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.


    Grad Student Spotlight: Connor Moore (Papin Lab)

    July 12, 2022

    Connor rotated in the Fallahi-Sichani lab, Sheffield lab and Papin lab before joining the Papin Lab during his first year as a graduate student in biomedical engineering at UVA. Read more about him here!


    AgroSpheres' New Partnership With Bayer

    July 07, 2022

    What started out as a University of Virginia student project led by Ameer Shakeel, Payam Pourtaheri, Joseph Frank, Sepehr Zomorodi and Zach Davis in Dr. Mark Kester's lab several years ago has come quite a long way. Earlier this month, AgroSpheres ­ announced a multi-year collaboration with Bayer to create novel modalities of biologicals for use as crop protection products. Learn more about this exciting new partnership: Link


    Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Director Wins Two Univeristy Teaching Awards

    June 13, 2022

    Shannon Barker, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and the program's undergraduate program director, has earned two awards for excellence in teaching from the University of Virginia—the Provost's "All-University Teaching Award" and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation's "Hartfield Excellence in Teaching Award." While Dr. Barker is not the only department faculty member to win both awards—William Guilford and Timothy Allen have done so as well—she is the only one to win both in a single year.



    Mukti and Bryana Earn Graduate Research Fellowship Awards from the American Heart Association

    January 24, 2022

    Mukti Chowkwale and Bryana Harris, graduate students in Dr. Saucerman's Cardiac Systems Biology Group, have been awarded competitive Graduate Fellowship Awards from the American Heart Association. Learn more about Mukti in this Profile. Learn more about Bryana in this Profile.


    Bryana Earns a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award

    January 24, 2022

    More than half of UVA’s BME PhD students will graduate with a prestigious named fellowship from the National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health, the University of Virginia or a private foundation. Bryana Harris, a graduate student in Dr. Saucerman's Cardiac Systems Biology Group, has been awarded a coveted Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bryana in this Profile.

    MORE: BME Students Continue Their Success in Securing Competitive Fellowships


    Bryana Harris Earns Best Poster Award at Cardiac Physiome Society Workshop

    January 14, 2022

    Bryana Harris, a graduate student in Jeff Saucerman's Cardiac Systems Biology Group, won a James B. Bassingthwaighte Best Poster Award at the 2021 Cardiac Physiome Society Workshop. See Bryana's winning poster HERE:


    Alumni Spotlight: John Hanckel (BS/ME)

    January 02, 2022

    John Hanckel is a human factors engineer at a major medical device company. He graduated with both a bachelor of science and a master of engineering in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. Here's what he says about how his educational experiences helped to shape his career: