BME Briefs

Welcome to BME Briefs, a place to find quick notes and posts from the faculty, students, staff and alumni of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia.

    Medicine in Motion Features BME Emerging Leaders Symposium

    December 08, 2022

    The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) hosted the inaugural Emerging Leaders in Biomedical Engineering Symposium on Friday, November 18th, at the Pinn Hall Conference Center, featuring . The symposium was supported by a grant to Enhance Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UVA from the Provost’s Office, School of Engineering Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society. Mete Civelek, Dan Abebayehu and Natasha Sheybani were the biomedical engineering department faculty who spearheaded the event.

    New Coulter Award

    October 17, 2022

    Hossack lab has a new Coulter Partnership Award of $136,00 for the design of a therapeutic ultrasound approach for the treatment of degenerative heart valve disease. The Principal Investigators are: John A. Hossack, Biomedical Engineering and Patricia Rodriguez Lozano, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine. Clinical Co-Investigators include: Austin Robinson, M.D., Mohamed Morsy, M.D., and Christopher Kramer M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine and Radiology. New designs will be developed using Finite Element Analysis to evaluate technical tradeoffs. The project will involve simulation and in vitro testing. Some ex vivo testing will be performed subject to availability of suitable tissue.

    UVA Health Features Dr. Richard Price and the New Center for Focused Ultrasound Cancer Immunotherapy

    August 17, 2022

    Richard Price, PhD, Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is a co-director of the World’s First Focused Ultrasound Cancer Immunotherapy Center, which could revolutionize 21st-century cancer care. Here's how Dr. Price said thinks his research positively impacts UVA Health.

    Class of 2022: Outstanding Student Awards

    August 09, 2022

    What do these Class of 2022 Biomedical Engineering graduates have in common? Each won a 2022 "Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year" award, and they are all biomedical engineers!


    Diana Albaraccin, B.S., UVA Engineering Outstanding Student of the Year | Nikita Sivakumar, B.S., UVA Engineering Outstanding Student of the Year

    Katie Gorick (Price Lab), Ph.D., UVA Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Student Award | Samantha Perez (Kelly Lab), Ph.D., UVA Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Student Award

    Tanyaporn (Oom) Pattarabanjird, Ph.D. (M.D. expected 2023), UVA Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (she also won the Peach Award)

    Student Accolade: Yonathan Aberra (Civelek Lab)

    August 09, 2022

    Congratulations to Yonathan Aberra, for being this year's recipient of the Kern Lipid Conference Early Career Investigator Award! Yoni is a PhD candidate and Cardiovascular Training Grant appointee in Mete Civelek's lab.

    Student Accolade: Megan Haase (Blemker Lab)

    August 09, 2022

    Megan Haase is a new ARCS Foundation Scholar! She is a PhD candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Dr. Silvia Blemker's Lab studying muscle adaptation and injury modeling.

    Student Accolade: Delaney Fisher (Price Lab)

    August 09, 2022

    Congratulations to PhD candidate and American Heart Association predoctoral research fellow Delaney Fisher, who who won a Best Oral Presentaton Awards at the 21st Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound!

    Alumni Spotlight: Hill Johnson (ME)

    July 12, 2022

    Hill Johnson is now a senior design engineer at a medical device startup. He earned a master of engineering degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. Here's what he says about how his educational experiences helped to shape his career: