News & Events 2016

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Spring 2017

Maker Space Dedication April 6, 2017

Maker Space DedicationThe Maker Space was dedicated in a ceremony on April 6, 2017. The Maker Space is a student-run workshop that is open to the Tulane community for mechanical manufacturing projects.

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2017 Tulane Engineering Design Expo April 20, 2017

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Qatar Ballroom, Lavin Bernick Center, Tulane University
Join us as students demonstrate the results of their final design projects.

2nd Annual Truss Competition April 18, 2017

1 pm - 3:00 pm

Qatar Ballroom, Lavin Bernick Center, Tulane University
Statics students load their truss designs to failure in a lively celebration of their efforts.

Dr. Yu-Ping Wang Inducted Into AIMBE April 2017

Dr. Wang InductedDr. Yu-Ping Wang was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical Biomedical Engineering at their meeting in March. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the development of signal processing approaches for the analysis and integration of genomic imaging data.


BME Students Semifinalists in Tulane Business Model Competition March 2017

BME Students Semifinalists in Tulane Business Model CompetitionCMDX Biopsy has been named a semifinalist in the Tulane Business Model Competition. The company, which includes Biomedical Engineering students Sydney Chestler, Ryan Fishel, and Perri Levine along with Engineering Physics student Ben Lewson, has created a fully automated biopsy device. They will next compete in the qualifying round on March 23. Good Luck!

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CAMS Outreach Program Hosts Local High School Students March 2017

The Tulane Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences (CAMS) hosted two anatomy lab tours in February. Nine biology students from St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory High School in New Orleans and 24 students from KIPP Booker T. Washington were able to get hands-on experience with a variety of human skeletal specimens, a gorilla skull and a fully articulated monkey skeleton. Students were allowed to explore several dissected cadavers to look at cardiopulmonary system structures, many of the body’s larger muscle groups, and segments of the digestive and nervous systems. Some of the students were even able to hold a human heart on Valentine’s Day.

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BME Student Member of NASA’s Big Idea Winning Team February 2017

Tulane team wins NASA’s Big Idea Challenge for Spacecraft Design Afsheen Sajjadi, a sophomore in Biomedical Engineering, is a member of the Tulane team that won the NASA Big Idea Challenge.

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Senior Research Conference February 2017

Senior Research ConferenceStudents and Faculty gathered on February 10, 2017 at the Lavin Bernick Center for the 15th Annual Research Conference. This event allows seniors to present the results of their yearlong independent research or design projects. It highlights their effort and contributions to the field of biomedical engineering and demonstrates biomedical engineering’s potential to the larger university.


Dr. Joseph Bull Joins the Department February 2017

Dr. Joseph Bull Joins the DepartmentBiomedical Engineering welcomes Dr. Joseph Bull, Professor and the John and Elise Martinez Biomedical Engineering Chair. Dr. Bull brings his internationally recognized laboratory, focused on biofluid mechanics and the use of ultrasound for drug delivery, to our department.

BMEN Student Receives Grant January 2017

Hakm Murad, a doctoral student in Dr. Khismatullin's laboratory, has been awarded a Georges Lurcy Grant through a Tulane-Newcomb program.  His research examines the effects of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound on cancer cells and its potential as a cancer treatment.  The grant also allowed him to travel to the Biomedical Engineering Society's Annual Meetin in October, 2016, to present his research.  This was the sixth Georges Lurcy Grant that Murad has received since 2013.

Alumna Uses Virtual Planning to Aid Surgeons January 2017

Sadie Glick, a 2014 BME graduate, uses virtual imaging to help surgeons prepare for facial reconstructive surgery.

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BMEN Professor Awarded Grant January 2017

Dr. Kristin Miller was recently awarded $70,582 as a junior investigator on Dr. Michal Jazwinski’s NIH/NIGMS P20 Grant entitled “Mentoring Research Excellence in Aging and Regenerative Medicine”. This grant will be accomplished in collaboration with Drs. Felix H. “Buddy” Savoie and Wendell M. R. Heard in the Tulane Orthopaedic Surgery Department. The key mechanisms of age-related tendon changes and healing deficiencies are not fully understood. The long-term goal of this work is to alter the clinical paradigm for age-related tendinopathy by identifying the significant mechanisms of tendon dynamics before and after injury in order to rationally design strategies to impede degeneration and improve healing.

Ahsan Laboratory attends TERMIS January 2017

Dr. Ahsan attended the TERMIS-America meeting in San Diego in December, 2016 with her graduate students. Lina Luque-Quijano presented a poster titled “Identification of an In Vitro Model to Study Early Events of Epimorphic regeneration”. Her objective was to develop a three-dimensional in vitro model to do comparative studies between connective tissue cells derived from regeneration-competent and -incompetent regions of the mouse digit. Liana Boraas’s poster was "Role of Vimentin during Endothelial Differentiation". She investigated the role of the cytoskeletal filament vimentin during the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells to the endothelial phenotype.


Fall 2016

Khismatullin Lab Wins IEW Photo Contest December 2016

Khismatullin labNithra Kasireddy, a PhD. Candidate in Dr. Khismatullin’s lab, submitted the winning picture in the International Education week photo contest hosted by the Tulane University Center for Global Education. Read how she explained the ways that the photo demonstrated the theme, Global Connections:

“People in this picture are from the “Cellular Biomechanics and Biotransport Lab” at Tulane University, BME department. We are one of the most diverse labs at Tulane with people from various parts of the world aka “Globe”, working together to address challenges in medicine, here at Tulane, “Connection made at Tulane." We are proud of the diversity in our lab as we believe each of us brings a global (and unique) perspective to the lab that adds immense value to the work we do.”

BME Student Member of Nasa Challenge Finals Team December 2016

Afsheen Sajjadi, a sophomore in Biomedical Engineering, is a member of the Tulane Team that made it into the NASA Challenge finals, which will take place in February, 2017.

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Tulane Maker Space is Now Open December 2016

The Tulane Maker Space opened in the Fall of 2016 under the direction of Cedric Walker, PhD., Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering.

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Professor Wang Elected to AIMBE December 2016

Professor Yu-Ping WangProfessor Yu-Ping Wang has been elected as a member of the College of Fellows to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Professor Wang runs the Multiscale Bioimaging and Bioinformatics Laboratory, which can be found in the Department of Biomedical Engineering on the Tulane Uptown Campus and in the Tulane School of Public Health downtown.

BMEN Alumni Recognized as Young Entrepreneur October 2016

Dr. Lowry Curley, who received his PhD in 2012 from the biomedical engineering department at Tulane, was recently recognized as one of the brightest local innovators by Gambit Weekly. Dr. Lowry is the founder and CEO of AxoSim Technologies, which is focused on developing nerve-on-a-chip platforms for pre-clinical testing. The novelty of the company's technology is in part inspired by Dr. Lowry's work as a graduate student in the Neural Microengineering Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Michael Moore.

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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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