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.

The Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Society has selected Yin-Jui Chang, has been as a recipient of the BCI Society Student Award for his submission to the 2021 International BCI Meeting.

Manuel Rausch, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award for 2021.

Dr. Jeanne Stachowiak has received a new five-year $3 million R35 grant from the National Institutes of Health to research protein networks as synergistic drivers of cellular membrane remodeling.

A national network of women deans, chairs and distinguished faculty in biomedical engineering, including from the Cockrell School of Engineering, called upon the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other major funding agencies to address disparities in allocating support for Black researchers.

In the 77 years since chemotherapy has been used to treat cancer, it has extended the lives of many patients. Yet some patients develop resistance to chemotherapy, and this remains a clinical challenge. Associate Professor Amy Brock’s work focuses on analyzing individual cancer cells within tumors to gain insights into the reasons some of them become resistant to chemotherapy, in an effort to find more effective treatment methods for more patients.

Yin-Jui (Derek) Chang, a second-year graduate student advised by Dr. Samantha Santacruz, has received a 2020 Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience. The award is given to trainee graduate students or postdoctoral researchers who demonstrate scientific merit and excellence in research.