New heart valve modeling technique enables customized medical care for patients
Engineers develop noninvasive way to simulate repairs to the heart's mitral valve allowing surgeons to provide patient-specific treatments. January 30, 2019, Science Daily.


UT professor receives $2.5 million from Zuckerberg fund to study neurodegenerative diseases
Ning “Jenny” Jiang has devoted her research to better understanding the immune system. Now, she’s taking that research forward, with the help of Mark Zuckerberg. December 7, 2018, Austin American-Statesman. 

Neurodegenerative disease research at UT gets financial boost thanks to Facebook founder
UT Austin bio-engineer Ning "Jenny" Jiang has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to participate in the philanthropic organization's inaugural Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. December 6, 2018, EurekAlert!

AAPS Announces 2018 Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award for Pioneering Work in Protein and Drug Transport and Release from Polymer Systems
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists is pleased to announce the 2018 Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist award recipient, Nicholas A. Peppas, Ph.D. the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering, with appointments in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Pharmacy, at the University of Texas at Austin. October 30, 2018, The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

New Chip Technology Can Investigate the Mechanism of Disease Development 
New human organ-on-a-chip technology has been developed successfully by a research team to investigate the mechanism of disease development. The findings of the study are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.. October 26, 2018, MedIndia

Probiotics may not always benefit gut health 
Studies using a novel human “gut-inflammation-on-a-chip” suggest that probiotic bacteria may not always be a benefit to our health. October 26, 2018, GenNews. 

Probiotics are not always 'good bacteria'
The first study investigating the mechanism of how a disease develops using human organ-on-a-chip technology has been successfully completed by engineers at UT Austin. October 25, 2018, EurerkAlert!.

'Gut-on-a-chip' system shows intestinal barrier disruption is the onset intiator of gut inflammation. 
Researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering were able to shed light on a part of the human body -- the digestive system -- where many questions remain unanswered. Using their "gut inflammation-on-a-chip" microphysiological system, the research team confirmed that intestinal barrier disruption is the onset initiator of gut inflammation.. October 25, 2018, LongroomNews. 

National Academy of Medicine Honors Three Members for Outstanding Service
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) honored three members today at its annual meeting for their outstanding service. The honorees are Elaine L. Larson, senior associate dean of scholarship and research, Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research, and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University; Hedvig Hricak, chair of the department of radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Nicholas Peppas, professor and director of the Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #6 at the University of Texas at Austin. October 15, 2018. National Academy of Medicine.

UT wins first place in MedHacks competition at John Hopkins
Teams of students and professionals from across the country competed for 36 hours, developing technology-based solutions for various medical issues. Biomedical engineering junior Landon Hackley, nutrition senior Adelyn Yau, and chemical engineering sophomore Krishna Anand received the award after pitching their project to a panel of judges from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. October 12, 2018, The Daily Texan. 

Commentary: Challenge sexism in academia to dismantle implicit bias
News reports show the challenges women face in academia. Harassment, sexism and archaic cultural norms make gender diversity difficult to achieve, particularly in STEM fields. August 23, 2018, Austin American-Statesman.

Combating Sexism in Academia
It starts with combating implicit bias. August 22, 2018, Psychology Today.

Beihang Confers Honorary Professorship to US Academician Nikolaos A. Peppas
On the morning of May 29, the appointment ceremony of Prof. Nikolaos A. Peppas as an honorary professor at Beihang University was held in the Second Conference Hall of New Main Building. Prof. Peppas is an academician of three US academies, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. Prof. Tao Zhi, Vice President of Beihang University, Prof. Li Deyu, Director of International Division, and some teachers and students from the School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering attended the ceremony. Prof. Li Deyu presided over the ceremony. June, 19 2018, Beihang University News & Events. 

HIV cell dysfunction discovery sheds light on how virus works
A team of chemical and biomedical engineers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, have discovered that HIV-infected patients experience a dysfunction in a certain type of immune cell: the follicular helper T (Tfh) cell. April 7, 2018, MedicalXpress.

This 3-D printed pen lets surgeons detect cancer in 10 seconds
A team of scientists and engineers from the University of Texas at Austin may have figured out a fast and accurate way to diagnose tumors using a pen-sized device. March 22, 2018, CNBC.

The Medicine Maker Power List 2018
Celebrating the World’s Top 100 Medicine Makers: #6 Nicholas A. Peppas, Professor and Director of the Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine, The University of Texas at Austin. March, 2018, The Medicine Maker.

First study of radiation exposure in human gut Organ Chip device offers hope for better radioprotective drugs
While the total number of people affected by nuclear incidents is small, every year millions of cancer patients around the world receive radiation therapy which, while lower-dose, can still cause harmful cumulative side effects. February 14, 2018, Wyss Institute at Harvard.

Promise of New Antibiotics Lies With Shackling Tiny Toxic Tetherballs to Bacteria
Biologists at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a method for rapidly screening hundreds of thousands of potential drugs for fighting infections, an innovation that holds promise for combating the growing scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. January 10, 2018, Infection Control Today.

Computing a Cancer Cure: 7 Ways Supercomputers Help Scientists Understand and Treat the Disease
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, which designs, builds and hosts several of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, helps the nation’s cancer researchers explore problems that they couldn’t otherwise tackle. January 4, 2018, Huffington Post.

Supercomputers Help Researchers Design Cancer Models and Predict Treatment OutcomesSupercomputers Help Researchers Design Cancer Models and Predict Treatment Outcomes
To develop and implement their mathematically complex models, the group uses the advanced computing resources at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). TACC's supercomputers enable researchers to solve bigger problems than they otherwise could and reach solutions far faster than with a single computer or campus cluster. January 4, 2018, Technology Networks.

Tailoring cancer treatments to individual patients: Supercomputers help researchers design cancer models and predict treatments outcomes based on patient-specific conditions
Researchers have developed computer models to predict how cancer will progress in a specific individual, based on tissue, cellular and subcellular protein signaling responses. The models can predict how brain tumors (gliomas) will grow with much greater accuracy than previous models. January 3, 2018, Science Daily.


‘Cancer pen’ distinguishes tumor from healthy tissue during surgery
Scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have invented a handheld device called the MasSpec Pen designed to rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery. December 29, 2017, Healio.

The Invention That Could Transform Cancer Surgery
Researchers at The University of Texas have invented the MasSpec Pen, a disposable device that can detect cancer during surgery in just 10 seconds. Its potential to transform oncology has the health care industry abuzz. December 22, 2017, The Alcalde.

University of Texas at Austin Researchers Invent Pen That Accurately Detects Cancer in 10 Seconds
A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has invented a pen device capable of accurately identifying cancerous tissue in just 10 seconds. September 28, 2017, The University Network.

Glioblastoma Exosomes for Therapeutic Angiogenesis
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin explored whether the pro-angiogenic aspects of glioblastoma-derived exosomes could be harnessed to promote angiogenesis and healing in the context of peripheral ischemic disease, a widespread problem in patients over the age of 65. September 21, 2017, Exosome RNA Research & Industry News.

Device Invented By UT-Austin Scientists, Engineers Can Identify Cancer In Seconds
MasSpec Pen, an innovative handheld instrument, gives surgeons precise diagnostic cancer information about what tissue to cut or preserve in about ten seconds, helping improve treatment and reduce the chances of cancer recurrence. September 8, 2017, Patch.

Cancer Pen Could Detect Tumors During Surgery in Seconds
A handheld “pen” can detect cancer cells within seconds, speeding up diagnosis and helping surgeons more accurately remove tumors, the team at the University of Texas at Austin reported. September 7, 2017, NBC News.

MassSpec Pen Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds
A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds—more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. September 7, 2017, Technology Networks.

'Did you get it all?' Experimental 'pen' could help surgeons detect remaining cancer instantly
A prototype "pen" technology aims to give cancer surgeons a better sense of whether they've removed all of a tumor while in the operating room. In samples taken from 253 people in U.S., device was 96% accurate in identifying cancers. September 7, 2017, CBC News.

This Pen Can Diagnose Cancer in 10 Seconds
A new technology—the size of a pen—is attempting to make that easier by distinguishing between tumors and healthy tissue in just 10 seconds. The MasSpec Pen is a real-time diagnostic tool created by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. September 6, 2017, Time Magazine.

Cool Image: Biological Bubbles
The University of Texas at Austin researchers who produced this image are exploring ways to harness cell-created bubbles filled with proteins and lipids as drug-delivery systems. August 3, 2017, National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

UT Researchers Discover Unknown Mechanism of Membrane Fusion
Research at the University of Texas, Austin have discovered a previously unknown mechanism of membrane fission that could one day change how researchers think about disease treatment at the cellular level. June 29, 2017, Biomedical Engineering Society.

Snapshots of Life: Biological Bubble Machine
These cell “bubbles,” an entrant in the Biophysical Society’s 2017 Art of Science Image Contest, were produced by researchers working in the NIH-supported lab of Jeanne Stachowiak at the University of Texas at Austin. They might also make smart cancer treatments. May 11, 2017, National Institutes of Health.

UT researchers using equations to ‘forecast’ cancer behavior
Dr. Thomas Yankeelov was brought to UT to help develop a center for computational oncology, which aims to predict cancer behavior much like a weather forecast. March 31, 2017, KXAN.

This Neutral Probe Is So Thin, The Brain Doesn't Know It's There
Researchers from the University of Texas led by Chong Xie have created new brain probes that are thin and flexible to reduce scar tissue buildup and comply with the brain's natural movements. February 27, 2017, Singularity Hub. February 17, 2017, IEEE Spectrum.  


UT researchers discover key to a better Flu vaccine
Researchers led by George Georgiou have made a breakthrough regarding flu vaccine effectiveness. November 30, 2016, KXAN.

Breakthrough research could improve quality of life for hemophiliacs
Engineers in the Cockrell School of Engineering, including BME professor Nicholas Peppas, have developed the first-ever capsule to treat Hemophilia. November 29, 2016, KXAN.

UT students behind breakthrough to minimize side effects of chemo
Grad student Avinash Gadok helped develop "Connectosomes," a way to deliver chemotherapy directly to tumor cells and minimize the side effects of chemo. October 11, 2016, KXAN.

Cancer Researchers At UT Improve Breast Reconstruction Methods
The National Institutes of Health awarded Dr. Mia Markey a 5-year, $3.4 million grant to research breast reconstruction methods. October 11, 2016, KVUE.

Connectosomes Smuggle Drugs Across Membranes
A research team led by professor Jeanne Stachowiak discovered a way to use connexins to deliver drugs. October 4, 2016, Chemistry World.

Biotech's rising Austin prominence reflected in latest UT incubator graduates
The biotech industry is rising in Austin due to the Dell Medical School and increased state funding, among other factors. September 8, 2016, BizJournals.

New measurement technique shows link between T-cells, aging
UT BME researchers led by professor Jenny Jiang have discovered a link between T-cells and aging. June 1, 2016, ScienceDaily.

Injectable Gel Generates New Blood Vessels
An injectable gel, developed by researched from professor Aaron Baker's lab, restored blood vessels in diabetic mice. It could be a link to regenerative therapy. May 10, 2016, MIT Technology Review.

UT-backed anthrax treatment earns FDA approval
Three University of Texas researchers, including BME professor George Georgiou, contributed to the development of the drug, named Anthim. April 5, 2016, BizJournals.

Could Austin – the Silicon Hills of Texas – become the next biotech hub?
STAT credits UT Austin and The Dell Medical School with helping Austin potentially become the next biotech hub. March 9, 2016, STAT News.

Professor Thomas Milner Is Behind Groundbreaking Microscope Technology*
Spectrapol Imaging, a startup co-founded by Professor Thomas Milner, has built and patented a groundbreaking microscope technology. The group created a microscope that uses polarized light images that can show the molecular structure of a living cell. January 28, 2016, Silicon Hills News.

Professor Kenneth Diller's Mercury BioMed Receives Third Frontier Funding For Its Warming Technology
Mercury BioMed, co-founded by Professor Kenneth Diller, received Third Frontier funding for its warming technology, which is used to warm parients throughout the surgical process. January 11, 2016, Fresh Water Cleveland.


Professor Hyun Jung Kim's "Gut-On-A-Chip" Could Lead To Better Treatments For Intestinal Disorders
Professor Michael Sacks, working with Harvard's Wyss Institute, helped develop a small-scale model of the human gastrointestinal tract to help in the treatment and diagnosis of gastrointestinal disorders. December 30, 2015, KUT.

Q&A With Dr. Jenny Jiang About Her Breast Cancer Research
The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas did a Q&A with Dr. Jenny Jiang about her breast cancer research, which explores new opportunities for cancer immunotherapy and early diagnosis of breast cancer. October 2015, BCRC.

Dr. Jenny Jiang Says Immune System Can Hold the Key to Curing Cancer
Dr. Jenny Jiang and her team in the Jiang Lab on Systems Immunology are investigating the immune system's development and why it tolerates tumors. The answer to these questions can be the key to curing cancer. October 20, 2015, KEYETV.

UT BME Alum Wins Young Investigator Award
Biomedical Engineering alum Katherine Glass won the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator award. TERMIS.

Professor Sacks Co-Authors Heart-Valve Study
Professor Michael Sacks co-authored a study about supercomputer models that have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements. August 19, 2015, Scientific Computing

UT BME Alum appointed Regulatory Affairs Manager of Synedgen
Dr. Lonnissa Nguyen was appointed Regulatory Affairs Manager of the biopharmaceutical company Syndegen. May 5, 2015, Syndegen.

Senior Divya Ramamoorthy featured in Glamour Magazine's Top 10 College Women 2015
Senior Biomedical Engineering student Divya Ramamoorthy was featured in Glamour's 2015 list of Top 10 College Women for her research on cardiovascular tissue. April 8, 2015, Glamour Magazine.

Aeglea Biotherapeutics Raises $44 Million
Aeglea Biotherapeutics, founded in 2013 to develop enzymes invented in Dr. Georgiou's lab, raises $44 million. March 23, 2015, Market Watch.

UT BME Professor Wins Award at SXSW
Professor James Tunnell wins SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for noninvasive 3-in-1 skin cancer detection device. March 18, 2015, Austin Business Journal.

Student researcher makes strides in detecting diseases
BME undergrad, Courtney Koepke, conducts research in Professor Nicholas Peppas’ lab that could lead to an improved method of detecting diseases. February 10, 2015, Daily Texan.

UT undergrads to compete in BP national competition
A group of UT engineering students interested in entrepreneurship, is a competing finalist in the global British Petroleum Ultimate Field Trip competition in Houston in April. February 3, 2015, Daily Texan

UT Professors discuss time management
Professors Marcelo Behar and Amy Brock discuss time management for principal investigators. January 21, 2015, Nature

UT Professor speaks about heat-related processes
In an ASME podcast, Professor Ken Diller talks about heat-related processes in living tissues and how they may be applied in the design of therapeutic devices. January 13, 2015, ASME.


UT Alum pens an op-ed on 3D printing
Dr. Michael Patton (M.S.E. 1990) writes about the uses of 3D printing and its future potential. December 13, 2014, TechCrunch.

BME undergrad aims to create human heart
BME undergrad, Divya Ramamoorthy, has worked toward creating a real, functioning human heart for the past 3 years in Professor Laura Suggs’ lab. November 30, 2014, Daily Texan.

MRI brain segmentation software developing in Markey’s Lab
The software in Markey’s lab boosts speed, accuracy, and may help predict Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. November 14, 2014, Aunt Minnie.

BME Alum speaks about biomedical engineering 
Biomedical Engineering Alum Fernando Cordova BS' 10 talks about what inspired him to pursue biomedical engineering and gives advice. November 5, 2014, AIMBE Navigate the Circuit.

Longhorn Maker Studio officially opens in Cockrell School of Engineering
The Longhorn Maker studio welcomes students and faculty to work on school projects or create 3-D prototypes. October 20, 2014, Daily Texan.

Leading professor to launch lecture series
Nicholas Peppas visits Louisiana Tech University to present a lecture titled, "Intelligent and Recognitive Nanoscale Systems for New Therapeutic Applications." September 8, 2014, Shreveport Times.

University unveils first free-use 3-D printer
The Cockrell School of Engineering unveiled the University's first 3-D printer that will be free to use for students of every college and school. September 4, 2014, Daily Texan.

UT Developing Skin Cancer Detection Tool
Professor James Tunnell is leading a team of researchers in designing a noninvasive, fast, comprehensive and lower-cost way to detect melanoma. August 26, 2014, KEYE TV.

Why 79 Bikers Rider over 4,000 miles Cross Country
Students from the University of Texas bike ride from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, -- all in the name of fighting cancer with Texas 4000. Texas 4000 was founded by BME alum Chris Condit, and supports organizations that conduct cancer research, including the Department of Biomedical Engineering. August 7, 2014, ABC News.

Pen-sized device employs spectroscopy methods to boost skin cancer detection
James Tunnell and researchers have developed a new skin cancer detection device. August 7, 2014, BioOptics World.

Three-in-One Optical Skin Cancer Probe
James Tunnell and researchers have developed a device that uses light to measure the properties of skin tissue and detect cancer. The researchers have begun testing their 3-in-1 device in pilot clinical trials. August 5, 2014, Science Daily.

New Program Encourages Young Women to be Entrepreneurs 
Alum Cristal Glangchai launched Girl Startup in an effort to get girls interested in tech, teaching them skills such as building websites, creating prototypes, and pitching products. August 2, 2014, Today Show.

Oral Vaccine Delivery Developing in Peppas Laboratory at UT Austin

Nicholas Peppas and researchers are working diligently to develop oral vaccines, a possible solution for all individuals who detest needles. July 24, 2014, BioNews Texas.

Biosciences Firm Gets $2 million from State's Emerging Technology Fund

Austin-based biosciences firm Alafair Biosciences Inc. will receive funds to assist with commercialization of a technology developed in the lab of former UT professor, Christine Schmidt. May 16, 2014, Austin American-Statesman.

UT Professor Elected into Native Country's Research Academy
Nicholas Peppas has been elected to the Academy of Athens. March 5, 2014, The Daily Texan.

Louisiana Tech professor featured in publication for drug delivery research
Alumna Mary Caldorera-Moore gains publicity for research. February 21,2014, Shreveport Times.

Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems Target Disease to Ease Pain of Medication
Alumna Mary Caldorera-Moore gains publicity for research. February 17, 2014, Design News.


17 Incredibly Impressive Students at The University of Texas at Austin
Undergraduate students Divya Ramamoorthy and Yevgeniya Vinogradova recognized for achievements. December 27, 2013, Business Insider.

Engineering Professor Named UT's Inventor of the Year
Thomas Milner was named Inventor of the Year at UT's annual Inventor Award Ceremony on Nov. 19.

Dr. Thomas Milner Takes UT Austin Inventor of the Year Award For Optical Coherence Tomography Technology Research

Every year, the University of Texas at Austin names an Inventor of the Year among its faculty for the most impressive research or technological invention produced by the UT Austin campus. This year’s nod went to Dr. Thomas Milner, a professor and research in the school’s Biomedical Engineering Department.

Thomas Milner Named Inventor of the Year

Thomas Milner, a professor in The University of Texas at Austin's Biomedical Engineering Department, has been named the university's Inventor of the Year.

Cancer Research at UT Brings Students Hope
Graduate student Avinash Gadok and Professor Jeanne Stachowiak explore a method to inhibit tumor growth by re-establishing cell communication between healthy and cancerous cells.

Sparing the Body, Breast Cancer Treatment via Nipple Injection
Professor Amy Brock co-authored research on the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

UT Austin Researchers Devise (Really) Cheap Hospital-grade Lightweight Blood Flow Imager
Associate Professor Andrew Dunn and a research team of students including Lisa Richards, Shams Kazmy, Janel Davis, and Katherine Olin have developed a new biological imaging system fifty times less expensive than standar equipment, suitable for imaging applications outside of the lab.