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Anthony Braun Receives 2015 Best Dissertation Award
(May 21, 2015)

Congratulations to recent PhD graduate Anthony Braun, who received a 2015 Best Dissertation Award! One graduate student from each of four groups – arts and humanities, biological and life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences and education – was chosen by faculty from the broad disciplinary area. Selections were based on the originality and importance of the research, as well as the potential for the student to make an unusually significant contribution to his or her field. Anthony's thesis, "Understanding the Membrane Biophysics of alpha-Synuclein and its Role in Membrane Curvature Induction and Structural Remodeling," was selected for the Physical Sciences and Engineering group, and he will receive an award of $1,000. Congratulations to Anthony and to his doctoral advisor, Jonathan Sachs! See all 2015 Best Dissertation Award recpients >

Victor Barocas Named CSE Distinguished Professor
(May 12, 2015)

Congratulations to Professor Victor Barocas for being named a College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor! This award honors exceptional faculty for their efforts in and contributions to teaching and scholarly research and for their genuine commitment to CSE and its activities. CSE Distinguished Professors receive a one-time award of $15,000 to be used for professional development or research.

UMN BME Students and Alumni Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
(April 3, 2015)

Several current and former UMN BME students were recognized in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition! Fellowships were awarded to:

Honorable mentions went to:

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Graduate Women in Biomedical Engineering Student Group Receives Tony Diggs Excellence Award
(April 2, 2015)

The Graduate Women in Biomedical Engineering Student Group (GWBME) was awarded the 2014 Tony Diggs Excellence Award for Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Group at the University of Minnesota! The award includes, among other things, special recognition on the Student Unions and Activities Student Group Directory, an announcement in the Minnesota Daily, a Goldy's Gameroom party, and a trophy proudly displayed in the BME front office. Congratulations to the hard-working GWBME officers and to their advisor for this prestigious and well-deserved award!

Professor Bob Tranquillo Elected Fellow of IAMBE
(February 16, 2015)

Bob was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), in honor of his distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering at an international level.

Cory Gloeckner and Julia Quindlen Awarded 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships
(February 5, 2015)

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) provides a unique opportunity for outstanding doctoral students whose research is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes.  

Cory Gloeckner, advised by Prof. Hubert Lim (BME), will complete his research project, "Holistic Neuromodulation: Bridging the Gap Between Western and Complementary Medicine to Better Treat Brain Disorders," in collaboration with Prof. Mary Johnson at the Center for Spirituality and Healing.

Julia Quindlen is a 4th-year PhD student advised by Prof. Victor Barocas (BME) and co-advised by Prof. Martha Flanders (Neuroscience). Her project, "Mechano-to-Neural Transduction of the Pacinian Corpuscle," will be completed under their mentorship at the Institute for Engineering in Medicine.

Congratulations to Cory and Julia!

Assistant Professor Matthew Johnson Receives UMN McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
(January 29, 2015)

Matt was one of eight chosen this year across the university for this highly competitive Professorship, whose major purpose is to nurture the careers of the University of Minnesota's most promising junior faculty members in order to strengthen the faculty for the future.  The program is designed to advance the careers of assistant professors who have the potential to make significant contributions to their scholarly fields.

Bachelor's Program Highlighted by NerdScholar
(July 15, 2014)

Our undergraduate program was selected for "Most Industry Experience" among seven U.S. programs highlighted. Read the full article.

New Faculty Member Hired: Casim Sarkar
(May 17, 2013)

Dr. Sarkar is currently an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at the University of Zurich before starting his position at Penn in 2006.  Prof. Sarkar was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2011.  His research interests include engineering protein agonists, antagonists, and enzymes; understanding cellular decision making in lineage commitment; and network analysis and cellular programming through synthetic biology.   He will pursue those interests along with a new project aimed at re-engineering bacteria for oral delivery of proteins he when joins our department this summer.

New Faculty Member Hired: Brenda Ogle
(February 8, 2013)

Dr. Ogle is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prof. Ogle received her Ph.D. from our program and was a Research Fellow and then Assistant Professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine before starting her position at Madison in 2006.  Among several interests, she has performed pioneering research in identifying and monitoring stem cell fusion in vivo, including the development of innovative microfluidic/microscopy systems. She was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2009.  Brenda will pursue her interests in the role of cell fusion in cardiac regeneration and tumor metastasis when she joins our department this summer.

Department Receives GAANN Award in Cardiovascular Engineering
(September 5, 2012)

The Department of Education has awarded Professor Victor Barocas (Director of Graduate Studies) with a $400K Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant. This 3-year award provides fellowship funding for doctoral students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue research in cardiovascular engineering.

Prof. Bin He Named Director of the University of Minnesota's Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM)
(July 10, 2012)

Bin has been named Director of the IEM and will begin his 5-year appointment on August 15, 2012.  The Institute for Engineering in Medicine is an interdisciplinary collaboration aimed at strengthening research between engineering and medicine at the University of Minnesota. The Institute is run jointly by the Academic Health Center and the College of Science and Engineering. The Medical Devices Center, Center for Neuroengineering, and Biopreservation Core Resource are all research centers within IEM.  Since 2005, the IEM has invested more than $5 million supporting more than 90 health engineering research projects.  These projects have helped generate ideas and proposals that have brought nearly $24 million in additional funding to the University from external sources.  Bin served as associate director for research for IEM since 2010 and also serves as director of the Center for Neuroengineering, director of the NSF IGERT Neuroengineering Training Program and director of the NIH Neuroimaging Training Program.

St. Jude Medical Provides Gift for Endowed Graduate Student Fellowships
(June 21, 2012)

For the second time, St. Jude Medical is contributing $50,000 for an endowment to support new BME graduate students as St. Jude Medical Fellows for their first semester of study. This is another gift in a campaign aimed at local medical device companies, with the goal of an endowment that supports the entire class of BME graduate students each fall. It also reflects a growing presence of St. Jude Medical at UMN.

New Faculty Member Hired: Paolo Provenzano
(May 24, 2012)

Dr. Provenzano is currently a Research Associate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle studying therapies against pancreatic cancer progression (since 2009).  He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmacology at UW-Madison (2003-2009) where he studied the role of the extracellular matrix on breast cancer metastasis. He received his Ph.D. in BME at UW-Madison in 2003 studying the biomechanics of damaged collagenous tissues.  Paolo will pursue his research in cancer therapies and mechanisms of metastasis when he joins our department in August, 2012.

New Faculty Member Hired: David Wood
(May 24, 2012)

Dr. Wood is currently an NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT advised by Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia (since 2007) where he has focused on developing novel disease biomarkers, especially for sickle cell disease, and using microscale/MEMS tools to build new assays for studying disease, including DNA damage and repair and cancer metastasis.  His PhD was obtained in Physics under the advising of Prof. Andrew Cleland at UCSB in the area of microfluidic sensors for high-throughput cell and particle counting.  Dave will pursue his interests in applying microfluidics to medical and biological problems when he joins our department in August, 2012.

Prof. John Bischof selected for the Van C. Mow Medal
(April 13, 2012)

John was selected for this honor that is awarded annually by the ASME Bioengineering Division to one individual who has made significant contributions to the field of bioengineering through research, education, professional development, leadership in the development of the profession, as a mentor to young bioengineers, and with service to the bioengineering community.  John is internationally recognized for his research in bioheat and mass transfer and nanomedicine.

Prof. Victor Barocas selected for the George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research
(April 13, 2012)

Victor was selected for this honor which is awarded annually to one member of the faculty of the UMN College of Science & Engineering to recognize the outstanding research of a mid-career faculty member. Victor's selection reflects his pioneering research in computational tissue biomechanics and biotransport, with emphasis on ocular, cardiovascular, and tissue engineering applications. He is widely known for his innovation and rigor, and he has been prolific as well, having published more than 80 refereed journal articles to date, mainly in the most respected journals in his areas. Victor previously received the George W. Taylor Career Development Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure.

Professor Wei Shen Receives NSF CAREER Award
(January 25, 2012)

Wei was selected for this prestigious award based on her research proposal, "Multifunctional Dynamic Surfaces for Engineering Cell Microenvironments."  The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

University Receives NSF Funding for IGERT Systems Neuroengineering Training Program
(September 10, 2011)

The University of Minnesota has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a new Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program in Systems Neuroengineering. Professor Bin He is the program director and lead PI. Over the next five years the NSF grant will provide $3 million in funding, supporting six new doctoral trainees per year. Trainees will develop the skills to revolutionize technologies for interfacing with the brain and to advance our fundamental understanding of neuroscience processes. Find out more at the IGERT Systems Neuroengineering website.


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