Teams from BME Win Top Awards at Brown’s Second Annual Hack Health

GrowUPS team members Matthew Lo ’18  (biomedical engineering), Alexander Lo ’18 (biomedical engineering), Mark Hays ’18 (biomedical engineering), and Franklin Tarke ’18 (mechanical engineering) took first place and overall Best Engineering Project. Brown’s SimpleIR, made up of team members Sarah Syrop ’17 ScM ’18 (biomedical engineering), Kabisa Baughen ’17 ScM ’18 (biomedical engineering), Christina Andrews ’17 ScM ’18 (biomedical engineering), Karisma Chhabria ’19, Wellesley’s Subha Baniya, MIT graduate Raymond Asare,  and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Research Associate Prakrit Jena, took third place. Anubhav Tripathi gave opening remarks on Friday evening, Trey Crisco served as a mentor on Saturday, and Celinda Kofron was part of the judging panel on Sunday.

September Faculty Spotlight - Michelle Dawson

"When I was an undergraduate, I thought I wanted to be a nurse, but at a public library, I came across the book The Transformed Cell by Stephen Rosenberg.  It was a story filled with the trials and tribulations to generate one vial of interleukin-2.  I was so amazed by his seemingly insurmountable goal, but the scope and the impact made it seem worth it to me. I look where he is now, but when he started people didn’t believe him.  He believed it and persevered through giving up a lot of things to be a pioneer in immunotherapy."

Wong Lab - Stereolithographic printing of ionically-crosslinked alginate hydrogels for degradable biomaterials and microfluidics

The Wong lab has developed 3D-printed biomaterials that degrade on demand. Their article in Lab on a Chip demonstrates that alginate can be patterned with a technique called stereolithography, and these patterns can be degraded by manipulating the ions present in solution.  BME graduate student Thomas Valentin was the lead author on the study entitled, Stereolithographic printing of ionically-crosslinked alginate hydrogels for degradable biomaterials and microfluidics. BME alumni Jaskitanjeet (Jessica) Sodhi (ScM '17) and Hayley McClintock (ScB '16) were also authors on the paper.

Students and Faculty Gathered for the Annual Biotech and BME Retreat

The day before fall semester courses began, our 76 Biomedical Engineering graduate students and 57 Biotechnology graduate students gathered in Alumni Hall for our annual retreat.  Students were introduced to research highlights by faculty mentors, introduced to Providence and Brown campus by gBMES, and presented research posters to their peers. Awards were given for the best research posters in the categories of Mechanobiology: Mark Scimone (Franck Lab), Regenerative Engineering: Elizabeth Leary (Morgan Lab), Neuroengineering: Jihun Lee (Nurmikko Lab), General BME/Biotechnology: Megan Dempsey (Darling Lab), and Rookie Researcher: Travis Wallace (Coulombe Lab).

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