April 2003

April 22, 2003
Professor Joachim Kohn, Director of the NJ Center for Biomaterials and a graduate faculty member in BME has been awarded a $5.1 million NIH grant for a new center of \"Integrated Technologies for Polymeric Biomaterials.\" Several key investigators from Rutgers, NJIT, UMDNJ, and Stevens are involved in facility and research program development including Professors Prabhas Moghe and Charles Roth from BME.
April 4, 2003
Biju Parekkadan, one of the top seniors in the BME department, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship carries full stipend and tuition for 3 years, and is awarded to the top tier of engineering and science students in the country, who are planning to pursue graduate study.

March 2003

March 26, 2003
First year graduate student, Eric Wallenstein, has been selected to receive a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. The NDSEG Fellowship is exceedingly competitive, and provides full stipend and tuition for 3 years. Mr. Wallenstein is interested in developing techniques for generating pancreatic cells from embryonic stem cells; he is advised by Professor Martin Yarmush.

February 2003

February 28, 2003
Professor Adrian Mann an expert in nanotechnology applied to biological systems has joined the Biomedical and Ceramics & Materials Engineering Departments at Rutgers effective January 1, 2003. Professor Mann, who holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Oxford University, is studying the microstructure of bone in a variety of disease states in order to evaluate the effects of clinical treatments on local mechanical properties.
February 28, 2003
Professor Charles Roth received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER Award is NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty and carries a grant of $400,000 over the next five years. Professor Roth's project is entitled "Molecular Systems Bioengineering" and centers around the use of genetic engineering techniques to improve the performance of cultured liver cells for medical devices.
February 25, 2003
Professors Mello-Thoms and Dunn received the 2003 Herbert M. Stauffer Award for Best Clinical Science Paper, for their study "The Perception of Breast Cancer: What Differentiates Missed from Reported Cancers in Mammography?", which was published in Academic Radiology in September, 2002. Prof. Mello-Thoms, a Ph.D. graduate of Rutgers BME, is currently Assistant Research Professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Radiology.
February 21, 2003
Professors Grigore Burdea, William Craelius, Cazimir Kulikowski, and Kathryn Uhrichwere inducted as fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers at its annual meeting February 21, 2003.

January 2003

January 16, 2003
Professor John Li has received a one year award for $45,000 from UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical for his project "Esophageal Ultrasound Doppler." Prof. Li's research spans a broad range of cardiopulmonary problems with an emphasis on developing new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

December 2002

December 12, 2002
Professor David Shreiber along with several other leaders in the Tissue Engineering field were quoted in the Washington Times feature article "The Tissue of Life". Shreiber who works in the area of nerve repair, stressed the enormous potential of the field in a variety of applications.
December 5, 2002
The Biomedical Engineering Honors Academy: An Undergraduate Community of Research Scholarship received a Rutgers Dialogues Grant starting January 2, 2003. ProfessorCharles Roth directs the Honors Academy, which currently has 9 BME juniors who are following an enriched research program, in addition to their courses.