Earlier this year, BME PhD student Maria Qadri's research was featured in the form of a graphic article for a three-part series on How Big Data Is Transforming Health Care for Pacific Standard. Using illustration the series features a comic book version of Qadri in her research exploring how advances in tracking technology, data analysis, and automation offer significant improvements in medical treatment and quality of life.
Assistant Professor Adam Gormley has been awarded two grants from the New Jersey Health Foundation to support his lab’s work in diagnostics and polymer chemistry. The first is a $35,000 Research Grants award to support their development of low cost and point-of-care diagnostics to differentiate bacterial vs. viral infections. The second award is a $50,000 Innovation Grant to support their highly innovative and automated polymer chemistry.
Prof. Nada Boustany, together with Prof. Bonnie Firestein (Cell Biology and Neuroscience), received a 3-year $465,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation division of Civil Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation. The project will advance our understanding of the role of mechanotransduction in neuronal development by measuring subcellular forces with molecular tension probes based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). Additional co-PIs include Prof. Joseph Freeman (Rutgers BME) and Prof.
Ileana Marrero-Berrios and Cosmas Mwikirize, PhD students in Biomedical Engineering, have been selected as recipients of 2018-19 Shatkin scholarships. The scholarship is named after Aaron Shatkin, who was the founding director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM). Ileana and Cosmas will each receive a $3,000 supplement to their stipend as part of the award.
A patent was issued to Professors Martin Yarmush and Tania Konry (at Northeastern University) entitled, "Amplifying Rare Cell Surface Markers (US Patent number: 10054591). The invention describes systems and methods for detecting molecules secreted from a single cell, as well as rare cell surface markers. The systems and methods include using rolling circle amplification with microfluidic devices for encapsulation, incubation, and analysis of these molecules.
Professor Noshir Langrana has been elected to the BMES Class of 2018 Fellows. Fellow status is awarded to BMES members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering and hold a record of membership and participation in the Society.
PhD student Xin Liu won a poster award at the 2018 Neuroelectronic Interfaces--Gordon Research Conference in March of this year in Galveston, Texas. Her poster was on "Fabrication of a Multilayer Implantable Cortical Microelectrode Probe to Improve Recording Potential" and she won one of ten (out of eighty total) poster presentations. She will receive a certificate and a monetary award. Xin is advised by Professor Jeff Zahn in BME.
Professor Martin Yarmush and Dr. Alex Golberg from Tel Aviv University were awarded a 4-year $270,000 US-Israel BSF grant to develop a method to reduce scarring after burn injury using pulsed electric field technology.
New technology could speed hospital work, enhance health care
Rutgers researchers have created an automated blood drawing and testing device that provides rapid results, potentially improving the workflow in hospitals and other health-related institutions to allow health care practitioners to spend more time treating patients.
A study describing the fully automated device is published online in the journal TECHNOLOGY.