Biomedical Engineering


  • UC Davis iGEM Team Wins Grand Prize for Olive Oil Sensor

    The UC Davis iGEM team was named the grand prize winner Nov. 3 in the 2014 iGEM international competition in Boston. The team also won the Best Policy and Practices Advanced Presentation Award. The iGEM student design competition is an international design competition in synthetic biology. The UC Davis iGEM team won the grand prize ...

  • Ye Chen-Izu Elevated to American Heart Association Fellow

    Ye Chen-Izu has been elevated to Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), conferred by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS). Dr. Chen-Izu will be honored along with the rest of the 2014 Fellows, at a reception and dinner Nov. 18 during the 2014 AHA annual meeting in Chicago.

  • NCI Awards UC Davis $1.5 Million for Marcu Lab Project on Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers

    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 ...

  • Simon Cherry Gives Taplin Memorial Lecture

    Simon Cherry received the 2014 Taplin Memorial Lectureship from the Western Regional Society of Nuclear Medicine at their 39th Annual Meeting in Seattle on November 1st. Dr. Cherry’s presented a 1-hour lecture on total-body positron emission tomography and its potential for low-dose systems medical research. Dr. Cherry is seen receiving the award from Dr. D.K. ...

  • Qi Lab Receives Grant to Develop Tools for Wearable Brain PET Imager

    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 ...

  • Brain Innovation Group Funded for Brain Tumor Tool

    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 ...

  • Eduardo Silva Receives Hellman Fellowship

    Eduardo Silva has received a 2014-2015 UC Davis Hellman Fellowship Award for a project that investigates why old people cannot recover from injury tissue as effectively as young people. Dr. Silva believes the problem is the lack of progenitor cells (a type of adult stem cell). His project aims to understand the impact of aging ...

  • Leach Lab Researcher Wins Chancellor’s Award

    Caroline Vissers, an Animal Science major who is also a researcher in the Leach Lab, won the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. She received the Dean Simonton prize, as well as being honored during the College of Engineering’s commencement ceremony.

  • BMES Chapter Wins Mentoring Award

    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 ...

  • Chen-Izu Lab Receives Numerous Grants

    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

  • BME Grad Students Win SNM Awards

    BME graduate students won two awards at the 2014 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Annual Meeting held in St. Louis.  Andrea Ferrero (Badawi Lab) won the Third Place Poster Award for his poster entitled Performance Characterization of a New Generation Breast and Extremity PET/CT Scanner. Will Hutchcroft (Qi Lab) won Honorable Mention in the Computer ...

  • Varsha Viswanath Receives Honorable Mention

    Biomedical Engineering student Varsha Viswanath received an Honorable Mention for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and an awards ceremony June 6, 2014. The Honorable Mention includes an invitation to submit an unpublished, single-author paper to Explorations: The UC Davis Undergraduate Research Journal.

  • Katherine Ferrara Elected to National Academy of Engineering

    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.

  • Laura Marcu Named a Fellow of the Optical Society

    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 Elected to IEEE Fellow

    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.

  • Athanasiou Receives Lissner Medal

    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 Receives IEEE 2013 Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Award

    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”. ...

  • John Boone Elected AAPM President

    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.

  • Marcu Lab Student Receives T32

    Hussain Fatakdawala, a graduate student in the Marcu Lab, has received a renewal of a T32 program for molecular imaging 2012-2014.

  • Students Win Awards at UC Systemwide Symposium

    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.

  • BME Student Receives Provost Undergraduate Fellowship

    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 ...

  • Cherry Lab Scientists Receive IDA Awards

    Emilie Roncali and Martin Judenhofer, Project Scientists in Simon Cherry’s lab, have received Academic Federation Innovative Developmental Awards(IDA).

  • 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

    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.

  • BME MD/PhD Student Wins Loren D. Carlson Student Research Award

    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.

  • Biomedical Engineering Major Receives 2013 Baskin Award

    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.

  • BME Startup Wins Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

    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.

  • Two BME Finalists in 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!

  • Boone Lab Paper Wins Award for Breast CT Research

    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.

  • BME Graduate Group Research Conference

    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).

  • P.E.O. Scholar Award Winner Tissue Engineers Better TMJ Discs

    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.

  • Call for Nominations for the BME Undergraduate Leadership Award

    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 Receives NSF Fellowship for Spaceflight Research

    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.

  • Grad Student Advisor Christal Wintersmith Receives Award for Excellence

    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.

  • Athanasiou Named to University of Thessaly Board of Trustees

    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 ...

  • Athanasiou and Fyhrie Named AAAS Fellows

    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 Elevated to IEEE Fellow

    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.

  • Kyriacos Athanasiou Wins “Nobel Prize” of Cyprus

    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.

  • Felipe Godinez Receives 2012 IEEE-NPSS Student Paper Award

    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 Receives Highest AVDC Award

    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.

  • UC Davis iGEM Team Advances to Championship

    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 Receives IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award

    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 Receives Hellman Fellowship

    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 ...

  • Katherine Ferrara Receives the Highest IEEE-UFFCS Award

    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 Receives R01 to Investigate Cellular Communication, Mechano-Sensing and -Regulation

    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.

  • Biomedical Engineering Society at Davis Wins 2012 BMES Commendable Achievement Award

    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.

  • Yohei Yokobayashi Receives R01 to Develop RNA Nanomachines

    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 awarded prestigious "Provocative Questions" grant from NCI

    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 ...

  • UC Davis Team Wins Third Place at iCAN '12

    Yuzhe Ding and Eric Huang, from Tingrui Pan’s lab, won third prize for their project, “Non-contact Multiplexed Microfluidic Dot-Matrix Printing.”

  • Ferrara and Cherry Receive RISE Awards

    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.

  • Ye Chen-Izu Receives Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant

    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 ...

  • Biomedical Engineering Major Keegan Owsley Wins Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award

    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 ...

  • Jennifer Lee Receives NIH Biotechnology Fellowship

    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.

  • Biomedical Engineering Major Matt Halverson Receives 2012 Ghausi Medal

    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.

  • High School Mentee Wins Scholarship

    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.

  • Katherine Ferrara Receives Dean's Faculty Award

    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.

  • Laura Marcu Named SPIE Fellow

    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.

  • Alexander Revzin Named Chancellor's Fellow

    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 Receives BMES Distinguished Service Award

    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.

  • Simon Cherry Receives SMI's Imaging Achievement Award

    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 Wins SAS Graduate Student Award

    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 ...

  • Tingrui Pan Receives Dean's Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

    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 ...