Health care experts from the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at UT Austin have collaborated with researchers from King’s College of London, The Alan Turing Institute, and the University of Cambridge to determine that advances in digital twin technology make it a powerful tool for facilitating predictive and precision medicine.

Viruses attack the body by sending their genetic code — DNA and RNA — into cells and multiplying. A promising class of therapeutics that uses synthetic nucleic acids to target and shut down specific, harmful genes and prevent viruses from spreading is gaining steam.

Eight biomedical engineering undergraduate students have received scholarships through the Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship (UEPS) program.

Cockrell School of Engineering alumna Jennifer L. West has been named the 14th dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

The Society for Biomaterials has awarded graduate student Taneidra Buie with a Student Award for Outstanding Research.

Mykel Green and Olivia Lanier will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering as fellows from the UT Austin Provost Early Career Fellowship program. They will receive support for three years to develop a research and teaching portfolio in the area of health care disparities. As part of a university-wide fellow cohort, they will participate in a unique mentorship program to develop skills useful to launching a successful faculty career.

Two recent papers authored by researchers from Jeanne Stachowiak’s lab describe new insights into cell behavior, which have the potential to improve understanding of how cellular membranes are shaped.

Three students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and four alumni have received 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships that will allow them to pursue graduate studies in the biomedical field.

We celebrate Women’s History Month to acknowledge the accomplishments of women on our society. Certainly in biomedical engineering at UT Austin women are making significant impacts in health care research. We have strong representation of women in our faculty and 50:50 gender equity among our undergraduate student population. We talked with three members of the Texas BME community to learn about their insights working and studying in STEM.

Nicholas Peppas was elected President-elect of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, an international society of science and engineering.