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.



    Ph.D. Student Lands National Science Foundation INTERN Funding for Research at Merck

    October 23, 2019
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    Nate Sallada, a Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Bryan Berger’s lab, recently received a National Science Foundation Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students INTERN award. INTERN opportunities provide supplemental funding for students already supported by an active National Science Foundation grant, allowing them to pursue activities and training that complements their academic research experience.

    The funding will support collaborative work with researchers at Merck & Co., which follows up on previous work with the pharmaceutical company that is pending publication. The research involves developing new, protein-based formulating agents to improve drug delivery for the treatment of diseases. Nate will work at Merck in winter and spring of 2020 with Matthew Lamm, director of preformulation at Merck, to further investigate the mechanism of improved drug delivery using the designed proteins developed at UVA.


    Hossack Lab at IEEE in Scotland

    October 21, 2019

    Hossack Lab grad students Elizabeth Herbst and Yanjun Xie presented their research at the 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Glasgow, Scotland. Yanjun's research focused on designing a feedback control system on the diameters of microbubbles produced by a flow-focusing microfluidic device. Elizabeth's research was focused on the use of normalized singular spectrum area to isolate unique signals from ultrasound contrast agents. 






    Ruixi's Paper Accepted by MRM

    April 30, 2019

    Congratulations! Ruixi's paper SPARCS: Free‐breathing cine imaging with motion‐corrected reconstruction at 3T using SPiral Acquisition with Respiratory correction and Cardiac Self‐gating just published on MRM!

    For more information, please check on: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mrm.27763 


    Lampe Lab Has Article in Press in Journal of The American Chemical Society

    April 10, 2019
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    James Tang, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate, is the lead author with Assistant Professor Kyle Lampe of “Stimuli-Responsive, Pentapeptide, Nanofiber Hydrogel for Tissue Engineering.” The article is in press in the Journal of The American Chemical Society. Cameron Mura, a senior scientist in the Bourne Lab associated with UVA’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Data Science.


    Always be waiting on something

    February 06, 2019

    There is a wonderfully intoxicating process of building your lab as an independent investigator. All the decisions are yours now. Who becomes part of your team, how you run the lab, when you have lab meetings, where do you order reagent X from..the possibilities are endless.