Gina MacBarb, a graduate student in the Athanasiou Lab, mentored a Davis Senior High School student who has now won a $1,000 Monsanto/Calgene Biotechnology Scholarship. Gina has mentored DHS junior Ines Guinard in the Athanasiou Lab since January of this year as part of Ines’ biotechnology class. Ines has been helping Gina with her TMJ fibrocartilage tissue engineering project, using bioactive agents to enhance their functional properties. Ines has cut histology slides, stained for GAG, collagen, and used IHC staining to stain for collagens type 1 and 2. She has helped with cell isolations, harvests and seeding and received basic cell culture training.
Biomedical Engineering major Matt Halverson has been named the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 2012 Ghausi Medal Recipient. The Ghausi Medal is the highest honor the College bestows upon a graduating senior. The Medal recognizes Matt’s grades and overall academic excellence. Matt is the fourth biomedical engineering student since 2006 to win the Ghausi Medal.
Biomedical Engineering senior Keegan Owsley has won the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. He will receive a special plaque at a ceremony this Friday, June 1. Each year up to two graduating seniors who have completed outstanding research, scholarship or creative activities are awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Keegan is the first BME student to win this award. In conjunction with this award, the student recipients will receive the Dean Keith Simonton Prize in the amount of $500. The undergraduates who receive the prize will have done their research on an interdisciplinary project that cuts across the boundaries of two or more disciplines or that integrates the theories, methods, and issues of two or more disciplines. Keegan has done the majority of his research under Professor Marc Facciotti. He joined the iGEM team the summer after his sophomore year, and has participated on the team for the past two years.
A team of UC Davis biomedical engineering students won third place at iCAN 2012, held in Beijing last month. The project title was “Non-contact Multiplexed Microfluidic Dot-Matrix Printing.” Yuzhe Ding, a graduate student in Tingrui Pan’s lab, and senior Eric Huang converted an out-of-date dot-matrix printer head into a novel non-contact printing system . They modified the printer head with interchangeable microfluidic-ribbon devices and computer-controlled three-dimensional moving stage, which enable high-throughput, large-scale, arbitrary two-dimensional micropattern generation. Compared with conventional patterning techniques, the team’s method has several unique features, including crosstalk elimination, universal solvent adaptability, design flexibility, reprint reliability, arbitrary pattern generation, and extremely low cost.
The UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter, the Biomedical Engineering Society at Davis, has been selected to receive the 2012 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Commendable Achievement Award. The award supports travel for one member of the chapter to receive a plaque at the BMES awards ceremony on October 25th at the BMES annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. As part of the award, the chapter representatives will give a brief presentation about Best Practices at the Student Affairs and Chapter Development Session. The award is given each year to a student chapter that submitted a Chapter Development Report which demonstrates evidence of outstanding performance in enhancing the professional awareness and education of their members in the previous year.
Graduate Student Jennifer Lee has been selected for fellowship support in the NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology for 2012-13.The Biotechnology Fellowship Review Committee had an outstanding pool of 27 nominees, so this fellowship is highly valued. The award is for 12 months and will begin October 1, 2012. Jeni’s research on cartilage tissue engineering is cross-disciplinary. It encompasses aspects of stem cell biology and gene/protein expression. She wants to eventually transition the Athanasiou Lab’s hESC work to induced pluripotent stem cells in recognition of potential biotechnological advances and a move towards personalized medicine. Jeni has been interested in biotechnology since she began graduate school, joining the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology the fall of her first year. She is a very active participant in DEB events and frequently volunteers at outreach events that promote biotechnology. In particular, her interest in biotechnology was expressed at last year’s Biomedical Entrepreneurship Academy, hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student Felipe Godinez has won a 2012 IEEE-NPSS Student Paper Award. This award is given to an outstanding student oral or poster paper presented at the Nuclear Science Symposium, Medical Imaging Conference of the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society. Felipe won for, “pawPET: a High Sensitivity, High Resolution PET Scanner for Rodent Paws.” The paper describes a new PET scanner capable of high resolution, high molecular sensitivity imaging of rodent paws to study arthritis and other conditions. The project was developed and manufactured within the Biomedical Engineering Department’s TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Laboratories.