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2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium Winners

Several BME students earned awards at the Engineering Graduate Symposium held on November 14, 2014.

Eli Vlaisavljevich earned the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research. Eli is a PhD student in Professor Zhen Xu’s Image-Guided Ultrasound Therapy Laboratory.

In the poster presentation Sahar Rahmani earned first place in the Medicine and Translational Research (MTR) category.

The Engineering Graduate Symposium is a college-wide event focusing on graduate student research. This program is open to all College of Engineering current undergraduate and graduate students as well as prospective graduate engineering students from other institutions.

Posted in All News, Student/Post-Doc News

December 19th, 2014 by Brandon Baier

HistoSonics and Coulter Partnership Featured in The Wall Street Journal

U-M Biomedical Engineering and U-M Coulter partnership program spinout HistoSonics Inc. is featured by The Wall Street Journal in an article highlighting the growing trend of universities pushing into the realm of startups. The article is available online.

Posted in All News, Faculty News

December 19th, 2014 by Brandon Baier

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.


Posted in All News, Spotlight

December 5th, 2014 by Brandon Baier

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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October 22nd, 2014 by Brandon Baier

$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.
The $2 million grant is part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, a program championed by the White House and administered by the National Institutes of Health. Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M, and György Buzsáki, the Biggs Professor of Neural Sciences at the New York University School of Medicine are co-investigators.
The project is called “Modular high-density optoelectrodes for local circuit analysis.” Yoon is also a professor of biomedical engineering. Wise is also the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology, a professor of biomedical engineering, and a professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences.

From: Kate McAlpine
Michigan Engineering
Original Story

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October 13th, 2014 by Brandon Baier

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