In this issue: Innovation and Impact | Faculty Awards and Honors | Student Highlights | Stay Connected
Welcome to UW Bioengineering’s 2015 Year in Review!
In my first year as department chair, I’m proud of the advances in research made by our faculty and students, as well as the many awards and honors they have received in the past year.
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
Reuters has ranked UW the most innovative public university in the world, and fourth overall behind Stanford, MIT and Harvard. The ranking’s methodology focused on research productivity through academic papers and patent filings and successes.
We are excited to announce the recruitment of stem cell expert Jennifer Davis and human tissue engineer Kelly Stevens, and the appointment of Cecilia Giachelli as the W. Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Chair of Bioengineering.
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.
Bioengineers in Suzie Pun’s lab developed PolySTAT, an injectable polymer that seeks out and strengthens blood clots, that addresses the need for a stable, reliable treatment for trauma in low-resource settings.
The project aims to replicate the diagnostic abilities of point-of-care nucleic acid amplification tests via a low-cost, highly sensitive and simple platform that anyone can use, anywhere.
Faculty Awards and Honors
After graduating with her B.S. in June, Sharon Newman headed to Europe to tackle cutting-edge research problems and expand her perspective of global health care and the culture of medicine.
Our students continued the department’s strong tradition of success at the UW Business Plan Competition, with five teams winning over $30,000 at this year’s competition.
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