Carnegie Mellon University

Ren Lab

Department of Biomedical Engineering

  • 06/2021 - Dr. Ren joints the Young Investigator Committee of the Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Society (CTRMS).
  • 06/2021 - Congrats to Priscilla for winning the GEM fellowhsip and the 2021 BME Research Excellence Award!
  • 05/2021 - Congrats to the graduation of Ananya Kar (MS) and Emily Reinoso Jacome (BS). And congrats to Emily for winning the CMU-BME Undergraduate Research Award!
  • 02/2021 - We are grateful to have received the Discovery Award from Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the Department of Defense. We will be collaborating with Dr. Amir Barati Farimani's group on developing high-throughput method for assessing respiratory cilia beating defects using computer vision on rotating airway organoids. Thanks to the great work from Piyumi and Prakarsh.
  • 08/2020 - Welcome our new MS students, Priscilla Flores-Ascencio (BS@U.Kansas) and Michael Hu (BS@Georgia Tech). They will both work on extracellular matrix engineering.
  • 07/2020 - Congrats to Piyumi for receiving an NIH-T32 fellowship under the Biomechanics in Regenerative Medicine (BiRM) training program. With this support, she will develop novel organoid models and mechanical tools to measure respiratory cilia motility.
  • 06/2020 - We are grateful to have received the Samuel and Emma Winters Foundation Award, and will engineer a dual-organ organoid model for investigating human heart and lung co-development. Thanks to the great work from Wai hoe and Liz.
  • 05/2020 - We are grateful to have received a research grant from the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation, and will develop technologies to help understand the dynamic changes of tumor extracellular environment. Thanks to the great work from Zihan, Shierly and Yunhui.
  • 06/2020 - Welcome Emily Reinoso Jacome to be our SURF fellow of 2020. She will be sponsored by the university to do summer research with us.
  • 05/2020 - Farewell to our UG and MS graduates: Liz, Shierly, Minrui and Nelly. Unfortunately, we cannot organize a party for you all due to the pandemic. Please do come to visit us when there is a chance. Best of luck in your future endeavor!!
  • 05/2020 - Congrats to Barbie for being 1 out of the 3 MS students receiving the BME Department Summer Research Fellowship.
  • 03/2020 - Congrats to Piyumi for winning the 2nd Place at the Regenerative Medicine Technology Pitch Competition ($1500 cash prize!) at this year's McGowan Scientific Retreat. She presented her swimming organoid project.
  • 01/2020Congrats to Wai Hoe for being awarded Winners for Fellows, 2nd Place in Basic Categories, at the American Heart Association’s 28th Annual Fellows Research Day. He presented his cardio-pulmonary stem cell engineering project.
  • 12/2019 - Celebrate the year with beer and sausage. Thanks everyone for a great year together.
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  • 09/2019 - Congrats to Piyumi for receiving the Outstanding Poster Award at the 2019 Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering. She presented her multicellular assembly project.
  • 09/2019 - Welcome our new MS students, Barbie Varghese (BS@Rutgers) and Ananya Kar (BS@VIT). They will both work on bone tissue engineering.
  • 09/2019 - Welcome our new PhD student, Weitao Wang (MS@Notre Dame). Weitao will be co-advised by Prof. Rebecca Taylor at MechE, and will merge DNA nanotechnology with cell surface engineering.
  • 09/2019 - Welcome our new PhD student, Zihan Ling (BS@Peking University). Zihan is a recipient of the ‘Carnegie Mellon-China Scholarship Council’ scholarship! He will be working on chemoselective tracking of newly synthesized extracellular matrix proteins.
  • 06/2019 - Congrats to Liz for being 1 out of the 5 MS students receiving the BME Department Summer Research Fellowship.
  • 05/2019 - Welcome SURF fellows of 2019: Vivienne Pham and Nelly Raissa Setchie Tchato. They will be sponsored by the university to do summer research with us.
  • 04/2019 - Farewell to Julia, Taurus, Gaurav and Njaire. They will graduate this May and move onto their next endeavor. It was a pleasure to work with all of you. GOOD LUCK!
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  • 04/2019 - Congrats to Vivienne and Nelly for being awarded with the SURF fellowship
  • 03/2019 - Dr. Ren becomes courtesy faculty at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • 02/2019 - Congrats to Piyumi (and Dr. Ren) for passing her (‘his’) Qualifying Exam! Her proposal focuses on engineering stromal-vascularized alveolar organoids.
  • 01/2019 - Dr. Ren spoke about 'Organ Regeneration' at FutureTech Podcast.
  • 12/2018 - Congrats to Piyumi, Wai Hoe and Taurus for publishing our very first review article on "Bioengineering the innate vasculature of complex organs". Look forward to sharing our research in near future.
  • 11/2018 - Piyumi and Gaurav presented posters at the 2018 Biomaterials Day. Congrats to Piyumi for winning the People’s Choice Award!
  • 10/2018 - Congrats to Gaurav for being named one of the 2019 class of Andrew Carnegie Scholars
  • 10/2018 - Congrats to Piyumi for her oral presentation on chemoselective biomaterial engineering at the Regenerative Engineering Symposium at AIChE Annual.
  • 10/2018 - Dominique presented a poster on glycocalyx engineering at the 2018 BMES Conference at Atlanta.
  • 10/2018 - Welcome new undergraduate researchers joining our lab, Vivienne Pham and Nelly-Raissa Setchie-Tchato.
  • 10/2018 - Wai Hoe and Piyumi presented posters on their research at the Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering.
  • 09/2018 - Welcome our new MS students, Julia Napolitano (BS@CMU), Elizabeth (Liz) Johnston (BS@Georgia-Tech), Shierly Fok Lau (BS@Georgia-Tech) and Njaire Mckoy (BS@CMU).
  • 09/2018 - Welcome our new PhD student, Yunhui Xing (BS@Southern University of Science and Technology). Yunhui is a recipient of the ‘Carnegie Mellon-China Scholarship Council’ scholarship!
  • 06/2018 - Welcome our new MS students, Minrui (Ray) Chen (BS@William&Mary) and Minrui (Taurus) Feng (BS@CMU).
  • 05/2018 - Dr. Ren presented our work on chemoselective functionalization of native extracellular matrix at American Thoracic Society 2018 Annual Conference.
  • 05/2018 - Welcome our new undergraduate researcher, Gaurav Balakrishnan.
  • 05/2018 - Congratulations to our undergraduate researchers, Dominique Petach and Annie Yang for receiving the SURF fellowship.
  • 05/2018 - Dr. Ren becomes a Faculty Member at the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine at University of Pittsburgh.