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Advances in Cryo-EM materials may aid cancer and biomedical research


Cryogenic-Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM) has been a game changer in the field of medical research, but the substrate used to freeze and view samples under a microscope hasn’t advanced much in decades. Now, thanks to a collaboration between Penn State researchers and the applied science company Protochips, Inc., this is no longer the case.

Roberson named biomedical engineering student marshal for 2019 spring commencement


Noah R. Roberson will be the student marshal for the biomedical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering’s spring commencement ceremony on May 3.

Learning on the other side of the world, part 2


Note: This is the second in a two-part series about the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s Global Capstone Project with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Part one was about the Penn State students’ experience in Hong Kong in November 2018, while this is about the Hong Kong Polytechnic University students’ experience visiting Penn State in January 2019.

Learning on the other side of the world, part 1


Please note: This is the first in a two-part series about the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s Global Capstone Project with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Part one will be about the Penn State’s student experience in Hong Kong, while the second part, to be released April 15, will be about the Hong Kong Polytechnic University students’ experience visiting Penn State.

Ribbon cutting dedicates new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building


A ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 4 marked the official opening of the new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) Building on the Penn State University Park campus.

New SCATTIRSTORM microscope could improve bioenergy production


The construction of a new multimodal optical microscope, known as SCATTIRSTORM, that could enable more efficient bioenergy production is the focus of a three-year, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant awarded to three Penn State researchers.

Nanyin Zhang named AIMBE fellow


Nanyin Zhang, professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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.

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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. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614