In this issue: Innovation and Impact | Faculty Honors and Awards | Student Highlights | Featured Publications
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Welcome to UW Bioengineering’s Fall 2016 Innovation and Impact!
I’m pleased to send you this update on our advances in bioengineering research and education, and recognize the recent achievements of our students and faculty.
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
New hires build global excellence in neuroengineering and immunoengineering research
New faculty Andre Berndt, Amy Orsborn and Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad will create a complementary cluster of research expertise in the area of neuroengineering. Assistant Professor Hao Yuan Kueh , an expert in immunoengineering, joined the department in August. Read more
New Master of Applied Bioengineering program prepares students for biomedical industry, translational research
This one year, full-time degree program trains students to apply engineering design and entrepreneurship education to unmet clinical needs and transform biomedical research into technologies for improving health care. Read more
BioEngage program builds mutually beneficial relationships with biomedical industry
The BioEngage program aims to increase engagement of UW Bioengineering students and faculty with the biomedical translation-commercialization sector – companies, non-profits, entrepreneurs and investors. Read more
TAxI peptide reveals promising new strategies for drug delivery to the central nervous system
Drew Sellers and Suzie Pun have discovered that a small peptide called TAxI, or Targeted Axonal Import, can transport a recombinant protein from muscle into motor neurons. Their findings may lead to new strategies for treating motor neuron diseases like ALS. Read more
Pun lab researchers win national cancer treatment nanotech challenge
The team is one of 10 selected by the National Cancer Institute’s Nanotech Startup Challenge for their proposal to develop a targeted drug delivery system for breast cancer that targets tumor-associated macrophages. Read more
Scientific American reports on Paul Yager’s paper-based disease diagnostics
The tests being developed by Professor Paul Yager offer a fast, inexpensive, highly sensitive and simple testing platform that could enable faster treatment, limit disease spread, save lives and reduce the cost of healthcare. Read more
Faculty Honors and Awards
Kelly Stevens receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
In her project “Thermogenetic activation of engineered tissue for cardiac repair,” Kelly Stevens, assistant professor of bioengineering and pathology, aims to build “smart” human heart tissue using stem cells that can be remotely controlled following implantation in a patient. Read more
Charles Murry, Michael Regnier, Ruikang Wang and Tueng Shen inducted as 2016 AIMBE Fellows
AIMBE Fellows represent the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the United States, and are dedicated to improving lives through medical and biological engineering. 25 of BioE’s core and adjunct faculty are AIMBE Fellows. Read more
Suzie Pun named 2015 National Academy of Inventors Fellow
Robert F. Rushmer Professor Suzie Pun’s election to this high professional honor recognizes her prolific spirit of innovation. NAI Fellows create or facilitate outstanding inventions that improve quality of life, economic development and societal welfare. Read more
Allan Hoffman receives Controlled Release Society, Acta Biomaterialia awards
Professor Emeritus Allan Hoffman, UW BioE’s international “ambassador for biomaterials,” accepted the Allan Hoffman CRS Foundation Award earlier this year, and will receive the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal in 2017. Read more
Patrick Stayton named Distinguished Career Professor of Bioengineering
Professor Patrick Stayton’s appointment as UW BioE’s first Distinguished Career Professor recognizes his excellence in research, teaching, entrepreneurship, leadership and service. Read more
Bioengineers without Borders team receives PATH Health Innovation Portfolio grant
The team, which recently secured a $15,000 grant from Seattle’s PATH, aims to make anesthesia delivery accessible to low-resource regions where critical medical procedures are often not performed. Read more
Nuttada Panpradist wins $50,000 Third Place APF Student Technology Prize
Nuttada, a fourth year Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Barry Lutz’s lab, leads development of OLA-SIMPLE, which aims to be the first rapid instrument-free device that emulates the diagnostic capabilities of a laboratory to determine HIV viral load and drug resistance at the point of care. Read more
Senior Krittika D’Silva receives Cambridge Gates Scholarship
Krittika D’Silva, a UW BioE and computer engineering double major, received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for Ph.D. study at the University of Cambridge in the UK. At UW, she worked on software and mobile technology solutions for health care, and that empower a world of good. Read more
Abbi Helfer, Lael Wentland, Anna Blakney and Emily Krogstad receive Whitaker Awards
Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program awards promote the professional development of superb leaders in biomedical engineering who will advance the profession through an international outlook. Read more
Quantitative proteomics identify DAB2 as a cardiac developmental regulator that inhibits WNT/β-catenin signaling
Hofsteen P, Robitaille AM, Chapman DP, Moon RT, Murry CE. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Three-dimensional localization of polymer nanoparticles in cells using TOF-SIMS
Graham DJ, Wilson JT, Lai JJ, Stayton PS, Castner DG. Biointerphases.
Electroconductive nanopatterned substrates for enhanced myogenic differentiation and maturation
Yang HS, Lee B, Tsui JH, Macadangdang J, Jang SY, Im SG, Kim DH. Advanced Healthcare Materials.
Wide-field optical coherence tomography based microangiography for retinal imaging
Zhang Q, Lee CS, Chao J, Chen CL, Zhang T, Sharma U, Zhang A, Liu J, Rezaei K, Pepple KL, Munsen R, Kinyoun J, Johnstone M, Van Gelder RN, Wang RK. Scientific Reports.