September 2020

September 28, 2020
BME graduate student, Josh Leipheimer, was awarded a 2-year, $69,058, NIH F31 Predoctoral Fellowship to support his PhD dissertation project involved with the development of a hand-held autonomous device for safely and efficiently obtaining venous access in patients. The device works by using ultrasound imaging to identify vessels for cannulation in order to robotically guide an attached needle safely to the vein center, all comprised within a single unit.
September 25, 2020
The NIH supported Rutgers-UMDNJ Biotechnology Training Program, directed by Professors Martin Yarmush and Ann Stock, has been renewed for its sixth consecutive five-year cycle. The $2.1 NIH grant provides stipend and tuition support for 10 fellows and is matched by institutional sources at both Rutgers and Industry. The research programs of the training faculty cover a broad spectrum of problems, which fall under two major interdisciplinary research thrusts: 1) Genomics, Proteomics and Structural Biology and 2) Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, and Drug Delivery.
September 15, 2020
BME master's students Madara Dias and Richard Cliver have each been awarded a $5k NASA New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) Fellowship for 2020-2021.  The NJSGC was established in 1991 by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
September 15, 2020
“When a student first comes in, they’re asking you questions. By the time they leave, if you did your job right, you’re asking them questions.” – Joseph Freeman, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Biomedical Engineering

August 2020

August 18, 2020
BME PhD student Alex Burr has been named as a New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJ ACTS) Fellow to progress her research developing novel gene therapies in Professor Biju Parekkadan’s lab.The program will require a commitment of 2-3 years to complete.  During her first year in the program, she will receive a stipend, an allotment for travel and research-related expenses and partial tuition remission.
August 14, 2020
Professor Joseph Freeman has been named a winner of the 2020 Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award by the SoE Industry Advisor Board. The award is given annually to one or two outstanding faculty in engineering programs at Rutgers. There are three main criteria for selecting the Outstanding Engineering Faculty:
August 12, 2020
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Professor Adam Gormley has been notified of receiving two federal awards. The first is a 5-year $2M NIH R-35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from to study synthetic ligand multivalency. Professor Gormley plans to use robotics plus machine learning to precisely program nano-bio interfaces using multivalent polymers. Read more about this award and Four Questions with Adam Gormley.
August 4, 2020
Professor Joseph Freeman has recently earned a NJ ACTS grant with Dr. Roman Voronov from NJIT. The grant “A Microfluidics Technology for Non-Sacrificial Analysis of Biomaterial Implants In Vivo” uses microfluidic methods and biomaterials to create a tissue engineered implants that can monitor tissue development in real time by sampling fluids and cells in a non-destructive way.

July 2020

July 31, 2020
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a one-year, $455,649 seedling grant entitled "Modular Platform for Dynamic Biochemical Sen​sing of Acute Skin Wounds." This project aims to develop smart bandages for wound healing and is a collaboration between Professor Francois Berthiaume from BME, Professor Mehdi Javanmard from ECE, Professor Aaron Mazzeo from MAE, and Professor Kaushik Sengupta from Princeton University.
July 27, 2020
The School of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) will welcome Valerie Tutwiler as a tenure-track assistant professor on September 1.   “Val is a great addition to our program, as she will apply her talent and energy toward building an exciting research program studying blood, with a current focus on blood clot mechanics and physiology,” says BME chair and professor David Shreiber. “She comes to Rutgers with a National Institutes of Health K99-R00 award. From all that we have learned about Val, she is not one to shy away from a challenge.”