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Biomedical engineering student receives presentation award at conference


Sonika Kohli, a biomedical engineering undergraduate student and Schreyer Honors Scholar at Penn State, received an Outstanding Presentation Award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists.

Spinning up control: Propeller shape helps direct nanoparticles, researchers say


Self-propelled nanoparticles could potentially advance drug delivery and lab-on-a-chip systems — but they are prone to go rogue with random, directionless movements. Now, researchers have developed an approach to rein in the synthetic particles.

Bacteria's mucus maneuvers: Study reveals how snot facilitates infection


Sniffles, snorts and blows of runny noses are the hallmarks of cold and flu season — and that increase in mucus is exactly what bacteria use to mount a coordinated attack on the immune system, according to a new study from researchers at Penn State. The team found that the thicker the mucus, the better the bacteria are able to swarm.

Researchers aim to streamline cancer therapy development process


Penn State biomedical engineering doctoral candidate Josh Reynolds, along with his research lab mates, are striving to overcome drug resistance and accelerate drug discovery efforts in the fight against cancer with their startup, Atlas Biotech.

Media mention: ‘Tiny bubbles could reveal immune cell secrets and improve treatments’


The National Science Foundation published a version of a Penn State article featuring the work of Scott Medina, William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Penn State. The article discusses Penn State research that investigates a novel bubble-based technique to observe immune cells at work.

First rapid tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea exhibit 100% sensitivity


Dipanjan Pan, Penn State Dorothy Foehr Huck & J. Lloyd Huck Chair Professor in Nanomedicine and a professor of nuclear engineering and of materials science and engineering and of biomedical engineering, led a team that reported the first rapid tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia, built on a platform that could be adjusted to detect a variety of infections.

Females less likely to heal from ACL injuries than males


A new study led by Spencer Szczesny, associate professor of biomedical engineering and of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Penn State, details why females are less likely to heal from injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.

Nine newly promoted engineering faculty honored through library books


Nine newly tenured or promoted faculty members in the College of Engineering were asked to select a book title for the University Libraries’ permanent collection and to submit a personal statement explaining why they chose that book.

Nikki Crowley honored with Women in STEAM Award by the Whitaker Center


Nikki Crowley, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been named a Women to Watch: Class of 2023 as part of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts’ Women in STEAM Awards.

Novel hydrogel finds new aptamers, or ‘chemical antibodies,’ in days


A new method for selecting aptamers, or "chemical antibodies," created by Penn State engineers takes only days to complete, instead of the months needed for traditional methods.

Engineering graduate students recognized with University fellowships


The Graduate School at Penn State recognized 114 students as recipients of the 2023-24 University Graduate Fellowships and Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, including 22 students from the College of Engineering.

Tiny bubbles could reveal immune cell secrets and improve treatments


Macrophages are little cells vital to the immune system and could possibly inform cell-based therapies for a variety of medical conditions. However, realizing the full potential of macrophage therapies relies on being able to see what these cellular allies are doing inside our bodies, and a team of Penn State researchers may have developed a way to watch them do their thing.

Novel approach to engineered cells may enable molecular medical imaging


Lance Lian, associate professor of biomedical engineering and of biology at Penn State, led a team in developing a more efficient approach in engineering gas vesicles, tiny molecular structures that may be able to significantly improve medical imaging.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition


Five student teams from Penn State’s Engineering Leadership Development program in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation earned recognition in the 17th-annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Q&A: The neurology of slumbering whiskers


Penn State researchers published a paper in Communications Biology finding that sleep-related changes to blood flow in the brains of neonatal mice far outweigh any caused by sensory stirrings.

Stretchy integrated electronics may be possible with sandwiched semiconductor


An international team led by Penn State reserachers developed an approach to improve the mechanical stretchability of n-type semiconductors, which could lead to the advent of truly elastic electronic systems.

NIH grant to facilitate high-speed bioprinting of bones, tracheas, organs


The National Institute of Health awarded over $2 million to a team led by Ibrahim T. Ozbolat, professor of engineering science and mechanics, of biomedical engineering and of neurosurgery at Penn State, to quickly and efficiently bioprint human tissues at scale.

Soft tissue restoration, blood vessel formation focus of $3M grant


The ability to regenerate and pattern blood vessels, the literal lifelines extending deep into soft tissues, remains an elusive milestone in regenerative medicine. Known as tissue revascularization, stimulating blood vessel growth and pattern formation in damaged or diseased tissues could accelerate the field of regenerative medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

Follow the leader: Researchers identify mechanism of cancer invasion


A Penn State-led research team identified a molecular marker to predict the invasiveness of a cancerous tumor and how the cells may invade elsewhere in the body.

Penn State researchers develop digital test to directly measure HIV viral load


A Penn State research team has developed a time and cost-efficient digital assay that can directly measure the presence of HIV in single drop of blood. It's the first step in producing a clinical diagnostic tool that can help physicians understand how patients are responding to anti-viral medications and monitor potential progression.

Penn State researchers use ultrasound to control orientation of small particles


Using ultrasound technology and a nozzle, Penn State researchers have separated, controlled and ejected different particles based on their shape and various properties.

College of Engineering recognizes 2023 Early Career Award recipients


The Penn State College of Engineering will recognize 10 alumni with the Early Career Award for their achievements and demonstrated commitment to their professions, communities and Penn State at a ceremony on June 16 at University Park.

Penn State announces tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Tenured and tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 25 engineering faculty members.

Penn State engineers report low-cost human biomarker sensor designs


Penn State researchers have developed a low-cost, RNA-based technology to detect and measure biomarkers, which can help decode the body’s physiology. The presence of protein biomarkers can indicate chronic or acute conditions, from arthritis to cancer to bacterial infections, for which conventional tests can cost anywhere from $100 to upwards of $1,000. The new technology can perform the same measurement for about a dollar.

Media mention: ‘Biological Clocks Have Been 'Rewired' to Increase Lifespan by 80 Percent’


Howard Salis, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, of chemical engineering, and of biomedical engineering, offered perspective on a University of California study focused on cellular aging.

Winners announced for 15th annual Competition Materials Visualization


The winners of the 15th annual Materials Visualization Competition, a scientific visual and artistic competition sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Research Institute at Penn State, have been announced.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2023 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2023 commencement ceremony. One student is selected to represent each of the 14 majors associated with the college and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Cunjiang Yu honored with young investigator award


Cunjiang Yu, the Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, was selected by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Applied Mechanics Division to receive the 2023 Thomas J. R. Hughes Young Investigator Award.

Neuron movements caused by push, pull of motor proteins, study finds


A Penn State-led team of researchers investigated how three classes of one type of motor protein, known as kinesins, engage with another type of motor, dynein, during cargo transport. Their discoveries, published in eLife, can help scientists better understand the normal cargo transport process, and, in future work, inform how it is disrupted in the case of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

Seven graduate students recognized with University awards


Forty Penn State graduate students, seven of whom are students in the College of Engineering, were named recipients of Penn State’s annual graduate student awards, administered by the Graduate School in collaboration with several Penn State units.

Biomedical engineering researchers receive best paper runner-up award


A team of Penn State biomedical engineering researchers recently received a best paper runner-up award for their paper in IEEE Sensors Letters, one of 18 journals published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dipanjan Pan elected fellow of national medical and biological engineering society


The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) inducted Penn State engineer Dipanjan Pan to its College of Fellows on March 27 in Washington, D.C.

Penn State scientist plays key role in $46M artificial blood research program


Dipanjan Pan, Dorothy Foehr Huck & J. Lloyd Huck Chair Professor in Nanomedicine and professor of nuclear engineering and of materials science and engineering at Penn State, will serve as a co-investigator on a $46 DARPA consortium to develop artificial blood.

Five student startups win funding in Inc.U Competition


Undergraduate students from the College of Engineering at Penn State were among the winners of the 2023 Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition.

2023 University-wide student awards announced for Penn State


Sydney Gibbard, a fourth-year student majoring in biomedical engineering at Penn State, was awarded this year’s Eric A. Walker Award by the University.

Gibbard named recipient of 2023 Eric A. Walker Award


Sydney Gibbard, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, has been named the 2023 recipient of the Eric A. Walker Award.

2023 NSF CAREER Award: Sri-Rajasekhar Kothapalli


Sri-Rajasekhar "Raj" Kothapalli, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, earned a five year, $528,667 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Smart and scalable approaches for developing multimodal optical and acoustic imaging technologies.”  

Social Science Research Institute introduces faculty fellows for 2023-24


Nina Lauharatanahirum, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and of biobehavioral health, was selected as a faculty fellow by the Social Science Research Institute.

Two engineering graduate students honored with Alumni Association Dissertation Award


Thirteen graduate students received the Alumni Association Dissertation Award, one of the most prestigious awards given to doctoral candidates at the University, including two from the College of Engineering.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering's highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 13 at The Penn Stater.

Engineers awarded NIH grant to heal tendon injuries with ultrasound


With a four-year, $2,276,850 National Institutes of Health grant, Penn State researchers aim to create a completely non-invasive, tunable method for treating tendinopathies with focused ultrasound.

Five engineers recognized with NSF early career awards


Five faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering were recognized with National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Each project ranges in duration from three and a half to five years, funded by grants worth roughly $500,000.

2023 NSF CAREER Award: Aida Ebrahimi


Aida Ebrahimi, Thomas and Sheila Roell Early Career Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $500,000 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Tunable Graphene Microdevices for Multiplexed Detection of Biomolecules Beyond Diffusion Limit.”

Researchers earn $2.3M grant to enhance understanding of rotator cuff injury


With a five-year, $2.3 million Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, researchers from Penn State and the University of Oregon are collaborating to better understand how both rotator cuff injury and surgical repair affect the muscle’s composition.

Engineer receives Acoustical Society of America award for ultrasound work


Julianna Simon, assistant professor of acoustics and of biomedical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been awarded the R. Bruce Lindsay Award by the Acoustical Society of America.

Amir Sheikhi to participate in National Academy of Engineering symposium in Japan


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and of biomedical engineering at Penn State, was invited to participate in the 2023 National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE) symposium.

Guarding the genome: Researchers uncover full 3D structure of p53 protein


The tumor suppressor protein p53, known as the guardian of the genome, protects the body’s DNA from daily stress or long-term damage by triggering the cells to make repairs or to self-destruct. For the first time, a Penn State-led team of researchers uncovered the complete structure of the p53 protein using patient samples. They also investigated how mutation-induced changes in the p53 structure can impact different cancers.

17 new faculty members join the College of Engineering


Seventeen new faculty members have joined the Penn State College of Engineering since early fall 2022. The 12 tenured or tenure-line faculty and six professional track faculty represent 11 units and departments and include one new department head.

The eye is the window to the brain activity and arousal state


Researchers from Penn State recently have found that just the pupil diameter of a mouse's eye can determine the mouse's arousal state with high accuracy, which is important for interpreting research results.

Justin Pritchard named Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator


Justin Pritchard, Penn State Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Entrepreneurial Assistant Professor and assistant professor of biomedical engineering, recently received the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator award from the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Revolutionizing health care through 3D bioprinting


In the not-so-distant future, doctors could use machines that directly repair tissues by depositing new layers of muscle or skin or create and install new organs. Ibrahim T. Ozbolat, professor of engineering science and mechanics, biomedical engineering and neurosurgery, is using 3D bioprinting to create a range of materials for potential use in human health, including printable bone, skin and tumor cell models.

Novel microneedle bandage could save lives by stopping blood loss from wounds


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Penn State College of Engineering, developed a prototype of a microneedle patch to immediately stop bleeding after an injury. It will be featured on the cover of the May issue of Bioactive Materials.

Media mention: ‘New neuroscience research identifies a respiration-related brain network’


A neuroimaging study by Nanyin Zhang, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Brain Imaging, was recently featured by PsyPost. The study identified a link between respiration and neural activity changes in rats, suggesting that breathing might modulate neural responses across the brain.

Crowley receives Huck Early Career Chair appointment


Nikki Crowley, assistant professor of biology who is affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Neurobiology and Neural Engineering by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Event lifts curtain on a bright future for materials research


The Penn State Materials Research Institute held their annual Materials Day in October, with the theme "Materials Impacting Society." Several engineering faculty participated.

Controlled, localized delivery of blood thinner may improve blood clot treatment


Heparin has long been used as a blood thinner, or anticoagulant, for patients with blood clotting disorders or after surgery to prevent complications. But the medication remains difficult to dose correctly, leading to overdosing or underdosing. A team of Penn State researchers combined heparin with a protein fragment, peptide, to slow down the release of the drug and convey the medication directly to the site of a clot.

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