Bioengineering News

Bioengineering News

Testing the Landscape of Oncology: An Engineering and Physical Sciences Perspective Seminar

April 2014

Dr. Nagahara

Distinguished Life Science and Biomedical Engineering speaker, Dr. Larry A. Nagahara has been invited to give a seminar on the exploration of cancer research on Thursday, April 17th from 1:30-2:30 pm in the ITC building, ES 2008. In this talk, examples of blending physical sciences/engineering perspectives with oncology will be presented to illustrate that fostering the development of innovating and promising approaches could lead to a paradigm shift in the way we understand and ultimately treat this disease.

Click here for more information on the anticipated seminar


New Bioengineering Research Awards 2013-2014

March 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, HA Surface Presented Yeast Flu Vaccine and Its Enhancement By CD154 Codisplay, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease.

PhD Student Receives Kligman Award to Attend ISBS Meeting in Connecticut

March 2014

PhD Bioengineering student, Xue Liu has obtained the Kligman Award from the International Society for Biophysics and Imaging of the Skin. He will be attending the ISBS Conference in Mystic, Connecticut in August. Liu will be presenting a poster demonstrating the relationship between skin and biomedical engineering.

Three Bioengineering Professors are Featured in Binghamton Research Winter 2014 Magazine

March 2014

Doiron in Binghamton Research 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. (Click the image on the right to see the feature)


McLeod in Binghamton Research MagazineDirector 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. (Click the image on the left to see the feature)


German in Binghamton Research Magazine

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. (Click the image on the right to see the feature)

Bioengineering Junior and BU-HHMI Student, Joshua Cohen Receives the President's Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence

March 2014

Joshua Cohen, a Bioengineering Junior and BU-HHMI student, has received the President's Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence. Binghamton University will present President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence at a luncheon at the end of the Spring 2014 semester. Cohen is one of six undergraduates that will receive the award -- three juniors and three seniors. Each recipient will receive a certificate and a check for $1,000. Cohen has been working with BE Professor Mahler as an Undergraduate Research Assistant and recently spent his winter break in Honduras on a medical mission.

An Evening of Peace: Honoring Native Americans' Cultures, History and Presence

March 2014

A group of five Binghamton University undergraduate students with varying majors are traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota over the upcoming spring break, under the direction of Professor of Bioengineering George Catalano.

The trip to Pine Ridge will take place April 12 through April 18. Students majoring in bioengineering as well as social work, nursing, biology and women's studies will journey to Pine Ridge with two main goals. First, the group will participate in a series of service projects designed and developed by Re-member, a non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which seeks to improve the quality of reservation life through relationships, shared resources and volunteer services.

The trip will also serve as a fact-finding visit to identify senior design capstone projects for senior engineering majors to pursue next year. All engineering students are required to successfully complete a senior-year design project. Several of next year's projects will be selected from those identified in Pine Ridge, allowing several students to participate in the identification and development of design projects linked to energy and environmental issues on the reservation from the outset, enriching their complete educational experience.

The non-engineering majors participating in the trip are doing so as part of the new Community of Peace initiative that has been implemented in the Apartment Communities residential community at Binghamton University. Within this initiative, and with the support of the University's Residential Life staff, students are challenged to become active agents of peace and leaders promoting peace among all residents of the residential community, the campus and beyond.
Support for the development of this effort comes from both the 2013-2014 Iberdrola USA Foundation Grants and the Binghamton University Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs.

For more information, contact George Catalano at

In support of the journey to Pine Ridge, "An Evening of Peace: Honoring Native Americans' Cultures, History and Presence" will be held.

An Evening of Peace Presentation

Mandela Room
Old University Union
Binghamton University Campus
Monday, April 7th, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Sponsored by:
Students and Staff of Apartments Community, Department of Residential Life &
Department of Bioengineering, Binghamton University

Raise awareness of Native American peoples, their presence, cultures and history
Promote a richer understanding of diversity and a deeper peace among all peoples.

The event is open to students, faculty and staff as well as to the general public.


Evening Events:

Thea Whirlwindhorse

Art provided by Thea Whirlwindhorse

Thea Whirlwindhorse is an operating room technician at Binghamton General Hospital. She will have examples of her work on display. Her art includes animal drawings, traditional and contemporary beadwork, bone chokers, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota nation. 



Jory Nash

Music by Jory Nash, Canadian singer songwriter and musician

Jory Nash is a folk music-oriented Canadian singer-songwriter and musician who is passionate about promoting peace among all peoples. 



Speaker Frieda Jacques

Speaker Freida Jacques, Clanmother
Freida J. Jacques, Onondaga, whose native name is Whatwehni:neh is a resident of the Onondaga Nation. She is presently employed at the Onondaga Nation School as a Home/School Liaison. She has served as a bridge between her culture and the many educational institutions in CNY. Peace and Healing are subjects she is passionate about. She has been a leader in her Nation for over 30 years, a Clanmother of the Turtle Clan. 



Ye elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow

January 2014

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

December 2013

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

December 2013

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

November 2013

The LandsWalker 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

September 2013

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

August 2013

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

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