Awards and achievements

November 14, 2017

Society for Neuroscience awards Lindsley Prize to David Herzfeld

David HerzfeldThe Society for Neuroscience has awarded the Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience to David Herzfeld, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

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September 21, 2017

Natalia Trayanova elected as a Fellow of IAMBE

The International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering has elected Natalia Trayanova, the Murray B. Sachs Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, as a Fellow of IAMBE. Fellows are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession of medical and biological engineering.

Natalia was selected for her “distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering at an international level.”

She will receive the honor formally at the 2018 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

Sridevi Sarma receives L’Oréal’s Changing the Face of STEM mentoring grant

Sridevi Sarma, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is one of 10 recipients of the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Program’s Changing the Face of STEM mentoring grants.

The CTFS program supports former L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellows in their efforts to inspire the next generation of girls in STEM. Awards are administered by the American Associate for the Advancement of Science.

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August 2, 2017

Josh Vogelstein selected for NeuroNex Innovation award

Josh Vogelstein, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been selected to receive a NeuroNex Innovation award for his automatic analysis of multi-terabyte cleared brains.

The NeuroNex Innovation awards focus on developing potentially revolutionary, early-stage tools that can be integrated with other NeuroNex projects.

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July 21, 2017

Elana Ben-Akiva wins research award at CRS annual meeting

Elana Ben-AkivaElana Ben-Akiva, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, earned the Graduate Research Advances in Delivery Science Award at the annual Controlled Release Society meeting for her project titled “Biomimetic anisotropic particles with naturally derived call membranes.”


July 17, 2017

Andrew Feinberg earns 2017 Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics

Andrew Feinberg, director of the Center for Epigenetics and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of biomedical engineering, has earned the 2017 Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics for his “seminal scientific discoveries and countless contributions to the field of epigenetics.”

Feinberg has devoted his career to understanding the epigenetic basis of normal development and disease, including cancer, again, and neuropsychiatric illness.

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July 11, 2017

Pashakhanloo wins Young Investigator Award

Farhad Pashakhanloo, PhD ’16, a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Computational Medicine, won the Young Investigator Award at the 44th International Congress on Electrocardiology in Portland, Oregon.

From a pool of submitted abstracts, six applicants were selected as finalists to give presentations on their projects and answer questions from the judges. Pashakhanloo was awarded first place and a prize of $500 for his project titled “Influence of myofiber architecture on the anisotropic wave propagation and electrogram waveforms using image based computer models of human atria.”

Pashakhanloo studied the electrical activation patterns of the heart’s atrial chambers using detailed computer models of atria constructed from high-resolution MRI scans. Knowledge of electrical activation sequence and its link to the underlying heart myofiber structure is important in obtaining a better understanding of heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation.

Pashakhanloo is a postdoc in the lab of Natalia Trayanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

July 6, 2017

Tangkwa Sakulsaengprapha awarded Tau Beta Pi scholarship

Tangkwa Sakulsaengprapha, a rising senior in biomedical engineering, has been awarded the Tau Beta Pi scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. With a minor in computational medicine and psychology, Sakulsaengprapha is working with Xingde Li to find an algorithm that can extract and quantify hidden morphological features found in images of collagen fibers from mouse cervices. They will investigate how these parameters differ in normal and diseased mouse models, and hope to eventually yield reliable indicators for preterm birth prediction in clinical practice.

Sakulsaengprapha is involved in the Thai Student Association, the Johns Hopkins wind ensemble, and the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference. She is also a PILOT leader and a resident advisor.

July 5, 2017

Web Stayman earns Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award

Web Stayman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is among 34 faculty members at Johns Hopkins University to receive support for their work through the university’s Catalyst Awards program.

These experts represent dozens of fields—including ophthalmology, mental health, chemistry, computer science, management, and composition. Nearly 75 percent are assistant professors, and more than half are women.

The 2017 honorees—selected based on their accomplishments to date, creativity and originality, and their academic impact—each will receive a $75,000 grant for their research and creative endeavors. They will also have the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions and events designed to connect these colleagues at similar stages in their careers.

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June 23, 2017

Nitish Thakor receives EMBS Academic Career Achievement Award

Nitish Thakor, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2017 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Academic Career Achievement Award.

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