara Colonia is working on New Approaches to Monitoring Stenosis and Hypertension. Their mentor is BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li.
November 10, 2014
BME Undergraduate Students Receive Aresty Awards for Fall 2014
The following BME undergraduate students were recently awarded grants for their undergraduate research with BME faculty:
1) Christopher Bargoud working with Professor William Craelius on "Brain-Controlled Dexterous Upper Extremity Prosthesis"
2) Robert Battikha working with Professor Jeffrey Zahn on "Graded Spinal Cord Injury in Microfluidic Platform"
3) Emma Fleisher working with Professor Joseph Freeman on "Optimization of Braided Ligament Scaffold Mechanics"
4) Alexander Gorshkov working with Dr. Timothy Maguire on "The Design And Implementation Of A Rapid Blood Fractionation System For Integration With An Automated Venipuncture Device"
5) Paul Lee working with Professor Jeffrey Zahn on "Microfluidic Device For Neuron Maturation And Observation"
6) Jennifer McHale working with Dr. Timothy Maguire on "The Development of Anaesthetic Drug Release Hydrogel for Implementation with and Automated Venipuncture Device"
7) Marco Mingozzi working with Professor Mark Pierce on "Low Cost Computer-aided Automatic Malaria Diagnosis Technique Using Customized Raspberry Pi Microscopy"
8) Ian Reucroft working with Professor David Shreiber on "Fabrication Of Highly Aligned Scaffolds From Self-Assembled Fibrillar Collagen Gels"
9) Caresse Simmonds working with Professor Joseph Freeman on "Scaffold Building for Interface Tissue Engineering"
10) Subha Srikanth working with Dr. Timothy Maguire on "Developing Improved Vein Imaging Devices for Difficult Venous Access"
11) Joseph Vavra working with Professor Jeffrey Zahn on "Red Blood Cell Deformation and Indexing via Varying Geometric Channels and Flow Resistance"
October 29, 2014
Graduate Student Chris Lowe Wins Best Poster at BMES
BME PhD Graduate Student Christopher Lowe was awarded the Bioconjugate Chemistry (BC) Best Poster at the BMES Annual Meeting in San Antonio Texas during October 22-25, 2014. Associate Editor Erin Lavik from BC evaluated 60 posters and Chris was one of 3 graduate students from all other BME programs to win. Chris`s poster was on "Fabricating Highly Aligned Collagen Sponges From Self-Assembled, Fibrillar Collagen Gels" and he is advised by Professor David Shreiber. Other Rutgers BME students selected were undergraduate senior Shiv Mistry and Graduate student Kathryn Drzewiecki.
October 16, 2014
Professor John Li Elected IEEE Princeton Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chair
BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Region I Princeton-Central Jersey Section. He will take on the role of Chairman of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB-18) Chapter with Vice Chair Dr. Wenyu Wei from GE Healthcare and Co-Vice Chair Dr. Brett BuSha from the College of New Jersey. EMB serves the biomedical engineering community, medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, promoting professional interactions and STEM education.
October 15, 2014
Dr. Serom Lee Wins Best Poster
Recent BME PhD graduate, Dr. Serom Lee, was awarded first prize in the poster competition at the Innovations in Dermatological Sciences 2014 Conference held at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ on October 8. Posters were peer-reviewed by members of a distinguished Poster Committee based on originality, significance, quality, and clarity. For her poster entitled, "In Vitro Method to Identify Skin Sensitizers", Serom was awarded a $1000 cash prize and a one year membership to the Controlled Release Society. Serom is mentored by Professors Martin Yarmush and Rene Schloss.
October 08, 2014
Professor John Li Invited to Serve as Associate Editor for IEEE
BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li was invited to serve as an Associate Editor for the publication of the 2014 Proceedings of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International Conference with more than 2000 papers. EMBS held its most recent international conference in Chicago. Professor Li is responsible for reviews and contributes to session organization in cardiac mechanics, hemodynamics, heart valves and cardiac assist devices. Accepted papers are published and accessible online via IEEE Xplore.
September 22, 2014
Rutgers Team Receives a $2M NIH Grant for Graduate and Postgraduate Training
A team of Rutgers faculty led by Professor Martin Yarmush is one of seven new groups in the country selected by the NIH to receive this year`s BEST Award – a 5-year $2 million grant designed to expose many of the university`s most promising biomedical sciences graduate trainees to career opportunities that go beyond the academic path that they have traditionally taken. The award funds development of the Rutgers Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists (iJOBs) program, which includes courses, seminars, shadowing, mentoring and networking activities to better prepare doctoral students and postdoctoral scientists for a broad spectrum of careers within the biomedical science and engineering ecosystem, including those with established companies, government agencies, entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofit institutions. The university`s successful application to participate in BEST, which stands for Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training, was submitted jointly by the Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies (CIVET) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Joining the Principal Investigators, Martin Yarmush and James Millonig, senior associate dean of GSBS, in leading the implementation are Susan Engelhardt, executive director of CIVET; Stephen Garrett, assistant dean of curriculum at GSBS; Janet Alder, director of graduate academic and student affairs at GSBS; and François Berthiaume, research coordinator of CIVET and associate professor of biomedical engineering. A more extensive university press release can be found here: http://news.rutgers.edu/news/rutgers-receives-2-million-grant-prepare-top-biomedical-students-greater-roles-industry/20140921#.VCAtChZtzWJ
September 15, 2014
BME Graduate Students Receive FASEB/MARC Travel Awards
BME Graduate Students Antoinette Nelson and Brittany Taylor were selected as recipients of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)/ Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) travel award to attend the 2014 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring Workshop in Atlanta, GA. The purpose of the conference is to provide scholars with the skills necessary to succeed in their graduate studies and to prepare them for successful careers as faculty members within academia. Brittany works in the laboratory of professor Joseph Freeman in BME and Antoinette works with professor Patrick Sinko in Pharmacy.
September 15, 2014
BME Graduate Student ReceivesTravel Award for BMES Conference
BME Graduate Student Brittany Taylor received the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)/ Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) travel award to attend the BMES 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. The MARC program Travel Award is a component of a Federal Grant from the Minority Access to Research Careers Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The award covers all the expenses for Brittany to attend the conference. Brittany works in Professor Joseph Freeman`s laboratory.
September 11, 2014
Professor Olabisi Wins Best Poster
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosted this year's Frontiers in Bioengineering Symposium, which included speakers who are luminaries in bioengineering and related fields. As part of the program, The University of Illinois hosted a poster session to highlight outstanding young investigators at that event. Assistant Professor Ronke Olabisi won a Best Poster Award for her poster entitled "Tissue Engineering Using Synthetic Materials and Cues from Nature."
September 09, 2014
Yarmush Awarded 3-Year $5.8M Grant from NIH
Professor Martin Yarmush and collaborators at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded a 3-year, $5.7M UH3 grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the NIH for a project entitled, "A 3-D Biomimetic Liver Sinusoid Construct for Predicting Physiology and Toxicity". This project, which includes investigators from Johns Hopkins, Baylor College of Medicine and Vanderbilt, is continuation funding to 1) construct a microfluidic liver module which mimics the functions and responses of the human liver, and 2) to integrate this module with other organ compartments. This grant is part of "The Tissue Chip for Drug Screening Initiative", the first interagency collaboration launched by NCATS, which aims to develop 3-D human tissue chips that accurately model the structure and function of human organs, such as the lung, liver and heart.
September 02, 2014
Professor Yarmush Featured in "International Innovation"
An article describing Professor Martin Yarmush`s contributions to many areas of bioengineering and biotechnology appeared in the August 2014 issue of the e-journal, International Innovation. In an accompanying interview, Professor Yarmush discusses the benefits of his unique and diverse educational background, and highlights some of his most significant innovations.The article can be found at the following address: http://digimag.internationalinnovation.com//launch.aspx?eid=97c910d3-7051-49b9-8bd5-b5ba7b5b5c11&pnum=58
August 11, 2014
Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering Ranked No. 1 again by ISI
For over a decade, articles in the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering (ARBME) were cited more often than papers in any of its peer journals, according to ISI`s 2013 Journal Citation Report, giving it the highest Impact Factor in its peer group. The ARBME had a 2013 Impact Factor of 12.450 placing it #1 in the category "Engineering, Biomedical," of 75 journals, and #3 among all engineering journals (905 in total). Professor Martin Yarmush serves as the founding editor-in-chief of the ARBME which published its first volume in 1999.
July 29, 2014
Organ Storage Breakthrough from the Yarmush Lab Published in Nature Medicine
Research performed in Professor Martin Yarmush`s lab at Rutgers University and Massachusetts General Hospital has yielded a novel strategy to extend the time for liver storage. By using a combination of supercooling (subzero nonfreezing preservation) and extracorporeal machine perfusion, the group was able to transplant rat livers which had been preserved for up to four days – four times the traditional viable preservation period. The study was published in the July issue of Nature Medicine. For more information, the reader should consult the full publication: Nature Medicine 2014; 20: 790–793.
July 21, 2014
Freeman Team Awarded NSF Grant
Professor Joseph Freeman, director of the MOTR (Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration) Laboratory, just received a 3 year award from the NSF for the project entitled, "Microelectronically Stimulating and Actuating Nanofibers for Muscle Replacement and Regeneration". In this project Professor Freeman and Co-PI Dr. Laleh Najafizadeh, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will design and fabricate implantable, degradable devices to functionally replace muscle and regenerate new muscle tissue.
July 21, 2014
BME and MAE Faculty Collaborate on NSF Award for Instrumentation Development
BME faculty David Shreiber and Jeffrey Zahn and MAE faculty Hao Lin and Jerry Shan have been awarded an Instrumentation Development for Biological Research (IDBR) grant from the NSF for $425k. The team is developing a lab-on-a-chip device for automated, single-cell electroporation. The award is co-funded with the Nano-Biosensing program in CBET (Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems).
July 18, 2014
Professor Yarmush Honored With The 2015 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award
BMES Board of Directors has selected Professor Martin Yarmush as the recipient of the 2015 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award. The BMES Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Award is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. The award lecture is schedule for October 7, 2015 at the BMES Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL.
May 17, 2014
Professor Moghe and Team are awarded US Patent for Tissue Matrix Engineering and Nanomedicine
Professor Prabhas Moghe (CBE/BME) and Rutgers co-inventors were granted Patent Number 8,715,718 entitled "Extracellular Matrix Production from Nanoscale Substrate" on May 6, 2014. Other co-inventors include his lab alumni, including CBE graduate student, Dr. Ram Sharma (currently faculty at University of Bath, UK) and his T32 postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Marian Pereira Guelakis (currently Senior Scientist, Skin R&D, Unilever).
May 07, 2014
BME Sophomore Awarded Summer Fellowship
BME sophomore Mahir Mohiuddin was offered a New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship, sponsored by NASA. NJSGC awards summer fellowships for undergraduate students in New Jersey universities to conduct research in space sciences at NJ universities or industry. The fellowship will award Mahir $4k and require him to attend a conference at the end of the summer to present his research. Mahir is a member of Dr. Joseph Freeman`s laboratory and he will be investigating wound healing response under various physiological conditions.
May 05, 2014
Rutgers Team Receives a $2.2M NIH R01 Grant for Next Generation Nanoprobes for Biomedical Imaging
Rutgers bioengineers led by Professor Prabhas Moghe (BME/CBE) were awarded a $2.2 M R01 grant entitled "RARE EARTH NANOPROBES FOR OPTICAL IMAGING AND DISEASE TRACKING" by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The other key faculty on the team include multi-PIs, Charles Roth (CBE/BME) and Richard Riman (MSE), Vidya Ganapathy (BME), and collaborators, Mark Pierce (BME) and Shridar Ganesan (CINJ).
May 02, 2014
Boustany Receives NJCBIR Grant
Professor Nada Boustany in BME has just been awarded a 2-year $180k pilot research grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJCBIR) for her work involving "Quantifying the Structure-Function Relationship of Neurons Following Mechanical Injury & Repair".
April 29, 2014
Graduate Student Awarded NJCBIR Fellowship
Christopher Lowe, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded a 3-year, $100,000 fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJCBIR). Chris aims to improve neural cell survival and regeneration following injury using biomaterials that include different peptide fragments of BDNF. Chris is advised by Dr. David Shreiber.
April 28, 2014
BME Senior Awarded Fellowship
BME senior Michael Medini was offered the NASA sponsored New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship. The NJSGC was established in 1991 by a grant from NASA. The objectives of the Consortium are to develop programs to further space science, aerospace and general STEM education, as well as to foster research and development in New Jersey. The fellowship awards $4,000 per student and requires that students attend a fellowship conference at the end of the summer to present their research. Michael works in the laboratory of Professor Ronke Olabisi where they investigate bone tissue engineering, which is a NASA research priority since bone is resorbed in space.
April 28, 2014
Pierce Receives 2013-2014 EGC BME-UG Teaching Excellence Award
Professor Mark Pierce has been awarded the annual Engineering Governing Council (EGC) BME Teaching Excellence Award. This award is given out to a professor in each department who the students feel have done an excellent job in teaching this past academic year 2013-14. This award was given at the annual EGC Leadership Conference on April 27th.
April 22, 2014
Recent Graduate Student Wins Outstanding Student Award
Recent BME graduate student, Jeremy Scheff, was just awarded the School of Engineering`s Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2014. This award features students who have finished with a significant number of published papers, previous awards, and/or conference presentations. Jeremy will be given a certificate, an award prize and have VIP seating at the SoE Convocation on May 18th in High Point Solution Stadium on Busch Campus. Jeremy was advised by Professor Yannis Androulakis in BME and he received his PhD in October 2013.
April 07, 2014
BME Faculty Members Promotion and Reappointment
Faculty promotions and reappointment have been announced. The Rutgers Board of Governors has approved promotions of Professors Ioannis (Yannis) Androulakis and David Shreiber to Professor rank effective July 1, 2014. Also, Professor Mark Pierce's reappointment as an Assistant Professor for next three years has been approved.
Our heartiest Congratulations to all.
April 02, 2014
BME Graduate Student Wins Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Melissa Przyborowski Olekson has been awarded a 1-year, $48,000 National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award to carry her proposed project "Biofilms Impaired Wound Healing" at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, TX. Melissa is advised by Professor Francois Berthiaume.
March 31, 2014
Agnes Yeboah Awarded "Faculty for the Future" Fellowship
Graduate student, Agnes Yeboah, was awarded a 1-year, Schlumberger Foundation "Faculty for the Future" Fellowship to complete her PhD studies on developing an enhanced nanoparticle-based wound healing therapy. This program, now in its tenth year, supports women scientists from developing countries through grants to enable them to pursue PhDs and postdoctoral studies in scientific and engineering disciplines at leading universities worldwide. Agnes is advised by Professor Martin Yarmush.
March 21, 2014
Alvin Chen Awarded NIH F31 Grant
BME graduate student, Alvin Chen, was awarded a 2-year, $66,230, NIH F31 Predoctoral Fellowship to support his PhD dissertation project entitled, "A Low-Cost Compact and Portable Robot for Autonomous Intravenous Access using Near Infrared and Tactile Image Guidance". Alvin is leading a team of students developing a portable and lightweight autonomous medical robot that combines 3D near-infrared vein imaging and computer vision software to perform blood draws and other IV procedures for situations where medical professionals are unable to successfully access the veins. Alvin is advised by Professors Martin Yarmush and Tim Maguire.
March 20, 2014
Yarmush Receives Grant Supplement from NIH
Professor Martin Yarmush and collaborators at the University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University have been awarded a 1-year, $176,000 supplement to their parent grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) for a project entitled, "A 3-D Biomimetic Liver Sinusoid Construct for Predicting Physiology and Toxicity". The goal of this project is to construct a microfluidic liver module which mimics the functions and responses of the human liver, with readouts designed to indicate both normal liver function and toxic responses. The supplement provides additional support for integrating the liver-on-a chip platform with Vanderbilt`s pumping, controller, integrated casing and electrochemistry technologies.
March 19, 2014
4 BME Undergrads in the Yarmush/Maguire Lab Won Aresty Grants
Four BME undergraduate students recently won Aresty Awards for their work on the venipuncture robot under the guidance of BME graduate students Alvin Chen and Max Balter in the Martin Yarmush and Timothy Maguire laboratories. Their names and projects are:
1. Anish Vaghela - "Real-time needle segmentation in 2D B-mode ultrasound images for autonomous venipuncture"
2. Jonathon Sparrow-Hood - "Robotic end effector for an automated venipuncture system"
3. Narasimha Kuchimanchi - "Blood flow detection and quantification in 2D ultrasound acoustic imaging"
4. Dhananjay Tanikella - "Real-time vessel segmentation and tracking in 2D B-mode ultrasound images"
March 13, 2014
BME Graduate Student Wins Bevier Award for 2014-2015
BME PhD Student Ana Rodriguez has been awarded a Louis A. Bevier Graduate Fellowship for 2014-2015. This is a Graduate School of New Brunswick prestigious fellowship given to advanced PhD students working towards finishing their dissertations. Ana works in the laboratory of Professor Bonnie Firestein.
March 13, 2014
BME Graduate Student Honored by Wound Healing Society
BME PhD Student Melissa Przyborowski Olekson has been awarded a Wound Healing Research Scholarship by the Wound Healing Society to attend the Spring 2014 Symposium on Advanced Wound Care. Her presentation abstract entitled "STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING GROWTH FACTOR FUNCTION IN DIABETIC WOUNDS", was ranked as the best submitted in the research category. Melissa is advised by Professor Francois Berthiaume.
March 12, 2014
Professor Troy Shinbrot's research on "earthquake lights" receives international coverage
Prof. Troy Shinbrot's research into electrostatics in powder flows has been covered by the BBC, Washington Post and other international news outlets including Russia, China, Austria, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Chile, Indonesia, Romania, Uruguay and Peru. This research was initiated as a study of mixing of pharmaceutical powders, and has now been extended to demonstrate a new possible explanation for earthquake lights: lightning flashes that precede some large earthquakes.
March 12, 2014
BME undergraduate and Honors Academy member receives Aresty Award
BME undergraduate and Honors Academy member Shaili Tanna was awarded an Aresty Research Fellowship for her project, "The Effect of HIF 2-alpha silencing on glioma stem cells", under the direction of Professor Charles Roth.
March 07, 2014
BME Graduate Student Wins Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
BME graduate student Serom Lee was awarded a one-year $40,000 postdoctoral fellowship grant from the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR). Serom`s research is focused on developing a microfabricated in vitro alternative to animal testing to screen skin sensitizers. Her proposal was acknowledged for its commitment to scientifically superior, more humane non-animal research and the promise it holds for science, animal well-being and human health. Serom is advised by Professors Martin Yarmush and Rene Schloss.
March 05, 2014
BME Undergraduate Students Receive Aresty Awards for Spring 2014
Two BME undergraduate students were awarded Aresty grants for their work. Nikhil Agarwal on "Gene Expression Analysis of Central Nervous System Injury" and Neda Kabi on "A cis-element in the Notch1 Locus Regulated Gene Expression in Retinal Cells". Both of them are working under the guidance of Professor Li Cai.
February 20, 2014
Graduate Student Wins Best Poster at J&J 2014 Engineering Showcase
BME graduate student Corina White won "Best Graduate Poster" with her poster titled "Retinal Tissue Engineering Using Cell-Responsive Poly(ethylene) Glycol Hydrogel Scaffolds" at the J&J 2014 Engineering Showcase. This was at J&J Headquarters in New Brunswick on February 19th for Engineers Week. 8 students were chosen from Rutgers-SoE and only select posters were presented from Rutgers, Stevens Institute and NJIT. Corina is advised by Professor Ronke Olabisi in BME.
February 19, 2014
BME Graduate Student Nominated for CASE Workshop
BME graduate student Maria Qadri is one of two nominees from Rutgers to attend the "Student Workshop on Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE)" in Washington DC from March 31-April 2. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a coalition of science and engineering societies and higher education associations including the AAU, has created an exciting new opportunity for graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and interacting with federal policy makers. It will also provide an opportunity for Rutgers to meet with Members of Congress and to describe the important relationships between graduate education and federal research support.
February 17, 2014
Research Performed by BME Graduate Students Spotlighted
Research performed by BME graduate students Nir Nativ, Alvin Chen, and Gabriel Yarmush on a new automated method for monitoring the state of steatotic livers was featured on the February cover of the journal Liver Transplantation. The key finding of the paper is that a combination of lipid droplet size and lipid droplet nuclear dislocation significantly improves the ability to separate small droplet versus large droplet steatosis. This study is a first step towards standardizing pathologists` scores among different medical centers, which will help in the overall process of determining graft transplantability. The full paper describing this work can be found in the Liver Transplantation 2014; 20: 228-236. The work was supervised by Professors Martin Yarmush and Francois Berthiaume.
February 12, 2014
Professor Olabisi will present before the US Department of State.
Prof. Ronke Olabisi has been invited by the US Department of State to speak on Monday, March 24, 2014 at an event entitled "Showcasing the Bioeconomy". The event is co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of State and it aims to engage industry executives, diplomats and government officials in a dialogue on opportunity in areas comprising the global bioeconomy: agricultural, biomedical and industrial biotechnologies.
February 10, 2014
John Li Appointed as Associate Editor of IEEE
BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li has been appointed an Associate Editor for the publication of the Proceedings of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International Conference. EMBS is the largest international society for biomedical engineers and held its 2013 conference in Osaka, Japan. Professor Li is responsible for reviews in hemodynamics, cardiac mechanics, prosthetic heart valves and cardiac assist devices. Accepted papers are published and accessible online in IEEE Xplore.
February 06, 2014
Research Performed by Nir Nativ and Gabriel Yarmush Spotlighted
Research performed by BME graduate students Nir Nativ and Gabriel Yarmush on "methodology to defat steatotic (fatty) hepatocytes" was featured on the December 2013 cover of the Journal of Hepatology. The paper described a novel macrosteatotic hepatocyte culture system and the use of this system to explore the impact of accelerated macrosteatosis reduction on cell viability and the recovery of cell function. The motivation for the work is that macrosteatotic livers generally fail to transplant and are thus discarded from the donor pool. The full paper describing this work can be found in the Journal of Hepatology 2013;
59: 1307--1314. The work was supervised by Professors Martin Yarmush and Francois Berthiaume.*
November 14, 2013
BME Undergraduate Students Receive Aresty Awards for Fall 2013
The following BME undergraduate students were recently awarded grants for their work with BME faculty:
1) Jay Shah working with Professor Joseph Freeman on "Tubular, Nanofibrous Scaffold or Muscle Tissue Engineering"
2) Joseph Vavra working with Professor Jeffrey Zahn on "Investigation of Cellular Mechanics by Deformation of Cells in a Microfluidic Channel with Varying Resistivity"
3) Eamon Collins working with Professor Jeffrey Zahn on "Application of Electrowetting to Magnetic Bead Droplet Ejection in a Microfluidic Immunoassay Device"
4) Fady Khalla working with Professor John Li on "Novel Noninvasive Vascular Stiffness Monitor for Hypertension"
5) Rebecca Wenokor working with Professor Jeffrey Zahn on "Mechanical Testing of Parylene-C Intracortical Probes"
6) Davina Perera working with Professor Mark Pierce on "Low-Cost Mobile Microscopy for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases in Low-Resource Areas"
7) Joshua Hogate working with Professor David Shreiber on "Investigation of Acupuncture Needling Mechanotransduction"
8) Lucas Santos working with Dr. Timothy Maguire on "In situ metabolic flux analysis to quantify the liver metabolic response to macrosteatosis and defatting"
9) Christine Sahyoun working with Professor Joseph Freeman on "Load-Bearing Scaffold for Bone Tissue Engineering"
November 12, 2013
Troy Shinbrot appointed as Lead Editor of a new APS Journal - Physical Review Applied.
Professor Troy Shinbrot has been appointed as a Lead Editor of Physical Review Applied, a new APS journal to commence publication in 2014. Physical Review Applied will publish the highest quality research across all aspects of experimental and theoretical applications of physics, including their interactions with other sciences, engineering, and industry.
October 24, 2013
Yarmush Listed Among Top 20 Translational Researchers
Professor Martin Yarmush was recently listed among the top 20 translational researchers in 2012. In a listing of patents associated with individual researchers, Professor Yarmush was ranked 13th with a total of 13 patents. The brief article can be found in Nature Biotechnology, Volume 31, Page 784, 2013.
September 30, 2013
BME Graduate Student Wins Awards from American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Congratulations to Edek Williams, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, who is a recipient of a travel award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology`s (FASEB) Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program. The award covers all expenses for Edek to attend the annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). In addition (and separate from the travel award) Edek`s submitted abstract was chosen for presentation in the ASBMR President`s Award Competition. This competition highlights the highest ranking young investigator ASBMR abstracts as selected by the Program Committee to be presented in the poster sessions. A combined abstract and poster score based only on scientific merits will determine the winner. The poster is titled, Relationships between Cortical Bone Quality and Serum FGF23 in Growing Mice Challenged by Low Calcium and High Fructose in the Diet. Edek is advised by Professor Chris Fritton at the NJMS in Newark and co-advised by Professor in BME.
August 13, 2013
Patent issued to Professor Yarmush and colleagues
A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush, Deepak Nagrath, and Marco Avila-Elchiver entitled, "Designing synthetic biological circuits using optimality and nonequilibrium thermodynamics"(US Patent # 8,504,948). The invention describes a method for designing biological circuits using the lowest specific dissipation energy (SDE) as a major determinant of feasibility.
August 09, 2013
Five BME Graduate Students Receive Conference Travel Awards
Five BME PhD students have received conference travel funds from the Graduate School of NB to help defray some of the costs: Neal Bennett, Kathryn Drzewiecki, Kate Fitzgerald, Edek Williams and Jack Zheng
The conferences are for ASME, BMES, Annual Meeting for the American Society of Biomechanics and MicroTAS.
July 15, 2013
BME Faculty wins a 2013 Busch Biomedical Grant
Professor Ronke Olabisi has been awarded a $50K, 2 year grant from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund to work with fellow BME faculty member Professor Joseph Freeman combining hydrogels and nanofibers for functional muscle scaffolds capable of contraction and muscle regeneration.
July 15, 2013
BME Faculty wins a 2013 Busch Biomedical Grant
Professor Francois Berthiaume has been awarded a $25K, 2 year grant from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund to work with fellow BME faculty member Professor Martin Yarmush to develop novel mesenchymal stromal cell-based bandages for wound healing. This work is currently being performed by BME graduate student Renea Faulknor.
June 14, 2013
BME alumnus Dr. Greg Russotti to receive School of Engineering Award.
One of our very active BME alumnus Dr. Greg Russotti has been selected to receive the 2013 School of Engineering's Distinguished Alumnus in Education and Research Award. This award honors alumni of the School of Engineering whose achievements in the areas of research and education have significantly contributed to the advancement of new technologies. Greg's accomplishments in cell therapy bioprocessing and service to BME and CBE departments, have demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication. All award recipients will receive their awards at a gala dinner to be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 on the Busch campus.
June 07, 2013
Patent issued to Professors Yarmush, Maguire, and Schloss
A patent was issued to Professors Martin Yarmush, Tim Maguire and Rene Schloss entitled, "Alginate polyelectrolyte encapsulation of embryonic stem (ES) cells" (US Patent # 8,435,787). The invention describes an alginate polyelectrolyte encapsulation system in which the encapsulated ES cells are capable of differentiating into hepatocyte lineage cells in the absence of embryoid body intermediates or growth factor supplementation.
June 03, 2013
BME Graduate Student Andrea Gray Wins in NSF IGERT Competition
PhD candidate Andrea Gray is one of 25 winners in the 2013 NSF IGERT Video and Poster Competition. Andrea presented her research on "Maximizing the Therapeutic Potential of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells".
The competition consisted of 124 submissions from 119 different IGERT programs. Students submitted a short video and a technical poster describing their interdisciplinary research. Winners will attend an awards ceremony at the NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA on June 11 and receive a cash prize of $2000. Andrea was advised by her IGERT advisors including Drs. Martin Yarmush, Debabrata Banerjee, Tim Maguire, and Rene Schloss.
May 14, 2013
BME Graduate Alumni PhD Student Wins SoE Award
PhD alumni Dr. Shirley Masand is one of 3 who has been awarded the SoE Outstanding Student Award. The award will be given to outstanding Ph.D. students in engineering graduate programs at Rutgers. The award consists of a plaque, a check ($1,000), as well as recognition at the SoE commencement ceremony. Shirley received her PhD in January 2013 and was advised by Dr. David Shreiber .
May 10, 2013
BME-UMDNJ Researchers Test Potentially Lifesaving Tool for Detecting Schizophrenia
Thomas Papathomas, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the university's Laboratory for Vision Research, and his colleague Prof. Steven Silverstein from UMDNJ has developed a three-dimensional illusion may represent a breakthrough in diagnosing schizophrenia. http://www.rutgers.edu/news-center/rutgers-today
May 06, 2013
BME Student wins 2013 Aresty Best Poster Award
BME junior Srivathsan Babu Prabu won the best poster award for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields for his poster entitled, "A Novel Method to Quantify Levels of Macrosteatosis in Histology Images of the Liver". The poster describes a novel automated nondestructive quantitative image analysis method for quantifying lipid droplet size distribution in individual cells. Sri's research is supervised by Professors Tim Maguire, Martin Yarmush and Francois Berthaiume.
May 02, 2013
BME Faculty wins grant from NJCBIR
Professor William Craelius has been awarded a $539K, 3 year grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJCBIR) to study , "Continuous monitoring of hemodynamic autoregulatory factors after traumatic brain injury." Co-Investigator on the project is Dr. Shabbar Danish, a Rutgers Alumnus (1997) who is Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at UMDNJ. The project seeks to develop a useful metric for predicting intra-cranial hypertension in order to improve therapeutic outcomes for traumatic brain injury (TBI).
April 30, 2013
Graduate Student Awarded NJBIR Fellowship
BME Ph.D Student Kate Fitzgerald has been awarded a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJBCIR) Fellowship for 3 years totaling $100k. The title of the project is "The Neuroprotective Effects of BDNF after TBI" which relates to secondary effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Kate works in the laboratory of Professor Bonnie Firestein.
April 26, 2013
Choi Receives EGC BME-UG Teaching Excellency Award
Professor Jennifer Choi has been awarded the annual Engineering Governing Council (EGC) BME Teaching Excellency Award.This award is given out to a professor in each department who the students feel have done an excellent job in teaching this past academic year 2012-13. This award will be given at the annual EGC Leadership Conference on April 28th.
April 24, 2013
BME Faculty Prof. Stavroula Sofou is Promoted Effective July 2013
The Rutgers Board of Governors has approved the promotion of Professor Stavroula Sofou to Associate Professor with Tenure effective July 1, 2013. In addition, Prof. Sofou has been awarded a Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence and a Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence as one of the University's most distinguished young faculty members. Congratulations to Prof. Sofou.
April 18, 2013
BME Juniors Awarded Fellowships
BME juniors Davina Perera and Michael Pellegrini were offered the NASA sponsored New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship. The NJSGC was established in 1991 by a grant from NASA. The objectives of the Consortium are to develop programs to further space science, aerospace and general STEM education, as well as to foster research and development in New Jersey. The fellowship awards $4,000 per student and requires that students attend a fellowship conference at the end of the summer to present their research. Davina has her pick of summer fellowships since she was also offered the Douglass Residential College STEM Summer Stipend Research Experience. Davina and Michael work in the laboratory of Professor Ronke Olabisi where they investigate bone tissue engineering, which is a NASA research priority since bone is resorbed in space.
April 03, 2013
Patent issued to Professor Yarmush
A patent was issued to Professors Martin Yarmush and Biju Parekkadan (Harvard U) entitled, "Compositions, Methods, and Devices for Treating Liver Disease" (US Patent # 8,172,784 B2). The invention describes a system comprising an extracorporeal bioreactor containing a population of undifferentiated multipotent stromal cells (MSCs) for treating liver failure.
April 01, 2013
Previous PhD Student Featured in Medical Physics
Previous PhD student Shannon Agner's recent paper titled "Spectral embedding based active contour (SEAC) for lesion segmentation on breast dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging" (co-authors Jun Xu and Anant Madabhushi) has been featured as the cover article for the latest issue of Medical Physics. http://online.medphys.org/
April 01, 2013
BME Junior Awarded a Goldwater Scholarship
BME junior Joshua Yarmush was one of 271 recipients nationwide to be awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2013-2014. This national scholarship program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, and is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 118 Marshall Awards, 110 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships. Josh works in the laboratory of Prof. Francois Berthiaume.
March 29, 2013
BME students win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Current first-year graduate students Jennifer Chan and Max Balter were awarded NSF GRF fellowships, which provides tuition and a $30,000 stipend for three years. Two former BME undergraduates were also awarded fellowships: Molly Carroll, now at the University of Wisconsin, and Anthony Kulesa, now at MIT. All BME first-year graduate students were asked to participate in the GradFund summer mentoring program to assist in preparation of essays for external fellowships.
March 21, 2013
BME Faculty wins 2013 Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award
Professor Ioannis (Yannis) Androulakis is the recipient of 2013
Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award. This award is an important
opportunity for our Engineering community to recognize the special
achievements and contributions of its dedicated faculty members.
Yannis have been recognized for his contributions. The Engineering
Award Ceremony and reception at 4 PM immediately following the April
5th faculty meeting so that SoE colleagues and other members of the
Engineering community have the opportunity to recognize Yannis.
March 15, 2013
Previous PhD Student receives MD/PhD Outstanding Achievement Award
Previous MD/PHD student, Shannon Agner, has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in the MD/PhD Program Award for 2013. Shannon completed her PhD under the direction of Professor Anant Madabhushi. She is currently in the process of being placed for her MD.
March 11, 2013
BME Graduate Student Awarded Bevier Fellowship
BME PhD Student Nir Nativ has been awarded a Louis A. Bevier Graduate Fellowship for 2013-2014. This is a Graduate School of New Brunswick prestigious fellowship given to advanced PhD students working towards finishing their dissertations. Nir works in the laboratory of Professor Martin Yarmush.
March 07, 2013
BME Graduate Student Awarded Summer Internship
BME MS student Dorothy Politis has been awarded a 2013 summer internship at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Ohio. Dorothy will be working on "Improving and testing a predictive model for tracking bone loss in the environment of microgravity" with Dr. Jim Pennline from the Glenn Research Center.
March 05, 2013
Patent issued to BME Faculty Noshir Langrana
Patent US 8,389,700 on "Agent delivery system capable of selectively releasing an agent" has been issued to the team lead by Prof. Noshir Langrana and team members Dr. David Lin and Prof.Bernard Yurke (currently at Boise State University).
February 28, 2013
Professor Charles Roth was inducted into the 2013 College of Fellows of the AIMBE
Professor Charles Roth was inducted into the 2013 College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). AIMBE was founded in 1991 and its current vision is to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society. Each year, AIMBE elects Fellows considered to be in the top 2 % of the profession as experts to carry out this mission.
February 20, 2013
BME junior Janice Jeschke is featured for her work abroad in Nepal and Germany
BME junior Janice Jeschke has made two journeys overseas promoting health education in Nepal and conducting research in Germany. She searched through multiple organizations and stumbled upon Edge of Seven, a nongovernmental agency, which offered programs in several countries including Nepal. She said she was drawn to Nepal by its mountains, peaceful culture and need for help in rural communities. The article is on SOE website
February 13, 2013
Dr. William Craelius receives the QED Innovation Award from the University City Science Center in Philadelphia.
Dr. William Craelius is the recipient of the QED Innovation Award, 2013, from the University City Science Center in Philadelphia. Craelius' project, Dynawheel™, is a digital health-enabled rehabilitation device for helping people recover from stroke and neuromuscular injuries. The $100K award, along with other resources from the QED program, will be used to bring Dynawheel™ into clinical practice. The project is a collaboration with Dr. Nicki Newby of Nian-Crae, Inc. , who is licensing the product.
February 12, 2013
Work in the Berthiaume and Yarmush Labs Published in PNAS
Research performed in the laboratories of Professors Francois Berthiaume and Martin Yarmush in collaboration with researchers at Araim Pharmaceuticals was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The collaborative study showed that systemic administration of ARA290 (a peptide from the protein erythropoietin) after burn injury is highly effective in reducing burn wound expansion by preventing microvascular thrombosis and progressive tissue necrosis. Thus ARA290 may be a promising therapeutic approach to prevent the conversion of partial- to full-thickness burn injuries. The full paper describing this work can be found in PNAS Early View, February 11, 2013.
February 11, 2013
BME and CIVET Awarded NCIIA Grant
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and the Center for innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies (CIVET) have been awarded a 2-year, $34,500 grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). The program entitled "Biomedical Engineering E-Teams for Healthcare Innovation" aims to implement a new senior design experience for Biomedical Engineering (BME) students focused on the integration of BME/medicine with translation of innovation to industry. The NCIIA program, which will commence in September 2013, will dovetail and add value to BME and CIVET's NIH supported R25 program, "Merging Innovation, Translational Medicine, and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering Senior Design" which commenced in September 2012. Professor Martin Yarmush directs the NCIIA program together with Francois Berthiaume and Susan Engelhardt who serve as co-PIs.
November 28, 2012
Work in the Yarmush Lab Published in PNAS
Research performed in the laboratory of Professor Martin Yarmush in collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Bergen in Norway, on the development of subcutaneous implants of nanoscale hydrogel scaffolds coated with human bone marrow stromal cells as artificial bone marrow cavities, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It is anticipated that this ectopic bone marrow system will be useful for the study of cancer cells during engraftment and retention in bone marrow, a common metastatic site. The full paper describing this work can be found in Proc Nat'l Acad Sci 2012; 109: 19638-19643.
November 16, 2012
Graduate Student Granted Travel Award
BME PhD student Shirley Masand was granted a travel award by SciWomen, the office for the promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Shirley presented a poster entitled "Instructive glycomimetic functionalized scaffolds for peripheral nerve injury" at the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Hartford, CT in October, 2011. Shirley is advised by Professor David Shreiber.
November 12, 2012
Yarmush to Serve on Editorial Board of "Organogenesis"
Professor Martin Yarmush will serve as a member of the Executive Advisory Editorial Board of a new journal named "Organogenesis". The journal covers significant advances of all aspects of organ development, and also includes research into tissue engineering, artificial organs, and organ substitutes.
November 01, 2012
Micheli-Tzanakou Appointed Guest Co-Editor
Professor Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou is a guest co-editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology SPECIAL ISSUE: "Classify the Classifiers: Investigating the Optimum Classification Technique per case in Bioinformatics".
October 01, 2012
NINDS/NIH BRP Awarded for Nerve Guidance Conduit Development
A 5-year, $2.9 million NIH Bioengineering Research Partnership R01 has been awarded to Professors Joachim Kohn and Jared Bushman (New Jersey Center for Biomaterials), David Shreiber (Biomedical Engineering), and Melitta Schachner (Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience) through the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke. The interdisciplinary team will develop a fully degradable conduit for treatment of severe, "large-gap" peripheral nerve trauma that specifically accelerates recovery of motor function.
September 26, 2012
Johnson & Johnson gives Rutgers $550,000 grant
NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers has received a $550,000 grant from Johnson & Johnson for a number of projects and programs in key areas. The grant will help underwrite the cost of six new projects and fund a new undergraduate research fellowship. It will also provide funding for eight ongoing or expanded projects, fellowships, and a research awards program established in previous years. One of the new programs is the Alliance in BioMEMS which led by Professor Helen Buettner and which seeks to generate exciting new graduate training opportunities in this expanding field.
September 25, 2012
BME Professor Passed Away
I am truly saddened to announce that Dr. Evangelia (Litsa) Micheli-Tzanakou, Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Fellow, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012, after a long illness. She gave service to the Rutgers School of Engineering for over 31 years and also served as the Second BME Chair from 1990 to 1998. The Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the broader BME community will miss her contribution. Dr. Tzanakou is survived by her husband George. The viewing will be held at the Paskas/McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave, Union, NJ on Thursday, September 27th from 5pm-9pm. All of the BME Community will miss her dearly. Instead of flowers, please make a contribution in honor of Professor Tzanakou instead; please use the RU Foundation link here and add her name in the info box: BME Gift
Dr. Tzanakou's guest book
September 10, 2012
BME and CIVET Awarded 2nd Department of Education GAANN Grant in 3 years
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and the Center for innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies (CIVET) have been awarded a second 3-year $399,798 training grant from the U.S. Department of Education program of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). The award entitled, "Graduate Training in Emerging Areas of Human Relevant Microphysiological Systems" will provide 3 full graduate fellowships per year for the next 3 years. The main objectives of the program are: 1) to continue to build a vibrant and sustained graduate training program with strong emphasis on cutting-edge research and research translation, and 2) to ensure that our research thrusts are leading edge and integrative so that we develop a distinct breed of professionals that can capitalize on the latest scientific findings and translate them into technological developments in areas such as microscale engineering of human physiological systems, or "Human-on-a-Chip." In this regard, numerous federal agencies (NIH, NSF, DARPA, EPA, etc.), and industry as a whole, have identified a critical need for improved microfabricated physiologic systems to predict efficacy, safety, and toxicology outcomes for candidate therapeutics, and to serve as enhanced disease model systems for basic and applied research. Professor Martin Yarmush serves as principal investigator of both GAANN Programs.
August 21, 2012
Tissue Engineering Award
August 15, 2012
NIH Program on Translational Research in Regenerative Medicine Funded
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the NIH has awarded Rutgers a $1.47M grant on Translational Research in Regenerative Medicine. This five year award (July 2012-June 2017) will support NIH Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists in the fields of biomaterials science and stem cell/tissue regenerative technologies. The program will be co-directed by Rutgers SOE faculty Prabhas Moghe (Rutgers-Biomedical Engineering; Chemical & Biochemical Engineering) along with Professors Joachim Kohn (Rutgers-NJ Center for Biomaterials) and Anthony Windebank (Mayo Clinic). A unique component of this program is its concept of "Training Without Borders" of postdoctoral scientists centered around leading institutions at four major nodes nationally: Rutgers-Penn-Princeton Universities; Case Western Reserve University/The Cleveland Clinic; the Harvard Hospitals; and The Mayo Clinic, Minnesota.
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July 30, 2012
Litsa Micheli-Tzanakou retires after 31 years of service
One of BME senior colleagues, Litsa Micheli-Tzanakou decided to retire after 31 years of service at Rutgers School of Engineering effective June 30, 2012. She joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as Assistant Professor in January 1981. When BME Department was formed in 1986 she was appointed as Co-Graduate Director. She was promoted to Professor I and served as the Second BME Chair from 1990 to 1998. In 1998 she was further promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor II and continued to be a department Chair till 2000 when she stepped down after she established the BME undergraduate program. Litsa was one of the founding Fellows of AIMBE. She served as an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Surgery, RWJ Medical School for more than twenty years. She has been BME Book Series Editor with Academic Press. In 1986, she co-authored a book on Neuroelectric Systems with Sid Deutch, NY University Press and has published over 300 articles in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. Litsa is an invited speaker to many conferences and workshops. She has been a very active member of IEEE; in 2009, she was one of the Editors of a Book on Biometrics -Theory, Methods and Applications. The book was intended to be a resource for researchers, security experts, policy makers, engineers and graduate students. Litsa was featured as one of IEEE innovators and "The Scientist", plus featured in the Women`s History Month in the IEEE History Center from IEEE. Her awards include the achievement award from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in 1992 and she was honored and was the recipient of Meritorious Service Award, IEEE-CIS in 2006, and 2010 IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award, IEEE Education Activities Board (EAB) with the citation, "for vision and leadership in establishing the IEEE Biometrics Certification Program". She has supervised and graduated more than 50 graduate students with Masters and PhDs from BME, ECE and CS and has supervised several postdoctoral fellows. She is currently working on a new book on Neural Processes. BME wishes her happy retirement
July 30, 2012
Yarmush Receives $2.2M Grant from NIH
Professor Martin Yarmush and collaborators at the University of
Pittsburgh have been awarded a 2-year, $2.2M grant from National Center
for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the NIH for a project
entitled, "A3-D Biomimetic Liver Sinusoid Construct for Predicting
Physiology and Toxicity". The goal of this project is to construct a
microfluidic liver module which mimics the functions and responses of the
human liver, with readouts designed to indicate both normal liver
function and toxic responses. This grant is part of "The Tissue Chip for
Drug Screening Initiative", the first interagency collaboration launched
by NCATS, which aims to develop 3-D human tissue chips that accurately
model the structure and function of human organs, such as the lung, liver
July 02, 2012
Work in the Yarmush Lab Spotlighted
Research performed in the laboratory of Professor Martin Yarmush on the
use of nanoporous gold to deliver drugs that can modulate cellular
responses was featured on the March 2012 cover of Advanced Healthcare
Materials. The goal of this work is to ultimately produce indwelling
electrodes composed of drug-loaded nanoporous gold which can reduce the
fibrotic reaction that frequently accompanies implantation. The paper`s
results clearly demonstrated that drug release from nanoporous gold
coatings could significantly reduce cellular proliferation. The full paper
describing this innovative work can be found in Advanced Healthcare
Materials Volume 1, Pages 172-176 (2012).
June 29, 2012
Professors Prabhas Moghe, Charles Roth and Richard Riman receive NIH grant
Professors Prabhas Moghe, Charles Roth and Richard Riman were recently awarded a two year, $420,127 R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health entitled "Albumin-Encapsulated Rare Earth Nanoprobes for Multifunctional Tissue Imaging." The goal of this project is to exploit the previously untapped tissue transparency in the short wave infrared for in vivo optical imaging of disease states, including tumor metastasis.
June 29, 2012
Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering Ranked No. 1 again by ISI
For the tenth year in a row, articles in the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering (ARBME) were cited more often than papers in any of its peer journals, according to ISI's 2009 Journal Citation Report, giving it the highest Impact Factor in its peer group. The ARBME had a 2011 Impact Factor of 12.214 (and a 5-year Imact Facor of 15.667) placing it #1 in the category "Engineering, Biomedical," of 72 journals, and #3 among all engineering journals (898 in total). Professor Martin Yarmush serves as the founding editor-in-chief of the ARBME which published its first volume in 1999.
June 25, 2012
Madabhushi and co-inventors awarded US patent on "Systems and methods for classification of biological datasets"
Rutgers and The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia have been assigned a patent (8,204,315) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods for classification of biological datasets." The co-inventors are Professor Anant Madabhushi, Michael D. Feldman, John E. Tomaszewski, Mark Rosen, and Jianbo Shi.
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to supervised or unsupervised classification of biological datasets. Specifically, the invention relates to the use of Graph Embedding as a method of reducing dimensionality thereby improving supervised classification of classes, both conventional and new ones." The patent application was filed on Oct. 18, 2007 (11/907,967). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6t2xqwv
June 19, 2012
Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering Ranked No. 1 by ISI
For the fourth year in a row, articles in the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering (ARBME) were cited more often than papers in any of its peer journals, according to ISI’s 2005 Journal Citation Report, giving it the highest “impact factor” in its peer group. Professor Martin Yarmush serves as the editor-in-chief of the ARBME which published its first volume in 1999.
June 13, 2012
Yarmush Receives Award for Senior Design Translational Projects
Martin Yarmush, professor II in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the School of Engineering and the Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies (CIVET), Rutgers New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $216,000. The project titled "Merging Innovation, Translational Medicine, and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering Senior Design" is being supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. It will be run through the collaborative efforts of BME, CIVET, the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, and the Rutgers Business School. The award will support undergraduate students and supplies for their translational Senior Design projects.
June 08, 2012
Grumet and Yarmush Receives $540,000 Grant from NJCBIR
Professors Martin Grumet, Martin Yarmush and Rene Schloss have been awarded a 3year, $500K+ grant from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Injury for a project entitled, "Minimally Invasive Lumbar Delivery of Encapsulated MSC for SCI". The overall goal of the project is to evaluate the therapeutic potential of encapsulated MSCs in a rat spinal cord injury model.
June 06, 2012
NJ Center for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering faculty team up for NJCSCR Award
Joachim Kohn and Jared Bushman from the New Jersey Center for
Biomaterials and David Shreiber and Jeffrey Zahn from Biomedical
Engineering were awarded a 3-year, $593,000 grant from the New Jersey
Commission on Spinal Cord Research. The multi-disciplinary team aims
to design and develop novel microelectrodes that limit gliosis for use
in Brain-Machine Interfaces.
June 05, 2012
Dr. Moghe Elected as International Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE)
The International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE) has elected Professor Prabhas Moghe as a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE). Professor Moghe was cited for his pioneering research and educational leadership in advanced materials biology with applications to biotechnology and biomedicine. The induction ceremony took place on June 1, 2012 at the Ninth World Biomaterials Congress held in Chengdu, China. There are only 216 fellows worldwide recognized to date with this honor out of 26,000 members belonging to IUSBSE. Dr. Moghe, Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University, is one of 7 new Fellows elected from the U.S. whose accomplishments were prominently recognized at the Congress in China.
June 05, 2012
Professor Madabhushi Has Been Awarded a Proof of Concept Grant
Professor Anant Madabhushi has been awarded a Proof of Concept Grant from the Office of Technology Commercialization, Rutgers University for his application entitled "Computerized Decision Support for Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment via Multi-parametric MRI". For this project Dr. Madabhushi and his team will be developing a prototype system for identifying regions corresponding to cancer on high resolution MRI images of the prostate. The prototype will be subsequently deployed at clinical sites in Boston and Northern NJ for feedback and evaluation.
June 04, 2012
NIH Grant Awarded to BME and CIVET
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and the Center for Innovative Ventures for Emerging Technologies (CIVET) have been awarded a 5-year $216,000 grant from the NIH for a program entitled "Merging Innovation, Translational Medicine, and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering Senior Design". The program will offer students didactic clinical and entrepreneurship immersion elements, and provide support to outstanding senior design projects that include clinical collaborators and a pathway to translation and commercialization. The program will be run through the collaborative efforts of BME, CIVET, the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, and the Rutgers Business School. Professor Martin Yarmush serves as principal investigator of the program.
June 01, 2012
BME Graduate Student Awarded NJCSCR Geaduate Fellowship
Ying Li, a BME graduate student in Dr. Li Cai laboratory, has been approved and funded for a total cost of $60,000 for two years (June 15,
2012 - June 30, 2014) for a New Jersey Center for Spinal Cord Research (NJCSCR) for her project entitled "Molecular mechanism of Notch1 expression in spinal cord development and post-SCI response".
May 10, 2012
BME UG Receives Aresty RA Position
Srivathsan Prabhu, BME/LCIB sophomore has been awarded a 2012-2013 Aresty RA position in LCIB to work on a project entitled "Characterization of the elastic properties of the prostate". Sri has and will continue to work under the mentorship of Professor Anant Madabhushi with some guidance by Professor Madabhushi`s Post-Doc, Dr. Rusu.
May 01, 2012
Kohn Featured in NJ Star Ledger
BME Graduate Faculty Member Joachim Kohn has been featured in the Monday, April 30, 2012 article of the Star Ledger for his work in the NJ Center for Biomaterials with polymers and stents. Professor Kohn has been an active member with BME and has many collaborations with students and faculty alike. Story: http://blog.nj.com/njv_bob_braun/2012/04/braun_rutgers_chemistry_profes.html
May 01, 2012
BME UG Awarded First Prize for the 2012 SoE Research Symposium
Eileen Hwuang, BME/LCIB sophmore was awarded the first prize at the 2012 SOE Research Symposium for her poster entitled "Anisotropic Smoothing Regularization in Thirion`s Demons algorithm for Medical Image Registration". Eileen was awarded a $250 cash prize. She is mentored by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
April 17, 2012
Moghe Receives EGC BME-UG Teaching Excellency Award
Professor Prabhas Moghe has been awarded the annual Engineering Governing Council (EGC) BME Teaching Excellency Award. He was one of the top 5 candidates nominated by the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduates and received the most votes by the BME student body during the EGC elections that ran in the week of April 9th. This award will be given at the annual EGC Leadership Conference on April 29th at 2pm.
April 17, 2012
Sofou Receives EGC CBE-UG Teaching Excellency Award
Professor Stavroula Sofou has been awarded the annual Engineering Governing Council (EGC) Teaching Excellency Award for CBE. She was one of the top 5 candidates nominated by the Chemical Engineering Undergraduates and received the most votes by the ChemE student body during the EGC elections that ran in the week of April 9th. This award will be given at the annual EGC Leadership Conference on April 29th at 2pm.
April 13, 2012
BME, LCIB Graduate Student Rachel Sparks awarded IEEE ISBI Travel Award
BME, LCIB Graduate Student Rachel Sparks has been awarded a $825 travel award from the IEEE Intl. Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) committee. This money will allow Rachel to travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands to present her work on "Integrated Framework for Quantitating 3D Shape Differences: Evaluating Prostate Morphometry". These awards were competitive and only 10 were awarded. Rachel is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
April 10, 2012
Graduate Student Work in the Journal of Medical Physics
Work by recent Graduate Students Najeeb Chowdhury and Jon Chappelow as well as current PhD student Rob Toth have been selected as a "Editors Picks" for the journal of Medicl Physics. The work is on "Concurrent segmentation of the prostate on MRI and CT via linked statistical shape models for radiotherapy planning". These students were/are advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
April 09, 2012
BME Faculty Promoted Effective July 2012
The Rutgers Board of Governors has approved the following BME faculty promotions:
Professor Jeffrey Zahn will be promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure on July 1, 2012.
Professor Charles Roth will be promoted to Full Professor I on July 1, 2012.
April 09, 2012
Yarmush Receives $100K Grant from DOD
Professor Martin Yarmush has been awarded a 1-year, $100K grant from US Army Medical Research Agency for a project entitled, "Development of Immunotherapy-Laden Scaffolds for the Prevention of Traumatic Injury Infection". The overall goal of the project is to develop an implantable dendritic cell-based alginate construct that will serve as a lymphoid-like organ with immunoactive and antimicrobial properties.
April 09, 2012
BME Graduate Student Awarded NSF Fellowship
BME graduate student Dana Mastrovito has been awarded a 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Dana is currently advised by Professor Stephen Hanson of Psychology-Rutgers Newark Campus. Dana has been working with Dr. Hanson at the new Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center on developing parameter free clustering algorithms for functional brain MR images.
April 05, 2012
Yarmush Receives $540,000 Grant from NJCBIR
Professor Martin Yarmush and collaborators Professors Rene Schloss and David Shreiber have been awarded a 3-year, $540,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research for a project entitled, "Mesenchymal Stem Cells as Traumatic Brain Injury Therapeutics". The overall goal of the project is to evaluate the therapeutic potential of encapsulated MSCs in organotypic slice cultures of hippocampus and cortex which have been subjected to traumatic injury, and then to utilize the information gained in vitro to evaluate effects in a cortical contusion animal model.
April 02, 2012
BME Senior Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
BME/LCIB Class of 2012 Senior Elaine Yu has been awarded a 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue a doctoral degree at a program and institution of her choosing. Elaine is currently advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi. Elaine has been working with Dr. Madabhushi on developing computerized image detection methods for prostate cancer on whole mount histopathology.
April 02, 2012
BME Senior Receives Honorable Mention
Joseph Galero, BME/LCIB Senior received an honorable mention for his application to the NSF Graduate Research fellowship program. Joe is currently advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi. Joe has been working with Dr. Madabhushi in developing texture based classifier schemes for identifying anaplastic medullobastomas from digitized histologic sections of brain tumors.
March 30, 2012
BME Senior Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
BME Class of 2012 senior Alyssa Kosmides has been selected to receive a prestigious 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. Her selection recognizes her outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as her potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. The fellowship will provide full 3-year support towards her graduate studies. Alyssa is an Honors Academy student working with Professor Yannis Androulakis on deciphering the complexities and implications of ultradian cortisol secretion and its implications in stress.
March 27, 2012
John Li Elected Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter Chair
Professor John Li has been elected Chapter Chair of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) Princeton/Central Jersey Section. EMB serves the biomedical engineering community, medical devices and pharmaceutical industries with joint seminars and professional interaction.
March 19, 2012
Graduate Student Wins GSNB Travel Award
BME MS student Monica Rodas has been awarded a Graduate School of New Brunswick Travel Award to help defray expenses to the North Eastern Bionegineering Conference in Philadelphia for mid-March. Monica is advised by Professor Gary Drzewiecki.
March 19, 2012
BME Graduate Student Awarded Bevier Fellowship
BME PhD Student Jeremy Scheff has been awarded a University and Bevier Graduate Fellowship for 2012-2013. This is a Graduate School of New Brunswick prestigious fellowships given to advanced PhD students. Jeremy works in the laboratory of Professor Ioannis Androulakis.
March 06, 2012
Madabhushi Research Featured
An article entitled "Translational Research: Promise and Challenges" authored by Professor Anant Madabhushi was recently featured in a publication by the NJ Technology Council. The article discusses the need for biomedical scientists and engineers to think about the translational impacts and implications of their ongoing research, especially now when federal research funding is at a low point.
February 26, 2012
REU Site Renewed by NSF
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The NSF-sponsored REU Site in Cellular Bioengineering: From Biomaterials to Stem Cells was renewed via a 3-year, $360,000 award. The program will be led by PI David Shreiber and co-PI Charles Roth and will continue to provide research opportunities for a diverse population of students to whom these experiences are not typically available.
February 16, 2012
BME Undergraduates Receive Aresty Awards
The following BME undergraduate students have received an Aresty Award in undergraduate research for Spring 2012:
1) Donrey Acharon "Analysis of the molecular pathways underlying gasdermin associated sensorineural hearing loss" advised by Professor Martin Schwander.
2) Molly Carroll "Role of Inflammatory Cells and Pathways in the Development and Chemoresistance of Glioma Tumors. advised by Professor Charles Roth.
3) Kaivalya Deshpande "Characterization of a novel de-ubiquitinase (DUB) in a mouse model for progressive hearing loss" advised by Professor Martin Schwander.
4) Jarrett Johnson "Droplet-Based Microfluidic Phenol Separation via a Self-Assembled Monolayer on a Gold Patterned Surface" advised by Professor Jeffrey Zahn.
5) Vincent Luo "Using Microelectrode Arrays to Record the Electrical Activity of Human Neural Stem Cells" advised by Professor Bonnie Firestein.
6) Ajay Menon "The Implementation of an Electrospun Natural Extracellular Matrix for Cell Growth and Proliferation" advised by Professor Joseph Freeman.
7) Elayne Schneebacher "The Impact of Microstructure on Fluoride substitution in Dental Enamel" advised by Professor Adrian Mann.
8) Dhara Zala "Role of Foxn4CR4.4 in regulation of Foxn4 during chick retinal development" advised by Professor Li Cai.
9) UnChan Pyon "Microfabricated Migration Assay for Cell Migration Through Skin Substitutes" advised by Professor Francois Berthiaume
February 10, 2012
Graduate Student Awarded Best Poster at SPIE
BME PhD student Rachel Sparks was awarded Cum Laude (Best Poster) at the SPIE Medical Imaging meeting 2012 in San Diego, CA for her poster entitled "Gleason grading of prostate histology utilizing statistical shape model of manifolds (SSMM)". Rachel Sparks is advised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
January 26, 2012
Four BME Graduate Students Win IGERT Fellowships
Tim Maguire, Harini Sundararaghavan, Melissa Stickle, and Daniel Haders will be formally inducted into the first fellow class of the IGERT program in Integrative Biointerfaces. The induction ceremony will be a part of the IGERT Program Inauguration which will be held in the Fiber Optics auditorium on January 30, 2004
January 26, 2012
AEMB Awarded Society of the Month by EGC
The Rutgers undergraduate chapter of Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the biomedical engineering honor society has been awarded the "Society of the Month Award" by the Engineering Governing Council. They held several events last semester, including initiating a BME Tutoring / "Office Hours" program and the Finals Snacks Sale, and upcoming events include a resume and personal statement writing workshop and the first annual BME Olympics. They have just received national recognition this year and will be featured in EGC`s December/January newsletter. For more information, visit their new website at http://ahmb.rutgers.edu.
January 17, 2012
Discovery in the Yarmush Lab Published in Nature Biotechnology
Research performed in Professor Martin Yarmush`s lab at Rutgers University and Massachusetts General Hospital has yielded a novel strategy to protect the liver from drug-induced injury. The paper receiving advance online publication in the journal "Nature Biotechnology", reports that inhibiting gap junction communication can protect against damage caused by liver-toxic drugs such as acetaminophen. More information is available at http://news.rutgers.edu/medrel/news-releases/2012/rutgers-massachusett-20120113
January 10, 2012
BME Showcase to be Held on March 11, 2005
The second annual “New Jersey Biomedical Engineering Showcase” will be held at NJIT on Friday, March 11, 2005. The theme of this year’s Showcase is “Enhancing Synergies between Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology”. The day long program includes plenary presentations, a poster session, industrial and academic program exhibits, and a career fair for both undergraduate and graduate students. For registration and other information, please contact http://bmeshowcase.njit.edu/
January 05, 2012
Microfluidics Work Spotlighted
Work on a microfluidic bioreactor for increased active retrovirus output was spotlighted in The January 2008 issue of the Chemical Biology supplement of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In this study, a team led by Professor Martin Yarmush describes a novel microdevice for the continuous production of retroviral vectors in a commonly available packaging cell line. This microdevice platform for virus production enables a high degree of control over environmental conditions, a capability that is critical for optimizing production of retrovirus and other viral vectors for gene therapy applications. The full article describing this work is published in Lab-on-a-Chip 2008, 8: 75-80.
December 16, 2011
BME Graduate Faculty Receive SoE Awards
Professors David Shreiber and Marianthi Ierapetritou have been awarded the SoE 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award and Faculty of the Year Award, respectively. The formal recognitions will be confirmed at the Medal of Excellence dinner on February 24, 2012.
November 28, 2011
Previous BME Graduate Research Featured in Journal
BME PhD graduate Dr. Andrew Voyiadjis` work on neurite guidance is featured on the cover of this months issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma. The issue highlights a broad sample of new, cutting-edge bioengineering techniques and addresses many of the bioengineering advances being made in the field of central nervous system injury. Andrew was advised by Drs. Troy Shinbrot and Helen Buettner. link: http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/neu/28/1
November 15, 2011
Madabhushi wins SNR Denton Elevator Pitch Competition at Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day
Professor Anant Madabhushi won the first prize for his elevator pitch "Image based risk score (Ibris) predictor of disease aggressiveness in ER+ breast cancers" at Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day. Professor Madabhushi edged out 9 other finalists (selected from a total of 60 entries) to win a cash prize. The competition was sponsored by the law firm SNR Denton.
November 15, 2011
BME PhD Student Awarded NSF IGERT Award
Nir Nativ, a 4th year BME PhD student and IGERT Fellow working with Professor Martin Yarmush, was awarded the "Stem Cell IGERT Outreach Award" at the 2011 Stem Cell IGERT Symposium on Friday, November 11th at the Busch Campus Center.
November 09, 2011
BME/LCIB PhD Student Awarded Women In STEM Travel Award
Pallavi Tiwari, a 4th year BME/LCIB PhD student has been awarded a travel award by SciWomen, the office for the promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The travel awards were given to five female graduate students in STEM. The award will help partially defray part of the costs of Pallavi`s travel to the prostate cancer imaging workshop which she attended in Toronto in September 2011 to present her paper entitled "Weighted Combination of multi-parametric MRI for Evaluating Radiation Therapy Changes in the prostate". Pallavi is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
October 28, 2011
Work in the Yarmush Lab Spotlighted
Research performed in the laboratory of Professor Martin Yarmush on the encapsulation of mesenchymal stromal cells as a therapeutic intervention post acute spinal cord injury is spotlighted on the cover of the November issue of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Lead author on the work is BME graduate student Jeffrey Barminko, with contributions from Keck center postdoctoral researcher Jae Hwan Kim and Professor Martin Grumet as well as BME graduate student Andrea Gray and Professor Rene Schloss. The full paper describing this innovative work can be found in Biotechnol Bioeng, 2011; 108, 2747-2758.
October 25, 2011
BME/LCIB PhD Student Awarded DOD Pre-Doctoral Training Award
George Lee, a 4th year BME/LCIB PhD student has been awarded a $64K, 2 year pre-doctoral training grant from the Department of Defense for his project entitled "Comparing Proteomic, Histological Biomarkers for Biochemical Failure Among African Americans and Caucasians Following Radical Prostatectomy". George will be working on this project under the mentorship of Professor Anant Madabhushi and will be supported by clinical co-mentors (Dr. Michael Feldman, Dr. Steve Master, and Dr. John Tomaszewski) from the University of Pennsylvania and Buffalo. George is the 6th student from LCIB to be awarded a DOD pre-doctoral training award in the last 3 years.
October 20, 2011
Sofou Receives Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society
Professor Stavroula Sofou received a 4-year, $720,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to design and evaluate a targeted liposomal antivascular alpha-particle therapeutic approach for the treatment of cancer. Professor Martin Yarmush serves as a consultant on this project, and the Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies (CIVET) will assist the team in translating their work to the industrial and clinical arenas.
October 14, 2011
Rutgers Wins $2.3M MRI Grant
On September 16, 2011, NSF awarded Rutgers University a three year $2.3M MRI grant that will bring a "first of its kind" nanoscale ion beam facility to Rutgers campus. The principal investigator is Professor Gustafsson. Co-PIs on the project are Eva Andrei, Laura Fabris, Adrian B. Mann , and Leonard C. Feldman.
October 11, 2011
Undergraduates Receive Aresty Awards
The following BME undergraduate students have received an Aresty Award in undergraduate research with BME faculty:
1) Molly Carroll "An Investigation in the Combined Effects of the STAT3 Pathway and Immunosuppressive Macrophages within a 3D Tumor Model" advised by Professor Charles Roth.
2) Philip Femano "Tissue Biomechanics during Acupuncture" advised by Professor David Shreiber.
3) Jordana Gilbert "Regulation of CD44 expression in breast cancer cells" advised by Professor Li Cai.
4) Jarrett Johnson and Bhradraj Kalaria "Selective Surface Modification of a Microchannel to Partition Aqueous and Phenol Phases during DNA Liquid Extraction Purification Procedures" advised by Professor Jeffrey Zahn.
5) Ian Johnston "Pinch-Flow Adaptation of Microfluidic Immunoassay Device" advised by Professor Jeffrey Zahn.
6) Vincent Luo "Microelectrode arrays (MEAs) as an in vitro model to study traumatic brain injury (TBI)" advised by Professor Bonnie Firestein.
7) Elayne Schneebacher "The Impact of Microstructure on Fluoride substitution in Dental Enamel" advised by Professor Adrian Mann.
8) Dhara Zala "Role of Foxn4CR4.4 in regulation of Foxn4 during chick retinal development" advised by Professor Li Cai.
October 04, 2011
Moghe to be Recognized at Rutgers Football Game
Professor Prabhas Moghe will be recognized for his faculty accomplishments at the October 8th RU Football game against Pittsburgh. The recognition will occur at halftime and will be displayed on the scoreboard screen.
September 16, 2011
John Li Invited to Serve as Associate Editor of IEEE-EMBS
Professor John K-J. Li was invited to serve as Associate Editor for Proceedings of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International Conference which was held recently in Boston. EMBS is the largest international society for biomedical engineers. Prof. Li is responsible for reviews in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems Engineering with accepted papers appearing online in IEEE Xplore.
September 14, 2011
Yarmush Receives $700K NIH SBIR Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush and colleagues at a new biotech start-up, Nivarta, Inc., have been awarded a 2-year, $700,000 NIH Phase I SBIR grant entitled, "Development of a discovery platform based on microfluidics and fluorescent cell functional assays”. The overall goal of the project is to develop a discovery platform based on microfluidics and functional cell assays that is suitable for screening hundreds of proteins or small-molecule compounds simultaneously in a cost-effective and high throughput manner. The project is based on Prof. Yarmush’s Living Cell Array technology which combines reporter cells, microfabrication and microfluidics, and automated time-lapse microscopy.
September 12, 2011
Yarmush Receives $2.3 Million NIH Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush has been awarded a 4-year, $2.3M NIH grant entitled, "Recellularization of Liver Bioscaffolds". The project is focused on the development of techniques for decellularizing livers that are unsuitable for transplantation, and recellularizing them with stem cell derived hepatocyte-like cells. It is hoped that these new bioscaffolds will show more promise than the synthetic scaffold approach that has not yielded much success over the past 20 years.
September 11, 2011
BME, LCIB Graduate Students Receive Travel Awards for MICCAI workshop
BME, LCIB Graduate Students Ajay Basavanhally and Sahirzeeshan Ali have been awarded conference travel awards ($600 each) to help defray some of the costs for attending the Histopathology Image Analysis (HIMA) workshop being held in conjunction with MICCAI 2011 in Toronto, Sept. 18, 2011. These students are advised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi. The travel awards were made possible via a travel grant from corporate sponsors Omnyx Inc.
September 03, 2011
Madabhushi, Ibris Inc. awarded 207K Phase 1 SBIR award from NIBIB
Professor Anant Madabhushi (PI) and Ibris Inc., a start-up company founded by Professor Madabhushi and Dr. James Monaco in 2010, has been awarded a 1 year Phase 1 NIH SBIR award from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the project entitled "Decision Support System for Predicting outcome of ER+ breast cancers". The goal of this project is to develop image based classifiers of disease aggressiveness based of quantitative analysis of digitized breast cancer biopsy specimens. Dr. Scott Doyle, former graduate student of Professor Madabhushi`s and BME alum, will serve as the PI from Ibris Inc. Dr. Shridar Ganesan will serve as the clinical PI from UMDNJ. Ibris Inc has been supported by the Center of Innovation, Ventures, and Emerging Technology (CIVET)
August 10, 2011
Yarmush Receives Proof-of-Concept Award
Professor Martin Yarmush received a $45,000 Proof-of-Concept Grant from the Rutgers Office of Technology Commercialization. The funds will support the further development of a new biomaterial named "Adipogel", and to evaluate its use as an effective wound dressing for accelerated wound healing.
August 02, 2011
Sofou Receives Busch Award
Professor Stavroula Sofou received a 2-year, $50,000 Busch Biomedical Research Grant from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund. The funds will support a research project entitled "Antivascular alpha-particle therapy by targeted liposomes loaded with Actinium-225".
August 01, 2011
Shreiber Voted to be New BME Graduate Program Director
Professor David Shreiber has been nominated and voted on to be the next BME Graduate Program Director effective August 1, 2011. Professor Shreiber replaces Professor Prabhas Moghe after his 4+ year role as program director. Professor Shreiber will co-direct with Dr Ramsey Foty from UMDNJ-RWJMS-Surgery. We thank Professor Moghe for his service.
July 11, 2011
LCIB, BME Graduate Student awarded $20K SIIM grant
LCIB/BME graduate student Satish Viswanath has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Society of Imaging and Informatics in Medicine for his project entitled "Computerized Decision Support System for Detection of Cancer via In Vivo Multi-functional MRI". Satish is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
July 11, 2011
Madabhushi awarded Tech Commercialization Grant
Professor Anant Madabhushi has been awarded a $25,000, 1 year, Technology commercialization grant to support his project entitled "Image based risk score predictor for ER+ breast cancers". Dr. Madabhushi will be validating his image analysis based technology in order to distinguish more aggressive from less aggressive ER+ breast cancers. If successful, this technology could ultimately replace more expensive molecular assays.
June 27, 2011
BME Graduate Student Takes First at Summer Bioengineering Conference
BME PhD student Shirley Masand was awarded first place in the "PhD Student Paper Competition" in "Biomaterials and Nanotechnology" at the 2011 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference in Farmington, PA. The award is based on a composite score from the conference paper and oral presentation. Shirley is advised by Professor David Shreiber.
June 24, 2011
BME Graduate Student Awarded GSBS Fellowship
BME PhD student Mohammad Zia has been selected by a faculty committee to receive a GSBS at RWJMS 2011 Ph.D. completion and acceleration fellowship. Support will run from July 2011 through December 2011. Mohammad is in the laboratory of Professor John Semmlow .
May 19, 2011
Top Three Junior Honors Academy Posters Selected at BME Senior Design Conference
The following Junior BME Honors Academy Members were selected for Best Posters at the 2011 Senior Design Conference:
Joseph Galaro - Advisor Anant Madabhushi "Integrated Texton and Bag of Words Classifier for Identifying Anaplastic Medulloblastomas"
Anthony Kulesa - Advisor Prabhas Moghe - "Elucidating the Role of Substrate Rigidity on the Cytoskeletal Organization of Stem Cells"
Ian Johnston - Advisor Jeffrey Zahn - "The Juxtaposition of Quantum Dots to Fluorescent Dyes as a terminal step label in a Microfluidic Immunoassay Device"
May 19, 2011
BME Undergraduates Win 1st place in 2010-2011 REI Energy Innovation Contest
BME Undergraduates Ian Johnston and Ajay Menon, along with MSE undergraduate Brian Doyle, received 1st Place in the Rutgers Energy Institute's "Energy Innovation Contest" at this year's Rutgers Energy Symposium. The annual energy symposium provides an environment for faculty, students, government officials and community members to not only learn but collaborate about the new methods, processes, and innovations being pursued by energy thinkers here at Rutgers, as well as across the country. The 2010-2011 Energy Innovation Contest challenged Rutgers students to develop a practical and cost effective plan to reduce student energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the Rutgers, New Brunswck Campus. The group of Ian Johnston, Ajay Menon, and Brian Doyle won 1st place with their proposal titled "Keycard Based Energy Saving Pilot Program" which suggests using Rutgers ID's as keycards to activate electricity to dormitories helping to limit the amount of energy wasted by students leaving electronics running while the room is vacant.
May 16, 2011
Yarmush Receives Harvard Catalyst Fund Award for Development of Diabetes Assay
Professor Martin Yarmush was among 7 awardees of 190 applications solicited by the Harvard Institute of Translational Immunology of a one year $180,000 grant. Dr. Yarmush's project will take advantage of molecular biology and microfabrication techniques in order to detect autoantibody levels with great sensitivity. This achievement would enable the detection of the onset of Type 1 diabetes far earlier, allowing the use of interventions designed to deter disease progression.
May 02, 2011
Buettner Receives Faculty Leadership in Diversity Award
Professor Helen Buettner has received a Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award in recognition of her leadership efforts to advance women faculty in the STEM disciplines as an RU FAIR-NSF ADVANCE Professor. The Diversity Awards recognize faculty who advance Rutgers' objectives of fostering diversity in teaching, research and service, not only to serve Rutgers students, but also to serve the needs of the state of New Jersey. The award will be presented by President McCormick at the 2010-2011 Faculty Awards Ceremony on May 4.
April 29, 2011
Moghe Wins "Teacher of the Year" for EGC
Professor Prabhas Moghe has been awarded Teacher of the Year for 2011 by the Engineering Governing Council (EGC). The EGC is comprised of undergraduate engineering students and they voted for Professor Moghe based on his teaching style, professionalism and fairness in the classroom. The award will be given at the Engineering Governing Council Leadership Conference Awards Ceremony on May 1st.
April 27, 2011
BME, LCIB Junior Awarded Prestigious REU Fellowship
Elaine Yu, a 3rd year BME, LCIB undergraduate student has been accepted to the 2011 Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Summer Internship program and awarded a research scholarship of $3,850. This ten week research internship is supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates funding mechanism (NSF REU). This program is a highly competitive program which only accepts 10 students per year. Elaine is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
April 21, 2011
Yarmush Receives 2011 Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Award
Professor Martin Yarmush was awarded the 2011 FPBD award. The selection committee recognized his singular contributions in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, metabolic engineering, and functional genomics, as well as his intellectual and professional leadership, and loyalty and commitment to AIChE and Division 15 in particular. The award will be presented during the annual AIChE meeting in October 2011.
April 13, 2011
Mark Pierce Joins BME Faculty for Fall 2011
Mark Pierce, PhD, will join the Biomedical Engineering Department starting September 2011. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester, UK in 2001, where his research focused on the interaction of mid-infrared lasers and biological tissues. He then joined Harvard Medical School as a post-doc, working on the development and clinical application of optical coherence tomography systems for ophthalmology, dermatology and cardiovascular imaging. In 2005 he joined the research faculty in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University, where he focused on the design and clinical translation of imaging systems for applications in cancer management. He has authored or co-authored over 30 journal papers and 60 conference proceedings, and he is PI or co-PI on grants from the NIH and Gates Foundation.
April 11, 2011
BME Undergrads Chosen for Phi Beta Kappa
BME juniors Anthony Kulesa and Dipen Patel have been chosen to join Phi Beta Kappa at Rutgers. Being elected to Phi Beta Kappa is one of the signal honors for high achieving liberal arts undergraduates. Anthony has a double major with BME and Chinese. Dipen has a double major with BME and Economics.
April 07, 2011
Madabhushi Appointed Guest Editor for Special Issue of IEEE Trans. on BME
Professor Anant Madabhushi has been appointed guest editor for a TBME Letters Special Issue on Multi-Scale/Resolution Signal and Image Analysis. The Special issue is in response to 40+ papers in EEG, ECG, and Heart rate variability analysis as well as MRI, multi-modality imaging, and pathology image analysis. The special issue will be published in December 2011.
April 06, 2011
BME Faculty Receive Promotion with Tenure
The BME department is proud to announce the promotions of Assistant Professors Nada Boustany and Li Cai to Associate Professors with Tenure effective July 1, 2011. The department is excited to convey our congratulations for this important milestone.
April 05, 2011
BME Seniors Win Second Place at Senior Design Competition
BME undergraduate seniors Malav Desai, Mason Hui, Namrata Kulkarni, and Prerana Pradhan have won the Second Place Award of $350 for Best Design in the Senior Design Competition at the Northeast Bioengineering Conference held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Friday, April 1, 2011. Their Design Project is titled "Design of an On-Stage Incubator". The project is advised by Professor Noshir Langrana and BME research faculty member Devendra Verma.
April 04, 2011
BME, LCIB Graduate Student Ajay Basavanhally awarded IEEE ISBI Travel Award
BME, LCIB Graduate Student Ajay Basavanhally has been awarded a $300 travel award from the IEEE Intl. Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) committee. This money will allow Ajay to travel to Chicago to present his work on "A BOOSTED CLASSIFIER FOR INTEGRATING MULTIPLE FIELDS OF VIEW: BREAST CANCER GRADING IN HISTOPATHOLOGY". These awards were competitive. Ajay is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
April 02, 2011
BME, LCIB Graduate Students Receive Travel Awards
BME, LCIB Graduate Students Shannon Agner, George Lee, Satish Viswanath, Akshay Shridar, and Ajay Basavanhally have been awarded conference travel awards from the Graduate School of New Brunswick to help defray some of the costs for the IEEE ISBI and ISMRM conferences that was held in March and for May 2011, respectively. These students are advised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
April 01, 2011
BME, CBE Graduate Students to Receive "Outstanding Student Award"
BME MD, PhD student Shannon Agner and CBE PhD student Carolyn Waite are the 2011 recipients of the SoE "Outstanding Student Award". The winners will be recognized at the Medal of Excellence Dinner on April 15 and also at the SoE Convocation on May 15. This award is given to PhD students who have demonstrated outstanding service, research and training for their PhD's. Shannon is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi and Carolyn by Professor Charles Roth.
March 30, 2011
BME Graduate Faculty Awarded NIH Grant on Nanolipoblockers
BME professor Prabhas Moghe(PI) and BME Graduate Faculty member Kathryn Uhrich(co-PI) were awarded an NIH grant on nanolipoblockers by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for 4 years at $2.3M. The proposal is to design synthetic counter-ligands for repressing "athero/inflammatory" processes related to atherosclerosis. Bill Welsh is also a collaborator. The proposed studies will directly impact graduate students: Daniel Lewis (CBE), Kubra Kamisoglu (CBE), Li Gu (CCB) and postdocs: Dr. Adam York (BME), Dr. Dawanne Poree (CCB), and Dr. Dmitriy Chekmarev (Bioinformatics, UMDNJ).
March 29, 2011
BME, LCIB Junior Awarded Prestigious RISE Fellowship
Pratik Patel, a 3rd year BME, LCIB undergraduate student has been accepted to the RISE program (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) through the German Research Foundation and awarded a research scholarship of $2500. This twelve week research internship will take place in Germany. RISE is a highly competitive, international program which only accepts a small percentage of the students that apply. Pratik is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
March 10, 2011
LCIB, BME Graduate Student Featured in Canadian Press
LCIB, BME graduate student Satish Viswanath has been featured by the Canadian Press in an article entitled "Study finds most Indian graduate students in the US want to use their degrees back home". Satish is mentored by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
March 08, 2011
Craelius and Shinbrot Receive Mathworks, Inc. Award
Professors Bill Craelius and Troy Shinbrot have been awarded $40,000 by Mathworks Inc. to develop Matlab-based course materials in Biomedical Engineering. These materials will consist of stand-alone modules dealing with simulations of biomechanics, cellular dynamics, and modeling of biological problems such as genetic control networks, disease progression, and image processing.
March 01, 2011
BME, LCIB Sophomore Awarded Prestigious UROP Fellowship
Sudha Karthigeyan, a 2nd year BME, LCIB undergraduate student has been accepted to the UROP International program (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) and awarded a research scholarship of $2500. This ten week research internship will take place in Aachen, Germany and the project will focus on evaluation of novel DNA methylation markers for early breast cancer detection from blood serum. UROP is a highly competitive, international program which only accepts 30 students annually. Sudha is currently advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
March 01, 2011
Shoane Appointed Biomedical Engineering Journal Associate Editor
BME Professor George Shoane was recently invited to serve as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. He is responsible for reviewing manuscripts in his expertise: areas of vision research, biomedical instrumentation and biological control systems.
February 24, 2011
Shreiber Appointed as MD/PhD Program Liaison
Professor David Shreiber has been officially appointed as the MD/PhD Program liaison for Rutgers. The MD/PhD program involves UMDNJ, RWJMS, Rutgers and Princeton and recruits about 3 students per year which makes it extremely competitive. His duties include admissions, recruiting and mentoring the MD/PhD students during the PhD years.
February 22, 2011
Monaco Receives BWF 2011 Collaborative Research Travel Grant
Dr. James Monaco, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, LCIB, Department BME, has been awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2011 Collaborative Research Travel Grant for his project entitled "Pathology Training and Collaboration between Rutgers and University of Michigan". As part of this $7k award, Dr. Monaco will spend 6 weeks at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Dr. Ul Balis`s lab working on digital pathology problems. Professor Anant Madabhushi will serve as a collaborator on this project.
February 15, 2011
BME Undergraduates Receive Aresty Awards for Spring 2011
The following BME undergraduates received an Aresty Award for their research experiences:
Elaine Yu - Advisor Welch - "Engineers Without Borders Water Supply Project in NSCI, Guatemala"
Molly Carroll - Advisor Charles Roth - "Isolation and Characterization of Stem Cells in Glioblastoma Cell Line"
Ryan Hard - Advisor Prabhas Moghe - "Differentiation of human embryonic stem cell-derived neural stem cells into neurons in fibrous electrospun
scaffolds for spinal cord therapy"
Ian Johnston - Advisor Jeffrey Zahn - "The Juxtaposition of Quantum Dots to Fluorescent Dyes as a terminal step label in a Microfluidic Immunoassay Device"
Asha Singanamalli - Advisor David Shreiber - "Biomechanical Effects of Acupuncture on Blood Vessels"
February 03, 2011
LCIB, BME Student Awarded $20K SIIM award
Rachel Sparks, a 4th year LCIB, BME PhD student has been awarded a 1 year, $20,000 fellowship from the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) for her grant proposal entitled "Automated Content-Based Image Retrieval System for Gleason Grading on Prostate Histopathology". Rachel is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
January 24, 2011
John Li Awarded IEEE Merit Certificate
BME Professor John K-J. Li was awarded an IEEE 125th Anniversary Merit Certificate in appreciation of his outstanding contribution and service to the Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS). He has been Theme, Track and Session chairs in many of the IEEE-EMBS international conferences and serving
as EMBS Chapter Chairman.
December 22, 2010
Madabhushi`s work featured in Rutgers Today-Year in Review
Professor Anant Madabhushi has been featured for his work on the severity of prostate cancers using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging. New developments could reduce biopsies. His work was featured on August 10th in Rutgers Today.
December 15, 2010
BME, LCIB students awarded BMEIdea Stipend
BME and LCIB Graduate Students Shannon Agner and Rachel Sparks have been awarded a $500 stipend from the BMEIdea competition to develop their project on a computerized decision support system for detecting breast cancer on MRI. They will now develop and finalize their product that will be judged on technical and economic feasibility, clinical utility, market potential, novelty, and potential for commercialization. This project is supervised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi. Incidentally, this is the 4th time in 5 years that LCIB students have been shortlisted for this prestigious competition.
December 09, 2010
New BME/CBE Faculty Member Receives Awarded
Professor Stavroula Sofou will be joining the departments of BME and CBE in January 2011 as an associate professor. She has been awarded the A. Walter Tyson Professorship Award. This award was recently given by a 1952 alumnus of Engineering and Professor Sofou is the inaugural recipient. Each year, a new recipient will receive the award.
December 08, 2010
Kalodimos Featured in December Magazine
BME and Chemistry professor Charalampos (Babis) Kalodimos was featured in the December 9 2010 Issue of "Nature". Babis was featured in the Turning Points section for his accomplishments for two young-investigator awards. The full article can be found here.
December 08, 2010
BME Faculty startup featured in press
IbRiS, a startup company, founded jointly by Rutgers BME faculty, Professor Anant Madabhushi and Dr. James Monaco, was featured in a story on U.S. 1 newspaper (article). The aim of this company is to develop a computerized image analysis program that will help identify those women with ER+ breast cancer who do not require adjuvant chemotherapy, over and above standard hormonal therapy. Unlike more expensive prognostic molecular assays on the market, IbRiS only requires digital scanned images of breast cancer biopsy specimens and hence allows for cheap and portable testing and consequently could have a global outreach.
December 03, 2010
Yarmush Research Featured as Cover Article
Professor Martin Yarmush's research in the area of bionanorobotics is highlighted as a cover article in the November issue of the journal "IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology". The article entitled, "Biological Force Measurement in a Protein-Based Nanoactuator" describes the mechanical force exerted by a nanoactuator due to pH actuation from a statistical mechanics and free energy of conformational change viewpoint. The investigators used molecular dynamics techniques to show that the nanoactuator, based on the coiled-coil leucine zipper portion of a yeast transcriptional activator protein, can generate mechanical forces of the order of 20-40 pN upon pH modulation. The work is a collaboration with Professor Dinos Mavroidis of the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University, and was supported by grant from the NSF and NASA.
November 29, 2010
Recent BME UG Student Interviewed at Cambridge University in England
BME Class of 2010 student Simon Gordonov was interviewed by RUTGERS TODAY about his time and transition to Cambridge England. The story can be found here: Simon's Story.
Simon was apart of Professors Charlie Roth and Prabhas Moghe labs during his undergraduate studies in BME.
November 19, 2010
BME Graduate Students Receive Travel Awards
BME PhD Graduate Students Shannon Agner, Rachel Sparks, Satish Viswanath and Ajay Basavanhally have been awarded conference travel awards from the Graduate School of New Brunswick to help defray some of the costs for their SPIE conference in February 2011. These students are advised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
November 12, 2010
BME Graduate Student Awarded Outstanding MS Award
Shoshana Rosskamm, First year LCIB, BME PhD student has been awarded UC-Denver's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding M.S. Award-the highest award granted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at graduation. Shoshana came to Rutgers BME from UC-Denver and is currently advised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
November 10, 2010
LCIB,BME Graduate Student Awarded DoD Fellowship
Rachel Sparks, LCIB member and BME 4th year graduate student, has been awarded a 3 year, $95k predoctoral DOD fellowship for her project "Fusion of MRI and TRUS for prostate cancer detection". Rachel will be working under the supervision of Dr. Anant Madabhushi to develop image registration tools for aligning MRI, ultrasound, and histopathology.
November 10, 2010
LCIB,BME Graduate Student Recommended for Funding of DoD Fellowship
Satish Viswanath, LCIB member and BME 5th year graduate student, has been recommended for a DOD Fellowship (pending availability of additional DOD funds). Satish will be working on his project "Computer aided diagnosis for identification of aggressive prostate cancer using multi-parametric MRI" under the supervision of Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
October 28, 2010
BME Undergraduate Students Awarded ARESTY Research Grants
The Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has awarded research grants to several BME undergraduate students. These awards are made possible by the late Jerome and Lorraine Aresty who feel that research is very important to a student's experience at Rutgers.
Alyssa Kosmides supervised by Dr. Androulakis titled "Circadian cortisol dynamics using a secretory model"
Neel Shah supervised by Dr. Boustany titled "Cultivation chamber in time-lapse microscopy of live cells"
Alson Wu supervised by Dr. Cai titled "Roles of Dbx1CR5 in regulating Dbx1 in mouse neural development"
Alex Krasner supervised by Dr. Craelius titled Measuring spasticity in children with cerebral palsy"
Vincent Lou supervised by Dr. Firestein titled "Microelectrode arrays (MEAs) as an in vitro model to study traumatic brain injury (TBI)"
Namrata Kulkarni supervised by Dr. Langrana titled "Differentiation of mESCs into osteoblasts using chitosan-alginate based polyelectrolyte complexes"
Tapan Patel supervised by Dr. Lobel titled "Enzyme replacement therapy for LINCL"
Parth Patel supervised by Dr. Moghe titled "Linking Rho activity and early cytoskeletal features to long-term stem cell behavior"
Isaac Perron supervised by Dr. Shreiber titled "In vitro characterization of peptide glycomimetics immobilized on collagen scaffolds to promote peripheral nerve regeneration"
Sameer Sood supervised by Dr. Shreiber titled "Mechanical analysis of cell contracted collagen for the strengthening of vascular grafts"
Melissa Lash supervised by Dr. Uhrich titled "Amphiphillic macromolecules for therapeutic protein delivery"
Eric Pludwinski supervised by Dr. Yarmush titled "Mesenchymal stem cell differentiation in alginate-based beads"
Neal Kamdar supervised by Dr. Zahn titled "Electrophoretic DNA fractionation and recovery via microfluidic devices composed of an agarose membrane"
October 15, 2010
Madabhushi Joined Editorial Board of International Journal
Dr. Madabhushi has joined the editorial board to the International journal "Analytical Cellular Pathology". The focus of this journal is on the burgeoning applications of physical techniques to the study of cells, tissues, and organs in diseases to elucidate pathogenesis and further translational research.
October 08, 2010
Nativ wins New Jersey Stem Cell Symposium poster competition
Nir I. Nativ, a BME graduate student and NSF Stem Cell IGERT fellow, won first place in the poster competition at the 4th Annual New Jersey Stem Cell Research Symposium on September 29, 2010 and was awarded first place in the poster competition. Nir's poster was entitled "Exploring the HIF1a Pathway to Improve Engraftment of b Cells Derived from Embryonic Stem Cells in Type I Diabetes Mellitus Patients". Nir is a graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Martin Yarmush.
September 30, 2010
Nripen Sharma appointed to the Editorial Board of
BME Research Associate Nripen Sharma has been recently appointed to the Editorial Board of a new journal "Stem Cell Studies". Stem Cell Studies is a new, peer-reviewed, Open Access, online-only journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of the study of stem cells and their potential therapeutic applications. Link to the journal website here: http://www.pagepress.org/journals/index.php/scs/index. Nripen is in Professor Yarmush's laboratory.
September 24, 2010
Graduate Student Work Featured
BME MD/PhD student Shannon Agner's research on computer-aided detection and diagnosis of breast cancer through MRI's was featured on the Rutgers' homepage this week. Shannon works under Professor Anant Madabhushi in the Rutgers' Laboratory for Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics.
September 22, 2010
BME UG Awarded Aresty Research Grant
Congratulations to Rutgers BME Junior Alson Wu who has been awarded a $500 Research Grant from the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates for his project entitled "Roles of Dbx1CR5 in Regulating Dbx1 in Mouse Neural Development". Alson is currently advised by Professor Li Cai and BME graduate student Ying Li.
September 16, 2010
BME graduate student receives a travel award by the AIChE
BME graduate student Jeremy Scheff received a competitive travel award by the CAST Division of the AIChE to cover his travel expenses to the annual meeting. Jeremy was recognized for his work on using systems tools to model the autonomic dysfunction in human endotoxemia. His contributions will
be recognized during the AIChE National meeting at the formal CAST awards dinner in Salt Lake City in November 10, 2010. Jeremy is pursuing his PhD
under the supervision of Dr. Androulakis.
September 14, 2010
Roth Receives DoD Grant
Professor Charles Roth and collaborators at Daemen College and the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research have received a $500,000 contract from the Department of Defense for their proposal entitled "Integrated Proteomic Analysis and siRNA Therapy for Treatment of Heterotopic Ossification." The goal of this project is to identify molecular triggers for heterotopic ossification (bone growth in soft tissue; a major cause of morbidity following blast injury) using proteomic analysis of clinical samples and to silence the corresponding genes using siRNA delivered locally in a nanoparticle formulation.
September 09, 2010
LCIB, BME Graduate Student invited to participate in NJTC Mid Atlantic Imaging Symposium Panel
Satish Viswanath, LCIB, BME graduate student has been invited to participate in a panel focusing on imaging trends in industry/research. Each panel member will speak for 5-6 minutes on their specialty, followed by a discussion between panel members and audience. The panel is being organized as part of the MidAtlantic Imaging Symposium, by the New Jersey Technology Council. Satish is mentored by Professor Madabhushi.
September 09, 2010
LCIB, BME Graduate Student awarded $500 MICCAI Travel Grant
Rachel Sparks, a 4th year LCIB, BME graduate student has been awarded a competitive $500 travel grant from the MICCAI society. Rachel will be using the award to offset travel costs for her visit to Beijing, China in September 2010, where she will be presenting her paper entitled "Novel Morphometric Based Classification via Diffeomorphic Based Shape Representation usingManifold Learning". Rachel is mentored by Professor Madabhushi.
August 30, 2010
Yarmush appointed Editor-in-Chief of NanoLIFE
Professor Martin Yarmush has been appointed Editor-in-Chief for Medical Sciences of a new international journal entitled, NanoLIFE. The journal addresses critical issues in nanoscience and nanomedicine that impact both the scientific community and the general public. NanoLIFE aims to reach researchers in a broad spectrum disciplines including materials, chemical, biological and medical sciences, and engineering. It will also highlight breaking trends in these fields, and hopefully cultivate a new integrated community with shared interests in frontier research and higher education.
August 23, 2010
Kalodimos is the recipient of 2010 Michael and Kate Barany Award
Prof. Babis Kalodimos have been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Michael and Kate Barany Award for Young Investigator by Biophysical Society. He is recognized for his work using NMR spectroscopy, combined with other biophysical methodologies, to determine the mechanisms underlying the functionality of large protein machineries.
The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, March 5-9. The award presentation
ceremony precedes the National Lecture on Monday evening, and as the Barany awardee he will be listed as a speaker in the Tuesday Awards Symposium.
August 19, 2010
LCIBs work on Identifying MRI Signatures for Aggressive Prostate Cancer receives Press Coverage
Ongoing work in Dr. Madabhushi's lab on developing computerized image analysis methods for identifying aggressive prostate cancers on MRI was recently featured in a press release. Dr. Madabhushi along with BME graduate student Pallavi Tiwari have been working with Dr. John Kurhanewicz at the University of California San Francisco to develop techniques for identifying high grade prostate cancers using a combination of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and T2-w imaging. On a cohort of 19 patient studies they were able to successfully distinguish low and high grade prostate cancers with an accuracy of over 90%. These findings will be presented by Pallavi at the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Conference in Beijing, China, on Sept. 22. Press release at: http://is.gd/eoLJY
August 10, 2010
Dr. Madabhushi named Coulter Fellow
Dr. Madabhushi was named a Coulter fellow at the Wallace Coulter Foundation meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL on August 10, 2010. Dr. Madabhushi is the first Coulter fellow from Rutgers University and was recognized for his translational work on automated detection of prostate cancer from MRI.
August 09, 2010
Madabhushi, Feleppa, Rofsky, GE awarded 5 year Industrial-Academic, $3.4 million NIH R01 grant
Dr's Madabhushi (PI: Rutgers), Feleppa (PI, Riverside Research), Rofsky (PI, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston), and Cai (PI, GE) have been awarded a 5 year, $3.4 million, multi-institutional, Industrial-Academic partnership NIH R01 grant entitled "Prostate-cancer Imaging by Combined Ultrasound and Magnetic-resonance Parameters". This is Professor Madabhushi's second Industrial-Academic partnership NIH R01 grant, and complements his ongoing NIH R01 grant with UPENN and Siemens on "Software for Radiology-Pathology fusion for prostate cancer diagnosis".
July 23, 2010
Androulakis receives NSF Supplemental Award
Professor Yannis Androulakis received an NSF supplemental award to his parent SNF grant of $45K to further support his work on reducing and representing complex reaction mechanisms. This work is in collaboration with Professor Marianthi Ierapetritou (CBE).
July 14, 2010
Yarmush receives grant from the US - Israel Binational Science Foundation
Professor Martin Yarmush and Professor Anat Herskovits of Tel Aviv University have received a $60,000 grant from the US - Israel Binational Science Foundation for their proposal entitled, "Live Inflammatory Responses to L. monocytogenes". The goal of the project is to apply a novel high throughput living cell array system to characterize activation mechanisms of innate immune signaling pathways by L. monocytogenes. The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a wide area of basic and applied scientific fields, for peaceful and non-profit purposes.
July 08, 2010
Micheli-Tzanakou Awarded 2010 IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award
The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) voted to recognize Professor Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou's exceptional achievements in continuing education activities by awarding her the 2010 IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education with the following citation: "for vision and leadership in establishing the IEEE Biometrics Certification Program". The 2010 IEEE EAB Award Presentation Ceremony will take place during the IEEE Board of Directors Meeting Series in New Brunswick, NJ on November 19, 2010.
July 07, 2010
Rutgers-UMDNJ Biotechnology Training Program Renewed
The Rutgers-UMDNJ Biotechnology PhD Training Program has been renewed for a record fifth time (years 21-25). The 5-year award, totaling $1,527,190 provides 8 pre-doctoral fellowship awards per year, and is matched by 3 fellowships from Rutgers and 2 fellowships from UMDNJ. This award started in 1989 and is funded through the NIH. The aim of the program is to train a new breed of creative investigators who are able to translate basic science discoveries into technology developments for the needs of society, government, and industry.
June 23, 2010
Shreiber receives grant from New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research
Professor David Shreiber has received a 3-year $495,000 award from the NJCBIR for his proposal, entitled "Evaluation of genipin as a multi-potent therapeutic agent following brain injury." The goal of the project is to test the effects of genipin - a natural metabolite extracted from the Gardenia Jasminoides - in organotypic and in vivo models of brain injury. Professor Barclay Morrison (BME, Columbia
University) is a collaborator.
June 18, 2010
Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering Ranked No. 1 again by ISI
For the eighth year in a row, articles in the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering (ARBE) were cited more often than papers in any of its peer journals, according to ISI's 2009 Journal Citation Report, giving it the highest Impact Factor in its peer group. The ARBE had an Impact Factor of 11.235 placing it #1 in the category "Engineering, Biomedical," of 59 journals, and #1 among all engineering journals (840 in total). Professor Martin Yarmush serves as the editor-in-chief of the ARBME which published its first volume in 1999.
June 17, 2010
BME UG Awarded Summer NJCCR Fellowship
Congratulations to Rutgers BME/LCIB sophomore Pratik Patel who has been awarded a $4000 summer fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (NJCCR) for his project entitled "CT-MRI Registration Methods" for improved prostate cancer radiotherapy planning. Pratik is currently advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi and BME/LCIB graduate student Jonathan Chappelow.
June 02, 2010
Sharma Joins the Editorial Board of the Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering Journal
BME Research Associate Nripen Sharma has joined the Editorial Board of the Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering Journal. The journal publishes original reviews on topics of biomedical engineering, bioengineering, clinical engineering and related subjects. Nripen is in Professor Yarmush's laboratory.
May 28, 2010
Fox receives NJCSCR Graduate Fellowship
Jeffrey Fox, a CBE graduate student in David Shreiber's laboratory, received a 2-year $60k award from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Jeff's Fellowship Proposal is entitled "Optimized synergistic cues to facilitate spinal cord regeneration." Jeff plans to pattern collagen gels with appropriate mechanical and adhesive properties to dictate the behaviors of both astrocytes and regenerating axons.
May 28, 2010
Li Cai Receives 3-Year NJCSCR Grant
Professor Li Cai has been awarded a 3-year, $600K NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Research grant entitled: "No-coding DNA sequence in oligodendrocyte development". The goal of this grant is to determine the role of regulatory DNA sequences and their interacting protein factors during oligodendrocyte-lineage development as future potential therapeutic targets for spinal cord injury and other neurological diseases that involved oligodendrocyte function. The grant will run from June 15, 2010 through June 30, 2013.
May 27, 2010
BME Undergraduate Students Awarded Byrne Summer Research Positions
Professor Thomas V. Papathomas has been approved to support 2 rising BME sophomore undergrads Mr. Jay Ravaliya and Mr. Harpinder Singh for the Byrne Seminar Summer Research. The funds for this summer research project were provided by V.P. Mike Pazzani to proposals submitted on behalf of students in the Byrne first-year seminars. The purpose of this project is to study the role of certain visual attributes, such as contrast and color, in motion perception. The students will use PsychToolBox, a MatLab-based software package to produce animation sequences that use combinations of visual attributes to elicit visual motion. The practical side of the project is that we can produce interesting demonstrations for the Internet, both for future classes and for a web site. We plan to produce interactive demonstrations were the viewer can use "sliders" to adjust stimulus parameters (spatial and temporal frequency, contrast and eccentricity).
May 20, 2010
Moghe Joins The Editorial Board of the Journal of Functional Biomaterials
Professor Prabhas Moghe has joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Functional Biomaterials (JFB). The JFB is an international and interdisciplinary scientific journal that publishes regular research papers (articles), reviews and short communications about applications of materials for biomedical use. The journal focuses on the preparation, performance and use of functional biomaterials in biomedical devices and their behavior in physiological environments.
May 19, 2010
Masand Awarded Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute Fellowship
BME PhD student Shirley Masand has been selected as a 2010-2011 Fellow in the Rutgers Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute (PLDI). The Fellowship comes with a $1000 annual honorarium that will be provided during the Fall semester. The fellowship also includes a course. Shirley is in the inaugural group of Fellows in this new program. Shirley is also a member in the laboratory of Professor David Shreiber.
May 11, 2010
John Li Appointed Associate Editor of IEEE
Professor John K-J. Li has been appointed as an Associate Editor for 2010 Proceedings of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Conference. EMBS is the largest international society for biomedical engineers. Prof. Li is responsible for reviews in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems Engineering. Accepted papers for the EMBC articles are cited in Pubmed.
May 11, 2010
BME and MAE Faculty team up for NSF award
Professors David Shreiber and Jeffrey Zahn (BME) have teamed with Professors Hao Lin and Jerry Shan (MAE) for a 3-year $407,000 grant from the NSF, entitled "A Theory-Based Electroporation Method for Optimized Molecular Delivery." The goal of the project is to understand the fundamental aspects of electrohydrodynamics that govern molecular transport during electroporation, and then to use that knowledge to design protocols and on-chip microdevices that optimize delivery while minimizing cell damage and death.
May 10, 2010
Yarmush and Colleagues Receive $1.9 million NIH award
Professor Martin Yarmush and colleagues at Northeastern U (Shashi Murthy, PI), U Toronto (Milica Radisic, co-PI), and Harvard U (John Mayer, co-PI) have been awarded a 3-year, $1.9 M, to develop innovative microfabrication techniques for isolating and cultivating stem cells for use in the replacement of damaged tissue. The Yarmush lab focus is to study how stem cells, extracted from hair follicles in normal skin, can be used to potentially repair severely burned skin by growing new hair follicles and sweat glands.
May 10, 2010
Foteinou Wins Outstanding Graduate Student Award
BME PhD student Panagiota (Pegy) Foteinou was awarded an SoE Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Pegy has developed an outstanding academic record here at Rutgers, with close to 10 archival publications. She was also the recipient of a Graduate School Bevier Fellowship, several travel grant awards, and has accepted a post-doctoral position at a prestigious university. She has also been involved with BME, helping with activities and mentoring undergraduates. There were two award recipients will both will receive $500 checks. Pegy is advised by Professor Ioannis Androulakis.
May 03, 2010
Yarmush Receives 2-Year NIH Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush has been awarded a 2-year, $486K NIH grant entitled, "A Composite Stem Cell Device for Combination Therapy of Acute Liver Failure". The overall goal of this project is to develop a composite cellular bioreactor for the treatment of liver failure that uses both hepatocytes and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in a single unit. The work addresses the hypothesis that organ failure can best be treated by a dual approach: function replacement (provided by the hepatocytes), and anti-inflammatory treatment (provided by the MSCs).
May 02, 2010
Professor Li named SoE Teacher of the Year
The BME students have named Professor John K-J Li as the Teacher of the Year for his excellence during the Spring 2009 and Fall 2010 semesters. The award is given on behalf of the Engineering Governing Council. A reception is planned for Sunday May 2nd on College Avenue Campus in the Faculty Dining Room in Brower Commons.
May 01, 2010
Pelegri and Shreiber Receive NSF Award
Professors Mina Pelegri (MAE) and David Shreiber (BME) were awarded a 3-year $410,000 grant from the NSF for their project, entitled "Multi-Scale Modeling of Central Nervous System White Matter." The project aims to develop a modeling framework to describe the continuum level material behavior of white matter based on a micro-kinematic characterization of the resident axons. The framework can then be used to improve the predictive capabilities of finite element simulations of brain and spinal cord trauma.
April 30, 2010
NIH Biotechnology Training Program Renewed
The NIH supported Rutgers-UMDNJ Biotechnology Training Program, directed by Professors Martin Yarmush and Aaron Shatkin, has been renewed for its fifth five-year cycle.
The $1.5 million grant provides stipend and tuition support for 8 fellows and is matched by institutional sources at both Rutgers and UMDNJ. The research programs of the training faculty cover a broad spectrum of problems, which fall under two major interdisciplinary research thrusts: 1) Genomics, Proteomics and Structural Biology and 2) Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, and Drug Delivery. The Biotechnology program offers 3 unique courses: 1) "Bioengineering in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries", a comprehensive survey course taught by industrial faculty; 2) "Topics in Advanced Biotechnology", a cutting-edge course reviewing break-through technologies taught by Rutgers and UMDNJ faculty; and 3) "Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology" given jointly by the Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies and the program.
April 29, 2010
GAANN Awarded to BME
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) has been awarded a $393,795 training grant from the U.S. Department of Education program of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). The award entitled, "Training Tomorrows Leaders in Biomedical Engineering" will provide 3 full graduate fellowships per year for the next 3 years. The main objective of the program is to increase the number of BME professionals trained in three cutting edge areas (Molecular Systems Biology & Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine, and Nano- & Microsystems Bioengineering), and to provide them with special enrichment activities in entrepreneurship and commercialization. Professor Martin Yarmush serves as principal investigator of the GAANN Program.
April 28, 2010
Madabhushi Honorable Mention in May 2010 Scientific American
Professor Anant Madabhushi's ongoing work on computerized image analysis of digital pathology was referenced in a recent article on digital pathology that appeared in the May 2010 issue of the Scientific American.
April 28, 2010
BME Students Win at the SOE Research Poster Competition for Undergraduate Students
BME Undergraduate students were winners at the School of Engineering Poster Research Symposium on Friday, April 23, 2010:
The most innovative poster award prize went to:
1. Elaine Yu was awarded for her work on "Detection of Tubule Formation in Breast Cancer Histopathology", Mentor: Prof. Anant Madabhushi
2. Malav Desai and Namrata Kulkarni on "Development of tissue engineered bone using Chitosan-Alginate films", Mentor: Prof. Noshir Langrana
The best presentation award went to:
3. Pratik Patel on "Image Registration for Improved Radiotherapy and Automated Detection of Prostate Cancer", Mentor: Prof. Anant Madabhushi
4. Nicole Ciulla, Marissa Berkowitz, Sara Anderias, Stephanie Yang on "Arterial Plaque Dome Model Exhibits Wall Vibrations", Mentor: Prof. Gary Drzewiecki
5. Sameer Sood (2nd place) on "Mechanical Analysis of Cell Contracted Collagen for Vascular Grafts", Mentor: Prof. David Shreiber
April 27, 2010
Hughes Awarded Wells H. Keddie Scholarship
BME undergraduate student James Hughes has been awarded a Wells H. Keddie Scholarship by the Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters. Professor Thomas Papathomas nominated James for his involvement as President of the Rutgers student chapter of "Engineers Without Borders", who volunteer their time and energy for enhancing the lives of people in developing countries, mainly by improving the local water supply. James received a monetary award and a plaque for this scholarship.
April 26, 2010
BME Undergraduate Awarded First Place
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Robert Toth, 4th year BME undergraduate was awarded first place in the School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium for his talk titled "Segmentation of the prostate from in vivo MRI images". This talk summarizes his research work over the past 24 months under the supervision of Professor Anant Madabhushi. As part of this award, Rob was given a ribbon and a cash prize of $250.
April 22, 2010
Berthiaume, Madabhushi and Shinbrot Promoted BME Faculty
The Board of Governors at Rutgers announced the promotions for this year effective July 2010.
- Francois Berthiaume received tenure at Associate Professor rank.
- Anant Madabhushi is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
- Troy Shinbrot is promoted to the Full Professor rank.
We congratulate them for their promotions!
April 19, 2010
BME Graduate Student Wins Travel Award for IEEE Conference
BME PhD graduate student Jeremy Scheff won a competitive travel award to present his work at the upcoming 10th IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering. Jeremy's work focuses on the implications of diurnal variability and chronic stress on systemic inflammation. He is advised by Professor Ioannis Androulakis.
April 16, 2010
Moradi Awarded RASTL Fellowship for 2010/2011
BME graduate student Minoosh (Kim) Moradi has been awarded a Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program (RASTL) fellowship for 2010/2011. The RASTL program includes teaching seminars, courses, and a nominal stipend to help defray research expenses. Minoosh is currently a TA in the department and works in the laboratory of Professor William Craelius.
March 24, 2010
Buettner Wins 2010 WEPAN University Change Agent Award
Professor Helen Buettner has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) University Change Agent Award. The award is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm and your desire to create an environment where women and girls are welcomed and appreciated in the engineering community. The award will presented at the annual WEPAN conference in April in Baltimore, Maryland.
March 22, 2010
Agner Awarded Conference Travel Award
BME PhD graduate student Shannon Agner has been awarded a GSNB conference travel award to help defray some of her costs for her conference in Stockholm Sweden on May 1-7. Shannon is presenting a poster for the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Her poster is "Distinguishing Molecular Subtypes of Breast Cancer Based on Computer-aided Diagnosis of DCE-MRI". Shannon is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
March 16, 2010
Er Liu Receives STAR Award
BME graduate student Er Liu from the Moghe laboratory has been selected to receive the 2010 Society for Biomaterials STAR (Student Travel Achievement Recognition) Award for his paper: "High content imaging based mapping of stem cell phenotypes on polymeric biomaterials." This award by the Education and Professional Development Committee of the Society of Biomaterials recognizes outstanding student contribution to research and will be conferred in Seattle. This work was conducted under the auspices of RESBIO, the NIH Funded Integrated Resource Center for Polymers.
March 09, 2010
Androulakis and Ierapetritou Receive ONR Award
BME/CBE professor Ioannis Androulakis and BME graduate faculty member Marianthi Ierapetritou recently received a 3-year $330K award from the Office on Naval Research to pursue their research activities focused on modeling the complexities of biofuel combustion. Their work aims at the development of
novel methods for the analysis, representation and reduction of complex reaction mechanisms and exploring their incorporation in realistic computational fluid dynamics simulations. The work focuses on exploring the potential of biofuels as alternative energy sources.
March 08, 2010
BME Graduate Students to Participate in Women in Computing Research Program
LCIB and BME PhD students, Pallavi Tiwari and Shannon Agner, have been selected to participate in the CRA-W 2010 Grad Cohort for Women in Computing Research on April 23-24, 2010 in Bellevue, WA. The purpose of the CRA-W's Grad Cohort Program is to increase the ranks of senior women in computing by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women during their graduate studies. Funds for Pallavi`s and Shannon`s participation are being provided by Microsoft Inc., Google Inc., and Dr. Kathryn Uhrich, Dean of Math and Physical Sciences, Rutgers University. Pallavi and Shannon are both advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
March 08, 2010
Pasternack awarded Bevier Fellowship for 2010/2011
BME PhD graduate student Robert Pasternack has been awarded a Graduate School of New Brunswick Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship for the 2010/2011 academic year. The fellowship carries a stipend and tuition remission. Robert works in the laboratory of professor Nada Boustany and we congratulate him for this prestigious fellowship. Only 12 students are awarded this fellowship per year in the university.
February 12, 2010
Professor Madabhushi joins editorial board of BMC Cancer
Dr. Madabhushi has been invited to join the editorial board of the open access journal BMC Cancer. BMC Cancer publishes original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of cancer research, including the pathophysiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancers. The journal welcomes submissions concerning molecular and cellular biology, genetics, epidemiology, and clinical trials. The journal's current impact factor is 3.08.
February 11, 2010
BME Undergraduate Awarded Aresty Research Grant
BME senior student, Laith M. Qumei, was awarded a $600 Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) award for his research under professor Bill Craelius. Laith may also be selected to present his research project at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in late April. Details will follow if he is selected. Congratulations to Laith for this award.
February 08, 2010
LCIB work on prostate cancer detection featured in Rutgers Magazine
Ongoing work on prostate cancer diagnostics using multi-modal MRI was recently featured in the Spring 2010 edition of the "Rutgers Magazine". This project is currently funded via grants from the NIH and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Professor Anant Madabhushi is the Rutgers PI on this project. Link: http://is.gd/7SPu5
February 08, 2010
LCIB cited as one of the major players in image integration and fusion by Washington G2 report
G2 Washington reports, an independent news and information service company specializing in topical and analytical newsletters, in a technical report on Integrated Diagnostics, names the Laboratory for Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics (LCIB) in the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, as one of the major players in image integration and fusion. Link: http://tiny.cc/yrY15
February 08, 2010
BME, LCIB Student Pallavi Tiwari work showcased by Indian media
Pallavi Tiwari, 2nd year PhD student in BME, LCIB was recently featured on the Indian news media. Pallavi's invited talk on "Computer aided diagnosis for prostate cancer detection" at science and technologies conference, Bhartiyan Vigyan Sammelan, Indore India in Dec. 2010 was covered by an Indian news TV channel. Pallavi is doing her PhD under the mentorship of Professor Anant Madabhushi. Link: http://youtu.be/2ZurZp1ZtiU
January 29, 2010
Gordonov Wins Prestigious Churchill Scholarship
Simon Gordonov, a BME undergraduate and athlete working with Professor Prabhas Moghe has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Scholarship for graduate study at England's University of Cambridge. He will use the scholarship to pursue a Master of Philosophy degree in computational biology. Full story here: http://news.rutgers.edu/medrel/news-releases/2010/01/rutgers-biomedical-e-20100128
January 20, 2010
BME, LCIB students are chosen as finalists for BMEIdea Competition
BME and LCIB Graduate Students Ajay Basavanhally and Scott Doyle have been short listed for the finals of national level competition, on their project "Image based predictor of outcome for ER+ breast cancers" at BMEIdea Design competition http://www.nciia.org/bmeidea/. They will now compete with 9 other finalists in this unique competition that judges rank entries on all aspects of biomedical commercialization, from product innovation to market need, and from regulatory strategies to social impact. Ajay and Scott were awarded $500 for making it to the finals of this competition.
This project is supervised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi and Dr. Shridar Ganesan. Incidentally, this is the 3rd time in 4 years that LCIB students have been shortlisted for this prestigious competition.
January 13, 2010
Master of Business and Science Degree at Rutgers Joins with BME
The combination of the global economic crisis and growing international competition in science innovation has created a demand for professionals who possess a unique skill set - a balance of scientific training and business savvy.
The offering of business and science graduate degree programs is part of a growing national trend. The National Science Foundation has allocated $15 million this year to expand these programs. Some of the applied science concentrations include: Sustainability, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Food Science, International Agriculture, Industrial Mathematics, Statistics and Biostatistics, Urban Environmental Analysis and Management. For the full story: http://news.rutgers.edu/medrel/news-releases/2010/01/rutgers-integrates-s-20100112
December 16, 2009
Mann Research Featured as Cover Article
Professor Adrian Mann's research on bioglass nanofibers is featured on the cover "Advanced Functional Materials". The article entitled, "Laser Spinning of Bioactive Glass Nanofibers" describes the utilization of a new synthesis technique, laser spinning, in the rapid production of extremely long, resorbable, ceramic nanofibers. The fibers have potential applications in a range of hard tissue treatments and there flexibility means they may also be of utility for some soft tissue applications. The research was conducted as part of a collaboration amongst Rutgers University, the University of Vigo in Spain and Imperial College in London, UK. The work was supported by the European Union.
December 11, 2009
The Laboratory for Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics (LCIB) Update
The Laboratory for Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics (LCIB) at Rutgers, Hospital at University of Pennsylvania, and the Digital Pathology company, Bioimagene, have just signed a 3 year Xanax online
sponsored research and licensing agreement to develop digital pathology image analysis algorithms for detection and grading of prostate cancer. Under this 3 year research agreement, Bioimagene will support Rutgers (PI: Anant Madabhushi) and UPENN (PI's: Michael Feldman, John Tomaszewski) with a $300,000 grant. Further, Bioimagene will sponsor a visiting scientist at LCIB and pathology fellow at UPENN, in addition to providing a commercial whole slide digital scanner and computational servers to the two academic institutions. Under this agreement, Bioimagene will license digital pathology algorithms developed at Rutgers and UPENN (Inventors: Anant Madabhushi, Scott Doyle, John Tomaszewski, Michael Feldman) for use in their commercial whole slide digital pathology scanners.
Press release on CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/34311051
December 01, 2009
BME Graduate Student Awarded NJCSCR Fellowship
BME graduate student and IGERT fellow, Jeffrey Barminko, has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research for his project entitled "Encapsulated MSCs for Spinal Cord Injury Repair". The 2 year, $60,000 fellowship will support Jeff, while he investigates approaches to augment MSC cyto-protective properties via novel methods for delivering MSC in vivo. Jeff is performing his studies under the guidance of Professors Martin Yarmush, Rene Schloss, and Martin Grumet.
November 24, 2009
Graduate Student Wins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
BME graduate student Lavanya Peddada has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research for her project entitled "Novel Carrier for Antisense Cancer Therapeutics". The 2 year, $50,000 fellowship will support Lavanya during the latter stages of her PhD program under the mentorship of Professor Charles Roth.
November 23, 2009
Kalodimos Wins Young Investigator Award
Professor Charalampos (Babis) Kalodimos has been selected as the 2010 winner of the young investigator award of the Protein Society. The award is named after the late Irving Sigal and includes a $6,000 stipend, an invitation to present a lecture at an annual meeting and $2,000 towards the cost of travel expenses associated with attending the meeting which will be held in San Diego from August 1st to August 5th of 2010.
November 13, 2009
Graduate Student Awarded 3-yr DoD Fellowship on Prostate Cancer
Pallavi Tiwari (LCIB member and 2nd year BME PhD student) has been awarded a 3 year, $100K, Department of Defense fellowship for her project entitled "Computerized Decision Support System for Detection and Grading of Prostate Cancer Using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)".
Pallavi will be working under the mentorship of Professor Anant Madabhushi. Dr's Mark Rosen (UPENN), John Kurhanewicz (UCSF), and Nicholas Bloch (Boston Medical Center) will serve as clinical collaborators on this project.
November 11, 2009
Graduate Students Win Conference Travel Awards
BME PhD students Kiana Aran and Mercedes Morales from Dr. Jeffrey Zahn's laboratory have received conference travel awards from the Graduate School to help defray travel costs to the Microtas 2009 Conference in Jeju Korea in early November. Both students presented posters at the conference.
November 10, 2009
BME Graduate Student wins 2 year NJCCR fellowship
LCIB member and BME PhD graduate student, Ajay Basavanhally has been awarded a 2 year predoctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer research for his project entitled "Quantitative Prognosis on Breast Cancer Histopathology". The 2 year, $50,000 fellowship will support Ajay during his PhD program under the mentorship of Professor Anant Madabhushi in the BME department at Rutgers.
October 02, 2009
NIH New Innovator Award to BME Graduate Faculty, KiBum Lee
Congratulations to Professor Ki-Bum Lee, Graduate Faculty in BME & Stem Cell IGERT Faculty, for bagging the highly competitive NIH Director's New Innovator award, given nationally to a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches. Professor Lee's project funded at $2.3M is titled: Combinatorial approaches for studying multiple cues regulating human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) fate.
October 01, 2009
Yarmush Receives 2-Year NIH Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush has been awarded a 2-year, $828K NIH grant entitled, "Recellularization of Liver Bioscaffolds". The project is focused on the development of techniques for decellularizing livers that are unsuitable for transplantation, and recellularizing them with embryonic stem cell derived hepatocyte-like cells. It is hoped that these new bioscaffolds will show more promise than the synthetic scaffold approach that has not yielded success over the past 20 years.
September 28, 2009
Madabhushi Awarded NIH R03 for $161K
Professor Anant Madabhushi has been awarded a NIH R-03 grant entitled "Integrating Quantitative Histological Image and Vascular Density Patterns for Prostate Cancer Prognosis Prediction". This 2 year $161,000 grant will continue the ongoing collaboration between Rutgers and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr's Feldman and Tomaszewski are the Co-PIs from UPENN.
September 15, 2009
Micheli-Tzanakou one of the Editors of a Book on Biometrics
Professor Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou is one of the authors on newly a published book Biometrics - Theory, Methods and Applications. It is an indispensable resource for researchers, security experts, policy makers, engineers and graduate students. ISBN 978-0-470-24782-2.
September 14, 2009
Micheli-Tzanakou featured in IEEE Transactions
Professor Micheli-Tzanakou was a guest editor on the topic of Computational Intelligence in Biomedicine for the IEEE Transactions Journal. Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou is featured in the September 2009 edition of IEEE Journal.
September 01, 2009
Yarmush and Colleagues Receive NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush and colleagues at Texas A&M (Juergen Hahn, PI; Arul Jayaraman, co-PI; and Carl Laird, co-PI) have been awarded a 4-year, $1.48 M, high-profile, NSF award entitled, "Extracting Population and Stochastic Effects on Signaling Activity from Transcription Factor Profiles". The project is focused on the development of a new computational framework that will enable investigators to partition stochastic and cell population effects with the ultimate goal of developing improved models of signal transduction pathways. The Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) program is NSF's bold five-year initiative to create revolutionary science and engineering research outcomes made possible by innovations and advances in computational thinking. CDI research outcomes are expected to produce paradigm shifts in our understanding of a wide range of science and engineering phenomena and socio-technical innovations that create new wealth and enhance the national quality of life.
August 24, 2009
BME graduate student work highlighted in journal
The work of Er Liu, graduate student in Biomedical Engineering, and co-author, Matthew Treiser, a recent PhD graduate of the department, was highlighted as part of the cover art in the special issue of "Cell Response to Biomaterials" by the journal Combinatorial Chemistry & HTS. This work is supported by the NIH and was done in collaboration with the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the NJ Center for Biomaterials.
August 15, 2009
NSF MRI Award to Moghe and Co-Investigators
Rutgers PI Bob Bartynski (Physics & Astronomy) and Co-PIs (Prabhas Moghe, BME/CBE; Vitaly Podzhorov, PA; Kathryn Uhrich, CBE; S. W Cheong, PA) were recently awarded a Major Instrumentation Award of $550,000 for Acquisition of a State-of-the-Art X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer for Research, Training and Education.
August 15, 2009
NSF ICubed Award to Rutgers Faculty Administrators and IGERT Faculty Moghe
BME Stem Cell IGERT PI Prabhas Moghe and four other administrators (Program PI: Phil Furmanski; Other CoPI's: Mike Pazzani, Jerry Kukor, Eileen Kowler) secured a 4-Y $ 1M grant from NSF for Innovation through Institutional Integration. Rutgers will integrate programmatic innovations related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) research and professional training of students by leveraging the innovative research, curriculum, and community best practices developed in Rutgers' four IGERT projects horizontally across the institution's STEM graduate programs and centers, and vertically within undergraduate research experience programs.
August 10, 2009
NIH AARA Supplement Award to Moghe
The NHLBI has awarded an administrative supplement of $254K to Dr. Prabhas Moghe for his NIH grant on Nanoscale Receptor Blockers for Inhibition of Atherosclerosis. BME graduate faculty member Kathryn Uhrich is a key collaborator.
July 29, 2009
Androulakis receives 1 year NSF Award
Professor Ioannis Androulakis received a 1-year $54,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further advance his work on modeling and analysis of complex reaction networks. Dr. Androulakis is an Associate Professor in BME.
July 19, 2009
REU Funding comes to Rutgers (BME)
Rutgers will be the home to a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site program, thanks to a new $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The program on Cellular Bioengineering: From Biomaterials to Stem Cells will be led by PI Charles Roth and co-PI Prabhas Moghe and will provide opportunities for a diverse population of students to whom cutting-edge research experiences are not typically available.
July 18, 2009
BME Graduate Student Wins Gerondelis $5K Award
BME graduate student Panagiota (Pegy) Foteinou is a recipient of a $5,000 Gerondelis Foundation award. The Foundation rewarded Pegy for her work towards understanding and modeling the multi-scale nature of human endotoxemia, a surrogate model for studying systemic inflammation in humans. Pegy is a PhD candidate in Prof. Androulakis' group.
July 16, 2009
Multi-institutional NIH R01 $3.375 million 5 yr grant to Madabhushi and colleagues
Dr. Madabhushi (PI) and his collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania (Michael Feldman, PI) and Siemens Corporate Research (GianLuca Paladini, PI, Lance Ladic, Co-PI) have been awarded a 5 year, $3.375 million NIH R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute. This 5 year, multi-PI, multi-institutional grant will be funded for the first 2 years by money from the ARRA and for the final 3 years by the NCI.
The project entitled "Software to facilitate multi-mode, multi-scale fused data for Pathology and Radiology"e; will focus on developing a software informatics platform that integrates image analysis, image registration, and computer vision tools for facilitating automated diagnosis of prostate cancer from multi-parametric MRI and histopathology.
July 16, 2009
Martin Yarmush receives $2.5M NIH Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush received a 4-year $2,578,970 grant from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to develop a novel subzero non-freezing protocol to extend the viable preservation times of hepatic tissues and organs using a supercooled medium. The work intends to generate a new field of supercooled storage, and also establish quantitative standards for evaluating the organ viability following preservation. While the focus of the current work is on the liver, the protocols established will also serve as the basis for subzero nonfreezing preservation of all organs and tissue engineered products.
July 14, 2009
Madabhushi awarded $55,000 grant from Cancer Institute of NJ
Prof. Anant Madabhushi (lead PI) and Dr. Shridar Ganesan (Co-PI) were awarded a $55,000 grant for their project entitled "Histologic Image based classifiers of outcome in Estrogen-Receptor Positive Breast Cancers" from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. This 1 year project will focus on developing quantitative image descriptors for prognosis prediction of ER+ breast cancers based on analysis of H&E stained histopathology tissue sections alone.
June 29, 2009
Boustany Wins NSF Award
Dr. Boustany received an award from the NSF for her project entitled "Optical Fourier Processing Microscope Based on Two-Dimensional Gabor Filters". The project aims to develop novel instrumentation for highly sensitive analysis of subcelullar structure. The project was funded under the NSF Instrumentation Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Program. NSF expects to fund this project for three years at $416,507.
June 05, 2009
Roth awarded two-year R01 grant from the NIH
Professor Charles Roth has been awarded a two-year R01 grant from the NIH for his project "Efficient Cellular Delivery of Oligonucleotides". This $687,000 grant was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and will support mechanistic studies and preclinical development of a novel platform for oligonucleotide delivery.
June 02, 2009
Shreiber receives NSF CAREER Award
Professor David Shreiber received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the NSF. The CAREER Award, which is NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty, provides $400,000 over a 5-year period. The research project, entitled "Engineered Biomaterial Gradients for Control of Neural Cells", examines the response of regenerating axons and astrocytes to multiple gradients of guidance cues, with a long term objective of designing improved therapies for nerve and spinal cord regeneration, and also includes educational enhancements and outreach in Tissue Engineering.
May 28, 2009
Student wins two awards at Annual Retreat on Cancer Research
CBE graduate student and Nanopharmaceuticals IGERT Trainee Carolyn Waite received two awards today at the 2009 Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey, where she presented her recent work on targeted siRNA delivery to tumor spheroids. She received a Gallo Award for outstanding graduate students and a New Jersey Cancer Research Award for Scientific Excellence, given to the best abstracts presented at this year's symposium. Carolyn is advised by Prof. Charlie Roth.
May 27, 2009
Yarmush appointed to Editorial Board of two journals
Professor Martin Yarmush has been appointed to the editorial boards of the "Journal of Hepatology" and the "Journal of Tissue Engineering". Both are open-access and peer-reviewed forums for the publication of scientific research in the fields of hepatology and tissue engineering and their clinical application.
May 19, 2009
Madabhushi receives award from NIH
Anant Madabhushi has been awarded a NIH award to supplement his ongoing parent NIH grant "Detecting Prostate Cancer Using 3 Tesla Multi-Protocol
MRI/MRS". The $70,000 award from the National Cancer Institute will provide funding for several undergraduate and high school students in his lab, the Laboratory for Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics, over the summer of 2009.
May 07, 2009
BME Undergraduate wins Aresty Research Grant
John McBride, a BME undergraduate senior student received an Aresty grant of $1,000 for his research on the project entitled Novel Bio-potential Monitor for Neonatal Intensive Care. The device will provide noninvasive evoked potential monitoring of neonates in the clinics. He has presented a poster at the recent Aresty undergraduate research conference. His mentor is Professor John K-J. Li.
May 04, 2009
BME Honors Academy Student wins Aresty Research Grant
Chirag Walawalkar, President of BME's Biomedical Engineering Society, received an Aresty grant of $1,000 for his research on the project entitled Novel Blood Glucose Monitor with Controlled Reverse Iontophoresis. The device will eventually benefit the diabetic patients through automated detection of blood glucose and subsequent transdermal delivery of insulin. Chirag was also interviewed by the Home News and is working under the mentorship of Professor John K-J. Li.
April 26, 2009
Madabhushi Wins Teaching Award
The Engineering Governing Council recently announced that Professor Anant Madabhushi was selected by the Biomedical Engineering students to receive the 2008-2009 Excellence in Teaching Award. Anant has been selected for this award three years a in row. The award will be presented during the Leadership Conference on May 3, 2009.
April 13, 2009
Cai wins NIH research award
Professor Li Cai, in collaboration with Professor Haiyan Huang (PI, UC Berkeley), received a $421,096 two year award from the NIH. The title of the research grant is "Applied Statistics to a Secondary Analysis of Public Repositories for Microarray".
April 10, 2009
Undergraduate BME student wins scholarship
Stephanie Loh, Biomedical Engineering Class 2010, has been chosen as one of the recipients of the Wells H. Keddie Scholarship with a award of $750. Stephanie is working on a project,"Genetic control mechanisms of Dbx1 gene expression". Dbx1 plays a critical role in spinal cord development. Professor Li Cai is her mentor.
April 09, 2009
BME Student wins Goldwater Scholarship Award
Simon Gordonov, a BME junior and ISURF/IGERT scholar, was selected to receive the Goldwater Scholarship Award. Simon was the sole Rutgers student to receive this honor and the only BME student from New Jersey. A large number of Goldwater scholars go on to win Rhodes scholarships and other honors. Simon is advised by Prabhas Moghe.
March 27, 2009
Shannon Agner wins NJCCR Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Shannon Agner, 3rd year MD-PhD student in the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University, has been awarded for a 2 year, $50,000, pre-doctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (NJCCR) for her project on "Defining image-based breast cancer phenotypes on MRI". Shannon will be working on this project under the mentorship of Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
March 22, 2009
Yarmush receives 2-Year Grant from Lifeblood Medical and DOD
Professor Martin Yarmush received a $447,816 grant from Lifeblood Medical Inc. and DOD to test Lifeblood Medical's perfusion solutions for preservation of ischemic livers. The proposed work has significant military relevance, as a superior preservation modality would enable transportation & allocation of donor organs to the troops on foreign battlegrounds, a task which cannot be achieved currently.
March 13, 2009
BME graduate student wins Bevier Fellowship
BME graduate student, Panagiota Foteinou, was just awarded a Rutgers University Louis Bevier Fellowship for 2009-2010 on March 13, 2009. The Bevier Fellowship is awarded to exemplar doctoral students in their final stages of research. Pegy is a PhD student in Dr. Ioannis Androulakis' lab working on Quantitative Models of Systematic Inflammation in Humans.
March 03, 2009
Prof. Androulakis wins NIH research award
Prof. Androulakis, in collaboration with Professors Lowry and Calvano (Dept. of Surgery, UMDNJ), received a $132K one year award from the NIH to further advance their collaboration towards the development of a multi-scale model of human inflammation.
March 01, 2009
Yarmush Lab Team Wins BMEidea Award
BME Graduate students Jeff Barminko and Eric Wallenstein from Professor Martin Yarmush's lab have been selected for a BMEidea award from the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance. The award, which carries a $500 stipend, is for a design project entitled, "An efficient gene delivery system for manipulating mature somatic cells".
February 17, 2009
Professor Buettner awarded RU-FAIR Professorship
Professor Helen Buettner has been selected to serve as an RU-FAIR Professor for the $3.67 million Institutional Transformation grant awarded to Rutgers through the NSF ADVANCE program. She will join the management team of the Rutgers ADVANCE grant in developing and promoting multi-campus initiatives to improve gender equity in science, engineering and math on the Rutgers faculty.
February 13, 2009
Professors Madabhushi and Metaxas awarded a Patent
Professors Anant Madabhushi and Dimitris Metaxas have been awarded patent on their invention on "Method and Apparatus for Automatically Detecting Breast Lesions and Tumors in Images", United States Patent No. 7,466,848.
February 13, 2009
BME students receive honorable mention
Jay Naik (junior) and Scott Doyle (graduate student) were awarded an honorable mention award for their poster entitled "a boosted ensemble distance metric: applications to content based image retrieval of digitized breast cancer histopathology" at the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, Orlando, Fl, Feb 7-12, 2009. This work was done under the supervision of Dr. Madabhushi.
February 13, 2009
BME senior receives Best Paper Award
Rob Toth was awarded the prestigious Michael B. Merickel best student paper award at the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, Orlando, Fl, Feb 7-12. 2009. Rob was presented a check for $1000 and a plaque for his paper entitled, "A boosted ensemble scheme for accurate landmark detection for active shape models". This work was done under the supervision of Dr. Madabhushi.
February 13, 2009
Five BME Undergraduate Students Receive Aresty Grants
Tapan Patel secured an Aresty grant for his research on the project Roles of Nkx-6.1 in Regulating Notch1 Expression in Retinal Development. The Aresty research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has decided to grant funding in the amount of $750 in support of their undergraduate research project. Professor Li Cai is supervising the project.
Haim Tawil secured an Aresty grant for his research on the project Characterization of Morphological Changes in Ephrin-A5 Knockout Mouse Retinal Cells. The Aresty research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has decided to grant funding in the amount of $300 in support of their undergraduate research project. Professor Li Cai is supervising the project.
Stephanie Loh secured an Aresty grant for his research on the project Dbx1 Enhancer Regulates Spinal Cord Gene Expression. The Aresty research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has decided to grant funding in the amount of $300 in support of their undergraduate research project. Professor Li Cai is supervising the project.
Jay Naik secured an Aresty grant for his research on a novel boosted distance metric for content based retrieval of histopathology. The Aresty research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has decided to grant funding in the amount of $600 in support of their undergraduate research project. Professor Anant Madabhushi is supervising the project.
Hussain Fatakdawala secured an Aresty grant for his research on segmentation of lymphocytes from breast cancer histopathology. The Aresty research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has decided to grant funding in the amount of $600 in support of their undergraduate research project. Professor Anant Madabhushi is supervising the project.
December 16, 2008
BME Graduate Students Awarded International Fellowship
Kerri-Ann Norton has been selected for the Hosei International Fund Foreign Scholars Fellowship. This fellowship elects three candidates worldwide to conduct research at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan. The fellowship will take place from October 2009 to August 2010.
November 07, 2008
Work in the Yarmush Lab Spotlighted
Research performed in the laboratory of Professor Martin Yarmush on the use of transient transfection techniques for purifying differentiated cells derived from stem cells is spotlighted in the December 1 issue of Biotechnology and Bioengineering and singled out as the "Editor's Choice". Lead author on the work is BME graduate student Eric Wallenstein, with contributions from BME graduate student Jeff Barminko and Professor Rene Schloss. The full paper describing this innovative work can be found in Biotechnol Bioeng, 2008; 101, 859-872.
November 03, 2008
Madabhushi appointed Associate Editor of IEEE
Anant Madabhushi has been appointed as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (Letters). IEEE Transactions on BME (Letters) submissions are required to go through an expedited review which is focused on the need for fast publication for emerging and evolving novel concepts with high-impact potential.
October 25, 2008
BME Graduate Students Receive Honorable Mentions
Jonathan Chappelow, post-doctoral fellow and James Monaco, 4th year BME graduate student, received honorable mentions for their presentations entitled "Histo-Stitcher: An Interactive Software Package for Reconstructing Digitized Whole Histological Sections from Fragmented Slices" and "Computerized Detection of Prostate Cancer from Whole Mount Prostate Histology" respectively, at the 2008 Advancing Practice, Instruction, and Innovation through Informatics (APIII) meeting recently held in Pittsburgh, PA. Both Jonathan and James work under the supervision of Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
October 10, 2008
Shinbrot elected into the AIMBE
Troy Shinbrot has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). AIMBE is leading advocacy group for medical and biological engineering and is comprised of some of the most important leaders in science and engineering.
October 06, 2008
BME Graduate Student Awarded Conference Travel Grant
Lawrence Sasso received a $500 travel support grant to attend the 12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (CBMS), MicroTAS 2008 held in San Diego, CA October 12-16, 2008. Lawrence is a doctoral student of Prof. Jeffrey Zahn developing a continuous microimmunoassay and will present his work at the conference
October 06, 2008
Zahn and Shreiber received a $111,289 Grant from NIH
Jeffrey Zahn and David Shreiber received a $111,289 grant from the NIH funded Point of Care Center for Emerging Technologies at the University of Cincinnati to develop microdevices for monitoring inflammation in the CSF and allowing localized drug delivery following spinal cord injuries.
September 30, 2008
BME Undergraduate Student Receives Aresty Grant
Simon Gordonov secured an Aresty grant for his research on the use of lentiviral fluororeporter vectors for assessing human mesenchymal stem cell lineage commitment and cytoskeletal dynamics. The Aresty research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has decided to grant funding in the amount of $600 in support of their undergraduate research project for the Fall & Spring. Simon is supervised by Prabhas Moghe.
September 28, 2008
BME Undergraduate Student Receives Aresty Grant
Vani Mathur secured an Aresty grant for her work on human embryonic stem cell engineering. The Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has decided to grant funding in the amount of $1000 in support of her undergraduate research project for the Fall & Spring. Vani is supervised by Prabhas Moghe.
September 28, 2008
BME Undergraduate Student Receives Aresty Grant
Paul Gianella and David Pal secured an Aresty grant for their work on silencing of genes that confer resistance to chemotherapy. The Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) has decided to grant funding in the amount of $1,000 in support of their undergraduate research project for the Fall & Spring. Paul supervised by Charles Roth and David is co-supervised by Charles Roth and Prabhas Moghe.
August 21, 2008
Li Cai awarded $412,059 NIH R21 Award
Li Cai received a second two year $412,059 award from the NIH R21. The project is titled, “Comparative genomic and molecular genetics approaches to retinal stem cells.” This award will support his research in Retinal Stem Cells.
August 12, 2008
Li Cai awarded $329,647 NIH R21 Award
Li Cai received a two year $329,647 award from the NIH R21. This award will support his research in the area of Cancer Stem Cells.
July 24, 2008
Yannis Androulakis received $50K Knowledge Build Award
Yannis Androulakis received a $50K Knowledge Build Award from Exxon Mobil R&E Company. This award will support his work on High-dimensional Data Analysis.
July 24, 2008
Yannis Androulakis awarded $1.2M NIH R01 Award
Yannis Androulakis received a 3 year $1.2M award from NIH R01. This award will support his research in the area of Bioinformatics Analysis of Control Mechanisms of Hypermetabolism. This work is in collaboration with Professors Charlie Roth, Marianthi Ierapetritou (CBE), and Francois Berthiaume (Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital)
July 09, 2008
Yarmush Receives NSF Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush received a three-year $280,367 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his gene therapy related research focusing of the development of novel methods for engineering improved retrovirus stability. The work will be done in collaboration with Professor Li Cai.
July 07, 2008
BME Students in Thailand
Three BME students, recent graduate Ronn Friedlander (Class of 2008), Laith Qumei (Class of 2010), and David Pal (Class of 2011), are participating with Engineers Without Borders in a project designed to improve water quality in rural Thailand. You can follow their progress here.
July 01, 2008
Li Cai Awarded Busch Biomedical Research Grant
Li Cai received a two year $50,000 Busch Biomedical Research Grant to support his research on "Control of CD44 Expression in Breast Cancer Stem Cells". The project is to study the transcription regulation of breast cancer stem cells.
June 27, 2008
BME Graduate student awarded at ASME Conference
Margaret Julias won 2nd Place, PhD Student Paper Competition - Podium Division, (Prof. David Shreiber advisor), ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Marco Island, Florida.
June 27, 2008
BME Graduate student awarded at ASME Conference
Harini Sundararaghavan won 3rd Place, PhD Student Paper Competition - Podium Division, (Prof. David Shreiber advisor), ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Marco Island, Florida.
June 27, 2008
BME Graduate student awarded at ASME Conference
BME Graduate student Gary Monteiro was Honorable Mention, PhD Student Paper Competition - Paper Division, (Prof. David Shreiber advisor), ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Marco Island, Florida, June 28, 2008.
June 27, 2008
BME Undergraduate student awarded at ASME Conference
BME undergraduate student L. Edgar won 2nd Place, Bachelor Student Paper Competition (Prof. David Shreiber advisor), ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Marco Island, Florida, June 28, 2008.
June 23, 2008
Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering Ranked No. 1 again by ISI
For the sixth year in a row, articles in the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering (ARBME) were cited more often than papers in any of its peer journals, according to ISI's 2007 Journal Citation Report, giving it the highest "impact factor" in its peer group. The ARBME had an impact factor of 11.567 placing it #1 in its peer group of 44 journals, and #2 among all engineering journals. Professor Martin Yarmush serves as the editor-in-chief of the ARBME which published its first volume in 1999.
June 13, 2008
John Semmlow awarded $750,000 NIH-NIHLB Grant
John Semmlow and SonoMedica, Inc. of McClean, VA were awarded a Phase II STTR grant of $750,000 from the NIH-NIHLB over two years to advance his work on detection of coronary artery disease using acoustic information.
June 11, 2008
Anant Madabhushi awarded $260,000 Wallace H. Coulter Grant
Anant Madabhushi has been awarded a 2 year Phase 2 grant for $260,000 from the Wallace H. Coulter foundation for his proposal entitled "Automated Detection of Prostate Cancer from Multi-protocol High Resolution MRI". The Phase 2 award was competitive and of the 25 Phase 1 Early Career awardees only 7 were selected for Phase 2 based on progress made in Phase 1, a new grant application, and an oral presentation in front of a review committee in Florida, in early June. Under the Phase 2 project, Dr. Madabhushi will look to commercialize his ongoing research in developing computerized detection methods for prostate cancer using MRI. Clinical collaborators on this project are Dr. John Tomaszewski, Dr. Mark Rosen, and Dr. Mike Feldman from the University of Pennsylvania.
June 04, 2008
Shinbrot Received NSF Grant
Professor Troy Shinbrot received a three-year $300,000 grant from NSF to study the effects of triboelectrification on flow, mixing and segregation of pharmaceutical powders. The work is in collaboration with Ben Glasser (CBE) and Dr. San Kiang of Bristol-Meyers Squibb.
May 30, 2008
Langrana Wins NJCSCR Grant
Professor Noshir Langrana received a two-year $393K grant from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research for a research project entitled, Neural Precursor Control by ECM for Spinal Cord Regeneration. The members of his research team include Post Doc Associate Penelope Deveau and Professors Bonnie Firestein and Rene Schloss.
May 30, 2008
Shreiber awarded NIH Grant
Professor David Shreiber has been awarded a 2-year R21 grant from the NIH/NIBIB for $412,059. The project is titled, "Biomimetic scaffolds for targeted peripheral nerve regeneration." Professors Helen Buettner (BME) and Melitta Schachner (CBN) are co-investigators.
May 27, 2008
Anant Madabhushi receives $50,000 Life Sciences Commercialization Award
Anant Madabhushi has been awarded $50,000 as part of the Life Sciences Commercialization award from the Office of Technology Transfer at Rutgers University for his project entitled "Computerized Cancer Detection and Grading of Prostate Histopathology". The award is meant to facilitate commercialization of Dr. Madabhushi's ongoing work in automated computerized diagnosis of prostate cancer. Dr. Michael Feldman and Dr. Tomaszeweski, pathologists at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania will serve as clinical collaborators on this project.
April 29, 2008
John Li Appointed Associate Editor of IEEE EMBS
Professor John K-J. Li has been appointed as an Associate Editor for 2008 Proceedings of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Conference. EMBS is an international society for biomedical engineers. Prof. Li is responsible for reviews in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems.
April 24, 2008
Madabhushi Wins Teaching Award
The Engineering Governing Council recently announced that Professor Anant Madabhushi was selected by the Biomedical Engineering students to receive the 2007-2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. Anant has been selected for this award two years a in row. The award will be presented during the Leadership Conference on May 3, 2008.
April 24, 2008
Moghe Wins Teaching Award
The Engineering Governing Council recently announced that Professor Prabhas Moghe was selected to receive the 2007-2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is based on the votes by the students body and it based on faculty devotion in teaching and support for the students. The award will be presented during the Leadership Conference on May 3, 2008.
April 21, 2008
Yarmush Appointed Editorial Board Member
Professor Martin Yarmush has been appointed as an Associate Editor of a new open access journal, "Stem Cells and Cloning: Advances and Applications". The journal publishes original reports and reviews on established and emerging concepts in stem cell research including embryonic stem cells; adult stem cells; cord blood stem cells; stem cell transformation and culture; therapeutic cloning; autologous embryonic cell lines; laboratory, animal and human therapeutic studies; and philosophical and ethical issues related to stem cell research.
April 17, 2008
John Li Honored with Patent Award Plaque
BME Professor John K-J. Li was presented with a Patent Award Plaque at the Rutgers Biennial Patent Award Reception on April 3, 2008 for his invention on "Temporary Blood Circulation Assist Device". The Biennial event was organized by Rutgers through its Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer (OCLTT) in recognition of strong and original nature of the research work.
April 16, 2008
James Monaco wins $80,000 NJCCR Post-doctoral Fellowship
Dr. James Monaco, post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics (LCIB), Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded a 2 year, $80,000 post-doctoral fellowship to "Detect pre-malignant prostate lesions from High Resolution MRI". Dr. Monaco will be working under the supervision of Professor Anant Madabhushi.
April 16, 2008
Madabhushi Awarded NJCCR Grant
Dr. Anant Madabhushi's ongoing project "Computerized Detection and Grading of Prostate Cancer Histopathology" has been renewed for a second year by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. As part of the 1 year, $66,000 award Dr. Madabhushi and his lab members will continue to develop and validate sophisticated image analysis methods to automatically detect and grade prostate cancer from digitized histological biopsy specimens.
April 16, 2008
Yarmush Receives NJCBIR Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush received a two-year $327K grant from the New Jersey Commission on
Brain Injury Research for a project entitled, "A Novel Organotypic Model of Traumatic Brain Injury". The funding will support Dr. Yarmush's goal to develop an in vitro traumatic brain injury model combining organotypic slices with microfabricated devices that integrate mechanical deformation and multiple electrode arrays. This new model will provide researchers working in the field of traumatic brain injury with the capability to perform real-time and long-term evaluation of molecular and functional events in the axons following mechanical deformation.
April 15, 2008
Dimitri Metaxas Wins Research Award
The Rutgers Board of Trustees recently announced that Professor Dimitri Metaxas was selected to receive the 2007-2008 Excellence in Research Award. This award is the university's highest honor for outstanding research contributions to a discipline or to society.
April 15, 2008
Charlie Roth Wins Teaching Award
The Rutgers Board of Trustees recently announced that Charlie Roth was selected to receive a Warren L. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, for the academic year 2007-2008 in recognition of his outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual development of students at Rutgers University. This award is named to honor the memory of the noted historian and Rutgers University professor, Warren I. Susman.
April 15, 2008
Noshir Langrana Wins Scholar-Teacher Award
Noshir Langrana selected to receive a Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award for the academic year 2007-2008 for his outstanding synergistic contributions in research and teaching. This award honors faculty members who are able to integrate their teaching with their research, whose research informs and adds excitement to their teaching, and whose interactions with students in the classroom stimulate and inform their scholarship.
April 15, 2008
BME Graduate Student Awarded NJCCR Fellowship
Kevin Nikitczuk, a second year BME PhD student and NSF IGERT fellow, was awarded a two year pre-doctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research for his project "Immune Targeting using an Engineered Vaccine Delivery System". Kevin's work is directed by Professors Martin Yarmush and Edmund Lattime, Associate Director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
April 15, 2008
Yarmush Appointed Associate Editor
Professor Martin Yarmush has been appointed as an Associate Editor of a new international journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society called Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. The journal focuses on studies aimed at understanding how cellular behavior arises from molecular-level interactions, so that we may ultimately control, the mechanical, chemical, and electrical processes of the cell. Two Rutgers alumni are also on the editorial board: David Odde (co-editor-in-chief), who received his MS with Professor Yarmush and his PhD with Professor Helen Buettner, and Joe Le Doux (associate editor) who received his PhD with Professor Yarmush.
April 14, 2008
Moghe and Kohn Received Renewal for NIH RESBIO
The NIH NIBIB P41 Program Project titled RESBIO: Integrated Resource for Polymeric Biomaterials, led by the team of Professors Joachim Kohn, Prabhas Moghe and three Co-PIs, was renewed from 2008 to 2013. Estimated at $5.6 M, this grant funds three major core projects on the synthesis, biorelevant characterization, and computational modeling of biomaterials.
April 14, 2008
BME Graduate Student Awarded March Conference Travel Award
Anshul Jain, PhD student under Dr. Papathomas, just received a conference travel award for $150 for a Vision Sciences Society Conference he will be attending in Naples Florida on May 9-14th. Anshul will be presenting a Poster titled "Endogenous selective attention to opposite-moving spectral components influences aftereffects in vision and audition".
April 14, 2008
BME Undergraduate wins Whitaker International Fellowship
Ronn Friedlander, BME Class of 2008, won a Whitaker International Fellowship. The fellowship involves traveling abroad to study in Cambridge for a year.
April 10, 2008
BME Graduate Student Mentors Team to Top Finish at Robotics Competition
A Robotics High School team involving Jeffrey Erickson, BME PhD student, went to NYC April 4-6 for the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team scored the top overall seed and won the competition. As a result, the team will be going to Atlanta for the national event at the Georgia Dome in Mid April. The team went from worst to first in a year.
March 18, 2008
Androulakis Awarded Clinical Translational Science Pilot Award
Prof. Androulakis in collaboration with Prof. Calvano and Prof. Lowry (Surgery Department, UMDNJ) received a $30,000 Clinical Translational Science Pilot Award from UMDNJ. The award will support their research on "Analytical deconvolution of total leukocyte gene expression to reveal expression motifs of individual lecukocyte sub-populations".
March 01, 2008
BME Graduate Student Wins SPIE Award
Satish Vishwanath, a second year BME PhD student won an honorable mention award at the Spie medical imaging meeting held in San Diego February 18-21 and was attended by over 3000 people. Satish won the award for his poster "an integrated metaclassifier for prostate cancer detection by combining Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging". Co-authors on this paper were Pallavi Tiwari, 2nd year MS BME student, Mark Rosen from UPenn and Professor Anant Madabhushi.
January 30, 2008
ECE, BME and UMDNJ Collaborators Awarded CCC Grant
ECE Professor Dario Pompili, PI, and his collaborators BME Professor John K-J. Li and UMDNJ-RWJMS Surgery (led by Randall Burd) have received one year $50,000 seed fund from Rutgers Collaborative Computing Research (CCC) on a project entitled: "Continuous Vital Monitoring for Trauma Triage Using Wireless Sensor Networks". Professor Li will lead the biomedical wireless sensors part of the project.
January 17, 2008
Madabhushi Awarded SIIM Grant
Professor Anant Madabhushi has received one year $50,000 Grant from the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) to support his research project entitled: "Content Based Image Retrieval System for Breast MRI ", starting July 1, 2008.
January 16, 2008
BME Graduate Student NSF-EAPSI Experience Published
Mike Wininger, BME IGERT fellow and NSF-EAPSI (East Asian Pacific Summer Institute) fellow contributed a brief essay on their experience to LiveScience.com as part of NSF PR/Outreach initiatives. His essay has been published in LiveScience, link Mike is working under the supervision of Dr. William Craelius.
January 15, 2008
BME students are chosen as a finalist for BMEIdea Competition
Satish Vishwanath, Pallavi Tiwari and Jon Chappelow have been short listed for the finals of national level competition, on their project "Computer-aided diagnosis of Prostate Cancer via MRI and MRS" at BMEIdea Design competition http://www.nciia.org/bmeidea/. They will now compete with 9 other finalists in this unique competition that judges rank entries on all aspects of biomedical commercialization, from product innovation to market need, and from regulatory strategies to social impact. This project is supervised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
January 09, 2008
UMDNJ, BME, and ISE Collaborators Awarded CCC Grant
ISE Professor W. Art Chaovalitwongse, PI, and his collaborators BME Professors Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou and Nada Boustany and UMDNJ Professor Brenda Wu have received one year $50,000 seed fund from Rutgers Collaborative Computing Research (CCC) on a project entitled: "Spatio-Temporal Data Mining in Brain Disorder and Cognitive Function Study".
December 04, 2007
Langrana Receives Prestigious 2008 H.R. Lissner Medal
Professor Noshir Langrana has been selected to receive the 2008 H.R. Lissner Medal. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in bioengineering. Langrana has been selected due to his significant contribution to the growth of bioengineering and to the mission of ASME Bioengineering Division; and for his internationally recognized work on spinal biomechanics, especially in the area of design and development of artificial disc. A formal presentation of the award is scheduled to take place at the 2008 Summer Bioengineering Conference, June 25-29, 2008
December 01, 2007
BME Alumni offer advice in GS-NB's "Careers at the Intersection" Forum
Recent BME Alumni Tim Maguire and Eric Novik, together with Bala Subramanian (Physics) discussed early career opportunities in math, science, and engineering to an audience of over 60 graduate students and postdocs at the GS-NB's "Careers at the Intersection Forum, Nov. 26th, at Busch Campus Center. All three talked about the transition from grad studies to the first steps in launching one's career - Maguire in "big pharma" (Merck), Novik in "biotech start-up" (Hurel) and Subramanian in business and finance (Goldman Sachs).
November 30, 2007
BME Graduate Student Awarded NJSCR Grant
Professor David Shreiber's graduate student, Ian Gaudet, was awarded a 2-year, $60,000 graduate fellowship for the project entitled "Neurite guidance using photonically derived durotactic gradients" from Dec. 15, 2007 to Dec. 30, 2009.
November 30, 2007
Cai Awarded NJSCR Grant
Professor Li Cai was awarded a two year, $400,000 Grant for the project entitled: "Control of Olig2 expression in spinal cord development and regeneration", from Dec. 15, 2007 to Dec. 30, 2009.
November 14, 2007
Micheli-Tzanakou Elected VP of IEEE Educational Activities Board
Professor Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou was elected Vice President of the IEEE Educational Activities Board for 2008. Also, the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB), approved the establishment of the Biometrics Council. Dr. E. Micheli-Tzanakou is leading the IEEE activities on Biometrics both in TAB where an e-journal on the IEEE activities on Biometrics will be developed and EAB where a Certification program on Biometrics is already in progress.
November 13, 2007
Doyle and Chappelow Receive Prestigious DOD Predoctoral Awards
Second year BME graduate student Scott Doyle and 3rd year BME graduate student Jonathan Chappelow have each been awarded the prestigious Department of Defense Predoctoral Training award in Prostate Cancer Research. Each student will receive approximately $96,000 over the next 3 years to fund their dissertation related research work under the supervision of Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
November 04, 2007
BME student is awarded at MICCAI
Pallavi Tiwari was a runner up in the Young Scientist Award competition held as part of MICCAI 2007, the 10th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention held in Brisbane, Australia. Pallavi under the supervision of Dr. Anant Madabhushi was acknowledged for her paper "A Hierarchical Unsupervised Clustering Scheme for Detection of Prostate Cancer from Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS).
November 02, 2007
Craelius Keynote Speaker in Spain
Professor William Craelius was the keynote speaker on "Bionic Restoration of Function", at the 1st Medical Engineering Meeting at the Centro de Cirugia de Minima Invasion, at Caceres, Spain.
October 28, 2007
Bhanot is Plenary Speaker at 2007 NECSI Conference
Professor Gyan Bhanot was chosen to give a plenary talk at the International Conference on Complex Systems in Boston, MA: ICCS 2007. Details of the conference can be seen at http://www.necsi.org/events/iccs7/.
October 26, 2007
Moghe Invited to Prestigious Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
Each year the Compact for Faculty Diversity sponsors the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, a four-day conference that has become the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country. The IGERT awardees this year include: Professors Mary Anne Carroll, University of Michigan, Prabhas Moghe, Rutgers University, Paul Smolensky, Johns Hopkins University and Amy Ward, University of Alabama.
October 25, 2007
BME student inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society
Kyra Thompson, a BME Undergraduate, was inducted into the Rutgers-New Jersey Delta Chapter of the National College Athlete Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, during half-time of the Rutgers-Navy game which was held on September 7, 2007.
October 18, 2007
Bhanot is Plenary Speaker at Max Planck Institute
Professor Gyan Bhanot was chosen to give a plenary talk at the Max Planck Institute in Saarbrucken, Germany for Stabil07: "From Statistical Physics to Computer Science: Analysis of Biological and Medical Data". For more details see http://www.mpipks-dresden.mpg.de/~stabil07/
October 17, 2007
Papathomas Invited to an Editorial Board
Professor Thomas Papathomas is invited to membership in the Editorial Board of the Open Cybernetics and Systemics Journal.
October 15, 2007
Salkind Receives Edison Patent Award
Professor Emeritus Alvind Salkind and 2 former Rutgers graduate students, will be awarded the 2007 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award at the November meeting of the New Jersey R & D Council. The award is based on a 2006 US Patent 7, 011, 908 awarded to Terrill Atwater, Alvin Salkind, and Arek Suszko. The invention is a novel material (a manganese, bismuth mixed metal oxide) for rechargeable lithium electrochemical systems which widely used in medical, military, and high technology applications.
October 01, 2007
Moghe Received NJCST Award
Professors Prabhas Moghe (CoPI), Martin Grumet (PI) and coworkers received a New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology (NJCST) $3M Stem Cell Core grant, on Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Neural Transplantation. Moghe is the PI of a program project on 3-D Biomaterial Scaffolds for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Cultures.
October 01, 2007
BME Sophomore wins best poster award
Simon Gordonov, a sophomore in BME, received the University-wide Best Poster Award in Natural/Physical Sciences at the Rutgers Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 2, 2008. Gordonov's project on "Profiling of stem cells on biomaterials" is funded by a NIH P41 grant. His mentors are Matthew Treiser, IGERT Trainee, and Professor ,Prabhas Moghe, PI.
September 30, 2007
BME Student Receives Grant from ARESTY Foundation
Jacob Schnipper, a BME senior, was awarded an ARESTY undergraduate research award. The goals of his research are to (1) apply genes to stem cells that will enrich a subpopulation of hepatocyte-like cells from a mixture of many cell types; and (2) enhance and maintain the function of the sorted cells using novel approaches that support the survival, growth and liver-specific activity of the stem cells. Jacob is co-advised by Dr. Martin Yarmush and Dr. Rene Schloss.
September 29, 2007
BME Student Receives Aresty Award
Asha Singanamalli, a sophomore BME student, received a $1,000 award from the Aresty Foundation to support her project, entitled “Investigating biomechanical mechanisms of acupuncture.” Asha is advised by Professor David Shreiber.
September 24, 2007
BME Student Receives Aresty Award
Junior BME student, Rob Toth, has received an $800 undergraduate research award from the Aresty Foundation. Toth's research work involves automated segmentation of prostate by combining active shape models and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The funds will support Rob's travel to present his work at the SPIE Medical Imaging meeting to be held in San Diego, CA in February, 2008.
September 21, 2007
Professor Yarmush`s Work Featured
Professor Martin Yarmush's work on using adhesive stencils to make mouse embryonic stem (mES) cell aggregates of specific sizes ranging from 100 um to 500 um in diameter was featured in Chemical Biology, Issue 9, 2007. Chemical Biology is a news magazine which draws together coverage from all Royal Society of Chemistry publications, providing a snapshot of the latest developments in chemical biology. The full paper describing this innovative work was published in Lab on a Chip volume 7, page 941(2007).
September 20, 2007
BME Student Receives Grant from ARESTY Foundation
Undergraduate researcher Ronn Friedlander received a grant from the Aresty Foundation to support his research and travel to the Biomedical Engineering Society conference, where he presented his research findings. Ronn is advised by Professor Charles Roth.
September 12, 2007
BME Students Awarded
BME graduate students, Shannon Agner and Scott Doyle, were awarded for the Best Oral Presentation at AP III, 2007. They are both working with Dr. Anant Madabhushi.
September 12, 2007
Micheli-Tzanakou Keynote Speaker
Professor Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou, was a keynote speaker at the Consortium on Biometrics, in Washington DC, with the title: "Biometrics: IEEE Initiative on Biometrics Certification".
August 30, 2007
Moghe is Plenary Speaker at 2007 AIChE Meeting
Professor Prabhas Moghe has been chosen to give a plenary presentation representing Bionanotechnology at the Annual AIChE meeting in Salt Lake City. Professor Moghe's talk is entitled, "Engineering Dynamics of Nanoscale Biointerfaces for Enhanced Cell Motility and Matrix Assembly."
August 23, 2007
Florek Receives Prestigious Predoctoral Fellowship Award
Charles Florek, a BME graduate student, was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows for his project entitled, "Biological Evaluation of Anti-Adhesion Device for Neurosurgery." Charlie works under the joint supervision of Professor Martin Grumet, Director of the Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, and Prof. Joachim Kohn, Director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials.
August 20, 2007
BME Student Receives Travel Award
Pallavi Tiwari, a second year BME MS student advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi, has been awarded a $500 travel stipend MICCAI award to present her paper on "Automated Analysis of Prostate MR Spectroscopy For Cancer Detection". Pallavi will be giving an oral presentation of her work in October in Brisbane, Australia.
July 18, 2007
Rutgers Faculty Receive $3M NJCST Stem Cell Grant
A group of Rutgers faculty including Professor Prabhas Moghe received funding from the NJCST for a research core entitled, "Human ES Cells and Neural Transplantation". Professor Moghe's project focuses on interactions of human ESCs with 3D biomaterial scaffolds. The Core is led by Professor Martin Grumet.
July 16, 2007
Shinbrot`s Work Featured
Research by Professor Troy Shinbrot and colleagues revealing new mechanisms for the mixing and separation of pharmaceutical and other grains has been covered in The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Physics News. The work shows how two populations of sand grains mixed together and held in a hopper will, when shaken out into a beaker, spontaneously segregate themselves, because of static electrical interactions.
July 09, 2007
Androulakis Receives NSF Grant
Professor Yannis Androulakis received a three-year $315K grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research focusing of the development of novel computational methods for the analysis of complex reaction mechanisms. The work is in collaboration with Professor Marianthi Ierapetritou (CBE).
July 02, 2007
BME Students Join Rutgers Board of Trustees
Wajdi Kanj (BME 08) has been elected as the Student Representative to the Board of Trustees for 2007-08. This position, one of the most powerful in student and university governance gives Mr. Kanj direct access to the highest levels of the administration and the ability to sit on a great number of decision-making bodies. In addition, Christine Lomiguen (BME 09) has been selected as the Student Charter member of the Board of Trustees. This position, which has a term of six years, comes with full voting rights and privileges. This position is filled once every two years, and is available to only one student out of the tens of thousands at Rutgers.
June 20, 2007
Zahn Receives Early Career Award
Professor Jeffrey Zahn received a 2007 Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Award. The two-year $200K award will support his project titled "Microfluidic Dialysis Platforms for Monitoring Cardiopulmonary Bypass Systemic Inflammation".
June 20, 2007
Madabhushi Research Featured in Media
Anant Madabhushi's work on detection of prostate cancer has received media attention on the AAAS EurekAlert news distribution site. Click on AAAS EurekAlert to view the article.
June 06, 2007
Moghe Received American Heart Association Award
Professor Prabhas Moghe received a three year $198K Grant-in-Aid Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for the project titled "Multifunctional Nanoscale Biomaterials for Inhibition of Atherogenesis".
June 01, 2007
Androulakis Awarded Busch Biomedical Research Grant
Professor Ioannis Androulakis received a two year $43,000 Busch Biomedical Research Grant to support his research on "Modeling the dynamics of gene expression in monocytes from LPS-challenged healthy humans pre-treated with cotrisol".
May 30, 2007
Royo Receives NJCSCR Fellowship
Nuria Royo, a second year BME PhD student has been awarded a 2-year $60,000 predoctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Nuria will be working, under the direction of Professor William Craelius, on a project entitled "Guiding Axonal Regeneration with Piezoelectric Polymers".
May 08, 2007
Madabhushi Awarded NJCCR Grant
Anant Madabhushi has been awarded a 1 year, $50,000 grant for his project entitled "Computerized Detection and Grading of Prostate Histology" by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (Co-PI: Mike Feldman-UPenn). The major goal of this project is to develop quantitative image analysis tools to define image-based signatures to characterize appearance of prostate lesions from digitized histological biopsy specimens.
May 07, 2007
Yarmush`s Research Featured as Cover Articles
Professor Martin Yarmush’s research in tissue engineering and metabolic engineering is highlighted as cover articles in 2 journals. The first, an article entitled, "Oxygen Uptake Rates and Liver-Specific Functions of Hepatocyte and Fibroblast Co-Cultures", appears on the cover of the May 1 issue of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. The second, an article entitled, "Integrated Energy and Flux Balance Based Multiobjective Framework for Large-Scale Metabolic Networks", will appear on the cover of June 2007 Special Issue of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering on "Systems Biology and Bionformatics".
May 07, 2007
Chappelow Receives NJ Cancer Fellowship
Jonathan Chappelow, a second year BME PhD student has been awarded a 2-year $40,000 predoctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Jon will be working, under the direction of Professor Anant Madabhushi, on developing novel multi-modal registration tools for aligning histology and high resolution MRI studies for detection of prostate cancer.
April 30, 2007
Madabhushi Awarded NIH Grant
Professor Anant Madabhushi received an NIH R03 small grant award for a proposal entitled, “Detecting Precancerous Prostate Lesions from High Resolution MRI” The 2 year grant for $150,000 is a collaboration between Rutgers investigators and Drs. Mark Rosen and Michael Feldman of the University of Pennsylvania. The team will be developing computer-aided diagnostic and machine learning methods for detection of pre-malignant/pre-cancerous prostate lesions from high resolution MRI, extending their ongoing efforts in early prostate cancer detection.
April 26, 2007
Davidovich wins Research Award
The Department of Genetics has awarded senior Alex Davidovich High Honors in Genetics for his research honors project “Alginate-PLL Microencapsulation: Effect on the Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells into Hepatic and Neuronal Cell Lineages” done under the supervision of Professors Rene Schloss and Martin Yarmush. In addition, the Department elected to award Alex a cash prize for Excellence in a Research Presentation.
April 26, 2007
Wallenstein wins Schering-Plough Science and Innovation Award
Eric Wallenstein, a fifth-year BME PhD candidate, was selected as the 2007 Schering-Plough Science and Innovation Award recipient from Rutgers University. The award recognizes and promotes academic excellence in the areas of analytical chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceutics and biotechnology. Eric, accompanied by his advisor Professor Martin Yarmush, will present his research on “Gene Delivery to Differentiating Stem Cells for Functional Enrichment of Hepatic-Like Subpopulations” along with other award recipients at a special symposium in June hosted by Schering-Plough top scientists, managers and senior laboratory professionals.
April 25, 2007
Mann Group Research Featured on Nanotechweb
A collaborative project between Professor Adrian Mann’s group at Rutgers University and colleagues at the University of Vigo, Spain has led to the development of a new method, Laser Spinning, for the rapid production of ultra-long ceramic nanofibers. The nanofibers have potential applications in tissue engineering and nanocomposite hard tissue implants. For more details see
April 25, 2007
Madabhushi Wins Teaching Award
The Engineering Governing Council recently announced that Professor Anant Madabhushi was selected by the Biomedical Engineering students to receive the 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching Award. The award will be presented during the Leadership Conference on April 29 2007.
April 23, 2007
Yarmush Selected to Present Beyer Lecture at U Wisconsin
Professor Martin Yarmush gave the “Karl Beyer Lecture” at a symposium of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin. This lecture is in honor of Karl Beyer, MD, PhD, an early dual-degree graduate of UW-Madison and pioneer in the development of agents to treat hypertension and edema. Professor Yarmush’s presentation was entitled, “Critical Technology Development for the Bioartificial Liver”.
April 20, 2007
Madabhushi Awarded NIH Grant
Professor Anant Madabhushi received an NIH R21 grant award for a proposal entitled, “Detecting Prostate Cancer using Multi-protocol 3 Tesla in vivo MRI and MRS”. The 2 year grant is of $333,000 is a collaboration between Rutgers investigators and Drs. Mark Rosen and Michael Feldman of the University of Pennsylvania.
April 18, 2007
BME Undergrad Receives Poster Award
Pradeep Kadimcherla, BME ’08, was awarded 2nd place in the “Presentation Category” research poster competition that comes with a $150 cash award. The poster competition was part of 01:694:484 Seminar in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Pradeep presented his electron microscopy studies on the effect of the anti-apoptosis protein Bcl-xL on mitochondrial function and morphology. Pradeep is advised by Professor Nada Boustany.
April 04, 2007
Madabhushi team in BMEIdea Finals April 6th
The Rutgers team comprising Scott Doyle, Anant Madabhushi, Michael D. Feldman (pathologist, UPENN) has been selected to participate in the finals of the BMEIdea competition (www.nciia.org/bmeidea) for their work on developing a computer-aided diagnostic system for detection and staging of prostate cancer from digitized histology. Nationwide only 10 teams were chosen from several hundred to participate in the finals of this prestigious national biomedical engineering competition launched in 2004. BMEidea is a unique competition, in that judges rank entries on all aspects of biomedical commercialization, from product innovation to market need, and from regulatory strategies to social impact.
March 26, 2007
Mike Wininger Receives NSF Internship
BME graduate student Mike Wininger, an advisee of Professor Bill Craelius, was recently selected for the NSF's 2007 East Asian Pacific Summer Institute and awarded an internship for stem cell research at the National Taiwan University. The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide US graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or Taiwan; an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and orientation to the society, culture and language.
March 26, 2007
BME Graduate Students Receive LSM Awards
At the 21st Annual Symposium of the Laboratory for Surface Modification, graduate student Daniel J. Haders, working with Professor Richard E. Riman, won the prize for best student talk: “Deposition of crystallographically tunable hydroxyapatite films by TEP/EDTA doubly regulated hydrothermal crystallization for biomedical applications.” In addition, graduate student Norman Lapin working with Professor Yves Chabal, received the award for best student poster: “Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy investigation of the attachment between aminosilane, biotin and streptavidin at silicon oxide surfaces.”
March 23, 2007
Professors Yarmush and Megeed Awarded DOD Cancer Grant
Professors Martin Yarmush and Zak Megeed (of Harvard Medical School) have been awarded a one-year Concept Award through the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at the Department of Defense. This grant, totaling $131,250, will fund the development of targeted nanoparticles for the treatment of ovarian cancer.
March 21, 2007
Professor Metaxasâ€™ Work Featured
Professor Dimitri Metaxas’s work on Homeland Security was featured in a Star Ledger article entitled, “Colleges leap into new field: Homeland security”. Professor Metaxas, in collaboration with investigators from biology, medicine, computer science and linguistics, are studying how subtle body movements -- the raising of an eyebrow, a shoulder shrug -- could signal deception.
March 14, 2007
Professor Li Wins NJ Commission Grant
New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research has awarded a one-year $159,500 grant to BME Professor John K-J. Li on a research project entitled, “Rapid Noninvasive Oxygen Monitoring in Cerebrospinal Injury”. The project will develop a system with fast electro-optical near-infrared device and evoked potential recording electrodes for noninvasive continuous assessment of oxygen metabolism and function in cerebrospinal injury and its treatment.
March 13, 2007
Androulakis and Ierapetritou win Award
Professors Androulakis and Ierapetritou received a $50K Knowledge Build Award from ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company in recognition of their work on the Analysis, Reduction and Representation of Complex Reaction Networks.
March 09, 2007
BME Faculty Selected for Academic Excellence Fund Awards
Three groups of BME faculty recently won Academic Excellence Fund Awards - awards meant to support existing and emerging areas of excellence in the University. These include: 1) Professors Yves Chabal, Eric Garfunkel, Prabhas Moghe, Kathryn Uhrich, and Martin Yarmush for a new Nano-Interfacial Science and Engineering program; 2) Professors Prabhas V. Moghe, Charles M. Roth, and Kathryn E. Uhrich for the Center for Science and Engineering in Nanomedicine; and 3) Professor Dimitris Metaxas and several computer science colleagues for a Pervasive Dynamic Cyber-physical Ecosystem.
March 08, 2007
Shinbrotâ€™s Work Featured on Nature Newsblog
Professor Troy Shinbrot’s research questioning theories that water flowing through fractures on the surface mars might have created specific landmarks, was discussed. By sliding tiny glass beads down a table, Professor Shinbrot has been able to create similar structures here on earth. The terrestrial formations were built up by the static cling of the beads rubbing together. In 2004, Professor Shinbrot also showed that the low gravity of Mars could cause dust to flow like water, creating gullies similar to those made by streams here on Earth.
February 22, 2007
Zahn Awarded NIH Grant
Professor Jeffrey D. Zahn was awarded $417,787 by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute for a R21 grant entitled “Microdevices for Measuring CPB Systemic Inflammation“. In collaboration with his Co-Investigator, Akif Undar from The Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Professor Zahn is designing and fabricating microdevices for blood plasma separation and analysis to study complex inflammatory responses during cardiac surgery especially when Cardiopulmonary Bypass is used.
February 07, 2007
BME Juniors win Aresty Research Awards
BME juniors George Lee and Shivang Naik were awarded research grants by the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates in recognition of their research activities. Shivang is exploring the utility of gland morphology in discriminating between different prostate cancer grades. George has been working on use of machine learning methods to distinguish between cancer and benign studies from high dimensional gene and protein expression studies. Both Shivang and George are mentored by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
February 01, 2007
BME Junior George Leeâ€™s Paper Accepted
George Lee, a BME junior, had his first author, 12-page paper, “An Empirical Comparison of Dimensionality Reduction Methods for Classifying Gene and Protein Expression Datasets“, accepted at the International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications to be held in Atlanta, GA in May 2007. This represents a significant achievement because only 39% of papers submitted to this symposium were accepted. George is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
January 17, 2007
Madabhushi Awarded Seed Fund Grant
Anant Madabhushi was awarded a $40K New Investigator Seed Fund grant from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey for his project entitled “Developing Quantitative Signatures for Characterizing Breast Lesions on MRI.“ His work will have significant clinical implications in early detection
and diagnosis of breast cancer.
January 17, 2007
Buettner, Shreiber and Song Awarded NIH Grant on Acupuncture
Professors Helen Buettner, David Shreiber, and Peng Song (MAE) have been
awarded a 2-year, $150,000 NIH grant for their project titled “Role of
Connective Tissue Geometry in Acupuncture”. The team will develop an in
vitro connective tissue equivalent system to study the role of intermuscular fascial planes in acupuncture.
January 16, 2007
Madabhushi Appointed CINJ Member
Anant Madabhushi is appointed a member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ). Established in 1991, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in New Jersey and one of only 38 nationwide.
December 22, 2006
BME Faculty Members to be Inducted into AIMBE
Professors Gyan Bhanot and Larry Shepp will be inducted as fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at its annual meeting in February 2007. This brings the number of Rutgers BME program faculty who are AIMBE fellows to 25, and places Rutgers in the top ten of all universities with AIMBE fellows.
December 18, 2006
BME Students Receive Awards
Eric Yang (BME graduate student) was recently awarded a Laurance M. and Dorothy L. Leeds Fellowship/Scholarship for the 2006 academic year. Eric’s research focuses on modeling of corticosteroid pharmacogenomics in rat liver. David Simcha (BME senior undergraduate) received an award from the Aresty Research Center in support of his undergraduate research titled “Computational Prediction of Transcription Factor Binding Sites”. Pegy Foteinou (BME graduate student) received a travel award from the Society of Biological Engineering to present her work on the “Transcriptional Analysis of the Genome-Wide Response of Leukocytes in an in Vivo Human Model of Systemic Inflammation” at the First International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering in Coronado Island, California. Eric, David and Pegy all work under the direction of Professor Ioannis Androulakis.
December 12, 2006
Madabhushi Appointed Associate Editor
Professor Anant Madabhushi has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the scientific journal Medical Physics. Medical Physics is the scientific journal of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and is one of the premier journals devoted to publishing original scientific articles in all areas of medical imaging, image analysis, radiation physics, physics of radiology, and computer-aided diagnosis.
December 04, 2006
Langrana Wins NJCSCR Grant
New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research has awarded a two-year grant to Professor Noshir Langrana on a research project entitled, “Bifunctional DNA hydrogel to promote spinal cord regeneration” in the amount $321,439. The members of his research team include Professors David Shreiber, Bonnie Firestein, Rene Schloss and Bernard Yurke.
November 17, 2006
Professor Bhanotâ€™s Work Wins Gordon Bell Award
A team of scientists including Professor Gyan Bhanot won the 2006 Supercomputing Gordon Bell award in the category of “Special accomplishment for innovation in scalable implementation”. This work involved the creation of a very fast computer code to simulate Quantum Chromodynamics in a highly scalable way on the Blue Gene Supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore Labs.
November 15, 2006
Professor Yarmushâ€™s Work Featured
Professor Martin Yarmush’s work on a “Living Cell Array”, a microfluidic device that allows the study of real time gene expression in living cells, was featured in Chemical Biology. Chemical Biology is a news magazine which draws together coverage from all Royal Society of Chemistry publications, providing a snapshot of the latest developments in chemical biology. The full paper describing this innovative work was published in Lab on a Chip.
November 14, 2006
Students win NJCST Post Doctoral Fellowships
New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology Post Doctoral Fellowships
were awarded to Michelle Burley to work with Germgard Lighting in Dover, NJ, and to Jason Maikos to work with Linguaflex, Inc in Newark, NJ. Michelle is advised by Professor Charlie Roth, and Jason is advised by Professor David Shreiber. The fellowships are designed to keep NJ's best and brightest graduates working in NJ.
November 14, 2006
Rutgers BME teams with Linguaflex to win NJCST Award
The New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology awarded Linguaflex, Inc
and Rutgers BME a $500,000 Entrepreneurial Partnership Award to develop
Linguaflex's technology for treating sleep apnea. The awards are intended
to stimulate academic interactions with NJ start-up companies. The effort
at Rutgers is led by Professor David Shreiber.
October 19, 2006
Mann Appointed JMR Associate Editor
Professor Adrian Mann has been appointed to the position of Associate Editor, Biomaterials for the Journal of Materials Research (JMR). JMR is one of the premier archival journals devoted to original materials science research, addressing more than 150 different topics on materials synthesis, materials processing, microstructure and properties.
October 08, 2006
Coleman Receives 2007 SES Medal
Professor Bernard Coleman has been selected to receive the 2007 SES Medal in recognition of his seminal work in the field of engineering science. The award will be presented during the 44th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, October 21-24, 2007, at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
September 29, 2006
Kim and Cai Awarded NIH Grant
Professors Sobin Kim and Li Cai have been awarded an NIH R03 grant from the National Cancer institute for their project entitled, “Analysis of Gene Expression Changes in Breast Cancer using MALDI-TOF MS”. This two year grant, totaling $147,543, will be directed to develop a system to rapidly recognize gene expression patterns in breast cancer tissues.
September 25, 2006
Yarmush Wins NIH Stem Cell Award
Professor Martin Yarmush has been awarded a 1-year NIH Career Enhancement Award for Stem Cell Research. This award, totaling $186,781 is meant to provide investigators with the necessary resources that will enable them to take full advantage of stem cells in their research.
September 03, 2006
BME Professors Chair Sessions at Biomedical Engineering Conference
At the 28th IEEE International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference held in New York City, August 30-September 3, 2006, several BME professors (John K-J. Li, Anant Madabhushi and Dimitris Metaxas) chaired tracks and sessions in a variety of areas including: cardiovascular and respiratory systems, image-guided surgery, and BME student activities.
August 17, 2006
Two New Faculty Join BME
Professor Gyan Bhanot, who comes to us from IBM and the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, is an expert in bioinformatics and systems biology, and will join the department on September 1st. Professor Jeffery Zahn, who hails from Penn State, is an expert in microfabrication and microfluidics, and will join BME in January 2007.
August 11, 2006
Postdoctoral Training Program Renewed
The Rutgers UMDNJ Training Program in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Science was recently refunded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for an additional 5 years. The award which is for $1.8M is led by Professors Joachim Kohn, Prabhas Moghe and 5 other Co-PIs.
July 18, 2006
Mann Receives NSF Award
Professors Adrian Mann and Manish Chhowalla (MSE) have been awarded $275,000 over 2 years by the NSF Division of Materials Research to investigation the structure and properties of Si doped Boron Carbide.
July 12, 2006
Moghe Receives $1M NSF NIRT grant
Professor Prabhas Moghe received an NSF Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team (NIRT) award. The award, which is $1M for 4 years, is from a project entitled “Ligand Nanodisplay for Cell Cytointernalization and SuperActivation”. Prof. Moghe is the PI of the team comprised of Professors Roth, Tsakalakos, and Talaga from Rutgers and Prof. Schwarzbauer (Princeton).
July 08, 2006
Boustany Receives J&J Discovery Award
Professor Nada Boustany has been awarded a 2-year, $25,000 award from the Johnson and Johnson Discovery Fund for her proposal to investigate the mechanisms of action of the BCL-xL
July 06, 2006
Mann Receives Busch Award
Professor Adrian Mann has been awarded a 2-year, $25,000 award from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund to support his studies of the nanomechanics of the bones of knockout mice.
July 05, 2006
Roth Receives Busch Award
Professor Charles Roth received a 2-year, $25,000 award from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund to support his project entitled “Inhibition of DNA Repair Using Short Interfering RNA in Glioma Cells”.
June 30, 2006
BME Senior Design Project Highlighted at MICCAI
A paper by senior BME student Scott Doyle, based on his senior design project, has being accepted at Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention conference (MICCAI), a presitgious medical imaging conference to be held this year in Copenhagen in early October. Scott’s work was supervised by Professor Anant Madabhushi.
June 29, 2006
Madabhushi Receives Busch Award
Professor Anant Madabhushi received a 2-year, $25,000 Busch Biomedical Research Grant. The funds will support a research project entitled, “Detecting pre-malignant prostate lesions from 3 Tesla ex vivo MRI”.
June 29, 2006
Cai Receives Busch Award
Professor Li Cai received a 2-year, $25,000 Busch Biomedical Research Grant from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund. The funds will support a research project entitled, “Genomic
Analysis of Photoreceptor Development”.
June 28, 2006
Androulakis and Ierapetritou Receive Grant
Professors Yannis Androulakis and Marianthi Ierapetritou have been awarded a 3 year $275,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for their research program on the efficient characterization of complex reaction networks.
June 22, 2006
BME Students win IGERT Fellowships
BME graduate students, Kevin Nikitczuk and Lavanya Peddada, were recently awarded graduate fellowships from the NSF IGERT “Engineered Biointerfaces”. Nikitczuk works under the direction of Professor Martin Yarmush, and Peddada works under the direction of Professor Charles Roth.
June 21, 2006
BME Professors to Speak at Bioengineering Methods Conference
Professors Joachim Kohn, Doyle Knight, and Martin Yarmush are invited speakers at the 1st Annual Conference on Methods in Bioengineering to be held at MIT, July 17 and 18, 2006. The conference will focus on the current state of the art in polymeric biomaterials, microfabrication technologies, and tissue engineering. For more information, please see http://cem.sbi.org/MiB/
June 14, 2006
Metaxas and Driscoll Receive NIH Award
Professors Dimitris Metaxas and Monica Driscoll have been awarded an NIH grant for their R21 application entitled, “Bio-computational Image Analysis to Define Objective Indicators of Healthspan”.
June 13, 2006
Madabhushi receives Early Career Award
Professor Anant Madabhushi has been awarded The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Translational Research Award in BME for the proposal entitled "Automated Detection of Prostate Cancer from High Resolution MRI" in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania. As part of this 2 year $200,000 award, Professor Madabhushi will develop computer-aided diagnosis methods for early detection of prostate cancer using 3 Tesla MRI. The work when completed will have significant clinical and translational implications for prostate cancer screening, for therapy, and for improving the accuracy of prostate biopsies.
June 12, 2006
Li Appointed Editor-in-chief
Professor John K-J. Li was recently re-appointed Editor-in-chief of Cardiovascular Engineering, An International Journal. The Journal is published by Springer and is linked to the Biomedical Engineering Society Website, allowing complimentary online access by all BMES members.
June 06, 2006
Yarmush to Speak at Joint NIH-NSF Conference
Professor Martin Yarmush is an invited plenary speaker at a joint NSF-NIH workshop on “Engineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity: Opportunities for Novel Collaborations and Research”. Professor Yarmush’s presentation is entitled, “Systems Approaches for Characterization of Metabolism: Metabolic Flux Analysis and the Living Cell Array”.
June 05, 2006
Kohn Appointed to Apogee Medical Advisory Board
Professor Joachim Kohn has been appointed to serve on Apogee's Medical Advisory Board. Apogee Technology, Inc of Norwood, MA is an emerging micro-electrical mechanical systems and nanotechnology company that designs, develops and markets medical devices and sensors products.
June 05, 2006
Rutgers Awarded Third NSF IGERT Grant
Professor Eileen Kowler,leading a team of Rutgers faculty from 4 different graduate programs, has been awarded an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grant from the NSF. This 5 year award will support graduate fellowships in a new training program “Perceptual Science and Imaging” which provides training in new perceptual technologies which are applicable to humans and implemented in machines. BME faculty Dimitris Metaxas and Thomas Papathomas also serve as co-PIs on the award.
June 05, 2006
Madabhushi Receives Commercialization Award
Professor Anant Madabhushi received an award from the Rutgers Technology Commercialization Fund. The award will support translation of patented research for improving the accuracy of prostate cancer biopsies using computer aided design and high resolution MRI. This is the fourth TCF award to BME faculty; other award recipients are Professors Sobin Kim, Kathryn Uhrich, and Martin Yarmush.
June 02, 2006
Nanotechnology Shows Promise to Treat Cardiovascular Disease
Professors Prabhas Moghe and Kathryn Uhrich published exciting results in the June issue of the journal “Biomacromolecules” about the potential of nanotechnology to treat cardiovascular disease. The researchers propose using “nanoengineered lipoblockers” as a way to combat clogged arteries by attacking how bad cholesterol triggers inflammation and causes plaque buildup at specific blood vessel sites.
June 01, 2006
Graduate Students Win Fellowship Awards
Two students supervised by Professor Martin Yarmush have been awarded graduate fellowships from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Nripen Sharma has been awarded a 2-year, $60,000 graduate fellowship for his project, entitled, “Metabolic Engineering of Stem Cell Differentiation into Oligodendrocytes”. Lulu Li has been awarded a 1-year, $30,000 graduate fellowship for her project entitled, “Tunable Electrostatic Pulses to Modulate Stem Cell Differentiation into Neuronal Lineage Cells”.
June 01, 2006
Chabal Wins NSF Special Creativity Award
Professor Yves Chabal has been awarded a “Two-Year Extension for Special Creativity” on his current NSF grant entitled “Surface Chemical Functionalization of Technologically Important Semiconductors”. The $310,000 award is in recognition of Professor Chabal’s “recent creative accomplishments” which are directly applicable to the development of semiconductor process chemistry, the understanding of new nanomaterials synthesis methods, and the development of biological sensors and devices.
May 30, 2006
Li Elected Chair of IEEE EMBS Chapter
Professor John Li was recently re-elected Chair of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) Chapter of IEEE’s Princeton/Central Jersey Section. The EMB section is a leading authority in biomedical engineering and technology and has close interaction with NJ biomedical industry.
May 26, 2006
Li Awarded U.S. Patent
Rutgers BME Professor John K-J. Li with UMDNJ cardiologist Kenneth Khaw are inventors of a patent recently awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Temporary Blood Circulation Assist Device is an axial flow blood circulation device with an inflatable impeller. It can improve blood flow and reduce workload of the failing heart, as well as improve blood circulation to other parts of the body, such as the brain during stroke.
May 03, 2006
Yoav Biton wins Mandelis Award
Yoav Biton, a student advised by Prof. Bernard Coleman is the winner of the Dr. Stanley and Francine Mandeles Graduate Research Award at Rutgers. Yoav’s work involves the development of methods of calculating equilibrium configurations of DNA and studying the effects of salt on these equilibrium configurations. is the winner of the Dr. Stanley and Francine Mandeles Graduate Research Award at Rutgers. Yoav’s work involves the development of methods of calculating equilibrium configurations of DNA and studying the effects of salt on these equilibrium configurations.
April 28, 2006
Chabal Wins Research Award
The Rutgers Board of Trustees recently announced that Professor Yves Chabal was selected to receive the 2005-2006 Excellence in Research Award. This award is the university’s highest honor for outstanding research contributions to a discipline or to society.
April 28, 2006
BME Graduate Student Recieves Summer Award
The New Jersey Center for Biomaterials has announced summer research awards to Prof. William Craelius’s student Michael Wininger, Prof. Dave Shreiber’s student Gary Monteiro, and Prof. Prabhas Moghe’s student Er Liu.
April 27, 2006
Rutgers Research Receives Commercialization Award
Tim Maguire, Rene Schloss, and Professor Martin Yarmush received a $20,000 award from the Rutgers Technology Commercialization Fund. The award will support translation of patented research involving the use of alginate encapsulation as a means to control hepatic differentiation of stem cells.
April 19, 2006
Graduate Student Recieves Prestigious Award
Charles Florek, NSF BME-IGERT graduate fellow in Biointerfaces was awarded first prize for his talk Anti-Adhesion Device for Neurosurgery: Proof of Concept as a Barrier Device, at the W.L. Gore BME Partnership Meeting held in February. W. L. Gore holds this meeting annually to develop relationships with prominent Biomedical Engineering programs throughout the United States.
April 04, 2006
NJCBM Faculty Receive RU Academic Excellence Fund Awards
Profs. Joachim Kohn and Doyle Knight are the recipients of an Academic Excellence Fund award for their research on the Infrastructure for Biomaterials Informatics. The purpose of this research is to help extend the predictive power of computational models which describe the bioresponse to biomaterials.
April 03, 2006
Craelius Speaks on the $6 Billion (Hu)man
Professsor Bill Craelius presented recent results of his internationally recognized bionic hand at a symposium on the $6 Billion (Hu)man, sponsored by the American Association at Experimental Biology, held in San Francisco. Craelius bionic hand uses existing nerve pathways to control individual computer-driven mechanical fingers.
March 29, 2006
Rutgers Research receives BMES Award
Jason Maikos received an award for “Outstanding Scientific and Engineering Innovation in a Poster Presentation” as lead author on his poster “Characterization of Immediate Blood-Spinal Cord Barrier Damage Due to Mechanical Trauma”, which was presented at the 2005 BMES Symposium in Baltimore. Jason’s advisor, Dr. David Shreiber, was the Principal Investigator for the poster, which also included Devesh Patel (a BME
Senior) and Dr. Wise Young (Cell Biology & Neuroscience) as co-authors.
March 29, 2006
Androulakis Wins Teaching Award
The Engineering Governing Council recently announced that Professor Yannis Androulakis was selected by the Biomedical Engineering students to receive the 2005-2006 Excellence in Teaching Award. The award will be presented during the Leadership Conference on April 9 2006.
March 23, 2006
Mann Receives Bioengineering and Environmental Sciences Award
Professor Adrian Mann has received an award of $259,724 from the Bioengineering and Environmental Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation. The award will support a study into the effects of tannins, chlorhexidine, peroxide, and sodium bicarbonate on the mechanical properties, morphology, and intermolecular bonding of salivary pellicle. The research is funded through the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry scheme and will be undertaken in collaboration with Church & Dwight, Inc., Princeton, NJ.
March 14, 2006
Yarmush Receives New Jersey High Tech Hall of Fame Award
Professor Martin Yarmush was recently selected to be inducted into the New Jersey High-Tech Hall of Fame. The New Jersey High-Tech Hall of Fame was created to spotlight the high-tech achievements of business leaders, researchers, educators, and government officials, who, through their leadership and accomplishments, have made New Jersey one of the premier high-tech states in the nation. The awards ceremony will be held on May 7.
March 13, 2006
Third Annual Biomedical Engineering Showcase is a Success
Rutgers, NJIT, UMDNJ, Princeton, Stevens, Kean University, and the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey hosted their third Biomedical Engineering Showcase on Friday, February 10th 2006. The event, which focused on Stem Cells and Biomedical Engineering, drew in more than 400 attendees, 24 exhibitors and over 40 poster presentations. Representatives from academia included undergraduates, graduate students and faculty, and industry was well represented by a vast array of researchers, CEO’s, accountants, lawyers and sales representatives. Highlights of the day’s events included three keynote presentations, and a blue ribbon panel discussion dedicated to the industrial and ethical aspects of stem cell research.
February 14, 2006
BME Undergrads Win Aresty Awards
Several BME undergraduates were awarded grants in the Spring 2006 competition by the Aresty Research Center to support their research. Awardees included Julie Maguire and Macdale Elwin, who are Honors Academy members performing research under the direction of Professor David Shreiber,Hiral Patel, who is performing research under the direction of Professor Prabhas Moghe, BME junior Parth Patel, working under Prof. Moghe’s direction, and Amit Misra working under Professor Androulakis’ direction.
January 30, 2006
Professor Madabhushiâ€™s Work Featured
Professor Anant Madabhushi’s work on early detection of prostate cancer from high resolution MRI was featured at the recent Technology Transfer Showcase Forum held at Rutgers. The forum was sponsored by the Technology Licensing offices at Rutgers, NJIT, Princeton, and UMDNJ.
January 04, 2006
FDA Approves Medical Device using Kohn Biomaterial
A hernia repair device using a polymer from Professor Joachim Kohn’s combinatorial library of polyarylates has received FDA approval for marketing. The device, developed by TyRx Pharma, Inc., consists of a surgical mesh coated with a polymer which gives the surgical mesh improved handling characteristics that facilitate precise placement during the surgical repair and leaves less implant material following the resorption of the coating.
December 09, 2005
Boustany Appointed Chair of ISAC Committee
Professor Nada Boustany was recently appointed Chair of the Emerging Leaders Task Force Committee of the International Society for Analytical Cytology (ISAC) To ISAC was established in 1976 to promote research, development, and applications in analytical cytology.
December 06, 2005
Langrana Appointed Associate Editor
Professor Noshir Langrana was recently appointed Associate Editor of the “Journal of Biomechanical Engineering” (JBME). JBME reports research results in most areas of biomechanical systems, including: artificial organs and prostheses; bioinstrumentation and measurements; bio-heat transfer; biomaterials; biomechanics; bioprocess engineering; cellular mechanics; design and control of biological systems; and physiological systems.
December 02, 2005
Shinbrot and Colleagues Receive NJCSCR Grant
Professors Troy Shinbrot, Helen Buettner, David Shreiber and Kathryn Uhrich have recently received a $200,000 award to study the migration of implanted spinal neurons. This award by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research will combine computational and experimental analyses of future rehabilitative technologies to regenerate damaged spinal systems.
November 30, 2005
Shreiber Receives PVA Research Foundation grant
Professor David Shreiber has received a 2-year, $150,000 award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Research Foundation to design biomaterials for limiting astrocyte inhibition of spinal cord regeneration. Professor Bonnie
Firestein (Cell Biology & Neuroscience) is a co-investigator.
November 15, 2005
Uhrich Wins New York ACS Award
Professor Kathryn Uhrich has been named the 2005 winner of the Buck-Whitney Medal for outstanding new research in chemistry and biochemistry.
The American Chemical Society presented Professor Uhrich with the medal at its Nov. 14 2005 meeting at Albany Molecular Research, Inc. Albany, NY
October 25, 2005
Androulakis Receives ExxonMobil Knowledge Build Award
Professor Yannis Androulakis received a $35,000 Knowledge Build Award from ExxonMobil. The funds will support research related to the analysis and representation of complex reaction pathways.
October 15, 2005
Yarmush is Plenary Speaker at Annual AIChE Meeting
Professor Martin Yarmush has been chosen to give a plenary presentation representing the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering division at the Annual AIChE Meeting in Cincinnati. Professor Yarmush’s talk is entitled, “Tissue Engineering: Microsystems and Macrosystems for Functional Genomics, Metabolic Engineering, Stem Cell Differentiation, and the Treatment of Liver Disease.”
October 10, 2005
Rutgers BME wins Grant from the Coulter Foundation
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has won a 1-year $250,000 grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to fund translational research activities that are collaborative with UMDNJ investigators. The Prinicipal Investigators of this award are Professors Noshir Langrana, Stan Dunn, and Martin Yarmush.
October 01, 2005
Metaxas Win $3.5 Million Award from Homeland Security
A team of Rutgers investigators led by Professor Dimitris Metaxas will be aided in their study of how to accurately detect lying through a $3.5 million grant from U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. The researchers are investigating how a person’s subtle body movements may indicate deception. The goal is to capture these cues on camera, analyze the movements via computer and deliver input on the subject’s likely truthfulness.
September 29, 2005
NJIT/RUTGERS Team win Major Rehabilitation Grant
A collaborative research team of NJIT and Rutgers, including Professor William Craelius, has won major funding to establish a joint research center to develop technology for children with orthopedic disabilities. The Center will be established by a $4.8M grant from the Us National Institute for Disability Research and Resources.
September 03, 2005
Dunn, Constantinides, and Moghe Publish Book
Professors Stan Dunn, Alkis Constantinides, and Prabhas Moghe have published a BME textbook entitled “Numerical Modeling in Biomedical Systems.” received a $135,000 Teaching Materials grant from the Whitaker Foundation. The book which brings together a set of computational problem solving tools important to biomedical engineers, had received a $135,000 Teaching Materials grant from the Whitaker Foundation.
September 01, 2005
Semmlow Wins NIH STTR Award
Professor John Semmlow, in collaboration with Sonomedica, LLC of Vienna, VA, was awarded a Phase I NIH STTR grant for a project entitled, “Improved Acoustic Detection of Coronary Blockages”. The objective of the research program is to improve acoustic-based detection of coronary artery disease to a clinical level.
August 30, 2005
Rutgers/UMDNJ/Princeton Team Win EPA Award
Professor Yannis Androulakis is a member of a collaborative research team of Rutgers, UMDNJ, Princeton, and FDA researchers, headed by Professors Welsh and Georgopoulos of UMDNJ, selected to establish the nation's first and only EPA-supported National Center of Excellence for Environmental Bioinformatics and Computational Toxicology. The initial award totals ~$4.5 million over 5 years.
August 15, 2005
Roth, Yarmush, Androulakis and Ierapetritou Awarded NSF Grant
A collaborative research team of BME and CBE faculty -- Professors Charles Roth, Martin Yarmush, Yannis Androulakis and Marianthi Ierapetritou -- was awarded a $1 million grant through the NSF Metabolic Engineering initiative. This grants supports research into genetic and signaling networks that control hepatocyte metabolism in cell-based devices.
July 12, 2005
Coleman Receives NSF Grant
Professor Bernard Coleman has been awarded a 3-year $289,160 grant from the Mathematical Biology program of the NSF. The grant entitled Bifurcation of Equilibria in DNA Elasticity, continues Professor Coleman’s work on DNA mechanics.
June 27, 2005
Yarmush Receives $3.4M NIH Grant
Professor Martin Yarmush has received a 5-year $3.4M from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. The funds will support a research program aimed at developing real-time functional genomics cell arrays for studying inflammation and fibrosis.
June 15, 2005
Shreiber Receives J&J Discovery Award
Professor David Shreiber received a 2-year, $25,000 Discovery Award from Johnson & Johnson. The funds will support research to develop microfluidic bioreactors for stem cell differentiation into neurons.
June 06, 2005
New Class Of ISRUF Students Announced
Eileen Dawson, Aleksey Demtchouk, Julie Maguire, Jessica Nikitczuk, & Nayerreh Rajaei were selected as the 2005 W.L. Gore ISURF Scholars. This award, established by the NSF IGERT program and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., provides support to promising undergraduate researchers from the Biomedical Engineering Honors Academy to pursue research in the area of integratively engineered biointerfaces.
June 04, 2005
Papathomasâ€™ Work Featured on NPR
National Public Radio featured an article published in the journal Neuron co-authored by Professor Thomas Papathomas on their Morning Edition Saturday radio program. The results of Papathomas’ work, which are detailed in the paper (Neuron, 46: 723-729, 2005), open a new perspective in the research on visual attention and provide testable predictions about the neural mechanisms of implicit attentional selection.
June 03, 2005
BME Industrial Internship Program a Rousing Success
The BME industrial internship program, under the direction of June Yarmush, was a great success this acadmeic semester. More then 50 graduate and undergraduate students were paired with industrial partners, in companies such as Johnson and Johnson, Chromocell, and Celgene, as well as a host of others located in the Cure Corridor of New Jersey. Additional information on the program can be found here.
June 02, 2005
Mann Receives PRF Award
Prof. Adrian Mann has received $35,000 award from the Petroleum Research Fund administered by the American Chemical Society. The grant funds will support Prof. Mann in an ongoing investigation into the effects of organic fluids on the mechanics of nanoasperity contacts. The research aims to provide insight into the role of bio-lubricants, like hyaluronic acid, in reducing friction and wear between contacting surfaces.
June 01, 2005
BME Students win Biotech Graduate Fellowships
BME graduate students Eric Novik and Nicole Iverson were recently awarded NIH Biotechnology Tranining Grant fellowships. Novik, under the the direction of Professor Yarmush, focuses on the differentiation of embryonic stem cells into hepatocytes. Iverson, under the direction of Professor Prabhas Moghe, focuses on the attachment of nanoparticles to endothelial surfaces inflamed by LDL.
May 27, 2005
Julias Named NJCSR Graduate Fellow
Margaret Julias has been awarded a 2-year, $60,000 graduate fellowship from the New Jersey Comission on Spinal Cord Research for her project, entitled: A Novel Micromechanical Method for Controlling Microstructure in Nerve Grafts. Julias is advised by Profs. Helen Buettner and David Shreiber.
May 20, 2005
Rakestraw is Commencement Speaker
Dr. Scott Rakestraw, who serves on the BME Industrial Advisory Board, served as the commencement speaker for the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois (Urbana). Dr. Rakestraw is currently the president of the Branta Group which services global life science and health care investment companies, and is an alumnus of UIUC.
May 19, 2005
Kim Receives NIEHS Award
Professor Sobin Kim received a 1-year $20,000 research grant from the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Sciences. The award will support studies on high throughput identification of cytochrome P-450 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Dr. Kim is collaborating with Dr. Jun-Yan Hong, a professor at the School of Public Health and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at UMDNJ.
May 18, 2005
Winter, Leung and Wayman Named RURF Fellows
Ashley Winter, Patrik Leung, and David Wayman, all BME Honors Academy members, were awarded Rutgers Undergraduate Research Fellowships (RURF) for their respective projects: 1) "Molecular Engineering Approaches for Identifying Liver Precursor Cells"; 2) "Charactaerization and Long-Term Propagation of Embryonic Stem Cells"; 3) "Gene Regulation of Hepatocytes". Winter and Leung are supervised by Professors Yarmush and Schloss and Wayman is supervised by Professor Roth.
April 20, 2005
NSF Grant awarded to Shinbrot
A 2-year $100,000 NSF Grant entitled “Transactions between Granular Flow and Solidification: Merging Multiphase Transport with Statistical Mechanics” was awarded to Professor Troy Shinbrot. In these studies Professor Shinbrot aims to focus on the interface between solid-like and fluid-like coexisting regions with the ultimate goal of producing an experimentally validated, quantitative, first principles model that spans the solidified-fluidized interface of granular beds. The data that the proposed work will provide will be of direct benefit for the predictive design of pharmaceutical formulation processes.
April 18, 2005
Uhrichâ€™s and Hartenâ€™s Work Highlighted in C&E News
A feature article in the April 18 issue of Chemical and Engineering News (p. 47) highlights the work of Professor Kathryn Uhrich in developing polymerization technology that enables a drug to be its own biodegradable delivery vehicle. The article also describes collaborative work with Professor Robert Harten on the effect of PolyAspirin on healing bone defects.
April 10, 2005
Desiderio Wins Conference Award
Michael Desiderio, a BME senior, won the Second Place Award for his presentation on: Optical Assessment of Apparent Phase Velocities at
the 31st Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference held at Stevens Institute on April 3rd 2005. In his project, Michael explored frequency characteristics of pulse wave velocities for vascular diagnosis under the direction of Professor John K-J Li.
March 17, 2005
NIH Biotechnology Training Program Renewed
The NIH supported Biotechnology Training Program, directed by Professor Henrik Pedersen, has been renewed for its fourth five-year cycle. The $1.25 million grant provides stipend and tuition for 7 fellows and is matched by institutional sources. BME faculty participating include Professors Helen Buettner, William Craelius, Prabhas Moghe, Charles Roth, David Shreiber, and Martin Yarmush.
March 10, 2005
Langrana Wins NIH Award
Professor Noshir Langrana, together with Drs. Rene Schloss and Bernard Yorke have been awarded a 2-year, $225,687 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Their research program is entitled "DNA Cross-Linked Gels: New Advanced Biomaterials".
March 05, 2005
Prabhas Moghe Selected for Academic Excellence Fund Award
Professor Prabhas Moghe was 1 of 33 investigators to receive an Academic Excellence Fund Award - awards meant to support existing and emerging areas of excellence in the University. The $35,000 award will enhance the Multiphoton Microscopy facility and its studies on cell-biomaterials interactions.
February 02, 2005
BME Research Highlighted at NJNC Nanotechnology Conference
Several core BME faculty were prominently featured at the first New Jersey
Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC) Nanotechnology Conference, held at Lucent Technologies (http://www.njnano.org). Professors Yves Chabal, Noshir Langrana, and David Shreiber presented their respective research programs, for which nano- and
microfabrication was provided by the NJNC through support from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
January 10, 2005
Micheli-Tzanakou Elected IEEE Division X Director
Professor Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou has been elected to the position of IEEE Division X Delegate/Director for 2005-2006. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 360,000 individual members in approximately 175 countries. Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou has been involved with IEEE for over two decades and has served in many different roles, from student branch counselor to Neural Network Society President and IEEE Awards Board Chair.
December 10, 2004
Kohn's Work Featured in Nature Materials
In the November issue of Nature Materials, Professor Joachim Kohn published a feature article describing his recent successes in designing new biomaterials using combinatorial schemes. With this novel technology, tailored products can be designed to satisfy the specific needs of each specific biomedical or prosthetic application.
November 30, 2004
Graduate Students Win NJCSCR Fellowships
Chris Gaughan (CBE graduate student) and Gary Monteiro (BME graduate student) were awarded two-year fellowships from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, which include full stipend and supply and travel allowances. Both Chris’ (“Fabrication of tunable hydrogels for spinal cord regeneration”) and Gary’s (“3D microreactors for stem cell differentiation”) research projects aim to assist in the search for a cure for paralysis following spinal cord injury. Both fellows are advised by Professor David Shreiber.
November 30, 2004
Two NJCSCR Research Grants Awarded to BME Faculty
The New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research has awarded research grants to Professor Martin Yarmush and to Professor Noshir Langrana. Dr. Yarmush received a 2-year, $221,000 award for his project, “Microfabrication of a Bioreactor to Characterize Neuronal Stem Cell Differentiation”. BME faculty Rene Schloss and David Shreiber are co-investigators on the research team that includes collaborators from Harvard and Washington University. Dr. Langrana received a 1-year, $150,000 award for his project, “Bifunctional Biomaterial Design for Spinal Cord Regeneration”. Dr. Langrana’s research team includes Drs. Shreiber, Schloss, Bonnie Firestein (Cell Biology & Neuroscience), and Bernard Yurke (Lucent).
November 20, 2004
Patel Brazil Bound
Natasha Patel, a senior Biomedical Engineering student and member of the BME Honors Academy, was selected as one of three students to represent Rutgers at the International Undergraduate Research Symposium in Sao Paulo, Brazil the week of November 20, 2004. Natasha, who conducts research on the mechanisms of acupuncture with Professors Helen Buettner and David Shreiber, was selected from a large pool of applicants on the basis of her research achievements and ability and willingness to act as an ambassador of Rutgers SOE.
November 20, 2004
NJABR Honors Uhrich and Stock
The New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research honored 12 outstanding New Jersey women scientists from academia and industry at its “Thank You Research” Gala on November 18. The honorees included Profs. Kathryn Uhrich and Ann Stock, both BME program faculty.
November 01, 2004
Metaxas Wins ITR Award
Professor Dimitris Metaxas has been awarded a 3-year, $849,817 ITR grant from the NSF for a project entitled “Advances in Recognition and Interpretation of Human Motion”. The overall goal of the project is to advance state-of-the-art in the field of computer-based American Sign Language recognition.
October 28, 2004
President's Excellence Award to Ursula
Ursula Wolf, our BME Graduate Program Secretary, was one of ten recipients
(from nearly 60 nominations) of an Excellence in Service Award as part of the 2004 President’s Recognition Program at a reception this week. Ursula has supervised the recent dramatic growth of the department with professional accomplishment and ease, and consistently makes sure that our students are cared for and motivated when they need it most. Ursula professionally and efficiently keeps the program running without ever losing sight of the importance of compassion and thoughtful care for our students. Ursula represents the best of what Rutgers has to offer, and we in the department are proud of her well-earned recognition. Congratulations, Ursula!
October 10, 2004
Craelius Receives Phase II SBIR Grant
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research awarded a phase II, 2- year, $500,000 SBIR grant to Nian-Crae, a biomedical device company founded by Professor William Craelius from. This project completes development of the Hand Arm Rehabilitation Interface (HARI) developed by Professor Craelius and tests its efficacy with 24 stroke subjects. HARI is a revolutionary training tool that helps therapists and their clients rehabilitate the paralytic arm by facilitating and monitoring prescribed exercises, and simultaneously assessing progress.
October 03, 2004
Kohnâ€™s Translational Work Cited by NIBIB
Professor Joachim Kohn’s successful collaboration with REVA Medical Inc to develop a biodegradable stent for coronary artery disease treatment was highlighted by the NIBIB as a major advance. The research was supported by NIBIB, REVA Medical Inc., and the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials. Details can be found at www.nibib.nih.giv/eAdvances/92104.htm
October 01, 2004
Bouzit Joins BME
Mourad Bouzit, an expert in robotics and virtual reality has joined the department as an Assistant Professor effective October 1 2004. Dr. Bouzit most recently worked at Avaya Corp where he was developing new concepts in teleconferencing. At Rutgers, he plans to focus his attention on several biomedical applications including tele-rehabilitaion and tele-surgery.
September 22, 2004
Shinbrot and Glasserâ€™s Research Featured in â€śNatureâ€ť
In the September 23, 2004 issue of the journal “Nature”, Profs. Troy Shinbrot and Ben Glasser demonstrate that stirring a mixture of granular materials faster or longer won’t always generate a smooth blend. In fact, ingredients that were thought to be thoroughly mixed may have actually separated. The consequences of these findings are quite widespread, and very crucial in the context of pharmaceutical manufacturing where pills might not have an effective amount of active agent due to mixing induced anomalies.
September 08, 2004
Mann Awarded ONR DURIP Instrumentation Grant
Professor Adrian Mann and a team of Rutgers University co-investigators have been awarded a one-year, $279,317 instrumentation grant by the Office of Naval Research as part of the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The grant will support the purchase of a “Combined Micro-Raman and Near-field Scanning Optical Microscope for Characterization of Nanostructured Materials”. The instrument will be used for the characterization of elastic strains and chemical phases in natural and artificial ceramics, polymers and composites. The instrument will be particularly useful for characterization of healthy and diseased mineralized tissues.
September 01, 2004
Two New Faculty Join BME
Professors Ioannis Androulakis and Sobin Kim have joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as Assistant Professors. Professor Androulakis is an expert in bioinformatics and systems analysis and Professor Kim is an expert in genomics technologies, developing novel methods for DNA sequence analysis.
August 13, 2004
Shinbrot Awarded NSF Mathematical Training Grant
Professor Troy Shinbrot has been awarded a one-year, $160,000
Training Grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an
interdisciplinary collaboration with the Rutgers Center for
Collaborative Neuroscience. At the Center, Shinbrot will develop
mathematical models for neuronal outgrowth and will examine
strategies for regeneration following spinal cord injury.
July 22, 2004
Buettner Awarded Busch Biomedical Research Grant
Professor Helen Buettner has been awarded a two-year, $25,000 Biomedical Research Grant from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund for her proposal, “A Micromechanical System for Nerve Tissue Engineering Based on Acupuncture”. The project will use in vitro acupuncture needling to create
micromechanically oriented extracellular matrices for nerve tissue engineering.
July 19, 2004
Ierapetritou, Yarmush and Roth Win NSF Award
Professors Marianthi Ierapetritou, Martin Yarmush and Charlie Roth were awarded a 3-year, $500,000 grant by the National Science Foundation’s Quantitative Systems Biology Program for their joint research program entitled “Experimental and Computational Studies to Optimize Hepatocyte Function.”
July 15, 2004
Chabal Assumes Directorship of LSM
Professor Yves Chabal has been appointed Director of the Laboratory of Surface Modification replacing Professor Ted Madey. The LSM, a unique facility which provides comprehensive surface and thin film analyses, brings together over 20 faculty from different departments to address basic and applied issues of high tech surface and interfaces.
July 07, 2004
Yarmush and Mavroidis Receive NASA Grant
Professors Martin Yarmush and Dinos Mavroidis (from Northeastern University) received a Phase II, 2 year, $400,000 grant from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) for their project “Bio-Nano-Machines for Space Applications”. The goals of the project are to study bio-nano-machine components for two macro-scale space devices: the Networked TerraXplorer (NTXp) for mapping and exploration of large surfaces, and the Smart Bio-Nano Suit (SBS), for early detection and protection against dangerous and harmful environments.
July 05, 2004
Dunn Appointed Deputy Editor
Professor Stan Dunn was recently appointed Deputy Editor of a new journal BioMedical Engineering OnLine (BEO). BEO is an open access, peer reviewed, online journal that is dedicated to publishing research in all areas of biomedical engineering.
July 01, 2004
Moghe Receives AHA Award
Professor Prabhas Moghe received a three year $198,000 award from the American Heart Association for his project Nanoscale Macromolecules for LDL Complexation and Clearance. Other collaborating-investigators in this research program are Profs. Kathryn Uhrich, and Silvina Tomassone.
June 21, 2004
Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering Ranked No. 1 by ISI
Articles in the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering (ARBME) were cited more often than papers in any of its peer journals, according to ISI’s 2003 Journal Citation Report, giving it the highest “impact factor” in its peer group. It was also ranked #1 in the ISI’s 2002 Journal Citation Report. The ISI’s impact factor has increased from 3.537 in 2002, to 7.875 in 2003. Professor Martin Yarmush serves as the editor-in-chief of the ARBME which published its first volume in 1999.
June 11, 2004
IGERT Fellowship Awards announced
Congratulations to BME graduate students Charles Florek, Salaheldin Hamed, Rebecca Hughey, Eric Novik, and Alice Rentz, who were recently appointed as Graduate Trainees in the Rutgers-NSF IGERT Program on Integratively Engineered Biointerfaces. Other new trainees are Frances Gratacos and Ronald Perez (MBS), and Princey Varughese (CCB).
June 07, 2004
ISURF Scholars Named
BME undergraduate students Benjamin Griffel, Fred Martin, Anthony Nicolini, Rebecca Penkala, and Julie Richardson have been named ISURF (IGERT Summer Undergraduate Research Frontier) Scholars for 2004 and will participate in intense summer research. Advising faculty include Nada Boustany, Prabhas, Moghe, Rene Schloss, Martin Yarmush, Charles Roth, Stanley Dunn, and Richard Riman.
June 01, 2004
Martin receives RISE Fellowship
BME Undergraduate Fred Martin received a RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) fellowship. His project titled “Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells into Functional Hepatoyctes”, is being performed under the direction of Professors Martin Yarmush and Rene Schloss.
May 26, 2004
NJCSCR Fellowship for Maikos
Jason Maikos, a 3rd year BME graduate student, received an inaugural Graduate Student Fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. The 2-year fellowship includes a full stipend and supply and travel allowances. Jason’s research project, under the guidance of Professor David Shreiber, is entitled “In Vivo Tissue-Level Thresholds for Spinal Cord Injury”.
May 24, 2004
Rabara and Viriyayuthakorn named RURF Fellows
Knic Rabara, a BME Honors Academy member working with Professor David Shreiber, was awarded a Rutgers Undergraduate Research Fellowship (RURF). Knic’s project is entitled “Design of a Self-Assembling Oligopeptide Biomaterials for Nerve Regeneration.” Also awarded a RURF is BME student Sandra Viriyayuthakorn, who is working with Professor Charles Roth on “Quantitative Analysis of Intracellular Trafficking of Oligonucleotides”.
May 20, 2004
Rutgers Undergraduate Awards
BME graduate, Andy Eugene delivered the student commencement address at graduation on May 20th at the Louis Brown Athletic Center Andy’s speech was selected from a group of several engineering students who competed for the honor. This is the second consecutive year that a BME was selected. At the 2003 convocation, Theresa Hayes, a BME graduate delivered the student address.
May 06, 2004
Rutgers BME Wins Excellence Award
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has been honored with the “2004 Rutgers Award for Programmatic Excellence in Undergraduate Education”. The BME department was singled out for novel dynamic curricula following 3 separate tracks and for its integration of class teaching and research in the undergraduate experience. Multiple extant external awards attest to the excellence in education and in the quality of BME graduates.
April 30, 2004
4th Annual Senior Design Conference Showcases Student Achievements
On April 29th 2004, over 70 students presented their research at the 4th Annual Senior Design and Graduate Program Conference held on Busch Campus. Graduating seniors throughout the day, presented the results of their year-long design projects to an audience of approximately 120 invited guests including family members, various departmental faculty, and industrial collaborators. The event began with a plenary lecture on “Defending Against Biological Terrorism” given by Dr. Tim Dasey, a BME alumnus who works at MIT/ Lincoln Laboratory. During lunch, BME graduate students and BME Honors Academy members presented posters and describing exciting and pivotal ongoing research in BME laboratories.. The day concluded with a first-ever Mini Career Fair hosted by the Industrial Interactions Office, which provided the graduating students a chance to interview with companies for potential employment.
March 10, 2004
Drzewiecki Receives Patent Award
Professor Gary Drzewiecki along with 38 other faculty were honored at the Rutgers Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer Fifth Patent Award Dinner.
Dr. Drzewiecki was recognized for his innovative technique for measuring vascular function using a blood pressure cuff. Other BME faculty receiving recognition include Professors Kohn, Riman, Uhrich and Sinko.
March 10, 2004
Five BME Faculty are Inducted into AIMBE
Professors Stanley Dunn, Prabhas Moghe, Thomas Papathomas, Russ Parsons, and John Semmlow were inducted as fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at its annual meeting this past week. This brings the number of Rutgers BME program faculty who are AIMBE fellows to 19, and places Rutgers in the top ten of all universities with AIMBE fellows.
February 27, 2004
LSM Symposium a Rousing Success
The Eighteenth Annual Symposium of the Laboratory or Surface Modification was held on Thursday, February 26, 2004, at the Fiber Optics Auditorium on the Busch Campus. In addition to oral presentations by Professors Yves Chabal (Director of LSM and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry) and Kathyrn Uhrich (Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program), poster presentations were also given by BME graduate students, Tim Maguire and Melissa Stickle.
February 26, 2004
Penkala Receives Scholarship
Rebecca Penkala, a junior in BME, received the 2004 David and Dorothy Bernstein Scholarship from the BioMAPS program and the Center for Molecular Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. Rebecca’s project for the award is “Intracellular Activation Using Ligand and Carrier Nanodots” under the direction of Professor Prabhas Moghe.
February 24, 2004
BME Faculty Receive Teaching Materials Award
Professors Stan Dunn, Alkis Constantinides, and Prabhas Moghe received a $135,000 Teaching Materials grant from the Whitaker Foundation. The award is to help develop a BME textbook entitled “Numerical Modeling in Biomedical Systems.” The foundation has given only 10 Teaching Materials awards since the program was initiated in 1995.
February 13, 2004
First Annual Biomedical Engineering Showcase is a Success
The Rutgers University and NJIT Departments of Biomedical Engineering, and the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey hosted their first Biomedical Engineering Showcase on Friday, February 13th 2004. The event drew in more than 335 attendees, 20 exhibitors and over 30 poster presentations. Representatives from academia included undergraduates, graduate students and faculty, and industry was well represented by researchers, CEO’s, accountants, lawyers and sales representatives. Highlights of the day’s events included six keynote lectures from prominent investigators representing the major NJ universities, and a series of workshops dedicated to the industrial aspects of research. Key portions of the event were videotaped by NJN and aired on public television.
January 30, 2004
Protein Data Bank Receives $30 Million Grant
NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers-based Protein Data Bank (PDB) has begun the year with a commitment of a record $30 million in federal support for the next five years. This computer library of molecular structures is one of the world's most critical resources for solving the mysteries of human disease. Prof. Helen Berman, a BME graduate program faculty member is director of the PDB.
January 20, 2004
BME Faculty Win Academic Excellence Fund Awards
VP Furmanski has announced the 2003-04 Rutgers Academic Excellence Awards. Of 36 proposals funded Rutgers-wide, 4 were awarded to BME program faculty: 1) J. Kohn - Combinatorial and Parallell Polymer Synthesis; 2) E. Kowler and D. Metaxas - Research and Training in Visual Science; 3) Y. Chabal et al - Novel Atom Layer Deposition; and 4) J. Guo et al - Nanoscale Opto-Mechanical Biosensing
January 20, 2004
Dunn Appointed to Journal Editorial Board
Professor Stan Dunn has been appointed to the editorial board of Machine Vision and Applications, a journal dedicated to publishing high quality technical contribution in engineering aspects of image-related computing.
December 23, 2003
Rutgers and BCNJ to Host BME Showcase
A consortium of institutions (Rutgers, UMDNJ, NJIT, and the Biotechnology Council of NJ) will host the first annual Biomedical Engineering Showcase at the Somerset Marriott on Friday February 13 2004. The Showcase is designed to strengthen academic-industrial relations in biomedical engineering and biotechnology within the State of NJ.
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December 15, 2003
Sinko Named to the Parke-Davis Chair
Professor Patrick Sinko, a faculty member in the BME graduate program, has been appointed to the Parke-Davis Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery. The Chair, funded by the Warner-Lambert Foundation, supports education and research in controlled drug delivery. Sinko is internationally recognized for his work on targeted delivery in cancer.
November 03, 2003
Uhrich Wins Major Award
Professor Kathryn Uhrich has recently received a Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey. The award recognizes her work on polydrugs as useful biomedical device coatings and therapeutics. Polymerix, the company formed to commercialize this technology was also named Life Sciences Company of the Year.
October 01, 2003
$ 3.6 million NSF IGERT Award to Moghe
Professor Prabhas Moghe, leading a team of Rutgers faculty from 8 different graduate programs, has been awarded an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the NSF. This 5 year award will primarily support graduate fellowships in a new training program Integratively Engineered biointerfaces. Four other faculty will help administer the award, including Kathryn Uhrich, Ted Madey, Martin Grumet, and Martin Yarmush.
September 30, 2003
SBIR Grant Awarded to Craelius
A phase I, 6-month SBIR grant has been awarded to Professor William Craelius from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. In this program, James A. Flint, a BME graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Craelius, is developing the hand-arm rehabilitation interface (HARI), a robotic device for helping stroke victims regain use of their hand.
September 15, 2003
Honors Academy Students Heading for Brazil
Lillian Chow and Sarah Frischberg, undergraduate seniors and member of the BME Honors Academy, were among the five students selected to represent the Rutgers School of Engineering at the International Undergraduate Research Symposium, to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil the week of November 1, 2003. Lillian and Sarah were selected from a large pool of applicants on the basis of their research achievements and their ability and willingness to act as ambassadors of Rutgers SOE.
May 05, 2003
Craelius Wins Distinguished Fellowship
Professor William Craelius has been names the 2003 recipient of The Mary Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The award, which carries a stipend of $55,000, will be used to further Dr. Craelius\' cutting-edge research on bionic limbs.
May 04, 2003
Kohn Receives Clemsen Award
The Society for Biomaterials awarded its highest basic research award, The Clemsen Award, to Prof. Joachim Kohn for his work on combinatorial and computational approaches to biomaterials design. Professor Kohn\'s work has been the basis of a number of new biomedical products which are being used in orthopedic, skin, nerve, and cardiac applications.
April 30, 2003
BME Wins GAANN Grant
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has been awarded a graduate student training grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The GAANN award will provide 6 full (stipend & tuition) fellowships per year for the next 3 years. Professor Thomas Papathomas, the BME Graduate Program Director, serves as principal investigator of the GAANN Program.
April 22, 2003
$5.1 million NIH Research Resource Award to Kohn
Professor Joachim Kohn, Director of the NJ Center for Biomaterials and a graduate faculty member in BME has been awarded a $5.1 million NIH grant for a new center of \"Integrated Technologies for Polymeric Biomaterials.\" Several key investigators from Rutgers, NJIT, UMDNJ, and Stevens are involved in facility and research program development including Professors Prabhas Moghe and Charles Roth from BME.
April 04, 2003
Biju Parekkadan Wins NSF Fellowship
Biju Parekkadan, one of the top seniors in the BME department, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship carries full stipend and tuition for 3 years, and is awarded to the top tier of engineering and science students in the country, who are planning to pursue graduate study.
March 26, 2003
Wallenstein Receives Prestigious NDSEG Fellowship
First year graduate student, Eric Wallenstein, has been selected to receive a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. The NDSEG Fellowship is exceedingly competitive, and provides full stipend and tuition for 3 years. Mr. Wallenstein is interested in developing techniques for generating pancreatic cells from embryonic stem cells; he is advised by Professor Martin Yarmush.
February 28, 2003
Mann joins BME and CME
Professor Adrian Mann an expert in nanotechnology applied to biological systems has joined the Biomedical and Ceramics & Materials Engineering Departments at Rutgers effective January 1, 2003. Professor Mann, who holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Oxford University, is studying the microstructure of bone in a variety of disease states in order to evaluate the effects of clinical treatments on local mechanical properties.
February 28, 2003
Roth Awarded NSF CAREER Grant
Professor Charles Roth received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER Award is NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty and carries a grant of $400,000 over the next five years. Professor Roth's project is entitled "Molecular Systems Bioengineering" and centers around the use of genetic engineering techniques to improve the performance of cultured liver cells for medical devices. It also encompasses enhancements to the Molecular and Tissue Engineering undergraduate track and several outreach activities.
February 25, 2003
Best Paper Award to Claudia Mello-Thoms and Stan Dunn
Professors Mello-Thoms and Dunn received the 2003 Herbert M. Stauffer Award for Best Clinical Science Paper, for their study "The Perception of Breast Cancer: What Differentiates Missed from Reported Cancers in Mammography?", which was published in Academic Radiology in September, 2002. Prof. Mello-Thoms, a Ph.D. graduate of Rutgers BME, is currently Assistant Research Professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Radiology.
February 21, 2003
Four BME Faculty to be Inducted into AIMBE
Professors Grigore Burdea, William Craelius, Cazimir Kulikowski, and Kathryn Uhrich were inducted as fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers at its annual meeting February 21, 2003. These faculty members are being cited from seminal work in: 1) rehabilitation through novel virtual reality systems (Burdea), 2) novel prosthetics (Craelius), 3) application of advanced computational techniques to medicine and genetics (Kulikowski), and 4) novel biomaterials and drug delivery systems (Uhrich). This brings the total number of Rutgers faculty in the AIMBE College of Fellows to 13.
January 16, 2003
Li Awarded Grant from UMDNJ
Professor John Li has received a one year award for $45,000 from UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical for his project "Esophageal Ultrasound Doppler." Prof. Li's research spans a broad range of cardiopulmonary problems with an emphasis on developing new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.
December 12, 2002
Washington Times Article on "The Tissue of Life"
Professor David Shreiber along with several other leaders in the Tissue Engineering field were quoted in the Washington Times feature article "The Tissue of Life". Shreiber who works in the area of nerve repair, stressed the enormous potential of the field in a variety of applications.
December 05, 2002
BME Honors Academy Funded
The Biomedical Engineering Honors Academy: An Undergraduate Community of Research Scholarship received a Rutgers Dialogues Grant starting January 2, 2003. Professor Charles Roth directs the Honors Academy, which currently has 9 BME juniors who are following an enriched research program, in addition to their courses.
December 01, 2002
Li Elected Chair of Local Chapter
Professor John Li was recently elected Chair of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) Chapter of IEEE's Princeton/Central Jersey Section. The EMB section is a leading authority in engineering biomedical technology.
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October 20, 2002
Shoane's Research Highlighted in Science News
Professor George Shoane's research on improving the golf putting process was featured in the October 12, 2002 issue of Science News (p. 238). The study mentioned showed that certain golfing grips can lessen head and eye movement during putting, which improves the putter's success. Professor Shoane is a leading expert in vision research, in general, and in oculomotor control, in particular.
October 10, 2002
Shreiber Awarded Grant from the CDC
Professor David Shreiber has received a 3-year, $600,000 award from the Centers for Disease Control to study the biomechanics of spinal cord injury. The research involves collaborations with Professors Dimitri Metaxas (Biomedical Engineering) and Wise Young (Cell Biology and Neuroscience), and aims to identify tissue-level material thresholds for injury following spinal cord compression.
October 01, 2002
Shinbrot Receives NSF Award
Professor Troy Shinbrot received a 1-year $50,000 award from the NSF for his project "Instabilities and Waves in Sheared Granular Materials". The goal is to study fundamental flow instabilities in powders and grains as encountered in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.
September 04, 2002
Rutgers Breaks Ground for New Biomedical Engineering Building
Groundbreaking took place today for a $23.8 million, 60,000-square-foot building dedicated to biomedical engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The four-story state-of-the-art structure on the university's Busch campus in Piscataway is targeted for completion in 2004. Features include core facilities for genomics and proteomics, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging and optics, microfabrication, animal study, high-performance computing, laboratories, offices and a 200-seat auditorium and conference center.
August 26, 2002
Metaxas Receives Two Large Research Awards from the Air Force
Professor Dimitri Metaxas received two awards from AFOSR: 1. Recognition, Identification, Analysis, and Synthesis of Human Activities ($220,592), and 2. Human Identification and Recognition of Emotional States from Visual Input ($604,723). These new awards complement many of the innovative research programs currently ongoing in the Center for Computational Biomedicine, Imaging and Modeling, which Professor Metaxas directs.
August 23, 2002
Yarmush Receives NIH Grant to Improve Liver Transplantation
Professor Martin Yarmush received a 4-year $1.7M award from the NIH for his project Metabolic Engineering for Improving Liver Transplantation. The research program objective is to precondition fatty livers that are normally rejected as transplant candidates, so that they can be efficiently used. If successful, these techniques would make available hundreds of livers each year which are currently being disposed.
August 21, 2002
Shreiber Receives Research Grant from the Whitaker Foundation
Professor David Shreiber received a 3-year award from the Whitaker Foundation for $230K for his project entitled "Development of Tissue-Specific, Three Dimensional, In Vitro Models of Nervous System Trauma". The research project utilizes tissue engineering to study the mecahnotransduction of mechanical injury to axons and glia, and will contribute to the design of rational strategies to prevent and treat traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Professor Wise Young (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) is a collaborator.
August 19, 2002
Roth Receives NIH Bioengineering Research Grant
Professor Charles Roth received a 5-year NIH award for $1 million to support his project entitled "Efficient and Selective Delivery of Antisense Oligonucleotides". The research project, which involves a collaboration with Professor Joachim Kohn (Chemistry), includes the development of a family of ligand-bearing, polymeric materials for delivery of nucleic acids to cells, and their use in identifying and overcoming rate-limiting steps to delivery.
August 15, 2002
Center for Wireless Integrated Sensor-on-Silicon Technology Funded
An award of $2.8M was made by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology for the "Center for Multimodel Wireless Integrated Sensor-on-Silicon Technology". The Principal Investigator, Dr. Dipankar Raychaudhuri, of Rutgers' WINLAB, will collaborate with colleagues from Princeton University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Agere Systems, Lucent, Sarnoff, Johnson and Johnson, Thomson Multimedia, and Semandex Networks. Professor John Li , a co-PI of the project, will lead the biomedical applications group.
August 12, 2002
Moghe Receives NSF Grant on Nanoscale Bioengineering
Professor Prabhas Moghe was awarded a three year $300 K grant from the Bioengineering Division of the NSF for his project entitled "Nanoscale Engineering of LDL-Retentive Substrates". The study proposes the synthesis and design of nanoscale substrates with high binding affinities for low density lipoproteins for use in the treatment of atherosclerosis. Collaborators include Rutgers Professors Kathryn Uhrich (Chemistry), Silvina Tomassone (Chemical Engineering), and Yicheng Lu (Electrical and Computer Engineering).
July 17, 2002
NIH Hepatic Tissue Engineering Award
Professor Martin Yarmush received a 5-year NIH renewal grant for $2M for continuing research on developing a bioartificial liver device. The research program includes the use of stem cells and other novel cellular systems as sources for liver cells and innovative bioreactor designs based on microfabrication techniques.
July 12, 2002
Two BME Faculty Receive NSF Award
Professors Dinos Mavroides and Martin Yarmush received a 1 year NSF Small Grant for Exploratory Research for their collaborative work on nanorobotic systems.
June 20, 2002
BME Receives Major Whitaker Awards
Rutgers Department of Biomedical Engineering has been selected by the Whitaker Foundation to receive two substantial awards. The first is a $5 million Special Award to help the department build excellence in biomedical engineering through new state-of-the-art facilities and new faculty hires. The second is an Industrial Internships Program Award which will provide $180,000 over a three year period to support internships in the dynamic NJ pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.
June 12, 2002
National Eye Institute Grant Awarded to Papathomas.
Professor Thomas Papathomas received a 3-year NIH Award ($466,500) entitled "The Role of Object-Based Attention in Motion Perception". The major goals of the project are to study the interaction between attention and motion processing that enables the visual system to efficiently integrate, segment, and maintain a unified percept of moving surfaces.
May 30, 2002
Biju Prekkadan Wins Summer Research Award
A BME junior, Biju Parekkadan, was awarded a Supplemental Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. He will be working at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute with Dr. Jay Knutson in the Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry, Optical Spectroscopy Section.
May 24, 2002
Coleman Receives NSF Grant
Professor Bernard Coleman was awarded a three year NSF Grant for his project entitled "Contact Problems in Kirchhoff's Nonlinear Theory of Rods". The work proposed involves analysis of DNA micromechanics and has implications for DNA nanodevices that are chemomechanically responsive.
May 09, 2002
NASA Summer Fellowship for Kevin
Kevin Nikitczuk, a sophomore in BME, received a summer fellowship from the NASA Space Grant Consortium. The fellowship consists of $5,000 for a 10 week research project on "Protein Based Nanorobotic Systems". Kevin is advised by Professors Dinos Mavroidis and Martin Yarmush.
May 01, 2002
Shoane to Edit Landmark Book
Professor George Shoane and Jani M. Pallis will be co-editing a new book entitled "Biomedical Engineering Principles in Sports" to be published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. The book will cover comprehensively all major sports, and chapters will be introduced with comments by the finest athletes in the world.
April 23, 2002
Roth Receives Whitaker Foundation Grant
Professor Charles Roth was awarded a one year Whitaker Foundation award for his project entitled "Effect of DNA Structure on Polymer-DNA Complex Formation and Delivery". Professor Roth's work is pioneering new inroads into the antisense delivery field.
April 10, 2002
BME Awarded NASA's NIAC Grant
Professors Dinos Mavroidis and Martin Yarmush received a Phase I, six month, $75K grant from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) for their project "Protein Based Nano-Machines for Space Applications". The goals of the project is to identify and study both computationally and experimentally novel Viral Protein Linear (VPL) motors and their use in future space nano-machines. The NIAC focuses on revolutionary concepts - specifically systems and architectures - that can have a major impact on missions of the NASA Enterprises in the time frame of 10 to 40 years in the future.
April 05, 2002
Distinguished Rutgers Faculty Member Assumes Society Presidency
Wilma K. Olson, the Mary I. Bunting Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers, and an associate faculty member in biomedical engineering, began her term as the president of the Biophysical Society Feb. 25 at the society’s 2002 annual meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Olson is also the director of the Center for Molecular Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at Rutgers. She is known for her contributions to molecular biophysics through groundbreaking studies of nucleic acids, where she has developed and applied novel computational tools.
March 15, 2002
BME Awarded Equipment Grant
Agilent Technologies, through their University Relation Philanthropy Equipment Grant Program, has awarded $140,000 of new equipment to the BME department. Professor Stanley Dunn, PI of the program, aims to use these new state-of-the-art Bioanalyzer Systems for the undergraduate teaching laboratories.
February 25, 2002
Langrana to Serve on NIH Panel
Professor Noshir Langrana was appointed to serve as a member of the Scientific and Technical Review Board on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities for the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institute of Health. The term of the appointment is from July 2002 to June 2006.
February 20, 2002
Two BME Faculty to be Inducted into AIMBE
Professors Bernard Coleman and Dimitris Metaxas will be inducted as fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers at its annual meeting March 1-3, 2002. These faculty members are being cited from seminal work in: (1) theoretical modeling studies that advance our understanding of DNA micromechanics (Coleman) (2) physics-based modeling of heart motion (Metaxas).
February 15, 2002
J&J Donates Major Equipment
The Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Center for Packaging Science and Engineering have just received a major donation from Johnson and Johnson - McNeil Pharmaceuticals of New Brunswick, New Jersey. This equipment donation, valued at approximately $450,000 will be used to upgrade undergraduate and graduate teaching and research laboratories in cell and tissue engineering, and materials testing and evaluation.
February 09, 2002
Inventor of Artificial Hand Writes Feature Article
Professor William Craelius contributed a critical overview of bionics entitled "The Bionic Man-Restoring Mobility" in the February 8 issue of "Science" magazine. Prof. Craelius is the inventor of Dextrahand the first artificial hand to allow individual finger control.
February 01, 2002
Grant to Establish Center for Biomolecular Imaging
The New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology recently announced the award of a $2.5 million, 5 year grant to establish a Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging. The Center is a joint venture between investigators at Rutgers and Princeton led by a team of three principal investigators: Stanley Dunn, John Semmlow, and Warren Warren.
January 30, 2002
Yarmush Receives Genomics Award
Professor Martin Yarmush recently received an $882,300 award from the NIH for a project entitled "Real-Time Functional Genomics Using Cell Arrays." The objective of this program is to use live cells in a massively parallel microfabricated format to visualize protein expression in real-time.
December 20, 2001
State Award for the Center for Biomaterials
A $150,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology was awarded to Professor Joachim Kohn to supplement his NSF supported "Partnerships for Innovation" program. The program seeks to evaluate new model for combining academic and industrial resources to develop underutilized university and industry intellectual property.
December 04, 2001
Industrial Advisory Board Meeting
The Department of Biomedical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board met on Dec at the Busch Campus. Ten of the twelve industrial board members were in attendance for six hours of presentations and interactions with faculty and students. The new co-chairs of the advisory board are Fred Senatore, MD, PhD (Aventis), and Mark Zimmerman, PhD (J&J).
November 14, 2001
Langrana Receives NSF Award
A group of five, which includes Professor Noshir Langrana, will receive a $1.2 million award through the Information Technology Research (ITR) program, for developing methodologies to improve the quality and efficiency of product design. Professor Langrana's project involves developing experimental and computational techniques for improved medical implant design.
October 22, 2001
Tech Vest Conference
On October 21, the Center for Biomaterials in cooperation with Tech Vest held its annual conference at the New York Hilton. Among the many outstanding presentations were those by Biomedical Engineering faculty Professors Prahbas Moghe, Martin Yarmush, Joachim Kohn, Kathryn Uhrich, Jack Ricci, and Gary Nackman. The entire three-day conference hosted an audience of nearly 250 participants.
October 15, 2001
John Semmlow was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the Universite de Aix et Provence in Marseille France for the summer of 2001. During this period he organized and chaired the Third International Conference on Sensorimotor Control in Man and Machines held in Marseille at the beginning of Oct. This conference was the third of a series that he founded in Berkeley in 1994.
August 12, 2001
The School of engineering was awarded a $2.5 M grant from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education's Workforce Excellence Program to create a new undergraduate curriculum in Nanomaterials Science and Engineering. This program involves five departments in the School of Engineering (including Biomedical Engineering) as well as Physics and Chemistry. The program will support 7 new undergraduate courses (4 lecture and 3 lab), provide funds for two new faculty, and create new undergraduate laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.
July 10, 2001
Governor's School of Engineering and Technology
The prestigious Governors’ School of Engineering and Technology opened at Rutgers. The program brings 100 of the top high school juniors from all over New Jersey to the school of Engineering where they will participate in a four-week tuition-free total immersion program emphasizing engineering and information technology. Biomedical Engineering will host a large group of these outstanding young talents.
June 22, 2001
Shoane Publishes Two Scholarly Books
Professor George Shoane has recently published a single-authored comprehensive book entitled "Models of Oculomotor Control" by coffre fort World Scientific Publishing Co. and has co-edited a large-volume book titled "Models of the Visual System" by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
May 22, 2001
Metaxas to Join BME
Professor Dimitri Metaxas, a noted scholar in Computational Bioengineering, will be joining the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Sciences in Fall 2001. Professor Metaxas joins Rutgers from the University of Pennsylvania where he developed an international reputation in physics-based modeling of heart motion and human gait. Professor Metaxas will direct Rutgers Center for Computational Bioimaging and Modeling.
April 12, 2001
BME Building Approved
The Board of Governors of the University approved the plan to build a 60,000 gross square foot, $23.8 million Biomedical Engineering Building on the Busch Campus. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring of 2002 with a completion date of October 2003.
February 28, 2001
Yarmush Speaks in Trenton
Professor Martin Yarmush presented a seminar at the State House in Trenton to increase awareness of the field of biomedical engineering and its potential to increase the quality of life of New Jersey citizens. Attendees included academic and legislative staff, and various radio and newspaper reporters.
November 16, 2000
Kohn Speaks in Trenton
Professor Joachim Kohn, Director of Rutgers' Center for Biomaterials Science and Board of Governors discussed "Tissue Regeneration: What Does it Mean for New Jersey?" at the 44th session of Rutgers' New Jersey Public Policy Seminar Series in Trenton. Rutgers' Center for Biomaterials Science is a leading program developing the basic platform technologies to bring tissue regeneration therapies to the clinic. The concept of using scaffolds for restoring full function to diseased or damaged tissue offers significant benefits to patients, as well as provides substantial economic development opportunities for New Jersey.
September 29, 2000
Uhrich Spins-Off Company
This past summer Professor Kathryn Uhrich, an Associate Professor in Chemistry, and Associate Faculty Member in Biomedical Engineering spun off a company, Polymerix Corp. to develop new polymeric drugs with unique properties. The first example, polyaspirin, is salicylic acid formulated as a polymer.
September 27, 2000
$25 Million for Structural Genomics
A consortium of scientist led by Professor Guy Montelione, Professor of Molecular Biology and Associate Faculty Member in Biomedical Engineering, was awarded a $25 million 5-year grant to determine the structure and function of proteins. The goal of this cutting-edge programs is to use Structural Genomics tools to advance the results of the Human Genome Project to a more functional level, and thereby open new opportunities for therapeutics.