The senior capstone team “SurgeCare”, of Jovanny Guillen, Tatiana Jansen and Irene Kim, took 2nd place in the 2018 Big Ideas contest, Global Health category! SurgeCare is a locally sourced device capable of effectively cleaning surgical instruments using recycled, pressurized water, without the use of electricity, with the potential to decrease the high rate of surgical site infections in low resource settings like Ethiopia.
Bioengineering PhD alumni Nick Fawzi and Sapun Parekh started a conversation about something completely different and ended up with a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to study membraneless organelles.
BioE PhD student Alison Su, in Professor Amy Herr’s lab, won the Outstanding Student Poster award at this year’s International Conference on Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology.
PhD student Yiqi Cao took first place and the People’s Choice award at the 2018 UCSF Grad Slam competition, which challenges students to give a compelling presentation of their research in 3 minutes or less. Cao will now go on to compete in the UC system-wide Grad Slam event. Student Inez Raharjo took 2nd place, landing BioE in all of the top spots. Go BioE!
PhD student Thomas Carey was selected as the winner of the Diagnostics World Early Innovator Awards program at the 2018 Molecular Medicine Tri Conference in San Francisco. Carey and his colleagues are developing a low-cost microfluidic-based platform to detect the presence of biomarkers present in virtually every fluid.
Professor Herr receives this honor for Current and Breakthrough Research in the Field of Electro-Driven Separations. “Dr. Herr’s use of IEF on samples from single cells to discriminate between protein isoforms differing by a single charge has inspired many scientists, both utilizing and building upon using relatively simple designs that give powerful performance.”
BioE undergrads Jovanny Guillen, Tatiana Jansen, and Irene Kim of the “Surgical Instrument Reprocessing in Low-Resource Settings” project were awarded an Ignite grant to help push their project to the next stage. Ashna Jasuja, Yasmine Kehnemouyi, and Abhinav Koppu of the “Bubbles: Combining Microbubbles and Ultrasound for Breast and Prostate Cancer Detection” team and Naser Abdelrahman of the “The Electromobilizing Sleeve” project will receive Spark grants for early-stage projects or experimental concepts.
The Master of Translational Medicine team of Daniel Beckerman and Woojoo Kim has receive an Ignite grant to push their project, “3D Printing Anatomical Models for Orthopedic Surgery”, to the next level of development.
Professor Emeritus and Founding Chair of Bioengineering, Dr. Thomas Budinger, will receive the 2018 Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Professor Budinger is being honored for his “pioneering contributions to tomographic radiotracer imaging,” one of his many contributions to the field of medical imaging.