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. 
July 8, 2021
BME PhD students Sonal Gahlawat and Fernando Antonio Rebolledo Uscanga have been awarded 2021-2022 PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PDLA) Fellowships. The PDLA is a one year program designed to provide doctoral students from a broad array of academic disciplines with the supplemental knowledge and skills needed for academic and administrative leadership roles.  For more information please click HERE>>
July 6, 2021
A two-year, $50,000 Pre-doctoral fellowship has been awarded by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (NJCCR) to Rebecca Risman to examine the mechanisms of cancer associated thrombosis. Rebecca is a BME PhD student in Professor Valerie Tutwiler’s lab that focuses on the mechanics of blood.

June 2021

June 21, 2021
Courtney Semkewyc, a  biomedical engineering (BME) PhD student, admits that her path to finding her passion in baseball biomechanics was, in a word, “weird.” But, she quickly adds, “what’s great about BME is there’s so much you can do with it. You need to find what you are passionate about and what fits you best.” 
June 17, 2021
A two-year, $50,000 pilot grant has been awarded by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research to Professor David Shreiber and Dr. Kelly Kyker-Snowman to develop models to study epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions associated with ovarian cancer metastasis to the peritoneum. Dr. Kyker-Snowman is a post-doctoral fellow in the NIH INSPIRE Training Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.