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Welcome to UW Bioengineering’s 2015 Year in Review!

ceciIn 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

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Innovation and Impact

uw-aerialReuters ranks University of Washington world’s most innovative public university; fourth overall

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.


heart regen 300x185UW Bioengineering builds world leadership in heart regeneration; welcomes a new chair, high impact faculty

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.


cardiac-cells-vascular$10 million 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.


Pun lab 300x185Pun lab’s injectable polymer could stop bleeding, save lives

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.


Paul Yager 300x185Paul Yager receives over $4 million to continue developing paper-based diagnostic device

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.

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Faculty Awards and Honors

Suzie Pun, Valerie Daggett and Francois Baneyx elected AIMBE Fellows

Matthew O’Donnell receives IEEE EMBS Award for Excellence in Biomedical Technology

Suzie Pun selected as 2015-16 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador

Buddy Ratner named 2015 Langmuir Lecturer

Deok-Ho Kim named 2015 Young Innovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) by BMES

David Castner Receives 2014 Riviere Prize

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Student highlights

Sharon NewmanSharon Newman receives Fulbright, Whitaker fellowships, advances neuroprosthetics research

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.


Student award winnersStudents win Second Place, Finalist, Best Idea Prizes at 2015 UW Business Plan Competition

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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