November 2018

November 13, 2018
Distinguished professor and former chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Noshir Langrana was inducted as a 2018 Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), during the organization’s annual October meeting. According to Langrana, this recognition is among the highest honors he’s received over the course of his career. “I’ve been a part of the BMES for a long time and while I am personally pleased to be honored by BMES, I am especially proud to be recognized alongside so many talented biomedical engineering professionals,” he said.

October 2018

October 16, 2018
Dr. Parekkadan received two NIH R01 awards. The first is  a 4-year Focused Technology Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS) for a project entitled: "A Functional genomics platform with integrated library cloning and molecular display". This new proposal, in collaboration with Dr.
October 11, 2018
Two summers ago, biomedical engineering students at Rutgers University–New Brunswick immersed themselves at Matheny in Peapack, New Jersey, a nonprofit organization that is home to scores of children and adults with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other developmental disabilities. The students’ goal: find ways to improve their independence and quality of life.

September 2018

September 28, 2018
Professor Martin Yarmush was awarded a 1-year $200,000 New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research grant to develop a method to treat spinal cord injury. The method involves the use of encapsulated mesenchymal stromal cells that have been genetically modified to secrete enzymes that degrade proteoglycans to reduce glial scarring and suppress host inflammation.
September 28, 2018
The National Science Foundation has chosen innovative research performed at Rutgers BME to highlight the impact of NSF-supported research in securing national health and well-being. The project entitled Brain-on-a-Chip is a collaborative effort among several faculty led by Professor Martin Yarmush including Professors Jeff Zahn, Nada Boustany, and Bonnie Firestein.
September 18, 2018
Assistant Professor Adam Gormley has been awarded two grants from the New Jersey Health Foundation to support his lab’s work in diagnostics and polymer chemistry. The first is a $35,000 Research Grants award to support their development of low cost and point-of-care diagnostics to differentiate bacterial vs. viral infections. The second award is a $50,000 Innovation Grant to support their highly innovative and automated polymer chemistry.
September 6, 2018
Prof. Nada Boustany, together with Prof. Bonnie Firestein (Cell Biology and Neuroscience), received a 3-year $465,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation division of Civil Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation. The project will advance our understanding of the role of mechanotransduction in neuronal development by measuring subcellular forces with molecular tension probes based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET).  Additional co-PIs include Prof. Joseph Freeman (Rutgers BME) and Prof.
September 4, 2018
Ileana Marrero-Berrios and Cosmas Mwikirize, PhD students in Biomedical Engineering, have been selected as recipients of 2018-19 Shatkin scholarships. The scholarship is named after Aaron Shatkin, who was the founding director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM). Ileana and Cosmas will each receive a $3,000 supplement to their stipend as part of the award.
September 4, 2018
A patent was issued to Professors Martin Yarmush and Tania Konry (at Northeastern University) entitled, "Amplifying Rare Cell Surface Markers (US Patent number: 10054591). The invention describes systems and methods for detecting molecules secreted from a single cell, as well as rare cell surface markers. The systems and methods include using rolling circle amplification with microfluidic devices for encapsulation, incubation, and analysis of these molecules.

August 2018

August 30, 2018
Professor Noshir Langrana has been elected to the BMES Class of 2018 Fellows. Fellow status is awarded to BMES members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering and hold a record of membership and participation in the Society.