Women in STEM

Marcu Lab Receives R01 Grant to Continue FLIm Robotic Cancer Surgery Research

Laura Marcu, professor of biomedical engineering, has received a $3.2M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue her groundbreaking research on clinical applications of Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging (FLIm). Working with  surgeons in the UC Davis Department of Otolaryngology and in collaboration with Intuitive Surgical Inc. her team will add an innovative FLIm technology to the da Vinci robotic surgical system to better identify cancerous tissue during  trans-oral-robotic-surgery (TORS).

New Imaging Diagnostic Tool Lights Up Tumors During Brain Cancer Surgery

(SACRAMENTO) — A new optical imaging technology developed at the University of California, Davis, could help neurosurgeons visually and objectively differentiate between healthy and cancerous tissues during brain cancer surgeries. The technology, called Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIm), could allow surgeons to more precisely and thoroughly remove malignant tumors.

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.

Student Spotlight: Amy Becker

From presenting research to policy makers via the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Science Translators Showcase held at the California State Capitol, to being named a UC Davis 2020 Bradshaw Scholar, Amy Becker has been quite busy this year. We caught up with the Ph.D. candidate and Boone Lab researcher for a first-hand view of her experiences and her vision for the future.

Global Aggies: Serving Nicaraguan Students with Special Needs

Each year the Blum Center for Developing Economies partners with the UC Davis Undergraduate Colleges to select, mentor, and sponsor a cohort of students to conduct fieldwork on poverty alleviation, inequality and international development through the Blum Summer Fellowship in Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) award programs. In summer 2019, Laura Oelsner, a biomedical engineering major in the College of Engineering, was one of the selected Fellows who had this experience.