Students and Alumni Receive 2017 NSF Graduate Fellowships

NSF logoThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced its Graduate Fellowship recipients for 2017. Several current students and recent alumni of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have received fellowships that will allow them to pursue graduate studies in the biomedical field.

With help from Texas 4000, BME Researchers Focus on Improved Prostate and Colorectal Cancer Treatments

Texas 4000Hyun Jung Kim and Tim Yeh have each received $25,000 in seed grants to fund cancer-related research from Texas 4000.

Peppas Honored with Inaugural Pioneer of Nanomedicine Award

headshot of PeppasThe John Hopkins Center for Nanomedicine honored Professor Nicholas A. Peppas with their inaugural Pioneer of Nanomedicine Award on February 17, 2017.

New, Ultra-Flexible Probes Form Reliable, Scar-Free Integration with the Brain

“The most surprising part of our work is that the living brain tissue, the biological system, really doesn’t mind having an artificial device around for months.”

Zhi Named a Finalist for the FIG Facilitator Award for Mentorship

sandra zhi fig mentorSandra Zhi, a BME senior graduating in 2017, was a finalist for this year’s First-Year Interest Group (FIG) Facilitator Award.

‘I’m Giving It All’ Carl Knowlan’s deeply personal gift to the Cockrell School of Engineering

Driven by a desire to help cure diseases like the ones he had seen up close, Knowlan established the Carl Hagen Knowlan Endowed Excellence Fund in the BME Department.

Alum Jennifer West Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

West74Alum Jennifer L. West has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. West is the the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering and associate dean for Ph.D. Education in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. 

Belz Receives Student Leadership Award

franz belzThe Cockrell School of Engineering has recognized undergraduate student Franz Belz with a 2017 Student Leadership Award.

Peppas and Khademhosseini Call for Safer Biomaterials

Peppas sitting at deskDesign and test new polymers with clinical uses in mind, urge Nicholas A. Peppas and Ali Khademhosseini in a commentary published by scientific journal Nature.

Enzyme Safely Starves Cancer Cells in Preclinical Study

thumbthomas breast cancer imagelg 0A research team led by scientists at The University of Texas Austin has engineered an enzyme that safely treats prostate and breast cancer in animals and also lengthens the lifespan of models that develop chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The new treatment and results from preclinical trials are described in a paper published in the Nov. 21 issue of Nature Medicine.

Dunn Receives TAMEST's 2017 O'Donnell Award in Engineering

Professor Andrew Dunn has developed technology that allows us to see things we haven't seen before in the human brain.

Engineers Develop First-Ever Capsule to Treat Hemophilia

In the near future, hemophiliacs could be able to treat their disease by simply swallowing a capsule.

Flu Vaccine’s Effectiveness Can Be Improved, New Findings Suggest

georgiou 74A team of engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin is reporting new findings on how the influenza vaccine produces antibodies that protect against disease, research that suggests that the conventional flu vaccine can be improved. The findings were reported in the journal Nature Medicine on Nov. 7.

Research Leads to Better Understanding of Imprinting Proteins

headshot of Heidi CulverIn a new paper in Biomacromolecules, researchers from Nicholas Peppas’ Laboratory of Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Bionanotechnology describe unexpected results in the field of protein imprinting.

Rice Takes 1st Place at MIT IEEE Undergraduate Research Technology Conference

Carlton Rice MITthumbUndergraduate student Carlton Rice won first place for his poster presentation in Biomedical Engineering at the 2016 MIT Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Undergraduate Research Technology Conference.