News & Events 2016 - 2017

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Spring 2017

BME Celebrates Another Year of Student Accomplishments May 2017

On the evening of May 1st biomedical engineering faculty, staff and students gathered to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of another academic year.

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Biomedical Engineer Dances to the Bollywood Beat May 2017

Dinika Singh, a double major in biomedical engineering and dancing, is captain of Jazbaa, the Tulane Bollywood Dance Team.

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Doctorate Degree Awarded May 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Jensen on earning her doctorate degree in Aging Studies for her dissertation entitled Biomedical and Psychosocial Factors Influencing Retirement From Surgery. Her advisor was Dr. Michael Dancisak, who is the Director of the Tulane Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences (CAMS) and a faculty member in biomedical engineering.

Congratulations to Graduating Master’s Students May 2017

Congratulations to the following students, who are receiving their Master’s Degrees this year: Alexander Brown, Daniel Clesi, Jill Doyle, Zerick Dunbar, Gray Halliburton, Taylor McCrady, Jonathan Nguyen, and Katy Robison.

Dr. Joseph Bull honored with the John and Elsie Martinez Biomedical Engineering Chair Investiture May 2017

Joseph Bull, Ph.D., who joined the faculty from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in January, was invested as the inaugural holder of the John and Elsie Martinez Biomedical Engineering Chair on May 12, 2017.

The John and Elsie Martinez Biomedical Engineering Chair was established by the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation to honor John L. Martinez and his wife Elsie. Professor John Martinez served Tulane for over 50 years and Elsie Martinez was an active volunteer for Tulane and Newcomb.

Congratulations to Dr. Bull!

Team Wins International Business Model Competition May 2017

International Business Model CompetitionDoctoral students Peter Lawson, David Tulman and Mei Wang won the International Business Model Competition in Mountain View, California. All three student are in Dr. Quincy Brown’s Translational Biophotronics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Their company, Instapath Bioptics, is developing a novel imaging technology to rapidly display biopsy features.

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Students Showcase Their Team Design Projects April 2017

Biomedical engineering students revealed their team design projects at the School of Science and Engineering Capstone Project Expo. Among the projects was a device to help reduce injuries in EMS workers when lifting stretchers, an oxygen tube management system and an app to help reduce pre-term births. Team Nose Goes, which developed an improved nasal gastric tube for use during intubation, won the Kenneth S. Kuhn Memorial Award.


Bioinnovation Student Lands Start-Up Deal April 27, 2017

Nicholas PashosNick Pashos, a PhD student in Tulane’s Bioinnovation program, and founder of BioAesthetics, is taking advantage of an opportunity to grow his company to the next level. BioAesthetics agreed to a deal with IndieBio, a San Francisco based biotech accelerator, which includes a $250,000 investment and a four-month immersion program in San Francisco in preparation for clinical trials.

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Biomedical Engineering Teams Are Showcased in the 2017 Tulane Novel Tech Challenge April 21, 2017

Novel Tech ChallengeThree teams made up of biomedical engineering undergraduate or graduate students won awards at this year's Tulane Novel Tech Challenge, an annual competition hosted by the Office of Technology Transfer. The grand prize for the experienced category went to Instapath, a company formed by graduate students in Dr. Quincy's Brown laboratory. Instapath uses structured illumination microscopy to examine fresh tissue during the process of rapid biopsy evaluation. Thoraco Therapeutics, which is developing a chest tube with a camera inside for more accurate placement and fewer complications in trauma patients, received the grand prize for the novice category. CMDX Biopsy made up of a team of senior undergraduates won the Audience Favorite award for their development of an integrated biopsy punch device for the removal of potentially cancerous skin lesions in a clinical setting.

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Statics Students compete in Truss Competition April 2017

Statics Students compete in Truss CompetitionFreshman BME students gathered together earlier this month to test the trusses they built for their statics class.

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Baton Rouge Students Visit CAMS April 2017

Baton Rouge Students Visit CAMSZachary High from the Baton Rouge area came to CAMS for their annual lab visit this month. Students from the current SCEN 3030 anatomy and physiology II course showed their dissection work and the work done by the BMEN 3030 students in the fall. The Tulane students explained the various structures that were displayed during the two-hour visit. This is the fourth lab visit from area and regional high schools and community colleges that CAMS hosted this year. Dr. Michael Dancisak and Mr. Darren Cheng (SCEN 3030 A & P II instructor) welcomed the visitors and assisted the Tulane students during the anatomy lab visit.

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.

CAMS Visit

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.

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