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UW Bioengineering chair Cecilia GiachelliWelcome to UW Bioengineering’s Winter/Spring 2017 Innovation and Impact!

I’m pleased to send you this update on our advances in bioengineering research, education, translation and outreach, and recognize the recent achievements of our faculty, students and alumni.


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

Mark your calendars: 2017 Distinguished Lecturer Series!

We are excited to invite internationally recognized leaders in the field of bioengineering to present their work and to engage with our faculty, students and trainees. In Spring Quarter, we will welcome:

Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University
May 4, 2017

Talk title: Nature’s gift: how the discovery of structural principles in a microbial protein helped illuminate the pathophysiology of psychiatry

Innovation and Impact

MRI image of brainUW’s new WAMIT imaging center to link diagnostics, therapy

To help lead the next major wave in medical diagnosis and treatment, the University of Washington is planning a molecular imaging center to bring individualized, precision medicine to patients. The WAMIT team includes several BioE core and adjunct faculty.


MRI image of an infant brainNew technology images fetal brain activity in 4D

Colin Studholme, UW joint professor of bioengineering and pediatrics, is leading research that has pioneered a way to image activity in a baby’s brain before birth. The technique enables the capture of moving subjects, and opens a window on how fetal brains develop.


Nanopatterned cell sheetScaffold-free tissue engineering method pairs nanopatterned cell sheets, magnetic levitation

In a recent Nanotechnology paper, BioE Assistant Professor Deok-Ho Kim and colleagues demonstrated a novel method for engineering physiologically relevant tissues that could be adapted for drug screening and regenerative medicine applications.


Alyssa TaylorAlyssa Taylor receives Award for Excellence in Science Education from Seattle Association for Women in Science

The award recognizes BioE Senior Lecturer Alyssa Taylor’s passion for teaching, excellence in leadership and outreach, and dedication to serving as a positive role model for students in science and engineering.

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Student Highlights

Efren LeePh.D. student Efren Lee works to improve CT/PET scan gold standard, safety

Efren aims to advance PET/CT imaging technology to help physicians better plan and evaluate the success of individualized treatment, and o improve patient outcomes. Efren works with Paul Kinahan, UW professor of radiology and adjunct faculty in BioE, in the Imaging Research Laboratory.


Nuttada PanpradistCollege of Engineering, KING 5 report on Ph.D student’s HIV rapid diagnostics test

In recent interviews with the College of Engineering and Seattle’s KING 5, BioE Ph.D. student Nuttada Panpradist talks about how she started the OLA-SIMPLE HIV diagnostics project, and the impact she hopes her work will have on global health.


BWB Anesthesia teamBioengineers without Borders Anesthesia team wins $10,000 second place prize at Holloman Health Innovation Challenge

The team, led by BioE Ph.D. students David Peeler and Eric Swanson, is developing an electricity-free device to increase access to inhaled anesthesia in low-resource regions. Three other teams from BioE were finalists in the competition.


Students unite the brain with technology at 2017 CSNE HackathonCSNE Hackathon projects

BioE Ph.D. students Nile Wilson and James Wu co-organized this year’s CSNE Hackathon, which brought together students from UW and five other universities to create technologies to address neural engineering challenges.


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Alumni Highlights

Alex JiaoPh.D. alumnus aims to freeze your cells – and help you regrow your body later

While still a Ph.D. student in BioE Assistant Professor Deok-Ho Kim’s lab, Dr. Jiao (’16) co-founded Silene Biotech with a novel idea: offer consumers a way to store their cells now, and retrieve them to use later for regenerative medicine applications and personalized medicine.


Amanda WoodcockB.S. alumna discusses career in product development in Product Design Studio Profile

Amanda Woodcock (’15, Yager lab), discusses discovering the field of product development while she was a senior in BioE, and her current job at Seattle’s Product Design Studio. “I love being in the trenches, brainstorming and coming up with solutions to the most difficult problems.”

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Community Highlights

BAW Open HouseK-12 students explore neuroscience research at UW Brain Awareness Week Open House

Eric Chudler, research associate professor of BioE and executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, annually organizes the educational outreach event. This year’s event hosted over 700 students, who participated in hands-on activities led by UW
faculty, staff and students. Read more


BIOXMS outreachBioE Outreach hosts Highline High School students to explore research, toy adaptation

BioE students led students and mentors from the BIOXMS (Biomedical Research and Mentors in Science) program, a partnership between Highline High School and UW that helps expose underrepresented minority students to STEM majors and prepare them for college. Read more

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In Vivo Maturation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes in Neonatal and Adult Rat Hearts

Kadota S, Pabon L, Reinecke H, Murry CE. Stem Cell Reports.

Development of switchable polymers to address the dilemma of stability and cargo release in polycationic nucleic acid carriers

Cheng Y, Sellers DL, Tan JKY, Peeler DJ,  Horner PJ, Pun SH. Biomaterials.

Single-use paper-based hydrogen fuel cells for point-of-care diagnostic applications 

Esquivel JP, Buser JR, Lim CW, Domínguez C, Rojas S, Yager P, Sabaté N. Journal of Power Sources.

miR-155 Modifies Inflammation, Endothelial Activation and Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Cerebral Malaria

Barker KR, Lu Z, Kim H, Zheng Y, Chen J, Conroy AL, Hawkes M, Cheng HS, Njock MS, Fish JE,Harlan JM, López JA, Liles WC, Kain KC. Molecular Medicine.

Optical coherence tomography basedmicroangiography provides an ability to longitudinally image arteriogenesis in vivo

Li Y, Choi WJ, Qin W, Baran U, Habenicht LM, Wang RK. Journal of Neuroscience Methods.