Carnegie Mellon University

BME Stories


Prof. Carmel Majidi has engineered a soft material with metal-like conductivity and self-healing properties. This groundbreaking invention can support power-hungry devices, marking a significant advancement in the field of soft robotics. The impact of this new technology is transformative, affecting a range of industries, including robotics, electronics, and medicine. Read the story.


Jamie Joseph is double majoring in ChemE and BME while also playing as a guard for the Tartan's women's basketball team. Despite her busy schedule, she is dedicated to pursuing her research interests and makes time during the off-season to work on her projects. Read the story.


We are proud to congratulate four of BME grad students for receiving fellowships from the College of EngineeringMabel Bartlett received the Neil and Jo Bushnell Fellowship; Lindsey Huff received the Presidential Fellowship; Adam Smoulder received the Bradford and Diane Smith Graduate Fellowship; and Yunhui Xing was awarded the Liang Ji-Dian Fellowship. Read the story.


Lameck Beni is on a mission to create things that can help people. Through his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, he worked in an engineering lab where he gained valuable experience in research that paves the way for the creation of small-scale biodegradable robots. Read the story.


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that transient dark exposure, a therapy for amblyopia, improves vision by adjusting the brain's neural networks. The study's findings were published in eLife. Read the story.


A perspectives piece authored by researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s Regenerative Biomaterials and Therapeutics Group examines core challenges to overcome in the field of 3D bioprinting and essential milestones to translate to the clinic. Read the story.


The Dowd Engineering Seed Fund for Graduate Student Fellowships at Carnegie Mellon University provides financial support for doctoral research projects in engineering that are deemed too new and high-risk to receive funding from traditional sources. Read the story.


Innovative research led by BME’s Profs. Rachelle Palchesko and Adam Feinberg is exploring the use of a new cell delivery method to help cells stick and stay where they’re needed most. Read the story.


Malaika Alphons' summer experience working in Prof. Tilton's thermodynamics lab not only added research and development to her list of employment options, but also proved to be a valuable learning experience. Read the story.


Intracranial pressure sensing is the burgeoning focus of Prof. Jana Kainerstorfer’s biomedical optics lab, and her team is working to modernize ICP sensing approaches, which historically have been invasive and risky. Read the story.


A team of researchers together with Profs. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham and Jana Kainerstorfer are learning how the brain of marine mammals process complex acoustic scenes, and how that is similar or different to auditory processing in humans. Answers to these questions can reveal a deeper understanding of human hearing. Read the story.


The National Academy of Inventors has elected Prof. Bin He to its 2022 cohort of fellows. Prof. He has made significant research and education contributions to the field of neuroengineering and biomedical imaging, including functional biomedical imaging, noninvasive brain-computer interface, and noninvasive neuromodulation. Read the story.


Spinal cord stimulation technology developed by Prof. Douglas Weber in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh offers new hope for people living with impairments that would otherwise be considered permanent. Read the story.


Carnegie Mellon engineering researchers develop a groundbreaking process to 3D print tiny microscale ice structures for applications in biomedical engineering, advanced manufacturing, and possibly in art. Read the story.


A multi-disciplinary team of Carnegie Mellon University engineers led by Jessica Zhang has published a research paper outlining a new way of modeling neurons and their growth process with the goal of providing better models for studying neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Read the story.


Thanks to a recent gift awarded by Dr. Hillard M. and Joan S. Lazarus, CMU students, faculty, and researchers will have increased access to open scholarship resources through the University Libraries. The gift will also create the university’s first endowed professorship in biomedical engineering, the Dr. Hillard and Joan Lazarus Endowed Career Development Professorship. Read the story.


Neuroscientists and game designers team up to better understand how the brain works. For instance, rehab for neurological or neurophysiological issues requires patients to practice specific things repeatedly and games can get them to look forward to doing that. Read the story.


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created an open-source, commercially available fiber extruder to benefit future research with hydrogels and soft robotics. Read the story.


In August 2022, Carnegie Mellon’s biomedical engineering department welcomed its largest-ever cohort of 23 Ph.D. students to campus. The diverse group includes several first-generation college students and is nearly twice as large as previous classes. Read the story.


New research from Prof. Bin He, in partnership with UPMC and Harvard Medical School, introduces a novel network analysis technology that uses minimally invasive resting state electrophysiological recordings to localize seizure onset brain regions and predict seizure outcomes in just 10 minutes. Read the story.


An interdisciplinary team led by Prof. Keith Cook has been awarded $8.7 million dollars from the U.S. Army CDMRP program to create and integrate new technologies to sustain permanent at-home artificial lung support. Read the story.


Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Einstein College of Medicine, and the Champalimaud Foundation introduce a new statistical method, Delayed Latents Across Groups or DLAG, to help detangle concurrent communication across brain areas. Read the story.


Collaborative research from CMU yields a novel strategy that enables long-term spatial retention of extracellular vesicles, a key variable to enable future tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Read the story.


BME Ph.D. student, Piyumi Wijesekara from Dr. Charlie Ren’s lab, won the first place in the 2022 3MT competition. The title of her presentation was “Engineering ‘Rotating’ Mini-Lung Tissue for Combatting Respiratory Infection.” Read the story.


Profs. Adam Feinberg and Charlie Ren from Carnegie Mellon and their colleagues from Boston University present the first laboratory model for human heart and lung co-development to help researchers discover new strategies to probe the underlying mechanisms of cardio-pulmonary interactions. Read the story.


How does a rowing injury lead to a possible cure for lead poisoning? The answer lies with CMU associate professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering Stefanie Sydlik. When her Olympic rowing dreams were crushed by injury, three new doors opened. Read the story.


This year, two BME grad students, Piyumi Wijesekara and Liz Johnston, received Presidential Fellowships. Another BME grad student, Deepa Issar, was awarded the Ronald F. and Janice A. Zollo Fellowship. Read the story.


A long-standing research collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Champalimaud Research is simultaneously recording populations of neurons across multiple brain areas in the visual system and utilizing novel statistical methods to observe neural activity patterns being conveyed between the areas. Read the story.


Prof. Halilaj and her interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers, bioengineers, and computer scientists are working to integrate insights from their experimental and computational work to develop effective rehabilitation strategies aimed at restoring and preserving pain-free mobility throughout the lifespan. Read the story.


Caroline Barkman says abundant opportunities at CMU that support her educational aspirations and satisfy her social, creative, and intellectual interests have exceeded her expectations. Read the story.


Mayo Clinic and Carnegie Mellon University announced today a research agreement to transform organ transplantation. The institutions will bioengineer innovative approaches to address current barriers in organ transplantation. Read the story.