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BME MS student Khulood Al Ali and her team won the 3rd place (200 participants and 74 finalists) in the DreamNeom competition which is a collaboration between Misk & NEOM, that brings together Misk fellows to tackle the challenges faced by NEOM with innovative solutions.

Teddy Cai

ChemE/BME student Teddy Cai has been selected to participate in the National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program. The program is based on the British system, in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take in relationship to their own interests. Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a passion for science through engagement in summer, job related, or undergraduate research programs.


BME Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Sossena Wood and her research are featured in NBC News. New online video “Discovering You: Engineering Your World” highlights the careers of engineers in a variety of sectors and offers insights to the next generation of students. Sossena is working on noninvasive multi-modal neuroimaging. This research will focus on understanding the impacts of neuronal coupling in patients with neurological damage and/or diseases.

Byron Yu

Prof. Byron Yu and his postdoc João Semedo found that communication between brain areas occurs through an information bottleneck, which they've termed a "communication subspace." Understanding these communication subspaces could have many implications for understanding how the coordination between brain areas gives rise to brain function. Check out the details.

Adam Feinberg

Prof. Adam Feinberg has been elected to the Leadership Advisory Committee for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI). The LAC advises BioFabUSA related to policies and strategic guidance concerning technology and research priorities, objectives, and content of research programs, policies and strategic guidance concerning the education and workforce development programs, and the strategic direction of BioFabUSA.

Sai Yereni

BME PhD student Saigopalakrishna "Sai" Yerneni, co-advised by Profs. Phil Campbell and Lee Weiss, is the recipient of a competitive 2019 Young Investigator Award and Scholarship from the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) for his work on extracellular vesicles in host-pathogen interactions. As a part of the award, he will be giving a talk at the ISEV 2019 annual meeting in Kyoto, Japan. 

Cohen-Karni and Whitehead

Congratulations to Profs. Itzhaq Cohen-Karni and Kathryn Whitehead, who have been awarded the 2019 Dean’s Early Career Fellowships for cutting-edge innovations in their fields and outstanding contributions to the college and university. Dean’s Early Career Fellowships are awarded to untenured faculty members who have been nominated by their department heads and then selected to receive the fellowship after review and discussion of the nomination package by the CIT Review Committee.

Pulkit Grover

A team led by Pulkit Grover, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, created more reliable and efficient deep neural networks called PolyDot coding to reduce errors and increase processing speed. The work was supported by a grant from the NSF WiFiUS program, and NSF CAREER award. See further details.

Daniel Suma headshot

Daniel Suma was selected by the College of Engineering to receive the Bradford and Diane Smith Graduate Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding work as PhD student at the College of Engineering and potential for future success. Daniel received his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and MS in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Daniel’s PhD research involves developing noninvasive brain-computer interface.

Rachel Niu

Xiaodan (Rachel) Niu was selected by the College of Engineering to receive the Liang Ji-Dian Graduate Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding work as PhD student at CIT and potential for future success. Rachel received her BS in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester, and MS in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Rachel’s PhD research involves investigation of mechanisms of ultrasound neuromodulation. 

Aryn Gittis

Prof. Aryn Gittis has been named a recipient of the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience. Prof. Gittis’ work focuses on teasing apart the complex neural circuitry of the basal ganglia, an area of the brain that plays a role in movement, learning, motivation and reward. Her work uses new technologies, including optogenetics, to determine how changes and breakdowns in these circuits result in movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Check out the details.

Brian Jeon

In this study, BME PhD student Brian Jeon, advised by Profs. Kuhlman and Chase, investigated how neurons in the visual system tune to visual features of a stimulus over time.  Using two-photon microscopy, Brian tracked neurons in the primary visual cortex of a mouse over several weeks while the mouse viewed different images of oriented bars.  Although the individual protein components that make up a neuron are stable for only hours or days, Brian found that the overall tuning of the neuron to visual stimuli remained stable for weeks.  This suggests that stable perception is actively maintained through fixed tuning properties of neurons. See further details.

Jian Zhang photo

Former PhD student Dr. Jian Zhang has been selected by the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell as the 2018 Paper of the Year Awardee for his paper entitled “Centrosome defines the rear of cells during mesenchymal migration”. The study, conducted in the lab of Prof. Yu-li Wang, challenges a widely held view that centrosome defines the front of a migrating cell.

David Li photo

PhD candidate David Li, with his advisor Prof. Yu-li Wang, published a paper in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. entitled “Coordination of Cell Migration Mediated by Site-Dependent Cell-Cell Contact”. The paper described the discovery of cellular contact following, the ability of migrating cells to follow the tail of a neighbor upon contact. The finding complements the long-held understanding of contact inhibition, where head-on collisions cause cells to migrate away from each other.

Kathryn Whitehead

Prof. Kathryn Whitehead has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator award. The award is part of the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, which supports ideas that have the potential for great impact in areas relevant to the NIH mission. With this award, Prof. Whitehead will genetically engineer the human cells in breastmilk for infant disease therapy — something no one has ever done before. Check out the details.

Tom Mitchell

Prof. Tom Mitchell named CMU’s Interim Dean of School of Computer Science. Prof. Mitchell is the E. Fredkin University Professor of Machine Learning and Computer Science, and also a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who has pioneered machine learning and AI in the world. Prof. Mitchell was the founding Department Head of Machine Learning and pioneered computational modeling to predict brain activation patterns associated with nouns. He is a Member of National Academy of Engineering. Click here for details. 

Ge Yang

Prof. Ge Yang and Prof. Jessica Zhang recent were awarded an NSF research grant to study how materials are transported in complex neurite networks of neurons. The investigators are examining critical questions in neuroscience using engineering approaches: How do neurons interact? How do they communicate with each other? How do they function properly?  Using novel engineering models, methods, and software, Yang and Zhang are studying how essential materials, such as chemical signals and cell parts made in the nucleus, are transported within the complex geometry of neurons and creating simulations that represent this transport system. See further details here

2018 BME Forum

Biomedical Engineering Department is proud to share its excitement about the 2018 Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering held on September 21, 2018. We had about 300 participants from CMU, University of Pittsburgh and 21 other institutions attended this year’s Forum. The Forum consisted of the keynote and plenary lectures presented by the national leaders and up to 100 poster presentations from authors affiliated with 33 institutions. Next year’s Forum will be held on September 20, 2019. Save the date! 

Bin He photo

Prof. Bin He has been elected as the Chair of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, which consists of ~150 individuals in the world who have made significant contributions to the BME field. The academy is affiliated with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). Read further details here.

Jana Kainerstorfer

Prof. Jana Kainerstorfer invited to speak at 2019 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, organized by the US National Academy of Engineering in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Aryn Gittis Dr. Aryn Gittis, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, was named a finalist for the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation for her discovery of new therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s disease. Check out the details.
Byron Yu BME Prof. Byron Yu and his collaborator from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Matthew Smith, were awarded an R01 grant entitled "Modulating Neural Population Interactions between Cortical Areas" from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It's a 5 year grant to study how visual cortex and frontal cortex interact during vision and perception.
Xi (Charlie) Ren

BME Prof. Xi (Charlie) Ren and his group are moving the field of organ engineering forward by combining developmental biology with organ engineering. One day his technology could help thousands of patients with end-stage lung disease breathe easier. Click here for details.

Yu-li Wang

Prof. Yu-li Wang has been elected as a member Academician of Life Sciences in the Academia Sinica, the national academy established in China in 1928 and relocated to Taiwan in 1949.  The honorary lifetime privilege is held by around 280 leading researchers in the areas of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Click here to learn more.

Tzahi Cohen-Karni BME Prof. Tzahi Cohen-Karni has been named a 2018 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. As part of the award, Cohen-Karni and his team published a research paper “Graphene microelectrode arrays for electrical and optical measurements of human stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes” in the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal. Click this link to learn details.
BME Prof. Phil Campbell has been selected as the 2018 College of Engineering Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award winner for his excellence in teaching. His ability to teach students to both understand and apply physiology to solve real-world medical problems have impacted not only biomedical engineering students, but many other students from across the CMU campus for the last 17 years.