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May 18, 2017

Winston Timp awarded $2 million grant from NHGRI

Winston Timp, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins, has been awarded a $2 million grant as part of the “Novel Nucleic Acid Sequencing Technology Development” project funded through the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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May 15, 2017

Ratnanather honored for promoting diversity in STEM

Tilak Ratnanather, associate research professor of biomedical engineering, received an honorable mention and a prize of $10,000 for the Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity.

Ratnanather earned this honor for his work developing mentoring programs that provide opportunities in STEM for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

“We still have a long way to go to overcome the societal challenges of hearing loss: isolation, invisibility, and ignorance,” says Ratnanather. “Fortunately the advent of cochlear implants, digital hearing aids, and captioning with automatic speech recognition can go a long way for more than half of the 400,000 college students in the United States and many more abroad who do not self-disclose their hearing loss, and yet face barriers in college.”

May 1, 2017

JHU CBID team takes second in business plan competition with corneal surgery enhancement

A team of eight Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students took second place in the international Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition at Texas Christian University last week for their novel design to help transport and implant tissue during corneal surgery.

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April 27, 2017

Xiaoqin Wang Receives $12 Million Award to Lead Research on Speedier Learning

Xiaoqin Wang, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering, neuroscience and otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, and director of the Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology at The Johns Hopkins University, has won a $12 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for work with a multi-university team that will focus on targeted neuroplasticity training — a technique that stimulates peripheral nerves to speed up learning processes and improve cognitive skills by modulating the neural circuits in the brain.

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April 24, 2017

Jennifer Elisseeff joins TEDCO board of directors

Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Jennifer Elisseeff, professor of biomedical engineering, to the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) board of directors.

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April 13, 2017

BME junior named Goldwater Scholar

Fernando Vicente Zegarra, a junior in biomedical engineering, has been recognized by the Goldwater Scholarship program for his outstanding promise in a research career.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Zegarra studies biomedical engineering with a focus on computational biology. Anchored in Jonathan Schneck’s lab for the past two years, he has been involved in multiple cell engineering projects, characterizing the interactions of stimulating antigen-presenting cells and immune system T cells.

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March 29, 2017

Two from Hopkins BME receive 2017 Whitaker International Fellowships

Two students from Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering have been awarded 2017 Whitaker International Fellowships, a career-enhancing program that supports young biomedical engineers’ travels overseas to conduct research and take coursework.

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March 24, 2017

Six from Hopkins BME awarded NSF graduate research fellowships

Six individuals from Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering have been named Graduate Research Fellows – outstanding students in science, technology, engineering, or math graduate programs who have been recognized by the National Science Foundation.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellows program is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. Fellows receive three years of financial support in the form of an annual stipend of $34,000 and a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees paid to the institution. They have opportunities for international research and professional development, and have the freedom to conduct their own research.

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Pierre Sacre receives Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Award

Pierre Sacre, a Postdoc in the lab of ICM core faculty member Sridevi Sarma, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will receive funding from the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at Johns Hopkins University (Kavli NDI) for his research which aims to map the neural substrates in cognitive and limbic circuits involved in decision-making at a millisecond resolution.

Sacre, Sridevi Sarma, and Ernst Niebur, professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine, will exploit a unique opportunity to record from humans with medically-refractory epilepsy who undergo a surgical procedure for placement of depth electrodes for seizure monitoring while they perform a gambling-based decision-making task. They will combine (i) statistical modeling technique to estimate an (unobserved) internal state that they hypothesize is modulating participants’ behavior from or toward the rational reasoning and (ii) statistical analysis to examine region-specific and epoch-specific modulations in neural activity (power spectral analysis and non-parametric statistical tests).

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March 21, 2017

Jourdan Ewoldt earns top prize at BMES Undergraduate Research Day

Biomedical Engineering senior Jourdan Ewoldt, shown at right, took home the first place award at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Day on March 10. Hosted this year on the Homewood campus by Johns Hopkins University, the BMES event attracted students from several nearby universities including the University of Maryland, the University of Delaware, and Widener University.

The day began with a keynote speech by Nicholas Durr, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and undergraduate program director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design at Johns Hopkins, and included a poster session, a networking lunch, student oral presentations, and an award ceremony.

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