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.


    Team Manifold Conducts Virtual Research

    August 11, 2020

    This year’s team is the 14th Virginia iGEM team to compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, the Giant Jamboree, following a legacy of successful teams and their inventive synthetic biology solutions. Under the guidance of our advisors, Professor Papin and Professor Kozminski (Biomedical Engineering and Biology Departments, respectively), Virginia iGEM has consistently received recognition at the competition, as well as seeding biotech startups Agrospheres INC and Transfoam LLC. Along with a strong reputation to live up to, the 2020 Team has been incredibly resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.   


    Dr. Saucerman is promoted to full Professor!

    August 06, 2020

    Dr. Saucerman is now a full Professor of Biomedical Engineering! This promotion marks of the BIG career milestones for a professor of BME, right up there with first NIH ROI award (for Jeff, that was 2009), NSF CAREER Award (2013), and promotion to associate professor with tenure (2013). 


    Undergraduate Summer Research: Biomedical Engineering Student Is Creating Literature Database

    July 21, 2020
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    One in an occasional series featuring undergraduate students who are participating in summer research projects.

    Christian Jenkins, a fourth year biomedical engineering major, is spending the summer doing research with Don Griffin, assistant professor in biomedical and chemical engineering .

    “I’m analyzing publications on porous biomaterial from the last decade and using that information to write a literature review and create a database that allows researchers to easily filter through subtopics within the biomaterial field,” he said.

    The nature of the project allows him to work remotely from his apartment in Charlottesville, but he said he misses walking through the hospital late at night and cannot wait to be safely on Grounds again in the fall.


    ISMRM 2020 abstracts accepted

    April 12, 2020

    Congratulations! Salerno lab's ISMRM 2020 abstracts have been accepted:

    Matt's first-authored abstract Automatic quantification of ultra-high resolution quantitative first pass spiral perfusion imaging using Deep-learning based segmentation and motion correction has been accepted as oral presentation!

    Ruixi's first-authored abstract Continuous Acquisition of Cine Images and T1 Map using a Free-breathing Respiratory Motion-corrected Dual Flip Angle Inversion Recovery Spiral Technique at 3T has been accepted as oral presentation!

    Junyu's first authored abstract High resolution spiral simultaneous multi‐slice first‐pass perfusion imaging with whole-heart coverage at 1.5 T and 3 T has been accepted as oral presentation!



    Xitong Wang is going to join our lab

    April 12, 2020

    Xitong Wang, who is finishing her master at USC this May, will join our lab as a PhD student in the fall of 2020!

    Xitong, welcome!


    Elizabeth Earns Fellowship from the American Heart Association

    January 07, 2020

    Elizabeth Herbst has won an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship! Her project focuses on the use of ultrasound molecular imaging to characterize the aneurysmal abdominal aorta.



    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.