Carnegie Mellon University

BME Stories


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Since coming to Carnegie Mellon in 2006, Conrad Zapanta has made numerous contributions to the College of Engineering as a faculty member, advisor, and Associate Department Head of Education in the Department of Biomedical EngineeringRead 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.


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 (MCS 2007). When her Olympic rowing dreams were crushed by injury, three new doors opened. 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.


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.


From vaccine manufacturing, to medical image processing, to helping to operate an aircraft, Carnegie Mellon engineers are putting their skills to work. Across the College of Engineering, undergraduate and graduate students alike have been hard at work in internships throughout the country. Read the story.


CMU researchers are pursuing the biological aspects of extracellular vesicle-cell communication, to expand exosome-based delivery of growth factors that could potentially help in regenerative medicine and in controlling diseases such as cancer. 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.


Prof. Kathryn Whitehead sat down with NPR’s TED Radio Hour host to further explain lipid nanoparticles and how RNA drugs are revolutionizing modern medicine. While many believe the technology was created and implemented overnight, Whitehead shared that researchers have been working for years. Read the story.


A group of CMU researchers has pushed the limits of diagnostic testing to a level never before seen. The researchers have developed a sensor system that was able to successfully detect levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine down to femtomolar concentrations. They have published their findings in Nature Communications. Read the story.


As an innovation engineer designing footwear at Nike, alumna Katie Ricciadi has forged a career that blends the interests and skills she’s developed since her time at CMU. Read the story.


Prof. Siyang Zheng and his lab are fabricating devices at micrometer/nanometer scale and synthesizing nanomaterials for critical medical applications. By using this innovative nanotechnology, therapeutic drugs could be inserted directly into the cancerous cells, leaving the rest of the patient’s body largely untouched by harsh drugs. Read the story.


Studies focused on neuronal interactions extend across domains in neuroscience, primarily using the approaches of spike count correlation or dimensionality reduction. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have identified a way to bridge them, resulting in a richer understanding of neuronal activity. Read the story.


BME major Jared Cohen found that making time for friends and taking on leadership roles in student organizations has contributed to both the fun and success he is having at Carnegie Mellon. Read the story.