November 2015

November 13, 2015
The wound healing research lead by BME Professor Ronke Olabisi (with her team members BME graduate students Ayesha Aijaz and Renea Faulknor and BME Professor François Berthiaume) is highlighted on the cover-page of the Tissue Engineering Part A Journal, Volume 21, numbers 21 & 22, 2015. The figure shows hydrogel microencapsulated cells with larger viable cells fluorescing green and smaller dead cells fluorescing red. These encapsulated cells were successfully used to accelerate wound healing.
November 13, 2015
The National Science Foundation /CBET  awarded to Professor Stavroula Sofou and to co-PI Professor Yannis Kevrekidis (Princeton University) a 3-year grant to use collective measurements as well as single molecule optical tracking techniques to develop – and subsequently computationally test - mechanistic hypotheses for the kinetics of binding between unique nanoparticle geometries and single receptors or assemblies of receptors. The findings of this study will contribute to ultimately designing high impact nanoparticles for theranostic applications.

October 2015

October 21, 2015
Professor Yannis Androulakis (BME/CBE), his past PhD student Meric Ovacik (Ph.D. 2010 now Senior Scientist at Merck), and Professor Marianthi Ierapetritou (CBE) along with their EPA collaborators were the recipients of EPA's 2015 Scientific and Technological Achievement Award. The award recognizes their work on "Developing an Approach and Case Study Template for Evaluating and Utilizing Toxicogenomic Data in Risk Assessment".

September 2015

September 24, 2015
Professor Troy Shinbrot has been nominated as an American Physical Society fellow, “For his creative and thought-provoking work on chaos, fluid mixing, and granular flows.”  Professor Shinbrot is also an American Institute of Biomedical Engineers fellow, is founding editor of Physical Review Applied, and has been invited to serve as Guest Professor at numerous international institutions in Switzerland, Japan, Germany and Brazil.
September 24, 2015
BME PhD student Brittany Taylor received a travel award from The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to attend the FASEB NIH Grant Writing Seminar and RCR Workshop held in Bethesda, MD. This is a nationally acclaimed seminar that teaches Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and early-career scientists who aspire to tenure track how to write a successful grant application. She also received a travel award from the FASEB/ Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program to attend the 2015 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting.
September 18, 2015
A 4-year, $2.7 million NIH R01 grant entitled, “Portable Automated Device for Rapid Venous Blood Draws and Point of Care Diagnostic Analysis” has been awarded to Professor Martin Yarmush (Left) and colleagues (below) through the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Together with investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Rutgers bioengineers will develop an automated robotic venous blood drawing system combined with microfluidics-based diagnostic assay device for comprehensive and rapid blood testing.
September 9, 2015
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in collaboration with CINJ (Cancer Institute of New Jersey) has been awarded a $885,834 training grant from the U.S. Department of Education program of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN).  The award entitled, “Precision & Personalized Medicine" will provide 6 full graduate fellowships per year for the next 3 years.
September 3, 2015
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the NIH has awarded a 2-year Exploratory/Development Grant for $424K to Professor Prabhas Moghe (Left)(BME) and co-PI Professor Zhiping Pang (Below)(Child Health Institute of NJ, RBHS) for project entitled "Nanofibrous Scaffolds for Transplantation of Human Dopaminergic Neurons”.  The ultimate goals are to develop better cell therapy models to study and treat neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinsons’ Disease.

August 2015

August 19, 2015
BME PhD student Kate O'Neill has recently been awarded a $5k EWNJ (Executive Women of New Jersey) scholarship. Since their inception, EWNJ's unique scholarship program has awarded over $1.1 million in scholarship assistance to non-traditional graduate school students attending New Jersey colleges and universities. EWNJ recognizes and invests in the future of women’s professional careers.  Kate's PhD research is in the laboratory of Professor Bonnie Firestein.
August 6, 2015
BME and Computational Biology & Molecular Biophysics Joint Graduate Program PhD student Maria Qadri has been named a 2015-2016 Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RASTL) Graduate Student Fellow through her extraordinary commitment to teaching as a teaching assistant.  The RASTL program provides advanced graduate students with the opportunity to meet monthly with faculty and administrators to review issues related to undergraduate instruction and contemporary higher education.