November 2012

November 12, 2012
Professor Martin Yarmush will serve as a member of the Executive Advisory Editorial Board of a new journal named "Organogenesis". The journal covers significant advances of all aspects of organ development, and also includes research into tissue engineering, artificial organs, and organ substitutes.
November 1, 2012
Professor Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou is a guest co-editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology SPECIAL ISSUE: "Classify the Classifiers: Investigating the Optimum Classification Technique per case in Bioinformatics". facebook video

October 2012

October 1, 2012
A 5-year, $2.9 million NIH Bioengineering Research Partnership R01 has been awarded to Professors Joachim Kohn and Jared Bushman (New Jersey Center for Biomaterials), David Shreiber (Biomedical Engineering), and Melitta Schachner (Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience) through the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke. The interdisciplinary team will develop a fully degradable conduit for treatment of severe, "large-gap" peripheral nerve trauma that specifically accelerates recovery of motor function.

September 2012

September 26, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers has received a $550,000 grant from Johnson & Johnson for a number of projects and programs in key areas. The grant will help underwrite the cost of six new projects and fund a new undergraduate research fellowship. It will also provide funding for eight ongoing or expanded projects, fellowships, and a research awards program established in previous years.
September 25, 2012
I am truly saddened to announce that Dr. Evangelia (Litsa) Micheli-Tzanakou, Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Fellow, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012, after a long illness. She gave service to the Rutgers School of Engineering for over 31 years and also served as the Second BME Chair from 1990 to 1998. The Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the broader BME community will miss her contribution. Dr. Tzanakou is survived by her husband George.
September 10, 2012
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and the Center for innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies (CIVET) have been awarded a second 3-year $399,798 training grant from the U.S. Department of Education program of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). The award entitled, "Graduate Training in Emerging Areas of Human Relevant Microphysiological Systems" will provide 3 full graduate fellowships per year for the next 3 years.

August 2012

August 15, 2012
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the NIH has awarded Rutgers a $1.47M grant on Translational Research in Regenerative Medicine. This five year award (July 2012-June 2017) will support NIH Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists in the fields of biomaterials science and stem cell/tissue regenerative technologies.

July 2012

July 30, 2012
One of BME senior colleagues, Litsa Micheli-Tzanakou decided to retire after 31 years of service at Rutgers School of Engineering effective June 30, 2012. She joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as Assistant Professor in January 1981. When BME Department was formed in 1986 she was appointed as Co-Graduate Director. She was promoted to Professor I and served as the Second BME Chair from 1990 to 1998.
July 30, 2012
Professor Martin Yarmush and collaborators at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded a 2-year, $2.2M grant from National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the NIH for a project entitled, "A3-D Biomimetic Liver Sinusoid Construct for Predicting Physiology and Toxicity". The goal of this project is to construct a microfluidic liver module which mimics the functions and responses of the human liver, with readouts designed to indicate both normal liver function and toxic responses.
July 2, 2012
Research performed in the laboratory of Professor Martin Yarmush on the use of nanoporous gold to deliver drugs that can modulate cellular responses was featured on the March 2012 cover of Advanced Healthcare Materials. The goal of this work is to ultimately produce indwelling electrodes composed of drug-loaded nanoporous gold which can reduce the fibrotic reaction that frequently accompanies implantation. The paper`s results clearly demonstrated that drug release from nanoporous gold coatings could significantly reduce cellular proliferation.