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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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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

Shea Named Chair of U-M BME

August 25, 2014 Contact: Brandon Baier, 734-647-6109,

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.

Shea completed his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He received his PhD in chemical engineering and scientific computing from U-M in 1997, working with BME and Chemical Engineering Professor Jennifer Linderman. He then served as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor David Mooney in the Department of Biologic and Materials Science in the U-M Dental School. In 2000, Shea received a CAREER Award, the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify outstanding research and teaching.

Shea is enthusiastic about returning to his alma mater and continuing the momentum of the BME department, which underwent significant growth under former Chair Douglas C. Noll. When Noll stepped down in late 2013, the department had doubled its faculty from 11 to 22, received a $20 million endowment through the U-M Coulter Partnership for Translational Biomedical Engineering Research, and been restructured into a joint department of the College of Engineering and medical school.

Shea, who will have the opportunity to hire another 10 faculty, says he is eager to continue on this trajectory. Among his goals are “inspiring students toward accomplishments they never imagined possible” and “fostering research that doesn’t focus on publishing the next paper but on changing the way researchers and clinicians approach the problem.”

Interim Chair Ronald G. Larson feels Shea is more than up to the challenge. He says, “Lonnie is exceptionally talented at working at the interface between engineering and medicine. I believe he will be a superb role model for the department and will help vault it into the top ranks of national and international leadership in biomedical engineering.”

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September 8th, 2014 by Brandon Baier

BME Spring / Summer News Publication

It’s a little bit later than usual, but we are excited to share with you the spring/summer 2014 edition of the University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering News. This issue provides an in-depth look at our cutting edge research and the people challenging conventions throughout our discipline.

We are pleased to offer our publication in a digital edition for simple viewing from a desktop browser or your favorite mobile device.

Click here to see more!

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July 16th, 2014 by Brandon Baier

Engineers row in royal regatta

ROW BLUE! From July 2-6, a squad of Michigan rowers will represent the Block M on the River Thames, an hour west of London. Recent U-M BME grad Alex Crawford and six more of the other twelve U-M oarsmen competing are engineering majors! More than 100,000 spectators, including much of the Royal Family, will be in attendance. To read the full Michigan Engineering article see:

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July 1st, 2014 by Brandon Baier

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