September 2016

September 9, 2016
The REU Site in Cellular Bioengineering was renewed for another 3 years with a grant of $412,491 from the National Science Foundation. The REU aims to provide an immersive research experience coupled with professional development activities for students who traditionally lack these opportunities, including under-represented minorities, students who are in the first generation in their family to attend college, and students from colleges that primarily serve undergraduates and do not engage in research. Since 2010, the REU has hosted 68 summer scholars.

August 2016

August 31, 2016
Professors Martin Yarmush and Susan Engelhardt have received a 1-year $84,310 grant from the NIH to develop a new course entitled, “Professional Preparedness in Biotechnology”. The course will cover a myriad of topics including: the life and biomedical sciences ecosystem; managing communications; organizations and partnerships; project planning and management; customer focus; financial management; operations management; risk management, quality and safety; and regulatory processes.
August 31, 2016
Professors Martin Yarmush and Ramsey Foty have received a 1-year $85,910 grant from the NIH to develop a new course entitled, “Interdisciplinary Research Training in Biostatistics: Enhancing Reproducibility”.

July 2016

July 8, 2016
Professors Francois Berthiaume and Martin Yarmush have received a 2-year $442,327 NIH R21 grant. The goal of the project is to develop new nanoparticle-based delivery systems for various growth factors and bioactive peptides that can be incorporated into conventional modalities currently used in clinical wound applications. This work will lead to a new generation of topical therapies for improved skin wound healing.

June 2016

June 15, 2016
Professor David Shreiber has received a 2-year Pilot Research Grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research for $180,000. The goal of the project is to develop biomaterials that respond to components of secondary brain injury to enable targeting of therapeutics to the injury site.
June 8, 2016
BME Assistant Professor Ronke Olabisi's research was highlighted for an article featured in Tech Insider. In the article, they describe her research with hydrogels and how she uses them in tissue engineering applications. For the complete article, see  
June 8, 2016
Kate O'Neill has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Competition. Awards offered by the Ford Foundation seek to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and to increase the number of professors who will use diversity for enriching education. Kate has been extensively involved in outreach, especially at the New Brunswick High School, where she volunteers in a bilingual physics class and encourages students to pursue careers in science and engineering.
June 8, 2016
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $383,491 to Prosenjit Bagchi and Jeffrey Zahn for supporting a project entitled "Network Hemodynamics: A Computational Study of Cellular Blood Flow and Particulate Transport in Microvascular Capillary Networks." This award starts July 1 , 2016 and ends June 30, 2019.

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.