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  • Anita Rajamani receives Keller Pathway Fellowship
    Anita Rajamani, a Ph.D. candidate with a focus on nutrition and cardiovascular diseases, is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Keller Pathway Fellowship. This year-long fellowship program provides women, cross-disciplinary researchers and other underrepresented university-based entrepreneurs a foundation for developing their business ideas.  Anita hopes to understand the differences in biochemical composition of circulating lipoproteins in ...
  • Amy Becker receives NSF GRFP.
    Amy Becker, a 1st year Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. John Boone, was recently selected for the 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Amy is interested in developing imaging methods that will lead to more accurate early diagnosis of breast cancer and ultimately higher survival rates.  She is currently using dedicated ...
  • BMEGG Student Research Conference 2017
    On May 19th we hosted the 6th Annual UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Student Research Conference. Our keynote speaker, Professor Claudia Fischbach from Cornell University, gave a wonderful talk highlighting her career path and the need for interdisciplinary, collaborative research. The day was well-attended by students at all levels, along with many faculty, and the quality ...
  • Eric Berg Receives 2017 Munir Award
    The College of Engineering’s Awards Committee has selected Dr. Eric Berg as the winner of the 2017 Zuhair A. Munir Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation. Berg’s award-winning dissertation, “Detectors, Algorithms, and Scanner Technology for Total-Body PET,” focuses on developing a whole new paradigm for medical imaging. As part of his research, Berg developed a total-body positron emission ...
  • Oybek Kholiqov wins Edmund Optics 2016 Educational Award
    Congratulations to Oybek Kholiqov for submitting a winning application to the Edmund Optics 2016 Educational Award—an award given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at non-profit colleges and universities worldwide. The Bronze Award ($5000 in products) went to the University of California, Davis (Davis, CA) and was ...
  • Sara Sukenik wins 1st in ISPE Poster Competition.
    Congratulations to Sara Sukenik for winning first place in the graduate division of the 2016 International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Student Poster Competition held in Atlanta, GA on September 18-21, 2016! Sara qualified to compete at the international level by first winning the San Francisco Bay Area ISPE chapter’s local competition. Her winning poster ...
  • Professor Sue Stover receives AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award
    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has presented its 2016 Lifetime Excellence in Research Award to Susan M. Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), School of Veterinary Medicine. Stover, who received the award at the 2016 Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, was recognized for her lifetime achievement in applied ...
  • Chris Chapman receives NSF GROW award.
    Chris Chapman recently received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program’s Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) award.  The GROW award provides travel and research funding for international research collaboration.  Chris plans to spend the next year abroad working at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.  The title of his project is “Towards Translating Silver ...
  • Rafael Shimkunas receives NIH Predoctoral Grant Award
    Rafael Shimkunas, Ph.D. Candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group, receives the F31 Predoctoral Individual NRSA Grant Award from the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study mechano-chemo transduction in the single rabbit cardiomyocyte contracting in cross-linked 3D viscoelastic gel.  Congratulations!
  • Professor Erkin Seker selected as BMES Young Innovator
    Erkin Seker, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected as one of 12 BMES Young Innovators for 2016. His work entitled “Mechanisms of Reduced Astrocyte Surface Coverage in Cortical Neuron-Glia Co-cultures on Nanoporous Gold Surfaces” and co-authored by BMEGG PhD candidate Chris Chapman, will be included in the Young Innovator Issue of Cellular and Molecular ...
  • Jeni Lee receives 2016 Zuhair A. Munir Award
    The College of Engineering’s Awards Committee has selected Jeni Lee as the winner of the 2016 Zuhair A. Munir Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation. Lee is being honored for her research entitled, “Bioactive and Mechanical Stimuli for Engineering Neocartilage with Native Tissue-like Tensile Properties.” Prof. Kyriacos Athanasiou was Lee’s mentor in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Her ...
  • BMEGG Student Research Conference 2016
    May 19, 2016 marked our 5th annual Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Student Research Conference.  Dean and Vice Chancellor Julie Freischlag opened the conference with a motivating Keynote Address on achieving career satisfaction in the health sciences.  The day was well-attended by students at all levels, and the quality of research displayed in the oral and ...
  • Jeff Lu receives 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
    Jeff Lu, Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, was selected to receive the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for his multi-year efforts as a TA for the Biomedical Engineering senior design courses, BIM 110L, BIM 110A, and BIM 110B.  Jeff’s contribution to these courses, along with praise from students and instructors alike, were recognized during ...
  • Jarrett Link receives 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
    Jarrett Link, Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Currently Jarrett’s research focuses on maintaining functional properties of self-assembled cartilage and enzymatically enhancing its integration to native cartilage in an inflammatory environment. Articular cartilage covers the ends of diarthrodial joints, such as the knee. It facilitates ...
  • BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2015
    It is my pleasure to announce this year’s BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student Award goes to Jeni Lee from Prof. Kyriacos Athanasiou’s laboratory. While a doctoral student in the BME Graduate Group, Jeni has made significant advances in the laboratory to engineer functional cartilage replacement tissues for treatment of arthritis with the use of novel chemical ...
  • BMEGG Student Research Conference 2015
    Our 4th annual Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Student Research Conference, held on May 15, 2015, was a wonderful day of research and discussion highlighting our outstanding students.  Professor Victor Barocas from the University of Minnesota kicked off the event with a terrific plenary talk. The day was well-attended by students at all levels, and the ...
  • Alumni Dr. Ulrich Schaff returns to campus to share his experience founding a medical diagnostic startup.
    The Biomedical Engineering Alumni Seminar Series continues Thursday, April 30th, with a talk given by Dr. Ulrich Schaff, Chief Technology Officer, Founder, Sandstone Diagnostics Inc. Title: How to build a mass-market analytical centrifuge in a garage   One of the greatest challenges a Biomedical Engineer can undertake is building a diagnostic startup company from scratch. It is truly ...
  • Brent Foster selected as a 2015-2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipient.
    Brent Foster, a 1st year BME PhD Student in Professor Chaudhari’s Laboratory, has been selected by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) as a 2015-2016 fellowship award recipient.  The NSF GRFP will provide Brent with 3 years of funding to pursue his research project which aims to create an open-source 3D ...
  • Jenna Harvestine receives a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
    Jenna Harvestine, a 1st year BME PhD Student in Professor Leach’s Laboratory, has been selected as a recipient of a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.  The NDSEG Fellowship will provide Jenna with 3 years of funding to pursue research in biomaterials and bone tissue engineering.  This work may be of benefit ...
  • Priscilla Williams receives an American Heart Association Summer 2014 Predoctoral Fellowship
    Priscilla Williams, Ph.D. Candidate in Professor Silva’s Lab, has been selected as recipient of an American Heart Summer 2014 Predoctoral Fellowship. Priscilla’s research aims to design a biomaterial system to recruit circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) to ischemic tissue after intravenous injection for therapeutic angiogenesis. This greater understanding of human EPC homing and angiogenesis ...
  • BME PhD Candidate Robin Cumming will represent UC Davis in Washington DC
    Congratulations to Robin Cumming (Sutcliffe Lab) for her selection at the  UC Davis representative for the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop in Washington DC. Robin will attend a two-day workshop and then talk to members of Congress to advocate for the UC Davis and science and engineering research, hopefully convincing our legislature ...
  • BME Graduate Student Chris Chapman selected to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
    Congratulations to Chris Chapman (Seker Lab) for being selected to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in summer 2015 in Lindau, Germany. Chris will represent UC Davis and enjoy the opportunity to engage 70 Nobel Laureates and network internationally with 650 other young researchers attending the meeting.
  • Professor Sara St. James returns as BME Alumni Seminar Speaker
    The Biomedical Engineering Alumni Seminar Series continues Thursday, February 5th, with a talk given by Dr. Sara St. James, Assistant Professor and Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington. The title of this week’s talk will be: Positrons, Protons… “positive” experiences in Medical Physics The pathway from Biomedical Engineering to clinical Medical Physics is one that ...
  • Kaitlin Murphy is awarded American Heart Association Summer 2014 Predoctoral Fellowship
    Kaitlin Murphy, Ph.D. Candidate in Professor Leach’s Lab, has been selected a recipient of a American Heart Summer 2014 Predoctoral Fellowship.  Kaitlin’s research will seek to identify cellular and physical cues to present to endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) that will improve capillary formation upon transplantation. The results of this study may provide a novel approach to ...
  • Beko Binder selected for 2014 BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student Award
    This year’s BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student Award goes to Beko Binder from Prof. Kent Leach’s laboratory. While a doctoral student in the BME Graduate Group, Beko has made significant advances in the development of pharmacological and materials-based approaches to promote cell survival and direct tissue repair, with particular emphasis on bone and angiogenesis. His research contributions ...
  • Justin Klein selected a scholar for the 2014-2015 SNMMI Predoctoral Molecular Imaging Scholar Program.
    BMEGG predoctoral student Justin Klein (Cherry lab) has been selected as the recipient of the 2014-2015 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Predoctoral Molecular Imaging Scholar Program. The pre-doctoral program supports a research scholar in an established molecular imaging lab that will apply molecular imaging approaches (including tool development) to investigate biological pathways ...
  • Christopher Chapman receives 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
    Christopher Chapman, Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Currently Chris’s research focuses on an advanced material, nanoporous gold, due to its high surface area-to-volume ratio, ease of surface modification, tunable surface morphology, and electrical conductivity. In order to rapidly screen for the optimal material morphologies ...
  • BME Grad Students are co-authors on Science publication.
    BME Graduate students Pasha Hadidi of the Athanasiou Lab and Yu (Charlie) Ouyang of the Cherry Lab co-authors on a recently published Science paper “Total Synthesis of a Functional Designer Eukaryotic Chromosome” describing the world’s first synthetic eukaryotic chromosome. As undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University in 2008, Hadidi and Ouyang, along with their ...
  • Hussain Fatakdawala receives multiple awards at IGPS.
    Hussain Fatakdawala participated Friday, April 4th, in the campus-wide Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) and won the Dean’s Prize for Best Oral Presentation in Engineering for his presentation entitled “Imaging coronary arteries using a bimodal catheter combining fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) and intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS)”. In addition, Hussain, along with his co-authors (Gregory G. ...
  • BME Graduate Student Research Conference May 16th
    Our 3rd Annual Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Student Research Conference is scheduled for May 16, 2014 at the UC Davis Conference Center. Abstracts are due to Christal on 4/25/14. We’re looking forward to another great conference
  • Students present at ISSCR Meeting
    Allison Hoch and Beko Binder (both Ph.D. candidates in Biomedical Engineering) presented their research at the 4th International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)/Society of Biological Engineering meeting in San Diego in March 2014.
  • BME team publish in Science Signaling
    Rafael Shimkunas, 2nd-year PhD student in the BME Graduate Group, has published his first co-authored paper at UC Davis in the journal Science Signaling: http://stke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/7/317/ra27. In the paper, which is featured on the cover of the issue, Rafael and Chen-Izu Lab colleagues used a novel hydrogel system to investigate the mechano-chemotransduction mechanisms in cardiac myocytes. ...
  • BME Graduate student project is out of this world!
    Wendy Brown, PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, and the MERCCURI team will see their international space station project launched on March 30th.  Follow their project website: http://spacemicrobes.ucdavis.edu/ to see how microbes collected around the country perform in the microgravity environment of the international space station.
  • Nicole De Jesus has a recent publication in Circulation Research
    Nicole De Jesus, Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, and Ripplinger Lab colleagues have a new publication in Circulation Research titled “Optical Mapping of Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+ in the Intact Heart: Ryanodine Receptor Refractoriness During Alternans and Fibrillation.” Sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca cycling is key to normal excitation-contraction coupling but also contribute to pathological cardiac alternans and ...
  • Molly Townsend receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
    Molly Townsend, Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering, was awarded the 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Molly’s research, under the mentorship of Professor Sarigul-Klijn in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will focus on the Effects of Space Flight on the Spine.  For more information, please see the following abstract for the project.   Long Duration Spaceflight Spine Fracture Location Keywords: gravitational ...
  • 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student in Biomedical Engineering
    This year’s Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group 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. His efforts represent a major advance in dealing with ...

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