Biomedical Engineering Professor Cheemeng Tan Receives NIH Grant to Engineer Synthetic Bacteria For Translational Clinical Medicine

Unlike the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, the synthetic bacteria in Cheemeng Tan’s lab will not find a way to replicate. As he explains, ‘We will modify our synthetic bacteria using a method that turns them into controllable living micromachines.’ That means clinicians will be able to administer them in a controlled way for medical applications, including delivering medicine within the body, CRISPR-Cas gene editing, killing cancer cells, and administering probiotics and oral vaccines.

Faculty Spotlight: Jamal S. Lewis

Jamal S. Lewis is an assistant professor in the biomedical engineering department. His lab (https://www.ucdavislewislab.com/) focuses on the development of biomaterial systems that can manipulate the immune system. The group plans to design the next generation of immunotherapeutics for applications in immune-related diseases. This multidisciplinary work incorporates aspects of biomaterials engineering, drug delivery and immunology. We recently sat down with him to catch up on some of his latest achievements and his thoughts on being Black in BME.

Maury Hull Honored by ASME for Outstanding Education and Mentorship

University of California, Davis Distinguished Professor Emeritus Maury L. Hull has been named the 2021 recipient of the Robert M. Nerem Education and Mentorship Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The medal is given to an individual who has demonstrated a sustained level of outstanding achievement in education and mentoring of trainees.

Rucha Joshi Develops Online Course with Formative Feedback Amidst the Pandemic

With a motivation to immerse students in engineering design, graphics communication, and computer aided design (CAD) skills early-on in the biomedical engineering curriculum, Joshi and a few of her graduate students launched a new 2-unit laboratory course on “Graphics Design in BME” in the Spring 2020 quarter for UC Davis sophomores. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were faced with the significant challenge of converting to an online teaching format instead of the planned face-to-face instruction.

Catalyzing the Next Wave of Sustainable Engineering Solutions

This month’s spotlight is Rucha Joshi, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Biomedical Engineering department at University of California, Davis. Dr. Joshi believes that through entrepreneurship, engineering students can launch trailblazing solutions for the most urgent sustainability and climate-related issues of our time.

Laura Marcu Elected as AAAS Fellow

Laura Marcu, professor in the biomedical engineering department, is among the eleven UC Davis professors elected to the 2020 class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Rucha Joshi Receives Grant from VentureWell

We’re proud to announce that Dr. Rucha Joshi recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant in recognition of their commitment to inclusive support of students who are creating innovations for positive social and environmental impact! This funding will support two new courses that will introduce students to complex global problems identified in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

VentureWell’s Faculty Grants program helps faculty and staff at institutions across the country develop or sustain courses and programs that encourage STEM innovation.