News & Events 2016

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Fall 2016

BME Professor Part of Project to Study Blood Vessels October 2016

Walter Lee Murfee and Bruce BunnellWalter Lee Murfee, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, is part of a team that received a $1.1 million dollar grant to study the effects of aging on blood vessel growth.

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Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Fights Prostate Cancer September 2016

The Cellular Bioomechanics and Biotransport Laboratory directed by Dr. Damir Khismatullin develops new cancer therapies using high-intensity focused ultrasound. In their recent work, “Ablative Focused Ultrasound Synergistically Enhances Thermally Triggered Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer in Vitro,” published in Molecular Pharmaceutics, the group combines the ultrasound method with thermally triggered chemotherapy to address the lack of safe and effective treatment options for elderly patients with high-risk localized prostate cancer.

Summer 2016

Summer Internship Brings New Perspective July 26, 2016

Student Spotlight: Engineering Meets ScienceWhile many Tulane University students leave New Orleans for the summer, Taylor McCrady, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, traded her vacation time for experience through an internship with LaCell, a company that generates stem cells for scientific research.

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BMEN Graduate Student Presents at National Biomechanics Conference
June 2016

Katy Robinson, a 5th year Masters student in biomedical student, presented a podium presentation at the 2016 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference. Katy’s presentation, entitled "Effect of Elastin Digestion on the Biaxial Mechanical Response of the Murine Vagina," highlighted the contributions from Dr. Krtistin Miller’s Biomechanics Growth and Remodeling Laboratory.

Spring 2016

BMEN Design Studio 2016 May 2016

Students obtain a realistic experience in virtual design and its applications to biomedical engineering using design software.

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BME Seniors Celebrate Graduation May 14, 2016

BME May 2016 GraduatesOn May 14th our BME seniors celebrated their degrees and the start of their next adventures. One student said, "When I joined Tulane's Department of Biomedical Engineering as a sophomore, I felt like I was part of a team again. I've built lifelong relationships with both my classmates and professors, which I am very thankful for."

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Dr. San Aung Retires After 27 Years May 2016

San AungDr. San Aung, a Professor of Practice in our department, retires after teaching at Tulane for nearly three decades. Dr. Aung was first a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering and joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering after Hurricane Katrina and has been a leader and model for teaching excellence. Most recently, he has been responsible for teaching Statics and Mechanics of Materials courses. Originally from Burma, Dr. Aung’s contributions and standards of excellence are already missed.

Doctoral Student Named to National Board of STEM Group May 2016

Asis LopezAsis Lopez, a PhD student in Dr. Damir Khismatulin’s biomedical engineering laboratory and Tulane’s IGERT Interdisciplinary Bioinnovation, was recently elected to board of directors for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

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BMEN Undergraduate Leads Tulane’s Rugby Team to Championship April 2016

Women's RugbyThe Tulane women’s club rugby team led by Alex Clarke, a biomedical engineering student, traveled to the Division II National Championship on Friday (April 21) in Davis, California, and came home a champion.

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BMEN Undergraduate Leads Tulane’s Rugby Team to Championship April 2016

Women's RugbyThe Tulane women’s club rugby team led by Alex Clarke, a biomedical engineering student, traveled to the Division II National Championship on Friday (April 21) in Davis, California, and came home a champion.

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Senior Team Design Projects Highlight Innovation April 2016

Design ShowExemplifying the Department’s ongoing innovations in Design, the Class of 2016, under the guidance of Professor Lars Gilbertson, held their capstone BME Team Design show April 16th. This year five teams created a buzz showcasing their yearlong projects amidst an excellent turnout of students, staff, faculty, and representatives from medical device companies.

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BMEN Alumni Win Tulane Business Plan Competition Based on Senior Design Project April 2016

BMEN Alumni Business Plan AwardNisoltus Medical, a company made up of 2015 graduates, Chris Sloas, Leah Gerber, Scott Stewart, Clayton Ford and Conor Vickers, won this year’s top prize at the Tulane Business Plan Competition for their Sensifoam technology. The team developed Sensifoam, a device that adheres to patients during operations and transmits data to alert surgeons to the possibility of pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores, as part of their senior design project under the mentorship of Lars Gilbertson, Jim Korndorfer and Ed Karp.

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Biomedical Engineers Earn Recognition from Colleagues April 26, 2016

Biomedical EngineersEach year, the Department recognizes students and faculty who’ve achieved notable success in scholarship, research and teaching.

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Dr. Carolyn Bayer Joins the Department March 2016

Carolyn BayerDr. Carolyn Bayer joined our biomedical engineering department as an assistant professor in January 2014. Her research focuses on the development of novel medical imaging methods to study the dynamics of molecular expression and physiological function. Dr. Bayer’s work integrates ultrasound and contrast-enhanced photoacoustic imaging systems, including the development of algorithms for functional and molecular photoacoustic imaging and the evaluation of photoacoustic and ultrasound contrast agents. A key focus of her laboratory’s imaging technology is the functional and molecular environment during compromised pregnancies and the development of birth defects. Before arriving at Tulane, Dr. Bayer was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also received her doctoral degree. When she is not in the laboratory or teaching Biomedical Electronics, you can find her traveling and developing her photography skills.

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