September 3, 2020
Build an imager…from your living room
When Johns Hopkins University announced the transition to remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic this past March, Web Stayman, associate professor of biomedical engineering, had just one week to transform his in-person, project-based Build an Imager course into a completely virtual, interactive experience.
August 26, 2020
Got fatigue? Study further pinpoints brain regions that may control it
Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine using MRI scans and computer modeling say they have further pinpointed areas of the human brain that regulate efforts to deal with fatigue.
August 25, 2020
René Vidal and team receive MoDL award from the National Science Foundation-Simons Foundation
René Vidal, the Herschel L. Seder Professor in Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering, is leading a team of engineers, mathematicians, and theoretical computer scientists from multiple institutions who seek to revolutionize our understanding of the mathematical and scientiﬁc foundations of deep learning.
August 25, 2020
Johns Hopkins welcomes back Jude Phillip as new faculty member
Jude Phillip is joining Hopkins BME as one of its newest core faculty members, and he will be welcomed by some familiar faces. He is returning to the school where his interest in aging began as he pursued his PhD studies under the mentorship Denis Wirtz, Theophilus Halley Smoot Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
August 6, 2020
Sarma and Winslow earn NSF RAPID award to optimize ventilator therapy
Supported by an NSF Rapid Response Research award, Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers Sridevi Sarma and Raimond Winslow are creating data-driven models to ensure that COVID-19 patients in intensive care units receive optimal ventilator therapy.
August 5, 2020
Dusting off the sewing machine to donate PPE
When Ivy Wang first learned to sew two years ago, she could never have predicted that the simple stitching skills she mastered would help her protect the lives of hundreds during a global pandemic as a volunteer making cloth masks for frontline workers.
August 5, 2020
Hopkins BME students develop low-cost device to treat postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings
Gavin Mischler, Maya Lapinski, and Katherine Hu met through the Hopkins BME Design Team program, and spent the next three years developing a reusable device that aims to reduce the rate of childbirth-related deaths for women in low-resource settings.
August 4, 2020
Student startup Relavo takes home $500,000 KidneyX prize
Relavo, a company founded by Johns Hopkins undergraduates studying biomedical engineering, has been awarded a $500,000 KidneyX prize to develop a product that reduces the risk for contamination during at-home kidney dialysis treatments.
August 3, 2020
PhD students and mentors win research and diversity fellowship
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded three pairs of Johns Hopkins PhD students and their mentors a 2020 Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study, which not only recognizes students who have the potential to be leaders in their fields, but also is designed to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences.
July 14, 2020
A solution to vision loss in canines
After the first client-owned dog received a partial corneal transplant in 2017, a team of Hopkins BME students and alumni developed a device to make it easier for surgeons to perform partial corneal transplants on dogs.
July 13, 2020
Meet Rama Chellappa, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Rama Chellappa joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the spring of 2020. In this interview, he discusses his inspiration for pursuing a career in engineering, his research in computer vision and medical imaging, his goals for the future, and how he enjoys spending his time while outside the lab.
July 10, 2020
Johns Hopkins researchers solve imaging scan problems caused by metal implants
Engineers at Johns Hopkins have solved the problem of distorted imaging scans that plague surgeons who need to use them to assess the placement of metal implants.
July 9, 2020
Scientists use nanoparticle-delivered gene therapy to inhibit blinding eye disease in rodents
In experiments in rats and mice, two Johns Hopkins scientists — an engineer and an ophthalmologist — report the successful use of nanoparticles to deliver gene therapy for blinding eye disease.
June 29, 2020
Meet Casey Overby Taylor, assistant professor of BME
Casey Overby-Taylor joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the spring of 2020. In this interview, she discusses what sparked her interest in engineering, what she hopes to accomplish in the future, and her research on incorporating digital health tools into clinical research and healthcare practices.
June 26, 2020
Start ’em up: Cellular Analysis Technologies
The founders of Cellular Analysis Technologies valued their time in the FastForward U’s spring Accelerator program so much, they’re going through the program twice—first as a Spark team, and now as a Fuel team. The program helps students from across Johns Hopkins bring their business ideas to life.
June 22, 2020
Meet Patrick Kanold, professor of BME
Patrick Kanold joined the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering as a professor in July 2020. In this interview, he shares details on his passion for science and neuroengineering, describes his biggest research accomplishments, and provides a look at what he enjoys doing outside of the lab.
June 18, 2020
Jamie Spangler earns Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award
Jamie Spangler, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering, is among the thirty-six early-career faculty members selected to receive a 2020 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award.
June 10, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 is mutating slowly, and that’s a good thing
Johns Hopkins scientists studying the virus that causes COVID-19 say the pathogen has few variations, a promising observation that boosts the chances of developing an effective vaccine.
June 8, 2020
Rachel Karchin receives $180k grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Rachel Karchin, professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, is among this year’s cohort of scientists selected to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
May 28, 2020
Students organize efforts to 3-D print PPE for the Johns Hopkins Hospital
While most of his classmates were preparing for final exams and upcoming summer internships, Chris Shallal spent the end of his third year focused on a multi-campus effort to create and provide durable, reusable face shields to healthcare workers at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
May 20, 2020
Meet Scott Wilson, assistant professor of BME
Scott Wilson joined the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor in January 2020. In this interview, he discusses his research in biomaterials and immunoengineering, a memorable “eureka” moment, and his goals for the future.
May 20, 2020
Johns Hopkins team develops new method to make kidney dialysis fluid for patients with COVID-19
A team of researchers and students at Johns Hopkins are working to replenish the diminishing reserve of kidney dialysis fluid to help those with acute kidney injury, including COVID-19 patients who develop the disorder.
May 19, 2020
Researchers urge clinical trial of blood pressure drug to prevent lethal complication of COVID-19
Johns Hopkins researchers report they have identified a drug treatment that could—if given early enough—potentially reduce the risk of death from the most serious complication of COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV-2 infection.
May 18, 2020
Johns Hopkins researchers to use machine learning to predict heart damage in COVID-19 victims
Johns Hopkins researchers recently received a $195,000 Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation to, using machine learning, identify which COVID-19 patients are at risk of adverse cardiac events such as heart failure, sustained abnormal heartbeats, heart attacks, cardiogenic shock and death.
May 18, 2020
With Covaid, neighbors support neighbors during the pandemic
Johns Hopkins BME senior Debanik Purkayastha and a team of university students are working to build volunteer networks online to help others during the pandemic.
May 8, 2020
Hopkins BME alum Neil Rens wins prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship
With a lifelong interest in leadership and service, Johns Hopkins alum Neil Rens has worked to make health care more accessible, merging his biomedical engineering background with medicine and health economics to create new models for health care delivery. This fall, he will take this pursuit to the next level as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University.
May 6, 2020
Two from Hopkins BME recognized at Young Investigators’ Day
Chen Zhao and Scott Albert have been recognized at the 2020 Johns Hopkins Young Investigators' Day. Learn more about their research and why they earned the recognition.
April 17, 2020
Gene variant in noncoding DNA linked to heart failure
When scientists scour the genome for disease-causing culprits, they wouldn’t ordinarily look in so-called noncoding regions, areas of repetitive DNA that do not code for proteins. Yet, that’s exactly where Johns Hopkins scientists found genomic variations in a new study of people with heart failure.
April 17, 2020
Researchers create nanoparticle with ‘look and feel’ of red blood cells to soak up toxins
Johns Hopkins biomedical engineer Jordan Green and his colleagues have developed a nanoparticle that has the shape and “skin” of red blood cells. The red blood cell mimics can be injected into the bloodstream and circulate within vessels for long periods to absorb toxic substances.
April 10, 2020
NSF Graduate Research Fellows to conduct research at Hopkins BME
Johns Hopkins University will serve as the home of 20 NSF Graduate Research Fellows—outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, or math fields who have been recognized by the National Science Foundation.