March 23, 2015
Drzewiecki name PEO Fellow
Kathryn Drzewiecki was awarded a $15,000 Scholar Award from the PEO Foundation. PEO
a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.
October 23, 2014
Lowe wins Best Poster Award
Christopher Lowe won a Best Poster Award from the ACS journal Bioconjugate Chemistry
at the 2015 BMES Symposium in San Antonio, TX. Associate Editors from the journal pre-selected 60 outstanding posters to judge on-site,
and Chris was one of three winners. Chris' poster was titled "Fabricating highly aligned collagen sponges from self-assembled, fibrillar,
July 21, 2014
BME and MAE faculty collaborate on NSF award for Instrumentation Develoment
BME faculty David Shreiber
and Jeffrey Zahn and MAE faculty Hao Lin and Jerry Shan have been awarded an Instrumentation Development for Biological Research (IDBR)
grant from the NSF for $425,740. The team is developing a lab-on-a-chip device for automated, single-cell electroporation. The award
is co-funded by the Nano-Biosensing program in CBET in the Engineering Directorate.
July 1, 2014
Shreiber promoted to Professor
David Shreiber has been promoted to the rank of Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
June 1, 2014
Lowe wins NJCBIR
Christopher Lowe, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded a 3-year, $100,000 fellowship from the New
Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJCBIR). Chris aims to improve neural cell survival and regeneration following injury
using biomaterials that include different peptide fragments of BDNF.
March 19, 2014
Shreiber named a "Turnitin All-star": Receives
Honorable Mention in Nation-wide Competition
David Shreiber was recognized by Turnitin
for his achievements in developing tools and
policies to limit plagirism in graduate studies. You can listen to Dr. Shreiber describe his efforts here
November 7, 2013
and Gaudet patent photo-active collagen
David Shreiber and Ian Gaudet have been awarded a patent for collagen methacrylamide, a type-I
collagen derviative that matinains the self-assembly properties of type-I collagen but is also highly reactive in the presence of
free radicals, which can be spatially generated with a photoinitiator and UV light.
June 25, 2013
Kathryn Drzewiecki earns honorable
mention at SBC
Kathryn Drzewiecki received honorable mention in the PhD Student Paper Competiton. at the 2013 ASME Summer
Bioengineering Conference in Sun River, OR. Kathryn's paper on the thermoreversibility of collagen methacrylamide was selected as
one on the top 36 papers out of almost 200 submitted by doctoral students.
April 29, 2013
Shreiber named Associate Editor for Frontiers
David Shreiber has been named an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Biomechanics, a specialty subsection of Frontiers in Bioengineering.
Frontiers is an open-access journal that employs an interactive review process where authors and reviewers work together to improve
the quality of manuscripts and accelerate the review process.
February 26, 2013
REU Site Renewed by NSF
The NSF-sponsored REU Site
in Cellular Bioengineering: From Biomaterials to Stem Cells was renewed via a 3-year, $360,000 award. The program will be led by PI
David Shreiber and co-PI Charles Roth and will continue to provide research opportunities for a diverse population of students to
whom these experiences are not typically available.
December 17, 2012
Ian defends PhD Thesis
Ian Gaudet defended his PhD dissertation,
entitled “Development, Characterization, and Applications of Self-Assembling, Photocrosslinkable Collagen-based Hydrogels”. In addition
to Dr. Shreiber, Dr. Prabhas Moghe (BME/CBE), Dr. Bonnie Firestein (CBN), and Dr. Jason Burdick (UPenn Bioengineering) were on the
thesis committee. Congratulations, Ian!
October 01, 2012
NINDS/NIH BRP Awarded for Nerve Guidance Conduit Development
A 5-year, $2.9
million NIH Bioengineering Research Partnership R01 has been awarded to Professors Joachim Kohn and Jared Bushman (New Jersey Center
for Biomaterials), David Shreiber (Biomedical Engineering), and Melitta Schachner (Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience) through
the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke. The interdisciplinary team will develop a fully degradable conduit for
treatment of severe, "large-gap" peripheral nerve trauma that specifically accelerates recovery of motor function.
Shirley defends PhD Thesis
Shirley Masand defended her PhD dissertation, entitled “Glycomimetic functionalized collagen hydrogels
for peripheral nerve repair”. In addition to Dr. Shreiber, Dr. Martin Yarmush (BME/CBE), Dr. Li Cai (BME), Dr. Melitta Schachner (CBN),
and Dr. Simon Archibald (Integra Life Sciences) were on the thesis committee. Congratulations, Shirely!
June 06, 2012
NJ Center for
Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering faculty team up for NJCSCR Award
Joachim Kohn and Jared Bushman from the New Jersey Center
for Biomaterials and David Shreiber and Jeffrey Zahn from Biomedical Engineering were awarded a 3-year, $593,000 grant from the New
Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. The multi-disciplinary team aims to design and develop novel microelectrodes that limit
gliosis for use in Brain-Machine Interfaces.
April 05, 2012
BME Faculty Team Up for $540,000 Grant from NJCBIR
Professor Martin Yarmush,
Rene Schloss, and David Shreiber have been awarded a 3-year, $540,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research
for a project entitled, "Mesenchymal Stem Cells as Traumatic Brain Injury Therapeutics". The overall goal of the project is to evaluate
the therapeutic potential of encapsulated MSCs in organotypic slice cultures of hippocampus and cortex which have been subjected to
traumatic injury, and then to utilize the information gained in vitro to evaluate effects in a cortical contusion animal model.
Shreiber Receives SoE Award
Professor David Shreiber has been awarded the SoE 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award, which recognizes
excellence in teaching, research, and service.
November 16, 2011
Masand wins Graduate Student Grant
Shirley Masand was granted a travel
award by SciWomen, the office for the promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Shirley presented a poster
entitled "Instructive glycomimetic functionalized scaffolds for peripheral nerve injury" at the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering
Society in Hartford, CT in October, 2011.
October 11, 2011
Undergraduates Receive Aresty Awards
Philip Femano, Cecile Yama, and Vivak
Patel each received an award from the Aresty Foundation to complete their undergraduate research.
October 3, 2011
Shih defends Master's
Andy Shih defended his Master's Thesis, entitled "Diecting mouse embryonic stem cells towards neural lineages with L1-grafted
collagen." Congratulations, Andy!
July 20, 2011
Paper highlighted by Tissue Engineering
"Positively and Negatively Modulating Cell
Adhesion to Type I Collagen Via Peptide Grafting" has been highlighted by Tissue Engineering as and important article in its latest
print issue. See this link for details
July 7, 2011
Sundararaghavan joins Wayne State faculty
Lab alumnus Harini Sundararaghavan has
accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Masand takes first at SBC
Shirley Masand was awarded first place in the "PhD Student Paper Competition" in "Biomaterials
and Nanotechnology" at the 2011 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference in Farmington, PA. The award is based on a composite score from
the conference paper and oral presentation.
April 28, 2011
Senior Design team excels at conference
Lisa Cannarella, Jason Selim, Isaac
Perron, Sameer Sood, and Asha Signamanalli received first prize for best design at the 2011 Rutgers BME Senior Design Conference.
The team of seniors investigated novel approaches to engineer a small caliber vascular graft.
April 1, 2011
Stucky joins IGERT
Stucky has been awarded a fellowship from the NSF IGERT on Stem Cell Science and Engineering. Liz will study the effects of encapsulated
mesenchymal stem cells on ischaemic injuries associated with stroke and traumatic brain injury.
January 5, 2011
Chu defends MS thesis
Ka Po Chu defended her Master's Thesis, entitled "Nearby fibroblasts’ response to multiple acupuncture needle revolutions on fibroblast
populated collagen gels". Congratulations, Ka Po!
June 23, 2010
Lab receives NJCBIR award
Professor David Shreiber has received a
3-year, $495,000 award from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research for his grant, entitled "Evaluation of genipin as a
multi-potent therapeutic agent following brain injury." Professor Barclay Morrison (BME, Columbia University) will collaborate with
the Shreiber lab.
June 1, 2010
New Students join lab
Victoria Stefanelli, Robert Cichocki, and Janice Jeshke have joined the laboratory
for the summer through specialized, competitive research progreams at Rutgers. Victoria is from the University of Maryland, College
Park, and is part of the NSF-REU in Cellular Bioengineering. Rob is from The College of New Jersey, and is part of the Research in
Science and Engineering (RISE) program. Janice is a Rutgers student, and is part of the Aresty Research program.
May 28, 2010
receives NJCSCR Graduate Fellowship
Jeffrey Fox received a 2-year $60,000 award from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research.
Jeff's Fellowship Proposal is entitled "Optimized synergistic cues to facilitate spinal cord regeneration." Jeff plans to pattern
collagen gels with appropriate mechanical and adhesive properties to dictate the behaviors of both astrocytes and regenerating axons.
May 19, 2010
Masand Awarded Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute Fellowship
BME PhD student Shirley Masand has been selected
as a 2010-2011 Fellow in the Rutgers Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute (PLDI). The Fellowship comes with a $1000 annual
honorarium that will be provided during the Fall semester. The fellowship also includes a course. Shirley is in the inaugural group
of Fellows in this new program. Shirley is also a member in the laboratory of Professor David Shreiber.
May 11, 2010
BME and MAE Faculty
team up for NSF award
Professors David Shreiber and Jeffrey Zahn (BME) have teamed with Professors Hao Lin and Jerry Shan (MAE) for
a 3-year $407,000 grant from the NSF, entitled "A Theory-Based Electroporation Method for Optimized Molecular Delivery." The goal
of the project is to understand the fundamental aspects of electrohydrodynamics that govern molecular transport during electroporation,
and then to use that knowledge to design protocols and on-chip microdevices that optimize delivery while minimizing cell damage and
May 1, 2010
Pelegri and Shreiber Receive NSF Award
Professors Mina Pelegri (MAE) and David Shreiber (BME) were awarded a 3-year
$410,000 grant from the NSF for their project, entitled "Multi-Scale Modeling of Central Nervous System White Matter." The project
aims to develop a modeling framework to describe the continuum level material behavior of white matter based on a micro-kinematic
characterization of the resident axons. The framework can then be used to improve the predictive capabilities of finite element simulations
of brain and spinal cord trauma.
April 30, 2010
NIH Biotechnology Training Program Renewed
The NIH supported Rutgers-UMDNJ Biotechnology
Training Program, directed by Professors Martin Yarmush and Aaron Shatkin, has been renewed for its fifth five-year cycle. The $1.5
million grant provides stipend and tuition support for 8 fellows and is matched by institutional sources at both Rutgers and UMDNJ.
The research programs of the training faculty cover a broad spectrum of problems, which fall under two major interdisciplinary research
thrusts: 1) Genomics, Proteomics and Structural Biology and 2) Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, and Drug Delivery. The Biotechnology
program offers 3 unique courses: 1) "Bioengineering in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries", a comprehensive survey course
taught by industrial faculty; 2) "Topics in Advanced Biotechnology", a cutting-edge course reviewing break-through technologies taught
by Rutgers and UMDNJ faculty; and 3) "Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology" given jointly by the Center for
Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies and the program.
April 21, 2010
Masand joins IGERT
Shirley Masand has been awarded a
fellowship from the NSF IGERT on Stem Cell Science and Engineering. Shirley will study the effects of custom collagen-based scaffolds
on the differentiation of neural stem cells.
April 1, 2010
Monteiro receives NJCSCR Post Doctoral Fellowship
Gary Monteiro received
a 2-year $100,000 award from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Gary will study the behavior of neural stem cells
that over express the neural cell adhesion molecule L1 on custom collagen-based scaffolds that present fragments of L1 for augmented
homophilic binding. The award includes a fellowship stipend, travel allotment, and funds for research supplies.
January 6, 2010
defends PhD thesis
Gary Monteiro defended his PhD thesis, entitled “Tunable Collagen Scaffolds for the Directed Differentiation of
Embryonic Stem Cells Towards Neural Lineages.”
December 21, 2009
Julias defends PhD thesis
Margaret Julias defended her PhD thesis,
entitled "An in vitro assay for acupuncture: Effects of gel composition, properties, and geometry on the alignment response"
Gaudet joins IGERT
Ian Gaudet has been awarded a fellowship from the NSF IGERT on Stem Cell Science and Engineering. Ian is
developing novel approaches to create photoactive collagens for spatial control of mechanical properties and bioactivity. He will
use the scaffolds to generate microniches for control of mesenchymal stem cell behavior.
June 2, 2009
Shreiber wins NSF CAREER award
Professor David Shreiber received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the NSF. The CAREER Award, which is NSF's
most prestigious honor for junior faculty, provdies $400,000 over a 5-year period. The research project, entitled "Engineered Biomaterial
Gradients for Control of Neural Cells", examines the response of regenerating axons and astrocytes to multple gradients of guidance
cues, with a long term objective of designing improved therapies for nerve and spinal cord regeneration, and also includes educational
enhancements and outreach in Tissue Engineering.
June 1, 2009
Summer students join lab
Several new students have joined the lab for
summer research experience: Shirely Diaz-Hernandez (a RISE/ISURF fellow and Biotechnology major from Universidad Del Este, Puerto
Rico); Anna Blazier (BME from University of Virginia); Chris Bradley (Cell Biology, Rutgers); Babette Hammerling (Biology, Rutgers);
Isaac Perron (BME, Rutgers); Sameer Sood (BME, Rutgers); Kaitlin Reilly (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School); and Vivak Patel (Physics,
October 14, 2008
Gaughan defends PhD thesis
Chris Gaughan defended his PhD dissertation, entitled "Design and production
of bioinspired hydrogels".
October 6, 2008
Zahn and Shreiber receive NIH/POC award
Jeff Zahn and David Shreiber received a $111,289
grant from the NIH funded Point of Care Center for Emerging Technologies at the University of Cincinnati to develop microdevices for
monitoring inflammation in the CSF and allowing localized drug delivery following spinal cord injuries.
September 29, 2008
receives Aresty award
Asha Singanamalli , a sophomore BME student, received a $1,000 award from the Aresty Foundation to support her
project, entitled “Investigating biomechanical mechanisms of acupuncture.
September 1, 2008
Masand awarded Biotech fellowship
Masand was awarded a fellowship from the prestigious, NIH-funded training program in Biotechnology at RU/UMDNJ
August 7, 2008
defends PhD thesis
Harini Sundararaghavan defended her PhD dissertation, entitled "Microfluidic generation of biomaterial gradients
for control of neurite outgrowth".
July 7, 2008
Fernandes accepted into BS/MD program
Anthony Fernandes was accepted into the prestigious
and extremely competitive BS/MD program at Rutgers/UMDNJ. Anthony will complete both his Bachelor's of Science (in Cell Biology and
Neuroscience) and MD in 6 years.
June 28, 2008
Students receive awards at Summer Bioengineering Conference
Four members of the lab
received best paper awards at the 2008 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference in Marco Island, FL. Margaret Julias received 2nd place
and Harini Sundaraghavan 3rd place in the PhD Podium Competition, Tissue Engineering division. Lowell Edgar received 2nd place in
the Bachelor's Competition. Gary Monteiro received Honorable Mention in the PhD Poster Competition, Tissue Engineering division.
Monteiro receives IGERT fellowship
Gary Monteiro was selected as a 2008 transitional fellow in the NSF-IGERT program on Stem
June 1, 2008
Ocampo and Fernandes among ISRUF Students
Daniel Ocampo and Anthony Fernandes were among those selected
as the 2008 ISURF Scholars. This award, established by the NSF IGERT program provides support to promising undergraduate researchers
to pursue research in the area of integratively engineered biointerfaces. Daniel, an undergraduate at Cornell, is also part of the
Rutgers Research in Science and Engineering (RISE).
May 30, 2008
Shreiber awarded NIH Grant
Professor David Shreiber has been awarded
a 2-year R21 grant from the NIH/NIBIB for $412,059. The project is titled, "Biomimetic scaffolds for targeted peripheral nerve regeneration."
Professors Helen Buettner (BME) and Melitta Schachner (CBN) are co-investigators.
April 15, 2008
Shreiber awarded Botanical Research
Professor David Shreiber has been awarded a 1-year grant for $20,000 from the Botanical Research Center, and NIH-sponsored
multi-institutional center. Dr. Shreiber will examine cellular protection by genipin
November 30, 2007
Ian Gaudet receives fellowship
Ian Gaudet was awarded a 2-year, $60,000 graduate fellowship for the project entitled “Neurite guidance using photonically derived
durotactic gradients, “ from Dec 15, 2007 to Dec. 30, 2009.
June 27, 2007
Elias defends MS thesis
Ragi Elias defended his Master's
Thesis, which examined changes in the mechanical properties of the developing chick spinal cord.
June 23, 2007
Students receive awards
at Summer Bioengineering Conference
Harini Sundararaghavan and Jason Maikos each received Honorable Mention in the PhD Student Paper/Podium
Presentation Competition at the 2007 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference in Keystone, CO. Jason competed in the Solids division,
and Harini competed in the Tissue Engineering division.
June 18, 2007
Maikos and Hao defend PhD theses
Jason Maikos and Hailing Hao
became the first two doctoral students to graduate from the lab, defending their theses on the same day.
June 5, 2007
as Aresty Scholar
Anthony Fernandes was selected as an Aresty Institute summer scholar. Anthony will examine the effects of modulating
cell adhesion on traction mediated behavior in collagen gels.
June 1, 2007
Edgar among ISRUF Students
Lowell Edgar was among those
selected as the 2007 ISURF Scholars. This award, established by the NSF IGERT program provides support to promising undergraduate
researchers to pursue research in the area of integratively engineered biointerfaces.
March 29, 2007
Research receives BMES Award
Hailing Hao and David Shreiber received an award for “Outstanding Scientific and Engineering Innovation in a Poster Presentation”
for the poster “The role of oligodendrocytes in mechanically coupling axons in white matter”, which was presented at the 2006 BMES
Symposium in Chicago.
January 17, 2007
Acupuncture research receives NIH grant
Professors Helen Buettner, David Shreiber, and Peng
Song (MAE) have been awarded a 2-year, $150,000 NIH grant for their project titled “Role of Connective Tissue Geometry in Acupuncture”.
The team will develop an in vitro connective tissue equivalent system to study the role of intermuscular fascial planes in acupuncture.
December 04, 2006
Langrana Wins NJCSCR Grant
New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research has awarded a two-year grant to Professor
Noshir Langrana on a research project entitled, “Bifunctional DNA hydrogel to promote spinal cord regeneration” in the amount $321,439.
The members of his research team include Professors David Shreiber, Bonnie Firestein, Rene Schloss and Bernard Yurke
Maikos wins NJCST Post Doctoral Fellowships
A New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology Post Doctoral Fellowships was awarded
to Jason Maikos to work with Linguaflex, Inc in Newark, NJ. The fellowships are designed to keep NJ's best and brightest graduates
working in NJ.
November 14, 2006
Rutgers BME teams with Linguaflex to win NJCST Award
The New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology
awarded Linguaflex, Inc and Rutgers BME a $500,000 Entrepreneurial Partnership Award to develop Linguaflex's technology for treating
sleep apnea. The awards are intended to stimulate academic interactions with NJ start-up companies. The effort at Rutgers is led by
Professor David Shreiber.
June 25, 2006
Julias receives award at Summer Bioengineering Conference
Margaret Julias received Honorable
Mention in the PhD Student Paper Copmetition/Poster division at the 2006 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference in Amelia Island, FL.
April 29, 2006
Munikoti defends MS thesis
Vikram Munikoti successfully defended his MS thesis, which examined controlling cell adhesion
in collagen gels.
April 28, 2006
Monteiro Recieves Summer Award
The New Jersey Center for Biomaterials has announced a summer research
awards to Gary Monteiro.
March 29, 2006
Research receives BMES Award
Jason Maikos received an award for “Outstanding Scientific and
Engineering Innovation in a Poster Presentation” as lead author on his poster “Characterization of Immediate Blood-Spinal Cord Barrier
Damage Due to Mechanical Trauma”, which was presented at the 2005 BMES Symposium in Baltimore. Jason’s advisor, Dr. David Shreiber,
was the Principal Investigator for the poster, which also included Devesh Patel (a BME Senior) and Dr. Wise Young (Cell Biology &
Neuroscience) as co-authors
February 14, 2006
BME Undergrads Win Aresty Awards
Several BME undergraduates were awarded grants in the
Spring 2006 competition by the Aresty Research Center to support their research. Awardees included Julie Maguire and Macdale Elwin,
who are Honors Academy members performing research under the direction of Professor David Shreiber.
December 02, 2005
Colleagues Receive NJCSCR Grant
Professors Troy Shinbrot, Helen Buettner, David Shreiber and Kathryn Uhrich have recently received
a $200,000 award to study the migration of implanted spinal neurons. This award by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research
will combine computational and experimental analyses of future rehabilitative technologies to regenerate damaged spinal systems.
Shreiber Receives PVA Research Foundation grant
Professor David Shreiber has received a 2-year, $150,000 award from the Paralyzed
Veterans of America (PVA) Research Foundation to design biomaterials for limiting astrocyte inhibition of spinal cord regeneration.
Professor Bonnie Firestein (Cell Biology & Neuroscience) is a co-investigator.
June 22, 2005
Maikos wins honorable mention at
Summer BE Conference
Jason Maikos received honorable mention at the 2005 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference in Vail, CO for his
paper "In Vivo Thresholds for Spinal Cord Injury." Alice Seneres, Dave Patel, Zhen Qian, Dimitri Metaxas, and David Shreiber were
coauthors. Alice and Harini Sundararaghavan presented posters at the conference.
June 13, 2005
Shreiber receives J&J Discovery
David Shreiber received a 2-year, $25,000 award from Johnson & Johnson to develop microfluidic bioreactors for stem cell
differentiation into neurons.
June 06, 2005
New Class Of ISRUF Students Announced
Julie Maguire was among those selected as the 2005
W.L. Gore ISURF Scholars. This award, established by the NSF IGERT program and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., provides support
to promising undergraduate researchers from the Biomedical Engineering Honors Academy to pursue research in the area of integratively
June 6, 2005
Downing joins lab as RISE/ISURF Scholar
Devin Downing, a junior Chemical Engineering student
at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, joined the laboratory as a RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) fellow. Devin will
work with Chris Gaughan in generating new oligopeptide-based biomaterial scaffolds for spinal cord regeneration.
May 27, 2005
named NJCSR Graduate Fellow
Margaret Julias has been awarded a 2-year, $60,000 graduate fellowship from the New Jersey Comission on
Spinal Cord Research for her project, entitled: A Novel Micromechanical Method for Controlling Microstructure in Nerve Grafts.
Shreiber speaks at Northeast Bioengineering Conference
David Shreiber gave an invited talk at the 31st Annual Northeast Bioengineering
Conference at Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Shreiber spoke on "Biomechanics and the spinal cord: from injury to regeneration."
March 17, 2005
NIH Biotechnology Training Program Renewed
The NIH supported Biotechnology Training Program, directed by Professor
Henrik Pedersen, has been renewed for its fourth five-year cycle. The $1.25 million grant provides stipend and tuition for 7 fellows
and is matched by institutional sources. BME faculty participating include Professors Helen Buettner, William Craelius, Prabhas Moghe,
Charles Roth, David Shreiber, and Martin Yarmush.
February 02, 2005
BME Research Highlighted at NJNC Nanotechnology Conference
core BME faculty were prominently featured at the first New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC) Nanotechnology Conference, held
at Lucent Technologies (http://www.njnano.org). Professors Yves Chabal, Noshir Langrana, and David Shreiber presented their respective
research programs, for which nano- and microfabrication was provided by the NJNC through support from the New Jersey Economic Development
November 30, 2004
Graduate Students Win NJCSCR Fellowships
Chris Gaughan (CBE graduate student) and Gary Monteiro (BME
graduate student) were awarded two-year fellowships from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, which include full stipend
and supply and travel allowances. Both Chris’ (“Fabrication of tunable hydrogels for spinal cord regeneration”) and Gary’s (“3D microreactors
for stem cell differentiation”) research projects aim to assist in the search for a cure for paralysis following spinal cord injury.
November 30, 2004
Two NJCSCR Research Grants Awarded to BME Faculty
The New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research has awarded
research grants to Professor Martin Yarmush and to Professor Noshir Langrana. Dr. Yarmush received a 2-year, $221,000 award for his
project, “Microfabrication of a Bioreactor to Characterize Neuronal Stem Cell Differentiation”. BME faculty Rene Schloss and David
Shreiber are co-investigators on the research team that includes collaborators from Harvard and Washington University. Dr. Langrana
received a 1-year, $150,000 award for his project, “Bifunctional Biomaterial Design for Spinal Cord Regeneration”. Dr. Langrana’s
research team includes Drs. Shreiber, Schloss, Bonnie Firestein (Cell Biology & Neuroscience), and Bernard Yurke (Lucent).
Patel Brazil Bound
Natasha Patel, a senior Biomedical Engineering student and member of the BME Honors Academy, was selected
as one of three students to represent Rutgers at the International Undergraduate Research Symposium in Sao Paulo, Brazil the week
of November 20, 2004. Natasha, who conducts research on the mechanisms of acupuncture with Professors Helen Buettner and David Shreiber,
was selected from a large pool of applicants on the basis of her research achievements and ability and willingness to act as an ambassador
of Rutgers SOE.
October 20-22, 2004
Maikos and Hao present at National Neurotrauma Symposium
Jason Maikos and Hailing Hao presented
posters at the 22nd Annual Neurotrauma Symposium in San Diego, CA. Jason's poster was entitled "Characterization of Immediate Blood-Spinal
Cord Barrier Injury." Hailing's poster was entitled "The Role of Oligodendrocytes in Transmitting Force to Axons during Trauma." Hailing
also received a travel award from the National Neurotrauma Society.
October 13-16, 2004
Shreiber lab well-represented at 2004 BMES
Research in David Shreiber's lab was on display at the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Philadelphia.
Dr. Shreiber, Hailing Hao, Jason Maikos, Harini Sundararaghavan, and Jenny Miksan gave talks while Alice Rentz (Buettner), Minjung
Song (Uhrich), and Zhen Qian (Metaxas) presented posters.
June 11, 2004
IGERT Fellowship Awards announced
Congratulations to Alice
Rentz, who was recently appointed as a Graduate Trainee in the Rutgers-NSF IGERT Program on Integratively Engineered Biointerfaces.
May 26, 2004
NJCSCR Fellowship for Maikos
Jason Maikos, a 3rd year BME graduate student, received an inaugural Graduate Student Fellowship
from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. The 2-year fellowship includes a full stipend and supply and travel allowances.
Jason’s research project, under the guidance of Professor David Shreiber, is entitled “In Vivo Tissue-Level Thresholds for Spinal
May 24, 2004
Rabara named RURF Fellows
Knic Rabara, a BME Honors Academy member , was awarded a Rutgers Undergraduate
Research Fellowship (RURF). Knic’s project is entitled “Design of a Self-Assembling Oligopeptide Biomaterials for Nerve Regeneration.”
May 06, 2004
Rutgers BME Wins Excellence Award
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has been honored with the “2004 Rutgers Award
for Programmatic Excellence in Undergraduate Education”. The BME department was singled out for novel dynamic curricula following
3 separate tracks and for its integration of class teaching and research in the undergraduate experience. Multiple extant external
awards attest to the excellence in education and in the quality of BME graduates.
January 26, 2004
Harini wins IGERT Fellowship
Sundararaghavanwill be formally inducted into the first fellow class of the IGERT program in Integrative Biointerfaces. The induction
ceremony will be a part of the IGERT Program Inauguration which will be held in the Fiber Optics auditorium on January 30, 2004
Honors Academy Student Heading for Brazil
Sarah Frischberg, an undergraduate seniors and member of the BME Honors Academy,
was among the five students selected to represent the Rutgers School of Engineering at the International Undergraduate Research Symposium,
to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil the week of November 1, 2003. Sarah was selected from a large pool of applicants on the basis of her
research achievements and their ability and willingness to act as an ambassador of Rutgers SOE.
July 01, 2003
Shreiber Awarded Busch
Biomedical Research Grant
Professor David Shreiber has been awarded a two-year, $20,000 Biomedical Research Grant from the Charles
and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund for his proposal, entitled "Design of a Self-Assembling Biomaterial for Nerve Regeneration". Shreiber
aims to use protein engineering to customize biomaterial properties for tissue engineering.
June 01, 2003
Shreiber Wins NJCSCR Award
A research team led by Professor David Shreiber has been awarded a two-year grant for $203,000 from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal
Cord Research. Shreiber, along with Yves Chabal (Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry), Kathryn Uhrich (Chemistry), and Helen Buettner
(Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering), will use microfluidics to optimize gradients of biomaterial properties
in collagen scaffolds to enhance spinal cord regeneration.
December 12, 2002
Washington Times Article on "The Tissue of Life"
David Shreiber along with several other leaders in the Tissue Engineering field were quoted in the Washington Times feature article
"The Tissue of Life". Shreiber who works in the area of nerve repair, stressed the enormous potential of the field in a variety of
October 10, 2002
Shreiber Awarded Grant from the CDC
Professor David Shreiber has received a 3-year, $600,000 award
from the Centers for Disease Control to study the biomechanics of spinal cord injury. The research involves collaborations with Professors
Dimitri Metaxas (Biomedical Engineering) and Wise Young (Cell Biology and Neuroscience), and aims to identify tissue-level material
thresholds for injury following spinal cord compression.
September 04, 2002
Rutgers Breaks Ground for New Biomedical Engineering Building
Groundbreaking took place today for a $23.8 million, 60,000-square-foot building dedicated to biomedical engineering at Rutgers, The
State University of New Jersey. The four-story state-of-the-art structure on the university's Busch campus in Piscataway is targeted
for completion in 2004. Features include core facilities for genomics and proteomics, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging and optics,
microfabrication, animal study, high-performance computing, laboratories, offices and a 200-seat auditorium and conference center.
Shreiber Receives Research Grant from the Whitaker Foundation
Professor David Shreiber received a 3-year award from the Whitaker
Foundation for $230K for his project entitled "Development of Tissue-Specific, Three Dimensional, In Vitro Models of Nervous System
Trauma". The research project utilizes tissue engineering to study the mecahnotransduction of mechanical injury to axons and glia,
and will contribute to the design of rational strategies to prevent and treat traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Professor Wise
Young (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) is a collaborator.
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