September 2015

September 24, 2015
BME PhD student Brittany Taylor received a travel award from The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to attend the FASEB NIH Grant Writing Seminar and RCR Workshop held in Bethesda, MD. This is a nationally acclaimed seminar that teaches Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and early-career scientists who aspire to tenure track how to write a successful grant application. She also received a travel award from the FASEB/ Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program to attend the 2015 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting.
September 18, 2015
A 4-year, $2.7 million NIH R01 grant entitled, “Portable Automated Device for Rapid Venous Blood Draws and Point of Care Diagnostic Analysis” has been awarded to Professor Martin Yarmush (Left) and colleagues (below) through the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Together with investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Rutgers bioengineers will develop an automated robotic venous blood drawing system combined with microfluidics-based diagnostic assay device for comprehensive and rapid blood testing.
September 9, 2015
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in collaboration with CINJ (Cancer Institute of New Jersey) has been awarded a $885,834 training grant from the U.S. Department of Education program of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN).  The award entitled, “Precision & Personalized Medicine" will provide 6 full graduate fellowships per year for the next 3 years.
September 3, 2015
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the NIH has awarded a 2-year Exploratory/Development Grant for $424K to Professor Prabhas Moghe (Left)(BME) and co-PI Professor Zhiping Pang (Below)(Child Health Institute of NJ, RBHS) for project entitled "Nanofibrous Scaffolds for Transplantation of Human Dopaminergic Neurons”.  The ultimate goals are to develop better cell therapy models to study and treat neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinsons’ Disease.

August 2015

August 19, 2015
BME PhD student Kate O'Neill has recently been awarded a $5k EWNJ (Executive Women of New Jersey) scholarship. Since their inception, EWNJ's unique scholarship program has awarded over $1.1 million in scholarship assistance to non-traditional graduate school students attending New Jersey colleges and universities. EWNJ recognizes and invests in the future of women’s professional careers.  Kate's PhD research is in the laboratory of Professor Bonnie Firestein.
August 6, 2015
BME and Computational Biology & Molecular Biophysics Joint Graduate Program PhD student Maria Qadri has been named a 2015-2016 Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RASTL) Graduate Student Fellow through her extraordinary commitment to teaching as a teaching assistant.  The RASTL program provides advanced graduate students with the opportunity to meet monthly with faculty and administrators to review issues related to undergraduate instruction and contemporary higher education.

July 2015

July 31, 2015
Professor Li Cai has been awarded a $40k grant from the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund to use during the period of August 2015 through June 2017. The project title is "Role of Top2b in neuronal migration". The project is to determine the molecular mechanism of Top2b in controlling the expression of cell adhesion genes during cortical neuronal migration.
July 21, 2015
The Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) announced recently that Professor Prabhas Moghe has been elected as a 2015 BMES Fellow. The celebration of achievement begins with public recognition of the Class of 2015 Fellows during the BMES Annual Meeting which will be held October 7-10, 2015, in Tampa, Florida  
July 8, 2015
A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush, Erkin Seker, and Yevgeny Berdichevsky entitled, “Nanoporous metal multiple electrode array and method of making same” (US Patent # 9,070,492). The invention describes a method for fabricating a low-impedance nanoporous metal multiple electrode array for measuring electrophysiology activity. The resultant nanoporous array has improved impedance characteristics in comparison to conventional multiple electrode arrays.

June 2015

June 25, 2015
BME Professor Francois Berthiaume (left), and his collaborator Professor Martin Yarmush (below) were awarded a 3-year NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Research (NJCSCR) grant for $567,766 for a project entitled, “Nanoparticle-Based Treatment of Pressure Sores in Spinal Cord Injury Patients”. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop new technologies that help heal tissue injuries that arise due to prolonged unrelieved pressure, which is a common complication in individuals who suffered spinal cord injury and are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair.