In this issue:   Faculty Research & AwardsFeatured Publications | Trainee Highlights | Upcoming Events

Cecilia GiachelliWelcome to UW Bioengineering’s Innovation & Impact!

Thank you for reading. I also thank those of you who joined us for our 50/20 Anniversary event May 21-22 to celebrate our history of impact on health care, and to reflect on what lies ahead in our boundless future.

Additionally, congratulations to the many award winners featured in this issue, and to our Class of 2018!

With warm regards,

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

Faculty Research & Awards

David CastnerDavid Castner receives 2018 AVS Medard W. Welch Award

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


Deok-Ho KImDeok-Ho Kim and team awarded Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant

Associate Professor Deok-Ho Kim and his international collaborators will study the dynamics of collective cell migration on curved surfaces, and aim to shed light on the mechanisms underlying organism development and tissue repair.


Gerald PollackGerald Pollack to join Nobel Laureates to present seminar before UK’s House of Lords

This July, Professor Gerald Pollack will share the podium with Nobel Laureates Luc Montagnier (Medicine) and Brian Josephson (Physics) in a special seminar on “New Horizons in Water Science” at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.


Suzie Pun with studentSuzie Pun named 2018 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor

Suzie Pun, the Robert F. Rushmer Professor of Bioengineering, is honored for her dedication to serving as a graduate student advocate, and for recruiting, supporting and engaging graduate students in the Husky Experience.


BioE startup NanoSurface Biomedical wins 2018 Seattle Angel ConferenceNanoSurface Biomedical team

NanoSurface Biomedical, co-founded by UW BioE alumnus Elliot Fisher (’16) and Deok Ho Kim, associate professor of bioengineering, and spun out of BioE in 2015, was selected from 40 companies to win $125,000 of investment funding.


New technique adheres cancer-fighting agents to prostate tumorsNew technique adheres cancer-fighting agents to prostate tumors

Professor Xiaohu Gao and Eva Corey of UW Medicine Urology have developed a way to target prostate tumors that overcomes past hurdles. Their work appeared April 2 in Nature Biomedical Engineering.


Diagnosing disease with cell phonesDiagnosing disease with smartphones

Professor Paul Yager’s lab has devised a way to use smartphone cameras to diagnose the flu and sexually transmitted infections without costly equipment, which was presented May 1 in Analytical Chemistry.


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Featured Publications

A ribonucleoprotein octamer for targeted siRNA delivery

Wanyi Tai et al
(Xiaohu Gao’s lab / UW Department of Medicine — Urology)
Nature Biomedical Engineering

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

Nirveek Bhattacharjee et al
(Albert Folch’s lab)
Advanced Materials

Mobile Phone Ratiometric Imaging Enables Highly Sensitive Fluorescence Lateral Flow Immunoassays without External Optical Filters.

Kamal Shah et al.
(Paul Yager’s lab)
Analytical Chemistry

Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry-A method to evaluate plasma-modified three-dimensional scaffold chemistry

Michael Taylor et al.
(Lara Gamble’s lab  / Colorado State University)

Engineering a multicellular vascular niche to model hematopoietic cell trafficking

Surya Kotha et al
(Ying Zheng’s lab / UW Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Human organ-specific endothelial cell heterogeneity

Raluca Marcu et al
(Charles Murry, Kelly Stevens and Ying Zheng’s labs / UW Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Medicine)

Exclusion zone and heterVogeneous water structure at ambient temperature

Seong G. Hwang et al
(Gerald Pollack’s lab / Hankyong National University / Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology / The State University of New York)
PLoS One

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

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Trainee Highlights

Hal HolmesHal Holmes joins inaugural class of Schmidt Science Fellows

The new postdoctoral training program promotes the development of interdisciplinary innovators in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and computing, who can drive world-changing advances in science and society.


Mary RegierMary Regier named Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

WRF’s new award supports highly creative and dedicated postdoctoral scientists within Washington state who conduct groundbreaking work that addresses unmet public needs.


Caleb PerezCaleb Perez receives Fulbright to advance cancer immunotherapy in Switzerland

Recent B.S. grad Caleb Perez will travel to EPFL to advance development of dendritic cell vaccines, and hopes to change the future of cancer treatment by opening doors to new therapies that improve patients’ quality of life and survival rates.


A-Alpha Bio team

A-Alpha Bio, Nanodropper, OLA Simple  win $32,500 at 2018 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 recipientsRobyn Langevin, Solomon Muche, Caleb Perez, Nuttada Panpradist and Ty Youngblood selected for Husky 100 Class of 2018

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.


Dylan GueligDylan Guelig developing rapid flu, ebola tests with focus on global health

In the Yager lab, M.S. student Dylan Guelig works to increase access to testing for flu and ebola with low-cost, ultrasensitive devices that can be used at the point of care, anywhere in the world.


Humans of UW Bioengineering: Vanessa Nguyen and Samantha Sun recap a year of learning, exploration and personal growth

After wrapping up the second year of the Humans of UW Bioengineering blog, recent B.S. grads Vanessa Nguyen and Samantha Sun reflect on how they found inspiration in sharing their fellow students’ stories


Working on toy adaptationMaking play possible

Ph.D. student Molly Mollica has teamed up with students and faculty across UW to adapt toys for children with disabilities, and to promote a community focused on inclusive design.


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Upcoming Events

UWEB Biomaterials Intensive Short Course

August 6-8. A 2.5 day intensive introduction to biomaterials, medical devices and biocompatibility presented by experts.


IDEAS: Innovations in Dialysis Expediting Advances SymposiumIDEAS (Innovations in Dialysis: Expediting Advances Symposium)

August 20-21. IDEAS brings together changemakers from academia, medicine, industry and government to discuss strategies for improving outcomes and reducing costs for end stage kidney patients on dialysis.


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