February 2021

February 15, 2021
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) announced the election of Professor Joseph Freeman to its Class of 2021 College of Fellows. Professor Freeman is recognized for developing innovative materials and scaffolds to replace tissue function while regenerating new, healthy cells and tissue for repair after injury.

November 2020

November 12, 2020
Professor Yannis Androulakis has been elected as part of the leadership team of the International Society of Pharmacometrics - Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Special Interest Group. During his 4-year term, he will serve as the vice-Chair, chair-elect, Chair, past Chair) and will develop conference programming, review of working group efforts, plan activities for the American Conference of Pharmacometrics conferences, and identify initiatives the field should undertake in the future. 

October 2020

October 13, 2020
A TechAdvance award of $97,000 has been awarded to a team led by Professor Martin Yarmush. The funding, which is provided by the Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development, is to further develop a miniaturized, hand-held, robotic device for autonomous venipuncture. 
October 6, 2020
A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush and colleagues entitled, “System and Method for Electrical Control of Bacteria” (US Patent number: 10660979). The invention describes a system and method for controlling microbial growth on and in medical devices and implants, especially biofilm infections, using pulsed electric fields. In a clinical setting, systemic microbial therapy can be combined with PEF to achieve a synergistic effect leading to improved control and even eradication of infections. 
October 6, 2020
Ten years ago, Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) during a game at MetLife Stadium. Despite a poor prognosis, in the years since he has exceeded expectations for his recovery and rehabilitation – and has become a noted motivational speaker, entrepreneur, sports analyst, philanthropist, and author.
October 2, 2020
A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush and colleagues entitled, "Lineage Differentiation of Encapsulated Embryonic Stem Cells” (US Patent number: 10668102). The microencapsulation of embryonic stem cells results in decreased cell aggregation and enhanced neural lineage differentiation through incorporating the soluble inducer retinoic acid into the permeable microcapsule system. This differentiation process can be augmented by differentiation pathway regulators such as PPAR agonists. 

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