August 2002

August 21, 2002
Professor David Shreiber received a 3-year award from the Whitaker Foundation for $230K for his project entitled "Development of Tissue-Specific, Three Dimensional, In Vitro Models of Nervous System Trauma". The research project utilizes tissue engineering to study the mecahnotransduction of mechanical injury to axons and glia, and will contribute to the design of rational strategies to prevent and treat traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Professor Wise Young (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) is a collaborator.
August 19, 2002
Professor Charles Roth received a 5-year NIH award for $1 million to support his project entitled "Efficient and Selective Delivery of Antisense Oligonucleotides". The research project, which involves a collaboration with Professor Joachim Kohn (Chemistry), includes the development of a family of ligand-bearing, polymeric materials for delivery of nucleic acids to cells, and their use in identifying and overcoming rate-limiting steps to delivery.
August 15, 2002
An award of $2.8M was made by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology for the "Center for Multimodel Wireless Integrated Sensor-on-Silicon Technology". The Principal Investigator, Dr. Dipankar Raychaudhuri, of Rutgers' WINLAB, will collaborate with colleagues from Princeton University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Agere Systems, Lucent, Sarnoff, Johnson and Johnson, Thomson Multimedia, and Semandex Networks. Professor John Li , a co-PI of the project, will lead the biomedical applications group.
August 12, 2002
Professor Prabhas Moghe was awarded a three year $300 K grant from the Bioengineering Division of the NSF for his project entitled "Nanoscale Engineering of LDL-Retentive Substrates". The study proposes the synthesis and design of nanoscale substrates with high binding affinities for low density lipoproteins for use in the treatment of atherosclerosis. Collaborators include Rutgers Professors Kathryn Uhrich (Chemistry),Silvina Tomassone (Chemical Engineering), and Yicheng Lu (Electrical and Computer Engineering).

July 2002

July 17, 2002
Professor Martin Yarmush received a 5-year NIH renewal grant for $2M for continuing research on developing a bioartificial liver device. The research program includes the use of stem cells and other novel cellular systems as sources for liver cells and innovative bioreactor designs based on microfabrication techniques.
July 12, 2002
Professors Dinos Mavroides and Martin Yarmush received a 1 year NSF Small Grant for Exploratory Research for their collaborative work on nanorobotic systems.

June 2002

June 20, 2002
Rutgers Department of Biomedical Engineering has been selected by the Whitaker Foundation to receive two substantial awards. The first is a $5 million Special Award to help the department build excellence in biomedical engineering through new state-of-the-art facilities and new faculty hires. The second is an Industrial Internships Program Award which will provide $180,000 over a three year period to support internships in the dynamic NJ pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.
June 12, 2002
Professor Thomas Papathomas received a 3-year NIH Award ($466,500) entitled "The Role of Object-Based Attention in Motion Perception". The major goals of the project are to study the interaction between attention and motion processing that enables the visual system to efficiently integrate, segment, and maintain a unified percept of moving surfaces.

May 2002

May 30, 2002
BME junior, Biju Parekkadan, was awarded a Supplemental Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. He will be working at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute with Dr. Jay Knutson in the Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry, Optical Spectroscopy Section.
May 24, 2002
Professor Bernard Coleman was awarded a three year NSF Grant for his project entitled "Contact Problems in Kirchhoff's Nonlinear Theory of Rods". The work proposed involves analysis of DNA micromechanics and has implications for DNA nanodevices that are chemomechanically responsive.