On the wall of Janet Zoldan’s lab, which is teeming with enthusiastic students, is a poster with ZOLDAN LAB in capital letters printed across the top. Underneath it lies a short, curious statement: Stem Cells Are Like Pokèmon.
“Stem cells can become any cell type just as Pokémon can evolve into more advanced Pokémon,” said Zoldan, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Professor Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Center for Computational Oncology Thomas Yankeelov pens an Op-Ed for The Hill

Pooja Trivedi, a fourth-year biomedical engineering student, has been selected as a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Scholar. She is one of 1,000 students to receive the scholar designation, which will fund her attendance at the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Detroit, October 27-30, 2019. The four-day event features speakers involved in technology, healthcare, science, and innovation.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed new guidelines for fabricating nanoscale gel materials, or nanogels, that can deliver numerous therapeutic treatments to treat cancer in a precise manner. In addition to enabling the delivery of drugs in response to tumors, their nanogels can target malignant cells (or biomarkers), degrade into nontoxic components and execute multiple clinical functions.

The National Institutes of Health has granted Woojung Shin, a graduate student working with Hyun Jung Kim, with a the National Cancer Institutes Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00).

photo of Jade Jaiyesimi smiling

Jade Jaiyesimi, a fourth-year biomedical engineering student, has been selected as a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Scholar. She is one of 1,000 students to receive the scholar designation, which will fund her attendance at the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Detroit, October 27-30, 2019. The four-day event features speakers involved in technology, healthcare, science, and innovation.

Postdoctoral fellow Enrique Contreras Hernández has received the ConTex Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Hernandez works in the lab of Samantha Santacruz, an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering, and received his PhD from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico City, Mexico.

Professor Kenneth Diller pens and op-ed for the Houston Chronicle

Manuel Rausch, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics and biomedical engineering, was selected by the American Heart Association (AHA) to receive a Career Development Award. According to the AHA, the award provides three years of funding and supports “highly promising healthcare and academic professionals” in their early professional years, with the purpose of assisting them with developing research skills that could lead to retaining a high-quality career position.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded William Meador, a graduate student working with Assistant Professor Manuel Rausch, with a Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) for his project entitled, "Tricuspid valve adaptation to right heart disease."