Bioengineering Faculty Accomplishments
Professor Gretchen Mahler Awarded NSF Grant
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $299,799 to the project "Endothelial to Mesenchymal Transformation Mechanobiology," is under the direction of Gretchen J. Mahler, Pong-Yu Huang, and Bruce T. Murray. The award starts September 1, 2014 and ends August 31, 2017. For more information on the award please click here.
NSF Grant Awarded to Dr. Kaiming Ye and Dr. Sha Jin
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $300,000 to The Research Foundation of SUNY for support of the project, "EAGER: Bioprinting Personalized Islets" under the direction of Dr. Kaiming Ye and Dr. Sha Jin. The award starts August 1, 2014 and runs through July 31, 2016. For more information on the award please click here.
Department Chair is Featured on FOX News
Dr. Kaiming Ye was featured on local news FOX News 40 following the announcement of a new award given by Governor Cuomo. The funds will be used to purchase a new 3-D printer for the department with the goal of producing human organs for transplanting. Dr. Ye says that 3-D printing organs could solve this rejection issue because organs could be customized for specific patients. Ye hopes to have the printer built within the year so that his team can begin pre-clinical trials. Find out more information on the biomedical research funds along with the video here.
Two Faculty are Issued a US Patent
Department Chair, Kaiming Ye and Assistant Professor, Sha Jin were issued a US Patent for pH Insensitive Glucose Protein. The technology enables a wearable, non-invasive diabetes sensor comprising engineered glucose indicator proteins that are pH insenstive. The proteins have been designed to react with glucose over specific ranges of glucose concentrations, and fluoresce in the presence of glucose, thus providing an optical signal that can be used in continuous glucose monitoring.
Dr. Amber Doiron Receives NSF MRI Grant
Dr. Amber Doiron, a BE Faculty member has been awarded the NSF MRI award for the Scanning Probe-Raman Microscope (PI: Changhong Ke) in the amount of $418,011. BE faculty members Guy German and Gretchen Mahler also participated with the grant submission. Together they have contributed another high-end instrument to the BU research community. The funding starts September 1, 2014 and ends August 31, 2017.
Dr. Guy German Featured in Discover-E Faculty Spotlights
BE Faculty member Guy German was featured in the most recent edition of Discover-E for his research on the products used in personal cleaners. German tested four surfactants commonly used in facial cleaners that many people use on a daily basis. For more information on the article, check out Discover-E.
Three Faculty Awarded TAE Research Funding
- Dr. Hiroki Sayama was awarded $20,000 on behalf of Professor Terry Deak and the Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) committee, for "A Machine Learning-Based Approach for Optimizing the Discovery of Brain-Based Risk Markers for Psychiatric Illness" submitted in response to the 2014-15 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program Request for Proposals.
- Dr. Guy German was awarded $20,000 on behalf of Professor Terry Deak and the Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) committee, for "Is Atopic Dermatitis a Result of S. Aureus Infection Due to Stratum Corneum Lipid Loss?" submitted in response to the 2014-15 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program Request for Proposals.
- Dr. Gretchen Mahler was awarded $15,000 on behalf of Professor Wayne Jones and the Smart Energy Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) committee, for "Self-Sustaining Power Generation from a Bio-Solar Panel" submitted in response to the 2014-15 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program Request for Proposals.
New Bioengineering Research Awards 2013-2014
- Dr. Amber Doiron, Iron Oxide Based Polymer Nanocomplex for Functional Detection of Atherosclerosis, National Institutes of Health.
- Dr. Amber Doiron, Dr. Karin Sauer, Development of a Nanodelivery System for Enhanced Treatment of Biofilm-Related Infections, 2013 Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.
- Dr. Guy German, Unrestricted Research Support, Unilever Trumbull Research Services Incorporated.
- Dr. Guy German, The Effects of Polymer and Surfactant Treatment on Human Stratum Corneum Drying and Barrier Damage, Schick Manufacturing Incorporated.
- Dr. Gretchen Mahler, The Effects of Engineered Nanoparticle Ingestion on Mineral Absorption and Small Intestinal Health and Function, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.
- Dr. Gretchen Mahler , Dr. Anthony Fiumera, Eating for 100 Trillion: The Gut Microbiome, Food Additives and Metabolic Disorders, 2013 Health Science Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.
- Dr. Gretchen Mahler (Co-PI), Dr. Pong-Yu (Peter) Huang (Co-PI), Effects of Environmental Factors on Eqigenetic Regulation of Surfactant Proteins in the Lung, Health Science Center Foundation at Syracuse.
- Dr. Hiroki Sayama, RI: Small: BCSP: Robustness and Adaptation in Morphogenetic Collective Systems, National Science Foundation.
- Dr. David Schaffer, 2012 Collaboration Fund: A Dementia Diagnostic Test Based Upon Speech, Multiple Sponsors.
- Dr. Kaiming Ye, NSF IPA for Kaiming Ye, National Science Foundation.
- Dr. Kaiming Ye, Sha Jin, HA Surface Presented Yeast Flu Vaccine and Its Enhancement By CD154 Codisplay, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease.
Three Bioengineering Professors are Featured in Binghamton Research Winter 2014 Magazine
Amber Doiron, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, hopes to give doctors a more accurate way of determining a patient's risk of heart attack or stroke by identifying which plaques are cause for concern. She and a Temple University colleague recently received a two-year, $418,000 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to support this project.
Director of the Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center and Bioengineer Professor, Kenneth McLeod, is studying the effects of body heat on weight loss. Research shows that raising an individuals core temperature results in an increase in metabolic rates, thus burning more calories. McLeod is currently developing a carbon-dioxide, laser based heater that will keep you warm, possibly burn calories, and even increase productivity for a mere 15 watts -- a much cheaper alternative to the 1,500-watt space heaters many people use in their office space.
Guy German, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, informs readers about the chemicals that make up most of the cleaners consumers use on a daily basis and how different cleansers should be used for different skin types. In his study, German tested four surfactants commonly found in skin cleansers and found there were varying side effects to each. Bottom line, your choice of cleanser matters. Consumers should always read the back of the label before deciding which product they should use on their skin.
Ye elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow
Dr. Kaiming Ye, Chairman of the Department of Bioengineering at Binghamton University, has been elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, making him eligible to be one of the top most distinguished and accomplished leaders in the medical an biological engineering fields. He will be officially introduced to the AIMBE College of Fellows at the National Academy of Sciences on March 24, 2014.
Three Bioengineering Professors Receive Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) Research Awards
Gretchen Mahler (Assistant Professor of Bioengineering), Amber Doiron (Assistant Professor of Bioengineering) and Zhanpeng Jin (Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint title in Bioengineering) have won the following research awards from the 2013 Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) Funding Program:
- Gretchen Mahler and Anthony Fiumera: "Eating for 100 Trillion: The Gut Microbiome, Food Additives and Metabolic Disorders"
- Amber Doiron and Karin Sauer: "Development of a Nanodelivery System for Enhanced Treatment of Biofilm-Related Infections"
- Zhanpeng Jin and Sarah Laszlo: "A Novel Mobile Human-Computer Interaction Approach Based on Wearable Eye-Controlled Glasses for Assisted Living and Health Care"
Catalano Receives Iberdrola USA Foundation Grant
George Catalano, Professor of Bioengineering, has received the 2013-2014 Iberdrola USA Foundation Grant in support of the Senior Design Project to develop affordable and sustainable water filters for rural villages in South America (Peru).
Over the last two years, a team of senior design Bioengineering students developed an initial prototype of a water filtration system for use in a rural village, Saylla, in Peru. Saylla, Peru, is a small village located ten kilometers southeast outside of Cuzco. Analysis of water from the Huatanay River, which flows through the village of Saylla, indicated that high levels of turbidity and manganese were present in the village's drinking water. Therefore, to reduce salt and heavy metal contamination, as well as the incidence of water-borne diseases, including intestinal infections and diarrhea, a water filtration system was designed to reduce pollutant concentrations to levels set as acceptable for human consumption by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Because of the high poverty rate in Saylla, the design included components that could be easily and cheaply procured in Peru. After intensive testing and analysis of the efficacy of various filter media, fine sand and charcoal were included in the final design to remove the various contaminants present in the water supply of Saylla. The relationship with Saylla is ongoing and new design projects will be started this year. This effort recognizes the Iberdrola USA Foundation Grant as its sponsor.
Land Featured in Lockheed Martin Newsletter
Walker Land, Professor of Bioengineering, was featured in Lockheed Martin's internal newsletter for his and his son and grand daughter's participation in Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) Conference. (Click the image on the right to see the newsletter)
Sayama Receives NSF Grant
Hiroki Sayama, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, has received a $374,811 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), on the project titled "Robustness and Adaptation in Morphogenetic Collective Systems". The project will be for three years.
Mahler Receives NIH Grant
Gretchen Mahler, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has received a $430,547 NIH R15 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Heatlth Sciences (NIEHS), on a project titled "The Effects of Engineered Nanoparticle Ingestion on Mineral Absorption and Small Intestinal Health and Function". Nanomaterials are currently used in food and food packaging, but very little is known about the health effects of nanoparticle consumption. The goal of this project is to examine how nanoparticle ingestion affects gut microflora populations and nutrient absorption in the gastrointestinal tract.