December 2002

December 1, 2002
Professor John Li was recently elected Chair of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) Chapter of IEEE's Princeton/Central Jersey Section. The EMB section is a leading authority in engineering biomedical technology. For more info see

October 2002

October 20, 2002
Professor George Shoane's research on improving the golf putting process was featured in the October 12, 2002 issue of Science News (p. 238). The study mentioned showed that certain golfing grips can lessen head and eye movement during putting, which improves the putter's success. Professor Shoane is a leading expert in vision research, in general, and in oculomotor control, in particular.
October 10, 2002
Professor David Shreiber has received a 3-year, $600,000 award from the Centers for Disease Control to study the biomechanics of spinal cord injury. The research involves collaborations with Professors Dimitri Metaxas (Biomedical Engineering) and Wise Young (Cell Biology and Neuroscience), and aims to identify tissue-level material thresholds for injury following spinal cord compression.
October 1, 2002
Professor Troy Shinbrot received a 1-year $50,000 award from the NSF for his project "Instabilities and Waves in Sheared Granular Materials". The goal is to study fundamental flow instabilities in powders and grains as encountered in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

September 2002

September 4, 2002
Groundbreaking took place today for a $23.8 million, 60,000-square-foot building dedicated to biomedical engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The four-story state-of-the-art structure on the university's Busch campus in Piscataway is targeted for completion in 2004. Features include core facilities for genomics and proteomics, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging and optics, microfabrication, animal study, high-performance computing, laboratories, offices and a 200-seat auditorium and conference center.

August 2002

August 26, 2002
Professor Dimitri Metaxas received two awards from AFOSR: 1. Recognition, Identification, Analysis, and Synthesis of Human Activities ($220,592), and 2. Human Identification and Recognition of Emotional States from Visual Input ($604,723). These new awards complement many of the innovative research programs currently ongoing in the Center for Computational Biomedicine, Imaging and Modeling, which Professor Metaxas directs.
August 23, 2002
Professor Martin Yarmush received a 4-year $1.7M award from the NIH for his project Metabolic Engineering for Improving Liver Transplantation. The research program objective is to precondition fatty livers that are normally rejected as transplant candidates, so that they can be efficiently used. If successful, these techniques would make available hundreds of livers each year which are currently being disposed.
August 21, 2002
Professor David Shreiber received a 3-year award from the Whitaker Foundation for $230K for his project entitled "Development of Tissue-Specific, Three Dimensional, In Vitro Models of Nervous System Trauma". The research project utilizes tissue engineering to study the mecahnotransduction of mechanical injury to axons and glia, and will contribute to the design of rational strategies to prevent and treat traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Professor Wise Young (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) is a collaborator.
August 19, 2002
Professor Charles Roth received a 5-year NIH award for $1 million to support his project entitled "Efficient and Selective Delivery of Antisense Oligonucleotides". The research project, which involves a collaboration with Professor Joachim Kohn (Chemistry), includes the development of a family of ligand-bearing, polymeric materials for delivery of nucleic acids to cells, and their use in identifying and overcoming rate-limiting steps to delivery.
August 15, 2002
An award of $2.8M was made by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology for the "Center for Multimodel Wireless Integrated Sensor-on-Silicon Technology". The Principal Investigator, Dr. Dipankar Raychaudhuri, of Rutgers' WINLAB, will collaborate with colleagues from Princeton University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Agere Systems, Lucent, Sarnoff, Johnson and Johnson, Thomson Multimedia, and Semandex Networks. Professor John Li , a co-PI of the project, will lead the biomedical applications group.