April 2002

April 10, 2002
Professors Dinos Mavroidis and Martin Yarmush received a Phase I, six month, $75K grant from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) for their project "Protein Based Nano-Machines for Space Applications". The goals of the project is to identify and study both computationally and experimentally novel Viral Protein Linear (VPL) motors and their use in future space nano-machines.
April 5, 2002
Wilma K. Olson, the Mary I. Bunting Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers, and an associate faculty member in biomedical engineering, began her term as the president of the Biophysical Society Feb. 25 at the society�s 2002 annual meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Olson is also the director of the Center for Molecular Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at Rutgers. She is known for her contributions to molecular biophysics through groundbreaking studies of nucleic acids, where she has developed and applied novel computational tools.

March 2002

March 15, 2002
Agilent Technologies, through their University Relation Philanthropy Equipment Grant Program, has awarded $140,000 of new equipment to the BME department. ProfessorStanley Dunn, PI of the program, aims to use these new state-of-the-art Bioanalyzer Systems for the undergraduate teaching laboratories.
March 6, 2002
An article entitled "Translational Research: Promise and Challenges" authored by ProfessorAnant Madabhushi was recently featured in a publication by the NJ Technology Council. The article discusses the need for biomedical scientists and engineers to think about the translational impacts and implications of their ongoing research, especially now when federal research funding is at a low point.

February 2002

February 25, 2002
Professor Noshir Langrana was appointed to serve as a member of the Scientific and Technical Review Board on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities for the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institute of Health. The term of the appointment is from July 2002 to June 2006.
February 20, 2002
Professors Bernard Coleman and Dimitris Metaxas will be inducted as fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers at its annual meeting March 1-3, 2002. These faculty members are being cited from seminal work in: (1) theoretical modeling studies that advance our understanding of DNA micromechanics (Coleman) (2) physics-based modeling of heart motion (Metaxas).
February 15, 2002
The Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Center for Packaging Science and Engineering have just received a major donation from Johnson and Johnson - McNeil Pharmaceuticals of New Brunswick, New Jersey. This equipment donation, valued at approximately $450,000 will be used to upgrade undergraduate and graduate teaching and research laboratories in cell and tissue engineering, and materials testing and evaluation.  
February 9, 2002
Professor William Craelius contributed a critical overview of bionics entitled "The Bionic Man-Restoring Mobility" in the February 8 issue of "Science" magazine. Prof. Craelius is the inventor of Dextrahand the first artificial hand to allow individual finger control.

January 2002

January 30, 2002
Professor Martin Yarmush recently received an $882,300 award from the NIH for a project entitled "Real-Time Functional Genomics Using Cell Arrays." The objective of this program is to use live cells in a massively parallel microfabricated format to visualize protein expression in real-time.  
January 26, 2002
Tim Maguire, Harini Sundararaghavan, Melissa Stickle, and Daniel Haders will be formally inducted into the first fellow class of the IGERT program in Integrative Biointerfaces. The induction ceremony will be a part of the IGERT Program Inauguration which will be held in the Fiber Optics auditorium on January 30, 2004