UC Davis Biomedical Engineering


Athanasiou and Cherry Lab Grad Students Are Co-Authors of Synthetic Yeast Genome Paper

Graduate students Pasha Hadidi of the Athanasiou Lab and Yu (Charlie) Ouyang of the Cherry Lab are co-authors on a recently published Science paper “Total Synthesis of a Functional Designer Eukaryotic Chromosome”, describing the world’s first synthetic eukaryotic chromosome.

Nam Tran Receives Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education

Nam Tran, an Assistant Ajunct Professor of Pathology, has received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education” from the School of Medicine for the BME course, “Clinical Applications for Biomedical Device Design.”

Tugging harder on heart strings

Biomedical engineering professor Dr. Ye Chen-Izu and her colleagues at UC Davis have taken a major step forward in advancing our understanding of how the heart adjusts to a changing mechanical load. Their paper is featured on the cover of the March 18, 2014 issue of Science Signaling.

Nikolaos Paschos Elected to the Executive Committee of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Nikolaos Paschos, MD, PhD, a researcher in the Athanasiou laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT). EFORT is the European Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the European equivalent of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), representing 45 national [...]

Keck Foundation grant awarded to Angelique Louie

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.

US News & World Report Names Biomedical Engineering #1 College Major

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the field will see a 62 percent growth in jobs between 2010 and 2020.

Tumbling and Titrating – A Conversation with a Science Cheerleader

The Accelerator: Student News and Opportunities from ASEE interviews Athanasiou Lab grad student and Science Cheerleader Wendy Brown.

Engineering the Perfect Cup of Coffee at UC Davis

The Accelerator: Student News and Opportunities from ASEE covers Tonya Kuhl’s class on “Design of Coffee”

The Aggie on Katherine Ferrara’s Election to NAE

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.

Leonor Saiz Paper in Best of 2013 Issue

Leonor Saiz’s Article, “Systems Biophysics of Gene Expression”, has been chosen for the Biophysical Journal’s “Best of 2013″ Issue. Get it here.  

Katherine Ferrara Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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.

TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities Open House and Launch Party

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.

BME Professor Teaches Engineering Through Coffee Brewing

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.

UC Davis Cardiovascular Symposium

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 [...]

New Designated Emphasis in Biophotonics!

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 Named a Fellow of the Optical Society

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.

Jinyi Qi Elected to IEEE Fellow

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.

UPDATE: BME Servers Down 5-8 PM 12/10/13

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 Rouge Mirror Test for Individual Cells

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”.

Athanasiou Receives Lissner Medal

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.

Martin Judenhofer Receives IEEE 2013 Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Award

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”.

CMGI Did X-Ray CT Scanning for First Study of Chelyabinsk Meteorite

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.).

UC Davis Joins NIH Multi-Campus Health Network

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.

Saiz Article is a Highlighted Review in Biophysical Journal

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).

Teaching Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering

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.

Tan Lab Research a “Top Story”

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 Boone Elected AAPM President

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.

Proton Pump Mechanism Discovery Will Aid Optogenetics

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.

Simon Lab “Lab on a Chip” Measures Heart Disease Risk

“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

Biomedical Engineering is Helping Pets

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

Pan Lab’s Non-Wetting Fabric Mentioned in Congress

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

Marcu Lab Student Receives T32

Hussain Fatakdawala, a graduate student in the Marcu Lab, has received a renewal of a T32 program for molecular imaging 2012-2014.

Students Win Awards at UC Systemwide Symposium

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.

Fully 3D Meeting

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.

EAB Member John Maroney Named President, CEO and Director of VISION5

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.

BME Student Receives Provost Undergraduate Fellowship

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.

Cherry Lab Scientists Receive IDA Awards

Emilie Roncali and Martin Judenhofer, Project Scientists in Simon Cherry’s lab, have received Academic Federation Innovative Developmental Awards(IDA).

2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

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.

BME MD/PhD Student Wins Loren D. Carlson Student Research Award

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.

BMES President Receives Ghausi Medal

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.

Pan Lab Sweat-Proof Fabric on CBS News

CBS 13 Sacramento news interviewed Tingrui Pan and grad student Siyuan Xing about their new textile that contains microfluidic channels to drain sweat away from the skin: Video here

Biomedical Engineering Major Receives 2013 Baskin Award

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.

Non-wetting fabric drains sweat

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.

BME Startup Wins Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

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.

Two BME Finalists in 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!

College of Engineering Design Showcase

College of Engineering Design Showcase is 2:00-4:30PM on June 6, 2013. For a little preview of what you’ll be seeing, here’s a video of a biomedical engineering team talking about the biomimetic prosthetic eye they designed: http://youtu.be/IeLcKwHYkcM

Boone Lab Paper Wins Award for Breast CT Research

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.

BME Graduate Group Research Conference

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).

P.E.O. Scholar Award Winner Tissue Engineers Better TMJ Discs

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.

Call for Nominations for the BME Undergraduate Leadership Award

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.

Molly Townsend Receives NSF Fellowship for Spaceflight Research

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.

Grad Student Advisor Christal Wintersmith Receives Award for Excellence

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.

TEAM Prototyping Facility Helps Vets Plan Surgeries on Dogs with 3D Printed Skulls

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.

Fatty Acid Metabolite Shows Promise Against Cancer in Mice

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.

USA Today Covers BME & VMTH Bone Regeneration Work

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/ .

BME Student Will Pursue Doctorate in Physical Therapy

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.

UC Davis BME Alumna Testifies in Germany

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.

Timing is Everything

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.

Ferrara to Speak at Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop

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

New Funding Opportunity

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/

Biomedical Engineer Helped Geologist Image Sutter’s Mill Meteorite

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.

Biomedical Engineering Has Low Unemployment Rate

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its figures on occupations with the highest and lowest rates of unemployment in 2012. Biomedical engineers had one of the lowest rates of unemployment– 0.4%. Read the whole story here: http://cnnmon.ie/RGBIZQ

Athanasiou Named to University of Thessaly Board of Trustees

Kyriacos Athanasiou has been named to the University of Thessaly, Greece, Board of Trustees. Founded in 1984, The University of Thessaly is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements. This is the first board of trustees at any Greek university. “The educational system in Greece is currently under attack, owing to the [...]

BME Grad Students at Discovery Museum Event

Ph.D. student Jeni Lee was on Good Day Sacramento this morning to help promote the Discovery Museum’s “Meet a Scientist” event for kids this weekend. She, along with other BME and UC Davis grad students, will be at the museum with activities and interactive models to help kids learn about science.

BME Grad Student Experiment Chosen in International Space Station Competition

Wendy Brown is part of a team from UC Davis that has been chosen to send an experiment onto the International Space Station. The project’s title is: “Comparison of the Growth Rate & DNA/RNA Quantitation of Microgravity Exposed Microbial Community Samples Collected by the Astronauts Onboard the International Space Station And by Citizen Scientists & Student Scientists at Public Venues”.

Athanasiou and Fyhrie Named AAAS Fellows

Along with Katherine Ferrara and Michael Savageau, Athanasiou and Fyhrie will double to four the number of Biomedical Engineering professors who are AAAS Fellows.

Michael Savageau Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Michael Savageau, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, has been made an IEEE Fellow, for application of systems engineering concepts to molecular biology. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Figure from Atul Parikh’s Article on Cover of Nature Materials

A figure from Atul Parikh’s article, “Long-range interlayer alignment of intralayer domains in stacked lipid bilayers,” was chosen as the cover image for the December, 2012 issue of “Nature Materials”. A summary of the article is in the “News and Views” section, here:http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v11/n12/full/nmat3507.html

Kyriacos Athanasiou Wins “Nobel Prize” of Cyprus

The Nemitsas Prize is the highest honor a Cypriot scientist can receive, and one of the most prestigious awards in the European Union. He received the award to honor his numerous achievements in the field of biomedical engineering and tissue engineering.

Kyriacos Athanasiou “Science” Podcast Interview

Kyriacos Athanasiou was interviewed about his group’s new review article in the latest issue of “Science”. The article is called, “Unlike Bone, Cartilage Regeneration Remains Elusive,” and the co-authors are Daniel Huey and Jerry Hu. Download or listen to the podcast here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6109/917/suppl/DC2 .

Felipe Godinez Receives 2012 IEEE-NPSS Student Paper Award

Felipe won for, “pawPET: a High Sensitivity, High Resolution PET Scanner for Rodent Paws.” He is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Ramsey Badawi.

Boaz Arzi Receives Highest AVDC Award

Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, Staff Veterinarian in the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a collaborator with the Athanasiou Lab, received the Robert Wiggs AVDC Outstanding Candidate Award at the 26th Annual Veterinary Dental Forum annual meeting in Seattle.

Silva Lab Isolates Stem Cells from Umbilical Cord Blood

The Silva Lab is one of the first recipients of cord blood from the recently established Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program. The Silva Lab’s current project will isolate vascular progenitor cells from the cord blood with the premise that he can investigate and develop new strategies to actively direct their homing in vivo.

Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering

Candidates at the Assistant Professor level are preferred, although outstanding candidates at the Associate Professor level will also be considered. While all areas of expertise will be considered, candidates with a background in biomedical frontiers like immune engineering, protein engineering, or experimental systems biology are especially encouraged to apply.

UC Davis iGEM Team Advances to Championship

The UC Davis iGEM team has again garnered a gold level medal at last weekend’s America’s West Regional Competition that was held Oct 12-14 at Stanford. The team is working on new solutions to bio-based plastic degradation and recycling. Only the top 1/3 of teams advance to the World Championship in two weeks at MIT [...]

Simon Cherry Receives IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award

Simon Cherry has been selected as the winner of the IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award, “For pioneering contributions to preclinical PET and molecular imaging”. This award is given by the Nuclear and Plasma Science Society of IEEE to an individual in recognition of the impact and novelty of his research in the field of medical imaging science.

Marc Facciotti Receives Hellman Fellowship

Marc Facciotti is one of the 2012-13 Hellman Fellows. His project is: “Development of a low-cost microfluidic device for chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by next generation DNA sequencing.” The UC Davis Hellman Fellowship Program, now in its fifth year, has given grants totaling almost $250,000 to 12 assistant professors. Funding comes from the San Francisco-based Hellman Family Foundation.

Marc Facciotti to Present Poster at Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Professor Marc Facciotti was invited to present a poster at the 2012 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium October 14-17, 2012, at the Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. He will present some of the things he has been doing in BIM140 titled: “Crowd-sourced in silica design of protein-based biosensors”.

Ye Chen-Izu Receives Research Contract

Ye Chen-Izu has won a Research Contract from pharmaceutical company, Gilead Science., Inc. to use her newly developed cellular electrophysiology technique to study new anti-arrhythmia drugs in development.

Katherine Ferrara Receives the Highest IEEE-UFFCS Award

Katherine Ferrara received the award on October 8 at the IEEE-UFFCS (Ultrasonic Ferroelectric and Frequency Control Society) annual meeting in Dresden, Germany. The Achievement Award is the highest Society-wide award presented to a member in special recognition of outstanding contributions.

Volkmar Heinrich Receives R01 to Investigate Cellular Communication, Mechano-Sensing and -Regulation

Volkmar Heinrich, professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, has been awarded a four-year NIH R01 to investigate the role that cytoskeletal membrane anchors play as “switchboards” in communication between cells. Professors Soichiro Yamada and Scott Simon are co-investigators on the project.

Athanasiou Lab Postdocs Regrow Jawbone in Dog with Cancer

Eight dogs have had this treatment now, with a 100% success rate. It was the biomedical engineering expertise in determining and applying the correct dosage and devising the protocol for handling the bone morphogenetic protein that make the surgeries so successful.

Biomedical Engineering Society at Davis Wins 2012 BMES Commendable Achievement Award

The award is given each year to a student chapter that submitted a Chapter Development Report which demonstrates evidence of outstanding performance in enhancing the professional awareness and education of their members in the previous year. The chapter’s ability to spark collaboration between engineering students from many different disciplines and backgrounds helped win the award.

Sacramento Bee Writes About 2012 iGEM Team

This UC Davis team is tackling the problem of plastic pollution and is working to create a bacteria that can biodegrade polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, a commonly used plastic that’s in such items as soda bottles and food trays.

Yohei Yokobayashi Receives R01 to Develop RNA Nanomachines

Yohei Yokobayashi has received a NIH R01 for a five-year project to develop artificial, genetically encoded nanomachines that self-assemble in living cells. The goal is to produce nanomachines comprised of RNA molecules that are transcribed in the cell from DNA templates. The nanomachines are intended to be produced within and remain stable as they operate in a living cell, and to sense and integrate variety of intra- or extracellular signals.

Ramsey Badawi awarded prestigious “Provocative Questions” grant from NCI

Ramsey Badawi has won a groundbreaking grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to address whether tumors can be detected when they are two to three times smaller than those detectable using current imaging methods. Badawi’s project, “Enabling Technologies for Ultra-High Sensitivity PET Scanners” was chosen from among more than 700 grant applications submitted to the NCI.

UC Davis Team Wins Third Place at iCAN ’12

Yuzhe Ding and Eric Huang, from Tingrui Pan’s lab, won third prize for their project, “Non-contact Multiplexed Microfluidic Dot-Matrix Printing.”

Ferrara and Cherry Receive RISE Awards

Dr. Ferrara received funding to develop the “Center for Content Rich Evaluation of Therapeutic Efficacy (cCRETE)”. Dr. Cherry received funding to develop the “Center for Translational Molecular Imaging”. Six of the twelve funded projects have involvement of Biomedical Engineering Faculty.

Ye Chen-Izu Receives Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant

Dr. Ye Chen-Izu, in collaboration with Dr. James Chan at the Center for Biophotonics, were awarded an Interdisciplinary Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant. This grant is to utilize advanced photonics technology to study cardiac arrhythmias. The title of project is “Multimodal Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) and Fluorescence Microscopy for Studying the Link Between Cardiac Muscle Mechanical Stress and Arrhythmogenic Ca2+ activity”.

Vivek Srinivasan to Join Faculty

Dr. Vivek Srinivasan will join the Biomedical Engineering Department faculty as an Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2012. He has a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. Srinivasan has a particular focus on neural engineering and also works in biophotonics and imaging.

New Edition of Classic Text by Boone Published

Professor John Boone co-authored the third edition of “The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging” with UC Davis colleagues Jerry Bushberg and Tony Seibert, and VA scientist Ed Leidholdt. This text is widely used for radiology resident education and in BME graduate courses in the English speaking world, and is one of the top five best-selling books in the Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins Medical Books Division. The 3rd Edition became available in January 2012.

Biomedical Engineering Major Keegan Owsley Wins Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award

Senior Keegan Owsley has won the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. He will receive a special plaque at a ceremony June 1. Keegan has done the majority of his research under Professor Marc Facciotti. He joined the iGEM team the summer after his sophomore year, and has participated on the team for the past two years.

Athanasiou Lab Receives CIRM Grant

The Athanasiou Lab has received a grant from CIRM to conduct extensive toxicology and durability tests to determine long-term safety and efficacy of his lab’s tissue engineered cartilage.

Jennifer Lee Receives NIH Biotechnology Fellowship

Graduate Student Jennifer Lee has been selected for fellowship support in the NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology for 2012-13.The Biotechnology Fellowship Review Committee had an outstanding pool of 27 nominees, so this fellowship is highly valued. The award is for 12 months and will begin October 1, 2012.

Simon Cherry Receives Grant and Publishes New Edition of Classic Book

The 4th edition of Simon Cherry’s textbook, Physics in Nuclear Medicine, has just been published. He also received two NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants to purchase an XRadia microCT biospecimen scanner that can acquire tomographic x-ray imaging of tissue samples down to 1 micron resolution, and a Perkin Elmer IVIS Spectrum system for in vivo fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging for CMGI.

Biomedical Engineering Major Matt Halverson Receives 2012 Ghausi Medal

Matt Halverson has been named the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 2012 Ghausi Medal Recipient. The Ghausi Medal is the highest honor the College bestows upon a graduating senior. The Medal recognizes Matt’s grades and overall academic excellence. Matt is the fourth biomedical engineering student since 2006 to win the Ghausi Medal.

High School Mentee Wins Scholarship

Gina MacBarb, a graduate student in the Athanasiou Lab, mentored a Davis Senior High School student who has now won a $1,000 Monsanto/Calgene Biotechnology Scholarship. Gina has mentored DHS junior Ines Guinard in the Athanasiou Lab since January of this year as part of Ines’ biotechnology class.

Athanasiou Lab Postdoc Joins AVDC Examination Committee

Dr. Boaz Arzi has been invited to join the Examination Committee of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). The AVDC is the specialist certification organization in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery in North America. He will join the committee that administers the examination taken by veterinarians seeking board certification in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.

Katherine Ferrara Receives Dean’s Faculty Award

Katherine Ferrara has received the Dean’s 2011-2012 Outstanding Senior Research Faculty Award. The Dean’s Faculty Awards honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members in the College of Engineering.

New TB test promises to be cheap and fast

Alexander Revzin’s lab has developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. They hope the test will be cheaper, faster and more reliable than current testing for the disease. “Our assay is cheaper, reusable, and gives results in real time,” said Ying Liu, a research specialist working with Professor Alexander Revzin.