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Current and Recent Department News

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

Our program was selected among seven to be highlighted for "Most Industry Experience." 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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