Sapun Parekh, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, is setting up a pair of coronavirus experiments. One tests how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will behave at different temperatures to know if the summer heat may slow the virus; and another looks at the physiological changes in lungs as people age to try and explain the increased vulnerability among elderly populations.

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Two staff members in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Margo Cousins and Bobby Knight, share about what it's like to work and support students during a pandemic.

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Seniors Susana Simmonds and James Choi opened up about what is helping them as they wrap up their last semester at UT Austin.

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Midday exercise and YouTube workouts: graduate students Kaitlyn Johnson and Nate Richbourg opened up about how they’re adapting and what is helping them.

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Faculty members Tom Yankeelov and Mia K. Markey share about their experiences balancing online instruction, home-schooling their own children, and the pivots they're making in their work. 

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Four students working in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are recipients of the 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowships. The fellowships will allow students to pursue graduate studies in the biomedical field.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are building a new type of ventilator made of cheap, widely available materials to help fill the demand created by the spread of COVID-19 for these critical devices that help patients breathe.

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Three seniors from the Department of Biomedical Engineering received student leadership awards from the Cockrell School of Engineering on Monday, February 24th.

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Bo Zhao will join the department and the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences as an assistant professor.

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Tyrone Porter will join the faculty as a full professor in August 2020. Porter is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University.