Welcome to the Fall 2017 issue of Innovation & Impact!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of UW’s Center for Bioengineering, and 20 years since we became a department. Throughout our history, we’ve empowered health care innovation for Washington and for the world. I invite you to learn more about our past, present and future.
With warm regards,
Cecilia Giachelli, Ph.D.
W. Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair, Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of Washington
In our 50 years at UW, we have empowered better health care through biomedical innovation, and transformed lives here in Washington and around the world.
Our newest tenure-track faculty Andre Berndt, Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad, Amy Orsborn and Hao Yuan Kueh will propel research that improves the lives of people with stroke and other neurological conditions, mobility challenges and more.
Professor Xiaohu Gao’s lab discovered a simple way to dramatically increase the accuracy of ELISA and other common assays — by 100 to 1,000 times.
BioE researchers from UW’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering are working towards technology that enables the brain to directly control prosthetic devices.
The CDI aims to transform treatment for advanced kidney disease, and envisions future dialysis therapy as complication-free and completely restorative of kidney health.
2017’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects recognized BioE’s research productivity and quality, and the strength of researchers’ international collaborations.
Faculty Awards and Honors
This year’s class of AIMBE Fellows, the largest in BioE’s history, represents UW’s leadership in medical and biological engineering research, education and service.
This award recognizes Professor Emeritus Allan Hoffman’s pioneering efforts to advance biomaterials research and contributions to the academic community.
Chair and Professor Cecilia Giachelli is recognized for her vascular calcification research, which propels development of treatments for chronic kidney disease and atherosclerosis.
As ISCRM’s director, Professor Charles Murry will lead and energize efforts to develop regenerative medicine therapies by studying stem cells in health and disease.
Alyssa Taylor receives Award for Excellence in Science Education from Seattle Association for Women in Science
The award acknowledges Senior Lecturer Alyssa Taylor’s innovation and impact in education, passion for teaching and service as a role model for science and engineering students.
The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program promotes the professional development of biomedical engineering leaders who advance the profession through an international outlook.
The first recipient of a UW President’s Medal in the College of Engineering since 1992, Celina Gunnarsson is recognized for excellence in academics, research and leadership.
Rahil Jain, whose work was recently featured on the cover of Lab on a Chip, seeks ways to enhance diagnostic tests with smartphones, and also develops “smart home” devices.
Hal Holmes is developing a field-deployable device that allows customs officials and agents of conservation to identify endangered or protected species.
Yilong Cheng et al. (Suzie Pun’s lab)
Angewandte Chemie, International Edition
Lisa K. Lafleur et al. (Paul Yager’s lab)
Lab on a Chip
Andrew J. Schwartz and Gerald H. Pollack.
Junwei Li et al. (Xiaohu Gao’s lab)
Nature Biomedical Engineering
In vivo maturation of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes in neonatal and adult rat hearts
Shin Kadota et al. (Charles Murry’s lab)
Stem Cell Reports
Alissa Bleem et al. (James Bryers/Valerie Daggett’s labs)
NPG Biofilms and Microbiomes
Yueming Zhai et al. (Xiaohu Gao’s lab)