May 2015

May 19, 2015
The Rutgers PhD Program in Biotechnology has been renewed by the NIH National Institutes of General Medical Sciences for a record sixth time (years 26-30). The 5-year award, totaling $1,987,080 provides 10 predoctoral fellowship awards per year. With matching university and industrial support, the program will be hosting 15 meritorious students annually, providing two years of financial support.
May 19, 2015
BME graduate student, Ayesha Aijaz, was awarded a Society of Biomaterials STAR award for her research at the 2015 SFB meeting. The Student Travel Achievement Recognitions (STARs) recognize research excellence and develop future leaders within our Society. Ayesha is advised by Professor Ronke Olabisi.
May 18, 2015
BME Department Administrator Robin Yarborough was one of 70 mentors nominated for the University Career Services "Career Mentor of the Year 2015" program. Robin was nominated because she gives exemplary career service and advice to students. The nomination came from BME class of 2015 undergraduate student Srinidhi Bellamkonda.
May 13, 2015
BME Professor Joseph Freeman has been nominated and selected to be named as a Chancellor`s Scholar at Rutgers. The Chancellor`s Scholar initiative was created through the New Brunswick Strategic Plan to recognize truly outstanding and highly promising scholars at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. As a Chancellor`s Scholar, he will receive $5k towards his research account for innovative research initiatives and/or program development for up to five years.
May 1, 2015
BME graduating senior and new MS student Wilai Kosol has been selected for the Douglass Residential College Challenge Award which is given to a Douglass student who has taken risks and persevered in a challenging academic environment, a community service-oriented endeavor, or a co-curricular activity.

April 2015

April 15, 2015
Earlier this year, BME PhD student Maria Qadri's research was featured in the form of a graphic article for a three-part series on How Big Data Is Transforming Health Care for Pacific Standard. Using illustration the series features a comic book version of Qadri in her research exploring how advances in tracking technology, data analysis, and automation offer significant improvements in medical treatment and quality of life.
April 8, 2015
BME graduate student, Ayesha Aijaz, has been awarded a 1-year, Schlumberger Foundation "Faculty for the Future" Fellowship to pursue PhD studies on developing a cell-based therapy for chronic and acute wounds. The Schlumberger Foundation through this program supports women scientists from developing countries to strengthen the teaching and research faculties of their home institutions. Ayesha is advised by Professor Ronke Olabisi.
April 2, 2015
Varun Arvind, a biomedical engineering junior, was recently named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, joining only 259 other students out of more than 1,200 nationwide nominees to earn this prestigious award. The only engineering student from New Jersey receiving the award this year, his research focuses on stem cell differentiation and how to replicate its effects to help osteopenia victims or those with traumatic injuries.

March 2015

March 25, 2015
BME PhD student Kathryn Drzewiecki has recently been awarded a $15k P.E.O (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Scholar Award. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is interested in bringing increased opportunities for higher education to women. The P.E.O. Scholar Award was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.
March 4, 2015
Michelle Sempkowski, a BME PhD student, has been awarded a 2-year, $50,000 fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Michelle is currently studying a new binding geometry on liposomes that has the potential to selectively and effectively target and kill cancer cells with low or too low receptor expression. Michelle is advised by Professor Stavroula Sofou.