Announcements

Kuwabo Mubyana, a graduate student in the BME department working in Dr. David Corr's group, won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2017 International Symposium on Ligaments & Tendons - XVI in San Diego, CA, March 18, 2017. She was the sole winner based on her podium presentation of her abstract:

"Influence of Quasi-Static and Dynamic Cyclic Mechanical Loading on Collagen I Deposition and Tensile/Failure Properties of Engineered Tendon Fibers"
by Mubyana K, Chamberlain CS, and Corr DT


Dr. Ryan Gilbert has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 School of Engineering Classroom Excellence Award.

The SoE awardees will be celebrated at the Faculty Achievement Recognition Dinner on 04/27/2017.


A recent article on identifying biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder by Juergen Hahn's group made the cover of PLOS Computational Biology. The article can be found by following the link below:
Howsmon DP, Kruger U, Melnyk S, James SJ, Hahn J (2017) Classification and adaptive behavior prediction of children with autism spectrum disorder based upon multivariate data analysis of markers of oxidative stress and DNA methylation. PLoS Comput Biol 13(3): e1005385.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005385

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John Drazan and Amy Loya were on a team that took the first prize in the MIT-Sloan Sports Analytics Research Paper Competition. They wrote a paper on how to use sports analytics to coach youth in order to engage them in the STEM pipeline. The prize was 10,000 dollars and a trip to the NBA summer league to present the work again to the entire NBA. There were over 200 submissions from established sports analytics groups.
They team also included a student from Computer Science (Ben Horne) and a professor from STS (Ron Eglash).

The abstract of the paper is shown below:
Our...


Dr. Leo Wan's work on chirality is highlighted in a recent article in the magazine WIRED.

The full article can be found here:
https://www.wired.com/2017/02/body-can-tell-left-right/

Leo is a pioneer in studying the left-right asymmetry at a cellular level with microfabricated engineering systems. His research focuses on developing engineering platforms for embryonic development and regeneration medicine. His research has received much attention from developmental biologists in the field of left-right...


Five faculty members of the Biomedical Engineering Department were honored at the 2016 Trustee Celebration. This is an excellent number for the department and highlights the stature of BME in the institute.

Specifically, the honored faculty were:
- Xavier Intes (promotion to Professor and election as AIMBE Fellow)
- Qun (Leo) Wan (promotion to Associate Professor)
- Ryan Gilbert (received 2016 Trustees' Outstanding Teacher Award)
- Eric Ledet (received 2016 Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award)
- Mariah Hahn (received School of Engineering 2016...


Seven biomedical engineering students will be honored with Rensselaer's Founders awards. The award recipients are:
Senior: Tyler Graf, Rachael Melita
Graduate Student: Anthony D'Amato, Lars Gjesteby, Christopher Johnson, Troy Vargason, Alexis Ziemba
The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a special certificate, recognition by faculty, staff, and peers at the Honors Convocation ceremony, and a cash...


Sez-Jade (Kathleen) Chen, a doctoral student in the Functional and Molecular Optical Imaging lab of Dr. Xavier Intes, has received a Poster Award at the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC) in New York City. The WMIC is a competitive international conference, featuring experts in molecular imaging from academia and industry. Her poster, titled “Time-gated Phasor Analysis for Fast in vivo Kinetics of Ligand Receptor Engagement” was one of nine posters awarded out of over 800 abstracts submitted to the conference and the only poster awarded in its category “Instrumentation, Computation,...


Dr. Ryan Gilbert is guest editor of an upcoming issue of the journal Cells, Tissue, and Organs. The special issue highlights engineering approaches for the treatment of spinal cord injury. The issue consists of articles written by alumni Abby Koppes, Ryan Koppes, and Jonathan Zuidema. Graduate students Christopher Johnson and Anthony D'Amato also contributed an article to the special issue.


Dr. Deva Chan has joined the biomedical engineering department as an Assistant Professor. Deva received her BS degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley (2004), a MS in Biomedical Engineering from UC Davis (2008) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University (2012). She has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Rush University Medical Center (2013-2015) and more recently as a Research Fellow in the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.

The goals of...


Eric Ledet has been selected to receive the Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award for 2016.

The Teaching Award was created in 1994 by the Rensselaer Alumni Association Board of Trustees and is designed to recognize current members of the Rensselaer Faculty for their outstanding teaching techniques, contributions to the campus experience and commitment to students.

More information about the award and previous award recipients can be found here:
http://alumni.rpi.edu/s/1225/...


Rensselaer student-athlete Emily Laurilliard ’16 has been selected to receive the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Northeast Region. The prestigious honor is given annually to collegiate students who have shown great achievements on and off the court. The award takes into account a player’s tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements, and extracurricular endeavors. Sportsmanship, leadership, and character are important criteria, as is giving back to the community.

The complete news release can be found here:
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The RPI Board of Trustees has approved Leo Wan's promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

Leo received both B.S. and M. Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, where he became a post-doc on stem cells and tissue engineering. He joined the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an assistant professor in 2011.

Leo's research is focused on developing novel strategies for tissue regeneration/repair, and establishing...


The RPI Board of Trustees has approved Dr. Xavier Ines' promotion to Professor.

Xavier received his Ph.D. degree in 1998 in physics from the University of Bretagne Occidentale (France) for his contributions in characterization of propagation of optical scalar waves in highly diffuse medium. He then joined Prof Britton Chance laboratory in 1999 as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He held simultaneously postdoctoral appointments in the departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics, of Radiology under the mentorship of Prof Britton Chance and the department of...


Stacyann Morgan, a doctoral student in the BME department, has been chosen to receive an ORS Sun Valley Alice L. Jee Young Investigator Award to attend the ORS 46th International Sun Valley Workshop on Musculoskeletal Biology, August 7-10, 2016. The award consists of a $1000 stipend and free registration for the workshop.


The Graduation dinner was held at the Troy Country Club on May 27, 2016 to celebrate the achievements of the students graduating this year. A total of 94 students graduated with a BS, 17 with a Masters, and 3 PhDs were awarded. The number of students receiving BS and MS degrees are at record values, reflecting the popularity of the program.

In addition to honoring the graduating students, several award recipients were also announced at the dinner:
The Paul B. Daitch Memorial Award: Carolyn Chlebek
The Zelda & David G. Gisser Prize in Biomedical Engineering: Diana Kim...


Ryan Gilbert has been selected as the recipient of Trustees' Outstanding Teacher Award. The award was announced by Provost Hajela at the 53rd Annual Faculty Recognition Dinner. This award is the highest teaching honor given by Rensselaer. Given annually, this award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in classroom instruction. Selection is made based on evidence of sustained outstanding teaching as reflected by student evaluations, peer evaluations and letters of support from colleagues, alumni and students. Nominations are sought from the Rensselaer Community and reviewed by a selection...


The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We seek passionate individuals with demonstrated potential to establish a strong externally funded research program in biomedical engineering and contribute to the teaching mission of the department. Specific areas of interest for the department are systems biology, biomedical imaging, modeling & biocomputation, and health care analytics. However, outstanding applications in other...


Dr. Mariah Hahn has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 School of Engineering Classroom Excellence Award.

The SoE awardees will be celebrated at the Faculty Achievement Recognition Dinner on 05/03/2016.


Alexis Ziemba, a graduate student in the BME department, has received a Graduate Fellowship from the National Science Foundation for her studies. Furthermore, Amy Loya, a second year graduate student in BME, and Katherine Cummins, a senior student, received honorable mentions for the fellowship.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is the country’s oldest fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Since 1952, NSF has funded close to 50,000...


Kuwabo Mubyana, a graduate student in the BME department working under the Guidance of David Corr, is this year's winner of the Savio L-Y. Woo Young Researcher Award of the International Symposium on Ligaments and Tendons-XIV in Las Vegas, NV. The title of her research presented at the conference is "Cyclic Mechanical Loading Improves Tensile and Failure Properties of Scaffold-Free Engineered Tendon Fibers".

Kuwabo joined the Corr lab in August 2013, after receiving a B.S. in Biology from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Her current research focuses on scaffold-free tendon...


Leo Wan has created a TED Ed lesson on "Why are human bodies asymmetrical?". The lesson received over 100k downloads within the first 24 hours and can be found here:
http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-are-human-bodies-asymmetrical-leo-q-wan


Mariah Hahn and Xavier Intes, two faculty in the Biomedical Engineering department, have been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Mariah Hahn was selected for her contributions to the field of tissue engineering and biomaterials while Xavier Intes was honored for his work on biomedical imaging.

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors...


Seven faculty members of the Biomedical Engineering Department were honored at the 2015 Trustee Celebration. This is an excellent number for the department and highlights the stature of BME in the institute.

Specifically, the honored faculty were:
- Mariah Hahn (promotion to Professor)
- Guohao Dai (promotion to Associate Professor and also recipient of the 2015 James M. Tien '66 Early Career Award and of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2015 Rising Star Award)
- Juergen Hahn (elected as Trustee of Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering (CACHE) and...


Kyle Altman, an undergraduate student in BME, was chosen as a finalist for presenting his research at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as part of the “KAUST Winter Enrichment Program International Undergraduate Poster Competition”.
Each year hundreds of international undergraduates from across the globe submit abstracts for their research to this program. From these entries, 50 students are selected and invited to come to KAUST and present in the competition from over 600 submissions that were received. Selected students spend a week at KAUST taking part...


Seven biomedical engineering students will be honored with Rensselaer's Founders awards. The award recipients are:
Senior: James Z. Jackson, Simon M. McCarthy
Graduate Student: Amanda S. Chin, Stacyann Morgan, Travis J. Omer, Qi Pian, Max A. Winkelman
The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a special certificate, recognition by faculty, staff, and peers at the Honors Convocation ceremony, and a cash...


Matthew Dion, a Ph.D. student in BME at RPI, participated in the Global Engineering Teams consortium as a representative of RPI last year. GET is a consortium of universities from around the world whose mission is to provide engineering students with unique international, interdisciplinary design experiences. (RPI has participated for three years and Prof. Eric Ledet is the RPI coordinator/faculty sponsor). Matthew and his teammates from the US, Brazil, and Germany took on a humanitarian challenge for their GET project and conceived of a very unique design solution to that challenge....


The RPI Board of Trustees has approved Guohao Dai's promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

Guohao graduated from Beijing University, China with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Biomechanics, where he performed research on cardiovascular system modeling and the dynamic coupling of left ventricle and systemic arteries. After that, he came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequently joined the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science’s Medical Engineering and Medical Physics program. During his Ph.D. studies, he did research in Fluid Mechanics...


The RPI Board of Trustees has approved Mariah Hahn's promotion to Professor.

Mariah received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. She completed a post-doc at Rice University before joining Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. She moved to Rensselaer in 2012.

Her research interests include elucidating cell-biomaterial interactions so as to rationally guide bone and vascular regeneration. Mariah is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2010), the American...


Vivian Lee, a post-doctoral research in Guohao Dai's lab, has been selected to receive the 2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship for her work on "Glioblastoma-endothelial interaction in 3D bio-printed tumor vasculature tissue". This is an outstanding achievement and it is actually the first time that a post-doc at Rensselaer has been selected for this fellowship. Being selected for this prestigious fellowship speaks highly for Vivian and is an indicator of the high quality of research that she is performing.

Vivian received her BS degree from the Korean Advanced Institute...


Leo Wan's student Mike Raymond won the third place in the MS poster competition at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C) held in Snowbird, Utah. The title of the poster was "Individual Cell-Based Morphological Analysis to Determine Chirality of Epithelial Morphogenesis".

The 2015 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference included Plenary Lectures, Symposia, Workshops and Student Design and Paper Competitions. The theme of this year’s conference was “Synergy of Modeling and Experiments in Biomechanics, Bioengineering and...


Ge Wang has created a TED Ed lesson on X-rays and CT that is now online:

How X-rays see through your skin - Ge Wang
http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-x-rays-see-through-your-skin-ge-wang


Ryan Gilbert will receive $1.5M from NIH for his grant "Enhanced Neuroprotection Following Acute SCI Using Fibrous Materials" will be funded. The grant will allow the Gilbert group to explore the mechanisms by which electrospun fibers change astrocyte and neuron responses in vitro. Subsequently, they aim to translate these materials within animal models of spinal cord injury in consultation with neuroscientists at Ohio State.


The Graduation dinner was held at the Troy Country Club on May 29, 2015 to celebrate the achievements of the students graduating this year. A total of 68 students graduated with a BS, 16 with a Masters, and 8 PhDs were awarded. The number of students receiving each of these degrees are at or near record values, reflecting the popularity of the program.

In addition to honoring the graduating students, several award recipients were also announced at the dinner:
The Paul B. Daitch Memorial Award: Alexandra Rindone
The Zelda & David G. Gisser Prize in Biomedical...


Dr. Guohao Dai, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been selected to receive the James M. Tien ’66 Early Career Award for Faculty, which honors productivity in both teaching and research.

The award will be presented at the 52nd annual Faculty Recognition Dinner, held May 5 at the Heffner Alumni House.


Dr. Leo Wan has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 School of Engineering Research Excellence Award.

The SoE awardees will be celebrated at the Faculty Achievement Recognition Dinner on 05/12/2015.


One of our undergraduate students, Alexandra Rindone, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Alexandra is set to graduate this May and is planning to attend Johns Hopkins University for graduate school. Additionally, two of our graduate students, David Kingsley and Max Winkelman, received honorable mentions by the NSF.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is the country's oldest fellowship program directly supporting graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Since 1952, NSF has funded more than 46,500 graduate...


On March 10th, Dr. Samuel Sia from Columbia University gave the 2015 Undergraduate Seminar in Global Health. His talk, titled "Microfluidics for Personal Mobile Diagnostics" can be seen here: http://mediasite.mms.rpi.edu/Mediasite5/Play/3a14909e4cc7444182d0f15b336...

The abstract of his talk is shown below:
Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices have a tremendous potential for revolutionizing personal health. In the U.S., patients and consumers can have greater access to traditionally complex...


Eric Ledet has been named the 2015 recipient of the very prestigious “ISSLS Prize”. This is an international annual award, which is largely considered to be the highest recognition a researcher can receive in the field of spine. It is awarded by a selection committee from the journal SPINE and the International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine.

More detail about the ISSLS Prize can be found on their web site:
http://www.issls.org/fellowship-awards/the-issls-prize-for-lumbar-spine...


Five faculty members of the Biomedical Engineering Department were honored at the 2014 Trustee Celebration. This is an excellent number for the department and highlights the stature of BME in the institute.

Specifically, the honored faculty were:
- Guohao Dai (received NSF CAREER Award)
- Leo Wan (received NIH Director's New Innovator Award and Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from March of Dimes Foundation)
- Ryan Gilbert (appointed as Associate Editor of Cells, Tissues, Organs for Neuroscience)
- Deepak Vashishth (appointed to the Editorial...


Omar Abdoun, a junior undergraduate student in BME, was chosen as a finalist for presenting his research at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as part of the “KAUST Winter Enrichment Program International Undergraduate Poster Competition”. The program received over 600 submissions and Omar was selected as one of the finalists. KAUST is paying all expenses for finalists to travel to KAUST and presenting their research.
More information about the competition can be found here: http://www.kaust.edu.sa...


Guohao Dai was selected for the Rising Star Award and was invited to give a talk at the next BMES Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering Conference (CMBE). The CMBE Conference will be held on January 6-10, 2015 in St Thomas, USVI.


Juergen Hahn has been named a Trustee by the CACHE Corporation. CACHE, which stands for Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering, promotes the development and distribution of technology based materials and software in chemical engineering education through projects applying computational chemical engineering, sponsoring conferences, recognizing outstanding contributions, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education.
More details about CACHE can be found on their web site: www.cache.org


Ge Wang has been elected as an AAAS Fellow. In naming him a fellow, AAAS cited his “distinguished contributions to the field of biomedical imaging, particularly for X-ray computed tomography, optical molecular tomography, interior tomography, and multi-modality fusion.”

Wang’s innovations over the past 25 years have advanced the field of biomedical imaging, particularly computed tomography (CT), bioluminescence tomography, interior tomography, and omni-tomography for grand fusion of all relevant tomographic modalities (“all-in-one”) to acquire different datasets simultaneously (“all...


Leo Wan was recently invited to attend the symposium "Kavli Frontiers of Science" which was organized by the National Academy of Science. Participants of the symposium were also named Kavli fellows.

More details about the Kavli Foundation and their symposia can be found on their web site: http://www.kavlifoundation.org/kavli-frontiers-science


Amanda Chin, a second-year graduate student from Dr. Leo Q. Wan's laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Morphogenesis (TEAM), won the First Place Poster Award from the New Frontiers Symposium 2014: New Strategies and Technologies in Cancer Research, held in Albany, NY on Nov 14, 2014. Her abstract was also "deemed to be one of the best", and selected to give a podium presentation at the meeting. This award speaks highly of her research quality and presentation skills. The conference is organized by the Capital Region Cancer Research Group.

In the presented study, Amanda aims to...


Glenn Monastersky, associate director of CBIS and professor of practice, biomedical engineering has been awarded $498,000 by the NYSTEM division of the New York State Department of Health to support the enhancement of STEM training for pre-college teachers. The 4-year educational effort will focus on human stem cell biology and the development of effective stem cell research teaching modules for area high schools, especially those within diverse and disadvantaged school systems. The aim of the program is introduce stem cell research fundamentals to pre-college students to support the...


Profs. Deanna Thompson and Ryan Gilbert received a $250K award from the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Program from the New York Department of Health.

This funding will support Rensselaer’s efforts in biomaterials for neural engineering. Specifically, this contract will provide funding for a rapid, high content screening platform to analyze stem cells and primary cell behavior within 3D biomaterials. The seven color confocal and objective module with corresponding camera will allow for rapid imaging of large areas of cell-laden materials. Additional funding for the...


Undergraduate students at Rensselaer have been extremely successful with their applications for Society of Women Engineer's scholarships. A total of 14 Rensselaer students received SWE scholarships, four of these students are enrolled in BME.

The BME RPI Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship (SWE) Recipients for the 2014-2015 Academic Year were: Andrea Deeb, Donna Creighton, Alison Lanzi, and Stephanie Sawicz.

Furthermore, RPI-SWE was awarded an Outreach MOU Partnership Award for their programming and Carolyn Chlebec was awarded 3rd place in the national UG research...


Juergen Hahn has been elected as the Program Coordinator for 2017 for AIChE's Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) division 10B. The duties of the program coordinator are to plan and oversee the activities related to AIChE conferences involving computing and systems technology sessions. One of his responsibilities will be to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC) in 2018.

The CAST division provides relevant programs for AIChE members who share interests in computing and systems technology, especially in the analysis, design, and control...


Seven biomedical engineering students will be honored with Rensselaer's Founders awards. The award recipients are:
Junior: Omar T. Abdoun, Carolyn Chlebek, Jorge D. Zhingre Sanchez
Senior: Thomas A. Vaccaro
Graduate Student: Anthony Certo, John F. Drazan, Nicholas J. Schaub

The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a special certificate, recognition by faculty, staff, and peers at the Honors...


Leo Wan, an assistant professor in the biomedical engineering department, has been selected to receive the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. This award is the most prestigious award that a researcher can receive at this stage in their career Leo is the first researcher at RPI to win this award.

The NIH Director’s New Innovator (DP2) Award initiative supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical...


Ge Wang has received a multimillion dollar four year grant from NIH to work on a "High Dose Efficiency CT System" under the multi-PI U01 mechanism. The key points about the project are as follows.

X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a corner stone of hospitals and clinics. There are 100 million CT scans annually worldwide. The high impact of CT has led to rapidly increased utilization, and at the same time public concern about the potential risk of x-ray radiation to patients. This project will develop X-ray dose-saving technologies for three main CT components and demonstrate their...


The recent accreditation effort was successful and the Biomedical Engineering Department has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, for another six years.


A gift from the estate of J. Lawrence Katz has created the J. Lawrence and Gertrude Katz Award in Biomedical Engineering. Income from this fund will be used to annually provide an award to the outstanding graduating senior receiving a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering. The award will be given at the graduation ceremony in May.

J. Lawrence Katz was a long time faculty member at RPI and the founding department head of the BME department. He served in that capacity from 1974-1985.

The department is delighted to receive this generous gift from our late colleague. This gift...


General Electric has donated a GE Global Research Universal CT Benchtop to Ge Wang's laboratory. The equipment has an estimated value of $1M and will be a key piece of equipment for Dr. Wang's research.


The annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC) will be held at RPI in 2015. This is the 41st NEBEC conference and the department is excited to be the host. The conference will include plenary speakers, session keynotes, and contributed papers and posters, as well as a undergraduate senior design competition. Traditionally a couple of hundred contributed papers and posters are submitted and several hundred researchers attend the conference; we expect next year's contributions to be similar in number.


Deepak Vashishth has been appointed to the PLOS ONE Editorial Board and will serve as an Academic Editor.

About the journal:
PLOS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLOS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline. PLOS ONE features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLOS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines.


The Graduation dinner was held at the Franklin Plaza in Troy on May 23, 2014 to celebrate the achievements of the students graduating this year. A total of 96 students will graduate with a BS, 14 with a Masters, and 6 PhDs will be awarded. The number of students receiving each of these degrees are at or near record values, reflecting the popularity of the program.

In addition to honoring the graduating students, several award recipients were also announced at the dinner:
The Paul B. Daitch Memorial Award: Haygan Ngo
The Zelda & David G. Gisser Prize in Biomedical...


Joel A. Mowatt received the Willie Stanton Award (1981). This award was established by the Rensselaer Union and the award is in honor of William P. (Willie) Stanton, Class of 1972 (hon.). Willie Stanton was a dishwasher and cook who served the academic and social needs of Rensselaer students for over 45 years. This award is presented annually to the senior who is judged to have contributed the most to the service of the student body. Congratulations, Joel!


Vivian K. Lee has received the Karen & Lester Gerhardt Prize in Science and Engineering (1982).
This prize was established to honor a full-time engineering or science doctoral candidate who, by the originality and insights of his/her work, emphasizes the tradition of excellence that is Rensselaer. Congratulations, Vivian!


Eric Ledet's article on “Neck Strength Imbalance Correlates with Increased Head Acceleration in Soccer Heading” was selected to receive the 2014 Sports Health T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper. This award is given for the most outstanding original research paper published in Sports Health in 2013.

The reference information for the article is shown below:
Dezman ZDW, Ledet EH, Kerr HA. Neck Strength Imbalance Correlates With Increased Head Acceleration in Soccer Heading. Sports Health Journal, 2013; 5(4):320-6.

The article can be found by following...


Mariah Hahn has delivered a keynote lecture at the 9th International Conference on Voice Physiology and Biomechanics. The title of her talk was "Vocal fold regeneration and biomaterial microenvironment". More details can be found on their web site:
http://www.ncvs.org/ICVPB.php


On March 25th, Dr. Ramanujam from Duke University gave the 2014 Undergraduate Seminar in Global Health. Her talk, titled "Point of care optical technologies for women’s health" can be seen here.

The abstract of her talk is shown below:
Optical technologies have been exploited widely in the analytical chemical analysis of biological samples. While the benefits of optical spectroscopy and microscopy have long been known in the laboratory, over the past quarter century there has been...


Marianne Sleiman who was an REU student at Rensselaer during the summer of 2013 has received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. She worked with Guohao Dai during her time at RPI on "Development of a Hydrogel System to present EphrinB2 and EphB4 Signals for controlling Arterial Venous Differentiation".

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the United States Congress in 1986 in honor of former United States Senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater from Arizona. Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly...


Guohao Dai has been awarded the NSF Career Award for his proposal entitled "Engineer a functional 3-D vascular niche to regulate neural stem cell self-renewal and differentiation". The CAREER Award is given to faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers and is one of NSF’s most competitive awards, placing emphasis on high-quality research and novel education initiatives. The award speaks towards the exciting and cutting edge research program that Guohao has developed at Rensselaer.

Guohao is the 7th NSF Career Awardee in Biomedical Engineering here at RPI!


Leo Wan has received the Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award by the March of Dimes Foundation for his proposal "Role of Nodal Signaling in Epithelial Chiral Morphogenesis". As part of the award, Leo Wan will receive $150,000 over two years.

It is the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. More information about the March of Dimes can be found on their web site: http://www.marchofdimes.com/


Ryan Gilbert has been named an associate editor for the journal 'Cells Tissues Organs'. This journal aims at bridging the gap between cell biology and developmental biology and the emerging fields of regenerative medicine (stem cell biology, tissue engineering, artificial organs, in vitro systems and transplantation biology). The journal has been published since 1945, making it one of the older journals in this field.

The journal web site can be found here: http://www.karger.com/Journal/Home/224197


Ge Wang has been appointed to the Board of Associate Editors of the Medical Physics Journal.

The journal web page can be found here:
http://scitation.aip.org/content/aapm/journal/medphys

Medical Physics is the scientific journal of the American Association of Physics in Medicine and is an official science journal of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physics, the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, and the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP). It publishes research concerned...


Nine faculty members of the Biomedical Engineering Department were honored at the 2013 Trustee Celebration. This is an excellent number for the department and highlights the stature of BME in the institute.

Specifically, the honored faculty were:
- Ryan Gilbert (promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure)
- Ge Wang (appointed as John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor)
- Eric Ledet (2013 Rensselaer Trustees' Outstanding Teacher Award)
- Leo Wan (received NSF CAREER Award and AHA 2013 Scientist Development Grant)
- Juergen Hahn (elected AIMBE...


The work was completed by first author Jonathan Zuidema (RPI Gisser Prize winner and Ph.D. alumnus (2014)). Undergraduate BMED alumni Christina Provenza and Tyler Caliendo (both 2014) are co-authors. Collaborator Dr. Silvio Dutz (Head of Magnetic Nanoparticles Group - Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany) provided iron oxide nanoparticles for the study. The study demonstrates the capability of aligned, electrospun fibers and magnetically moveable nerve growth factor releasing polymer spheres to direct the outgrowth of neurites. Such materials have the potential to be used...


Eight biomedical engineering students will be honored with Rensselaer's Founders awards. The award recipients are:
Sophomore :Lucas R. Hearn and Cara E. Yocum
Junior: Kelly J. O’Brien
Senior: Colleen P. Healey, Rebecca D. Pomrenke, and Melanie F. Roberts
Graduate Student: Taylor B. Dorsey, Joshua M. Peterson, and Kathryn E. Worley

The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a special...


Vivian's presentation "Generation of dynamically-perfused functional vascular network system within hydrogel using 3D bio-printing technology" has been named a top presentation of the tissue engineering track of the 2013 BMES Annual Meeting.

The 2013 BMES Annual Meeting was held one September 25-28, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. The main program at BMES consisted of nineteen tracks, tissue engineering being one of them.


David Corr has been named an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. This is the official journal of the Bioengineering Division of ASME.

The journal web site can be found here: http://journaltool.asme.org/Content/Masthead2.cfm


Undergraduate students at Rensselaer have been extremely successful with their applications for Society of Women Engineer's scholarships. A total of 18 Rensselaer students received SWE scholarships, six of these students are enrolled in BME. Congratulations to all scholarship recipients!

The BME RPI National SWE Scholarship Recipients for the 2013-2014 Academic Year were: Andrea Deeb, Donna Creighton, Alison Lanzi, Stephanie Sawicz, Stefany FeKula, and Elisabeth Posthill.

About SWE: For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the...


Deepak Vashishth has been appointed to the editorial board of the journal Bone. This journal is one of the top journals in this area and is highly respected.

Deepak Vashishth is a bone and tissue engineering expert with substantial contributions to this field since joining Rensselaer in 1999. Additionally, he is serving as the director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS).

Bone is an interdisciplinary forum for the rapid publication of original articles and reviews on basic, translational, and clinical aspects of bone and mineral metabolism....


Dr. David Corr has been invited to present at the workshop BIO-PRINTING - 3D Printing of Living Cells.

About the summit: 3D printing/additive technology is exploding beyond the bounds of industrial applications. Building on the realization that a cell is roughly the same size as a drop of ink, dozens of university biomedical researchers and labs are now applying the grid-based, layer-by-layer “additive” method using adapted printer cartridge heads. The technique is already being used to create tissue scaffolds and lattices, replacement tissues, and ultimately complete organs from...


Dr. Doug Schumer joined the Biomedical Engineering Department as a professor of practice. Doug received his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and he has held numerous positions in industry over the last 35 years. His most recent position was at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he served as General Manager & COO of the Global Center for Medical Innovation, a spin-off of the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, and also as Director of Design Innovation and Instruction for the mechanical engineering department.
"Doug has a tremendous amount of expertise in...


Approximately half of our undergraduate and essentially all of our graduate students participate in research. One important aspect of research is to be able to present results to an audience of experts, such as those found at national/international conferences. An additional benefit of presenting research results is that it hones communication skills which we deem essential for our students. Unfortunately, obtaining funds to send students to conferences is getting harder to come by nowadays due to budget limitations of most federal and state agencies.

The department wants to set up...


Leo Wan, an assistant professor in the Department, has been name of a 2013 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts. As part of the award, Wan will receive $240,000 in unrestricted funds over four years to develop multiscale devices for measuring the chirality of cells and to understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms. Cell chirality is critical for the development of organisms of consistent left-right asymmetry, or handedness. This study can potentially uncover the rules that govern left-right asymmetry in tissues and organs during development, and...


Juergen Hahn has been appointed as an editor of the Journal of Process Control. The appointment will start on January 1, 2014. The Journal of Process Control is a journal of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).This international journal covers the application of control theory, operations research, computer science and engineering principles to the solution of process control problems. Papers on the theory in these areas are also appropriate for the journal provided the theoretical contribution is aimed at process control.

Dr. Hahn's research involves the...


Mariah Hahn is joining the Editorial Board for Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature. Scientific Reports launched in 2011 as a multidisciplinary, online-only, open access publication covering all areas of the natural sciences.
Editorial Board Members are recruited for an initial 2 year term, and the principle responsibilities are to assess whether manuscripts should be sent for peer review and to manage the peer review of manuscripts and make final editorial decisions.


Lingling Zhao, a graduate student in Xavier Intes' group, is the recipient of the 2013 Ajit Prabhu Graduate Fellowship. The Ajit Prabhu fellowship was established in 2012 by Mr. Ajit Prabhu, a former student of the department. The fellowship honors a student in the last semester of the doctoral program for their academic achievements.

Linigling also recently won a poster award at the International Symposium on Metabolic Imaging and Spectroscopy Honoring the 100th Birthday of Britton Chance. The symposium was held at the University of Pennsylvania on June 18. The title of her poster...


Ge Wang's work on how to measure scientific impact has been discussed at phys.org. The article refers to a recent paper that Wang and co-authors have published in PNAS. More information can be found here:
Jonathan Stallings, Eric Vance, Jiansheng Yang, Michael W. Vannier, Jimin Liang, Liaojun Pang, Liang Dai, Ivan Ye, and Ge Wang "Determining scientific impact using a collaboration index." PNAS Early Edition.
http://www.pnas.org/content/110/24/9680


The RPI Board of Trustees has approved Ryan Gilbert's promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

Ryan received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He joined Michigan Technological University as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and moved to Rensselaer in 2010.

Ryan specializes in developing translational biomaterials to aid in spinal cord repair. His laboratory is developing biomaterials to guide axonal and cellular migration through an injury site, as well as, locally deliver therapeutics.


Xavier Intes has been nominated for an associate editor position with the journal Biomedical Optics Express. The appointment is for three years.
The primary responsibility of associate editors is to conduct timely peer review of manuscripts submitted in their topical areas by obtaining at least two expert reviews, supervising author revisions, and making accept/reject decisions.

Biomedical Optics Express (BOE; see www.opticsinfobase.org/boe) is a relatively new journal published by the Optical Society, OSA. Biomedical Optics...


"Influence of pressurized cyclic stretch and endothelial cell presence on mesenchymal stem cell osteogenic commitment."

by Andrea Carolina Jimenez-Vergara, Dany J Munoz-Pinto and Mariah S Hahn.

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/ib/c3ib20186d

"Applied mechanical stretch and blood vessel invasion are key stimuli to which progenitor cells are exposed in post-natal endochondral bone formation. Understanding the combined effects of cyclic stretch and endothelial cell (EC)...


The Graduation dinner was held at the Country Club of Troy on May 24, 2013 to celebrate the achievements of the students graduating this year. A total of 99 students will graduate with a BS, 14 with a MS, and 8 PhDs will be awarded. The number of students receiving each of these degrees are at record values, reflecting the popularity of the program.

In addition to honoring the graduating students, several award recepients were also announced at the dinner:
The Paul B. Daitch Memorial Award: Maureen Newman
The Zelda & David G. Gisser Prize in Biomedical Engineering:...


Adam Brooks' participated in a team for Rensselaer Business Plan Competition. His entry "A proprietary partial hand prosthesis system that will allow better functionality and a more comfortable fit to the user" placed second in the competition.


Artharva Poundarik places 2nd in the Class of ¹51 Student Idea Competition held this spring for his bone regeneration entry.
The level of competition among the more than students in this particular competition was deemed to be among the most intense that some observers have experienced in years and the winning entries were very thoroughly developed.


This personal essay described the development of the field of Biomedical Engineering from its early days, from the perspective of one who lived through that development. It describes the making of a major invention using data that had been rejected by other scientists, the re-discovery of an obscure fact of physiology and its use in developing a major medical instrument, the development of a new medical imaging modality, and the near-death rescue of a research project. The essay concludes with comments about the development and present status of impedance imaging, and recent changes in the...


Eric Ledet has been selected as the recipient of Trustees Outstanding Teacher Award. The award was announced by President Jackson at the Faculty Recognition Awards. This award is one of the highest teaching honor given by Rensselaer. Given annually, this award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in classroom instruction. Selection is made based on evidence of sustained outstanding teaching as reflected by student evaluations, peer evaluations and letters of support from colleagues, alumni and students. Nominations are sought from the Rensselaer Community and reviewed by a selection...


Juergen Hahn has been elected to The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows for his contributions to the field of systems biology. The induction ceremony will take place in February 2013.
AIMBE is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing 50,000 individuals and the top 2% of medical and biological engineers. In addition, AIMBE represents academic institutions, private industry, and professional engineering societies. AIMBE was founded in 1991 and its current vision is to provide leadership and advocacy in...


Leo Wan has won the "Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Conference Rising Star" award. CMBE is a special interest area within the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and Leo is one of the 10 winners selected nationally.


Deepak Vashishthhas been appointed director of the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), effective April 16. He succeeds Jonathan Dordick, who is now the vice president for research.

“Deepak Vashishth is well recognized as a prominent leader within his field, which is itself an embodiment of the interdisciplinary work that is at the heart of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “He is a tireless researcher and an established leader, and I am confident that the center will...


Two of our undergraduate students have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Maureen Newman is set to graduate this May and is planning to attend University of Rochester for graduate school. Alexandra McGregor has graduated and has started graduate school at Cornell University.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is the country's oldest fellowship program directly supporting graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Since 1952, NSF has funded more than 46,500 graduate research fellowships out of more than 500,000...


Leo Wan has been awarded the NSF Career Award for his proposal entitled "CAREER: Biomechanics of Patterned Epithelial Chiral Morphogenesis". The CAREER Award is given to faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers and is one of NSF’s most competitive awards, placing emphasis on high-quality research and novel education initiatives. The award speaks towards the exciting and cutting edge research program that Leo has developed at Rensselaer. Leo joined the BME faculty in Fall 2011.


Xavier Intes' work has been discused in an article published by the journal Biophotonics. The article deals with multimodal optimal mammography and was published in March 2013.

http://photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=53277


Juergen Hahn's research has been prominently featured in a recent blog by AIChE president Dr. Phil Westmoreland. The blog mentions several research groups and how their work has led to the incorporation of life science aspects into engineering.
More details can be found here:
http://chenected.aiche.org/biological-engineering/biology-and-che-applyi...


Results from the article "Cultivation and Imaging of Astrocytes on Protein-Coated Fluorescent Topographies Constructed from Aligned PLLA Electrospun Fibers" by Jonathan M. Zuidema, María C. Hyzinski-García, Alexander A. Mongin, and Ryan J. Gilbert have been chosen for the cover of the book "Extracellular Matrix" which is edited by J.B. Leach and E.M. Powell:

http://www.springer.com/biomed/neuroscience/book/978-1-4939-2082-2


Dr. Mariah Hahn (PhD MIT) joins the Biomedical Engineering department faculty as an Associate Professor. Her area of expertise involves engineering of complex tissues through biomaterial design for controlling mesenchymal stem cell differentiation.

Dr. Juergen Hahn (PhD UT Austin) joins the Biomedical Engineering department faculty as a Professor. His area of expertise involves modeling and control of non-linear systems with applications in biological systems (Systems Biology) and chemical processes (Chemical Process Systems Engineering).


Dr. Vashishth received a 5 year R01 grant award from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) to study the effects of osteopontin and osteocalcin on osteoporotic bone fractures. Dr. Vashishth will collaborate with Dr. Caren Gundberg (Yale University), Dr. Adele Boskey (Hospital of Special Surgery), and Dr. David Burr (IUPUI).


Dr. Dai has been awarded a four-year American Heart Association's National Scientist Development Grant ($308,000). The grant, awarded to junior faculty at their early career stage, is one of the most prestigious awards in Cardiovascular Medicine. The title of the project is "Arterial venous differentiation for tissue engineering application." In this project, Dr. Dai and his graduate students will develop refined method to differentiate stem cells into arterial and venous lineage specific vascular endothelial cells and study their functional consequences in vascular tissue engineering...


Dr. Intes has been awarded a two-year, $378K R21 grant from the National Cancer Institute at the NIH. The grant will be used to develop a Multispectral Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (MFMT) tool capable of simultaneous tracking of multiple fluorophores in vivo in small animals. The new technique represents a significant development in the field of biomedical engineering. In particular MFMT will allow to track biological processes in vivo and provide plethora of information on diseases states, and help development of new targeted drugs.


Dr. Deanna Thompson, with collaborators Drs. Lee Ligon (Biology Department) and Shep Salon (Department of Electrical, Computer, & Systems Engineering), has been awarded a 4-year $1.41 million R01 grant from NIH/NIBIB titled, "Directed Formation of Enhanced 3-dimensional oriented Schwann Cellular Arrays For the Repair of Large-Gap Peripheral Nerve Injuries." Schwann cell (SC) participation is key participant supporting re-growth following peripheral nerve injury. The goal of this work is to utilize electrical stimulation to control SC alignment and enhance SC phenotype and identify the...


One of the major challenges in tissue engineering field is the lack of a functional vasculature with adequate perfusion. Biomedical Engineering Department faculty Dr. Xavier Intes and Dr. Guohao Dai have led the team of investigators to develop an integrated platform that combines 3-D tissue printing and 3-D tissue imaging to study vasculature formation in thick tissues.

They developed an integrated a robotic 3-D cell printing technology with a mesoscopic fluorescence molecular tomography imaging system, and demonstrated the capability of the platform to construct perfused collagen...


Dr. Corr received an NSF Career Award for his project, entitled "CAREER: Engineering Functional Muscle-Tendon Structures using Scaffold-Free Cell-Based Directed Assembly and Theoretical Modeling." He was also awarded an NIH two year R56 grant to investigate the "Control of Stem Cell Microenvironments for White and Brown Adipogenesis” from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.


Dr. Dai received a two year R21 grant award from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to study how to control stem cell differentiation for vascular tissue engineering applications using the cell-printing technology in his lab.


Dr. Thompson received a two year, $303K IDEA grant from New York State Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM) to investigate adult neural progenitor fate in response to endothelial produced factors in collaboration with Dr. Natacha DePaola at Illinois Institute of Technology. For more information, please see the April NYSTAR newsletter.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Deanna Thompson is utilizing more than $300,000 in New York state funding as part of the state stem cell research program, NYSTEM, to study adult neural stem cells. The NYSTEM program is New York’s $600 million publicly funded grant program to advance scientific discovery in the area of stem cells. For more information, please read the article in RPI News.


Dr. Deanna Thompson, with Dr. Pankaj Karande (Chemical and Biological Engineering Department), has been awarded a $330,000 3-year NSF grant titled, "Rational and Combinatorial Design of Biomaterials for Neural Engineering." This project represents a new approach for the design of biomaterials for engineering specific human tissues.


We are happy to announce that the collaboration between RPI’s BME Capstone Design and the Center for Disability Services has been awarded this year’s annual Technology Innovation Award by the Center for Economic Growth. The award is based on the strong collaboration between our Capstone Design course and the work our students have done over the last 6 years with the Center for Disability Services. Within RPI, we share the recognition with the MDL who has worked with the Center for the last two years. Additional information regarding the Tech Award may be found here:...


Department of Biomedical Engineering
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
Undergraduate Seminar Series in Global Health
Presents
Dr. Eric H. Ledet
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Academy Hall Auditorium

A Tale of Two Systems: Immersion in South African Health CareAdequate healthcare remains a significant challenge in developing nations. State-of-the-art technology and equipment are often unsustainable. Accessibility of facilities is often prohibitive due to limited infrastructure. Even when resources are...


The Biomedical Engineering Department would like to congratulate Christopher Rivet on his achievement as a finalist for the Lemelson-MIT award! Christopher's project, titled "A Hydrogel and Electrospun Fiber Composite Material," is one of the three finalists for the 2012 prize. The award will be presented March 7.

Additional information regarding the Lemelson-MIT award can be found here: http://www.eng.rpi.edu/lemelson


It is a great pleasure to share the news that Ryan Gilbert has received an NSF Career Award for the project entitled: "CAREER: Study of Astrocyte Migration and Reactivity Using Novel Biomaterial Platforms". The award, totaling $496,366 over a period of five years, is funded by the Division of Materials Research/ Biomaterials Program. The grant will support the Gilbert laboratory's pursuit of developing novel biomaterial strategies for treatment of spinal cord injury.


Materials and Systems Biology Research in Biotechnology and Biomedicine

An REU program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers undergraduate students from other universities the opportunity to participate in ongoing research with faculty members during a 10-week period in the summer. For those students considering a career in research, an undergraduate research experience is a great place to start. The program provides students the opportunity to work side by side with RPI faculty and graduate students to investigate a broad range of important and...


Biomedical engineering students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will travel to South Africa next month on a mission to identify the unique needs of remote, under-resourced medical clinics. The students will use these findings and field observations to inform the design and development of new medical technologies.

The Times Union may be read here: http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/RPI-students-study-South-Afric....
You can follow the group's travels via...


The 2011 Annual Weinbaum Lecture will be held December 9, at 2 pm in Academy Hall. Dr. Susan Margulies will present a talk titled, "Biomechanics - A Force for Good." For additional details, please click the title of this article.

Cells within the body are exposed to forces and deformations during routine daily activities. These loading conditions may be necessary for normal growth and development, but when cells are deformed beyond a safe limit or injury threshold, function and structure may be altered temporarily or even permanently. Using an integrated biomechanics approach...


At the 2011 Honors Convocation, 13 biomedical engineering students were honored with the Founders' Award for Excellence.

'2011 Honors Convocation Ceremony' photo includes 5 of the 13 Founders Award winners and faculty attending the ceremony.

The Founders Award for Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a special certificate, recognition by faculty, staff, and peers at the Honors Convocation ceremony, and a cash prize. This...


A Biomedical Engineering Initiative in Undergraduate Education

In keeping with Rensselaer’s tradition of excellence in education and School of Engineering’s emerging focus on Human Health and livability, we are launching a number of initiatives to foster enterprising research and innovative undergraduate education in biomedical engineering.
One such initiative is our new Undergraduate Seminar Series in Global Health emphasizing the importance of research in creating and passing on new knowledge to students. It will introduce our biomedical engineering undergraduate students...


An IPRPI Workshop on Diffuse Optical Imaging, being organized by Drs. Xavier Intes and Birsen Yazici, will be offered October 27th and 28th.

This workshop is aimed at highlighting the challenging and new medical applications where diffuse optical imaging can potentially play a major role and the recent developments in instrumentation and the solutions of PDE based non-linear inverse problems, thereby providing a discussion forum in identifying new directions in diffuse optical imaging research.

More Information:...


After completing his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering, and his post-doctoral research in the Laboratory of Stem Cells and Tissue at Columbia University, Dr. Leo Wan joins the Biomedical Engineering department faculty. Dr. Wan’s research focuses on Cell Chirality, BioMEMS, Stem Cell Mechano-Biology, Functional Tissue Engineering, Cartilage Biomechanics and Bioimaging.


Tuesday, October 4 5:30 pm in the Biotech Auditorium, William Edelman '78 will speak to the undergraduates.

Bill Edelman, is a medical device industry executive with over 33 years of experience and currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Leviticus Cardio, Ltd. He has served as Co-Chairman for ETView, Ltd., (TASE: ETVW) (airway management), Chairman of the Board for PolyTouch, Ltd. (general surgical instrumentation), Medivalve, Ltd., (percutaneous aortic valve placement) and Cardioflow, Ltd., (embolic protection). Mr. Edelman also serves as an Advisor on the Heathcare Board,...


The second Undergraduate Seminar Series in Global Health was held Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in Academy Hall. We were happy to welcome Dr. Eric Ledet of the BME Department, who presented a talk titled, "A Tale of Two Systems: Immersion in South African Health Care."

Adequate healthcare remains a significant challenge in developing nations. State-of-the-art technology and equipment are often unsustainable. Accessibility of facilities is often prohibitive due to limited infrastructure. Even when resources are adequate in medical facilities, home healthcare for chronic diseases can be...


Dr. Deanna Thompson has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.She joined Rensselaer in September of 2004 as an Assistant Professor within the Department.

Her continued work for both teaching and research have been recognized by the Institute and the science community, with awards including the 2010 Research Excellence Award from the School of Engineering and the NYSTAR Biotechnology Research Award.


Atharva Poundarik, a graduate student in Dr. Vashishth's lab, has been selected to receive a 2011 ASBMR (American Society for Bone and Mineral Research) Young Investigator Award for his abstract presentation titled "Non-collageneous Proteins Influence Bone Mineral Size, Shape and Orientation: A SAXS Study." As part of the award, Atharva will receive an honorarium and a plaque commemorating this award at the annual ASBMR meeting this September in San Diego.


“Micropatterned mammalian cells exhibit phenotype-specific left-right asymmetry”
by Leo Q Wan, Kacey Ronaldson, Miri Park, Grace Taylora, Yue Zhang, Jeffrey M Gimbleb, and Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic.

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/30/12295

Left-right (LR) asymmetry (handedness, chirality) is a well-conserved biological property of critical importance to normal development. Changes in orientation of the LR axis due to genetic or environmental factors can lead to malformations and disease. While the LR asymmetry of...


Congratulations to Nabeel Ali, Class of 2012, on his research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He will spend the summer working with Dr. Udo Hoffman, Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, utilizing predictive modeling to assess and quantify the risk associated with atherosclerotic plaque. He was also chosen to participate in the 2010 University of California Berkeley’s Amgen Scholars Program. The prestigious Amgen Scholars program is international - established both in the United States and Europe. Nabeel was one of twenty-four...


Julie Campbell, class of 2012, has been awarded the Charles D. Dyce Award. This prize was established by friends in memory of Charles D. Dyce, Class of 1972. It is to be awarded to a student in the School of Engineering who, at the conclusion of the freshman or sophomore year, has demonstrated high scholastic ability and involvement in extracurricular activities and indicates potential for constructive leadership. Julie was nominated by her coach, Bridget Lanoir.


Congratulations to Nabeel Ali, Class of 2012, on his research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He will spend the summer working with Dr. Udo Hoffman, Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, utilizing predictive modeling to assess and quantify the risk associated with atherosclerotic plaque.


We are proud to be named as host of the 2011 Northeast Bioengineering Conference. Watch this website for information coming soon about dates, speakers, special events and other conference materials. For information on previous Northeast Bioengineering Conferences please see the NEBEC website.

More Information: http://www.nebec.org/


At its recent Annual Conference, the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) awarded Rensselaer students and RPI-SWE Society for their contributions to Science (Andrea Nordberg received 2nd place for the Undergraduate Collegiate Technical Poster Competition) and promotion of engineering amongst women (the MOU Partnership Award for Exploring Engineering Day, certificate for Oustanding Collegiate Section, and Membership Retention Award). Pictured at right are Andrea Nordberg and SWE President Siddika Demir.


We are pleased to be among the distinguished group of 2010 PUF Laureates (Vashishth Co-PI). This 3-year award will allow graduate student exchange and combined PhD degrees between the Biomedical Engineering Department at Rensselaer and Université Montpellier 2, France.

More Information: http://facecouncil.org/puf/grantees/grantees-2010-2013/


Congratulations to Deanna Thompson, who has been awarded the 2010 Research Excellence Award from the School of Engineering.


It is a great pleasure to share the news that David Corr has received an NSF Career Award for project, entitled "CAREER: Engineering Functional Muscle-Tendon Structures using Scaffold-Free Cell-Based Directed Assembly and Theoretical Modeling."


Jin Chen, doctoral student of Dr. Xavier Intes, received the "Outstanding Presentation of Original Scientific Research" from Columbia University, for her presentation titled "Time gated optical imaging for functional and structural imaging" at the 36th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference in March 2010. Jin also received the "Best Student Poster Presentation Award" from the 2010 Biomedical Optics Meeting in Miami, FL. The title was "Time Resolved Optical Imaging with Patterned Light for Pre-Clinical Studies."


Johannes Kutten, class of 2010, has won a SURF (summer undergraduate research fellowship) through NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Gaithersburg, MD. Johannes will be working in the Complex Fluids group, part of the Materials Science and Engineering Lab (MSEL). The project he is involved with examines microfluidic devices which could be used to carry out chemical reactions at a very small scale. To accomplish this, reagents would have to be mixed in very precise amounts. Our devices are designed to create uniform droplets of water in oil in order to demonstrate how...


Bhavana Mohanraj, a senior in Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded the Class of 1902 Research Prize. This prize, established by the Class of 1902, is awarded at Commencement to the senior in the School of Science or Engineering who has completed at least two semesters of undergraduate research and who presents the best research results culminating in a written report, submitted paper, or thesis. Bhavana's research is with Profs. Chrisey and Corr, and involves using electric-cell impedance sensing (ECIS) to determine the toxicity of various substances. It is a real-time cell-based...


Andrea Nordberg, Class of 2011, was awarded 2nd place for the Undergraduate Collegiate Technical Poster Competition at the 2010 Annual Society for Women Engineers Meeting. Her poster featured her work with Dr. Deanna Thompson, focusing on applying electrical stimulation to promote peripheral glia migration.


Lesley Wu, a senior in Biomedical Engineering, received the Program Development Grant from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to fund planned outreach entitled “Electrical Inventions”. The Rensselaer Student Chapter of SWE is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York to deliver a 6-week hands-on course for a group of 12 middle school girls. The course provides exposure to the basics of electricity and teaches them how to build simple circuits and switches. Each participant will work on a main project to take home after the course has concluded. Potential projects are: LED...


“A Rapid, Quantitative Method for Assessing Axonal Extension on Biomaterial Platforms”

by Jared M Cregg, Sherri L Wiseman, Nicole M Pietrzak-Goetze, Martyn R Smith, David B Jaroch, Daniel C Clupper, and Ryan J Gilbert.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed


“Creation of highly aligned electrospun poly-L-lactic acid fibers for nerve regeneration applications”

by Han Bing Wang, Michael E Mullins, Jared M Cregg, Andres Hurtado, Martin Oudega, Matthew T Trombley and Ryan J Gilbert.

http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/6/1/016001/


“Neurite outgrowth is significantly increased by the simultaneous presentation of Schwann cells and moderate exogenous electric fields”
by Abigail N Koppes, Angela M Seggio and Deanna M Thompson.

http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/8/4/046023


Ondrej Nikel (Vashishth lab) has received the Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France. The fellowship allows Ph.D. students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 9 months.


Graduate student Sarah Linley and senior Danielle Bogdanowicz were among the winners of the 2011 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program Competition. Sarah (Ledet lab) will advance her research into lower back pain. Danielle, will use the grant to advance her research using stem cells to regrow and repair bone and cartilage at Columbia University. Andrew Dias (Corr lab) and Sterling Nesbitt (Kotha lab) also earned honorable mention for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. GRFP supports outstanding individuals who are in the early stages of graduate...


Rebecca Wachs (Ledet lab) won the Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Academic excellence, commitment to improving the human condition, and the promise of continued impact are cornerstones of the rigorous criteria.


Harnessing Entrepreneurship and Engineering to Problem-Solve Poverty

Featuring George Roter, Co-Founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders -- an award-winning, global entrepreneur and social leader of an organization that has grown to 50,000 members supporting the creation of opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa through agriculture, rural infrastructure, water and sanitation programs.When:Tuesday, March 22, 2011 4:15 PM - 6:15 PMWhere: Biotech Auditorium