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Summertime is prime time for undergraduate research

August 1, 2017

What’s true for many faculty members is also true for college students. There’s no better time than summer—away from coursework and distractions of the school year—to take a deep dive into research.


Professor Hani Awad and collaborators pioneer new gene and stem cell therapies that may help heal fractures

July 20, 2017

bhkBiomedical Engineering Professor Hani Awad and colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have collaborated on a study that resulted in a new technique that successfully helps bone regenerate itself across large gaps in severe fractures. This method, which combines gene, stem cell, and ultrasound therapies, has been successfully demonstrated in animals.


Professor Mark Buckley receives NIH funding for research project

July 18, 2017

sfProfessor Mark Buckley has received an NIH Research Project Grant (R01) for his project, "Modulation of Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy by Multiaxial Mechanical Strains.” Insertional Achilles tendinopathy (IAT) is a common and painful disease that responds poorly to conservative (i.e., non-operative) care. Improved outcomes for IAT patients require interventions that target its fundamental cause. Thus, this study aims to elucidate the patterns of mechanical strain (i.e., deformation) that cause and reverse IAT in vitro, and determine how to induce these strain patterns in vivo through exercise-based physical therapy. The findings of this study will motivate effective, targeted non-surgical therapies for IAT. Collaborators for this project include Alayna Loiselle (Orthopaedics and CMSR), Michael Richards (Surgery), Sam Flemister (Orthopaedics), John Ketz (Orthopaedics) and Tongtong Wu (Biostatistics).


Professor Jong-Hoon Nam receives NSF funding for "Mechanically-facilitated cochlear fluid homeostasis" research

June 5, 2017

Professor Jong-Hoon Nam has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research project in collaboration with Professor Douglas Kelley, entitled, "Mechanically-facilitated cochlear fluid homeostasis."


Professor Seidman and Professor Buckley awarded 2017 University Research Awards

June 1, 2017



Three BME seniors win Hajim School Awards

June 1, 2017



Professor McGrath receives NIH funding for collaborative research project with the University of Ottawa

May 30, 2017



Ge Song receives President's Award

May 29, 2017

njCongratulations to BME senior Ge Song who received a President’s Award for “Adaptive Optics Scanning Light Ophthalmoscopy for Retinal Imaging and Vision Disease Detection.” Ge was presented with the award at the University of Rochester Undergraduate Research Expositionin which students presented work addressing a variety of subjects within the humanities, engineering, natural sciences, and social sciences. 


Tristan Ford wins New York State College Health Association’s 2017 Outstanding Student Award

May 28, 2017

fdgsCongratulations to BME senior Tristan Ford who is recipient of the New York State College Health Association’s 2017 Outstanding Student Award for his contributions to the health and safety of college students at our University, and at the state and national level. Tristan led the efforts to gain student support for our University to become tobacco-free.


Professor McGrath receives NSF funding for research collaboration with RIT and SiMPore, Inc.

May 26, 2017



Professor Jannick Rolland receives 2017 Edmund A. Hajim Outstanding Faculty Award

May 23, 2017



Andrew Shubin receives commendation for PhD Dissertation

May 23, 2017

efAndrew Shubin, a 2017 PhD graduate in the lab of Professor Danielle Benoit, has been selected to receive commendation in the Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition for Engineering. Andrew's PhD research project is titled, "Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels for Salivary Gland Regeneration.”


Graduate Program Coordinator Donna Porcelli receives Witmer Award for Distinguished Service

May 22, 2017

dfBME Graduate Program Coordinator Donna Porcelli has been honored with the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service, which is reserved for staff members who have demonstrated significant and longstanding contributions to the University.


Several BME students among winners of 2017 Mark Ain Business Model Competition

May 22, 2017



BME students participate in the Hajim School of Engineering Design Day 2017

May 18, 2017



Professor Buckley receives pilot grant from CMSR

May 11, 2017

sdfProfessor Mark Buckley has received a pilot grant from the Center for Musculoskeletal Research for his research project, "The influence of chondrocyte mechano-protective adaptation on the progression of osteoarthritis.” Osteoarthritis (OA)  – a painful and complex joint disease characterized by progressive degeneration of articular cartilage and surrounding tissues – is among the leading causes of disability in the United States. Yet, there are no FDA-approved treatments proven to stop or reverse OA and preserve joint health, suggesting that novel targets for OA interventions are needed. Though the complete etiology of OA is unknown, aberrant mechanical loads leading to cell death and catabolic activity are thought play a role in this pathology. To maintain homeostasis when confronted by sustained biochemical stimuli, cells have a well-characterized ability to moderate their response to these signals (e.g., through downregulation of a surface receptor). The Buckley lab's preliminary data suggests that chondrocytes can also rapidly moderate their sensitivity to sustained mechanical stimuli (e.g., during ambulation) to prevent cell death or abnormal (pathological) behavior. Hence, it may be possible to prevent or slow OA by enhancing this adaptive phenomenon, which we refer to herein as cytoprotective adaptation to mechanical stimuli (CAMS).


Four BME students among winners of 2017 Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition

May 10, 2017



Professor Rick Waugh named interim dean for arts, sciences & engineering

May 10, 2017

sdfRick Waugh, former BME chair, and a biomedical engineer with more than 35 years of academic and leadership appointments at the University of Rochester, will serve as interim dean of one of the institution’s main academic units through June 30, 2018.


Three BME seniors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society

May 8, 2017

Congratulations to BME seniors Nathaniel Barber, Claire Kaiser, and Justin Schumacher who were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society!


BME PhD candidate Kilean Lucas takes second place at the Hajim School's Art of Science Competition

May 6, 2017



BME Take 5 student wins Fulbright grant to study in Glasgow, Scotland

May 1, 2017

bjhCongratulations to Jonathan Boualavong ’16/T5’17 BME for winning a Fulbright grant! Boualavong, an Elkridge, Maryland, native, will pursue an MPhil in chemical and process engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.


Benoit Lab’s Marian Ackun-Farmmer receives newly established ASE Barnard Fellowship

April 28, 2017

sfdsdfMarian Ackun-Farmmer of the Benoit Lab has been selected for one of the newly established Arts, Sciences and Engineering Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowships. Marian was recognized specifically for her strong research record as well as her commitment to mentoring, outreach and service to the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as her field. The fellowship comes with a $3K stipend top-off for the 2017-2018 academic year, as well as a tuition award. Congratulations, Marian!


Next stop for Falling Walls Competition winner: Berlin

April 21, 2017

sfKilean Lucas admits to being uneasy about trying to summarize his research in three minutes, with only three slides.


Professor Laurel Carney delivers seminar titled, "Speech coding in the auditory system: the "view" from the midbrain," at Danish Technical University

April 20, 2017

ewfMary Lou Ingram Professor in Biomedical Engineering Laurel Carney recently delivered a seminar at the Hearing Systems, Electrical Engineering, Danish Technical University, where she is currently a visiting professor. The seminar was titled, "Speech coding in the auditory system: the 'view' from the midbrain." 


Danielle Benoit is Rochester's "Young Engineer of the Year"

April 15, 2017

Benoit in the lab


Professor Amy Lerner among "Gwennies Award" winners

April 13, 2017



Professor Regine Choe receives NIH funding for project: “Longitudinal monitoring of bone fracture healing using diffuse optical and correlation tomography"

April 12, 2017

fProfessor Regine Choe has received an NIH Research Project Grant (RO1) for her project, “Longitudinal monitoring of bone fracture healing using diffuse optical and correlation tomography." Vascularization is a key step in bone fracture healing, but is often measured only once or not at all due to technical limitations or cost. Professor Choe proposes to develop and validate optical instruments for non-invasive, longitudinal monitoring of blood flow, volume and oxygenation in bone fractures and surrounding tissues to predict bone healing. This approach will significantly expedite the development of new bone fracture treatments based on regenerative medicine and the diagnosis of impaired healing, which currently takes at least 3 months. Professor Choe’s collaborators on this project include Danielle Benoit (PhD, Biomedical Engineering), A. Samuel Flemister (MD, Orthopaedics), John Ketz (MD, Orthopaedics), Wing-Chi Edmund Kwok (PhD, Imaging Sciences) and Tong Tong Wu (PhD, Biostatistics).


Fifth graders visit Benoit Lab for demonstration and hands-on testing

April 4, 2017



Benoit Lab's Yuchen Wang wins New Investigator Recognition Award

April 3, 2017



Professor Ed Brown receives NIH grant for research project, "Using Second Harmonic Generation to Predict Metastatic Outcome in Colon Adenocarcinoma"

March 20, 2017

hjProfessor Edward Brown has received NIH funding for his research project titled, "Using Second Harmonic Generation to Predict Metastatic Outcome in Colon Adenocarcinoma."


BME student competes in Hult Prize entrepreneurial competition

March 19, 2017

hBME student Omar Soufan was among six finalist teams at the Hult Prize regionals in San Francisco early this month. 


CMTI students win 2017 America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Competition

March 2, 2017

At the Fourth Annual “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” competition, hosted as part of the CTSI Regulatory Science programs, eight teams of students competed for a chance to present their ideas on how to solve regulatory science issues in person at the Food and Drug Administration. Competition organizers Scott Steele, Ph.D., and Joan Adamo, Ph.D., kicked off the event and each team delivered a five-minute presentation proposing novel solutions to address challenges in the nine scientific priority areas outlined in the FDA’s Strategic Plan for Advancing Regulatory Science. 


Professor Laurel Carney is a visiting professor at Hearing Systems, DTU Electrical Engineering (Technical University of Denmark)

March 1, 2017

Laurel Carney, Marylou Ingram Professor in Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester, New York, is currently a visiting professor at Hearing Systems, DTU Electrical Engineering. Professor Carney's combined expertise in physiology, behavioral research and computer modeling gives new dimensions to hearing research.


Bones made to order: UR Medical Center attempting to use 3-D printing, stem cells to regenerate bone tissue

February 27, 2017

This news story appeared in the Democrat & Chronicle on February 27, 2017. It features Hani Awad (Biomedical Engineering primary faculty) and Edward Schwarz (Biomedical Engineering graduate faculty), two University of Rochester scientists who are leading the way in using 3-D printers and stem cells to create bone replacements for patients. The online version can be found here. 


Professor Edward Brown and Professor Catherine K. Kuo receive grant from Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

February 23, 2017



New patent issued for Professor Hocking

February 21, 2017

fThe patent titled “Chimeric Fibronectin Matrix Mimetics and Uses Thereof” (U.S. Patent No. 9,572,869; awarded February 21, 2017) has recently been assigned to the UR with inventors Denise Hocking, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Physiology, BME, RCBU) and Daniel Roy, Ph.D. (BME B.S.‘06, Ph.D.‘12). The patent relates to the use of recombinant fibronectin-based peptides for wound healing and tissue regeneration applications. The technology falls under a new and exciting class of therapies known as wound biologics. The primary commercial application for this technology is to promote healing of hard-to-heal or chronic wounds, including diabetic, venous, and pressure ulcers, which impose a significant health care burden worldwide. Topical application of fibronectin matrix mimetic peptides to full-thickness excisional wounds in diabetic mice accelerates wound closure and promotes granulation tissue deposition, remodeling, and re-vascularization. Denise Hocking is a Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering. Daniel Roy is a Scientist at KeraNetics, LLC, a biotechnology company located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that develops keratin-based biomaterials for wound healing applications.


Marian Ackun-Farmmer receives AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship

February 9, 2017

fMarian Ackun-Farmmer, a biomedical engineering student in the lab of Danielle Benoit, is the recipient of an AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship. Founded in 1999, AfterCollege, Inc. ( is an online professional platform that connects students, faculty, alumni and employers through customized career networks at colleges and professional organizations across the country. AfterCollege has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and student activities through our program to date. Congratulations, Marian!


Ken Sims of Benoit Lab receives NRSA funding

February 6, 2017

kKen Sims, a PhD student working in the lab of Danielle Benoit, has received funding from the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (RRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship program (F31). 


Several BME faculty highlighted in 2015-2016 CEIS Annual Report

February 2, 2017


Professor McAleavey receives grant from Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

January 31, 2017

mThe Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs has awarded Professor Stephen McAleavey a grant for his research project titled, "Assistive and Autonomous Breast Ultrasound Screening:  Improving PPV and Reducing RSI."


New ‘needle pulse’ beam pattern packs a punch

January 27, 2017



Teamwork toward a ‘Perfect Bullet’ for Leukemia

January 25, 2017



‘I was even starting to think in Japanese’

January 9, 2017



University of Rochester cohosts 2017 Mid-Atlantic Region Biomaterials Day

January 3, 2017

The University of Rochester is joining with City College of New York, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Rochester, and Rutgers University to host the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Biomaterials Day on February 24 in New York City. The theme for the conference this year is "Biomaterial Frontiers: Emerging challenges creating new opportunities." This all-day research conference will feature local faculty, student, and industry speakers and is designed to provide networking opportunities and foster new collaborations. Professor Danielle Benoit will be speaking on drug/gene delivery at the conference along with other professors with research focusing on biomaterials. The University of Rochester is now accepting abstracts for rapid fire talks and posters, with a due date of January 27. To submit an abstract or to register, please visit