2014 News Archives


Danielle Benoit Recognized as 2015 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

December 16, 2014

Danielle Benoit, James P. Wilmot Distinguished Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected by the Biomedical Engineering Society to contribute a full-length research article to the 2015 Young Innovators Special Issue of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Journal. Benoit is also invited to present her work in a special two-part platform session at the 2015 Fall BMES Conference. Congratulations, Danielle! 

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Amanda Chen Receives 2015 Student Award for Outstanding Research

November 21, 2014

amanda chen awardAmanda Chen, a student in the Benoit Lab, has been selected to receive a 2015 Student Award for Outstanding Research from the Society for Biomaterials. This prestigious award is specifically given "to student researchers who have shown outstanding achievement in biomaterials research." Amanda Chen was the sole winner of this prestigious national award. 

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Buckley Lab Receives NIH Grant

November 20, 2014

BME Assistant Professor Mark Buckley has recieved an NIH R03 grant for the project entitled "Tracking Achilles tendon compression to monitor insertional Achilles tendinopathy." Insertional Achilles tendionpathy (IAT) is a painful and common disroder that is difficult to treat. Standard physical therapy interventions that work well for other forms of Achilles tendinopathy are only ~50% effective for IAT, and patients who fail physical therapy require surgeries that are expensive, entail long recovery times and often lead to complications.

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Andrew Shubin Receives Top Poster Award at APSA Conference

November 13, 2014

Andrew Shubin, a graduate student in the Benoit Lab, received a Top Poster award at the American Physician Scientist Association Northeast Regional Conference in New York City on November 1st, 2014. Andrew's poster entitled "Development of Poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels for salvary gland regeneration" was selected as one of the top three winning posters. 

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Using Second Harmonic Generation to Predict Metastasis

October 23, 2014

Dr. Edward Brown (BME) has received a $140k grant from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program for his project entitled “Prediction of Metastasis Using Second Harmonic Generation.” The goal of this one year project is to expand upon a recent finding from Dr. Brown’s laboratory that an optical scattering phenomenon called second harmonic generation (SHG), when applied to breast cancer biopsy specimens, can help predict metastatic outcome in 10-year patient follow-up data.

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Team of Investigators Awarded $3.5 Million to Study Mechanism of Sepsis

September 22, 2014

A team of investigators led by Minsoo Kim, Ph.D. (Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UR), BME Chair Richard Waugh, Ph.D. (Department of Biomedical Engineering, UR) and Jonathan Reichner, Ph.D. (Department of Surgery, Brown University) in collaboration with James McGrath, Ph.D. (Department of Biomedical Engineering, UR), and Anthony Pietropaoli, M.D. (Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care, UR) recently received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for just over 3.5 million dollars.

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BME Students and Faculty present at the 4th Annual CMSR Symposium

September 16, 2014

Professor Mark Buckley gave a lecture entitled "In Vivo & In Vitro Evaluation of the Role of Mechanics in Musculoskeletal Diseases" at the 4th Annual Center for Musculoskeletal Research Symposium this past week. BME student Amy Van Hove was selected as a finalist for the predoctoral training award for her talk entitled: "Development and in vitro assessment of enzymatically-responsive poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels for the delivery of therapeutic pepetides. Additionally, Michael Hoffman won the postdoctoral training award for his talk entitled: "Exposure of MSCs to Methacrylate-Based Polymerizations Increases Cellular ROS and Reduces Differentiation Capacity. Congratulations to them both! 

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BME Student Team Wins Second Place at BMES Coulter College

September 2, 2014

A University of Rochester Biomedical Engineering team led by Professor Scott Seidman took second place at the BMES Coulter College program. Coulter College is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations involving student design teams guided by faculty and clinical experts. Nineteen teams participated in this year's program, including over 200 students, faculty, and clinical collaborators. 

The BME team is Namita Sarraf, Ling Yang, Rachel Niu, Stephanie Rigot, Nuley Seo, and Benjamin Dengler. The team developed a concept for a device to monitor a condition called autonomic dysreflexia, which is a potentially fatal syndrome that is common in people with spinal cord injuires. 

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Hajim undergrads get research experience as Xerox fellows

August 20, 2014

  The program, developed and administered bv the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, is a collaboration with the Hajim School and Xerox Corp., which provides funding. It provides an intensive lab-based, mentored research experience for engineering undergraduates during the summer before their junior or senior years. Most participants continue their research project into the fall as a faculty-advised, independent study course for which the students receive course credit.

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Using Ultrasound to Engineer Synthetic Tissue

July 14, 2014

Diane Dalecki, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Denise Hocking, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering, are using ultrasound to organize cells and proteins with the pressure waves that ultrasound produces, in a way that might someday allow for building artificial tissues and organs from scratch.

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Adam Pacheck Named Academic All-American

June 23, 2014

Adam Pacheck has earned Academic All-American Honors in recognition of his strong academic program and highly successful athletic career. Pacheck, a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Physics, completed his academic career with a cumulative GPA of 3.92.

He is the 10th male cross country/track and field athlete at Rochester to earn Academic All-America honors at Rochester since Glenn Lamb was honored in 1983.

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Better Tissue Healing with Disappearing Hydrogels

June 9, 2014

When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a technique employed by a University of Rochester research team keeps the stem cells in place, resulting in faster and better tissue regeneration. The key, as explained in a paper published in Acta Biomaterialia, is encasing the stem cells in polymers that attract water and disappear when their work is done.

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Better Tissue Healing with Disappearing Hydrogels

June 9, 2014

When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a technique employed by a University of Rochester research team keeps the stem cells in place, resulting in faster and better tissue regeneration. The key, as explained in a paper published in Acta Biomaterialia, is encasing the stem cells in polymers that attract water and disappear when their work is done.

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Two BME Student Teams Win 2014 Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition

May 15, 2014

UR DermMatesThe 2014 Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition took place on Friday, May 2nd in Schlegel Hall. During the competition, Hajim undergraduate students compete for cash prizes while presenting their technical business plans to a panel of alumni and faculty judges. This year, BME teams took both first and second place.

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Two BME Student Teams Win 2014 Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition

May 15, 2014

UR DermMatesThe 2014 Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition took place on Friday, May 2nd in Schlegel Hall. During the competition, Hajim undergraduate students compete for cash prizes while presenting their technical business plans to a panel of alumni and faculty judges. This year, BME teams took both first and second place.

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Three BME Students Awarded Whitaker Scholarships

April 9, 2014

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.

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BME Class of 2014 Awards

April 9, 2014

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.

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BME Class of 2014 Awards

April 9, 2014

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.

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Three BME Students Awarded Whitaker Scholarships

April 9, 2014

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.

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Mark Buckley Awarded URCCMBM Pilot Grant

April 7, 2014

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.

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Mark Buckley Awarded URCCMBM Pilot Grant

April 7, 2014

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.

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Amanda Chen Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship

April 2, 2014

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.

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Calvin Yoon '13 Awarded POSTECH Presidential Fellowship

March 31, 2014

Calvin YoonCalvin 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.

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Calvin Yoon '13 Awarded POSTECH Presidential Fellowship

March 31, 2014

Calvin Yoon 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.

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BME Swimmer Heading to Nationals

March 3, 2014

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.

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BME Swimmer Heading to Nationals

March 3, 2014

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.

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In Class: Looking For Trouble

February 15, 2014

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.

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Dr. Jong-Hoon Nam Receives HSCCI Pilot Grant

January 18, 2014

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.

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Dr. Jong-Hoon Nam Receives HSCCI Pilot Grant

January 18, 2014

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.

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The 2013 BME 101 Poster Session

January 6, 2014

BME 101 Poster SessionThe 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.

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The 2013 BME 101 Poster Session

January 6, 2014

BME 101 Poster SessionThe 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.

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