The Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor level position. The Department has 33 faculty members and is ranked 7th in the nation and 2nd in California in annual research expenditures (NSF rankings). The Department has existing strengths in the areas of tissue engineering, cellular and molecular engineering, biomechanics, ...
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery. This innovation aims to preserve a patient’s quality of life and improve survival ...
Lab-grown tissues could one day provide new treatments for injuries and damage to the joints, including articular cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Cartilage, for example, is a hard material that caps the ends of bones and allows joints to work smoothly. UC Davis biomedical engineers, exploring ways to toughen up engineered cartilage and keep natural tissues strong ...
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that typhoid fever affects 21.5 million people around the world each year, and the World Health Organization estimates it causes at least 600,000 deaths. Caused by the Salmonella Typhi bacterium, ingested in food or drink contaminated by the urine or feces of infected people, it is uncommon in regions ...
A multi-institution team comprised of Jinyi Qi’s lab, West Virginia University (lead institution), GE Global Research, and the University of Washington has been awarded $1.5m to develop a wearable PET scanner for imaging the human brain in motion. The project, “Imaging the Brain in Motion: The Ambulatory Micro-Dose, Wearable PET Brain Imager”, will engineer a ...
Tiny, soapy bubbles can reorganize their membranes to let material flow in and out in response to the surrounding environment, according to new work carried out in an international collaboration by biomedical engineers at the University of California, Davis, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This behavior could be exploited in creating microbubbles that deliver ...
Harsha Radhakrishnan and Vivek Srinivasan wrote “Simply Shining a Light Can Reveal the Brain’s Structure” about their research on brain imaging for Scientific American’s “MIND Guest Blog”.
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Brain Innovation Group has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to improve brain cancer surgery and treatment using UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology. The $400,000 grant is the first for the cancer center’s eight cancer research innovation groups, which link scientists, oncologists, surgeons, engineers and other experts in ...
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor level position. The Department has 33 faculty members and is ranked 7th in the nation and 2nd in California in annual research expenditures (NSF rankings). The Department has existing strengths in the areas of tissue engineering, cellular and molecular engineering, biomechanics, ...
The UC Davis Graduate Studies webpage profiles Athanasiou Lab Ph.D. candidate Jeni Lee on its main page.
There were eighteen attendees at the first UCD LLNL BME Collaboration meeting. The UCD and LLNL presentations and laboratory tours revealed a wide bandwidth of opportunities for collaboration. From top left: Laura Liptai, PhD UCD BME External Advisory Board and co-host; Erik Mukherjee, PhD LLNL Senior Biomedical Engineer; Whitney Cheung, PhD, UCD Office of Research; Angie ...
Laura Marcu is a co-editor of a new textbook: “Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy and Imaging”. This is the first book providing a comprehensive review of time-resolved (lifetime) fluorescence techniques and their role in a wide range of biological and clinical applications. “Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy and Imaging: Principles and Applications in Biomedical Diagnostics” Eds. L. Marcu, P.M.W. French, ...
Eduardo Silva has been chosen to present his paper, “Material-controlled homing of stem cells,” at the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The 2014 US Frontiers of Engineering will be held on September 11-13, at the Nation Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, Califronia. About 100 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 will meet for an intensive ...
The Biomedical Engineering Society at Davis, the UC Davis BMES Student Chapter, has won the BMES Student Chapter Mentoring Achievement Award. The award honors the student chatper’s mentoring programs, especially those between the UC Davis chapter and the local BME industry. BMES at UC Davis will be one of the featured speakers at the BMES ...
Ye Chen-Izu’s lab has received four new grants: (1) American Heart Association grant 7/01/2014 – 6/30/2016 PI: Ye Chen-Izu (2) Gilead Research Grant, 8/1/2014 – 5/30/2015 PI: Ye Chen-Izu (3) Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship Award to Rahwa Woldeyesus, UG student trainee in Chen-Izu’s lab (4) IonOptix Travel Award to Rafael Shimkunas, Graduate student trainee in Chen-Izu’s lab
Andrew Wong, a graduate student in the Ferrara lab, received the Nadine Barrie Smith Award from the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound in April for his presentation at the meeting in Las Vegas.
TV news report about how the TEAM Prototyping Facilities are helping veterinarians regrow jawbones in dogs using 3D printed models to plan the surgeries.
The BMES student chapter at UC Davis presented a talk on best practices as part of their Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2013 BMES Annual Meeting. A video of their talk is now up on YouTube.
Kent Leach has received the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Engineering. He regularly scores 4.5/5.0 and above for instructor excellence, even in classes known to be unpopular: the highest level of student satisfaction for any of the department’s core courses. He even achieved a perfect 5.0/5.0 for his undergraduate elective course ...
Hussain Fatakdawala, a graduate student in the Marcu Lab, won two prestigious awards at the recent campus-wide Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS). He received the Dean’s Prize for Best Oral Presentation in Engineering for his presentation entitled “Imaging coronary arteries using a bimodal catheter combining fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) and intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS)”. ...
Elise Robinson, a fourth year biomedical engineering major who has been doing research in the Ferrara Lab since 2012, has won two fellowships – one is Think Swiss for summer a Whitaker Foundation fellowship for fall. The ThinkSwiss award will allow her to work for three months over the summer at ETH Zürich in the ...
Katherine Ferrara is the senior author of a paper that has won the Jorge Heller JCR Outstanding Paper Award from the Controlled Release Society. The paper is, “Multimodal imaging enables early detection and characterization of changes in tumor permeability of brain metastases,” Frits Thorsen, University of Bergen, Norway. Brett Fite, Lisa M. Mahakian, Jai W. ...
Graduate students Pasha Hadidi of the Athanasiou Lab and Yu (Charlie) Ouyang of the Cherry Lab co-authors on a recently published Science paper “Total Synthesis of a Functional Designer Eukaryotic Chromosome” describing the world’s first synthetic eukaryotic chromosome. As undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University in 2008, Hadidi and Ouyang, along with their fellow classmates, performed ...
Nicole De Jesus, 4th year PhD student, has her first publication (3rd author), in Crystal Ripplinger’s lab: http://circres.ahajournals.org/content/early/2014/02/25/CIRCRESAHA.114.302505.abstract .
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the field will see a 62 percent growth in jobs between 2010 and 2020.
The Accelerator: Student News and Opportunities from ASEE interviews Athanasiou Lab grad student and Science Cheerleader Wendy Brown.
The Accelerator: Student News and Opportunities from ASEE covers Tonya Kuhl’s class on “Design of Coffee”
Because only eight out of the 67 inductees to the NAE this year are women, Karen McDonald, associate dean of Engineering, also predicts Ferrara’s achievement to have a positive impact on women in STEM academics at UC Davis. “Professor Ferrara’s election to the National Academy of Engineering will certainly encourage our women undergraduate and graduate ...
Leonor Saiz’s Article, “Systems Biophysics of Gene Expression”, has been chosen for the Biophysical Journal’s “Best of 2013” Issue. Get it here.
Distinguished Professor Katherine Ferrara, whose research has pioneered using ultrasound to image cancer and heart disease and who played a leadership role in establishing the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional recognition for an engineer.
Around 200 people attended the TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities Open House and Launch Party on Jan. 15. Find out what they did and view some photos by clicking this link.
Students begin their lab studies by dismantling a coffeemaker to figure out how it works, then experiment with different techniques in roasting and brewing, measuring the chemical and physical changes involved. The course will end with a tasting competition: the object being to make the best-tasting cup of coffee from the same basic ingredients while ...
Registration is now open to the UC Davis post-docs and students for the UC Davis Cardiovascular Symposium on Feb.20-21, 2014. This symposium combines experiments and modeling and is highly interdisciplinary; previous attendees have found the discussion-based style very stimulating. The previous conferences in this series in 2010 and 2012 have been very successful and attracted international attention ...
The designated emphasis in Biophotonics, housed in Biomedical Engineering, is intended to serve as a hub of biophotonics research and education on the Davis Campus and includes members across the Davis and Sacramento campuses, including the College of Engineering, School of Medicine, and College of Letters and Science. It is organized primarily to administer graduate ...
Laura Marcu has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). The nomination and selection process is highly competitive: OSA Fellows are chosen based on their overall impact on optics, as gauged via factors such as specific scientific, engineering and technological contributions; a record of significant publications or patents related to optics; technical leadership ...
Jinyi Qi has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective, 1 January 2014. He received this honor “for contributions to statistical image reconstruction for emission-computed tomography.” Dr. Qi is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of computational imaging.
TODAY from 5pm to 8pm facilities will perform emergency repairs to power systems affecting the BME server room. ALL INTERNET ACCESS to the BME network will unavailable during this time period. If have a computer that is still using the BME network at 4:30pm today please immediately save and close all files, e-mails, and website ...
A new paper by Soichiro Yamada addresses a simple question, “What happens when single epithelial cells contact their own membrane versus the membrane of neighboring cells?” The paper was published in the November 19 issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”.
Kyriacos Athanasiou has received the 2013/14 H.R. Lissner Medal from the Bioengineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He will be presented with the medal and monetary award during the seventh World Congress of Biomechanics, taking place July 6-11, 2014, in Boston, MA. The award is considered the ASME Bioengineering Division’s highest ...
Martin Judenhofer, a project scientist in the Cherry Lab, has received the IEEE 2013 Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Award. The award is given to one individual each year for their research accomplishments in medical imaging. The prize citation was “For contributions to small-animal imaging instrumentation and the development of preclinical simultaneous PET/MRI scanners”. ...
Doug Rowland, project scientist in the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging at the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, contributed X-ray computed tomography scanning on a 0.53g fragment of Chelyabinsk, C3-3-4, using the Center’s MicroXCT-200 specimen CT scanner (Xradia Inc.).
Laura Marcu has been named “Domain Leader” of the UC Davis branch of the University of California BRAID (Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development) Center for Accelerated Innovation. The new centers will provide an integrated, systematic and comprehensive approach to navigating the translation of early-stage biomedical innovations from the research laboratory to commercial development, and ...
An invited review article by Leonor Saiz is a highlighted article in the Biophysical Journal. The journal highlights some of the best recently published articles and makes them freely available for 30 days. J. M. G. Vilar and L. Saiz, Systems Biophysics of Gene Expression, Biophys. J., 104, 2574-2585 (2013).
We invite applications for a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment. Applicants must be able to teach core undergraduate and graduate courses, and be willing to help evolve an innovative multi-disciplinary curriculum in the field of biomedical engineering. Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in bioengineering, strong interest and ...
A paper co-authored by Cheemeng Tan was highlighted by Nature Nanotech in “News & Views” http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/v8/n8/full/nnano.2013.156.html. It was also one of Futurity’s “Top Stories”: http://www.futurity.org/top-stories/artificial-cells-show-why-crowding-is-key/.
John M. Boone was recently elected as an officer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), a scientific, educational, and professional society representing over 8000 medical physicists in the United States and elsewhere.
Facciotti Lab shows that the movement of protons in bacteriorhodopsin depends on whether or not the specific amino acid D96 exists in a protonated (uncharged) or unprotonated (charged) state. D96 acts as an electronic “latch” that controls the flow of protons into the protein based on its protonation state.
“Our test provides a good indication of how atherosclerosis actually develops inside coronary arteries,” said Scott Simon, professor of biomedical engineering and a study co-author. “This is an exciting step in developing personalized profiles for heart disease risk.” http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/research/8082
Boaz Arzi discusses the bone regeneration work he has been doing in conjunction with the Athanasiou Lab, and how he uses 3D printed skulls from our TEAM Prototyping Facility to help plan surgeries on dogs in this Pet Life Radio interview: http://www.petliferadio.com/petdoc_player171.htm
Non-wetting fabric invented in Tingrui Pan’s MinI Lab was the centerpiece of Rep. Jerry McNerney’s plea in Congress for continued federal funding of scientific research this morning. Video is here: http://youtu.be/7Dx4CNCleQA
Hussain Fatakdawala, a graduate student in the Marcu Lab, has received a renewal of a T32 program for molecular imaging 2012-2014.
Graduate students Hussain Fatakdawala (Marcu Lab), Elena Foster (Revzin Lab) and Priscilla Williams (Silva Lab) won awards for their presentations at the 14th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium.
UC Davis Biomedical Engineering co-hosted (with USC) the 12th International Meeting on Fully 3D Image Reconstruction in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in Lake Tahoe, California, from June 16 to June 21, 2013. Jinyi Qi was the co-chair of this year’s meeting.
External Advisory Board member John F. Maroney will join ForSight VISION5 as President, CEO and Director of VISION5. ForSight VISION5 is the fifth company created by Menlo Park ophthalmic incubator ForSight Labs. VISION5 is a clinical development stage company focused on unmet needs in ophthalmic diseases, initially ocular hypertension and glaucoma. Full story here.
Varsha Viswanath has received a PUF. In Simon Cherry’s lab, she has conducted preliminary research on a simple, cost-effective method to improve depth-of-interaction (DOI) information for positron emission tomography (PET) systems, coating scintillator crystals with a phosphor. The grant is funding research to build arrays of these crystals and test the DOI of the array ...
Emilie Roncali and Martin Judenhofer, Project Scientists in Simon Cherry’s lab, have received Academic Federation Innovative Developmental Awards(IDA).
This year’s BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student Award goes to Dr. Rick Fasani from Prof. Michael Savageau’s laboratory. While a doctoral student in the BME Graduate Group, Rick has made significant advances in developing computational tools for characterizing the phenotypic repertoire of cellular systems.
Hillary Davis, a former Ph.D. student in Kent Leach’s laboratory, received the 2013 Loren D. Carlson Student Research Award, awarded to a graduating medical student for outstanding research performed in the School of Medicine. She will now enter a head and neck surgery residency program at the University of Rochester.
BMES at UC Davis president Nicholas Csicsery has been named the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 2013 Ghausi Medal Recipient. Nick is a biological systems engineering major who has worked closely with Prof. Marc Facciotti on iGEM. The Ghausi Medal is the highest honor the College bestows upon a graduating senior. The Medal recognizes Nick’s ...
CBS 13 Sacramento news interviewed Tingrui Pan and grad student Siyuan Xing about their new textile that contains microfluidic channels to drain sweat away from the skin: Video here
Amanda Steele, a graduating senior in biomedical engineering who has done research in the Yamada Lab, is the 2013 recipient of the Ronald and Lydia Baskin Research Award. This award is given annually by UC Davis College of Biological Sciences to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding original research in the biological sciences.
Graduate students Siyuan Xing and Jia Jiang, along with Prof. Tingrui Pan, developed a new textile microfluidic platform using hydrophilic (water-attracting) threads stitched into a highly water-repellent fabric. They were able to create patterns of threads that suck droplets of water from one side of the fabric, propel them along the threads and expel them ...
Vivita Technologies, a startup founded by Veterinary Medicine Professor and Athanasiou Lab collaborator Leigh Griffiths and BME Ph.D. students Regina MacBarb, Jeni Lee, and Maelene Wong, won the Big Bang! Business Plan Competition.
ViVita Technologies, Inc. (including Dr. Leigh Griffiths and BME graduate students Maelene Wong, Jeni Lee, and Gina MacBarb) AmberCycle Industries (including BME Assistant Professor Marc Facciotti and UC Davis undergraduate students) are finalists in the annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition and will find out if they won at tonight’s awards ceremony. Good luck!
College of Engineering Design Showcase is 2:00-4:30PM on June 6, 2013. For a little preview of what you’ll be seeing, here’s a video of a biomedical engineering team talking about the biomimetic prosthetic eye they designed: http://youtu.be/IeLcKwHYkcM
Anatomical complexity in breast parenchyma and its implications for optimal breast imaging strategies, by Lin Chen, Craig K. Abbey, Anita Nosratieh, Karen K. Lindfors, and John M. Boone , has received the 2012 Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award. The award honors the best paper published that year in the journal, Medical Physics.
This past weekend the 2nd Annual BME Graduate Group Research Conference was held in the Buehler Alumni Center. Nicole De Jesus (Ripplinger lab) had the Outstanding Oral Presentation. Three students were recognized for the outstanding poster presentation: Josh Roth (Hull lab), Hussain Fatakdawala (Marcu lab), and Jennifer Lee (Athanasiou lab).
Gina MacBarb is one of 66 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 2013-2014 Scholar Award from P.E.O. International. Gina has optimized a bioactive treatment regimen that increases the functional properties of engineered cartilage closer to those of native tissue.
Nominations are open to STUDENTS, STAFF and FACULTY. To nominate, submit a formal letter outlining how the candidate’s leadership has contributed to BME by May 8th to Rosalind Christian.
Molly Townsend, a biomedical engineering graduate student working with Prof. Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn, has received a 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support her Ph.D. research. Her project, “Long Duration Spaceflight Spine Fracture Location,” will investigate the effects of prolonged microgravity on the spine biomechanics and injury.
Christal Wintersmith, Biomedical Engineering’s Graduate Student Affairs Officer, is the recipient of this year’s Graduate Student Association Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students. The award will be presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium award ceremony and dinner on Friday, April 5th.
The TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Laboratory has been making 3D printed replicas of dogs’ skulls to help veterinarians at the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the VMTH plan surgeries. Based on CT scans, the models help surgeons to better assess the patient’s damage, and plan the best surgical routes for avoiding the brain ...
A study published this week in PNAS reveals a key mechanism by which dietary omega-3 fatty acids could reduce tumor growth and spread of cancer. The research was a collaboration between the Ferrara Lab, lead author Guodong Zhang (UC Davis Entomology and Comprehensive Cancer Center), and researchers at Harvard University. Full story available here ...
Collaboration between the Athanasiou Lab and the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service in regrowing jawbone in dogs is the subject of a long story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2013/03/17/dog-jawbone-repair/1588075/ .
Undergraduate Christopher Sanchez has been accepted to the MGH Institute of Health Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He also received a fellowship to support his study. The program is a three year program geared to educate students in helping patients restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and limit permanent physical disabilities resulting from ...
Laura Liptai, BME alumna and external advisory board member, testified at a USAF military trial in Germany. It turned out that the presiding judge, Judge Eflien, is also an alumna of UC Davis School of Law.
A new study published this month by the Athanasiou lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department at UC Davis has shown for the first time that depriving cartilage cells of oxygen at just the right time increases collagen crosslinks and doubles the tensile properties of engineered cartilage.
Katherine Ferrara will be giving a talk on “Image-guided Delivery of Therapeutics: Engineering Design and Optimization” at the Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop. More info here: http://ibb.gatech.edu/frontiers/program-2013
The Arthritis Foundation Flagship Initiative in Osteoarthritis is soliciting applications for a Proof of Feasibility Study. Proposals must be submitted on or before April 15, 2013. For full information click here: http://www.arthritis.org/research/for-researchers/funding-opportunities/
Doug Rowland at CMGI used the Xradia MicroXCT-200 to perform high-resolution X-ray CT scans of some of the fragments from the Sutter’s Mill meteorite. The results of this work were published December 21 in Science.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its figures on occupations with the highest and lowest rates of unemployment in 2012. Biomedical engineers had one of the lowest rates of unemployment– 0.4%. Read the whole story here: http://cnnmon.ie/RGBIZQ
Kyriacos Athanasiou has been named to the University of Thessaly, Greece, Board of Trustees. Founded in 1984, The University of Thessaly is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements. This is the first board of trustees at any Greek university. “The educational system in Greece is currently under attack, owing to the dire ...
Ph.D. student Jeni Lee was on Good Day Sacramento this morning to help promote the Discovery Museum’s “Meet a Scientist” event for kids this weekend. She, along with other BME and UC Davis grad students, will be at the museum with activities and interactive models to help kids learn about science.
Wendy Brown is part of a team from UC Davis that has been chosen to send an experiment onto the International Space Station. The project’s title is: “Comparison of the Growth Rate & DNA/RNA Quantitation of Microgravity Exposed Microbial Community Samples Collected by the Astronauts Onboard the International Space Station And by Citizen Scientists & ...
Along with Katherine Ferrara and Michael Savageau, Athanasiou and Fyhrie will double to four the number of Biomedical Engineering professors who are AAAS Fellows.
Michael Savageau, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, has been made an IEEE Fellow, for application of systems engineering concepts to molecular biology. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
A figure from Atul Parikh’s article, “Long-range interlayer alignment of intralayer domains in stacked lipid bilayers,” was chosen as the cover image for the December, 2012 issue of “Nature Materials”. A summary of the article is in the “News and Views” section, here:http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v11/n12/full/nmat3507.html
The Nemitsas Prize is the highest honor a Cypriot scientist can receive, and one of the most prestigious awards in the European Union. He received the award to honor his numerous achievements in the field of biomedical engineering and tissue engineering.
Kyriacos Athanasiou was interviewed about his group’s new review article in the latest issue of “Science”. The article is called, “Unlike Bone, Cartilage Regeneration Remains Elusive,” and the co-authors are Daniel Huey and Jerry Hu. Download or listen to the podcast here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6109/917/suppl/DC2 .
Felipe won for, “pawPET: a High Sensitivity, High Resolution PET Scanner for Rodent Paws.” He is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Ramsey Badawi.
Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, Staff Veterinarian in the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a collaborator with the Athanasiou Lab, received the Robert Wiggs AVDC Outstanding Candidate Award at the 26th Annual Veterinary Dental Forum annual meeting in Seattle.
The Silva Lab is one of the first recipients of cord blood from the recently established Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program. The Silva Lab’s current project will isolate vascular progenitor cells from the cord blood with the premise that he can investigate and develop new strategies to actively direct their homing in vivo.
Candidates at the Assistant Professor level are preferred, although outstanding candidates at the Associate Professor level will also be considered. While all areas of expertise will be considered, candidates with a background in biomedical frontiers like immune engineering, protein engineering, or experimental systems biology are especially encouraged to apply.
The UC Davis iGEM team has again garnered a gold level medal at last weekend’s America’s West Regional Competition that was held Oct 12-14 at Stanford. The team is working on new solutions to bio-based plastic degradation and recycling. Only the top 1/3 of teams advance to the World Championship in two weeks at MIT ...
Simon Cherry has been selected as the winner of the IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award, “For pioneering contributions to preclinical PET and molecular imaging”. This award is given by the Nuclear and Plasma Science Society of IEEE to an individual in recognition of the impact and novelty of his research in the ...
Marc Facciotti is one of the 2012-13 Hellman Fellows. His project is: “Development of a low-cost microfluidic device for chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by next generation DNA sequencing.” The UC Davis Hellman Fellowship Program, now in its fifth year, has given grants totaling almost $250,000 to 12 assistant professors. Funding comes from the San Francisco-based Hellman ...
Professor Marc Facciotti was invited to present a poster at the 2012 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium October 14-17, 2012, at the Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. He will present some of the things he has been doing in BIM140 titled: “Crowd-sourced in silica design of protein-based biosensors”.
Ye Chen-Izu has won a Research Contract from pharmaceutical company, Gilead Science., Inc. to use her newly developed cellular electrophysiology technique to study new anti-arrhythmia drugs in development.
Katherine Ferrara received the award on October 8 at the IEEE-UFFCS (Ultrasonic Ferroelectric and Frequency Control Society) annual meeting in Dresden, Germany. The Achievement Award is the highest Society-wide award presented to a member in special recognition of outstanding contributions.
Volkmar Heinrich, professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, has been awarded a four-year NIH R01 to investigate the role that cytoskeletal membrane anchors play as “switchboards” in communication between cells. Professors Soichiro Yamada and Scott Simon are co-investigators on the project.
Eight dogs have had this treatment now, with a 100% success rate. It was the biomedical engineering expertise in determining and applying the correct dosage and devising the protocol for handling the bone morphogenetic protein that make the surgeries so successful.
The award is given each year to a student chapter that submitted a Chapter Development Report which demonstrates evidence of outstanding performance in enhancing the professional awareness and education of their members in the previous year. The chapter’s ability to spark collaboration between engineering students from many different disciplines and backgrounds helped win the award.
This UC Davis team is tackling the problem of plastic pollution and is working to create a bacteria that can biodegrade polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, a commonly used plastic that’s in such items as soda bottles and food trays.
Yohei Yokobayashi has received a NIH R01 for a five-year project to develop artificial, genetically encoded nanomachines that self-assemble in living cells. The goal is to produce nanomachines comprised of RNA molecules that are transcribed in the cell from DNA templates. The nanomachines are intended to be produced within and remain stable as they operate ...
Ramsey Badawi has won a groundbreaking grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to address whether tumors can be detected when they are two to three times smaller than those detectable using current imaging methods. Badawi’s project, “Enabling Technologies for Ultra-High Sensitivity PET Scanners” was chosen from among more than 700 grant applications submitted to ...
Yuzhe Ding and Eric Huang, from Tingrui Pan’s lab, won third prize for their project, “Non-contact Multiplexed Microfluidic Dot-Matrix Printing.”
Dr. Ferrara received funding to develop the “Center for Content Rich Evaluation of Therapeutic Efficacy (cCRETE)”. Dr. Cherry received funding to develop the “Center for Translational Molecular Imaging”. Six of the twelve funded projects have involvement of Biomedical Engineering Faculty.
Dr. Ye Chen-Izu, in collaboration with Dr. James Chan at the Center for Biophotonics, were awarded an Interdisciplinary Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant. This grant is to utilize advanced photonics technology to study cardiac arrhythmias. The title of project is “Multimodal Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) and Fluorescence Microscopy for Studying the Link Between Cardiac Muscle ...
Dr. Vivek Srinivasan will join the Biomedical Engineering Department faculty as an Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2012. He has a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. Srinivasan has a particular focus on neural engineering and also works in biophotonics and imaging.
Professor John Boone co-authored the third edition of “The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging” with UC Davis colleagues Jerry Bushberg and Tony Seibert, and VA scientist Ed Leidholdt. This text is widely used for radiology resident education and in BME graduate courses in the English speaking world, and is one of the top five best-selling ...
Senior Keegan Owsley has won the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. He will receive a special plaque at a ceremony June 1. Keegan has done the majority of his research under Professor Marc Facciotti. He joined the iGEM team the summer after his sophomore year, and has participated on the team ...
The Athanasiou Lab has received a grant from CIRM to conduct extensive toxicology and durability tests to determine long-term safety and efficacy of his lab’s tissue engineered cartilage.
Graduate Student Jennifer Lee has been selected for fellowship support in the NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology for 2012-13.The Biotechnology Fellowship Review Committee had an outstanding pool of 27 nominees, so this fellowship is highly valued. The award is for 12 months and will begin October 1, 2012.
The 4th edition of Simon Cherry’s textbook, Physics in Nuclear Medicine, has just been published. He also received two NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants to purchase an XRadia microCT biospecimen scanner that can acquire tomographic x-ray imaging of tissue samples down to 1 micron resolution, and a Perkin Elmer IVIS Spectrum system for in vivo fluorescence ...
Matt Halverson has been named the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 2012 Ghausi Medal Recipient. The Ghausi Medal is the highest honor the College bestows upon a graduating senior. The Medal recognizes Matt’s grades and overall academic excellence. Matt is the fourth biomedical engineering student since 2006 to win the Ghausi Medal.
Gina MacBarb, a graduate student in the Athanasiou Lab, mentored a Davis Senior High School student who has now won a $1,000 Monsanto/Calgene Biotechnology Scholarship. Gina has mentored DHS junior Ines Guinard in the Athanasiou Lab since January of this year as part of Ines’ biotechnology class.
Dr. Boaz Arzi has been invited to join the Examination Committee of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). The AVDC is the specialist certification organization in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery in North America. He will join the committee that administers the examination taken by veterinarians seeking board certification in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.
Katherine Ferrara has received the Dean’s 2011-2012 Outstanding Senior Research Faculty Award. The Dean’s Faculty Awards honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members in the College of Engineering.
Alexander Revzin’s lab has developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. They hope the test will be cheaper, faster and more reliable than current testing for the disease. “Our assay is cheaper, reusable, and gives results in real time,” said Ying Liu, a research specialist working with Professor Alexander Revzin.
Molly Fensterwald, an NPB major, and Natalie Telis, a double major in Math and Cell Biology, have been selected as the 2012-2013 Beckman Scholars. They are also the first Beckman Scholars at UC Davis.
VIDEO: Kyriacos Athanasiou’s talk on, “Healing Bone and Cartilage Injuries and Conditions” at April’s installment of the UC Davis Health System’s “Stem Cell Dialogues” series.
VIDEO: Kent Leach’s talk at CIRM’s Spotlight on Disease seminar on March 21, 2012
Forbes Magazine named Biomedical Engineering the #1 Most Valuable Major: “Biomedical engineers earn a median starting salary of $53,800, which grows an average of 82% to $97,800 by mid-career.”
Pictures from our 3rd annual Picnic Day haunted house.
The Curriculum in Advanced Research and Education (CARE) Program, an exchange with the College of Biomedical Engineering and Instrument Science (CBEIS) and School of Medicine, at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), was launched this Spring. Four excellent junior students from CBEIS have joined our department to study our minor curriculum along with our BME students.
Steve Ho, a graduate student in the Leach Lab, has received a Whitaker International Fellowship to do research next summer (2013) at the Institute for Biomechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ).
Our Biomedical House of Horrors, now in its 3rd year, has become one of Picnic Day’s hottest events! Don’t miss out on it this year. Tickets available for pickup at 11:30 AM for the following times: 12 PM, 12:40, 1:30, 2:10. Event located at Kemper Hall.
Sonja Fenske, a UC Davis biomedical engineering major, has received a Whitaker International Fellows Scholarship for a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Imperial College, London
“The Scientist: Magazine of the Life Sciences” writes about Laura Marcu’s use of fluorescence lifetime microscopy (FLIM) to delineate the margins of tumors.
Erica Andreozzi, a graduate student in Angelique Louie’s lab, has received a 2012/2013 Whitaker International Program grant. Erica will be working with Dr. Philip Blower, Chair in Imaging Chemistry & Head of Dept. of Imaging Chemistry and Biology at King’s College in London.
Meghan Murphy, a graduate student in Kyriacos Athanasiou’s lab, has received a prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship.
This Award honors students who have displayed outstanding commitment to the Biomedical Engineering Department by participating extensively in activities to promote and improve the biomedical engineering program. To nominate, submit a formal letter outlining how the candidate’s leadership has contributed to the Biomedical Engineering Department by April 30th to Rosalind Christian.
The University of California, Davis has received a prestigious 2012 Beckman Scholars Award. Angelique Louie, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Beckman Scholars Program Director at UC Davis, announced that The Arnold and Mabel Beckman foundation awarded UC Davis 3 years of funding to support up to 6 students (2 per year), to do research ...
Eduardo Silva, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of California, Davis, has been granted a provisional patent on a stem cell medium to speed wound healing. Combined with the appropriate delivery system, the medium reduces infection by rapidly healing skin injuries, including burns and areas from which healthy skin has been taken for grafting.
Graduate students Yuzhe Ding and Arnold Chen, and undergraduate Eric Huang, in Tingrui Pan’s lab, have been selected as one of the US teams to compete with finalists from more than 20 countries in the 2012 International Contest of Applications in Nano-Micro Technologies (iCAN’12), to be held in Beijing, China, July 6-9. For their ...
Laura Marcu, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Davis, has been elected a SPIE Fellow for achievements in biomedical optics, fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy, and imaging. Marcu is a leading researcher in biomedical optics, focusing on developing fluorescence-based instrumentation and methods for clinical applications.
The U.S. News and World Report rankings are in, and UC Davis Biomedical Engineering is #21, up from 2 spots from last year, and up 5 spots from two years ago.
UC Davis BMES Student Chapter President Ana Ebrahimi has a nice article called, “Team BME: Comparing engineering students to athletes,” in the BMES Newsletter.
Tingrui Pan’s lab has developed a tiny pressure sensor that could be used in “smart gloves,” giving physicians an enhanced ability to measure the firmness of tissues and detect tumors, and in “smart contact lenses,” to monitor intraocular pressure without affecting vision.
Tingrui Pan has filed for a patent on a super-thin “nanoglue” that could be used to stick silicon wafers into a stack to make new types of multilayered computer chips.
The National Institutes of Health have awarded Kyriacos Athanasiou, a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Davis, a $1.87 million grant to continue his work on temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disc regeneration. The five-year project is a collaboration with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
The second annual Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy will take place July 11-13. Applications due by June 8. For more information and to apply online, go to: http://entrepreneurship.ucdavis.edu/bmea.php
Dr. Stefan Duma, Professor and Department Head, Virginia Tech–Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, will speak as part of the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Department’s Distinguished Seminar Series 3/8/12. His talk will discuss findings from his study, Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football, recently published online in the Annals of Biomedical ...
The Big Bang! Business Plan Competition is excited to announce the addition of a Med Tech prize track for the 2012 competition. This is in addition to our 1st place, 2nd place and People’s Choice Awards. For full information go to the competition website: http://bigbang2012.istart.org/
A recent paper by Ye Chen-Izu and her co-authors, “Profile of L-type Ca(2+) current and Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchange current during cardiac action potential in ventricular myocytes,” was highlighted in an editorial in the Jan. 2012 issue of “Heart Rhythm.”
An article by Jing Liu, Yang Sun, Jinyi Qi and Laura Marcu, “ A novel method for fast and robust estimation of fluorescence decay dynamics using constrained least-squares deconvolution with Laguerre expansion,”(2012 Phys. Med. Biol. 57 843) is a “Featured Article” in Physics in Medicine and Biology.” Access is ...
Topic: “System Approach to understanding Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling and Arrhythmias Ca2+ Current and SR Ca2+ release.” For Full conference information, go to the conference website: http://bmestage.engineering.ucdavis.edu/sites/2012-ucd-cardiovascular-symposium/index.php
The Whitaker International Program recently launched the Whitaker International Undergraduate Program for students enrolled in an undergraduate biomedical engineering or bioengineering degree program. The application is now open for the first round of grants which will be for Fall/Academic Year 2012-13. Award amounts range from $7,500 for a semester program to $10,000 for an ...
According to College of Engineering figures, for the second year in a row UC Davis Biomedical Engineering ranks first in the entire college in new research awards. We also rank first in research expenditures per FTE. BME has $962,680 in research expenditures per FTE.
A paper by Leonor Saiz and Jose Vilar entitled, “Trafficking Coordinate Description of Intracellular Transport Control of Signaling Networks,” was a “Highlighted Paper” in the Biophysical Society Monthly Newsletter. Biophysical Journal Associate Editors select papers of interest in each issue, and these highlighted papers have open access for two weeks after publication.
Eleftherios Makris, a postdoc in the Athanasiou Lab, has received a scholarship for 2011/2012 from the International Cartilage Repair Society. The scholarship is supported by Zimmer.
Grayson DuRaine, a postdoc in the Athanasiou Lab and recipient of a $50,000 Arthritis Foundation Research Grant, is interviewed in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of “Headlines”, the magazine of the Arthritis Foundation Pacific Region chapter.
Laura Laura Marcu has been elected SPIE Fellow in recognition of her contributions to the area of biomedical optics. She will receive her award at Photonics West meeting in San Francisco in January.
The student design team that won “Best Overall Design” at the Senior Design Symposium last June is highlighted in the most recent issue of the UC Davis Cancer Center’s publication, “Synthesis”. Get the full article HERE.
Angelique Louie, Jinyi Qi and David Fyhrie have been elected as Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in the 2012 listing just released.
In his interview for “MedicalPhysicsWeb”, Prof. Cherry discusses recent progress in molecular imaging research and examines the translation of methods such as MRI/PET from the lab to the clinic. Click HERE for the full interview.
The team competed in ‘foundational advances,’ one of a number of available tracks within the competition. For their project, they decided to expand the range of ‘kit parts’ available to would-be genetic engineers.
Kyriacos Athanasiou has been named to the Scientific Advisory Board of Histogenics Corporation. Histogenics Corporation, a privately held regenerative medicine company, is advancing NeoCart®, an autologous bioengineered neocartilage grown outside the body using the patient’s own cells for the regeneration of cartilage lesions, and VeriCart™, a three-dimensional cartilage matrix to stimulate cartilage repair in a ...
Alexander Revzin has been selected as a 2011-2012 Chancellor’s Fellow. Professor Revzin will receive a one-time award of $25,000 to support his research, service and teaching activities. He will also have the honor of using the title, “Chancellor’s Fellow,” until July 1, 2016.
Kyriacos Athanasiou has received one of the highest honors the Biomedical Engineering Society can bestow upon its members: the Distinguished Service Award. BMES President Richard Waugh presented the award to Dr. Athanasiou at the BMES annual meeting in Hartford, CT on Oct. 13, 2011.
Last week, Times Higher Education (THE) released its rankings of top 400 universities in the world. UC Davis has moved up 16 spots from last year, from 54th to 38th. In the list of the Top 50 Engineering and Technology Universities in the world, UC Davis moved up 10 spots, from 42nd to 32nd.
UC DavisHealth System, PETNET Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., and Northern California PET Imaging Center (NCPIC) announced today that they will partner to establish a facility on the university’s Sacramento campus for research and training in radiochemistry and for the commercial production of radiopharmaceutical products used in positron ...
Professor Simon Cherry has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal, “Physics in Medicine and Biology”. The journal is one of the top-ranked biomedical engineering journals. This brings to two the number of top-ranked biomedical engineering journals housed in the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Department. Professor and Chair Kyriacos Athanasiou is ...
Professor Katherine Ferrara will give the 2011-2012 Adamczyk Lecture at Case Western Reserve University in March. The Adamczyk Lecture Series showcases the use of cutting-edge technology in the development of noninvasive diagnostics and novel therapies, especially in the context of cancer treatments. The Graduate Student Association organizes this talk, and uses a rigorous selection process ...
Kent Leach’s research on bone regeneration is discussed in the latest UC Davis Magazine article called, “The military goes to college.“
Laura Marcu uses an innovative simultaneous time- and wavelength-resolved fluorescence spectroscope to do fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) to discover the earliest signs of arterial plaques and to delineate the margins of tumors. Her work was discussed in the July/August 2011 issue of bioPhotonics magazine, in an article called, “Optical Spectroscopy Gives a Sharp Gaze ...
Simon Cherry received the Society for Molecular Imaging’s prestigious “Imaging Achievement Award” at the World Molecular Imaging Congress in San Diego earlier in the month. This is the 11th such award. Past award recipients have included Nobel Prize winner Roger Tsien, and the founder of the field of biomedical optics, Dr. Britton Chance.
Rui Liu, a BME graduate student working at the Center for Biophotonics under the supervision of Drs. Dennis Matthews and James Chan, has been chosen as one of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy’s (SAS) 2011 Graduate Student Award winners for his outstanding research in both the technology development and applications of laser tweezers Raman spectroscopy ...
The National Institutes of Health today awarded $3.8 million to the University of California, Davis, to fund a new mouse-based research center devoted to studies of the physiology and genetics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular health. Katherine Ferrara is one of the collaborators in the new Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center.
Assistant Professor Tingrui Pan has received the Dean’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The Dean’s Faculty Awards honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members in the College of Engineering. The awards will be presented at the New Faculty and Awards Reception November 3rd, 5:00-7:00 pm, Kemper Lobby. The recipients’ names will be added to a permanent ...
UC Davis BME finally has a Facebook page. We’ll keep it updated with useful information for students and faculty, and keep it fun, as well. Come on over and see what we’re up to. “Like” us and share with your friends! http://www.facebook.com/UCDBME
Simon Cherry has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). Based in the United Kingdom, IPEM is dedicated to bringing together physical science, engineering and clinical professionals in academia, health care and industry to share knowledge, advance science and technolgy and inform and ...
Congratulations to Prof. Ye Chen-Izu! Her article, ” Chen-Izu Y: Multiple levels of the single L-type Ca2+ channel conductance in adult mammalian ventricular myocytes. Biochem Biophys Res Commun; 2010 Jan 1;391(1):604-8 PMID: 19932083,” is BioMedLib’s #1 article of all time, published in the same domain.
The Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) has received a $1 million, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop an “Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation” and to accelerate commercialization of biomedical technologies developed by CBST researchers. The grant will be matched with third-party investments from CBST partners. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medschool/newsroom/newsdetail.html?key=5610&svr=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu&table=published
A nice article about the UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Consortium appeared in DVM360 magazine. The article quotes Prof. Athanasiou and Prof. Nolta (BMEGG). Article:http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+Equine/Calif-researchers-collaborate-on-animal-human-heal/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/732396?contextCategoryId=40534http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+Equine/Calif-researchers-collaborate-on-animal-human-heal/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/732396?contextCategoryId=40534
The Biomedical Engineering Society announced its 2011 class of Fellows today. Congratulations to Laura Marcu, who is one of them!
Ying Wang, a student in Scott Simon’s lab, is a winner of the BMES 2011 Graduate Student Awards (Extended Abstract). Graduate Student awards include a certificate, a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, and a stipend of $500 to assist with travel expenses.
Angelique Louie’s invited talk in the Molecular & Cellular Imaging course at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) 2011 annual meeting in Montréal received the highest quality scores of any talk in that course. The Society recognized this achievement with a 2011 “Outstanding Teacher Award”.
You can view the detailed call for papers, or find more details on the program, exhibition, and logistics at http://spie.org/bios.
Dr. Silva has accepted our offer to fill the position in translational stem cell bioengineering. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and the University of Porto; his post-doctoral work has been at Harvard with David Mooney. He will join BME formally on November 1, 2011.
Gina MacBarb (Athanasiou Lab) was the winner for the Systems category of the poster competition at the 12th UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium. Pasha Hadidi (Athanasiou Lab) and Jeff Schmall (Cherry Lab) were finalists in the Grand Challenges in Bioengineering.
The team’s project is AcouSense- a Telemedical Sensing Platform for Sleep Apnea Monitoring. The platform provides portable, inexpensive and continuous monitoring for the sleep apnea disorders.
Alex Revzin has received a 2011 Partnerships for Innovation Commercialization Plan Award. The award will support development of a commercialization plan for a new diagnostic tool for rapid detection of infectious disease.
Prof. K.A. Athanasiou represented the Biomedical Engineering Department at SARTA’s “Sacramento Med Tech Showcase” on May 6, 2011. Prof. Athanasiou served on a committee that selected the Claire Pomeroy Award recipient for 2011. He also presented and chaired a panel discussion on Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapies.
The Nucleic Acids Research journal has highlighted Leonor Saiz’s latest work as a featured article (http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/nar/featured_articles.html). As stated on the journal’s website: “featured articles represent the top 5% of papers in terms of originality, significance and scientific excellence”.
Prof. Laura Marcu has received a grant award for a NIH R01 grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. This award will continue to fund her group’s research toward the development of an intravascular diagnostic technology combining fluorescence lifetime and ultrasound contrast. The proposed studies target development of new paradigms for ...
The UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering inaugurated a catheter manufacturing laboratory with a workshop on catheter manufacturing taught by engineers and scientists from Medtronic, Santa Rosa. Participating faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students learned about catheter and stent technology and then observed firsthand how to make catheters using equipment donated by Medtronic Cardiovascular. The ...
On May 9, 2011 Dr. Michael A. Savageau, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Lleida. Dr. Savageau is a pioneer in what is now known as systems biology. His work has had a major impact on the definition of this field, which combines computer science, mathematics and engineering ...
Our department has initiated a program to honor outstanding BME Staff. Congratulations to Rosalind Christian, who received our first monthly award. Rosalind Christian consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty in her personalized service to the students, families, and BME community. She has been nominated by various people who have noted the ...
This Award honors students who have displayed outstanding commitment to the Department by participating extensively in activities to promote and improve the BME program. Submit nominations by May 17th to Rosalind Christian, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The academy is a five-day immersion program integrating lecture, exercises, and team projects. Biomed engineering researchers work within teams to identify, design, and validate new business opportunities. Sessions are taught by venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs and industry executives. Deadline to apply: May 20.
Click to see pictures from Leroy Hood’s Maroney-Bryan Lecture and reception.
Simon Cherry delivered the keynote dinner address at the 27th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference held at the University of Texas, Arlington, Apr 30th-May 1st. His lecture “Seeing the light – In Vivo Molecular Imaging”, discussed using visible light to non-invasively interrogate molecular targets in living subjects.
A team of biomedical engineers led by Prof. Alexander Revzin has found a way to grow liver cells from stem cells more cheaply and effectively than current methods. The group printed glass slides with an array of spots containing a protein substrate and growth factors that nudge stem cells toward becoming liver cells, then placed ...
The Hartwell Foundation has added UC Davis to its list of the Top 10 Centers of Biomedical Research. For the past 3 years UC Davis was listed as a member-at-large, but this year has been included on their official list. Top Ten research institutions that fully participate in The Hartwell Foundation nomination process receive a ...
Pictures from BME’s 2nd annual “Biomedical House of Horrors”, showing medical horrors that have been averted through inventions by biomedical engineers. Also pictures from our first Alumni Ice Cream Social.
Professor Katherine Ferrara has received a 2011 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Consortium for Women and Research. These awards are designed to honor faculty who have engaged in sustained and successful mentoring of women at UC Davis. Prof. Ferrara will be honored at a reception on Monday, May 16, from 4:10 to 5:30 in the ...
Rameshwar Rao, undergraduate Class of 2008, has received a 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Ram is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A review article by Shengping Qin, Charles Caskey, and Kathy Ferrara is the 7th most cited article in Physics & Medicine in Biology (PMB) over the past 2 years. Ultrasound contrast microbubbles in imaging and therapy: physical principles and engineering (review), has been cited 25 times.
Simon Cherry was invited to write a News&Views article for Nature Methods about one of their papers. His article, “Functional whole-brain imaging in behaving rodents”, appeared in the April issue.
A manuscript by Yuzhe Ding, Lingfei Hong, Baoqing Nie, Kit S. Lam and Tingrui Pan called ‘Capillary-Driven Automatic Packaging’ has been selected as a Lab on a Chip HOT Article and has been made free to access for four weeks. It has also been highlighted on the LOC blog . Additionally, it has been promoted ...
Dr. Boaz Arzi, a Research Fellow in Prof. Athanasiou’s Lab and a resident at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, operated on a young English springer spaniel with a rare birth defect that combined a cleft palate with a nose that appeared to be divided into two pieces (a bifid nose). Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/29/DDOD1IF7MH.DTL#ixzz1I8EhMOgG
The one-week Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy is designed for sicence and engineering graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty working on biomedical engineering research who want to explore moving their research out of the lab and into the world. APPLY ONLINE BY MAY 20, 2011 http://entrepreneurship.ucdavis.edu/bmea
CMGI has a limited amount of funding available to support pilot projects. These pilot funds are expected to be used to generate preliminary data for grant applications. Deadlines: April 15th, August 15th, December 15th each year.
The Times Higher Education’s 2010-2011 World University Rankings ranked UC Davis #38 in its list of the top 100 universities in the world, by reputation. UC Davis ranks at #54 on the list of the top 200 universities in the world. It ranks 34th in North America.
Professor Tonya Kuhl and Associate Professor Angelique Louie will receive awards for their mentorship and service from the Association for Women in Science, Northern California Chapter (AWIS-NCC). AWIS-NCC honored Prof. Kuhl with the Judith Pool Award, and Prof. Louie with the Ellen Weaver Award.
BME is a fun place to be!
Biomedical Engineering is ranked as 22 (out of 95 schools). However, the US News & World Report acknowledged errors in their method, and has taken down some of their Engineering specialty rankings. They do not intend to recalculate them.
Science Daily and phys.org, and many other websites have covered Tony Passerini and Scott Simon’s latest work on obesity, inflammation, and atherosclerosis: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217151445.htm http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-link-obesity-high-fat-meals-heart.html
Katherine Ferrara has been chosen to deliver the 2011 Chandran Lecture at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University on April 14. The Beverley A. and Clarence J. Chandran Distinguished Lecture Series focuses on advances in brain tumor imaging.
A program on UCTV called “State of Minds” aired a segment on UC Davis’ Stem Cell program, that featured an interview with Kent Leach, describing his work using stem cells to heal bone defects. You can watch the program here: http://www.uctv.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=20692 .
MinHo Kim and Jennifer Granick from the Simon Lab have published their latest work online in Blood, The official journal of the American Hematological Society. They studied skin wounding using real-time fluorescence imaging of the innate immune response in a mouse model. Remarkably, they found that Staphylococcus Aureus infection in wounds can cause the emigration ...
Dr. Grayson DuRaine, a postdoc in Prof. Athanasiou’s lab, has received a two-year Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to support his project, “Combinatorial stimuli in cartilage tissue engineering.”
A team of UC Davis Biomedical Engineers, led by Assistant Professor Anthony G. Passerini, has established a link between inflammation of the arterial lining, waist size, and triglyceride levels in the blood after eating a high-fat, fast food meal. The study reinforces the link between belly fat and inflammation of the arterial linings, which is ...
Articles by John Boone and his students; Tingrui Pan, Alex Revzin, and Siwei Zhao; Kent Leach and Hillary Davis; and Tingrui Pan have received much attention in prominent journals.
UC Davis was selected to receive the SNM Preclinical Imaging Training Grant for 2011. The grant will be used for the expenses incurred in hosting a preclinical imaging workshop in 2011
A device co-invented by Biomedical Engineering Professor Kyriacos Athanasiou is helping to save lives in Haiti’s cholera epidemic. The EZ-IO kit, marketed by Vidacare Corporation, is a drill that helps health care personnel to insert IV lines directly into the bones of people who are too severely dehydrated or undergoing shock to access a vein.
Prof. Kent Leach has received a grant, entitled “Cell delivery for irradiated bone defects.” Prof. Leach’s lab will explore the capacity of fibrin gels engineered with enhanced physical properties to serve as effective delivery vehicles for co-transplanted cellular populations as a treatment option for irradiated bone defects such as those stemming from head and neck ...
The UC Davis Design and Prototyping Clinic founded by Angie Louie and Christina Davis, in mechanical and aerospace engineering was the subject of an article in the December, 2010 issue of PRISM Magazine called, From Capstone to Clinic At a design lab, engineering students gain valuable experience solving problems for medical and veterinary researchers. By ...
Greg Mitchell, in Simon Cherry’s lab, will be one of the presenters in Caliper Life Science’s “Cerenekov Luminescence Imaging” webinar. Broadcast Date: Thusday, January 20, 2011 Time: 10:00 AM PST A novel method in preclinical imaging that is gaining in popularity within the research community is radioisotope detection with in vivo optical imaging via Cerenkov emission. Monitoring radio-pharmaceuticals ...
Professor Pan and his group have developed a new usb for medical diagnosis. The microfluidic device can fit into a cell phone or other consumer electronic. The California Aggie and the UC Davis News Service have reported on the device.
The “Egghead Blog” recently reported on the iGEM Team’s success in the competition at MIT. Team UC Davis was among about a third of the competing teams from around the world to be awarded a gold medal for their work.
The plug-in interface for microfluidic chips will form the basis of the next generation of compact medical devices. Dr. Pan hopes that the “fit to flow” interface will become as ubiquitous as the USB interface for computer peripherals.
Medical Design Briefs included Laura Marcu’s probe for oral cancer in a nice article about biophotonics called, “Lasers Deliver a Bright Future for Diagnostics.”
Kyriacos Athanasiou has received an R01 to refine his tissue engineered cartilage for use to treat the temporomandibular meniscus and mandibular cartilage surfaces. He will receive $1.4 million over the next four years. Almost 90% of these afflictions are primarily found in young, pre-menopausal women for reasons that are still not understood.
Julie Sutcliffe was awarded an RC4 in the total amount of $3.5 million. The grant is titled “High throughput design, synthesis and /in vivo/ evaluation of targeted molecular imaging agents”. This is a team effort between Sutcliffe, Cherry, Revzin and Qi.
Kyriacos Athanasiou and Kent Leach are editors of two new book series called Synthesis Lectures on Tissue Engineering and Synthesis Lectures on Biomaterials, published by Morgan & Claypool.
Marc Facciotti was one of 15 people invited to stand behind Chancellor Katehi at a press conference announcing “The Campaign for UC Davis.” Kent Leach is featured on the Campaign’s website as an “inspiring story” in Regenerative Medicine.
NHLBI renews programs for nanotechnology research $65 million in contracts to help advance disease detection, delivery of therapies The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is awarding $65 million to renew its Programs for Nanotechnology Research to help researchers develop tools based on materials designed at the molecular level ...
A paper by Changqing Li, Gregory S. Mitchell and Simon R. Cherry, “Cerenkov Luminescence Tomography for small animal imaging” in Optics Letters, has been featured in “Optics & Photonics Focus” , a publication that highlights the best in optics and photonics: “Cerenkov Photons: A Cancer Searchlight,” by Manoj Mathew.
Professor Marc Facciotti spent six weeks this summer working with high school teachers Ann Moriarty (Davis Senior High School) and Mylee Lam (Dixon High School) to provide continuing education in new biology. The Davis Enterprise recently reported on Prof. Facciotti’s work with Ms. Moriarty and Ms. Lam.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects biomedical engineers to have employment growth of 72 percent over the next few years, much faster than the average for all occupations. CNN and other major news outlets have reported on this trend.
Prof. Subhadip Raychaudhuri and his collaborators at the University of Auckland have discovered that neuroglobin may protect against Alzheimer’s disease by preventing brain neurons from dying in response to natural stress. Science Daily and the New Zealand Herald have written about their discovery.
International collaboration between capstone biomedical engineering design classes let students create a low-cost dental chair for treating patients in impoverished rural areas.
The test integrates an antibody microarray with a lensfree holographic imaging device that takes only seconds to count the number of captured T cells and amount of secreted cytokine molecules. The test is inexpensive and easy to use.
A trial with human subjects shows that the device can locate the edges of a tumor during surgery. “There’s a lot out there about breast, prostate and brain cancer, but people are not so aware about oral cancer and its devastating consequences,” said Prof. Marcu.
Prof. Kent Leach explains how on Capital Public Radio and News10.