November 2013

Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering News

Karchin Assesses DNA Sequence Variations

Rachel Karchin

Rachel Karchin, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and a member of the Institute for Computational Medicine (ICM), has been named a William R. Brody Faculty Scholar for a three-year term. Her laboratory’s ultimate goal is to computationally model genomic alterations and improve clinical care by identifying drug targets and biomarkers for disease diagnosis and treatment.  Read more.

Trayanova wins 2013 NIH Pioneer Award

Natalia Trayanova is awarded the 2013 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

Natalia Trayanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor, has been awarded the prestigious 2013 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award which will provide $2.5 million in direct support, and $4.1 million in total support, over five years for the development of an innovative patient-specific heart modeling system. Trayanova’s vision is to use the patient’s MRI scans to create personalized heart simulators to model physiological and mechanical cardiac functions. This will enable doctors to customize improved treatment plans for patients with heart rhythm or pump disorders.  Read more.

Giving PhD Students an EDGE

BME EDGE internship and professional development program

A new center called BME EDGE, established in March, helps PhD candidates explore career options. An internship program and career fair are set to launch in the spring to introduce students to possible careers in government, private industry, or academia, and a speakers series has been bringing biomedical engineering alumni back to campus to talk with students about post-PhD career paths.  Read more.

Coulter Funds BME Research

Johns Hopkins–Coulter Translational Partnership

The Johns Hopkins–Coulter Translational Partnership provides grants and support to take biomedical innovations from concept to commercial reality. Since its launch in 2011, the program has awarded $1.3 million to 12 projects, which have attracted an additional $800,000 in funding. “We're bridging the gap so that promising biomedical ideas by Hopkins faculty and students can be turned into products that save lives, improve health, and reduce costs,” says program Director Youseph Yazdi.  Read more.

Sorger Advises Surgeons

Jonathan Sorger, PhD

Jonathan Sorger, PhD ’04, the director of medical research at Intuitive Surgical Inc., visited campus recently to give doctoral students a first-hand account of working for one of the global leaders in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. At Intuitive Surgical, Sorger helps surgeons around the world determine whether the da Vinci Surgical System can improve clinical outcomes for patients.  Read more.


Jordan GreenPromising drug delivery method for treatment of central vision loss in testing Jeffrey SiewerdsenJeffrey Siewerdsen elected to the AAPM Board of Directors Michael BeerUnraveling the Genetic Underpinning of Disease


Detailed Heart ModelingBME researchers use a biophysically-detailed heart model to test optogenentic approaches on cardiac behavior   Yue Lab TeamYue Lab uncovers calcium channel interfaces targetable for therapy of cardiac and neurodegenerative diseases   RenĂ© VidalRené Vidal directs the Vision Dynamics and Learning Lab to analyze and interpret vast amounts of data


Siebel ScholarsFive Johns Hopkins students named 2014 Siebel Scholars — four from BME Medtronic GrantCBID Program Receives $200,000 from Medtronic PrestoPatch arrhythmia treatmentBME undergrads win competition with PrestoPatch cardiac arrhythmia treatment
Message from the Director
Elliot McVeigh

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Johns Hopkins BME e-newsletter for alumni, colleagues, and friends. We look forward to providing you with exciting up-to-date news from the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The stories in this issue — on BME Associate Professor Rachel Karchin, BME Murray B. Sachs Professor Natalia Trayanova, alumnus Jonathan Sorger, the new BME EDGE program, and other exciting activities involving faculty and students — provide a terrific illustration of our faculty’s visionary research and of why our department is held in such high regard.

As you read about our recent accomplishments, please know that we are eager to hear about you as well. We take great pride in our faculty, students and alumni, and we invite you to visit us, tell us what you are doing, send us feedback, and join us on our journey as we continue to break new ground.


Elliot R. McVeigh, PhD
Massey Professor and Director
Department of Biomedical Engineering


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