November 2021

November 29, 2021
Sonal Gahlawat is a 2023 biomedical engineering doctoral candidate who shares her thoughts on her academic interests, Rutgers experience, and future plans. Why did you choose Rutgers for your doctoral education? After earning my BS in biotechnology from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in India and my M.Eng. in bioengineering from Rice University, I worked for two years at Texas Medical Center. Eager to apply engineering solutions in medicine, Rutgers became the perfect destination to pursue a doctoral degree in BME.
November 23, 2021
Dr. Suneel Kumar has been awarded a two-year, $60,000 Busch Biomedical Grant for his project entitled “Development of a slow drug delivery wound dressing for pressure ulcer healing”. Together with collaborators (Drs. Berthiaume, Langrana, and Schloss), Dr. Kumar will develop a wound dressing incorporated with neuropeptide nanoparticles for pressure ulcer healing after spinal cord injury.
November 16, 2021
Rutgers researchers studying COVID-19 have created a new way to deliver DNA molecules into skin cells, using a suction technique similar to the ancient healing practice of cupping that increases blood circulation and promotes healing.   The study appears in the journal Science Advances.  
November 12, 2021
Alumnae Melissa Conner and Vita Lanoce Receive SoE Medal of Excellence Awards At the School of Engineering’s annual Medal of Excellence Dinner that was held on October 28, two BME alumnae were presented with the school’s prestigious awards. Melissa Conner who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 received the Distinguished Young Alumnus award, while master’s degree recipient Vita Lanoce was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus in Research award.

October 2021

October 1, 2021
A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush and colleagues entitled, "Isolated Adult Cells, Artificial Organs, Rehabilitated Organs, Research Tools, Organ Encasements, Organ Perfusion Systems, and Methods for Preparing and Utilizing the Same" (US patent number 11136553). The invention describes the development of a multipurpose organ perfusion system. One aspect of the invention provides a method for harvesting adult cells from an organ. Another aspect of the invention provides a method for rehabilitating an organ. 

September 2021

September 21, 2021
Melissa González received a federal grant that supports scientists from underrepresented groups Melissa González learned the secret behind great scientific discoveries while trying to solve a problem in her professor’s neuroscience lab: If you can’t figure out how to do something, Google it.
September 1, 2021
Professor Adam Gormley and colleagues have been awarded a prestigious NSF Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) grant for their project entitled ‘Machine Learning and Robotics for the Data-Driven Design of Protein-Polymer Hybrid Materials’. The award is for $1.8 million split between Rutgers and Princeton for up to four years. Sanjeeva Murthy, Meenakshi Dutt, Sagar Khare, and Michael Webb (Princeton) are co-PIs.

August 2021

August 6, 2021
BME Professors Vidya Ganapathy and Mark Pierce have been awarded a HealthAdvance grant for their project, entitled “Novel Short-Wave Infrared Guided Pre-clinical Screening For Personalized Cancer Therapy with NanoInk Imaging System (NIS™)". The award is for $200,000 for up to two years.
August 6, 2021
BME Professor Maribel Vazquez has been appointed as one of three faculty directors in New Brunswick charged with engaging diverse scholars from three targeted groups: tenure track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, and STEM faculty. These directors will drive and develop outreach and community-building activities, and program delivery. This includes the development of peer networks, social and intellectual spaces; and partnering with the Faculty Diversity Collaborative on new programming and initiatives.

July 2021

July 29, 2021
Rutgers University’s annual Chancellor’s and Provost’s Awards for Faculty Excellence honor faculty whose outstanding work has been recognized by their peers. This year, Kristen Labazzo, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering was among the recipients of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovations.