Women in STEM

Angelique Louie Receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Professor Angelique Louie receives the 2024 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award to celebrate her contributions to the Department of Biomedical Engineering's undergraduate program and her leadership in education across the UC Davis campus.

Professor Demystifies Memory to Advance Dementia Care

Jie Zheng, a new assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, studies the cognitive mechanisms the human brain uses to structure and store memories. Through a deeper understanding of these processes, Zheng hopes to improve medical interventions for cognitive disorders like dementia.

Alumni Spotlight: Abby Niesen, M.S. '21, Ph.D. '23

UC Davis doctoral graduate Abby Niesen, M.S. '21, Ph.D. '23 is arguably one of the most productive doctoral students in the history of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and quite possibly the College of Engineering, according to faculty who have been associated with UC Davis for nearly 50 years.

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.