Orsborn lab awarded NIH grant to improve brain-computer interfaces for movement disorders

Amy Orsborn and her team received a $3.5M NIH ROI grant to build algorithms that allow for changes in the brain and potentially even leverage them to help people with movement disorders.

New Faculty

Elizabeth Wayne

Welcome Elizabeth Wayne

With expertise in immunoengineering, translational research, drug and gene delivery, and biomaterials Elizabeth Wayne will join Bioengineering as assistant professor January 1.

Rupak Rajachar joins BioE

As new lecturer for Bioengineering, Rupak Rajachar oversees the Master of Applied Bioengineering (MAB) program and team capstone projects.

Research & News

Researchers are developing an implantable device that could prevent pregnancy and HIV for two years

Researchers co-led by Patrick Stayton are collaborating to develop a new type of product called multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs).

Addressing drug-resistant pathogens by targeting their protective biofilms

The Daggett lab is pursuing an innovative approach to bypass antimicrobial resistance by targeting a component of the protective biofilms formed by E. coli bacteria.

Unraveling the mysteries of malaria

A paper published in Cell Reports unveils the Zheng lab’s approach to researching cerebral malaria inflammation in 3D engineered human brain microvessels.

UW bioengineering researchers help create a roadmap to diversify faculty hiring

Patrick Boyle and Kelly Stevens collaborated with other institutions to create a hiring toolkit that helps academic departments promote diversity tailored to specific disciplines.

Faculty Highlights

Ricky Wang

Ruikang Wang is 2023 UW Medicine Inventor of the Year

The Award recognizes outstanding UW scientists whose inventions have had a major impact on both human health and our local economy.

Paul Kinahan awarded an ARPA-H grant

This new funding source will allow Paul Kinahan and a collaborative team to provide a reliable and extensive source of curated medical images and associated data for the scientific community.

Patrick M. Boyle

Patrick Boyle honored with CMBE Young Innovator Award

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering named Patrick Boyle the 2023 CMBE Young Innovator for his groundbreaking contributions to the field. Boyle was also elected a fellow of the American Heart Association.

Ayokunle Olanrewaju

Ayokunle Olanrewaju receives the Rogel Faculty Support Award

The grant honors an outstanding junior faculty member who has made important contributions to Bioengineering, the College of Engineering and the University of Washington.

Amy Orsborn

Amy Orsborn honored with the distinguished faculty fellowship

Amy Orsborn is one of the three UW faculty members chosen to be a part of the inaugural cohort of the Washington Research Foundation – Ronald S. Howell Distinguished Faculty Fellowship.

Buddy Ratner

Buddy Ratner distinguished as the 2023 Allan S. Hoffman Lecture speaker

With a career that started in 1972 with Bioengineering, Ratner reflected on his many adventures, inventions and research projects, as well as his mentorship with Allan Hoffman.

Kim Woodrow

Kim Woodrow receives the Partners in Safety Award

The honor recognizes individuals who have made a positive safety impact or contribution in support of labs or research groups.

Faculty Promotions: Mike Averkiou and Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad

Congratulations to faculty members Mike Averkiou, who was promoted to professor of bioengineering, and Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad for her promotion to associate professor with tenure.

Student News and Awards

Karam Khateeb

Promising research for enhancing brain health through neural stimulation

Karam Khateeb, a Ph.D. student in Azadeh Yazdan’s lab, received a NIH D-SPAN F99/K00 grant to treat neurological disorders through neural stimulation

Rachel Shi receives 2023 Fulbright Study/Research Award to study in Germany

The award will allow Rachel Shi to study the use of biopolymer coatings for biomedical devices at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Maine, Germany.

Featured Publications

Lessons Learnt, and Still to Learn, in First in Human Stem Cell Trials

Roger Barker et al.

Charles Murry and UW Depts. of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology; Medicine; Cardiology  / UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine / UW Center for Cardiovascular Biology / University of Cambridge / ElevateBio / University of California San Diego / Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine / Sana Biotechnology / University of Modena and Reggio Emilia / University of Michigan / CHA University / iPS Bio, Inc.

Stem Cell Reports

Toward Blood-Based Precision Medicine: Identifying Age-Sex-Specific Vascular Biomarker Quantities on Circulating Vascular Cells

Yingye Fang et al.

Princess Imoukhuede and Washington University in St. Louis

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

Prediction of Shock-Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation During Resuscitation of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Jason Coult et al.

Patrick Boyle and UW Depts. of Medicine; Applied Mathematics; Cardiology / UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine / UW Center for Cardiovascular Biology / University of Texas / King County Emergency Medical Services Division


In Vivo Selection of Synthetic Nucleocapsids for Tissue Targeting

Audrey Olshefsky et al.

Suzie Pun and UW Depts. of Biochemistry; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Neurology / UW Institute for Protein Design / UW Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Prodrug Approaches for the Development of a Long-Acting Drug Delivery Systems.

Shin-Tian Chien, Ian Suydam and Kim Woodrow.

Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews

Effect of Gravity on Bacterial Adhesion to Heterogeneous Surfaces

Kayla Hogan et al.

Wendy Thomas and UW Dept. of Microbiology.


Controlled Hyperthermia With High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and Ultrasound Contrast Agent Microbubbles in Porcine Liver

Eric Juang et al.

Michalakis Averkiou and Worcester Polytechnic Institute / Dynaflow Inc.

Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology

SpeCamX: Mobile App That Turns Unmodified Smartphones into Multispectral Imagers

Qinghua He et al.

Ruikang Wang and UW Dept. of Ophthalmology / Chinese Academy of Science / Jilin University Hospital

Biomedical Optics Express

Invariant Neural Dynamics Drive Commands to Control Different Movements

Vivek Athalye et al.

Amy Orsborn and UW Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering / Columbia University / University of California

Current Biology

A Simple Agglutination System for Rapid Antigen Detection from Large Sample Volumes with Enhanced Sensitivity

Qin Wang et al.

Barry Lutz and University of Houston / National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Analytica Chimica Acta

Novel HALO® Image Analysis to Determine Cell Phenotype in Porous Precision-Templated Scaffolds

Nathan Chan et al.

Buddy Ratner and James Bryers and UW Depts. of Chemical Engineering; Surgery / UW Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute / UW Center for Lung Biology

Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A

Tunable Resins with PDMS-like Elastic Modulus for Stereolithographic 3D-Printing of Multimaterial Microfluidic Actuators

Alireza Ahmadianyazdi et al.

Albert Folch and UW Dept. of Chemical Engineering

Lab on a Chip