September 2003

September 30, 2003
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
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 2003

May 5, 2003
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 4, 2003
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 2003

April 30, 2003
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
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 4, 2003
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 2003

March 26, 2003
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 2003

February 28, 2003
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.
February 28, 2003
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.