July 6, 2017

Tangkwa Sakulsaengprapha awarded Tau Beta Pi scholarship

Tangkwa Sakulsaengprapha, a rising senior in biomedical engineering, has been awarded the Tau Beta Pi scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. With a minor in computational medicine and psychology, Sakulsaengprapha is working with Xingde Li to find an algorithm that can extract and quantify hidden morphological features found in images of collagen fibers from mouse cervices. They will investigate how these parameters differ in normal and diseased mouse models, and hope to eventually yield reliable indicators for preterm birth prediction in clinical practice.

Sakulsaengprapha is involved in the Thai Student Association, the Johns Hopkins wind ensemble, and the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference. She is also a PILOT leader and a resident advisor.

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 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 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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January 20, 2017

Alex Mathews named to Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list

Alex Mathews, at right, of the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering, was recently named to the annual Forbes “30 Under 30” list for his work on Fusiform with classmate Param Shah, at left.

The two were recognized in the Manufacturing and Industry category for their software-driven orthotics startup. Fusiform helps to create customizable and cost-effective orthotic devices that feature a revolutionary modular design.

Mathews said in an interview with the Hub that the project is “tackling a lot of inefficiencies in a process that hasn’t adapted since the 1970s.”

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. 

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 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

March 15, 2016

Undergrad Daphne Schlesinger receives PURA fellowship

Daphne Schlesinge BME sophomore Daphne Schlesinger has been awarded a Provost Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) for the 2015–16 academic year. The award will provide a $2,500 fellowship to support Schlesinger’s research, which will be dispersed under her sponsor, Dr. Jordan Green.

Schlesinger’s research project seeks to develop microscale polymer needles for improved drug and vaccine administration.

Daphne will participate next spring in the PURA poster session and recognition ceremony.

Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering congratulates Daphne on receiving a PURA fellowship award and wishes the researchers continued success.

March 4, 2016

BME undergraduate Erica Schwarz named recipient of a PURA fellowship

BME junior Erica Schwarz has been selected to receive a Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award for academic year 2015–16. Her research project was chosen by a faculty selection committee from a large group of outstanding proposals. The award will provide a $2,500 fellowship to support Schwarz’s research which will be dispersed under her sponsor, Natalia Trayonova.

Erica’s research project seeks to develop a non-invasive method of finding optimal ablation targets for patients with left atrial flutter (LAFL).

Atrial flutter is a type of rhythm abnormality in the heart that causes the atria to beat faster and become out of sync with the ventricles. This condition is associated with a high risk of thromboembolic events and can also cause pain, dizziness, and fainting. Treatment with drugs and other less invasive therapies are only minimally effective which makes ablation (scarring of atrial tissue implicated in the abnormal rhythm) an ideal treatment. However, finding targets for LAFL ablation with current methodologies (entrainment and activation mapping) is difficult and invasive, resulting in lengthy procedures. This creates a significant need for an alternative method of finding ablation targets.

Schwarz is investigating the possibility of using patient-specific models and graph theory to find ablation targets. Initial proof-of-concept for this method of prediction was completed in the Fall 2015 by Erica and others on the research team. This upcoming spring Erica will expand the study to include more patients in order to create a protocol robust enough for clinical use. When completed, this study could radically improve the treatment methodology of LAFL.

Trayanova commented, “Erica is a fundamental part of our atrial team, and she has made significant contributions every step of the way. She is incredibly bright, talented, and hard working. She is a one of the reasons why we are making fast progress on the project.” Erica is also co-author on two manuscript and numerous published abstracts.

Erica will participate next spring in the PURA poster session and recognition ceremony.

Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering congratulates Erica on receiving a PURA fellowship award and wishes the researchers continued success improving treatment methodology of left atrial flutter.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering applauds the accomplishments of BME undergraduate students.