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 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.

January 2016

January 28, 2016
U.S.A. Today has ranked Rutgers-New Brunswick as the 2nd best U.S. College for studying health professions. See the article here:  
January 16, 2016
Richard Frenkiel and Martin Yarmush, professors in the Rutgers School of Engineering, have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. The academy announced its 2015 fellows Dec. 15. They include 168 inventors who collectively hold more than 5,300 U.S. patents. This year’s class brings to 583 the number of NAI fellows, including 310 members of the National Academies, 32 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and 27 Nobel Laureates.