June 2015

June 12, 2015
Professor Martin Yarmush (left), and a team of co-PIs including professors Jeff Zahn (below), Bonnie Firestein (below), and Nada Boustany (below) were awarded a 3-year NSF grant for $422,697 for a project entitled, “Brain-on-a-chip for Traumatic Brain Injury Drug Discovery". These investigators will use the Brain slice-on-a-Chip platform developed in the Yarmush lab to simulate traumatic brain injury, and then examine drug interventions that minimize injury effects.
June 3, 2015
Faculty members Mark Pierce (left-BME) and Waheed Bajwa (below-ECE) have received a $360k / 3-year research grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue a multidisciplinary project entitled “Signal processing – optics co-design for in vivo optical biopsy.” The project will integrate novel approaches in optical imaging hardware and signal processing algorithms to deliver cellular-level images from intact tissue in living patients.

May 2015

May 19, 2015
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.
May 19, 2015
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 18, 2015
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
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 1, 2015
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.

April 2015

April 15, 2015
Earlier this year, BME PhD student Maria Qadri's research was featured in the form of a graphic article for a three-part series on How Big Data Is Transforming Health Care for Pacific Standard. Using illustration the series features a comic book version of Qadri in her research exploring how advances in tracking technology, data analysis, and automation offer significant improvements in medical treatment and quality of life.
April 8, 2015
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 2, 2015
Varun Arvind, a biomedical engineering junior, was recently named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, joining only 259 other students out of more than 1,200 nationwide nominees to earn this prestigious award. The only engineering student from New Jersey receiving the award this year, his research focuses on stem cell differentiation and how to replicate its effects to help osteopenia victims or those with traumatic injuries.