Shea Named Chair of U-M BME

August 25, 2014 Contact: Brandon Baier, 734-647-6109, bbaier@umich.edu

Ann Arbor, MI – Lonnie D. Shea has been named professor and chair of the University of Michigan Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), effective September 1, 2014.

Shea, who earned his PhD from U-M in 1997, was recruited from Northwestern University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, where he has served on the faculty since 1999. He is an internationally recognized researcher at the interface of regenerative medicine, drug and gene delivery, and immune tolerance, whose focus is controlling the local microenvironment for directing tissue growth or regeneration. His projects include ovarian follicle maturation for treating infertility, islet transplantation for diabetes therapies, nerve regeneration for treating paralysis, autoimmune diseases and allogeneic cell transplantation, and cancer diagnostics. He is also developing and applying systems biology approaches to molecularly dissect tissue formation and identify key drivers of normal and abnormal growth.

Shea has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and multiple foundations; has published more than 150 manuscripts on his research; and has numerous inventions to his credit, among them a cellular assay with which he can measure the activity of numerous transcription factors within the cell that reveal key signaling pathways as cells differentiate and develop in his customized 3D cultures.
In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities at Northwestern, Shea served as director of its NIH Biotechnology Training Grant and was a member of its Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a standing member of the Biomaterials and Bionterfaces study section at NIH, and a member of the editorial boards for Molecular Therapy, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and Drug Delivery and Translational Research.

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U-M BME Community Mourns the Loss of Derek Tat

Derek Tat, who was a Ph.D. student in Prof. Cindy Chestek’s lab, passed away late last week in a vehicle accident. Derek was a brilliant student and close friend to the Chestek lab as well as the greater Michigan community. The entire U-M BME family is deeply saddened by the news of his tragic death.

Services for Derek will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Derek’s family welcomes all to attend his funeral services. The Chapel’s address is:

Muehlig Funeral Chapel
403 S 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

If you would like to donate or share a memory about Derek, please visit this page:

All proceeds donated to the fund will be sent to the Tat family on November 1st.

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$2M for lasers to map the brain

Individual parts of the brain can be activated and de-activated by shining light on the neurons, and researchers are using this ability to chart how different areas of the brain function. To zoom in on individual neuron circuits within the brain, more precise light sources are needed. Euisik Yoon, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at U-M, is leading a team that will design and build these new light sources with a variety of lasers.

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