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May 2016

May 9, 2016
Andrea Gray was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Rutgers School of Engineering Outstanding Student Award. Andrea graduated in January 2016 after completing her PhD thesis entitled, “Approaches for Improving the Therapeutic Potential of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells”, under the guidance of Professor Martin Yarmush. Andrea is currently a Staff Fellow in the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies within the Center for Biological Evaluation and Research at the US Food and Drug Administration.
May 9, 2016
BME Professor Stavroula Sofou has been nominated and selected to be named as a Chancellor`s Scholar at Rutgers effective July 1, 2016. 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, she will receive $5k towards her research account for innovative research initiatives and/or program development for up to five years.

April 2016

April 29, 2016
BME Senior Varun Arvind is honored for his outstanding academic record at Rutgers University. He is inducted into the Matthew Leydt Society. This Society is named for the university's first graduate, in 1774, from what was then Queens's College. It was established last year to honor Rutgers University's top graduates from Rutgers–New Brunswick, commencing with the class of 2015. Professor Prabhas Moghe is Varun's adviser.
April 29, 2016
The Graduate School makes up to six Dean's Research awards each year to graduate students for excellence in research. This year, BME PhD candidate Ayesha Aijaz was awarded a Dean's Research Award for her research in wound healing. Ayesha works in Professor Ronke Olabisi's lab.
April 29, 2016
Antoinette Nelson, a BME Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. Antoinette is advised by Professor Patrick J. Sinko and her thesis focuses on the development of a nano-based mucosal pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. Antoinette also recently received her fifth travel award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to attend the American Society for Pharmacology and Emerging Therapeutics National Meeting.

March 2016

March 28, 2016
Assistant Professors Waheed Bajwa (ECE) and Mark Pierce (BME) were awarded a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant for $275k from the Department of Defense.
March 17, 2016
Rutgers and Stanford scientists develop novel way to inject healthy human nerve cells into the brain Rutgers Today Thursday, March 17, 2016 By: Todd B. Bates  

February 2016

February 26, 2016
Lingting Shi, a BME junior, was awarded first prize in the J&J Engineering Showcase Undergraduate Student Poster Competition.  Her work entitled “An In Vitro Approach to Identify Skin Sensitizers with Classification Tools” is part of a larger project in Professor Yarmush’s lab, which aims to develop animal alternatives to environmental allergen testing.  The approach has yielded exciting results which indicate that the co-culture system and analysis tools which were developed for the project can be integrated to successfully identify allergen sensitizers and th
February 25, 2016
Manjari Bhamidipati, a BME Ph.D. candidate, was awarded first prize in the J&J Engineering Showcase Graduate Student Poster Competition.  Her work entitled "Biomedical Imaging Using SERS Tags: The Future Beyond Fluorescent Dyes” is part of a larger project in Professor Laura Fabris’ lab,  which aims to implement the use of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) in clinical imaging and to identify cell phenotype modifications that can be correlated to disease progression.
February 11, 2016
A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush and colleagues entitled, "Compositions and Methods of Functionally Enhanced In Vitro Culture System” (Patent number 9243221). The invention describes the development of a hepatocyte co-culture system in which the cells are highly metabolically active from the onset of culture, thereby allowing for immediate drug testing. This in vitro culture system is currently marketed by Hurel Corporation.

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