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  • April 9, 2014

    Three BME Students Awarded Whitaker Scholarships

    Biomedical Engineering students Echoe Bouta, Jason Inzana, and Amanda Chen have been awarded a 2014-2015 Whitaker International Program Scholarship grant. Echoe is a PhD candidate from Professor Edward Schwarz's Lab and will be pursuing her post-doctoral training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. Jason is a PhD candidate in Professor Hani Awad's Lab and will be pursuing his post-doctoral research at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland. Amanda is currently a senior working in Danielle Benoit's Lab and will be pursuing a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, working with Professor Nigel Slater.

    Congratulations to all of you!

  • April 9, 2014

    BME Class of 2014 Awards

    BME Faculty Award for Undergraduate Service: Tiffany Kobee, '14

    Recognizes an outstanding student for service to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. These efforts may include leadership in undergraduate organizations, engineering activities, or teaching activities.

    BME Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Amanda Chen, '14

    Recognizes an outstanding student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering for research excellence. The criterion for eligibility is authorship on a published manuscript or abstract, or presenting author of a public presentation or poster (internal or external).

    BME Faculty Award for Teaching Assistant: Karen Meess, '14 and Kristen Harding, '14

    Recognizes an outstanding student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering for teaching assistant excellence.

    BME Outstanding Senior: Amanda Chen, '14 and Kyle Fedorchak, '14

    In recognition of his academic excellence and achievement in Biomedical Engineering.

    BME Outstanding Junior: Stacie Zwolski, '15

    In recognition for her academic excellence and achievement in Biomedical Engineering.

    Tau Beta Pi Prize: Amanda Chen, '14

    Recognizes a Tau Beta Pi senior who, through academic achievement, proven leadership, and sterling character has excelled and inspired fellow students.

    G. Harold Hook Prize: Jacob VanderBurgh, '14

    Awarded to a Hajim School student who has demonstrated an above-average interest in engineering or computer science.

    Donald M. Barnard Scholarship Award: Karen Meess, '14, Benjamin Vespone, '14, and Ioannis Zambetakis, '14

    Hajim School student who is a junior or senior and shows personal achievement as well as good personal qualities.

  • April 7, 2014

    Mark Buckley Awarded URCCMBM Pilot Grant

    Department of Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Mark Buckley was awarded a pilot grant from the University of Rochester Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (URCCMBM) for his research in collaboration with A. Samuel Flemister from the Department of Orthopaedics and Mike Richards from the Department of Surgery. This grant will support their research to improve treatment for insertional Achilles tendinopathy (IAT), a common and painful disease that resists standard forms of non-operative care.

    The URCCMBM provides shared facilities and services to groups of established, currently funded investigators addressing scientific problems in musculoskeletal biology and medicine, in order to improve efficiency, accelerate the pace of research, and ensure greater productivity.

  • April 2, 2014

    Amanda Chen Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship

    Amanda Chen, a senior BME student and undergraduate research assistant in the Benoit Lab, received a prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship, and first year BME graduate student Bentley Hunt, received an NSFHonorable Mention. The fellowship, which is part of a federally sponsored program, provides up to three years of graduate study support for students pursing doctoral or research-based master's degrees.

  • March 31, 2014

    Calvin Yoon '13 awarded POSTECH Presidential Fellowship

    Calvin Yoon graduated with his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering in 2013. With a strong passion for wound healing and cancer research, Calvin focused his senior design project on developing an optical probe to guide skin cancer detection through 3D imaging under Jannick Rolland, Ph.D. of the Institute of Optics.

    He says the Senior Design experience made him better realize that he enjoys building and developing devices geared towards his field of interest. The experience also allowed him to network with researchers in his field, which led him to the M.S./Ph.D. program in Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Pohang, South Korea.

    Calvin is working on two projects in the Biomedical Optics and Instrumentation Lab at POSTECH under his supervisor Ki Hean Kim, Ph.D.: The development of an imaging system to detect cancer by using nanoparticles, and another project - the development of a handheld 3D imaging system to guide intraocular surgery, which led him to being chosen as a POSTECH Presidential Fellowship winner.

    A total of eight graduate students and two undergraduate students won the POSTECH fellowship this year. Calvin says that the fellowship will help tremendously, as he currently lives with his grandparents, and his grandfather has been undergoing treatment for cancer.

    Beyond his dedication to developing medical devices, Calvin is also passionate about his fellow students and community, which led him to co-found the student-run organization Northbound Leadership. Northbound Leadership started as a small group at the University of Rochester, but has since evolved into a larger organization with student involvement from universities around the world. Northbound's mission is to create future leaders through self-discovery, personal growth, and community service. For more information please visit the Northbound Leadership site.

    Congratulations, Calvin!

  • March 18, 2014

    Ankur Chandra to Present Case Study at BIOMEDevice Boston

    Ankur Chandra, associate professor of surgery and biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester, program director of the university's vascular surgery clinical residency program, and a practicing vascular surgeon will present a Case study: Highly Accurate Prototyping for Medical 3-D Printing at BIOMEDevice Boston, Wednesday, March 26 at 2:40 p.m.

    Also a member of the Center for Medical Technology and Innovation (CMTI), Chandra's Cardiovascular Engineering Lab (CVEL) involves a cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional team working towards solving cardiovascular problems using engineering principles. The overall theme of this lab is solving little problems, using the expertise of staff and students from various backgrounds, in order to solve the bigger problems in this field. The cardiovascular system is governed by forces prevalent in engineering, and the team of clinicians and engineers work together on problems faced in the cardiovascular field which can be solved through the application of engineering.

    To read more about his case study see the full article here.

  • March 10, 2014

    Crossing Elmwood: Ultrasound Technologies for Tissue Engineering

    Ultrasound-fabricated vascular networks formed in three-dimensional collagen hydrogels

    Tissue engineering has resulted in some remarkable achievements: skin substitutes, cartilage replacements, artificial bladders, urethral segments, blood vessels, bronchial tubes and corneal tissue substitutes.

    But these advances have been confined primarily to fairly simple organs comprised of thin structures, Denise Hocking, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, noted at last week’s Crossing Elmwood seminar.

    Attempts to fabricate larger, more complex organs have been stymied by two challenges:

    1. The need for patterning technologies that can reconstruct more complex tissue organizations.
    2. Maintaining cell viability with a sufficient vasculature of veins and arteries to supply oxygen and nutrients, and carry off waste products. In thin tissues you can get away with this because oxygen and nutrients can diffuse across a few hundred microns; in larger tissues you’re limited by lack of blood supply and lack of oxygen, Hocking noted.

    Hocking and Diane Dalecki, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound, believe that ultrasound -- the same technology that images fetuses in the womb, and breaks up kidney stones -- can help surmount those challenges.

    For example, their research collaboration has demonstrated that when an ultrasound standing wave field is developed within a solution containing cells, those cells will move to the equally spaced pressure nodes in the field, forming cell layers. By changing the frequency, the space between those layers can be adjusted; by changing intensity, the density of cells within those layers can be changed, all in three dimensions.

    These changes can be locked in by using a collagen solution, which can be polymerized with heat.

    Moreover, when this is done using endothelial cells as precursors for blood vessels, micro-vessels begin “sprouting” within one day, Dalecki noted. Furthermore, by changing the frequency and intensity of the standing wave field during the initial exposure to ultrasound, the actual structure and arrangement of the resulting vessels can be affected.

    Initial testing suggests this can also be done with endothelial cells for the lymphatic system. Dalecki and Hocking also have demonstrated progress in using ultrasound not only to assist in fabricating engineered tissue and its scaffolding, but to image the tissue before and after implantation to monitor its quality and performance.

    Ultrasound has some beautiful advantages in this field,” Dalecki explained. “It is noninvasive, nondestructive, inexpensive; we can control our sound fields very nicely to tailor them; we can find optimized exposure conditions; and this can be easily incorporated into a tissue engineering environment in terms of sterility or bioreactors. Also, we can translate these techniques into the clinic because the ultrasound can propagate through tissue as a focused beam.

    The Dalecki-Hocking collaboration, she added, has not only produced some exciting research, but provided a really wonderful multidisciplinary environment for training our graduate students in our labs.

  • March 3, 2014

    BME Swimmer Heading to Nationals

    A total of six athletes from the University of Rochester women's swimming team will be representing the Yellowjackets at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Indianapolis. The meet, taking place from March 19-22 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana will feature three Rochester relay teams along with three individuals competing in four total events. The six total swimmers are the most sent to nationals by current Yellowjacket head coach Pete Thompson in a single season. All six swimmers will be competing for the first time at NCAA's. BME Senior Karen Meess will be competing in the 200 backstroke as well as swimming the leadoff (backstroke) legs of the two medley relay squads.

    Karen says that she has had Nationals in mind her entire undergraduate swimming career. Karen, now a senior, will be heading to Nationals later this month. To finally achieve that goal after working towards it for four years is surreal, Meess said. When asked how she balanced swimming and her undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering, she says that she has always been passionate about swimming and when you have passion for something - you find time for it. Well said, Karen. Good luck and congratulations!

  • February 15, 2014

    House of Problems, House of Solutions

    The School of Medicine & Dentistry is collaborating with the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to open the Center for Medical Technology Innovation (CMTI). The new center is forging connections between bioengineering students, health care professionals, and the medical technology industry. The goal is to identify problems and develop solutions.

    Associate Professor Ankur Chandra, M.D., RPVI, is a problem solver. When he needed an inexpensive way to generate three-dimensional models for teaching, he and students in his vascular bioengineering lab built their own 3D printer. Instead of using ink, the device draws in a polymer cord and then spits it out again in very thin layers. The layers accumulate to form solid objects. The homemade printer cost thousands less than commercial printers and it makes its own replacement parts. (They're biodegradable, of course.)

    To read more about the clinical director of the new Center for Medical Technology Innovation (CMTI) see the full article here.

  • January 18, 2014

    Dr. Jong-Hoon Nam Receives HSCCI Pilot Grant

    Dr. Jong-Hoon Nam lab's research titled 'Computational analysis of micro-fluidic mechanotransduction in the mammalian cochlea' will be supported by the University of Rochester Office of the Provost and the School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean's office via the HSCCI (Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation). The HSCCI supports health sciences research using high performance computational resources.

    Dr. Nam's lab investigates the mechano-transduction of the inner ear — how the inner ear selects and amplifies external stimuli.

  • January 13, 2014

    SimPore and Micropen Announced as Winners of CEIS 2013-2014 STAR Program

    The Center for Emerging & Innovative Sciences (CEIS) has announced SimPore and Micropen Technologies as the winners of the 2013-2014 Short Term Applied Research (STAR) program. The STAR program focuses on New York State small businesses to address and solve time critical science and business problems.

    SimPore is a Rochester, N.Y.–based nanotechnology company co-founded by James McGrath, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Graduate Program Director of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. SimPore designs and produces membranes and membrane-enabled products based on its unique patent-pending platform technology—the NanoBarrier™ ultrathin nanoporous silicon membrane. The NanoBarrier™ membrane is the world’s first membrane to offer both tunable nanometer-scale thickness and pore size. SiMPore is developing products that take advantage of these one-of-a-kind features, including filters for separating and concentrating biological molecules and nanoparticles, cell culture substrates for growing cells, and electron microscopy grids for preparing and imaging samples at the nanoscale. For more information please visit SimPore.

    Micropen Technologies is a design, development, and manufacturing resource and partner to electronics companies and medical device companies in the specialized technology of applying functional materials to surfaces.

    Micropen Technologies has collaborated with the University of Rochester for more than a year on medical balloons with ablation electrodes and temperature sensors that can precisely apply energy to deactivate or destroy targeted nerves. In particular, denervation of renal nerves holds great promise in treating patients with drug-resistant hypertension. The work started as a Senior Design Project in the Biomedical Engineering Department and has continued at the Center for Medical Technology & Innovation. The goal is to develop a universal printed balloon solution for denervation therapies applied anywhere in the body. For more information please visit Micropen Technologies.

  • January 6, 2014

    The 2013 BME 101 Poster Session

    The annual BME 101 Poster Session was held this year on Friday, December 13th in Goergen Hall. This year, there were over sixty posters spread across the second and third floors. A brass ensemble and choir entertained attendees throughout the afternoon.

    Prizes were given to the top posters:

    Implantable sensor for measuring red blood cell count by Vito Martino and Winslow Powers

    Hemodynamic analysis of minimally invasive neurovascular aneurysm intervention devices by Breanna O'Reilly and Edward Ruppel

    How latency and lens strength influences presence in head mounted displays by Sebastian Espinoza and Shannon Fitch

    Understanding the bionic ear by Rahul Upadhya and Shamroz Farooq

    Transtibial prostheses: Impact of foot choice by Madison Schumacher and Mara Lanis

    Ex-vivo bio-printing by Marina May and Kushael Chakravorty

    The University of Rochester BMES student chapter also chose two top posters based on over-all poster concept and design:

    Implantable sensor for measuring red blood cell count by Vito Martino and Winslow Powers

    The ice hockey stick: A kinematic and material analysis by Nitish Sardana, Raiem Smith, and Isaiah Patterson

    Photos from the poster session can be seen on the BME facebook page.