Cecilia GiachelliWelcome to UW Bioengineering’s Innovation & Impact — 2017-18 Year in Review!

Throughout UW Bionegineering’s 50 year history, we’ve empowered better health care through biomedical innovation. Now, as a globally recognized leader in bioengineering research and education, we’ve set our sights on our next 50 years of impact on medicine, for Washington and for the world.

With warm regards,

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

Defining global leadership in the future of medicine

UW Bioengineering is fourth among biomedical engineering programs worldwide in 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Faculty News

Herbert Sauro

Herbert Sauro to lead $6.5M NIH-funded Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling

Associate Professor Herbert Sauro leads work to develop biological system models that advance innovation in medicine and bioengineering.


Paul Yager

Paul Yager named 2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

This honor recognizes Professor Paul Yager’s prolific efforts to increase access to health care in developed and developing countries with affordable, point-of-care diagnostic devices.


David Castner receives 2018 AVS Medard W. Welch AwardDavid Castner

David Castner, professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering, is recognized for leading advances in rigorous and state-of-the-art surface analysis methods.


Suzie Pun elected to Washington State Academy of SciencesSuzie Pun with student

As an Academy member, Robert F. Rushmer Professor Suzie Pun will contribute to efforts to increase the role and visibility of science in Washington state.


Hao Yuan KuehHao Yuan Kueh named co-recipient of Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative’s Human Cell Atlas Grant

Assistant Professor Hao Yan Kueh aims to develop methods for measuring epigenetic states in single cells using advanced imaging techniques.


Azadeh Yazdan-ShahmoradAzadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad receives Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Career Development award

Assistant Professor Azadeh Yazdan-Shamorad works on stimulation-based therapies for people with stroke and other neurological disorders.


Stem cells heal injured monkey heart tissueStem cells restore working heart muscle in monkeys after heart failure

Monkeys with heart failure regrew working heart muscle after receiving human stem cells, report a UW team led by Charles Murry, professor of bioengineering, pathology and medicine.


New technique for targeting prostate tumors

New technique adheres cancer-fighting agents to prostate tumors

Professors Xiaohu Gao and Eva Corey (UW Medicine/Urology) have developed a way to target prostate tumors with cancer-killing genetic material that overcomes past hurdles.


Featured Publications

High-throughput characterization of protein-protein interactions by reprogramming yeast mating

David Younger et al.
David Baker / Eric Klavins labs
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Single-cell profiling of the developing mouse brain and spinal cord with split-pool barcoding

Charles Roco et al.
Georg Seelig and Suzie Pun / Drew Sellers labs, Allen Institute of Brain Science

Desktop?stereolithography 3D?printing of a poly(dimethylsiloxane)?based material with Sylgard?184 properties

Nirveek Bhattacharjee et al.
Albert Folch’s lab
Advanced Materials

Polypyrrole-coated perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions as a sono-photoacoustic contrast agent

David Li et al.
Matthew O’Donnell / Lilo Pozzo labs
Nano Letters

Zwitterionic nanocages overcome the efficacy loss of biologic drugs

Bowen Li et al.
Shaoyi Jiang’s lab
Advanced Materials

A ribonucleoprotein octamer for targeted siRNA delivery

Wanyi Tai et al. Xiaohu Gao’s lab / UW Medicine Urology
Nature Biomedical Engineering

Targeting sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase as an anabolic therapy for bone loss

Sarah Weske et al.
Marta Scatena’s lab / University of Duisburg-Essen / University of Düsseldorf / University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf / German Centre for Cardiovascular Research / University Medicine Greifswald / University Hospital Jena
Nature Medicine

Harnessing sphingosine-1-phosphate signaling and nanotopographical cues to regulate skeletal muscle maturation and vascularization

Jonathan Tsui et al.
Deok-Ho Kim’s lab
ACS Nano

Trainee Highlights

Caleb PerezB.S. grad Caleb Perez receives Fulbright to advance cancer immunotherapy in Switzerland

At EPFL, Caleb Perez (B.S., ’18) is advancing development of dendritic cell vaccines, and hopes to change the future of cancer treatment with new therapies that improve patient outcomes.


Hal HolmesHal Holmes inducted to Schmidt Science Fellows training program

Hal Holmes (Ph.D., ’18) is among 14 post-doctoral innovators from the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and computing who are working to drive world-changing advances in science and society.


A-Alpha Bio teamBioE startups A-Alpha Bio, Nanodropper, OLA-Simple win $32,500 at UW Business Plan Competition

BioE’s winners of the UW entrepreneurship competition included the $25,000 Herbert B. Jones Foundation grand prize awardee, A-Alpha Bio, which aims to bring safer drugs to market more quickly and affordably.


Husky 100 recipients2018 Husky 100 recognizes Robyn Langevin, Solomon Muche, Caleb Perez, Nuttada Panpradist and Ty Youngblood

The Husky 100 connect to life inside and outside the classroom, and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future.


Nuttada Panpradist and collaboratorsPh.D. student Nuttada Panpradist presents HIV drug resistance test in South Africa

Nuttada Panpradist leads interdisciplinary efforts to develop OLA-Simple, an instrument-free, point-of-care device that addresses the global burden of HIV drug resistance.


Nepal countryside

New study abroad program in Nepal explores global health clinical needs, technology solutions

BioE’s first study abroad program, “Bioengineering Nepal: Technology Development for Global Health,’ introduces students to factors that impact global health care delivery.