September 2007

September 30, 2007
Jacob Schnipper, a BME senior, was awarded an ARESTY undergraduate research award. The goals of his research are to (1) apply genes to stem cells that will enrich a subpopulation of hepatocyte-like cells from a mixture of many cell types; and (2) enhance and maintain the function of the sorted cells using novel approaches that support the survival, growth and liver-specific activity of the stem cells. Jacob is co-advised by Dr. Martin Yarmush and Dr. Rene Schloss.
September 29, 2007
Asha Singanamalli, a sophomore BME student, received a $1,000 award from the Aresty Foundation to support her project, entitled Investigating biomechanical mechanisms of acupuncture. Asha is advised by Professor David Shreiber.
September 24, 2007
Junior BME student, Rob Toth, has received an $800 undergraduate research award from the Aresty Foundation. Toth's research work involves automated segmentation of prostate by combining active shape models and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The funds will support Rob's travel to present his work at the SPIE Medical Imaging meeting to be held in San Diego, CA in February, 2008.
September 21, 2007
Professor Martin Yarmush's work on using adhesive stencils to make mouse embryonic stem (mES) cell aggregates of specific sizes ranging from 100 um to 500 um in diameter was featured in Chemical Biology, Issue 9, 2007. Chemical Biology is a news magazine which draws together coverage from all Royal Society of Chemistry publications, providing a snapshot of the latest developments in chemical biology. The full paper describing this innovative work was published in Lab on a Chip volume 7, page 941(2007).
September 20, 2007
Undergraduate researcher Ronn Friedlander received a grant from the Aresty Foundation to support his research and travel to the Biomedical Engineering Society conference, where he presented his research findings. Ronn is advised by Professor Charles Roth.
September 12, 2007
BME graduate students, Shannon Agner and Scott Doyle, were awarded for the Best Oral Presentation at AP III, 2007. They are both working with Dr. Anant Madabhushi.  
September 12, 2007
Professor Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou, was a keynote speaker at the Consortium on Biometrics, in Washington DC, with the title: "Biometrics: IEEE Initiative on Biometrics Certification".

August 2007

August 30, 2007
Professor Prabhas Moghe has been chosen to give a plenary presentation representing Bionanotechnology at the Annual AIChE meeting in Salt Lake City. Professor Moghe's talk is entitled, "Engineering Dynamics of Nanoscale Biointerfaces for Enhanced Cell Motility and Matrix Assembly."
August 23, 2007
Charles Florek, a BME graduate student, was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows for his project entitled, "Biological Evaluation of Anti-Adhesion Device for Neurosurgery." Charlie works under the joint supervision of Professor Martin Grumet, Director of the Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, and Prof. Joachim Kohn, Director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials.
August 20, 2007
Pallavi Tiwari, a second year BME MS student advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi, has been awarded a $500 travel stipend MICCAI award to present her paper on "Automated Analysis of Prostate MR Spectroscopy For Cancer Detection". Pallavi will be giving an oral presentation of her work in October in Brisbane, Australia.