BME News

  • Building Tiny Bacteria-Fighters from the Bottom Up

    Tan Lab Members Share Breakthroughs on Artificial Cells Aug. 31, 2018 Faculty, researchers and students at the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Department’s Tan Lab report they’ve successfully created bacteria-killing artificial cells that operate even in the poorest environments. Documenting their three years of efforts in a paper published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, team members ...




  • Innovation Is a ‘TEAM’ Effort at UC Davis BioInnovation Lab

    Latest maker-space makes a difference for student-researchers and innovators October 24, 2018 Looking around at the academic posters, pictures and accolades on its walls, it’s hard to believe the UC Davis TEAM biology lab’s only been around since 2014. “We host hands-on classes ranging in topics from synthetic biology to sustainable materials, entrepreneurs are building foundational technologies for ...

  • UC Davis BME Students Learn in Germany

    Biomedical Engineering grad students, postdocs and faculty take part in Jena biophotonics trip Sept. 21, 2018 Eight UC Davis Biomedical Engineering graduate students and early-stage-career postdocs participated in a unique biophotonics summer program in Jena, Germany, September 9 – 14. Hosted by the Jena-Davis (JEDIS) Alliance of Excellence in Biophotonics, the exchange event promoted North American-German cooperation on ...

  • TEAM Electrical/Mechanical Lab Is Here to Help All Makers

    Cutting-edge technology and professional assistance make clients’ designs happen September 12, 2018 Prosthetics, medical models and so much more: There’s always something happening in the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering TEAM Lab. “Translating Engineering Advances to Medicine” is the lab’s mission. Located on the first floor of the UC Davis Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, it’s a unique place ...

  • Professor Karen Moxon Featured in UC Davis College of Engineering’s ‘Engineering Progress’ Magazine

    UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Professor Karen Moxon was featured in the Summer 2018 issue of the College of Engineering’s “Engineering Progress” magazine. The article appears below in its entirety. By Aditi Risbud Bartl DAVIS, Calif.; Aug. 30, 2018 – In the last decade, researchers in academia and the technology sector have been racing to unlock the potential of ...

  • CMGI: UC Davis’ One-Stop Center for Specialized Medical-Imaging Services

    Sept. 4, 2018 On a quiet, gleamingly lit floor of the UC Davis Genome and Biomedical Sciences Building is a center to help researchers picture their medical experiments – literally. The Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI) offers investigators from across UC Davis and elsewhere access to a vast array of the latest equipment specially engineered ...

  • Science Signaling Publishes Research by UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate

    An interdisciplinary study by UC Davis researchers that appeared in the March 13 issue of the prestigious journal Science Signaling attests to the growing recognition that innovative concepts and approaches developed by bioengineers and biophysicists can help tackle vital scientific questions that are inaccessible to traditional biological methods. The study pursues two interwoven lines of questioning. One ...

  • Postdoctoral Position in Radiotherapy Imaging and Dosimetry

    Position: A postdoctoral position is available in the Cherry laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis ( We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an interest in nuclear imaging and radiotherapy (radionuclide therapy in particular). Applicants should have a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, medical imaging, or image/signal processing. Expertise in ...

  • 3D exoskeleton team
    BME Students Design 3D Printed Mask as Cast for Fractured Dog Skull

    By Rob Warren with contributions by Holly Ober DAVIS, Calif; Dec. 12, 2017  Loca, a 4-month-old female Staffordshire bull terrier, was bitten by another dog so severely that her right zygomatic arch (cheekbone) and mandible (jawbone) were fractured, and her temporomandibular joint (TMJ) suffered extensive damage. In addition, there were multiple puncture wounds on her face ...

  • Simon Lab Illuminates a Non-Classical Selectin Signalling Pathway for Neutrophils

    By Holly Ober DAVIS, Calif.; January 26, 2018 Scott Simon’s lab at UC Davis studies the critical role of neutrophils in fighting infection and exacerbating inflammation. Neutrophils are a circulating “first responder” white blood cell that protects the host from infection and help to heal injured tissues. They can access any site in the body by travelling in ...

  • Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis

    DAVIS, Calif. Nov. 1, 2017  The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor level position. The Department has 35 faculty members and is ranked 14th in the nation and 2nd in California in annual research expenditures (NSF rankings). The Department has existing strengths in ...

  • UC Davis Establishes Alliance of Excellence in Biophotonics with German Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies

    DAVIS, Calif.; November 14, 2017. The University of California, Davis, and the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies (Leibniz-IPHT), in Jena, Germany, have entered an agreement of cooperation to establish the Jena-Davis(JEDIS) Alliance of Excellence in Biophotonics — designed to promote North American-German cooperation on research and development in the field of biophotonics. The project aims to ...

  • Bacterial Consortia Quickly Produce Pure Protein Synthesis Machinery

    A new technique developed in Cheemeng Tan’s biomedical engineering laboratory at UC Davis may have broken the barrier to rapid assembly of pure protein synthesis machinery outside of living cells. By Holly Ober DAVIS, Calif.; November 14, 2017. In order to reconstitute cellular reactions outside of biological systems, scientists need to produce the proteins that simulate them. ...

  • Engineering New Cell-based Strategies with Microangiospheres

    Pre-vascular microtissues delivered in a microhydrogel injection are better able to lay the groundwork necessary for blood vessels to grow. By Holly Ober DAVIS, Calif. Nov. 9, 2017  Cell-based strategies are seen as true game changers in the context of ischemic vascular diseases because they aim to cure and not simply to ameliorate these diseases. More than ...

  • IRC: Conversations in Biophotonics

    IRC: Conversations is a new initiative that aims to bring together faculty from across campus around interdisciplinary research themes. IRC: Conversations in Biophotonics is the inaugural event in the series. The cost is free, but space is limited so register here. IRC: Conversations in Biophotonics Chaired by Professor Laura Marcu   Join us for a full day of networking activities, learn ...

  • Emilie Roncali Receives Pilot Grant to Improve Liver Cancer Treatment

    By  Holly Ober DAVIS, Calif. October 5, 2017  Emilie Roncali, an Assistant Project Scientist in the Cherry Lab, has received an Institutional Research Grant Pilot Funding from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to investigate the effectiveness of combined radioemobolization therapy and PET imaging for liver cancer. Liver cancer is one of the leading causes of death ...

  • New Imaging Catheter is First of its Kind in War Against Heart Disease

    The catheter used in the study is flexible enough to access coronary arteries in a live human following standard procedures, and does not require injected fluorescent tracers. By Holly Ober DAVIS, Calif. September 27, 2017. To win the battle against heart disease, cardiologists need better ways to identify the composition of plaque most likely to rupture and ...

  • Teaching Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering

    Teaching Faculty in Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a teaching faculty position. This is a full-time Lecturer position with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE parallels the position of an assistant professor on track for tenure) or with Security of Employment (LSOE ...

  • Jamal Lewis Receives Prestigious NIH MIRA Grant

    (DAVIS, Calif. August 31, 2017) Jamal Lewis has received a National Institutes of Health of Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for New and Early Stage Investigators. The grant, which will support the Lewis lab’s work to understand and exploit the phenomenon of vomocytosis, is $1.9 million over the next five years. Professor Lewis’s research program is seeking ...

  • NIH Funds Project to Model Atrial Fibrillation with Heart-on-a-Chip

    By Holly Ober (DAVIS, Calif. Aug. 8, 2017) Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heartbeat caused when the heart’s upper chambers beat chaotically and out of sync with the lower chambers, leading to a variety of health problems including stroke and death. Nearly 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 suffer from AF, with ...

  • Postdoctoral Associate Position Available

    (Davis, Calif. Aug. 15, 2017) The Immuno-Modulatory Biomaterials Laboratory is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral associate. Please see the description for the position below. Position Description: A full-time postdoctoral position is available to study phagocyte biology at the molecular and cellular scale using transcriptomics and optical imaging. The successful candidate will work on multidisciplinary projects ...

  • New Website for Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group

    The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group has changed its URL to Please update your bookmarks.

  • Paralyzed Rats Walk Again After Experimental Treatment

    Cortical plasticity helps recovery of weight-supported hindlimb stepping By Holly Ober (DAVIS, Calif. Aug. 3, 2017) Adult spinal cord injuries often result in permanent loss of mobility because the nervous system can’t completely heal spinal connections. Researchers have focused on two approaches to recovering movement: healing the injury, or bypassing it to reconnect motor circuits above and ...

  • Simon Lab Postdoctoral Position

    The Simon laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis is seeking PhDs and MD/PhDs who are interested in studying innate immunity at the molecular and cellular scale using optical imaging and microfluidics. Prospective candidates training background may include but are not limited to: (1) Immunology, (2) Biophysics/Biochemistry/Bioengineering, and (3) Molecular biology. Preference ...

  • Medical Imaging Technology Could Light the Way to Better Wine

    By Holly Ober DAVIS, Calif. June 19, 2017. If you ask a winemaker how they get the right balance of tannins and flavors in their wine, they’ll tell you it’s more of an art than a science. But a surprising new use for medical imaging optical technology developed by a UC Davis biomedical engineer might take ...

  • Cartilage Responds Positively to Tension: Nature Materials Paper by the Athanasiou Group

    By Holly Ober DAVIS, Calif., June 12, 2017. Scientists have known for 2,300 years that articular cartilage neither repairs itself nor regenerates with ease. “Cartilage, when once cut off, grow again,” observed Aristotle, the Greek philosopher and scientist, in the fourth century BC.  In the last fifty years, scientists have succeeded in creating tissue that ...

  • Marc Facciotti is PI on HHMI $1 Million Grant for Educational Equity

    Davis, Calif. June 8, 2017. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded a grant of $1 million to the University of California, Davis, to use software, data and personal networking among faculty and staff professionals to create a more inclusive educational environment engaged in ongoing improvement. “Our goal is an educational environment where every student has ...

  • Biomedical Engineering Design Challenge Inspires Community College Students

    By Holly Ober The UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Student Association (BESA) held a Biomedical Engineering Design Challenge for community college students interested in biomedical engineering, UC Davis, and design on Saturday, March 25, 2017. A total of 24 students participated from community colleges around the area including Sacramento City College, Woodland Community College, American River College, Cosumnes ...

  • TEAM Prototyping Facilities Produce Another Big!Bang Success

    By Holly Ober A team composed of current Biomedical Engineering students and alumni won second in a Big Bang! Pitch & Poster Competition event for a device they created called “Chromatiscope”. Chromatiscope uses a web app to harness the smartphone’s sensors to help teachers provide hands-on science laboratory experiences for their students. It facilitates this by ...

  • Postdoctoral Scholars in Microfabrication/Microfluidics

    Position:      Postdoctoral Scholars in Microfabrication/Microfluidics Salary:         $48,000 – $52,000 Start Date:   July 1, 2017 preferred, but not required.  The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for one or more positions as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the areas of microfabrication and microfluidics.  The initial appointment will be full-time, for a 12 month period.  ...

  • Postdoctoral Scholars in Microphysiological Systems

    Position:      Postdoctoral Scholars in Microphysiological Systems Salary:         $48,000 – $52,000 Start Date:   July 1, 2017 preferred, but not required.  The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for one or more positions as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the areas of tissue engineering, microphysiological systems (“organ-on-a-chip”), stem cell biology, tumor microenvironment, and cardiomyocyte biology.  ...

  • Immune Cells Are Uniquely Capable Biodetectors

    By Holly Ober Not long after white blood cells were discovered, scientists like Rudolph Virchow and Paul Ehrlich pioneered their use as diagnostic tools.  To this day, physicians use counts of white blood cells to identify infections and help diagnose hidden medical conditions.  Such tests rely on the unique aptitude of leukocytes to detect invasive pathogens or ...

  • Stem Cell Aggregates Adapt to Resist the Dangers of Low Oxygen

    By Holly Ober Cell-based therapies for tissue regeneration and repair require new approaches to avoid the catastrophic loss of cells at implantation due to low oxygen and separation from their natural extracellular matrix. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a promising cell population for use in cell-based therapies due to their natural production of molecules that promote ...

  • QIA@CMGI: CMGI to Provide New Quantitative Image Analysis Services

    The Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI) is pleased to announce an expansion of its imaging portfolio by adding Quantitative Image Analysis (QIA) services. QIA refers to the standardized extraction of meaningful, quantitative information from imaging data. It uses computational algorithms, instead of manual tasks performed by human users because the underlying tasks may ...

  • TEAM Alumni Revolutionize Transgenics with New Device

    By Holly Ober Arshia Firouzi and Gurkern Sufi met in 2011 as Freshmen living in Tercero Dormitories at UC Davis and quickly became friends. Arshia majored in Electrical Engineering and Gurkern in Biotechnology, and they worked with the mentorship of Professor Marc Facciotti to explore their shared interest in the intersection of electronics and biology. In ...

  • Taking Tech to Heart

    Two Years of Translating Engineering to Medicine By Amy Whitcomb on February 14, 2017 First, a replica of your heart that a doctor can hold in her hands. Next, a living sensor inside your phone that detects nearby pollutants or pathogens. That’s TEAMwork. Their motto is “What can we help you make?” In 2016, the Translating Engineering Advances to Medicine ...

  • Third Annual Make-a-thon Looks Blindness in the Eye

    By Holly Ober Sixty-four students from universities all over California competed in the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter’s third annual Make-a-thon January 14-16, 2017. The Make-a-thon happens every Martin Luther King Day weekend because it is a 3-day weekend and students work around the clock for 72 hours to fabricate a working prototype. The ...

  • Alginate-Chitosan Hydrogel Improves Control Over Vascularization

    Tissue engineering strategies to treat ischemic vascular diseases have to overcome a big obstacle: the sustained delivery of agents that promote angiogenesis.  Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive lipid that recruits endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which form blood vessels, and encourages overall therapeutic angiogenesis within damaged or blood-deprived tissues. In angiogenesis research, use of growth factors ...

  • Immuno-modulatory Biomaterials Laboratory Postdoctoral Position

    POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE The Immuno-modulatory Biomaterials Laboratory is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral associate. Please read the description for the position below. Position Description: A full-time postdoctoral position is available to study immuno-engineering to develop novel, biomaterial-based immunotherapeutics. The successful candidate will work on multidisciplinary projects aimed at generating microparticles for autoimmune disease therapy. For this highly collaborative position, the ...

  • UC Davis-Chile Program Welcomes Eduardo Silva

    Eduardo Silva was invited to give a seminar and to visit the UC Davis Chile program. The UC Davis-Chile program has three main objectives: 1) Create a platform for collaborative research between UC Davis and Chilean researchers, to support life science innovation in Chile and California; 2) Effectively transfer life sciences technologies from UC Davis ...

  • CMGI Helps International Team Pinpoint Mouse Genes Essential for Life

    The Center for Genomic and Molecular Imaging (CMGI) performed crucial imaging studies that have helped the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium determine which of the mouse’s genes are essential for life. Using a standardized phenotyping platform that incorporates high-resolution 3D imaging, provided by CMGI, the team identified phenotypes at multiple time points for previously uncharacterized genes and ...

  • First Author of Synthetic Biology Paper is a Tan Lab Undergraduate

    Michael Chavez, a senior in the Tan Lab, is the first author of a new paper in ACS Synthetic Biology, “Reproducibility of High-Throughput Plate-Reader Experiments in Synthetic Biology.” Chavez, the Biomedical Engineering Department’s 2016 Undergraduate Research Award recipient, co-authored the paper with Jonathan Ho and Cheemeng Tan. The field of synthetic biology has relied heavily on ...

  • Jennifer Choi Receives Grant for Education Research

    Jennifer Choi received a Committee on Research Large Grant for her project titled, “Shedding light on undergraduates’ unsatisfactory problem solving performance in STEM: The role of knowledge structure, knowledge retention, and misconceptions.” Dr. Choi will be collaborating on the project with Ozcan Gulacar (Chemistry) and Marina Crowder (Molecular and Cellular Biology). 

  • CMGI Appoints Abhijit Chaudhari New Director

    After 12 years as Director of the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI), Dr. Simon Cherry will step down effective July 1st.  Dr. Abhijit Chaudhari (Department of Radiology) will follow him as the new Director of CMGI. “It was a difficult decision to make, but new initiatives are tied to significant effort levels on my part. ...

  • Katherine Ferrara Receives Two Grants for Ultrasound Research

    Katherine Ferrara has received a 5-year NIH R01 for her project, “Image-guided ultrasound therapy and drug delivery in pancreatic cancer.” Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is an aggressive and invasive cancer, with a median survival of 6 months and a 5-year survival rate of 6%. Although recent advances have been made in the understanding of PDAC development, ...

  • Yu Liu Is Student Paper Finalist for IEEE Ultrasound Symposium

    Yu Liu, a PhD student in the Ferrara Lab, is a student paper finalist for the IEEE Ultrasound Symposium. This is a significant honor. Only 2 or 3 percent of the applicants who request consideration are finalists.  Yu Liu is first author of the paper, titled Quantitative MR-guided transient shear wave imaging for tissue elasticity ...

  • The Maury L. Hull and Karen S. Hull Endowed Professorship

    UC Davis today announced receiving a $1 million bequest from Distinguished Professor Emeritus Maury Hull and Karen Slakey Hull to endow a professorship in biomedical engineering with a research emphasis in orthopedics. The Maury L. Hull and Karen S. Hull Endowed Professorship will continue the couple’s already substantial legacy at UC Davis. Dean Jennifer Sinclair Curtis ...

  • Jamal Lewis Invited to Speak at BIC System-wide Symposium

    Jamal Lewis will be an invited speaker at the 17th BIC Annual System-wide Symposium, which will be held at the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay campus, from June 13 to June 15, 2016. He will be giving a talk entitled, ‘Particulate-based immunotherapy for Type 1 Diabetes’, at the break-out session on Basic Therapeutics ...

  • Qi Lab Paper Highlighted on Medical Physics Web

    A new paper published in Physics in Medicine and Biology by graduate student Kuang Gong and colleagues in Jinyi Qi’s lab called, Designing a compact high performance brain PET scanner—simulation study, has been highlighted on Medical Physics Web.

  • 3-D printing opens up new dimension for UC Davis surgeons

    Sacramento Bee HEALTHY CHOICES MARCH 28, 2016 4:55 AM New lab can make models of organs based on patient scans Holding physical organ can help doctors plan for surgery Technology is still expensive and rare in hospitals BY SAMMY CAIOLA UC Davis physician Gary Raff was treating a 19-month-old with a congenital heart defect this January when he realized he ...

  • TEAM Prints 3-D Heart Model to Assist UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center Surgeons

    When UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center surgeons faced a complex patient case in January, they consulted with cardiologists, pediatric intensive care unit physicians, radiologists, and, for the first time, biomedical engineers. The engineers added a new technology to the clinical care toolkit: a three-dimensional printer that could be used to create a model of the patient’s ...

  • Atul Parikh Has Langmuir Cover Image

    March 8, 2016 Volume 32, Issue 9 Pages 2145-2282   About the Cover: Cover image by James C. S. Ho and Atul N. Parikh. Giant lipid vesicles, topologically closed flexible compartments, subject to solute concentration gradients dissipate the available chemical energy through the osmotic movement of water, producing shape transformations driven by surface-area–volume changes. Upon immersion in a hypertonic bath, ...

  • Alyssa Panitch Appointed Chair of Biomedical Engineering

    Alyssa Panitch will join the department as Chair of Biomedical Engineering effective June 30, 2016. Dr. Panitch comes from Purdue University where she is the Leslie A. Geddes Professor in Biomedical Engineering and serves as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. She started her faculty career as an Assistant Professor in Bioengineering at Arizona State University ...

  • Kent Leach Elected to TERMIS Leadership

    Kent Leach has been elected to the Americas Council leadership of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). He will serve a 3-year term on a body that guides the activities, vision, and mission of the society representing the interests of tissue engineers in the Americas and around the world.

  • How antiviral from Hepatitis C could damage other viruses

    Egghead Blog: How antiviral from Hepatitis C could damage other viruses by Andy Fell A new virus-killing peptide springs from an unexpected source: another virus, Hepatitis C. Now biomedical engineers at UC Davis and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore show how the HCV alpha-helical (AH) peptide can make holes in the types of membranes that surround viruses. The ...

  • Katherine Ferrara Speaks at IEEE UFFC International Symposium Women in Engineering Luncheon

    Katherine Ferrara, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis and Director of the Center for Content Rich Evaluation of Therapeutic Efficacy, was an invited speaker at the IEEE UFFC WIE luncheon and networking event at the International Ultrasonics Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 24, 2015. Professor Katherine Ferrara presented a ...

  • New Thermal Ablation and Chemotherapy Treatment Cures Tumors in Mice

    Magnetic resonance–guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) thermal ablation is a noninvasive, image-guided thermal treatment for cancer. The effectiveness of MRgFUS can be limited by the need to spare normal tissue or critical structures on the tumor margins, as well as the need to eliminate micrometastases. However, in a new paper in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Katherine ...

  • Eduardo Silva Talks About His Research with Capital Public Radio

    Eduardo Silva spoke with Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio today about his research using stem cell-based approaches for treating critical limb ischemia. Listen to it here.

  • New fabric opens air vents with workout sweat

    Athletic wear often claims to allow ventilation or drain away sweat. Thanks to new inventions by UC Davis engineers, future clothing might actually respond to sweat by opening vents or relaxing constrictions.  The invention is the latest from the Micro-Nano Innovations (MiNi) Laboratory at UC Davis, headed by Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering. The invention is ...

  • Simon Lab Illuminates Monocytes’ Role in Arterial Plaque Formation

    Foamy monocytes have recently emerged as a biomarker for measuring cardiovascular disease risk and a drug target for preventing plaque formation. However, it is unclear how these cells become activated in blood and then accumulate in the arterial vessel wall. Now, a new article published in the Journal of Immunology unveils a mechanism through which ...

  • Postdoctoral Position In signal and image processing and visualization

    Description: A postdoctoral research position is open for applicants with strong expertise and experience in image and signal processing. The candidate responsibilities include implementation of software (data analysis, display, and visualization) and hardware (data/image acquisition) supporting a broad range of projects including image-guided surgery and other interventions (e.g. integration of optical technologies with da Vinci ...

  • Postdoctoral Position In Optical Technology for Biomedical Applications

    Description: A postdoctoral research position is open for applicants with experimental research experience in optical technologies using lasers, spectroscopic instruments, optical fibers, solid state detectors, laser-scanning optical microscopes, endoscopy, and micro-optics. Candidates will be considered for a broad range of projects including integration of optical technologies with da Vinci surgical robot for intra-operative delineation of ...

  • Postdoctoral Position, Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

    DESCRIPTION:A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the cardiovascular research laboratory under the direction of Dr. Leigh Griffiths, at University of California, Davis, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology ( The position is supported by an NIH R01 grant focusing on small diameter blood vessel tissue engineering. The position is initially anticipated as a 2 ...

  • Total body pet scanner
    Building the World’s First Total-Body PET Scanner

    Simon Cherry (Biomedical Engineering) and Ramsey Badawi (Radiology) lead a consortium of scientists that has received a $15.5 million, 5-year NIH Transformative Research Award to develop EXPLORER, the world’s first total-body PET scanner that allows all tissues and organs to be imaged simultaneously with 40 times more sensitivity than current clinical PET/CT scanners. The NIH ...

  • Junior Specialist Position, Immuno-modulatory Biomaterials Lab, Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis

    The Immuno-modulatory Biomaterials Lab is now accepting applications for a junior specialist. Please see the description for the position below. Position Description: Serve as a Junior Specialist that provides direct support for PI and members of the PI’s laboratory for various research activities including bacterial and mammalian cell culture, protein purification and analysis, carbohydrate purification and ...

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biomedical Optics

    Description: Postdoctoral research positions are open for candidates interested in developing the next generation of imaging technologies for the brain and eye. Applicants with a background, expertise, and interests in one or more of the following areas: biomedical optics and light-tissue interaction, medical signal and image processing, fiber optics/photonics technologies, diffuse optics, and microscopy will ...

  • Undergraduate STEP Students visit Silva Lab

    A group of five UC Davis’ undergraduate students from the Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) toured the Silva research group laboratory last week. STEP is a summer bridge program for underrepresented-minority first-generation students from low-income families. It also ensures a two-year follow-up with this population, which is more vulnerable to poor academic performance and dropout. Eduardo ...

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biomedical Imaging

    Position DescriptionWe are seeking motivated individuals with an interest in developing new instrumentation, technology or methods that exploit ionizing or optical radiation for in vivo cancer imaging or therapy. Ongoing projects include novel detector technologies for positron emission tomography, development of multimodal and high-resolution molecular imaging systems, and the use of ionizing radiation to generate ...

  • TEAM Facility Partners with Veterans Affairs to Restore Latino Monument

    “El Soldado” is a monument at the State Capitol dedicated to all Hispanic/Latino service members. Nationally, it is the only monument recognizing the military contributions of Latino veterans from all branches of our military to be located on state capitol grounds. The TEAM Prototyping Facilities are working with the California Department of Veterans Affairs to ...

  • Eduardo Silva to Attend Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

    Eduardo A. Silva, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received a fully paid invitation to attend the National Academy of Engineering‘s annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium. The event will take place Oct. 25-28 at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif. All invited participants have been asked to ...

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    Vivek Srinivasan Receives Grant to Develop New Brain Imaging Technology

    Vivek Srinivasan, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, received a 5 year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) to develop, validate, and apply new optical microscope technology for the study of subcortical pathology, non-invasively, in the living mouse brain. Subcortical brain regions are critically important in memory, ...

  • Jamal Lewis Joins BME Faculty

    Dr. Jamal Lewis will join the Biomedical Engineering Department at UC Davis as an Assistant Professor this Fall. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. degree in 2012, and comes to UC Davis following a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Benjamin Keselowsky in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Florida. His specialization is ...

  • Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

    There are still spaces available for the Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy, so sign up while you can. The academy is an intensive program integrating lecture, exercises, and individual projects. Participants work to identify, design, and validate market opportunities for their research. Biomedicine. Biotechnology. Engineering. Innovation. Impact. Commercialization. The Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy (BMEA) is an intensive commercialization ...

  • Prosthetics/Brain-Computer Interfaces Faculty Positions

    Prosthetics and Brain-Computer Interfaces Upload Application Materials The University of California at Davis has two or more positions available in the areas of Prosthetics and Brain-Computer Interfaces. Senior ranks are preferred but all ranks will be considered. Appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering are preferred, but joint appointments in other departments within the College of ...

  • Eduardo Silva Featured on Frontiers of Engineering Website

    Eduardo Silva was featured in the “Frontiers of Engineering Alumni Spotlight.”  

  • Position Announcement: Junior Specialist

    Position Description: Serve as Jr. Specialist to Principal Investigator (PI) in support of multiple research grant awards, programs and activities. Provide direct support for PI and members of the PI’s laboratory for various research activities focused on advancements in biophotonics technology. The Jr. Specialist will work with multiple collaborators to provide high-level support to the ...

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    Department Chair Position in Biomedical Engineering

    The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair. This is a senior level leadership position intended for candidates with an outstanding track record of research and professional accomplishments, leadership ability, dedication to education and commitment to faculty governance. The Department covers ...

  • Scott Simon is FASEB President-Elect for Science Policy

    Scott Simon was elected as FASEB’s Vice President-Elect for Science Policy. He will begin his new terms on July 1, 2015.

  • Scott Simon and Laura Marcu Join NIH Study Sections

    Scott Simon and Laura Marcu have accepted invitations to serve  on NIH Study Sections.  Dr. Simon will serve as a member of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. Dr. Marcu serve as a member of the Biomedical Imaging Technology-A Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. Both will serve  for the term ...

  • Postdoctoral Position In Biomedical Ultrasound Imaging and Microscopy University of California Davis

    Description: A postdoctoral research position is open for applicants with experimental research experience in ultrasound technologies to develop novel imaging and microscopy techniques for tissue imaging and microscopy. Candidates will be considered for a broad range of projects including integration of ultrasound backscatter microscopy with optical diagnostic techniques for multimodal non-destructive evaluation of engineered tissues ...

  • Search for BME Department Chair Open

    Search for BME Department Chair open, details to follow.

  • Postdoctoral Position In Optical Technology for Biomedical Applications University of California, Davis

    Description: A postdoctoral research position is open for applicants with experimental research experience in optical technologies using lasers, spectroscopic instruments, optical fibers, solid state detectors, laser-scanning optical microscopes, endoscopy, and micro-optics. Candidates will be considered for a broad range of projects including integration of optical technologies with da Vinci surgical robot for intra-operative delineation of ...

  • Biomedical Engineering is Translating Engineering Advances in Medicine at UC Davis

    Tucked behind a single door in the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility at UC Davis lies one of the most powerful new engines for getting technology startups off the ground. The TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities were launched in January, 2014 to help commercialize technologies developed by UC Davis researchers. TEAM is part of ...

  • Marcu and Leach Receive CIRM Tools and Technology Awards

    Laura Marcu and Kent Leach have each received $1.8 million Tools and Technology Awards from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. The Tools and Technologies Awards are intended to create and test novel tools and technologies, to improve existing ones, and to help resolve bottlenecks that are impairing progress for the field. Laura Marcu, along with ...

  • UC Davis Students Engineer Help for White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

    The award-winning University of California, Davis (UC Davis) student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has come up with a unique way to give students hands-on experience implementing a solution to a real world problem: Make it a competition and make it fun! Make-a-thon is a competition between multiple student teams to learn the design ...

  • Biomedical Engineering Students Host First-Ever Make-a-Thon

    The award-winning UC Davis student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society has come up with a unique way to give students hand-on experience hacking a solution to a real world problem: Make it a competition and make it fun! Make-a-thon is a hackathon competition between multiple student teams to learn the design process. Using resources available ...

  • PNAS Paper by Athanasiou Group: Making Lab-Grown Tissues Stronger

    The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has published research work conducted by the UC Davis Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Laboratory. The article, “Developing Functional Musculoskeletal Tissues Through Hypoxia and Lysyl Oxidase-Induced Collagen Cross-Linking,” is authored by Eleftherios A. Makris, Donald J. Responte, Nikolaos K. Paschos, Jerry C. Hu and Kyriacos A. Athanasiou. It ...

  • NCI Awards UC Davis $1.5 Million for Marcu Lab Project on Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery. This innovation aims to preserve a patient’s quality of life and improve survival ...

  • Discovering Typhoid Fever’s Dirty Little Secret

    The Centers for Disease Control estimate that typhoid fever affects 21.5 million people around the world each year, and the World Health Organization estimates it causes at least 600,000 deaths. Caused by the Salmonella Typhi bacterium, ingested in food or drink contaminated by the urine or feces of infected people, it is uncommon in regions ...

  • Qi Lab Receives Grant to Develop Tools for Wearable Brain PET Imager

    A multi-institution team comprised of Jinyi Qi’s lab, West Virginia University (lead institution), GE Global Research, and the University of Washington has been awarded $1.5m to develop a wearable PET scanner for imaging the human brain in motion. The project, “Imaging the Brain in Motion: The Ambulatory Micro-Dose, Wearable PET Brain Imager”, will engineer a ...

  • Emergent behavior lets bubbles ‘sense’ environment

    Tiny, soapy bubbles can reorganize their membranes to let material flow in and out in response to the surrounding environment, according to new work carried out in an international collaboration by biomedical engineers at the University of California, Davis, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This behavior could be exploited in creating microbubbles that deliver ...

  • Srinivasan Lab Has Scientific American Blog Post

    Harsha Radhakrishnan and Vivek Srinivasan wrote “Simply Shining a Light Can Reveal the Brain’s Structure” about their research on brain imaging for Scientific American’s “MIND Guest Blog”.   

  • Brain Innovation Group Funded for Brain Tumor Tool

    The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Brain Innovation Group has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to improve brain cancer surgery and treatment using UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology. The $400,000 grant is the first for the cancer center’s eight cancer research innovation groups, which link scientists, oncologists, surgeons, engineers and other experts in ...

  • Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis

    The Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor level position. The Department has 33 faculty members and is ranked 7th in the nation and 2nd in California in annual research expenditures (NSF rankings). The Department has existing strengths in the areas of tissue engineering, cellular and molecular engineering, biomechanics, ...

  • BME Student Profiled on UC Davis Graduate Studies Webpage

    The UC Davis Graduate Studies webpage profiles Athanasiou Lab Ph.D. candidate Jeni Lee on its main page.

  • Biomedical Engineering Research Collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    There were eighteen attendees at the first UCD LLNL BME Collaboration meeting.  The UCD and LLNL presentations and laboratory tours revealed a wide bandwidth of opportunities for collaboration. From top left: Laura Liptai, PhD UCD BME External Advisory Board and co-host; Erik Mukherjee, PhD LLNL Senior Biomedical Engineer; Whitney Cheung, PhD, UCD Office of Research; Angie ...

  • Laura Marcu Edits New Book on Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy

    Laura Marcu is a co-editor of a new textbook: “Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy and Imaging”. This is the first book providing a comprehensive review of time-resolved (lifetime) fluorescence techniques and their role in a wide range of biological and clinical applications. “Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy and Imaging: Principles and Applications in Biomedical Diagnostics” Eds. L. Marcu, P.M.W. French, ...

  • Eduardo Silva to Present at Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

    Eduardo Silva has been chosen to present his paper, “Material-controlled homing of stem cells,” at the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The 2014 US Frontiers of Engineering will be held on September 11-13, at the Nation Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, Califronia.  About 100 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 will meet for an intensive ...

  • BMES Chapter Wins Mentoring Award

    The Biomedical Engineering Society at Davis, the UC Davis BMES Student Chapter, has won the BMES Student Chapter Mentoring Achievement Award.  The award honors the student chatper’s mentoring programs, especially those between the UC Davis chapter and the local BME industry.  BMES at UC Davis will be one of the featured speakers at the BMES ...

  • Chen-Izu Lab Receives Numerous Grants

    Ye Chen-Izu’s lab has received four new grants: (1) American Heart Association grant 7/01/2014 – 6/30/2016 PI: Ye Chen-Izu (2) Gilead Research Grant,  8/1/2014 – 5/30/2015 PI: Ye Chen-Izu (3) Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship Award to Rahwa Woldeyesus, UG student trainee in Chen-Izu’s lab (4) IonOptix Travel Award to Rafael Shimkunas, Graduate student trainee in Chen-Izu’s lab

  • Andrew Wong Wins Nadine Barry Smith Award

    Andrew Wong, a graduate student in the Ferrara lab, received the Nadine Barrie Smith Award from the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound in April for his presentation at the meeting in Las Vegas.

  • CBS13 News Reports on TEAM Collaboration With Veterinarians

    TV news report about how the TEAM Prototyping Facilities are helping veterinarians regrow jawbones in dogs using 3D printed models to plan the surgeries.

  • BMES Chapter Best Practices Talk Now Available

    The BMES student chapter at UC Davis presented a talk on best practices as part of their Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2013 BMES Annual Meeting. A video of their talk is now up on YouTube.

  • Kent Leach and Kyriacos Athanasiou Receive College of Engineering’s Faculty Awards

    Kent Leach  has received the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Engineering. He regularly scores 4.5/5.0 and above for instructor excellence, even in classes known to be unpopular: the highest level of student satisfaction for any of the department’s core courses. He even achieved a perfect 5.0/5.0 for his undergraduate elective course ...

  • Hussain Fatakdawala Receives Two Awards at IGPS

    Hussain Fatakdawala, a graduate student in the Marcu Lab, won two prestigious awards at the recent campus-wide Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS). He received the Dean’s Prize for Best Oral Presentation in Engineering for his presentation entitled “Imaging coronary arteries using a bimodal catheter combining fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) and intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS)”.  ...

  • Elise Robinson Receives ThinkSwiss and Whitaker Foundation Fellowships

    Elise Robinson, a fourth year biomedical engineering major who has been doing research in the Ferrara Lab since 2012, has won two fellowships – one is Think Swiss for summer a Whitaker Foundation fellowship for fall. The ThinkSwiss award will allow her to work for three months over the summer at ETH Zürich in the ...

  • Ferrara Lab Paper and Student Win Awards

    Katherine Ferrara is the senior author of a paper that has won the Jorge Heller JCR Outstanding Paper Award from the Controlled Release Society.  The paper is, “Multimodal imaging enables early detection and characterization of changes in tumor permeability of brain metastases,” Frits Thorsen, University of Bergen, Norway. Brett Fite, Lisa M. Mahakian, Jai W. ...

  • Athanasiou and Cherry Lab Grad Students Are Co-Authors of Synthetic Yeast Genome Paper

    Graduate students Pasha Hadidi of the Athanasiou Lab and Yu (Charlie) Ouyang of the Cherry Lab co-authors on a recently published Science paper “Total Synthesis of a Functional Designer Eukaryotic Chromosome” describing the world’s first synthetic eukaryotic chromosome. As undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University in 2008, Hadidi and Ouyang, along with their fellow classmates, performed ...

  • US News & World Report Names Biomedical Engineering #1 College Major

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the field will see a 62 percent growth in jobs between 2010 and 2020.

  • Tumbling and Titrating – A Conversation with a Science Cheerleader

    The Accelerator: Student News and Opportunities from ASEE interviews Athanasiou Lab grad student and Science Cheerleader Wendy Brown.

  • Engineering the Perfect Cup of Coffee at UC Davis

    The Accelerator: Student News and Opportunities from ASEE covers Tonya Kuhl’s class on “Design of Coffee”

  • The Aggie on Katherine Ferrara's Election to NAE

    Because only eight out of the 67 inductees to the NAE this year are women, Karen McDonald, associate dean of Engineering, also predicts Ferrara’s achievement to have a positive impact on women in STEM academics at UC Davis. “Professor Ferrara’s election to the National Academy of Engineering will certainly encourage our women undergraduate and graduate ...

  • Leonor Saiz Paper in Best of 2013 Issue

    Leonor Saiz’s Article, “Systems Biophysics of Gene Expression”, has been chosen for the Biophysical Journal’s “Best of 2013” Issue. Get it here.  

  • Katherine Ferrara Elected to National Academy of Engineering

    Distinguished Professor Katherine Ferrara, whose research has pioneered using ultrasound to image cancer and heart disease and who played a leadership role in establishing the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional recognition for an engineer.

  • TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities Open House and Launch Party

    Around 200 people attended the TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities Open House and Launch Party on Jan. 15. Find out what they did and view some photos by clicking this link.

  • BME Professor Teaches Engineering Through Coffee Brewing

    Students begin their lab studies by dismantling a coffeemaker to figure out how it works, then experiment with different techniques in roasting and brewing, measuring the chemical and physical changes involved. The course will end with a tasting competition: the object being to make the best-tasting cup of coffee from the same basic ingredients while ...

  • UC Davis Cardiovascular Symposium

    Registration is now open to the UC Davis post-docs and students for the UC Davis Cardiovascular Symposium on  Feb.20-21, 2014. This symposium combines experiments and modeling and is highly interdisciplinary; previous attendees have found the discussion-based style very stimulating.  The previous conferences in this series in 2010 and 2012 have been very successful and attracted international attention ...

  • New Designated Emphasis in Biophotonics!

    The designated emphasis in Biophotonics, housed in Biomedical Engineering, is intended to serve as a hub of biophotonics research and education on the Davis Campus and includes members across the Davis and Sacramento campuses, including the College of Engineering, School of Medicine, and College of Letters and Science. It is organized primarily to administer graduate ...

  • Laura Marcu Named a Fellow of the Optical Society

    Laura Marcu has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). The nomination and selection process is highly competitive: OSA Fellows are chosen based on their overall impact on optics, as gauged via factors such as specific scientific, engineering and technological contributions; a record of significant publications or patents related to optics; technical leadership ...

  • Jinyi Qi Elected to IEEE Fellow

    Jinyi Qi has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective, 1 January 2014. He received this honor “for contributions to statistical image reconstruction for emission-computed tomography.” Dr. Qi is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of computational imaging.

  • UPDATE: BME Servers Down 5-8 PM 12/10/13

    TODAY from 5pm to 8pm facilities will perform emergency repairs to power systems affecting the BME server room. ALL INTERNET ACCESS to the BME network will unavailable during this time period. If have a computer that is still using the BME network at 4:30pm today please immediately save and close all files, e-mails, and website ...

  • A Rouge Mirror Test for Individual Cells

    A new paper by Soichiro Yamada addresses a simple question, “What happens when single epithelial cells contact their own membrane versus the membrane of neighboring cells?” The paper was published in the November 19 issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”.

  • Athanasiou Receives Lissner Medal

    Kyriacos Athanasiou has received the 2013/14 H.R. Lissner Medal from the Bioengineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He will be presented with the medal and monetary award during the seventh World Congress of Biomechanics, taking place July 6-11, 2014, in Boston, MA. The award is considered the ASME Bioengineering Division’s highest ...

  • Martin Judenhofer Receives IEEE 2013 Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Award

    Martin Judenhofer, a project scientist in the Cherry Lab, has received the IEEE 2013 Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Award. The award is given to one individual each year for their research accomplishments in medical imaging. The prize citation was “For contributions to small-animal imaging instrumentation and the development of preclinical simultaneous PET/MRI scanners”. ...

  • CMGI Did X-Ray CT Scanning for First Study of Chelyabinsk Meteorite

    Doug Rowland, project scientist in the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging at the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, contributed X-ray computed tomography scanning on a 0.53g fragment of Chelyabinsk, C3-3-4, using the Center’s MicroXCT-200 specimen CT scanner (Xradia Inc.).

  • UC Davis Joins NIH Multi-Campus Health Network

    Laura Marcu has been named “Domain Leader” of the UC Davis branch of the University of California BRAID (Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development) Center for Accelerated Innovation. The new centers will provide an integrated, systematic and comprehensive approach to navigating the translation of early-stage biomedical innovations from the research laboratory to commercial development, and ...

  • Saiz Article is a Highlighted Review in Biophysical Journal

    An invited review article by Leonor Saiz is a highlighted article in the Biophysical Journal. The journal highlights some of the best recently published articles and makes them freely available for 30 days. J. M. G. Vilar and L. Saiz, Systems Biophysics of Gene Expression, Biophys. J., 104, 2574-2585 (2013).

  • Teaching Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering

    We invite applications for a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment. Applicants must be able to teach core undergraduate and graduate courses, and be willing to help evolve an innovative multi-disciplinary curriculum in the field of biomedical engineering. Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in bioengineering, strong interest and ...

  • Tan Lab Research a "Top Story"

    A paper co-authored by Cheemeng Tan was highlighted by Nature Nanotech in “News & Views” It was also one of Futurity’s “Top Stories”:

  • John Boone Elected AAPM President

    John M. Boone was recently elected as an officer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), a scientific, educational, and professional society representing over 8000 medical physicists in the United States and elsewhere.

  • Proton Pump Mechanism Discovery Will Aid Optogenetics

    Facciotti Lab shows that the movement of protons in bacteriorhodopsin depends on whether or not the specific amino acid D96 exists in a protonated (uncharged) or unprotonated (charged) state. D96 acts as an electronic “latch” that controls the flow of protons into the protein based on its protonation state.

  • Simon Lab "Lab on a Chip" Measures Heart Disease Risk

    “Our test provides a good indication of how atherosclerosis actually develops inside coronary arteries,” said Scott Simon, professor of biomedical engineering and a study co-author. “This is an exciting step in developing personalized profiles for heart disease risk.”

  • Biomedical Engineering is Helping Pets

    Boaz Arzi discusses the bone regeneration work he has been doing in conjunction with the Athanasiou Lab, and how he uses 3D printed skulls from our TEAM Prototyping Facility to help plan surgeries on dogs in this Pet Life Radio interview:

  • Pan Lab's Non-Wetting Fabric Mentioned in Congress

    Non-wetting fabric invented in Tingrui Pan’s MinI Lab was the centerpiece of Rep. Jerry McNerney’s plea in Congress for continued federal funding of scientific research this morning. Video is here:

  • Marcu Lab Student Receives T32

    Hussain Fatakdawala, a graduate student in the Marcu Lab, has received a renewal of a T32 program for molecular imaging 2012-2014.

  • Students Win Awards at UC Systemwide Symposium

    Graduate students Hussain Fatakdawala (Marcu Lab), Elena Foster (Revzin Lab) and Priscilla Williams (Silva Lab) won awards for their presentations at the 14th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium.

  • Fully 3D Meeting

    UC Davis Biomedical Engineering co-hosted (with USC) the 12th International Meeting on Fully 3D Image Reconstruction in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in Lake Tahoe, California, from June 16 to June 21, 2013. Jinyi Qi was the co-chair of this year’s meeting.

  • EAB Member John Maroney Named President, CEO and Director of VISION5

    External Advisory Board member John F. Maroney will join ForSight VISION5 as President, CEO and Director of VISION5. ForSight VISION5 is the fifth company created by Menlo Park ophthalmic incubator ForSight Labs. VISION5 is a clinical development stage company focused on unmet needs in ophthalmic diseases, initially ocular hypertension and glaucoma. Full story here.

  • BME Student Receives Provost Undergraduate Fellowship

    Varsha Viswanath has received a PUF. In Simon Cherry’s lab, she has conducted preliminary research on a simple, cost-effective method to improve depth-of-interaction (DOI) information for positron emission tomography (PET) systems, coating scintillator crystals with a phosphor. The grant is funding research to build arrays of these crystals and test the DOI of the array ...

  • Cherry Lab Scientists Receive IDA Awards

    Emilie Roncali and Martin Judenhofer, Project Scientists in Simon Cherry’s lab, have received Academic Federation Innovative Developmental Awards(IDA).

  • 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

    This year’s BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student Award goes to Dr. Rick Fasani from Prof. Michael Savageau’s laboratory. While a doctoral student in the BME Graduate Group, Rick has made significant advances in developing computational tools for characterizing the phenotypic repertoire of cellular systems.

  • BME MD/PhD Student Wins Loren D. Carlson Student Research Award

    Hillary Davis, a former Ph.D. student in Kent Leach’s laboratory, received the 2013 Loren D. Carlson Student Research Award, awarded to a graduating medical student for outstanding research performed in the School of Medicine. She will now enter a head and neck surgery residency program at the University of Rochester.

  • BMES President Receives Ghausi Medal

    BMES at UC Davis president Nicholas Csicsery has been named the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 2013 Ghausi Medal Recipient. Nick is a biological systems engineering major who has worked closely with Prof. Marc Facciotti on iGEM. The Ghausi Medal is the highest honor the College bestows upon a graduating senior. The Medal recognizes Nick’s ...

  • Pan Lab Sweat-Proof Fabric on CBS News

    CBS 13 Sacramento news interviewed Tingrui Pan and grad student Siyuan Xing about their new textile that contains microfluidic channels to drain sweat away from the skin: Video here

  • Biomedical Engineering Major Receives 2013 Baskin Award

    Amanda Steele, a graduating senior in biomedical engineering who has done research in the Yamada Lab, is the 2013 recipient of the Ronald and Lydia Baskin Research Award. This award is given annually by UC Davis College of Biological Sciences to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding original research in the biological sciences.

  • Non-wetting fabric drains sweat

    Graduate students Siyuan Xing and Jia Jiang, along with Prof. Tingrui Pan, developed a new textile microfluidic platform using hydrophilic (water-attracting) threads stitched into a highly water-repellent fabric. They were able to create patterns of threads that suck droplets of water from one side of the fabric, propel them along the threads and expel them ...

  • BME Startup Wins Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

    Vivita Technologies, a startup founded by Veterinary Medicine Professor and Athanasiou Lab collaborator Leigh Griffiths and BME Ph.D. students Regina MacBarb, Jeni Lee, and Maelene Wong, won the Big Bang! Business Plan Competition.

  • Two BME Finalists in Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

    ViVita Technologies, Inc. (including Dr. Leigh Griffiths and BME graduate students Maelene Wong, Jeni Lee, and Gina MacBarb) AmberCycle Industries (including BME Assistant Professor Marc Facciotti and UC Davis undergraduate students) are finalists in the annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition and will find out if they won at tonight’s awards ceremony. Good luck!

  • College of Engineering Design Showcase

    College of Engineering Design Showcase is 2:00-4:30PM on June 6, 2013. For a little preview of what you’ll be seeing, here’s a video of a biomedical engineering team talking about the biomimetic prosthetic eye they designed:

  • Boone Lab Paper Wins Award for Breast CT Research

    Anatomical complexity in breast parenchyma and its implications for optimal breast imaging strategies, by Lin Chen, Craig K. Abbey, Anita Nosratieh, Karen K. Lindfors, and John M. Boone , has received the 2012 Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award. The award honors the best paper published that year in the journal, Medical Physics.

  • BME Graduate Group Research Conference

    This past weekend the 2nd Annual BME Graduate Group Research Conference was held in the Buehler Alumni Center. Nicole De Jesus (Ripplinger lab) had the Outstanding Oral Presentation. Three students were recognized for the outstanding poster presentation: Josh Roth (Hull lab), Hussain Fatakdawala (Marcu lab), and Jennifer Lee (Athanasiou lab).

  • P.E.O. Scholar Award Winner Tissue Engineers Better TMJ Discs

    Gina MacBarb is one of 66 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 2013-2014 Scholar Award from P.E.O. International. Gina has optimized a bioactive treatment regimen that increases the functional properties of engineered cartilage closer to those of native tissue.

  • Call for Nominations for the BME Undergraduate Leadership Award

    Nominations are open to STUDENTS, STAFF and FACULTY. To nominate, submit a formal letter outlining how the candidate’s leadership has contributed to BME by May 8th to Rosalind Christian.

  • Molly Townsend Receives NSF Fellowship for Spaceflight Research

    Molly Townsend, a biomedical engineering graduate student working with Prof. Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn, has received a 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support her Ph.D. research. Her project, “Long Duration Spaceflight Spine Fracture Location,” will investigate the effects of prolonged microgravity on the spine biomechanics and injury.

  • Grad Student Advisor Christal Wintersmith Receives Award for Excellence

    Christal Wintersmith, Biomedical Engineering’s Graduate Student Affairs Officer, is the recipient of this year’s Graduate Student Association Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students. The award will be presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium award ceremony and dinner on Friday, April 5th.

  • TEAM Prototyping Facility Helps Vets Plan Surgeries on Dogs with 3D Printed Skulls

    The TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Laboratory has been making 3D printed replicas of dogs’ skulls to help veterinarians at the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the VMTH plan surgeries. Based on CT scans, the models help surgeons to better assess the patient’s damage, and plan the best surgical routes for avoiding the brain ...

  • Fatty Acid Metabolite Shows Promise Against Cancer in Mice

    A study published this week in PNAS reveals a key mechanism by which dietary omega-3 fatty acids could reduce tumor growth and spread of cancer. The research was a collaboration between the Ferrara Lab, lead author Guodong Zhang (UC Davis Entomology and Comprehensive Cancer Center), and researchers at Harvard University. Full story available here ...

  • USA Today Covers BME & VMTH Bone Regeneration Work

    Collaboration between the Athanasiou Lab and the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service in regrowing jawbone in dogs is the subject of a long story: .

  • BME Student Will Pursue Doctorate in Physical Therapy

    Undergraduate Christopher Sanchez has been accepted to the MGH Institute of Health Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He also received a fellowship to support his study. The program is a three year program geared to educate students in helping patients restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and limit permanent physical disabilities resulting from ...

  • UC Davis BME Alumna Testifies in Germany

    Laura Liptai, BME alumna and external advisory board member, testified at a USAF military trial in Germany. It turned out that the presiding judge, Judge Eflien, is also an alumna of UC Davis School of Law.

  • Timing is Everything

    A new study published this month by the Athanasiou lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department at UC Davis has shown for the first time that depriving cartilage cells of oxygen at just the right time increases collagen crosslinks and doubles the tensile properties of engineered cartilage.

  • Ferrara to Speak at Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop

    Katherine Ferrara will be giving a talk on “Image-guided Delivery of Therapeutics: Engineering Design and Optimization” at the Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop. More info here:

  • New Funding Opportunity

    The Arthritis Foundation Flagship Initiative in Osteoarthritis is soliciting applications for a Proof of Feasibility Study. Proposals must be submitted on or before April 15, 2013. For full information click here:

  • Biomedical Engineer Helped Geologist Image Sutter’s Mill Meteorite

    Doug Rowland at CMGI used the Xradia MicroXCT-200 to perform high-resolution X-ray CT scans of some of the fragments from the Sutter’s Mill meteorite. The results of this work were published December 21 in Science.

  • Biomedical Engineering Has Low Unemployment Rate

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its figures on occupations with the highest and lowest rates of unemployment in 2012. Biomedical engineers had one of the lowest rates of unemployment– 0.4%. Read the whole story here:

  • Athanasiou Named to University of Thessaly Board of Trustees

    Kyriacos Athanasiou has been named to the University of Thessaly, Greece, Board of Trustees. Founded in 1984, The University of Thessaly is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements. This is the first board of trustees at any Greek university. “The educational system in Greece is currently under attack, owing to the dire ...

  • BME Grad Students at Discovery Museum Event

    Ph.D. student Jeni Lee was on Good Day Sacramento this morning to help promote the Discovery Museum’s “Meet a Scientist” event for kids this weekend. She, along with other BME and UC Davis grad students, will be at the museum with activities and interactive models to help kids learn about science.

  • BME Grad Student Experiment Chosen in International Space Station Competition

    Wendy Brown is part of a team from UC Davis that has been chosen to send an experiment onto the International Space Station. The project’s title is: “Comparison of the Growth Rate & DNA/RNA Quantitation of Microgravity Exposed Microbial Community Samples Collected by the Astronauts Onboard the International Space Station And by Citizen Scientists & ...

  • Athanasiou and Fyhrie Named AAAS Fellows

    Along with Katherine Ferrara and Michael Savageau, Athanasiou and Fyhrie will double to four the number of Biomedical Engineering professors who are AAAS Fellows.

  • Michael Savageau Elevated to IEEE Fellow

    Michael Savageau, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, has been made an IEEE Fellow, for application of systems engineering concepts to molecular biology. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

  • Figure from Atul Parikh's Article on Cover of Nature Materials

    A figure from Atul Parikh’s article, “Long-range interlayer alignment of intralayer domains in stacked lipid bilayers,” was chosen as the cover image for the December, 2012 issue of “Nature Materials”. A summary of the article is in the “News and Views” section, here:

  • Kyriacos Athanasiou Wins “Nobel Prize” of Cyprus

    The Nemitsas Prize is the highest honor a Cypriot scientist can receive, and one of the most prestigious awards in the European Union. He received the award to honor his numerous achievements in the field of biomedical engineering and tissue engineering.

  • Kyriacos Athanasiou "Science" Podcast Interview

    Kyriacos Athanasiou was interviewed about his group’s new review article in the latest issue of “Science”. The article is called, “Unlike Bone, Cartilage Regeneration Remains Elusive,” and the co-authors are Daniel Huey and Jerry Hu. Download or listen to the podcast here: .

  • Felipe Godinez Receives 2012 IEEE-NPSS Student Paper Award

    Felipe won for, “pawPET: a High Sensitivity, High Resolution PET Scanner for Rodent Paws.” He is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Ramsey Badawi.

  • Boaz Arzi Receives Highest AVDC Award

    Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, Staff Veterinarian in the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a collaborator with the Athanasiou Lab, received the Robert Wiggs AVDC Outstanding Candidate Award at the 26th Annual Veterinary Dental Forum annual meeting in Seattle.

  • Silva Lab Isolates Stem Cells from Umbilical Cord Blood

    The Silva Lab is one of the first recipients of cord blood from the recently established Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program. The Silva Lab’s current project will isolate vascular progenitor cells from the cord blood with the premise that he can investigate and develop new strategies to actively direct their homing in vivo.

  • Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering

    Candidates at the Assistant Professor level are preferred, although outstanding candidates at the Associate Professor level will also be considered. While all areas of expertise will be considered, candidates with a background in biomedical frontiers like immune engineering, protein engineering, or experimental systems biology are especially encouraged to apply.

  • UC Davis iGEM Team Advances to Championship

    The UC Davis iGEM team has again garnered a gold level medal at last weekend’s America’s West Regional Competition that was held Oct 12-14 at Stanford. The team is working on new solutions to bio-based plastic degradation and recycling. Only the top 1/3 of teams advance to the World Championship in two weeks at MIT ...

  • Simon Cherry Receives IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award

    Simon Cherry has been selected as the winner of the IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award, “For pioneering contributions to preclinical PET and molecular imaging”. This award is given by the Nuclear and Plasma Science Society of IEEE to an individual in recognition of the impact and novelty of his research in the ...

  • Marc Facciotti Receives Hellman Fellowship

    Marc Facciotti is one of the 2012-13 Hellman Fellows. His project is: “Development of a low-cost microfluidic device for chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by next generation DNA sequencing.” The UC Davis Hellman Fellowship Program, now in its fifth year, has given grants totaling almost $250,000 to 12 assistant professors. Funding comes from the San Francisco-based Hellman ...

  • Marc Facciotti to Present Poster at Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

    Professor Marc Facciotti was invited to present a poster at the 2012 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium October 14-17, 2012, at the Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. He will present some of the things he has been doing in BIM140 titled: “Crowd-sourced in silica design of protein-based biosensors”.

  • Ye Chen-Izu Receives Research Contract

    Ye Chen-Izu has won a Research Contract from pharmaceutical company, Gilead Science., Inc. to use her newly developed cellular electrophysiology technique to study new anti-arrhythmia drugs in development.

  • Katherine Ferrara Receives the Highest IEEE-UFFCS Award

    Katherine Ferrara received the award on October 8 at the IEEE-UFFCS (Ultrasonic Ferroelectric and Frequency Control Society) annual meeting in Dresden, Germany. The Achievement Award is the highest Society-wide award presented to a member in special recognition of outstanding contributions.

  • Volkmar Heinrich Receives R01 to Investigate Cellular Communication, Mechano-Sensing and -Regulation

    Volkmar Heinrich, professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, has been awarded a four-year NIH R01 to investigate the role that cytoskeletal membrane anchors play as “switchboards” in communication between cells. Professors Soichiro Yamada and Scott Simon are co-investigators on the project.

  • Athanasiou Lab Postdocs Regrow Jawbone in Dog with Cancer

    Eight dogs have had this treatment now, with a 100% success rate. It was the biomedical engineering expertise in determining and applying the correct dosage and devising the protocol for handling the bone morphogenetic protein that make the surgeries so successful.

  • Biomedical Engineering Society at Davis Wins 2012 BMES Commendable Achievement Award

    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. The chapter’s ability to spark collaboration between engineering students from many different disciplines and backgrounds helped win the award.

  • Sacramento Bee Writes About 2012 iGEM Team

    This UC Davis team is tackling the problem of plastic pollution and is working to create a bacteria that can biodegrade polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, a commonly used plastic that’s in such items as soda bottles and food trays.

  • Yohei Yokobayashi Receives R01 to Develop RNA Nanomachines

    Yohei Yokobayashi has received a NIH R01 for a five-year project to develop artificial, genetically encoded nanomachines that self-assemble in living cells. The goal is to produce nanomachines comprised of RNA molecules that are transcribed in the cell from DNA templates. The nanomachines are intended to be produced within and remain stable as they operate ...

  • Ramsey Badawi awarded prestigious "Provocative Questions" grant from NCI

    Ramsey Badawi has won a groundbreaking grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to address whether tumors can be detected when they are two to three times smaller than those detectable using current imaging methods. Badawi’s project, “Enabling Technologies for Ultra-High Sensitivity PET Scanners” was chosen from among more than 700 grant applications submitted to ...

  • UC Davis Team Wins Third Place at iCAN '12

    Yuzhe Ding and Eric Huang, from Tingrui Pan’s lab, won third prize for their project, “Non-contact Multiplexed Microfluidic Dot-Matrix Printing.”

  • Ferrara and Cherry Receive RISE Awards

    Dr. Ferrara received funding to develop the “Center for Content Rich Evaluation of Therapeutic Efficacy (cCRETE)”. Dr. Cherry received funding to develop the “Center for Translational Molecular Imaging”. Six of the twelve funded projects have involvement of Biomedical Engineering Faculty.

  • Ye Chen-Izu Receives Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant

    Dr. Ye Chen-Izu, in collaboration with Dr. James Chan at the Center for Biophotonics, were awarded an Interdisciplinary Academic Senate Faculty Research Grant. This grant is to utilize advanced photonics technology to study cardiac arrhythmias. The title of project is “Multimodal Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) and Fluorescence Microscopy for Studying the Link Between Cardiac Muscle ...

  • Vivek Srinivasan to Join Faculty

    Dr. Vivek Srinivasan will join the Biomedical Engineering Department faculty as an Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2012. He has a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. Srinivasan has a particular focus on neural engineering and also works in biophotonics and imaging.

  • New Edition of Classic Text by Boone Published

    Professor John Boone co-authored the third edition of “The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging” with UC Davis colleagues Jerry Bushberg and Tony Seibert, and VA scientist Ed Leidholdt. This text is widely used for radiology resident education and in BME graduate courses in the English speaking world, and is one of the top five best-selling ...

  • Biomedical Engineering Major Keegan Owsley Wins Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award

    Senior Keegan Owsley has won the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. He will receive a special plaque at a ceremony June 1. 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 ...

  • Athanasiou Lab Receives CIRM Grant

    The Athanasiou Lab has received a grant from CIRM to conduct extensive toxicology and durability tests to determine long-term safety and efficacy of his lab’s tissue engineered cartilage.

  • Jennifer Lee Receives NIH Biotechnology Fellowship

    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.

  • Simon Cherry Receives Grant and Publishes New Edition of Classic Book

    The 4th edition of Simon Cherry’s textbook, Physics in Nuclear Medicine, has just been published. He also received two NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants to purchase an XRadia microCT biospecimen scanner that can acquire tomographic x-ray imaging of tissue samples down to 1 micron resolution, and a Perkin Elmer IVIS Spectrum system for in vivo fluorescence ...

  • Biomedical Engineering Major Matt Halverson Receives 2012 Ghausi Medal

    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.

  • High School Mentee Wins Scholarship

    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.

  • Athanasiou Lab Postdoc Joins AVDC Examination Committee

    Dr. Boaz Arzi has been invited to join the Examination Committee of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). The AVDC is the specialist certification organization in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery in North America. He will join the committee that administers the examination taken by veterinarians seeking board certification in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.

  • Katherine Ferrara Receives Dean's Faculty Award

    Katherine Ferrara has received the Dean’s 2011-2012 Outstanding Senior Research Faculty Award. The Dean’s Faculty Awards honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members in the College of Engineering.

  • New TB test promises to be cheap and fast

    Alexander Revzin’s lab has developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. They hope the test will be cheaper, faster and more reliable than current testing for the disease. “Our assay is cheaper, reusable, and gives results in real time,” said Ying Liu, a research specialist working with Professor Alexander Revzin.

  • Beckman Scholars Selected

    Molly Fensterwald, an NPB major, and Natalie Telis, a double major in Math and Cell Biology, have been selected as the 2012-2013 Beckman Scholars. They are also the first Beckman Scholars at UC Davis.

  • Healing Bone and Cartilage Injuries and Conditions

    VIDEO: Kyriacos Athanasiou’s talk on, “Healing Bone and Cartilage Injuries and Conditions” at April’s installment of the UC Davis Health System’s “Stem Cell Dialogues” series.

  • Healing Bones with Stem Cells at UC Davis

    VIDEO: Kent Leach’s talk at CIRM’s Spotlight on Disease seminar on March 21, 2012

  • Forbes Names Biomedical Engineering "Most Valuable Major"

    Forbes Magazine named Biomedical Engineering the #1 Most Valuable Major: “Biomedical engineers earn a median starting salary of $53,800, which grows an average of 82% to $97,800 by mid-career.”

  • Picnic Day Pictures: Biomedical House of Horrors

    Pictures from our 3rd annual Picnic Day haunted house.

  • New Program Planned with Zhejiang University in China

    The Curriculum in Advanced Research and Education (CARE) Program, an exchange with the College of Biomedical Engineering and Instrument Science (CBEIS) and School of Medicine, at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), was launched this Spring. Four excellent junior students from CBEIS have joined our department to study our minor curriculum along with our BME students.

  • Steve Ho Receives Whitaker International Fellowship

    Steve Ho, a graduate student in the Leach Lab, has received a Whitaker International Fellowship to do research next summer (2013) at the Institute for Biomechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ).

  • Picnic Day 4/21: Biomedical House of Horrors

    Our Biomedical House of Horrors, now in its 3rd year, has become one of Picnic Day’s hottest events! Don’t miss out on it this year. Tickets available for pickup at 11:30 AM for the following times: 12 PM, 12:40, 1:30, 2:10. Event located at Kemper Hall.

  • Undergraduate Receives Whitaker International Fellows Scholarship

    Sonja Fenske, a UC Davis biomedical engineering major, has received a Whitaker International Fellows Scholarship for a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Imperial College, London

  • No FLIM-Flam Here! Marcu's Work in National Magazine

    “The Scientist: Magazine of the Life Sciences” writes about Laura Marcu’s use of fluorescence lifetime microscopy (FLIM) to delineate the margins of tumors.

  • Erica Andreozzi Receives Whitaker International Program Grant

    Erica Andreozzi, a graduate student in Angelique Louie’s lab, has received a 2012/2013 Whitaker International Program grant. Erica will be working with Dr. Philip Blower, Chair in Imaging Chemistry & Head of Dept. of Imaging Chemistry and Biology at King’s College in London.

  • Meghan Murphy Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship

    Meghan Murphy, a graduate student in Kyriacos Athanasiou’s lab, has received a prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship.

  • Call for Nominations for the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Leadership Award

    This Award honors students who have displayed outstanding commitment to the Biomedical Engineering Department by participating extensively in activities to promote and improve the biomedical engineering program. To nominate, submit a formal letter outlining how the candidate’s leadership has contributed to the Biomedical Engineering Department by April 30th to Rosalind Christian.

  • UC Davis Receives Beckman Scholars Award to Encourage Undergraduate Research

    The University of California, Davis has received a prestigious 2012 Beckman Scholars Award. Angelique Louie, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Beckman Scholars Program Director at UC Davis, announced that The Arnold and Mabel Beckman foundation awarded UC Davis 3 years of funding to support up to 6 students (2 per year), to do research ...

  • Help for Injured Skin is on the Way

    Eduardo Silva, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of California, Davis, has been granted a provisional patent on a stem cell medium to speed wound healing. Combined with the appropriate delivery system, the medium reduces infection by rapidly healing skin injuries, including burns and areas from which healthy skin has been taken for grafting.

  • UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Student Team Will Compete at iCAN’12

    Graduate students Yuzhe Ding and Arnold Chen, and undergraduate Eric Huang, in Tingrui Pan’s lab, have been selected as one of the US teams to compete with finalists from more than 20 countries in the 2012 International Contest of Applications in Nano-Micro Technologies (iCAN’12), to be held in Beijing, China, July 6-9. For their ...

  • Laura Marcu Elected SPIE Fellow

    Laura Marcu, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Davis, has been elected a SPIE Fellow for achievements in biomedical optics, fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy, and imaging. Marcu is a leading researcher in biomedical optics, focusing on developing fluorescence-based instrumentation and methods for clinical applications.

  • UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Climbs the Rankings

    The U.S. News and World Report rankings are in, and UC Davis Biomedical Engineering is #21, up from 2 spots from last year, and up 5 spots from two years ago.

  • Undergrad Student Writes in BMES Newsletter

    UC Davis BMES Student Chapter President Ana Ebrahimi has a nice article called, “Team BME: Comparing engineering students to athletes,” in the BMES Newsletter.

  • Miniature pressure sensors for medical touch

    Tingrui Pan’s lab has developed a tiny pressure sensor that could be used in “smart gloves,” giving physicians an enhanced ability to measure the firmness of tissues and detect tumors, and in “smart contact lenses,” to monitor intraocular pressure without affecting vision.

  • New nanoglue is thin and supersticky

    Tingrui Pan has filed for a patent on a super-thin “nanoglue” that could be used to stick silicon wafers into a stack to make new types of multilayered computer chips.

  • Grant for Engineered Cartilage Bites Back at TMJ Disorders

    The National Institutes of Health have awarded Kyriacos Athanasiou, a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Davis, a $1.87 million grant to continue his work on temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disc regeneration. The five-year project is a collaboration with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

  • Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

    The second annual Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy will take place July 11-13. Applications due by June 8. For more information and to apply online, go to:

  • Concussion Expert Dr. Stefan Duma Will Speak at UC Davis on Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football

    Dr. Stefan Duma, Professor and Department Head, Virginia Tech–Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, will speak as part of the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Department’s Distinguished Seminar Series 3/8/12. His talk will discuss findings from his study, Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football, recently published online in the Annals of Biomedical ...

  • Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

    The Big Bang! Business Plan Competition is excited to announce the addition of a Med Tech prize track for the 2012 competition. This is in addition to our 1st place, 2nd place and People’s Choice Awards. For full information go to the competition website:

  • Chen-Izu Paper Highlighted in Editorial

    A recent paper by Ye Chen-Izu and her co-authors, “Profile of L-type Ca(2+) current and Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchange current during cardiac action potential in ventricular myocytes,” was highlighted in an editorial in the Jan. 2012 issue of “Heart Rhythm.”

  • Marcu Article is "Featured"

    An article by Jing Liu, Yang Sun, Jinyi Qi and Laura Marcu, “ A novel method for fast and robust estimation of fluorescence decay dynamics using constrained least-squares deconvolution with Laguerre expansion,”(2012 Phys. Med. Biol. 57 843) is a “Featured Article” in Physics in Medicine and Biology.” Access is ...

  • UC Davis Cardiovascular Symposium 2012, March 1-2

    Topic: “System Approach to understanding Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling and Arrhythmias Ca2+ Current and SR Ca2+ release.” For Full conference information, go to the conference website:

  • New Whitaker International Undergraduate Program

    The Whitaker International Program recently launched the Whitaker International Undergraduate Program for students enrolled in an undergraduate biomedical engineering or bioengineering degree program. The application is now open for the first round of grants which will be for Fall/Academic Year 2012-13. Award amounts range from $7,500 for a semester program to $10,000 for an ...

  • UC Davis College of Engineering: BME Ranks First in New Research Awards and Expenditures per FTE

    According to College of Engineering figures, for the second year in a row UC Davis Biomedical Engineering ranks first in the entire college in new research awards. We also rank first in research expenditures per FTE. BME has $962,680 in research expenditures per FTE.

  • Leonor Saiz's Paper is a Biophysical Journal "Highlighted Paper"

    A paper by Leonor Saiz and Jose Vilar entitled, “Trafficking Coordinate Description of Intracellular Transport Control of Signaling Networks,” was a “Highlighted Paper” in the Biophysical Society Monthly Newsletter. Biophysical Journal Associate Editors select papers of interest in each issue, and these highlighted papers have open access for two weeks after publication.

  • Eleftherios Makris Receives ICRS Scholarship

    Eleftherios Makris, a postdoc in the Athanasiou Lab, has received a scholarship for 2011/2012 from the International Cartilage Repair Society. The scholarship is supported by Zimmer.

  • Grayson DuRaine Interviewed in Arthritis Foundation Magazine

    Grayson DuRaine, a postdoc in the Athanasiou Lab and recipient of a $50,000 Arthritis Foundation Research Grant, is interviewed in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of “Headlines”, the magazine of the Arthritis Foundation Pacific Region chapter.

  • Laura Marcu Named SPIE Fellow

    Laura Laura Marcu has been elected SPIE Fellow in recognition of her contributions to the area of biomedical optics. She will receive her award at Photonics West meeting in San Francisco in January.

  • Cancer Center Magazine Features Senior Design Student Project

    The student design team that won “Best Overall Design” at the Senior Design Symposium last June is highlighted in the most recent issue of the UC Davis Cancer Center’s publication, “Synthesis”. Get the full article HERE.

  • Louie, Qi and Fyhrie Elected AIMBE Fellows

    Angelique Louie, Jinyi Qi and David Fyhrie have been elected as Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in the 2012 listing just released.

  • Simon Cherry Video Interview on "MedicalPhysicsWeb"

    In his interview for “MedicalPhysicsWeb”, Prof. Cherry discusses recent progress in molecular imaging research and examines the translation of methods such as MRI/PET from the lab to the clinic.  Click HERE for the full interview.

  • iGem Team Wins Trophy for "Best in Track"

    The team competed in ‘foundational advances,’ one of a number of available tracks within the competition. For their project, they decided to expand the range of ‘kit parts’ available to would-be genetic engineers.

  • Kyriacos Athanasiou Named to Histogenics Scientific Advisory Board

    Kyriacos Athanasiou has been named to the Scientific Advisory Board of Histogenics Corporation. Histogenics Corporation, a privately held regenerative medicine company, is advancing NeoCart®, an autologous bioengineered neocartilage grown outside the body using the patient’s own cells for the regeneration of cartilage lesions, and VeriCart™, a three-dimensional cartilage matrix to stimulate cartilage repair in a ...

  • Alexander Revzin Named Chancellor's Fellow

    Alexander Revzin has been selected as a 2011-2012 Chancellor’s Fellow. Professor Revzin will receive a one-time award of $25,000 to support his research, service and teaching activities. He will also have the honor of using the title, “Chancellor’s Fellow,” until July 1, 2016.

  • Kyriacos Athanasiou Receives BMES Distinguished Service Award

    Kyriacos Athanasiou has received one of the highest honors the Biomedical Engineering Society can bestow upon its members: the Distinguished Service Award. BMES President Richard Waugh presented the award to Dr. Athanasiou at the BMES annual meeting in Hartford, CT on Oct. 13, 2011.

  • We're Movin' on Up!

    Last week, Times Higher Education (THE) released its rankings of top 400 universities in the world. UC Davis has moved up 16 spots from last year, from 54th to 38th. In the list of the Top 50 Engineering and Technology Universities in the world, UC Davis moved up 10 spots, from 42nd to 32nd.

  • Julie Sutcliffe to Lead New Partnership

    UC DavisHealth System, PETNET Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., and Northern California PET Imaging Center (NCPIC) announced today that they will partner to establish a facility on the university’s Sacramento campus for research and training in radiochemistry and for the commercial production of radiopharmaceutical products used in positron ...

  • Simon Cherry is New Editor-in-Chief of "Physics in Medicine and Biology"

    Professor Simon Cherry has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal, “Physics in Medicine and Biology”. The journal is one of the top-ranked biomedical engineering journals. This brings to two the number of top-ranked biomedical engineering journals housed in the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Department. Professor and Chair Kyriacos Athanasiou is ...

  • Katherine Ferrara Will Give the Adamczyk Lecture at Case

    Professor Katherine Ferrara will give the 2011-2012 Adamczyk Lecture at Case Western Reserve University in March. The Adamczyk Lecture Series showcases the use of cutting-edge technology in the development of noninvasive diagnostics and novel therapies, especially in the context of cancer treatments. The Graduate Student Association organizes this talk, and uses a rigorous selection process ...

  • UC Davis Magazine Writes About Kent Leach's Research

    Kent Leach’s research on bone regeneration is discussed in the latest UC Davis Magazine article called, “The military goes to college.“

  • Laura Marcu's Work Featured in BioPhotonics Magazine

    Laura Marcu uses an innovative simultaneous time- and wavelength-resolved fluorescence spectroscope to do fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) to discover the earliest signs of arterial plaques and to delineate the margins of tumors. Her work was discussed in the July/August 2011 issue of bioPhotonics magazine, in an article called, “Optical Spectroscopy Gives a Sharp Gaze ...

  • Simon Cherry Receives SMI's Imaging Achievement Award

    Simon Cherry received the Society for Molecular Imaging’s prestigious “Imaging Achievement Award” at the World Molecular Imaging Congress in San Diego earlier in the month. This is the 11th such award. Past award recipients have included Nobel Prize winner Roger Tsien, and the founder of the field of biomedical optics, Dr. Britton Chance.

  • Rui Liu Wins SAS Graduate Student Award

    Rui Liu, a BME graduate student working at the Center for Biophotonics under the supervision of Drs. Dennis Matthews and James Chan, has been chosen as one of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy’s (SAS) 2011 Graduate Student Award winners for his outstanding research in both the technology development and applications of laser tweezers Raman spectroscopy ...

  • Katherine Ferrara Collaborates on New $3.8 Million Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center

    The National Institutes of Health today awarded $3.8 million to the University of California, Davis, to fund a new mouse-based research center devoted to studies of the physiology and genetics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular health. Katherine Ferrara is one of the collaborators in the new Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center.

  • Tingrui Pan Receives Dean's Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

    Assistant Professor Tingrui Pan has received the Dean’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The Dean’s Faculty Awards honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members in the College of Engineering. The awards will be presented at the New Faculty and Awards Reception November 3rd, 5:00-7:00 pm, Kemper Lobby. The recipients’ names will be added to a permanent ...

  • "Like" Us on Facebook!

    UC Davis BME finally has a Facebook page. We’ll keep it updated with useful information for students and faculty, and keep it fun, as well. Come on over and see what we’re up to. “Like” us and share with your friends!

  • Simon Cherry Elected IPEM Fellow

    Simon Cherry has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).  Based in the United Kingdom, IPEM is dedicated to bringing together physical science, engineering and clinical professionals in academia, health care and industry to share knowledge, advance science and technolgy and inform and ...

  • Ye Chen-Izu's Article is the BioMedLib's #1 Article

    Congratulations to Prof. Ye Chen-Izu! Her article, ” Chen-Izu Y: Multiple levels of the single L-type Ca2+ channel conductance in adult mammalian ventricular myocytes. Biochem Biophys Res Commun; 2010 Jan 1;391(1):604-8 PMID: 19932083,” is BioMedLib’s #1 article of all time, published in the same domain.

  • Center for Biophotonics wins grant to develop "Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation"

    The Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) has received a $1 million, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop an “Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation” and to accelerate commercialization of biomedical technologies developed by CBST researchers. The grant will be matched with third-party investments from CBST partners.

  • UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Consortium Featured in DVM360 Magazine

    A nice article about the UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Consortium appeared in DVM360 magazine. The article quotes Prof. Athanasiou and Prof. Nolta (BMEGG). Article:

  • Laura Marcu Named BMES Fellow

    The Biomedical Engineering Society announced its 2011 class of Fellows today. Congratulations to Laura Marcu, who is one of them!

  • Ying Wang Wins BMES 2011 Graduate Student Award

    Ying Wang, a student in Scott Simon’s lab, is a winner of the BMES 2011 Graduate Student Awards (Extended Abstract). Graduate Student awards include a certificate, a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, and a stipend of $500 to assist with travel expenses.

  • Angelique Louie Receives ISMRM Outstanding Teacher Award

    Angelique Louie’s invited talk in the Molecular & Cellular Imaging course at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) 2011 annual meeting in Montréal received the highest quality scores of any talk in that course. The Society recognized this achievement with a 2011 “Outstanding Teacher Award”.

  • SPIE BiOS Call for Papers

    You can view the detailed call for papers, or find more details on the program, exhibition, and logistics at

  • Eduardo Silva to Join BME Faculty

    Dr. Silva has accepted our offer to fill the position in translational stem cell bioengineering. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and the University of Porto; his post-doctoral work has been at Harvard with David Mooney. He will join BME formally on November 1, 2011.

  • UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium

    Gina MacBarb (Athanasiou Lab) was the winner for the Systems category of the poster competition at the 12th UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium. Pasha Hadidi (Athanasiou Lab) and Jeff Schmall (Cherry Lab) were finalists in the Grand Challenges in Bioengineering.

  • AcouSense Team Wins Second Prize at iCAN

    The team’s project is AcouSense- a Telemedical Sensing Platform for Sleep Apnea Monitoring. The platform provides portable, inexpensive and continuous monitoring for the sleep apnea disorders.

  • Alex Revzin Receives PFI Award

    Alex Revzin has received a 2011 Partnerships for Innovation Commercialization Plan Award. The award will support development of a commercialization plan for a new diagnostic tool for rapid detection of infectious disease.

  • UCD BME at Sacramento Med Tech Showcase

    Prof. K.A. Athanasiou represented the Biomedical Engineering Department at SARTA’s “Sacramento Med Tech Showcase” on May 6, 2011. Prof. Athanasiou served on a committee that selected the Claire Pomeroy Award recipient for 2011. He also presented and chaired a panel discussion on Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapies.

  • Leonor Saiz's Latest Publication is a Featured Article in Nucleic Acids Research Journal

    The Nucleic Acids Research journal has highlighted Leonor Saiz’s latest work as a featured article ( As stated on the journal’s website: “featured articles represent the top 5% of papers in terms of originality, significance and scientific excellence”.

  • Laura Marcu Receives NHLBI R01

    Prof. Laura Marcu has received a grant award for a NIH R01 grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. This award will continue to fund her group’s research toward the development of an intravascular diagnostic technology combining fluorescence lifetime and ultrasound contrast. The proposed studies target development of new paradigms for ...

  • Generous Donation from Medtronic Cardiovascular Brings Catheter Manufacturing Lab to UC Davis BME Program

    The UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering inaugurated a catheter manufacturing laboratory with a workshop on catheter manufacturing taught by engineers and scientists from Medtronic, Santa Rosa. Participating faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students learned about catheter and stent technology and then observed firsthand how to make catheters using equipment donated by Medtronic Cardiovascular. The ...

  • Prof. Savageau Receives Honorary Ph.D.

    On May 9, 2011 Dr. Michael A. Savageau, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Lleida. Dr. Savageau is a pioneer in what is now known as systems biology. His work has had a major impact on the definition of this field, which combines computer science, mathematics and engineering ...

  • Employee Recognition Awards

    Our department has initiated a program to honor outstanding BME Staff.  Congratulations to Rosalind Christian, who received our first monthly award. Rosalind Christian consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty in her personalized service to the students, families, and BME community.  She has been nominated by various people who have noted the ...

  • Nominations for BME Undergraduate Leadership Award Due 5/17

    This Award honors students who have displayed outstanding commitment to the Department by participating extensively in activities to promote and improve the BME program. Submit nominations by May 17th to Rosalind Christian,

  • Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

    The academy is a five-day immersion program integrating lecture, exercises, and team projects. Biomed engineering researchers work within teams to identify, design, and validate new business opportunities. Sessions are taught by venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs and industry executives. Deadline to apply: May 20.

  • Maroney-Bryan Lecture: Leroy Hood Pictures

    Click to see pictures from Leroy Hood’s Maroney-Bryan Lecture and reception.

  • Simon Cherry Delivers Keynote Address

    Simon Cherry delivered the keynote dinner address at the 27th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference held at the University of Texas, Arlington, Apr 30th-May 1st. His lecture “Seeing the light – In Vivo Molecular Imaging”, discussed using visible light to non-invasively interrogate molecular targets in living subjects.

  • Revzin Lab Develops Inexpensive Way to Grow Cells for Liver Repair

    A team of biomedical engineers led by Prof. Alexander Revzin has found a way to grow liver cells from stem cells more cheaply and effectively than current methods. The group printed glass slides with an array of spots containing a protein substrate and growth factors that nudge stem cells toward becoming liver cells, then placed ...

  • UC Davis BME Makes Hartwell Foundation's Top 10 List

    The Hartwell Foundation has added UC Davis to its list of the Top 10 Centers of Biomedical Research. For the past 3 years UC Davis was listed as a member-at-large, but this year has been included on their official list. Top Ten research institutions that fully participate in The Hartwell Foundation nomination process receive a ...

  • Picnic Day 2011: Biomedical House of Horrors and Alumni Ice Cream Social

    Pictures from BME’s 2nd annual “Biomedical House of Horrors”, showing medical horrors that have been averted through inventions by biomedical engineers. Also pictures from our first Alumni Ice Cream Social.

  • Prof. Ferrara Receives Outstanding Mentor Award

    Professor Katherine Ferrara has received a 2011 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Consortium for Women and Research. These awards are designed to honor faculty who have engaged in sustained and successful mentoring of women at UC Davis. Prof. Ferrara will be honored at a reception on Monday, May 16, from 4:10 to 5:30 in the ...

  • Alumni Update: Ram Rao Receives National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

    Rameshwar Rao, undergraduate Class of 2008, has received a 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Ram is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

  • Paper by Ferrara, et. al. "Most Cited"

    A review article by Shengping Qin, Charles Caskey, and Kathy Ferrara is the 7th most cited article in Physics & Medicine in Biology (PMB) over the past 2 years. Ultrasound contrast microbubbles in imaging and therapy: physical principles and engineering (review), has been cited 25 times.

  • Biomedical House of Horrors

    Picnic Day!

  • Simon Cherry in Nature Methods News & Views

    Simon Cherry was invited to write a News&Views article for Nature Methods about one of their papers. His article, “Functional whole-brain imaging in behaving rodents”, appeared in the April issue.

  • Article by Pan et. al. is Lab on a Chip HOT Article

    A manuscript by Yuzhe Ding, Lingfei Hong, Baoqing Nie, Kit S. Lam and Tingrui Pan called ‘Capillary-Driven Automatic Packaging’ has been selected as a Lab on a Chip HOT Article and has been made free to access for four weeks. It has also been highlighted on the LOC blog . Additionally, it has been promoted ...

  • Boaz Arzi Helps Save Congenitally Deformed Rescue Dog

    Dr. Boaz Arzi, a Research Fellow in Prof. Athanasiou’s Lab and a resident at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, operated on a young English springer spaniel with a rare birth defect that combined a cleft palate with a nose that appeared to be divided into two pieces (a bifid nose). Read more:

  • BME Entrepreneurship Academy

    The one-week Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy is designed for sicence and engineering graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty working on biomedical engineering research who want to explore moving their research out of the lab and into the world. APPLY ONLINE BY MAY 20, 2011

  • CMGI Pilot Studies

    CMGI has a limited amount of funding available to support pilot projects. These pilot funds are expected to be used to generate preliminary data for grant applications. Deadlines: April 15th, August 15th, December 15th each year.

  • UC Davis is One of the Top 100 Universities in the World

    The Times Higher Education’s 2010-2011 World University Rankings ranked UC Davis #38 in its list of the top 100 universities in the world, by reputation. UC Davis ranks at #54 on the list of the top 200 universities in the world. It ranks 34th in North America.

  • Professors Kuhl and Louie Receive Mentorship Awards from the Association for Women in Science

    Professor Tonya Kuhl and Associate Professor Angelique Louie will receive awards for their mentorship and service from the Association for Women in Science, Northern California Chapter (AWIS-NCC). AWIS-NCC honored Prof. Kuhl with the Judith Pool Award, and Prof. Louie with the Ellen Weaver Award.

  • St. Patrick's Day Feast

    BME is a fun place to be!

  • US News and World Report Rankings

    Biomedical Engineering is ranked as 22 (out of 95 schools). However, the US News & World Report acknowledged errors in their method, and has taken down some of their Engineering specialty rankings. They do not intend to recalculate them.

  • Obesity, Inflammation and Atherosclerosis in the News

    Science Daily and, and many other websites have covered Tony Passerini and Scott Simon’s latest work on obesity, inflammation, and atherosclerosis:

  • Katherine Ferrara to Lecture at Duke

    Katherine Ferrara has been chosen to deliver the 2011 Chandran Lecture at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University on April 14. The Beverley A. and Clarence J. Chandran Distinguished Lecture Series focuses on advances in brain tumor imaging.

  • UCD Stem Cell Program on UCTV

    A program on UCTV called “State of Minds” aired a segment on UC Davis’ Stem Cell program, that featured an interview with Kent Leach, describing his work using stem cells to heal bone defects. You can watch the program here: .

  • MinHo Kim and Jennifer Granick from the Simon Lab publish their latest work online in Blood

    MinHo Kim and Jennifer Granick from the Simon Lab have published their latest  work online in Blood, The official journal of the American Hematological Society. They studied skin wounding using real-time fluorescence imaging of the innate immune response in a mouse model. Remarkably, they found that Staphylococcus Aureus infection in wounds can cause the emigration ...

  • Grayson DuRaine Receives Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Dr. Grayson DuRaine, a postdoc in Prof. Athanasiou’s lab, has received a two-year Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to support his project, “Combinatorial stimuli in cartilage tissue engineering.”

  • Passerini and Simon Labs Reinforce Link Between Abdominal Obesity, High-Fat Meals, and Cardiovascular Disease

    A team of UC Davis Biomedical Engineers, led by Assistant Professor Anthony G. Passerini, has established a link between inflammation of the arterial lining, waist size, and triglyceride levels in the blood after eating a high-fat, fast food meal. The study reinforces the link between belly fat and inflammation of the arterial linings, which is ...

  • UCD BME Authors Make Waves

    Articles by John Boone and his students; Tingrui Pan, Alex Revzin, and Siwei Zhao; Kent Leach and Hillary Davis; and Tingrui Pan have received much attention in prominent journals.

  • UC Davis Receives 2011 SNM Preclinical Imaging Training Grant

    UC Davis was selected to receive the SNM Preclinical Imaging Training Grant for 2011. The grant will be used for the expenses incurred in hosting a preclinical imaging workshop in 2011

  • Device Invented by UCD Biomedical Engineer Saves Lives in Haiti

    A device co-invented by Biomedical Engineering Professor Kyriacos Athanasiou is helping to save lives in Haiti’s cholera epidemic. The EZ-IO kit, marketed by Vidacare Corporation, is a drill that helps health care personnel to insert IV lines directly into the bones of people who are too severely dehydrated or undergoing shock to access a vein.

  • Prof. Leach Receives Grant to Test Fibrin Gels as Delivery Vehicles.

    Prof. Kent Leach has received a grant, entitled “Cell delivery for irradiated bone defects.” Prof. Leach’s lab will explore the capacity of fibrin gels engineered with enhanced physical properties to serve as effective delivery vehicles for co-transplanted cellular populations as a treatment option for irradiated bone defects such as those stemming from head and neck ...

  • UC Davis Design and Prototyping Clinic Featured in PRISM Magazine

    The UC Davis Design and Prototyping Clinic founded by Angie Louie and Christina Davis, in mechanical and aerospace engineering was the subject of an article in the December, 2010 issue of  PRISM Magazine called, From Capstone to Clinic At a design lab, engineering students gain valuable experience solving problems for medical and veterinary researchers. By ...

  • Greg Mitchell Presents in Cerenekov Luminescence Webinar

    Greg Mitchell, in Simon Cherry’s lab, will be one of the presenters in Caliper Life Science’s “Cerenekov Luminescence Imaging” webinar. Broadcast Date: Thusday, January 20, 2011 Time: 10:00 AM PST A novel method in preclinical imaging that is gaining in popularity within the research community is radioisotope detection with in vivo optical imaging via Cerenkov emission. Monitoring radio-pharmaceuticals ...

  • Tingrui Pan's Fit-to-Flow Connector

    Professor Pan and his group have developed a new usb for medical diagnosis. The microfluidic device can fit into a cell phone or other consumer electronic. The California Aggie and the UC Davis News Service have reported on the device.

  • UCD iGEM Team Receives Gold Medal

    The “Egghead Blog” recently reported on the iGEM Team’s success in the competition at MIT. Team UC Davis was among about a third of the competing teams from around the world to be awarded a gold medal for their work.

  • A 'USB' for medical diagnosis?

    The plug-in interface for microfluidic chips will form the basis of the next generation of compact medical devices. Dr. Pan hopes that the “fit to flow” interface will become as ubiquitous as the USB interface for computer peripherals.

  • Laura Marcu's Oral Cancer Probe Continues to Make News

    Medical Design Briefs included Laura Marcu’s probe for oral cancer in a nice article about biophotonics called, “Lasers Deliver a Bright Future for Diagnostics.”

  • Athanasiou Receives Large R01 Grant to Improve Engineered Cartilage for TMJ

    Kyriacos Athanasiou has received an R01 to refine his tissue engineered cartilage for use to treat the temporomandibular meniscus and mandibular cartilage surfaces. He will receive $1.4 million over the next four years. Almost 90% of these afflictions are primarily found in young, pre-menopausal women for reasons that are still not understood.

  • Julie Sutcliffe Receives Large RC4

    Julie Sutcliffe was awarded an RC4 in the total amount of $3.5 million. The grant is titled “High throughput design, synthesis and /in vivo/ evaluation of targeted molecular imaging agents”. This is a team effort between Sutcliffe, Cherry, Revzin and Qi.

  • UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Professors Edit Cutting-Edge Book Series

    Kyriacos Athanasiou and Kent Leach are editors of two new book series called Synthesis Lectures on Tissue Engineering and Synthesis Lectures on Biomaterials, published by Morgan & Claypool.

  • BME Faculty Help Kick Off "The Campaign for UC Davis"

    Marc Facciotti was one of 15 people invited to stand behind Chancellor Katehi at a press conference announcing “The Campaign for UC Davis.” Kent Leach is featured on the Campaign’s website as an “inspiring story” in Regenerative Medicine.

  • Katherine Ferrara's Lab Wins NHLBI Program of Excellence in Nanotechnology Subcontract

    NHLBI renews programs for nanotechnology research $65 million in contracts to help advance disease detection, delivery of therapies The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is awarding $65 million to renew its Programs for Nanotechnology Research to help researchers develop tools based on materials designed at the molecular level ...

  • "Optics & Photonics Focus" Covers Simon Cherry's work on Cerenkov Luminescence Tomography

    A paper by Changqing Li, Gregory S. Mitchell and  Simon R. Cherry, “Cerenkov Luminescence Tomography for small animal imaging” in Optics Letters, has been featured in “Optics & Photonics Focus” , a publication that highlights the best in optics and photonics: “Cerenkov Photons: A Cancer Searchlight,” by Manoj Mathew.

  • Prof. Facciotti Gives Back to Davis Senior High School

    Professor Marc Facciotti spent six weeks this summer working with high school teachers Ann Moriarty (Davis Senior High School) and Mylee Lam (Dixon High School) to provide continuing education in new biology. The Davis Enterprise recently reported on Prof. Facciotti’s work with Ms. Moriarty and Ms. Lam.

  • BME jobs expected to grow 72%

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects biomedical engineers to have employment growth of 72 percent over the next few years, much faster than the average for all occupations. CNN and other major news outlets have reported on this trend.

  • How neuroglobin protects against Alzheimer's

    Prof. Subhadip Raychaudhuri and his collaborators at the University of Auckland have discovered that neuroglobin may protect against Alzheimer’s disease by preventing brain neurons from dying in response to natural stress. Science Daily and the New Zealand Herald have written about their discovery.

  • Davis Enterprise covers Angie Louie's BIM110 dental chair project

    International collaboration between capstone biomedical engineering design classes let students create a low-cost dental chair for treating patients in impoverished rural areas.

  • Alex Revzin’s microfluidic HIV test featured in BioTechniques, International Business Times and The Aggie

    The test integrates an antibody microarray with a lensfree holographic imaging device that takes only seconds to count the number of captured T cells and amount of secreted cytokine molecules. The test is inexpensive and easy to use.

  • Laura Marcu on YouTube and Capital Public Radio

    A trial with human subjects shows that the device can locate the edges of a tumor during surgery. “There’s a lot out there about breast, prostate and brain cancer, but people are not so aware about oral cancer and its devastating consequences,” said Prof. Marcu.

  • Can stem cells from fat help heal bone?

    Prof. Kent Leach explains how on Capital Public Radio and News10.