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April 7, 2015

PhD student Sohail Zahid receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Sohail Zahid, a PhD student in the Computational Cardiology Lab of Dr. Natalia Trayanova, has been selected to receive a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The selection was based on Sohail’s demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.

Zahid will receive a monthly stipend of $34,000 for 2015-16 along with a $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance which will be paid to Johns Hopkins in lieu of all required tuition and fees for each of the three years. Learn more.

April 6, 2015

BME senior Margo Heston receives Fulbright Scholarship

BME senior Margo Heston has received the Fulbright Scholarship. Margo is a member of the BME student team who developed Speech Banana, an iPad app designed to provide free auditory training for hearing aid and cochlear implant users. She works under the mentorship of Tilak Ratnanather, Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and core faculty member of the Institute for Computational Medicine and the Center for Imaging Science.

While abroad, Margo intends to teach English to Polish STEM students at the university level and to broaden interest in the Speech Banana app by developing a Polish version.

Margo’s research interests include medical device design, computational modeling, and cognitive effects of auditory training.

April 2, 2015

CBID design team wins global health design competition

SpiroSense Design TeamA biomedical design team from the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) took 1st place at the 2015 National Undergraduate Global Health Technology Design Competition. Twenty-three teams from over fifteen universities and 3 countries competed in the annual design contest held at Rice University. The Johns Hopkins team, SpiroSense, captured the top honor with a complete diagnostic system for obstructive lung disease. Team members included Rodolfo Finocchi (team leader), Rachel Yung, Chris Corbett, Manyu Sharma, Rohit Joshi, Rohith Bhethanabotla, Xindi Ai and Angelo Cruz. Read more.

March 31, 2015

Tilak Ratnanather honored with presidential mentoring award

BME alumni and entrepreneurs Jason Brooke and Abhishek RegeJohns Hopkins BME associate research professor Tilak Ratnanather has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The PAESMEM is awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations to recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering-particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. In addition to being honored at the White House, recipients receive awards of $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. Read more.

March 26, 2015

BME grad student Sue Kulason receives Fulbright Scholarship

Sue Kulason, a second year graduate student in the department of Biomedical Engineering, the Center Imaging Science and Institute for Computational Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, received the Fulbright Scholarship to travel to the Centre de mathématiques et de leurs applications (CMLA) at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France.

Kulason will be working on a year-long neurodegenerative modeling project with Dr. Alain Trouvé’s lab. The goal of the project is to 1) measure the accuracy and sensitivity of methods used to detect changes in brain shape from high resolution MRI scans and 2) determine where atrophy occurs that explains the shape changes seen in Alzheimer’s Disease.

The study will focus on three areas of the brain that are most closely associated with Alzheimer’s Disease: hippocampus, amygdala, and entorhinal cortex. A new mechanistic cell layer model will be coupled with a sophisticated method to detect shape change in MRI (Large Deformation Diffeomorphic Metric Mapping) to investigate the mechanisms of atrophy in Alzheimer’s Disease.

March 12, 2015

Three BME graduate students awarded JHU ARCS Foundation Scholarship

The Department of Biomedical Engineering congratulates Sohail Zahid, Kunal Parikh, and Kristen Kozielski on their selection as recipients of the 2015-2016 Johns Hopkins ARCS Foundation Scholarship. The ARCS Foundation awards merit-based graduate scholarships to students majoring in engineering and the physical sciences whose work could result in a breakthrough technology or discovery with the potential to advance America’s global technological competitiveness. The $15,000 award may be used for education-related expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, travel to conferences, research activities as well as other needs.. Learn more.

March 4, 2015

BME graduate student David Herzfeld to be honored at Young Investigators’ Day

BME Professor Reza Shadmehr has announced that PhD candidate David Herzfeld will be given the Mette Strand Award for outstanding research in the School of Medicine at Young Investigators’ Day 2015. David’s area of study is Motor Control & Motor Learning. The 2015 Young Investigators’ Day ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 16th, 4–6 pm.

February 4, 2015

Dr. Jordan Green demonstrates nanoparticle gene therapy for the programmatic self-destruction of cancer cells

In his “Science: Out of the Box” series, Dr. Jordan Green demon­strates how the introduction of nanoparticles into the brain can be used to target only cancerous cells, effectively eliminating only those cells. This therapy method has been tested on live mice and in human brain cancer cells in a dish.

January 21, 2015

BME senior Sandya Subramanian awarded Churchill Scholarship

Sandya Subramanian has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship that will allow her to do graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England.

The Churchill Scholarship is awarded annually to students who have demonstrated a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by completing original, creative work at an advanced level.

Subramanian hopes to become a computational neuroscience researcher, devising tools to help clinicians treating the brain. Learn more  

December 16, 2014

Jennifer Elisseeff honored as 2014 NAI Fellow

Jenniver ElisseeffThe National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Department of Biomedical Engineering Jules Stein Professor Jennifer H. Elisseeff as one of 170 distinguished innovators to NAI Fellow status. Dr. Elisseeff joins an elite set of only 414 NAI Fellows that together represent more than 150 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions who collectively hold nearly 14,000 U.S. patents.

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction. These academic inventors have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

The 2014 NAI Fellows will be inducted into the Academy in a ceremony at Caltech in March 20, 2015. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, a medal, and rosette pin in honor of their outstanding accomplishments. Learn more.