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Steven Lee Awarded NIH F31 and AHA Fellowships
July 1, 2015 - Ph.D. student Steven Lee was awarded both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award F31 Pre-doctoral Fellowship and the American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Faced with a choice between these two prestigious awards, Steven has accepted the NIH F31 Fellowship, which will fund his research project, "Mending a Broken Heart with Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Stem Cell Therapy," for the next three years. Congratulations to Steven and his advisor, Alena Talkachova!
Julia Brekke Receives Fulbright Scholarship
June 21, 2015 - Graduating senior Julia Brekke was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work in the lab of Professor Katja Schenke-Layland at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology in Stuttgart, Germany, to develop a system to visually monitor the progression of embryonic stem cell differentiation. Julia was one of seven UMN seniors to receive a Fulbright Scholarship, which will cover all her travel and living expenses for the 2015-16 academic year. Congratulations, Julia!
BME Students Win Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
June 1, 2015 - Five Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. students were awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (DDF) for the 2015-16 academic year in a University-wide competition sponsored by the Graduate School. The program provides selected recipients with the opportunity to devote full-time effort to dissertation research and writing during the fellowship year. Awards were given to
Avijit Barik (advised by Sang-Hyun Oh)
Katia Morgounova (advised by Shai Ashkenazi)
Katie Pollock (advised by Allison Hubel)
Zaw Win (advised by Pat Alford)
YiZi "Joe" Xiao (advised by Matt Johnson)
Congratulations to these doctoral candidates!
New Faculty Member Hired - Zhi Yang
May 26, 2015 - Dr. Yang is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC-Santa Cruz. His research interests include high-precision, low-power, miniaturized sensors and circuits for robotics. He will pursue those interests with a focus on neuroprosthetics when he when joins our department this summer.
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 recipients >
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.
Casim Sarkar Awarded NIH R01 Grant
April 8, 2015 - Professor Casim Sarkar has been awarded a new 5-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the interplay between noise and signaling in cellular decision making, with a focus on cell differentiation. Casim’s lab will use computational and synthetic biology approaches to elucidate how differentiation trajectories arise and will use systems biology approaches to experimentally demonstrate and manipulate these trajectories in the differentiation of progenitor cells. The results of this study will yield deeper insights into fundamental mechanisms underlying cellular decision making and should enable more robust engineering of stem and progenitor cells for applications in regenerative medicine.
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:
Sarah Bening - B.Bm.E. student advised by David Wood
Ali Crampton - Ph.D. student advised by David Wood
Ben Hinton - B.Bm.E. alum, currently at UC Berkeley
Muaz Nik Rushdi - B.Bm.E. alum, currently at Georgia Tech
Edgar Pena - Ph.D. student advised by Matthew Johnson
Honorable mentions went to:
Anh La - Ph.D. student advised by Bob Tranquillo and Brenda Ogle
Paige Voigt Tracy - B.Bm.E. alum, currently at U. Michigan
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.