“Materials to Regulate Cell Trafficking”
“Materials to Regulate Cell Trafficking”
The W.M. Keck Foundation’s Medical Research Program has presented a grant for $1 million to Angelique Louie. The grant will help fund her project “In Vivo 3D Imaging Using Bioluminescent Gene Reporters and MRI,” which she is undertaking in collaboration with Yohei Yokobayash and Jared Shaw, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.
“Similar Phenomena in Biomedicine”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the field will see a 62 percent growth in jobs between 2010 and 2020.
The Accelerator: Student News and Opportunities from ASEE interviews Athanasiou Lab grad student and Science Cheerleader Wendy Brown.
The Accelerator: Student News and Opportunities from ASEE covers Tonya Kuhl’s class on “Design of Coffee”
“Silk Protein Matrices for Stabilization and Delivery of Biologics”
Because only eight out of the 67 inductees to the NAE this year are women, Karen McDonald, associate dean of Engineering, also predicts Ferrara’s achievement to have a positive impact on women in STEM academics at UC Davis. “Professor Ferrara’s election to the National Academy of Engineering will certainly encourage our women undergraduate and graduate students to pursue STEM careers, as well as inspire our women faculty,” McDonald said.
“The Continuum of Innovation Career Path”
Leonor Saiz’s Article, “Systems Biophysics of Gene Expression”, has been chosen for the Biophysical Journal’s “Best of 2013″ Issue. Get it here.
The UC Davis Imaging Conference will focus on imaging research that leads to discoveries and technologies that directly impact human health. It aims to bring together students, faculty, industry professionals, and clinicians for a one-day event that will outline the latest advances in imaging.
Distinguished Professor Katherine Ferrara, whose research has pioneered using ultrasound to image cancer and heart disease and who played a leadership role in establishing the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional recognition for an engineer.
Prof. Richard Bold, Chief of Surgical Oncology, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present a review on the Clinical Management of Breast Cancer.
Around 200 people attended the TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities Open House and Launch Party on Jan. 15. Find out what they did and view some photos by clicking this link.
Students begin their lab studies by dismantling a coffeemaker to figure out how it works, then experiment with different techniques in roasting and brewing, measuring the chemical and physical changes involved. The course will end with a tasting competition: the object being to make the best-tasting cup of coffee from the same basic ingredients while using the least energy.
“What is Intellectual Property?”
“Raman Spectroscopy for Clinical Diagnosis: Potentials and Limits”
Registration is now open to the UC Davis post-docs and students for the UC Davis Cardiovascular Symposium on Feb.20-21, 2014. This symposium combines experiments and modeling and is highly interdisciplinary; previous attendees have found the discussion-based style very stimulating. The previous conferences in this series in 2010 and 2012 have been very successful and attracted international attention [...]
The designated emphasis in Biophotonics, housed in Biomedical Engineering, is intended to serve as a hub of biophotonics research and education on the Davis Campus and includes members across the Davis and Sacramento campuses, including the College of Engineering, School of Medicine, and College of Letters and Science. It is organized primarily to administer graduate training in conjunction with PhD granting programs including the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group, Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program, and Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
Laura Marcu has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). The nomination and selection process is highly competitive: OSA Fellows are chosen based on their overall impact on optics, as gauged via factors such as specific scientific, engineering and technological contributions; a record of significant publications or patents related to optics; technical leadership in the field; and serve to OSA and the global optics community.
You are cordially invited to attend the formal opening of the TEAM Prototyping Facility. We will celebrate with tours, demos and more.
Mapping the Mechanome: Multiscale Approaches to Decipher Mechanisms of Stem Cell Mechanoadaptation
Jinyi Qi has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective, 1 January 2014. He received this honor “for contributions to statistical image reconstruction for emission-computed tomography.” Dr. Qi is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of computational imaging.
TODAY from 5pm to 8pm facilities will perform emergency repairs to power systems affecting the BME server room. ALL INTERNET ACCESS to the BME network will unavailable during this time period. If have a computer that is still using the BME network at 4:30pm today please immediately save and close all files, e-mails, and website forms to prevent the possible loss of data. There is now a three hour window for the power system repair, meaning network services may not be available until 8pm this evening.
A new paper by Soichiro Yamada addresses a simple question, “What happens when single epithelial cells contact their own membrane versus the membrane of neighboring cells?” The paper was published in the November 19 issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”.
Kyriacos Athanasiou has received the 2013/14 H.R. Lissner Medal from the Bioengineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He will be presented with the medal and monetary award during the seventh World Congress of Biomechanics, taking place July 6-11, 2014, in Boston, MA. The award is considered the ASME Bioengineering Division’s highest honor.
“Product Development in a Multi-National Med Tech Company”
“Fluid Mechanics– Vascular Disease and Mechanotransduction”
“Wnt signaling modulators and osteoarthritis, the bone and joint connection”
Martin Judenhofer, a project scientist in the Cherry Lab, has received the IEEE 2013 Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Award. The award is given to one individual each year for their research accomplishments in medical imaging. The prize citation was “For contributions to small-animal imaging instrumentation and the development of preclinical simultaneous PET/MRI scanners”.
Doug Rowland, project scientist in the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging at the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, contributed X-ray computed tomography scanning on a 0.53g fragment of Chelyabinsk, C3-3-4, using the Center’s MicroXCT-200 specimen CT scanner (Xradia Inc.).
Laura Marcu has been named “Domain Leader” of the UC Davis branch of the University of California BRAID (Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development) Center for Accelerated Innovation. The new centers will provide an integrated, systematic and comprehensive approach to navigating the translation of early-stage biomedical innovations from the research laboratory to commercial development, and the subsequent deployment to patients.
“Soft Tissue Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering”
An invited review article by Leonor Saiz is a highlighted article in the Biophysical Journal. The journal highlights some of the best recently published articles and makes them freely available for 30 days. J. M. G. Vilar and L. Saiz, Systems Biophysics of Gene Expression, Biophys. J., 104, 2574-2585 (2013).
“Mend a Broken Heart: Bioengineering the electrical, the Ca2+ signaling, and the mechanical systems.”
“Commercializing Academic Research: What students and faculty in life science/engineering need to know about the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR).”
“From Fracture Mechanics to Femurs: My path in orthopedics”
“The engineering of synthetic biological systems by harnessing functioning principles of natural cells.”
“Translating Biophotonics Imaging into Medical and Surgical Applications”
We invite applications for a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment. Applicants must be able to teach core undergraduate and graduate courses, and be willing to help evolve an innovative multi-disciplinary curriculum in the field of biomedical engineering. Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in bioengineering, strong interest and background in engineering design, and a record of effective and innovative teaching at the interface between Engineering, Biology, Physiology and Medicine.
A paper co-authored by Cheemeng Tan was highlighted by Nature Nanotech in “News & Views” http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/v8/n8/full/nnano.2013.156.html. It was also one of Futurity’s “Top Stories”: http://www.futurity.org/top-stories/artificial-cells-show-why-crowding-is-key/.
John M. Boone was recently elected as an officer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), a scientific, educational, and professional society representing over 8000 medical physicists in the United States and elsewhere.
Facciotti Lab shows that the movement of protons in bacteriorhodopsin depends on whether or not the specific amino acid D96 exists in a protonated (uncharged) or unprotonated (charged) state. D96 acts as an electronic “latch” that controls the flow of protons into the protein based on its protonation state.
“Our test provides a good indication of how atherosclerosis actually develops inside coronary arteries,” said Scott Simon, professor of biomedical engineering and a study co-author. “This is an exciting step in developing personalized profiles for heart disease risk.” http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/research/8082
Boaz Arzi discusses the bone regeneration work he has been doing in conjunction with the Athanasiou Lab, and how he uses 3D printed skulls from our TEAM Prototyping Facility to help plan surgeries on dogs in this Pet Life Radio interview: http://www.petliferadio.com/petdoc_player171.htm
Non-wetting fabric invented in Tingrui Pan’s MinI Lab was the centerpiece of Rep. Jerry McNerney’s plea in Congress for continued federal funding of scientific research this morning. Video is here: http://youtu.be/7Dx4CNCleQA
Hussain Fatakdawala, a graduate student in the Marcu Lab, has received a renewal of a T32 program for molecular imaging 2012-2014.
Graduate students Hussain Fatakdawala (Marcu Lab), Elena Foster (Revzin Lab) and Priscilla Williams (Silva Lab) won awards for their presentations at the 14th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium.
UC Davis Biomedical Engineering co-hosted (with USC) the 12th International Meeting on Fully 3D Image Reconstruction in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in Lake Tahoe, California, from June 16 to June 21, 2013. Jinyi Qi was the co-chair of this year’s meeting.
External Advisory Board member John F. Maroney will join ForSight VISION5 as President, CEO and Director of VISION5. ForSight VISION5 is the fifth company created by Menlo Park ophthalmic incubator ForSight Labs. VISION5 is a clinical development stage company focused on unmet needs in ophthalmic diseases, initially ocular hypertension and glaucoma. Full story here.
Varsha Viswanath has received a PUF. In Simon Cherry’s lab, she has conducted preliminary research on a simple, cost-effective method to improve depth-of-interaction (DOI) information for positron emission tomography (PET) systems, coating scintillator crystals with a phosphor. The grant is funding research to build arrays of these crystals and test the DOI of the array as whole.
Emilie Roncali and Martin Judenhofer, Project Scientists in Simon Cherry’s lab, have received Academic Federation Innovative Developmental Awards(IDA).
This year’s BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student Award goes to Dr. Rick Fasani from Prof. Michael Savageau’s laboratory. While a doctoral student in the BME Graduate Group, Rick has made significant advances in developing computational tools for characterizing the phenotypic repertoire of cellular systems.
Hillary Davis, a former Ph.D. student in Kent Leach’s laboratory, received the 2013 Loren D. Carlson Student Research Award, awarded to a graduating medical student for outstanding research performed in the School of Medicine. She will now enter a head and neck surgery residency program at the University of Rochester.
“Hip Replacement in the 20th Century– How We Got There!”
BMES at UC Davis president Nicholas Csicsery has been named the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 2013 Ghausi Medal Recipient. Nick is a biological systems engineering major who has worked closely with Prof. Marc Facciotti on iGEM. The Ghausi Medal is the highest honor the College bestows upon a graduating senior. The Medal recognizes Nick’s grades and overall academic excellence.
“Intra-operative OCT Imaging and Sensing Devices for Clinical Translation”
Amanda Steele, a graduating senior in biomedical engineering who has done research in the Yamada Lab, is the 2013 recipient of the Ronald and Lydia Baskin Research Award. This award is given annually by UC Davis College of Biological Sciences to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding original research in the biological sciences.
Graduate students Siyuan Xing and Jia Jiang, along with Prof. Tingrui Pan, developed a new textile microfluidic platform using hydrophilic (water-attracting) threads stitched into a highly water-repellent fabric. They were able to create patterns of threads that suck droplets of water from one side of the fabric, propel them along the threads and expel them from the other side.
“Recent and Future Directions in CT Imaging”
Vivita Technologies, a startup founded by Veterinary Medicine Professor and Athanasiou Lab collaborator Leigh Griffiths and BME Ph.D. students Regina MacBarb, Jeni Lee, and Maelene Wong, won the Big Bang! Business Plan Competition.
ViVita Technologies, Inc. (including Dr. Leigh Griffiths and BME graduate students Maelene Wong, Jeni Lee, and Gina MacBarb) AmberCycle Industries (including BME Assistant Professor Marc Facciotti and UC Davis undergraduate students) are finalists in the annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition and will find out if they won at tonight’s awards ceremony. Good luck!
“Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Medical Images: Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart, Brain and Vasculature”
Anatomical complexity in breast parenchyma and its implications for optimal breast imaging strategies, by Lin Chen, Craig K. Abbey, Anita Nosratieh, Karen K. Lindfors, and John M. Boone , has received the 2012 Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award. The award honors the best paper published that year in the journal, Medical Physics.
This past weekend the 2nd Annual BME Graduate Group Research Conference was held in the Buehler Alumni Center. Nicole De Jesus (Ripplinger lab) had the Outstanding Oral Presentation. Three students were recognized for the outstanding poster presentation: Josh Roth (Hull lab), Hussain Fatakdawala (Marcu lab), and Jennifer Lee (Athanasiou lab).
Gina MacBarb is one of 66 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 2013-2014 Scholar Award from P.E.O. International. Gina has optimized a bioactive treatment regimen that increases the functional properties of engineered cartilage closer to those of native tissue.
Dr. Hamel received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Materials Science, as well as his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UC Davis. He then completed his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University in 2000. Dr. Hamel currently works in the Endoscopy Division of Stryker, which focuses on development, manufacturing and distribution of endoscopic medical devices used in minimally invasive surgery.
Nominations are open to STUDENTS, STAFF and FACULTY. To nominate, submit a formal letter outlining how the candidate’s leadership has contributed to BME by May 8th to Rosalind Christian.
“Optically probing the nanoarchitecture of cells and tissues.”
“Biomimetic Strategies for Bone Regeneration”
“Unraveling the Impact of Extracellular Matrix in Tissue Regeneration and Disease”
“Novel biomimetic ‘spiny’ surfaces in medical applications”
Molly Townsend, a biomedical engineering graduate student working with Prof. Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn, has received a 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support her Ph.D. research. Her project, “Long Duration Spaceflight Spine Fracture Location,” will investigate the effects of prolonged microgravity on the spine biomechanics and injury.
“The (Radically) Changing Landscape in Biomedical Technology Innovation.”
Christal Wintersmith, Biomedical Engineering’s Graduate Student Affairs Officer, is the recipient of this year’s Graduate Student Association Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students. The award will be presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium award ceremony and dinner on Friday, April 5th.
The TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Laboratory has been making 3D printed replicas of dogs’ skulls to help veterinarians at the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the VMTH plan surgeries. Based on CT scans, the models help surgeons to better assess the patient’s damage, and plan the best surgical routes for avoiding the brain and other critical areas.
A study published this week in PNAS reveals a key mechanism by which dietary omega-3 fatty acids could reduce tumor growth and spread of cancer. The research was a collaboration between the Ferrara Lab, lead author Guodong Zhang (UC Davis Entomology and Comprehensive Cancer Center), and researchers at Harvard University. Full story available here and here.
“Interstitial Flow in the Tumor Microenvironment: Contributions to Cancer Invasion and Progression”
“The Role of NMDA Receptor Mechanosensitivity in Regulating the Repair of Neural Circuitry after Traumatic Injury”
“Synthetic Signaling Systems for Biological Discovery and Design”
Collaboration between the Athanasiou Lab and the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service in regrowing jawbone in dogs is the subject of a long story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2013/03/17/dog-jawbone-repair/1588075/ .
Faculty Candidate Seminar: “Creating Synthetic Biological Systems with Coupled Genetic and Non-genetic Control Elements”
Undergraduate Christopher Sanchez has been accepted to the MGH Institute of Health Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He also received a fellowship to support his study. The program is a three year program geared to educate students in helping patients restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and limit permanent physical disabilities resulting from injury or disease. This institution has clinical affiliations with world-class health care facilities – including Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General and Brigham & Womens’ hospitals in Boston.
Laura Liptai, BME alumna and external advisory board member, testified at a USAF military trial in Germany. It turned out that the presiding judge, Judge Eflien, is also an alumna of UC Davis School of Law.
“The Dynamical Cytoskeleton Regulates Morphogenesis in Rod-like Bacteria”
A new study published this month by the Athanasiou lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department at UC Davis has shown for the first time that depriving cartilage cells of oxygen at just the right time increases collagen crosslinks and doubles the tensile properties of engineered cartilage.
“Photoacoustic Tomography: Ultrasonically Breaking through the Optical Diffusion and Diffraction Limits” Watch livestream starting at 4 PM
“Applications of Computational Biology and Systems Biology to Tissue Engineering”
“Modeling and High-‐throughput Analysis of RNA Structure Mapping Experiments”
“The Emergence of Regulatory Science, High-‐Speed Computation and New User Interfaces in Development and Approval of Medical Devices”
Katherine Ferrara will be giving a talk on “Image-guided Delivery of Therapeutics: Engineering Design and Optimization” at the Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop. More info here: http://ibb.gatech.edu/frontiers/program-2013
“U.S. Healthcare Financing -We Live In Exciting Times”
The Arthritis Foundation Flagship Initiative in Osteoarthritis is soliciting applications for a Proof of Feasibility Study. Proposals must be submitted on or before April 15, 2013. For full information click here: http://www.arthritis.org/research/for-researchers/funding-opportunities/
“Molecular imaging with time domain fluorescence”
“Integrating Single-Cell Experiments and Stochastic Analyses to Predict Gene Expression Dynamics”
“Principles of Neural Ensemble Physiology and Brain-Machine Interfaces.”
“Dynamic Biomaterials for Controlling the Cell Microenvironment”
Doug Rowland at CMGI used the Xradia MicroXCT-200 to perform high-resolution X-ray CT scans of some of the fragments from the Sutter’s Mill meteorite. The results of this work were published December 21 in Science.