PhD Student Awarded MRC Award
Subhadra Jayarman, a BME PhD student, has been selected as the recipient of the Pursuit of Technology Award by the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC). This is rewarded to a person of color in the STEM field that demonstrates passion and dedication for the advancement of our community.
Capstone Design Video Highlight - TIER Talks
The Binghamton University Alumni Association and M&T Bank presented a TIER Talks speaker event April 11, 2019, at the Center of Excellence Symposium Hall at Binghamton University. The session "Life Without Limitation" discussed pushing boundaries, moving from disability to ability, and viewing obstacles as opportunities. The speakers were Dan Kosick '00, MSW '06, a cancer survivor and former Paralympian, and George Catalano, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor. The moderator was Steve Seepersaud. Click here to watch the video.
Outstanding Faculty Service Award
Dr. Sha Jin, BME Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director, was recently awarded the 2018-19 Watson School Recognition Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. Awardees of the Watson School Recognition Awards will be honored early this May.
Research Grant from NSF Awarded
Co-PI Ahyeon Koh has received a $452k grant from NSF for research on Bioenergy Generation from Sweat-Eating Bacteria, funding awarded with work from Seokheun "Sean" Choi (ECE). Dr. Koh's expertise is very valuable, as it includes understanding all the sweat-based e-skin systems, skin-interfaced microfluidics for sweat collection, stretchable and biocompatible material studies, and bioelectrochemical analysis. Read more on the specifics of the award on the NSF Award webpage.
Department Chairman, Dr. Kaiming Ye, has also been awarded an NSF grant of $50,000 for his project entitled "I Corps: Development of Genome Edited Cancer Vaccines." This award starts April 1 , 2019 and ends September 30, 2019.
Binghamton's Chancellor Fellowship Decision
Natalie Weiss, a recently accepted PhD student, has been awarded Binghamton's SUNY Chancellor Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to aid in the recruitment of quality students, helping to recruit Ms. Weiss to work in Dr. Tracy Hookway's laboratory.
Alumni Receives NSF GRFP Award
Recent 2018 graduate, Jessica Funnel (BS) has received the NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
PhD Student Receives NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
Matthew Brown, a PhD student, has just been awarded the NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorable Mention. As part of this award, Matthew will be provided enhanced access to cyberinfrastructure resources, including supercomputing time, in support of research toward completion of the graduate program of study. Details of resources available are described here.
Elementary Students Tour Labs
Close to 50 students from Vestal Hills 4th grade elementary class toured Dr. Sha Jin's class, broadening their knowledge on Biomedical Engineering.
Binghamton University Recognized for Research
Local news channel, WBNG 12 News recently interviewed Dr. Ahyeon Koh and her graduate student, Matthew Brown, a PhD student in the BME department. The video can be seen on WBNG, highlighting the great academic programs and research that BU offers, as well as the staple it plays in the community.
Senior Design Project NSF I-Corp Grant Approval
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $50,000 to the Senior Design Project, entitled "I-Corps: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Pad," under the direction of Dr. Guy German. Bar Stern, Nate Fisher and Dom Pirozzi, recent BU Grads, are the biomedical engineers behind PUPP Seating. This award starts March 15, 2019 and ends August 31, 2019.
Students and Faculty Participate in STEM Fair at Local High School
Several students under Dr. Ahyeon Koh, Dr. Fake (Frank) Lu, and Dr. Yuan Wan recently participated in a STEM fair that took place at Seton Catholic Central High School, a local school. The group demonstrated a science-based hands-on project for the participants.
Faculty and Student Published
Dr. Ahyeon Koh and graduate students Brandon Ashley, Youjoon Park, Sally Yuan, and Matthew Brown were recently published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics, for their research "Skin-inspired, Open Mesh Electrochemical Sensors for Lactate and Oxygen Monitoring". Read more by clicking here.
Alumni Appointed NAE Program Director
Recent BME graduate, Guruprasad Madhavan, MBA '07, PhD '09 has just been appointed the Program Director of the National Academy of Engineering, effective February 2, 2019. Madhavan started in NAE in 2008 as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow and then Program Officer in the Policy and Global Affairs Division.
Graduate Student & Faculty Review Paper
Dr. Ahyeon Koh and graduate students Matthew Brown and Brandon Ashley (PhD candidates)'s review paper, "Wearable Technology for Chronic Wound Monitoring: Current Dressings, Advancements, and Future Prospects" in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, published last April, has received a large recognition recently. Read more on this exciting research by visiting Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
Update on Pressure Ulcer Prevention Pad, Inc.
BME 2017 Senior Design Project Update with Pressure Ulcer Prevention Pad, Inc. Big things are happening for Bar Stern, Nate Fisher and Dom Pirozzi, recent BU Grads and the biomedical engineers behind PUPP Seating!
PUPP, a dynamic wheelchair cushion used to treat and prevent the formation of pressure ulcers, utilizes alternating technology to redistribute pressure away from high risk areas, relieving pressure points and preventing ulcer formation.
The company is now following through with "beta tests" at nursing homes with their full functioning prototypes and are excited to receive feedback from the people who really matter, the patients and healthcare providers. Click here to watch the video!
BME Capstone Project Stems Into a Business
Binghamton University alumni Nathaniel Fisher, Bar Stern, and Dominick Pirozzi graduated in 17′ with a BS and 18′ with a MS in Biomedical Engineering. As part of their project, they created the Pressure Ulcer Prevention Pad, and eventually PUPP, Inc., after a professor proposed the idea for their senior design project. By working with the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator and the National Science Foundation's I-Corps program, the PUPP team was able to start their market.
Read more by clicking here!
Juniors Get Hands-On with Orthopedic Devices
BME Juniors get hands-on with specialized orthopedic devices, all made possible by biomedical engineering design! Dr. Eric Seybold, an Orthopedic Surgeon from Lourdes Orthopedic and Stryker Representatives presented in Dr. Hookway's course, Biomaterials.
Student Acceptance to 2018 REU Symposium
Margaret Blystone, a Biomedical Engineering student and BU REU participant, has been selected for participation in the Council on Undergraduate Research's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium taking place on October 28-29, 2018. Ms. Bylstone's work was supervised by Dr. Sha Jin.
New Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) Award
Grant proposal, Engineering a Kidney Glomerulus and Proximal Tubule on a Chip, was funded by the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) in the 2018 grant cycle. The goal of the work is to create a simplified, physiologically realistic in vitro model of the proximal tubule and glomerulus that can be used for preclinical ADMET testing, modeling disease for novel drug treatment regime trials, and understanding cellular crosstalk while replacing and reducing the use of animals. This grant was based preliminary work published in RSC Advances (DOI: 10.1039/C6RA25641D) by a BU BME PhD alumna, Courtney Sakolish.
Students Selected for UG Oral Presentation at BMES 2018 Annual Meeting
Several undergraduate students have been chosen to present at the 2018 BMES Anunal Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Several students were part of the Binghamton University Biomedical Engineering REU program that took place Summer 2018. The students include Jacob Gershon (REU, BME), Natalie Mueller (REU), Julia Wilcox (BME), Kaitlin Enright (BME), Margaret Blystone (REU, BME), and Emma Northrup (REU, BME).
Binghamton University & Partners Receive $30M NIST Grant
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a five-year Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) grant of $30 million to Johns Hopkins University (the lead institute for the grant), Morgan State University and Binghamton University. Read more by clicking here.
PhD Candidates and Faculty Win Awards
BME Assistant Professor, Tracy Hookway, has won the Junior Faculty Research Award at the 2018 Advanced Bio-manufacturing Meeting in Worcester, MA. The title of his presentation was "Heterotypic impacts on stem cell derived cardiomyocyte phenotype and function".
BME Assistant Professor, Ahyeon Koh, has won the Early Career Development Award, which supports the travel costs associated with attending the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting.
PhD candidate, Sebastian Freeman, has won the Graduate Travel Award at the 2018 Advanced Bio-manufacturing Meeting in Worcester, MA. The title of his presentation was "Biofabrication of Tissue-Engineered Vessel Grafts".
PhD Candidate, Melissa Mendoza, has received the 2018 BMES Student Travel Award. This travel award provides a complimentary registration to the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting and a travel stipend to help with travel costs.
Faculty Promoted to Associate Dean of Graduate School
We are pleased to announce that the Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor, Dr. Gretchen Mahler, has accepted a position with the Graduate School as the Associate Dean beginning in September 2018. Dr. Mahler will continue to teach and work as a researcher for Biomedical Engineering, but will hold shared duties among the departments.
Faculty Innovation and Brain Tumor Surgery
Dr. Fake "Frank" Lu, a BME Assistant Professor, was recently published in the latest Discover-e Research journal for his working using stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), a molecule identification technique, to develop a multicolor imaging technology for brain cancer pathology during surgery. Read more on his exciting research here.
NIH R01 Funded Research
Dr. Gretchen Mahler, BME Associate Professor, along with Dr. Claudia Marques, a Biology Assistant Professor, have been awarded an NIH R01 award for their project titled "Engineering a Small Intestinal Microbiome to Evaluate Food Additive Exposure" in the amount of $316,423.00. The project is scheduled to last until the year 2023.
Goldwater Scholarship Awarded
Junior BME major Rebecca Mancusi was recently awarded the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in America, The Barry Goldwater Scholarship! Read more here!
Faculty and Grad Student Research Highlighted
A recent, upcoming article was published by FuzeHub about a SPIR partner, Triton Ceramics, and the work that Dr. Kaiming Ye and graduate student Kritika Thakore are providing in support of the company's business strategy; i.e. using Ag nanoparticles bonded to a bed of ceramic particles (Al2O3/SiO2) for improved water filtration. FuzeHub helped make the connection between BU and Triton Ceramics.
BME Faculty Awarded Planning Grant
BME faculty have been awarded $25,000 for their proposal titled, "Center for Advanced Tissue Biofabrication (CATB)," a Center-Scale Proposal Planning and Development Grant. This planning grant will be utilized to develop a center grant application that will lead to establishing a national center for advanced tissue biofabrication (CATB).
Capstone Projects Highlighted in Pressconnects
Click here to view the article from the Press & Sun Bulletin on the 2018 Senior Capstone Projects, "Giving hope to those with ALS, cerebral palsy, other disabilities".
Team Wins Assistive Technology Competition
A team consisting of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Engineering students have been awarded 1st place in the Assistive Technology Competition, through the NYSID CREATE symposium. Natalie Zanco (BME) and Dong Woo (Chris) Shin (BME), among other members of the group, were awarded the $15,000 prize as part of their project, "Automatic Up-Down Door Conveyer System".
The specific client was AVRE, which is located in downtown Binghamton, specifically in the paper manufacturing division. Upwards of 90% of the employees working in AVRE's manufacturing division are legally blind. They were tasked with creating a new output system for them which would increase their output by 60-70% while creating jobs for more legally blind employees, while making sure that the device is safe for legally blind employees to operate, and easy for them to operate and use. The team was highlighted by Spectrum News in this article.
Provost's Award for Excellence in UG Research
Dong Woo Shin, a BME undergraduate student, has been awarded on for two Provost's Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, a huge accomplishment. This award is given to students who have excelled in research, scholarship and creative activities that extend beyond traditional coursework.
Barry Goldwater Scholarship Awarded
Rebecca Mancusi, a BME undergraduate student, has been selected to be funded by the prestigious 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This program is one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation's next generation of research leaders in these fields.
Professor's Research Published
Assistant Professor Ahyeon Koh's research was recently published on the Nature Biomedical Engineering's website for her collaboration with a research group at Northwestern University. Read more on Bing U News.
UG Student Awarded with Conference Travel
Rebecca Mancusi, a BME undergraduate student, recently won a poster presentation at the ABRCMS in Phoenix this past November. As a result, she will be fully funded to present her poster at the 2018 American Association of Immunology's Annual Conference in Austin, Texas in May.
Researchers Develop Targeted Cancer Treatment
Associate professor Sha Jin and department chair Kaiming Ye are investigating a potential alternative to traditional chemotherapy for treating prostate cancer. Their research investigates a potential alternative to traditional chemotherapy, specifically meant to treat prostate cancer. Check out BingU News for more information on this research.
New Faculty Member Announcement
We are excited to announce a new Assistant Professor that has joined the BME Department. Dr. Tracy Hookway's research interests include 3D tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, stem cell biology and tissue morphogenesis, cardiovascular physiology, and multicellular interactions. Read more on Dr. Hookway here!
Five Year Clark Fellowship Awarded
A five year/ten semester Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students has been awarded to Adia Matthew, a newly accepted Graduate Student in the Biomedical Engineering Department. Read more on the Clark Fellowship here.
Faculty Research Published in EurekAlert
BME faculty members were recently published in the latest release of EurekAlert. Amber Doiron, Gretchen Mahler, and Guy German have been conducting research on the exposure of nanoparticles in the body, where it allows for more effective delivery of medicine. To read more, visit the new article in EurekAlert.
Undergraduates Receive Funding Support
Sophomore Shuofei Sun has won the Undergraduate Conference Travel Fund assistance, offered through the Undergraduate Research Center to help partially support his presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students that took place in Fall 2017. Junior Dong Woo Shin won an Undergraduate Award to Support Research and Creative Work in Spring 2017.
BME Undergraduate Student Wins Poster Award
Rebecca Mancusi, a BME Junior, recently attended the ABRMS Conference in Phoenix, Arizona where she presented her poster titled "Characterizing Hematopoietic Precursors of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) Using a Humanized Mouse Model." Rebecca was one of six students to win the Certificate of Achievement for her outstanding presentation. Click here to view the official article on BingUNews.
Now Hiring: Assistant Professor
We are in search for a highly qualified candidate to fill our Assistant Professor position. For more information on the position and to apply, visit Interview Exchange.
Best Paper Published in IJMS
The International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) has chosen Dr. Sha Jin's paper as one of the three best papers in article section. The paper "A RNA-DNA Hybrid Aptamer for Nanoparticle-Based Prostate Tumor Targeted Drug Delivery", will announced online as an Editorial in Issue 11. To read more on the article, visit the International Journal of Molecular Sciences webpage.
Avangrid Senior Design Sponsorship
Two Senior Design Projects have been sponsored Avangrid Foundation for the 2017-2018 academic year for being energy or environment-related. The project "El Charcon Sister City Project: Waste-to-Wealth" will involve implementing a system that would help people in El Charcon, El Salvador more effectively manufacture new materials from waste. The project "Solar-powered Hydrotherapy Unit for Dogs" will involve developing a solar-powered hydro-treadmill therapy for veterinary patients, with Willow's Wings as the client. Hydro-treadmill therapy is primarily used in veterinary patients to enable early return to function and improve muscle strength after limb, neck, or back surgery or injury and improve range of motion in compromised joints. The product design will be to minimize water usage with ideally the water to be completely recycled.
Award for Outstanding Graduate Director
The Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Director has been awarded to BME Graduate Director, Dr. Gretchen Mahler. To learn more about these awards, visit the Faculty and Staff Award Recipients 2016-2017.
Faculty Receives NIH Award
Dr. "Frank" Fake Lu, a new faculty member of the department, has been awarded the NIH R00 Award for "Stimulated Raman imaging for label-free histology to guide brain tumor surgery". For more information on this award, visit the NIH website.
Researchers Develop New DNA Sunscreen
Dr. Guy German, a BME Assistant Professor and senior author, was recently publicized in several news outlets including the London Times, The Telegraph, Eurekalert, Science Daily, and Healthline, for his research on developing DNA films that increase in optical density with prolonged exposure to UV light. These films have the potential for being used as a sunscreen or as a wound covering for hostile environments. The research was co-authored by Dr. Amber Doiron, a BME Assistant Professor, along with BME undergraduate students. Click the links listed above to read more on the exciting research taking place in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Binghamton University.
Paper Published in Scilight
A recent paper authored by Associate Professor, Dr. Gretchen Mahler, and PhD graduate, Sara Mina, was published and highlighted in Scilight. The title of the paper "The role of shear stress and altered tissue properties on endothelial to mesenchymal transformation and tumor-endothelial cell interaction" was officially published in July 2017. To read the abstract, visit Scilight.
Faculty Research Published in Journal
Research conducted by the Department Chair, Dr. Kaiming Ye, and Associate Professor, Sha Jin, has been published and is featured as the cover of the Stem Cells and Development Journal, Volume 26, Number 6, 2017. The title of the research report is "Development of Islet Organids from H9 Human Embryonic Stem Cells in Biomimetic 3D Scaffolds".
Outstanding Graduate Director Award
Graduate Director and Associate Professor, Dr. Gretchen Mahler, has received the Outstanding Graduate Director Award for her continual improvement and innovation within the graduate program. To read more on the prestigious award, visit the Graduate Faculty Awards webpage.
Faculty Promoted to Associate Professor
We are happy to announce that Dr. Gretchen Mahler has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective September 1, 2017. Dr. Mahler has shown continuous commitment to quality instruction, student guidance, and service to our department.
Alumni Placement Data
Click here to view the placement information of BE/BME alumni.
Dr. Guy German, a BME Assistant Professor, has been awarded $500,000 for his project, entitled "CAREER: Understanding the Multi-scale Failure Mechanics of Human Skin with Age, Ultraviolet Photodamage and Bacterial Growth." For more information on this award, visit the NSF Award webpage. To read the article on the NSF Career Award, visit the News Page.
Common Food Additive Discovery
BME Professor, Dr. Gretchen Mahler has received recent publicity coverage in several highly recognized magazines such as Cosmopolitan Magazine and FoxNews Health for her research on Titanium Oxide additives in our food. Click the links to learn more about the discovery.
BME researchers, Assistant Professor Gretchen Mahler and Binghamton biomedical engineering alumna Courtney Sakolish PhD ’16, have developed a device that emulates human kidney function that could replace animal and human testing. Instead of running tests on live kidneys, researchers at Binghamton, University State University of New York have developed a model kidney for working out the kinks in medicines and treatments.
For more information, visit the Binghamton News Release
Xue Liu, a BME PhD student, has received the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research. The Award for Excellence in Research honors the important contributions graduate students make to research at the University and the wide variety of approaches they take to the advancement of knowledge.
For more information on the award, visit the Graduate School
Support of Research and Creative Work
Alana MacDonald, a BME undergraduate student, has been awarded the Undergraduate Award to Support Research and Creative Work. The funding will go towards underwrite expenses incurred during her research.
Two BME undergrads have been offered internship assignments for GE Healthcare as Biomedical Technicians at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, NY. This opportunity stemmed from the NEBEC career panel that was held at Binghamton University in the spring.
A recent article in Binghamton University Magazine highlights BME PhD student, Kyle Reeser's work on building a 3-D bioprinter he calls the TissueBot. Click here to read more!
Class of 2016 Graduates
Congratulations to the Biomedical Engineering Class of 2016 Graduates! We are so proud and wish you all the luck in your future endeavors!
We are happy to announce that Dr. George Catalano has been promoted to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor, effective May 4, 2016. Dr. Catalano will work with other Distinguished Faculty across the SUNY system to encourage a renewed commitment to quality instruction, service on SUNY campuses, and strong leadership development to new faculty.
NEBEC Conference Hosted by SUNY Binghamton
The 42nd Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, hosted by SUNY Binghamton was a success! This year's conference was focused on "New Biomedical Frontiers for the 21st Century." The overarching objective of the conference is to stimulate collaboration and promote biomedical engineering research and education programs in the Northeast. The two and half day conference consisted of an undergraduate design competition, graduate research poster competition, biomedical and biotechnology career fair, keynote and plenary speakers, research and poster presentations, and panel discussions on emerging biomedical technologies. To read more on the conference, visit the NEBEC website, photos can be seen here.
Council Foundation Award Received
BME Senior, Stephen Fischer has been selected to receive a Council Foundation Award, which will be given at the President's Award Luncheon. He was nominated by Professor Gretchen Mahler. To read more about this award, visit the Binghamton University Council webpage.
Honorable Mention for Provost's Award of Excellence in UG Research
Nicole Martucci, a BME undergrad, has been awarded Honorable Mention for the Provost's Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Research due to the high-quality caliber of her research, scholarly, and creative endeavors. For more information about this award, visit the Provost Excellence page.
BME UG Student Receives Chancellor Award
Alyssa Berkowitz and Leigha Jarett, biomedical engineering undergraduate students, have been chosen as one of the highly recognized recipients of the Chancellor's Award for the Spring 2016 semester. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recognizes students for the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives which may include leadership, community service, arts, athletics and career achievement. Read more about the Chancellor's Award here.
S3IP Undergraduate Research Initiative
Two BME students have been chosen for the S3IP Undergraduate Research Initiative Award. Travis Blank for the project "Heterogeneous Substrates to Prolong Functionality of Compliant Electronics", under Dr. Guy German and Gabriella Shull for "Investigating the Effects of Ingested TiO2 Nanoparticles on GI Health and Function", under Dr. Gretchen Mahler. To read more about the award, visit the S3IP webpage.
Students enrolled in Biomaterials, taught by Dr. Amber Doiron, got a chance to witness real world engineering with a hands-on demonstration by Dr. Eric Seybold, an Orthopedic Surgeon from Lourdes Hospital. The robot demonstrated allows for repeatability in the future as the mapping and procedure information is stored in the computer instead of just in the brain of the surgeon and the hand written notes of a chart. To read more on the article, check out Watson News.
Students Nominated for Chancellor's Award
Two biomedical engineering undergraduates have been nominated for the Chancellor's Award for the Spring 2016 semester. Along with the Chancellor's Award, Leigha Jarrett and Alyssa Berkowitz are also nominated for the President's Award for Undergraduate Excellence, an award specifically for Binghamton University students. Both committees will be meeting in late February and early March for consideration. Read more about the awards here.
Department Research in Local News
Local News Channel 34 (WBNG) featured the research that is currently taking place on 3-D organ printing at Binghamton University. Dr. Kaiming Ye and his PhD student, Kyle Reeser, explained the importance of 3-D printing to the medical world and the future training program that will be available in the next three to four years. Visit WBNG to read more on the research taking place and to watch the video.
Ask a Scientist Press & Sun-Bulletin Articles
Professor Dr. George Catalano and PhD student Kyle Reeser were recently published in "Ask a Scientist" in the Press & Sun-Bulletin newspaper. Young students asked questions such as "Are dogs descended from wolves" and "What is it that puts the 'pop' in popcorn".
Department Newsletter Released
The official 2015 department newsletter was released, with thousands of Biomedical Engineering recipients across the country. Click here to read more on the exciting events of 2015.
Faculty Awarded with Lush Prize
Assistant Professor Dr. Gretchen Mahler was recognized as being part of a team of researchers that was awarded the 2015 Lush Prize for animal-free testing. The prize fund rewards work in areas of science, training, public awareness, lobbying and young researchers. Scientists and campaigners from nine countries share the prize money and will receive their awards in London on Friday, November 20th. The winners were selected by an international panel of experts from 51 shortlisted science teams, organizations and individual researchers. Read more about the Lush Prize mission and the award media release.
Completed Teaching Lab Space Renovations
The recently upgraded teaching lab offers more than 1,525 additional square feet available
for research and teaching.
The newly renovated space will house an inverted fluorescence microscope, a nanoindenter, and a multiple plate reader, a gel imaging station, a high-speed centrifuge, two refrigerated high-speed microcentrifuges, and three tensiometers.
Lab Courses in the new space are scheduled to begin in January 2016 and include course offerings such as: Biomechanics of biocompatible materials (Guy German), Nanoparticle fabrication (Amber Dorian), Protein purification and gel separation (Gretchen Mahler), and Microfluidic Device fabrication (Abhinav Bhushan) among many others.
Funding Received for Multiphoton Confocal Microscope
The NSF MRI award has been approved for a Zieuss LSM 880 NOL 3-channel multiphoton confocal laser scanning microscope, with funding of $610,868.00. The existing microscope was originally configured for thin tissue sample and microorganism imaging. With the expansion of BU research programs in neuroscience, stem cell and regenerative medicine, 3D tissue bioprinting, nanomedicine, etc., the University is in urgent need of a more advanced multiphoton confocal microscope for live cell imaging. The advanced technology will be housed in the Health Science Core Facility at the Center of Excellence in Spring 2016 and will be utilized by BME researchers. For more information about the award, visit the NSF Awards webpage.
Iberdrola Foundation USA Funding
Two Senior Design projects have been awarded Iberdrola Foundations USA funding. These energy and environment related projects include a Low Cost Dehumidifier for Dog Rescue Shelters and Water Generation for Developing Regions.
Dr. Doiron Gives Seminar Talks on Nanoparticles
Dr. Amber Doiron, Associate Professor, was recently invited to give a seminar at Syracuse University and Temple University on "Nanoparticles: A perspective on novel applications and defining risk". The talk involved details on her lab's work such as the development of MR contrast agents to better identify atherosclerotic disease, the development of drug delivery nanoparticles to combat biofilm infections, and also the study of the functional impact of nanoparticles on living cells.
Faculty and Graduate Students Attend Annual BMES Meeting
Several faculty and graduate students were chosen to attend the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. The conference ran from October 7-10 and was a great way to connect with prospective students, faculty and other members of the biomedical engineering world. Click here for pictures of the event.
Assistant Professor Joins BME
Dr. Abhinav Bhushan has joined the BME faculty as an Assistant Professor with strong interests in basic and translational biomedical sciences. His research interests include microfluidics, tissue engineering, sensors, and metabolic diseases. His work has been published in many top peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Lab-on-a-Chip, and Technology. Prior to joining the Binghamton University, he was with the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where his work was supported by several fellowships. Dr. Bhushan's teaching interests lie in the interdisciplinary areas of Nanotechnology, Drug Delivery, Tissue Engineering, and Sensors. Visit Dr. Bhushan's faculty webpage here.
New BME graduate students were welcomed and explained procedures during the Graduate Student Orientation. Ellen Tilden from the Graduate School and Maggie Cude from the Watson School also gave presentations on what their departments have to offer students. We are excited for our additional graduate students!
Business Insider Australia Features Video on 3D Printing
BME graduate student Kyle Reeser was featured on Business Insider Australia for working on a 3D printing process that will allow the team to build tissues and organs in a lab. This could save lives as people who need an organ transplant would no longer have to wait for a suitable match to be found. Check out Business Insider Australia for the video.
3D Printing Featured on Time Warner Cable News
Dr. Kaiming Ye and other researchers were featured for revolutionizing organ transplants with the help of a 3D printer. Visit Time Warner Cable for the article and video here.
WBNG: 3D Printing Revolutionizing the Medical Field
Professor and Chair, Dr. Kaiming Ye and his lab students, were featured on a segment
on WBNG 12 News for new research that is underway that will revolutionize 3D printing
that would allow a specialized printer to produce human organs. The new, printed organs
could be used to help cure patients of diabetes, cancer or heart disease.
Patients who require an organ transplant have to rely on organ donations from other people. Printing organs could eliminate the need for human organ donation. Researchers hope the final product will work similarly to a car assembly line. They said the printer should be able to print parts of an organ, and then create the final product. Visit WBNG 12 News for the article and the video here.
Heart Disease Research Featured on NewsChannel 34
Assistant Professor Amber Doiron, with the assistance of her lab students, is working on a contrasting agent that could tell doctors more about plaque build-up in arteries. The goal is to create an agent that could be injected into someone prior to screenings such as CT, MRI, or X-rays and give more detail on the amount of plaque and its stability. Visit NewsChannel 34 for the article and video here.
BME Research Highlighted in Binghamton University Magazine
Department Chair and Professor, Dr. Kaiming Ye and Professor Dr. Sha Jin have been featured in the newest edition of Binghamton University Magazine for their research using 3-D printing in order to make personalized medicine a possibility for diabetics. To read more on this article, please visit Binghamton University Magazine.
Dr. Gretchen Mahler was highlighted in an article for her work of investigating how ingesting nanoparticles may influence health along with Anthony Fiumera, an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Fiumera and Mahler believe understanding nanoparticles' ability to influence our metabolic processing may be integral to mediating metabolic disorders and obesity, both of which are on the rise today and have been linked to processed foods. To read more on this article, please visit Binghamton University Magazine.
Fall 2015 Commencement
Congratulations to all of our BE and BME graduates! Photos from the exciting event can be viewed on our Photo Gallery page.
Senior Capstone Program a Success
Fellow students, faculty, staff, and the public came out to see BE students present their group projects as part of their Senior Design class. Projects included:
- Bio-Metric Toothbrush and Analysis Algorithm
- Modular 3D Bio-Printer Gantry
- Adaptive Measuring and Cutting Device
- Onondaga Corn Cleaning Apparatus
- Power Wheelchair for Children with Physical and Cortical Visual Impairments
- Active Pressure Ulcer Prevention Cushion for Wheelchair Users
- Car Seat Accessory Allowing Attachment and Rotation
- Postoperative Orthopedic Device - A Weight Bearing Measurement System
Juniors also attended to showcase their group projects.
To view photos taken from the event, click here.
Doctoral Student is Published in Local Newspaper
Kyle Reeser, a BME doctoral student, was published in the Press & Sun Bulletin in the "Ask a Scientist" section. The question: Why are the colors in the rainbow red to violet? To read more on the article, visit PressConnects.
Chair is Featured in SUNY Annual Report 2014
Dr. Kaiming Ye, was featured in the 2014 SUNY Annual Report detailing the use of 3-D printing technology to build implantable tissues and organs. The ultimate goal is developing the technology far enough to build the most complex of human organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, the eyes, and even the brain. To read more about this article, visit the SUNY Research Foundation website.
Graduate Student is Selected for Faculty- Student Scholarship
BME graduate student Carolyn Ma has been selected as the Faculty-Student Scholar for the "Watson School Dean's Office: Outreach Assistant for Graduate Recruiting and Diversity Initiatives" for the 2015-16 academic year. To learn more about this award, visit the Financial Aid webpage.
BE Senior Wins the Chancellor's Award
Josh Cohen, a senior in the BE program, has been awarded the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. To learn more about this award, visit the Office of the Provost webpage. Dr. Ye is
Dr. Kaiming Ye was published as the cover story in the February 2015 edition of American Society for Engineering Education. The article highlighted Ye's work with 3-D printing and his vision of health care's future. According to Ye, organs built from scratch could be readily available within five to 10 years, at least the most basic ones, like pancreases and livers. To read more on this article, click here.
As part of Dr. Amber Doiron's last day of biomaterials class, students conducted a mock trial of sorts to act out the interplay between the FDA, insurance companies, medical device companies, and patients and doctors through an example of a real-life medical device failure from 2005. Students broke into four teams to argue who was at fault and who could be held legally liable when an implantable cardioverter defibrillator failed in a 21-year-old patient. While the case was very serious and treated with respect by the students, they also had fun dramatizing a courtroom battle among the parties in question. Doiron even dressed up as Judge Judy to preside over the trial. For more pictures click here.
Dr. Eric Seybold, an orthopedic surgeon from Orthopedic Associates of Binghamton, was invited to give a demonstration on orthopedic surgery and the instruments used for repair. Biomaterials (BME 522X/BE 422), taught by Amber Doiron, studies materials that interact with the human body, primarily for medical purposes. Seybold provided a direct connection for the students for the information we've been learning in class to how it applies and affects clinical outcomes in hip implants, knee replacements, bone fixation screws and spinal devices. For more pictures, click here.
BE Alumnus Published in Nature
Faculty and Graduate Students Attend BMES Annual Meeting
Several faculty and graduate students were chosen to attend the 2014 BMES Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The conference ran from October 22-25 and was a great way to connect with prospective students, faculty and other members of the biomedical engineering world. Click here for a few pictures of the event.
Fabiola Moreno Olivas, a bioengineering PhD student, has received the the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT) scholarship from the Mexican National Science and Technology Council. CONACYT is Mexico's entity in charge of the promotion of scientific and technological activities, setting government policies for these matters and granting scholarships for postgraduate studies. Click on the links to learn more about CONACyT and their scholarships.
The Summer 2014 edition of Watson Review is full of articles announcing the exciting news of the Bioengineering Department. Read about the recent faculty hires, student NSF fellowship and Summer Scholars and Artists awards, and faculty AIMBE awards. There are also several interesting articles about ongoing faculty research, student inventions and even BE students volunteering out west at a struggling Native American reservation. Click on all the links to see the articles, but check back for more details when it becomes published electronically here.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $299,799 to the project "Endothelial to Mesenchymal Transformation Mechanobiology," 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, click here.
Graduate Housing Now Available in Hillside Apartment Community
This fall, Residential Life is offering on-campus housing for graduate students in the Hillside apartment community. These are four- or six-person apartments along with fellow graduate students. There are approximately 40 spaces reserved for graduate students, only half of which are filled at this time. Click here for more information and how to sign up. This is a wonderful living opportunity for graduate students.
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, 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 Gov. Andrew 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. Ye says that 3-D printed 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.
The first edition of the electronic newsletter is now available for viewing. Stay up to date with news, events and interesting information in regards to the Bioengineering Department at Binghamton University. To be included on the mailing list simply e-mail Trisha Glezen and mention "E-Newsletter" in the subject line.
Two Faculty are Issued a US Patent
Department Chair Kaiming Ye and Assistant Professor Sha Jin were issued a U.S. 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 Binghamton University 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 most people use on a daily basis. For more information on the article, check out Discover-E.
Faculty Awarded TAE Grant Awards
Three bioengineering faculty were awarded support in response to the 2014-15 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program Request for Proposals. The Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAE) Committee chose Hiroki Sayama, Guy German and Gretchen Mahler to receive varying award amounts to be funded by the Binghamton University Road Map through the Provost's Office and the Division of Research, with the goal of encouraging faculty to develop collaborative projects that stimulate the advancement of new ideas that can build the University's expertise toward a national center designation in the area of health sciences.
BE Seniors Present Their Senior Design Projects
The Bioengineering Senior Design presentation took place May 8, in the new Symposium Hall in the Center of Excellence under the guidance of George Catalano, along with faculty advisors Guy German, Gretchen Mahler, Craig Laramee, Amber Doiron and Nick Plavac. Students presented designs that ranged from Puncture Proof Surgical Devices to an RFID Door and Lock Controller to a Hospital Bed Wireless Controller.
A team of five students along with Professor George Catalano traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, over spring break. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is known as having one of the highest poverty rates in the United States. Many homes lack basic essentials such as running water, beds, septic systems and electricity. Several bioengineering, nursing, health services and other Watson students composed the team providing help in a variety of ways while identifying senior design projects for next year and beyond. The actual service projects included working on a range of different projects from constructing bunk beds for children to ramps for the elderly.
Click here for more information on the non-profit organization that provides support to the Pine Ridge Reservation
Also make sure to check out the photographs taken by the students during their rewarding and unforgettable trip by clicking here and check out our department Facebook page for even more information and pictures!
Fall Open Advising Session A Success!
The first of two offered Open Advising Sessions is ruled a success! Many students attended the Tuesday, April 29 session. For those who couldn't make it, a second session will be held from 6-8 p.m. tonight, April 30, in UU-108; walk-ins welcome. When you arrive, pick up a blank blue advising form, complete as much as you can and proceed to any table with available faculty for advising. It is recommended that you wait to register for fall 2014 classes until you have attended one of the sessions and complete the required advising procedure. We hope to see you tonight!
Testing the Landscape of Oncology: An Engineering and Physical Sciences Perspective Seminar
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.
- 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
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
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)
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. (Click the image on the left to see the feature)
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In support of the journey to Pine Ridge, "An Evening of Peace: Honoring Native Americans' Cultures, History and Presence" will be held.
Old University Union
Binghamton University Campus
Monday, April 7th, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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.
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.
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 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.
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"
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)
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.
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.