Carnegie Mellon University

2015 News

  1. The Department of Biomedical Engineering has received a grant from the American Heart Association to create an innovative heart science program for its undergraduate students, to support summer research under joint mentoring of the faculty of CMU and physicians of the Allegheny General Hospital (read the news release).
  2. BME MS students Stephanie Beels, Raghav Garg, Mayuri Gupta, Shaun Ranade, and Sadhana Ravikumar are members of the team Steel City Engineers, which was selected to be a finalist in the 2016 Mylan Hackathon for developing innovative solutions against real-world challenges.
  3. Professor and Head of Biomedical Engineering Yu-li Wang is elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), which represents a select group of top 2% of most accomplished medical and biological engineers (read the news).
  4. The Spring 2015 Issue of Carnegie Mellon Engineering Magazine, entitled "Engineering a Healthier You", highlights the outstanding research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (read the issue).
  5. Graduate student Stephanie Wong, advised by Prof. Yu-li Wang, is the leading author of a paper published in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., where she showed how fibroblasts use thin extensions at the front to probe surface rigidity before migrating onto the area (read the article).
  6. Watch a video of Sara Saheb Kashaf (B.S. '14) describing her senior research project entitled "Effect of varying the number and location of voltage-gated calcium channels on synaptic facilitation in the frog".
  7. Graduate student Jian Zhang, advised by Prof. Yu-li Wang, is the leading author of a paper published in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.entitled "Microtubules stabilize cell polarity by localizing rear signals". The study sheds light on the control circuit that stabilizes the direction of cell migration, a key event during tissue formation (see an introduction in
  8. Prof. Keith Cook received a $2.4M NIH R01 grant, entitled "Compliant Thoracic Artificial Lungs", to develop artificial lungs that that patient may use for long-term in the comfort of their own homes while waiting for a lung transplant (read more).
  9. Prof. Steve Chase and Prof. Byron Yu received a grant entitled "The Structure of Neural Variability during Motor Learning" from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as part of the major initiative of NSF to support innovative interdisciplinary research in brain science and neuroengineering (read the announcement).
  10. Profs. Steve Chase, Tzahi Cohen-Karni, Shawn Kelly, Phil LeDuc, Gustavo Rohde, Kenji Shimada, Ge Yang, and Byron Yu received seed funding for their highly innovative research in neural engineering, as part of the BrainHub initiative, a partner of the White House BRAIN Initiative (read the announcements in March 2015 and July 2015).
  11. Prof. Adam Feinberg received an NSF CAREER Award for his project on "3D printing of heart muscle using soft hydrogels". In addition, his group published a paper in Nature Methods, entitled "Conformal nanopatterning of extracellular matrix proteins onto topographically complex surfaces" (read the article and news release; see also an interview in Huffington Post Part 1 and Part 2).
  12. Prof. Chris Bettinger is a 2014 recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award. The program identifies rising research stars at U.S. academic institutions, provides them with funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD connections, and exposes them to DoD needs.
  13. Prof. Steve Chase and coworkers received a grant from the Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation to support their interdisciplinary research on the neural basis of learning, behavior and motor control, by teaching mice to use brain-computer interface (read the announcement).
  14. Professor and CMU President Subra Suresh and collaborators have created a microfluidic device that uses acoustic waves to separate circulating tumor cells from blood cells, at a speed up to 20 times higher than that achieved in prior attempts (read news).
  15. Graduate student Hao-Chih Lee, advised by Prof. Ge Yang, has won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, a flagship meeting in the field of biomedical imaging. His paper was entitled “An Image-Based Computational Method for Characterizing Whole-Cell Scale Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Intracellular Transport”.