Faculty members seek a solution to food waste
Professor Sha Jin and Distinguished Professor Kaiming Ye are collaborating to create an innovative technology to turn food waste into biodegradable plastic. Their research recently received a $138,000 grant from New York State. Read more
Faculty research published in Nature Communications and Nature
Research Published on Spectrum News
By removing the gold layer of a CD from the plastic underneath, researchers have created flexible biosensors for numberous applications. Read more here.
Faculty Promoted to Professor
Congratulations to Dr. Gretchen Mahler and her promotion to Professor! This is wonderful news, and is an outcome of her academic excellence along with diligence and dedication.
Students Participate in MMRI Fellowship
Ryan Soron, biomedical engineering major/biology minor and Gianna Sisti, integrative neuroscience major, spend 10-weeks studying stem cells as part of the Masonic Medical Research Institute fellowship program. Read the full article here.
BME Ph.D. Student is Awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship!
Natalie Weiss is a Ph.D. student who studies in Dr. Tracy Hookway's lab. She has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship with the American Heart Association. Congratulations Natalie!
Alumni essay featured in Issues in Science and Technology
Alumni, Guru Madhavan, PhD proposes the concept of "grind challenges," that may provide a different conception and articulation of engineering and major projects. The article will appear as the feature essay in the summer edition of Issues in Science and Technology. Read it here.
Research Published in Nature Communications
BME faculty members and graduate students were recently published in Nature Communications for their research on innovative biosensors. Faculty members Dr. Ahyeon Koh and Dr. Gretchen Mahler, recent PhD graduates, Dr. Matthew Brown and Dr. Melissa Mendoza, and 4+1 MS graduate Louis Somma, were all part of the research. The article is titled "Upcycling Compact Discs for Flexible and Stretchable Bioelectronic Applications". Read more by clicking here.
Student Featured on Spectrum News
PhD student, Sebastian Freeman, was featured on Spectrum News for creating a tool that could help regulate UVC products, a mechanism used to kill the COVID virus. The tool could allow for a safer way to install UV lights in high trafficked areas. Sebastian is currently studying under Dr. Kaiming Ye and Dr. Guy German. Read more and watch the video here.
BME PhD Student Receives GFSD Fellowship
Zachary Krassin, a current BME PhD student, has been awarded the Graduate Fellowship (GFSD) for STEM Diversity by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read more on this exciting fellowship by visiting the GFSD website.
Undergraduate Awarded Beckman Scholars
Clara Rodriguez, a current BME Junior, has won the 2022-2023 Beckman Scholars Award. This prestigious award supports exceptional undergraduate students at Binghamton for 15 months of mentored research within the disciplines of chemistry and the biological sciences. Read more on the scholarship here.
Dr. German's Research in Earth.com
Dr. Guy German was published in Earth.com for his new research on the structure of human skin and the amount of damage it can sustain. Read more in the article here!
Faculty Awarded Early-Stage Distinguished Research
Assistant Professor Yuan Wan is the recipient of the 2021-22 Watson College Recognition Award for Early-Stage Distinguished Research. This award is a special honor in recognition of significant accomplishments in the area of research for a faculty member who is at an early-stage in their career.
BME Faculty Research Proves Ultraviolet Disinfection
Associate Professor Guy German and Distinguished Professor Kaiming Ye have new research that proves correct dosage for ultraviolet disinfection against COVID. Read more here.
Student Wins Art of Science Exhibit
Update: Niranjana won Best in Show and 1st Place!
BME PhD student, Niranjana Dhandapani's work has been selected for Binghamton University's 6th Art of Science Competition, for her imaging of collagen fibers in the human skin. Her artwork will be printed and exhibited as part of the show taking place April 26th, 2022.
BME Students Receive Student Excellence Awards
Flynn Anderson, a BME senior, was awarded both the Chancellor's and President's award. Adelaide Cagle, BME senior, was also awarded the Chancellor's award. Outstanding students at Binghamton University may be nominated for two awards as recognition of their achievements: the Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence and the President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence. Congratulations to Flynn and Adelaide on this tremendous achievement!
BME Department Chair Promoted to SUNY Distingushed Professor
Professor and Department Chairman, Dr. Kaiming Ye has been promoted to Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Promotion to distinguished professor is the highest faculty rank that SUNY awards, and it is reserved for those who have achieved national or international prominence and an exemplary reputation within their discipline. Read the full article here.
Constellation Award for Peace in Engineering
Professor George Catalano has been awarded the Constellation Prize for his work done throughout his career, particularly noting his work in bringing peace into engineering education. Read more about the reward by clicking here.
Graduate Student Excellence Award in Research
Melissa Mendoza and Stephanie Zhang, PhD students, have been awarded the Graduate Student Excellence Award in Research for 2022. This award 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. Read more on the award by clicking here.
Faculty Featured on NPR's Academic Minute Podcast
Dr. Guy German was featured on NPR's Academic Minute podcast regarding his research on understanding how the sun damages our skin. A transcript of this podcast can be found by clicking here.
Wan Awarded $2.4 Million NIH R37 Merit Award
Assistant Professor Yuan Wan has received the NIH R37 Merit Award Grant to develop a clinical assay for the early diagnosis of malignant pulmonary nodules and investigate the evolution of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer. The total funding for the initial award of five years is $2.4 million, with an extension of two additional years.
Graduate Student Receives NSF I-Corp Funding
BME PhD graduate student Matthew Brown recently received funding through the NSF I-Corps, a program to help researchers gain experience in applying translational research to address an unmet market need, while gaining skills in entrepreneurship and the knowledge required to start a business. The team also consisted of BME graduate student Fabiola Moreno, under the direction of Dr. Ahyeon Koh. The goal of this $50,000 project is to examine if there is a market need for an adhesive-free bandage.
BME Faculty Awarded $1.2 Million NIH Grant
Dr. Fake (Frank) Lu, BME Assistant Professor, has been awarded a four-year, $1.2 million grant “Exploiting the Hydrophobic Glycosyl Pocket of IgGI for Imaging and Drug Delivery Applications”. This grant was collaborated with L. Nathan Tumey, Assistant Professor, and Tracy Brooks, Associate Professor, of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Read more on the story here.
New Article Published in BingU News
Read the new article published in BingU News on Dr. Guy German and Zachary Lipsky (PhD)'s research: Study that spawned discovery tests skin's tensile strength and how cracks form.
Different Paths Lead Women Professors to Watson College
Women faculty members not only impart knowledge in the classroom, but also serve as role models when Watson graduates join the ranks of industry and academia. Faculty members discuss challenges, rewards and mentoring the next generation of women in engineering. Read more at BingUNews.
PhD Student Gives Tour for AHA Syracuse's STEM has Heart Initiative
PhD Candidate, Melissa Mendoza, was featured on the first live, virtual research tour for AHA Syracuse's STEM has Heart Initiative, an initiative reinforcing that removing barriers to good health and wellbeing includes closing gender gaps in research and STEM fields. This tour was published on YouTube.
Mahler Appointed as Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Professor Gretchen Mahler has been promoted to Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School effective August 1st, 2021. She will serve in the role for two years, concluding her term in August 2023. Congratulations Dr. Mahler!
BME Faculty Member Receives Chancellor's Award of Excellence
BME faculty member Dr. Sha Jin has been rewarded Chancellor's Award of Excellence
in Scholarship and Creative Activities. The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are
System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for
consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing
pursuit of excellence.
Faculty Member Receives Watson College Recognition Award for Distinguished Educator
Lecturer Ammar Abdo has been selected to receive the 2020-2021 Watson College Recognition Award for Distinguished Educator. This award is a special honor in the area of teaching. Ammar has shown effective instruction and mentoring students at all levels of their academic tasks and hard work and dedication.
Senior PhD Student Wins the Art of Science Competition 2021
Senior PhD student Yuhao Yuan took first place in Visualizing the Unseen Category of the Art of Science Competition 2021. The Division of Research has organized this event since 2017. Student Yuhao Yuan and Professor Fake Lu submitted an impressive SRS picture of label-free water imaging in fresh cartilage tissue. A short video was released on YouTube.
PhD Candidate Won Honorable Mention of the LatinX BME Symposium
PhD candidate Melissa Mendoza won an honorable mention in the vitro models session of the LatinX BME Sympodium for her short talk titled Late-Stage Calcific Aortic Valve Disease within a Valve-on-a-chip Model of the Aortic Valve Fibrosa.
Faculty Awarded Grant
Assistant Professor Ying Wang has been awarded a grant of $25,000 for her proposal titled "Devloping 3D Metastatic Brain Tumor Models from Patient Brain Metastases." The project is funded by Watson College and the Division of Research to facilitate new research collaborations between Watson faculty and UHS colleagues.
BU Watson-UHS Collaboration Seed Grant Program
Professor Kaiming Ye, chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department, has been awarded a grant of $25,000 for his proposal "Tumor-On-a-Chip for Cancer Immunotherapy and Drug Screening." This project is awarded by Watson College and the Division of Research to facilitate new research collaborations between Watson faculty and UHS colleagues.
Faculty Awarded Grant
Assistant Professor Ahyeon Koh's proposal "Adhesive-free, Nanofiborous, Multiplex Wound Care Electronics" has been awarded a grant of $25,000. This project is awarded by Watson College and the Division of Research to facilitate new research collaborations between Watson faculty and UHS colleagues.
Graduate School Selects Students For Excellent Award in Research
Biomedical engineering students Matthew Brown and Sebastian Freeman have been awarded the Graduate School Student Excellent Award in Research. They have shown excellent achievement in their dissertation research and collaborative research in multiple research groups.
BME alumni Guru, Madhavan, Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Program Director, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has co-edited the latest issue of NAE: The Bridge
The latest issue of National Academy of Engineering (NAE) quarterly magazine The Bridge emphasizes on the theme of complex unifiable systems. Seven short essays in this volume deal with ideas of complexity.
Binghamton University Awarded Grants to Pursue COVID-19 Research
SUNY Prepare Innovation Grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded to three teams at Binghamton University to pursue research projects related to COVID-19. The program is designed to provide real life, hands-on applied learning experiences for students to create pandemic-related solutions.
Moving Toward Multi-Disciplinary Capstone Experience
Emeritus Bartle Professor George Catalano has a new book titled Engineering Design: An Organic Approach to Solving Complex Problems in the Modern World. It provides a wide range of design tools, a discussion of various design methodologies, a brief history of modern engineering, and a substantive consideration of engineering ethics. Capstone Design Textbook
Ye Quoted in News Story About Surgical Masks
BME Department Chair Kaiming Ye offered his view of surgical masks in a story from global news agency AFP headlined "Can surgical masks be reused?"
NSF I-Corp Award to Study Venipuncture Device
Associate Professor Guy German's team that includes of a BME MS student (Emily Szabo), a BME undergraduate student (Adelaide Cagle) and Tony Frontera of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships have won an NSF I-Corp award to study the market readiness of a device that prevents veins from rolling laterally during venipuncture.
Mask Research Gets Media Attention
Department Chair Kaiming Ye and Associate Professor Guy German were featured on NPR, Healthline, WSKG and PBS for receiving a $182,728 grant to look at how germicidal ultraviolet light technology can sterilize contaminated masks, making them reusable by hospital staff.
Material for Wearable Biosensors Featured in Online Publications
Matthew W. Brown, a PhD student in Assistant Professor Ahyeon Koh’s lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was featured in New Atlas, Science Daily, Medium and other publications for creating better material for wearable biosensors. Biosensors that are wearable on human skin or safely used inside the body are increasingly prevalent for both medical applications and everyday health monitoring.
PhD Student Featured in AHA Newsletter
PhD Student, Melissa Mendoza, was highlighted in the recent American Heart Association Newsletter on her research titled, "Three-dimensional Valve-on-a-chip Models of the Aortic Valve Fibrosa". Read the AHA newsletter by clicking here.
Faculty Awarded NIH R15 Grant
Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor, Dr. Fake (Frank) Lu, has been awarded a NIH R15 grant for $433,323 for his project titled, "Low-Power Stimulated Raman Time-Lapse Microscope for Tracking Dynamics and Fate of Lipid Droplets in Glioma Cells". The project runs from 09/24/2020 – 08/31/2023.
Wearable Biosensors in BingU News
A BME Professor and PhD student were recently highlighted in BingU News for their research on wearable biosensors. Assistant Professor, Ahyeon Koh, and 4th year PhD student, Matthew Brown are working on finding the right materials to bind the sensors together and adhere them to surfaces is also an important part of making this technology better. Read more here.
2020 BMES Career Development Award
BME students, Melissa Mendoza (PhD), Rhodesherdeline Limage (PhD), and Alba Garcia Rodriguez (Postdoc) have received the BMES career development award. As part of the award, the Society is offering a full complimentary registration to this year’s Virtual Annual Meeting on October 14-17, 2020.
COVID-19 Research Grant
Department Chair and Professor, Dr. Kaiming Ye, has been awarded an NSF grant in the amount of $225,742. As a co-PI, Dr. Ye will be working on the COVID-related research grant titled "EAGER: SARS-CoV-2 Pseudovirus via a novel eukaryotic construction in yeast" alongside researchers from the University of Arkansas.
Faculty and PhD Student's Research in News
Associate Professor Guy German and Ph.D. student Zachary W. Lipsky's research on why eczema happens, was recently highlighted in an article published in Medical Xpress. Read more on the research here.
UG Featured in Commencement Profiles
First-generation college student and a first-generation immigrant BME undergraduate student, Shuofei Sun was recently featured in the top Commencement Student Profiles on the Binghamton University website. Read more at Bing U News.
COVID Research Highlighted in News
Fox 40 News and WBNG 12 News has highlighted BME Chair Kaiming Ye and Associate Professor Guy German have receiving a $182,700 federal grant to help fix the shortage of N-95 masks by utilizing ultraviolet radiation to kill the coronavirus on the masks, making them reusable. Read more as featured on WICZ Fox 40 News, WBNG 12 News, and Spectrum TV.
Fake Lu Awarded SSD Award
Assistant Professor, Dr. Fake (Frank) Lu has received the “Services for Students with Disabilities Recognition 2020” award, as he was nominated by one of his students. This award recognized by Services for Students with Disabilities, helps to highlight faculty who give special consideration to students struggling with disabilities.
Faculty Funded COVID-19 Grant
Dr. Kaiming Ye (PI) and Dr. Guy German (co-PI) have been awarded an NSF Grant for their new COVID-19 related project. The $182,728 grant titled, "RAPID: Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation for Disinfecting and Reuse of N95 Respirators" is in collaboration with Binghamton University, Upstate Medical University, and United Health Services (UHS).
Ahyeon Koh Awarded NSF Grant
Dr. Ahyeon Koh, a BME Assistant Professor, has been awarded $345,000 as a PI for the NSF award titled "Stretchable Papertonics". This award, with co-PI Seokheun Choi from ECE, will support their research program to develop stretchable papers enabling the integration of papertronics into soft and curvilinear biological systems with conformal contact.
Student Wins Postdoctoral Award
Postdoctoral student, Alba Rodriguez has won the Outstanding Postdoctoral Award for the Nano and Advanced Materials Specialty Section (NAMSS) at the SOT Conference.
Chair Awarded Grant for COVID-19 Fight
Department Chairman, Dr. Kaiming Ye, has been awarded a $7,500 SUNY Research Seed Grant for his research titled "UV Station for Sterilizing and Reusing N95 Respirators". This work enables local hospital staff to sanitize face masks for re-use during a time where face masks are of limited quantities.
UG Student Award for Research
BME UG student, Shuofei Sun, has been awarded the 2020 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for the high quality of his research accomplishments.
Chair Wins NSF Award for Conference
Department Chairman, Dr. Kaiming Ye, has been awarded a $20,000 NSF grant to help fund the 2020 Advanced Biomanufacturing Conference. The two day conference will serve as an open forum for researchers, engineers, and scholars to interact with each other and exchange ideas leading to the advancement of the field and establishing new directions in research and scholarship.
Watson College Teams Up to Fight COVID-19
Several Watson College departments have joined forces to help combat the COVID-19 struggles facing our local area. The Biomedical Engineering Department, alongside the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, have partnered with local hospitals to assist in the need for ventilator adapters, N95 masks, a way to sterilize masks, face shields, and also helped to donate needed medical supplies. Read more on the story here.
Graduate Student Wins Research Award
Soujanya Sathyanarayana Karanth, a BME PhD student, has won the ABioM 2020 Graduate Student Research Award, to recognize the contribution to the field of Advanced Biomanufacturing. This award will help to fund Soujanya's travel for the conference.
Students Win 3MT Competition
Two BME graduate students have recently won awards at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. Erika Solano Diaz (MS) won both 1st place, as well as the People's Choice Award, and Mridu Malik (PhD) won 3rd place. Read more on these awards here.
Emerging Researchers National Awards
BME students Rhodesherdeline Limage and Melissa Mendoza have won first place in their sessions for their oral presentations at the 2020 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, Washington, D.C., that took place February 6-8, 2020.
Student Wins Best Poster Award
Yuaho Yuan, a BME PhD student studying under the supervision of Dr. Frank (Fake) Lu, has been awarded the Best Poster Award at the SPIE Photonics West Conference. This conference, which takes place in San Francisco, CA, is one of the largest photonics conferences with over 22,000 attendees per yer. Mr. Yuan also gave an oral presentation on their work, "Label-free imaging of lipid droplets in live cells with SRS microscopy".
Faculty Awarded NIH Grant
Tracy Hookway, an Assistant Professor, is the recipient of an National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for her research titled, "Heterotypic impacts of epicardial cells on engineered cardiac microtissue function". The total amount of the project, $333,939, will run until 12/31/2022.
Faculty and Students Published
Several faculty members and students were recently published in Scientific Reports for their research on a cancer vaccine. Students Subhadra Jayaraman Rukmini, Huanjing Bi, Puloma Sen, and Benjamin Everhart, along with faculty Sha Jin, and Kaiming Ye were highlighted in the report.
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship Award
Melissa Mendoza, a PhD student researching under Dr. Gretchen Mahler, has been awarded the 2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship for the title of her research project, "Three-dimensional Valve-on-a-chip Models of the Aortic Valve Fibrosa". This award starts January 2020, ending in 2021, for a total funding amount of $62,032. Read more about the award here.
International Diversity Initiative Fellowship
A BME graduate student applicant under Dr. Ying Wang has been awarded the International Diversity Initiative Fellowship, an award that was established by the Graduate School to promote increased enrollment of international students at Binghamton University. The fellowship carries a stipend, as a well as a tuition scholarship award and a summer stipend.
BS Student Accepts Internship at Medtronic
Megan DiBella, a BME student that is expected to earn her bachelors in May 2021, has accepted a summer internship position for inMedical Devices at Medtronic at their office in North Haven, CT. This internship will take place over the Summer 2020 semester.
Department Newsletter 2019
Click here to view the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Department Newsletter. This is an overview of the departments most proud achievements.
AIMBE Travel Award
Darrell Robinson, a BME graduate student, has received the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Travel Award in the amount of $1,400. Robinson will attend the AIMBE Public Policy Institute on October 28-29, 2019, in Washington, DC. This program explores how public policies shape medical and biological engineering. Students will have the opportunity to hear from regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). Read more about the event here.
Undergraduate Conference Awards
Jacob Gerhson and Shuofei Sun, BME undergraduate students, have received the Fall 2019 Undergraduate Conference (URC) Presentation Fund in the amount of $300 each. The URC supports faculty mentored undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity. Read more about the award here.
Undergraduate Research Award
Shuofei Sun, a BME undergraduate student, has received the Fall 2019 Undergraduate Research Award in the amount of $1,000. The Undergraduate Research Award is a competitive award designed to support the expenses for students' independent research or creative work. Read more about the award here.
National AEMB Awards
The Binghamton University chapter of Alpha Eta Mu Beta was awarded "Best Community Service Event" after carrying out a school outreach event in a local school. The intent of this event was to introduce current high school students to the field of engineering, specifically biomedical engineering, so that they could learn more about a field of study that they were not familiar with. A group of students from the AEMB chapter spoke to high school students about what it means to be an engineer, different jobs that are available in the field, the exciting new advancements that are being made in the field, and the research that is being carried out at Binghamton University. This event had a lasting impact on the community as it inspired the students to consider careers that they may not have known about, while also establishing lasting ties between the university and the surrounding community. This award was presented at the October 2019 BMES conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Kaiming Ye Elected BMES CoC Chair
Department Chairman and Professor, Dr. Kaiming Ye, has been elected the Chair of the Council of Chairs (CoC) of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), effective January 1, 2020. The CoC is recognized as a national organization that includes all Biomedical Engineering department heads, chairs, and program directors.
BOCES Students Tour BME Labs
High school students from the Broome-Tioga BOCES New Visions Engineering program toured several BME labs, hosted by lecturer Dr. Zhibo Wang. The fourteen New Visions Engineering students are all college bound seniors that have an interest in pursuing engineering.
Development of Skin-Interfaced Glucose Sensors
Dr. Ahyeon Koh, Assistant Professor of BME, has been awarded $106,861 for a 1-year project aiming to develop skin-interfaced glucose sensors for non-invasive continous monitoring. Dr. Koh will work with SE7e Digital LTDA, a startup company based in Brazil.
A new study from a Binghamton University research team including Dr. Guy German (BME Faculty) and PhD student Christopher Maiorana, uses the topography of human skin as a model not for preventing cracks but for directing them in the best way possible to avoid critical components and make repairs easy. Read more here.
Going to BME conference
Ming Hu will present her research work in 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference. Also, Shuofei Sun will present his undergraduate research work in 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference.
NIH Grant Awarded
Dr. Sha Jin, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded $450,479 by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIH), for her project titled "Generation of islet organoids in oxygenated scaffolds". This project will remain funded by the NIH until August 31, 2022. Dr. Jin's total research funding is more than $1.2 million. Read more here.
The Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC) has awarded Dr. Ahyeon Koh, Assistant Professor of BME, a total project amount of $387,911, as a partnership to focus on several key application areas for next-generation medical monitoring in the defense sector, but common enabling electronic technologies for health and wellness create an excellent example of dual-use opportunity.
NSF Grant Awarded
It has been announced that the university has received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), for a project entitled "MRI: Acquisition of a High-throughput Flow Cytometry for Health Science Research and Training," under the direction of Sha Jin, Kaiming Ye, and Eriks Rozners. The award is expected to total $346,502. Read more on the award here.
New Assistant Professor
We are so pleased to announce that Dr. Ying Wang has joined our BME department as an Assistant Professor, starting this Fall 2019. She joins us from Cornell University, with research interests that include Multi-Organ Microphysiological Systems, Tissue Engineering, Microfluidic Tissue Culture Platforms, and Integrated On-Chip Biosensing.
BME and REU Students Chosen for BMES Oral Presentations
BME students Matthew Brown, Stephanie Zhang, Rhodesherdeline Limage, and Ian Clay have been chosen for an oral presentation at the BMES 2019 Annual Meeting for their research. Wesley Groves, a participant of the departments recent BME REU program, has also been chosen for an oral presentation at the BMES 2019 Annual Meeting for his joint research abstract titled "Analysis of Cell Viability on Electrospun Polycaprolactone Fibers within a Microfluidic Device". Mr. Groves' research was done in collaboration with PhD student Melissa Mendoza and Dr. Gretchen Mahler.
Exciting Study on UV Radiation
How much sun is too much? Dr. Guy German, an Associate Professor, along PhD candidate, Zachary Lipsy, is currently researching how ultraviolet radiation hurts our skin. Ever wonder why a sunburn leads to skin peeling? Read more here!
Chair Elected to the 2019 BMES Class of Fellows
Department Chairman, Dr. Kaiming Ye, has been elected as the 2019 BMES Class of Fellows on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Fellow
status is awarded to BMES members who demonstrate exceptional
achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering, and hold a
record of membership and participation in the Society. Public recognition for this achievement will take place at the BMES Annual Meeting held October 16-19, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.
Faculty Awarded NSF Grant
Dr. Sha Jin and Dr. Kaiming Ye have been awarded a total of $400,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF), for their project entitled "Molecular mechanisms of tissue specific signaling for islet self-assembly." This award starts October 1 , 2019 and ends September 30, 2022.
Research Highlighted on Cellscale Biomaterials Testing
Research conducted by BME chair, faculty, and staff have been highlighted in a recent article from the CellScale Biomaterials Testing website for their work with the UStretch. These researchers included Dr. Kaiming Ye, Dr. Sha Jin, among graduate students. Read more here.
Faculty Attend Biomaterials Science Workshop in Shanghai
An agreement signed this spring by leaders from Binghamton University and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) is already inspiring closer collaborations between the two schools. April’s memorandum of agreement (MoA) established a partnership between ECUST and Binghamton to foster advancement in teaching, research, academic collaboration and cultural understanding, while combining complementary resources and strengths. Read more here.
Team Wins NSF Grant for Interdisciplinary Study
A team of three professors from Watson College of Engineering and Harpur have recently won a $581,663 NSF Grant for their research on the causes of aortic valve disease. Dr. Gretchen Mahler (BME), Dr. Peter Huang (ME), Dr. Bruce Murray (ME), and Dr. Mei-Hsiu Chen (MATH) will be funded with this award for research over the next three years. To read more on the research, funding, and faculty, click here.
UG Highlighted for Research in BMES Newsletter
BMES Video Project: BME UG, Jacob Gershon was highlighted in a recent BMES newsletter for his research in Dr. Tracy Hookway's lab. Click here to view the video.
Student Receives Award Grant
Rhodesherdeline Limage, a BME student, has received the 2019 BMES National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Travel Award. This award provides a complimentary registration to this years BMES Annual Meeting, a travel stipend to assist with travel costs, as well as a one-year BMES student membership.
Faculty Research Goes Viral
Guy German, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, was featured in Business Standard, Yahoo! Lifestyle and other publications for developing a device that could help minimize scarring after cosmetic surgery. The total circulation of the article was estimated to be over 102.4 million. Read more on the article here.
NSF Grant Awarded to BME Faculty Member
Dr. Gretchen Mahler, BME Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $581,663 for her project, entitled "Mechanobiology of Myofibroblast Behavior in Health and Disease." This award is a combination of efforts from Dr. Mahler, Dr. Chen, Dr. Huang, and Dr. Murray. This award starts September 1 , 2019 and ends August 31, 2022. Find more information about the award by visiting this page, on the NSF website.
Senior Capstone Project Highlight
Senior Capstone Project, "Preventing Rolling Veins During Venipuncture" by Julia Wilcox, Emily Szabo, Merenda Ruff, and William McInerney, was chosen to be highlighted for their work over the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 semesters. Their team created a device to prevent veins from rolling during venipuncture. The NSF I-CORPs short course helped them to identify a target market for their device for future applications. The instructors guided them in developing solid value propositions. Before the course, the students believed that people would be interested in their project if the technology worked, but the NSF I-CORPs program taught them how to evaluate and market their product to potential customers. After conducting 20 interviews with potential customers, the students have concluded that medical professionals are in need of a vein stabilization device that will increase the success rate of needle insertions during venipuncture. They now have a deeper understanding of how to bring a design to the real world.
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 College Recognition Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. Awardees of Watson College 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.
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.
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.
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.