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May 20, 2016

GEAR design team wins 2016 Intel-Cornell Cup

GEAR Design TeamThe BME graduate design team of Adam Li, George Levay and Nate Tran were selected as the grand prize winner in the Intel-Cornell Cup challenge. The team won with GEAR — Game Enhancing Augmented Reality — bio-gaming device.

The GEAR bio-gaming shoes are a simple, targeted device for aiding upper-limb disabled video game players to control movement in over 20 different ways — including forward, backward, left and right along with jumping and crouching — through the use of their feet. The intuitive device features a customizable user interface and a simple comfortable mechanical design.

Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering congratulates the GEAR team on their outstanding accomplishment. Read the full article. 

May 19, 2016

Recent BME undergrad Neil Rens named Fulbright Scholar

BME senior and recent graduate Neil Rens is among a record number of Johns Hopkins students to be named a Fulbright Scholar. Fulbright Scholars are given opportunity to travel abroad to study, teach, and conduct research.

Neil graduated with the class of 2016 with a BS in biomedical engineering and a minor in entrepreneurship and management. He will study for a master’s degree in health economics, policy, and law at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Learn more on the HUB. 

May 10, 2016

Boombim-Worawan Limpitikul honored with Young Investigators Awards

oombim-Worawan Limpitikul

Limpitikul (second from left) shown with her award plaque.

MD/PhD candidate Boombim-Worawan Limpitiku, under the supervision of Dr. David T. Yue, has been honored with a Young Investigator Award from the Heart Rhythm Society. She was selected for this prestigious research award — which includes monetary prize of $1,000 plus travel expenses — based on submission of her research, "A Foray in to personalized medicine: rescue of function in calmodulinopathy iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes."

Limpitikul was also presented with a Courts K. Cleveland, Jr. Young Investigator Award for Pediatric Cardiac Channelopathy Research from the Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome (SADS) Foundation and Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES). This award recognizes outstanding, original academic works in the field of cardiac channelopathies. Winner of this Young Investigator Award receives $500 along with travel expenses.

May 2, 2016

Academic year 2015–16 PhD candidates honored with awards

Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering applauds the progress and accomplishments of all BME students this academic year. We thank each one of them for their contribution to making progress toward our collective goal of improving human health through research and education. We would especially like to acknowledge those PhD candidates listed below honored with prestigious awards.

Bae Gyo Jung Research Award

Xindong Song

HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Studies

Daniel Ehrens

HHMI International Student Research Fellowship

Qian Cao

Martin and Carol Macht Research Award

David Herzfeld

NIH National Research Service Awards

Scott Albert
Alyssa Kosmides
Kristen Kozielski
Christopher T. Saeu
Collin Tokheim

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Sohail Zahid
Joseph Yu
Yuan Rui

Roche Fellow of the ARCS Foundation

Kunal Parikh

Whitaker International Program Scholar

Matthew Kerr

Congratulations and best wishes for continued success.

April 29, 2016

Dr. Mac Gabhann receives Williams H. Huggins Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Feilim Mac GabhannDr. Feilim Mac Gabhann, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and core faculty member of ICM, has been selected as the recipient of the William H. Huggins Excellence in Teaching Award by a subcommittee of Tau Beta Pi. The award recognizes “outstanding teaching in the Whiting School of Engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and a demonstrated dedication to students.” Dr. Mac Gabhann will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,000, in addition to an additional $1,000 deposit into his discretionary account to be used in support of research-related activities.

Dr. Mac Gabhann will be formally recognized at the 2016 Whiting School of Engineering Convocation Awards Ceremony.

April 27, 2016

BME undergrad honored by Goldwater Scholarship program

BME senior Miguel Sobrai has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. In his senior year Miquel was selected to act as a design team leader in the biomedical design program. He has spent the last two years working in the lab of Justin Hanes, and has had summer research experiences at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and at Harvard.

His current research focuses on nano-immunotherapeutics for glioblastoma therapy. Miguel plans to pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering and hopes to join the emerging field of immunoengineering to help optimize current immunotherapy techniques and develop novel ones.

A Goldwater Scholarship is awarded in recognition of exceptional promise in research careers. The honor is considered a gateway award for its reputation for giving students a competitive edge when pursuing graduate fellowships in their fields. It is one of the first significant national scholarships focusing on STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Learn more on the HUB. 

April 15, 2016

Congratulations 2016 JH Young Investigators’ Award winners

Each spring Johns Hopkins honors exceptional graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the annual Young Investigators’ Day celebration. The day is meant to celebrate the achievement and hard work of not only the award winners, but of all Johns Hopkins’ research trainees. This year BME PhD candidates Daniel Herzfeld and Xindong Song, along with BME MD PhD candidate Shin Rong Lee were selected to receive distinguished awards. Read the full article 

April 7, 2016

PhD candidates Murphy, Rui, and Yu awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

BME graduate students Sean Murphy, Yuan Rui and Joseph Yu have been awarded 2016-17 Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) from the National Science Foundation. The awardees were chosen from a pool of almost 17,000 applicants. The fellowships were based on demonstrated potential for significant research achievement, and for strengthening the science and engineering enterprise.

Sean MurphySean Murphy is currently investigating the role of microRNAs in maturation, and their application to developing new therapies for heart disease. Sean currently works in Dr. Chulan Kwon’s Heart Generation and Regeneration Lab.

Yuan RuiYuan Rui is currently exploring using polymeric nanoparticles for gene delivery applications in cancer treatment and works for under the guidance of Dr. Jordan Green.

Joseph Yu is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Computational Medicine (ICM). He currently studies how genetic variability among myocytes in the heart can lead to arrhythmia using whole-heart computational models in the lab of Dr. Natalia Trayanova.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering wishes the awardees continued success in achieving their career goals. Learn more.

April 6, 2016

2016 Johns Hopkins Business Plan Competition winners

Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering congratulates the four BME undergraduate teams who placed in the 2016 Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Compettion. We look forward to following your successes.

Undergraduate Medical Technology & Life Science Category

1st place: SureShunt
Reducing Revisions for Shunt Catheters

Team leaders: Gabriela Frid, Ravi Gaddipati
Team members: Priya Arunachalam, Angela Park, Kamran Siddiq, Darius Tolbert

2nd place: Plaqate
Improving Safety of Atherectomy Procedures

Team leader: Caitlin Romanczyk
Team members: Clayton Andrews, Zack Buono, Paige Frank, Ananya Gupta, Josh Punnoose, Quinn Salditch, Scott Sterrett

3rd place: Tremtex
Noninvasive home treatment device for Parkinson’s Disease

Team leader: Amy Sun
Team members: Celine (Punithra) Arpornsuksant, Monique Bailey, Lucy Han, Yu Yuan (Kevin) Huang, Jeesoo Kim, Christopher Sears, Christine Yu

Social Enterprise Category

3rd place: NeoVate
Improving Facility Based Neonatal Vital Signs Monitoring and Risk Identification

Team leader: Kunal Patel
Team members: Domonique Carbajal, Robert Dembinski, Rebecca Glowinski, Shravya Gogula, Jon Hochstein, Jeff Li, Manyu Sharma

April 4, 2016

BME Associate Professors Beer and Karchin named top performers at CAGI4

BME associate professors Michael Beer and Rachel Karchin have been recognized as being top performers at the fourth Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation Challenge (CAGI4). They were invited to participate in the March 2016 CAGI4 Conference on the UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco.

Michael Beer made a strong showing in the “eQTL challenge.” The eQTL challenge was designed as a blind competition to predict the expression of ~6000 human DNA fragments in lymphoblasts. Beer’s approach was noteworthy in that he built his computational model from ENCODE data — rather than training data — thereby rendering Michael’s approach broadly applicable to other human cell types.

Rachel Karchin’s research group has been a leader in the CAGI Personal Genome Project (PGP) challenge for three straight years.  A summary of the core method used in the challenge has been published in PLoS Computational Biology “A probabilistic model to predict clinical phenotypic traits from genome sequencing.”

The Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) is a community experiment to objectively assess computational methods for predicting phenotypic impacts of genomic variation and to inform future research directions.