In this issue: Innovation and Impact | Featured Publications | Bioengineers in the news

ceciWelcome to UW Bioengineering’s Fall/Winter 2015 eNews!

I’m pleased to send you this update on our advances in bioengineering research and education, as well as recognize awards and honors recently received by our students and faculty.

New in this issue you’ll find “Featured Publications,” which includes selected papers published by our faculty, students and research staff in the last quarter.

I hope you enjoy this issue.


Cecilia Giachelli, Ph.D.
W. Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair, Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of Washington

Innovation and Impact

Cardiac scaffold$10M Washington Research Foundation investment to start cardiac stem cell treatment trials

The investment supports UW Medicine’s Heart Regeneration Program, which is founded in the research of Bioengineering’s Charles Murry. UW scientists will start clinical trials of a treatment that has the potential to restore heart tissue in people who have suffered heart attacks.

Student working on bioengineering laboratory equipment and devicesNew Master of Applied Bioengineering program to prepare students for biomedical industry and translational research

This one year, full-time degree program trains students to apply engineering design and entrepreneurship education to unmet clinical needs and transform biomedical research into technologies for improving health care.

Researchers examining ultrasound equipmentBioEngage – Building mutually beneficial relationships with biomedical industry

BioE’s new BioEngage program aims to increase engagement of our students and faculty with the biomedical translation-commercialization sector — companies, non-profits, entrepreneurs, investors.

Student participants in CSNE HackathonUniting the brain with technology: Ph.D. Student Nile Wilson organizes 2015 CSNE Hackathon

At November’s UW CSNE Hackathon, 15 students from UW, MIT, San Diego State University and Spelman College competed to develop novel technology addressing sensorimotor neural engineering problems.

Jamie Nunez and Lael WentlandUndergraduates Jamie Nunez and Lael Wentland receive UW EIP Presidential Scholarships

The Presidential Scholarship supports UW students who demonstrate scholastic achievement, an interest in research and motivation to pursue graduate study in their field. Jamie and Lael, both seniors, are two of three students receiving this award in 2015.


Jerusalem Kifelew and Natacha ComandanteUndergraduates Jerusalem Kifelew and Natacha Comandante featured in UW College of Engineering video

BioE junior Jerusalem Kifelew and senior Natacha Comandante Lou were featured in a recent UW College of Engineering video. They discuss their motivation for studying bioengineering and how they hope to make an impact on the field.


Sharon Newman working with clean room equipmentAlumna and Fulbright/whitaker Recipient Sharon Newman reports from Germany on neuroprosthetics research

At the University of Freiburg, UW Bioengineering alumna and recipient of 2015-16 Fulbright Student and Whitaker fellowships Sharon Newman is investigating ways to design and build durable, longer lasting neuroprosthetic electrodes.

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Featured Publications

Nanoparticle-Based ARV Drug Combinations for Synergistic Inhibition of Cell-Free and Cell-Cell HIV Transmission

Jiang Y, Cao S, Bright DK, Bever AM, Blakney AK, Suydam IT, Woodrow KA. Molecular Pharmaceutics.

Three-dimensional Localization of Polymer Nanoparticles in Cells using ToF-SIMS

Graham DJ, Wilson JT, Lai JJ, Stayton PS, Castner DG. Biointerphases.

Stably Doped Conducting Polymer Nanoshells by Surface Initiated Polymerization

Li J, Yoon SJ, Hsieh BY, Tai W, O’Donnell M, Gao X. Nano Letters.

AAV6-mediated Cardiac Specific Over-expression of Ribonucleotide Reductase Enhances Myocardial Contractility

Kolwicz SC Jr, Odom GL, Nowakowski SG, Moussavi-Harami F, Chen X, Reinecke H, Hauschka SD, Murry CE, Mahairas GG, Regnier M. Molecular Therapy.

Nanopatterned Human iPSC-based Model of a Dystrophin-Null Cardiomyopathic Phenotype

Macadangdang J, Guan X, Smith AS, Lucero R, Czerniecki S, Childers MK, Mack DL, Kim DH. Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering Society.

PolySTAT-modified chitosan gauzes for improved hemostasis in external hemorrhage

Chan LW, Kim CH, Wang X, Pun SH, White NJ, Kim TH. Acta Biomateria.

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Bioengineers in the news

Disposable diagnostic deviceIEEE Pulse reports on Paul Yager, Patrick Stayton labs’ work advancing global access to health care

Drs. Yager and Stayton are developing affordable, disposable and accurate technology that brings the diagnostic capabilities of a sophisticated lab to clinicians in the developing world.

Noninvasive brain imagingRuikang Wang lab’s noninvasive imaging method presents novel method for studying the living brain

The Wang lab’s approach to studying the brain with optical coherence tomography provides a new tool for studying how diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and brain tumors change brain tissue over time.

Deok-Ho Kim working in bioengineering laboratoryDeok-Ho Kim featured in The Korea Times for 2015 Young Innovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering award from BMES

Dr. Kim’s award from the Biomedical Engineering Society recognizes outstanding junior faculty working in cellular and molecular bioengineering. Dr. Kim was one of 12 bioengineering researchers to receive the award in 2015.

Eric Chudler holding a rubber brainEric Chudler hosts BrainWorks: Kids & Sports-Related Concussions

BrainWorks is a UWTV program that takes viewers on a journey inside the human brain. This entertaining and informative episode educates kids and parents how to protect the brain from sports-related concussions.

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