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Medina to use NSF CAREER Award for improved precision medicine


Supported by a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career (CAREER) award, Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is developing new bio-nanomaterial technologies that can be guided and activated by ultrasound to deliver proteins into cells with high precision.

Alan Snyder receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award


Alan Snyder, a Penn State bioengineering alumnus, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Engineering Alumni (OEA) Award.

Lian receives ENGINE grant for stem cell-based diabetes therapy


Xiaojun “Lance” Lian, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was one of three recipients of the College of Engineering’s ENGineering for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) grant for his project titled “Small Molecule-Based Definitive Endoderm Kit and Pancreatic Progenitor Kit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy.”

Sloand receives best presentation award at MRS fall meeting


Janna Sloand, doctoral candidate in bioengineering, recently was presented with the Best Presentation Award on November 26, 2018 at the Materials Research Society’s 2018 Fall Meeting and Exhibit.

Chujie Gong takes second place in international poster contest


Chujie Gong, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering, recently won second prize in the undergraduate poster competition at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE).

Jian Yang named National Academy of Inventors fellow


The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Jian Yang, professor of biomedical engineering, as an NAI Fellow. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a 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.

Process discovered that may improve cardiac treatment


A faster, more cost-efficient, and more accurate method of examining the effectiveness of human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiac muscle cells has been discovered, according to researchers from Penn State.

Citrate-based biomaterial fuels bone healing with less rejection


A material based on a natural product of bones and citrus fruit, called citrate, provides the extra energy that stem cells need to form new bone tissue, according to a team of Penn State bioengineers

Biomedical engineering professor receives Most Cited Article award at BMES


A biomedical engineering faculty member was one of a group of authors from various academic institutions and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who received the 2018 Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology (CVET) journal Most Cited Article Award at this year’s Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting.

Biomedical engineering welcomes pioneering cancer, cryo-electron microscopy researcher


Professor Deborah Kelly, a ground-breaking researcher who developed the new field of structural oncology, will join the University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering as full professor and Lloyd and Dottie Foehr Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics. Kelly will also hold a joint appointment with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and will serve as the director of the new Center for Structural Oncology (CSO) at Penn State. She will begin in January, 2019.

New BME center brings together disciplines to train a new generation of researchers


The Center for Mathematics of Living and Mimetic Matter is the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s newest cross-disciplinary center, established in January 2017. The Center brings together leading Penn State scientists from many departments, including mathematicians, chemists, biologists, materials scientists and engineers.

Kraft recognized with Outstanding Teaching Award


Reuben Kraft, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and co-hire with the Penn State Institute of CyberScience, is being recognized with the 2018 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award.

Understanding how neurovascular coupling changes during postnatal development


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State researchers have received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to determine how the communication between neurons and blood vessels of the brain changes from postnatal development through adulthood, which would enable the use of hemodynamic imaging to study neural activity, plasticity, and neurodevelopmental disorders in infants, children and animals.

Fighting new disease outbreaks before they can spread


Effective proactive virus discovery to help prevent future catastrophic disease outbreaks is the focus of a four year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Yang among those honored for exceptional contributions


Every year, the Penn State College of Engineering recognizes faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service. This year, among those honored is Jian Yang, professor of bioengineering, who received the Outstanding Research Award.

New non-invasive biopsy method for cancer diagnosis focus of $2.3M NIH grant


Development of a non-invasive liquid biopsy that enables cancer detection and monitoring even when tissue samples are scant or unavailable is the focus of a five-year, $2.3 million National Institutes of Health grant.

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The interdisciplinary research approach and why it works


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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

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Phone: 814-863-6614