BME Fall 2014 News

UMBME Fall 2014 MagazineIn our fall issue of the U-M Biomedical Engineering Magazine, we introduce incoming chair Lonnie Shea and explore the very personal roots of his vision for the department’s future. We survey the world of miniaturized, even wearable, sensors to detect anything from cancer to chemical weapons. Our 2014 Alumni Merit Award winner, Scott Merz, reflects on a career in translation, while our globe-trotting students spend their summers learning and improving lives around the world.


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“Cancer magnet” collaboration featured in Modern Healthcare

Lonnie SheaU-M BME’s William and Valerie Hall chair of biomedical engineering and professor of biomedical engineering, Lonnie Shea and his wife Dr. Jacqueline Jeruss, associate professor of surgical oncology at the U-M Medical School, were featured in an article on collaboration between doctors and engineers in Modern Healthcare. The feature focuses on their collaboration to develop a “cancer magnet” as a subdermally (under the skin) implantable device able to determine if cancer cells return following surgery or chemotherapy. The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering created in 2012 aims to foster collaboration between doctors and engineers by linking the U-M College of Engineering and U-M Medical School through Biomedical Engineering. Read the full article titled, “Campus docs and engineers forge new path to innovation and profits” at the Modern Healthcare website.

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Spiky “hedgehog particles” for safer paints, fewer VOC emissions

Contact: Gabe Cherry, 734-647-7085, gcherry@umich.edu

ANN ARBOR – A new process that can sprout microscopic spikes on nearly any type of particle may lead to more environmentally friendly paints and a variety of other innovations.

Made by a team of University of Michigan engineers, the “hedgehog particles” are named for their bushy appearance under the microscope. Their development is detailed in a paper published in the Jan. 29 issue of Nature.

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