2012-2013 News

May 31, 2013

Congratulations to Sunshine Littlecreek

Congratulations to Sunshine Littlecreek on being awarded the Frances and Velio Marsocci scholarship for 2013-2014. This scholarship is only awarded to Juniors and Seniors who have shown excellent service to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences with high recommendations from the faculty and staff.

May 16, 2013

Congratulations to URECA Researcher James Lennon

James Lennon is a Biomedical Engineering major who has worked in Dr. Clinton Rubin’s laboratory since fall 2010 (when he transferred to SB) — on studying the effects of radiation exposure on bone marrow health. James was awarded the NYSTEM Fellowship to support his research in Dr. Rubin’s lab in summer 2011. In summer 2012, he received the Amgen Scholars Fellowship to conduct research at Stanford University, where he studied whether stem cells from fat tissue could be used to regrow skin following injury, in the laboratory of Dr. Geoffrey Gurtner. James has presented his research at the 2012 and 2013 BMES Annual Conferences, and the 2013 ABRCMS Conference. He has also received the 2013 Provost Award for Academic Excellence, and was one of two Stony Brook undergraduates selected this year as a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award. James will be entering a graduate /Ph.D program next fall at Stanford University to study Stem Cell Biology—investigating neural stem cell dysfunction and its role in certain brain cancers. In the long-term, he hopes to bridge the gap between stem cell research discoveries and the clinical treatment of neurological diseases.

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May 16, 2013

Congratulations to URECA Researcher Renee Hartig

Renee Hartig is a Biology major and Journalism minor with a specialization in neuroscience. She will be continuing her education at the graduate level (pursuing a combined MSc/PhD) in Europe at the International Max Planck Research Institute in Tübingen Germany. Renee has participated in the URECA symposium for the past two years, and has presented her work on cannulation studies for endothelial dysfunction models in the lab of Dr. Mary Frame (Biomedical Engineering); and also her honor's thesis project on proactive interference and spatial working memory processing in the cognitive neuroscience lab of Dr. Hoi-Chung Leung (Psychology). Renee recently attended NEURON (Regional Neuroscience Research Conference), and presented a research project on microcirculatory networks with Dr. Frame at the national Experimental Biology Conference in Boston. Renee has served as President of The Neuroscience Axis, and has coordinated outreach learning programs for local community students as a partnership project with the Dana Foundation for Brain Awareness Week 2013. Renee has been the recipient of the STEM

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May 10, 2013

Roth Regatta

Congratulations to BMES for participating in this years Roth Regatta!

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May 10, 2013

Congratulations to all students who presented at URECA

URECA's Celebration of Undergraduate Research & Creativity is an annual event organized by the URECA Program (part of UAA) that showcases undergraduate research and is open to all SBU undergraduates conducting faculty-mentored research and creative projects. As the only university-wide research symposium, this event provides a way for faculty and students to see what's going on in their own and other departments. The success of URECA's Research Celebration relies on the efforts of faculty who provide time, resources and encouragement to participate.

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May 9, 2013

Alejandra Moncayo Wins Newman Civic Fellows Award

Junior and biomedical engineering major Alejandra Moncayo of Smithtown, New York, is a 2013 recipient of the Newman Civic Fellows Award. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors college student leaders who are working on finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and are recommended by university or college presidents for their leadership and motivational qualities.

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May 3, 2013

Successful End of the Year BBQ

Thank you to all who attended the end of the year Faculty Student BBQ.

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April 12, 2013

Congratulations to BME Senior Brady Douglass

Brady Douglass has been hired by Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology to start a Biomedical Engineering section. His title is "Biomedical Engineer"

March 1, 2013

Translating bioengineering into the commercial sector: BME technology to tackle musculoskeletal disorders

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February 28, 2013

Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was featured on the covers of six of the nation’s premier peer-reviewed scientific journals.

When it comes to imaging, brain and heart research, Stony Brook faculty have it covered — literally. In 2012 the work of six researchers from the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was featured on the covers of six of the nation’s premier peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The researchers are Professor Danny Bluestein, Associate Professor Congwu Du, Assistant Professor Jonathan T.C. Liu, Associate Professor Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi, Professor Yingtian Pan, and SUNY Distinguished Professor and BME Chair Clinton Rubin.

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February 28, 2013

Danielle Green to speak about research with Governor Cuomo

Congratulations to Danielle Green, a PhD Candidate working in Clint Rubin's lab, is to speak about her/lab work at today's presentation with Governor Cuomo.

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January 9, 2013

New Graduate Student Course to Start Spring 2013

BME 611, Positron Emission Tomography, is a new BME Graduate Program course that will be offered beginning in the Spring 2013 semester.
It will be taught on Mondays, from 2:30 to 5:30 PM in Life Sciences, Rm. 030.
Please see below. It is available to go on SOLAR and register.

BME 611 – Positron Emission Tomography
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Stony Brook University
Spring 2013
Credits: 3
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a unique and powerful functional imaging method used in the clinic and in medical research. It is a multidisciplinary endeavor involving the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and medicine. This course addresses the disparate areas of science underlying PET imaging, including radioisotope production, radiotracer synthesis, the physics of the imaging process, quantitative data processing, image reconstruction approaches, data analysis, and tracer kinetic modeling to extract quantitative physiological parameters. Radiotracer validation and applications of PET will also be covered including the area of drug addiction. There is a hands-on component in which students will visit an active PET research center and acquire and manipulate PET data.

November 2, 2012

Biomedical Engineer tops CNN Money's Best Jobs in America List

What they do all day? Science fiction is a little less fictional in the day-to-day work of biomedical engineers, who design prosthetic limbs and artificial organs or regenerate tissue. They also create drug formulations, develop pharmaceuticals or collect and analyze biological data, among other work. In this field lies the intersection of biology and engineering skills, which helps crack tough problems in medicine and health.

How to get the job? A bachelor's, master's or Ph.D. in biological engineering will get prospects in the door, but engineers with more traditional degrees -- such as electrical, mechanical and chemical -- are also a good fit.

What makes it great? Not only is it one of the highest-paid engineering jobs, it's a career that gives back to society by helping to improve world health. It's also highly flexible, with positions in universities, hospitals, labs, industry and regulatory agencies.

What's the catch? Rapid technological changes mean engineers have to work hard to stay abreast of new developments -- so this isn't the field for those looking to coast through their careers. --Kate Ashford

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October 10, 2012

Stony Brook researchers develop neuroimaging technique capturing cocaine’s devastating effect on brain blood flow

Researchers from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University have developed a high-resolution, 3D optical Doppler imaging tomography technique that captures the effects of cocaine restricting the blood supply in vessels – including small capillaries – of the brain. The study, reported in Molecular Psychiatry, and with images on the journal’s October 2012 cover, illustrates the first use of the novel neuroimaging technique and provides evidence of cocaine-induced cerebral microischemia, which can cause stroke.

Stroke is one of the most serious medical risks of cocaine abuse. Cerebral blood flow (CBF) is disrupted due to the vasoactive effects of cocaine, and research has shown that the process contributes to stroke in cocaine abusers. An effective treatment has yet to be discovered because of minimal knowledge on the underlying mechanisms that cause cerebrovascular changes resulting from cocaine abuse. Current neuroimaging methods that could reveal clues to underlying mechanisms that cause cocaine-induced restricted CBF, such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography angiography, are limited in scope. The Stony Brook team’s neuroimaging technique offers a promising method to investigate structural changes in the small neurovascular networks of the brain that may be implicated in stroke.

In “Cocaine-induced cortical microischemia in the rodent brain: clinical implications,” the researchers discovered that cocaine administered in doses equivalent to those normally taken by abusers caused constriction in blood vessels that inhibited CBF for varying lengths of time. Brain arteries, veins, and even capillaries, the smallest vessels, were affected by the doses. CBF was markedly decreased within just two-to-three minutes after drug administration. In some vessels, a decrease in CBF reached 70 percent. Recovery time for the vessels varied. Cocaine interrupted CBF in some arteriolar branches for more than 45 minutes. This effect became more pronounced after repeated cocaine administration.

“Our study revealed evidence of cocaine-induced cerebral microischemic changes in multiple experimental models, and we were able to clearly image the process and vasoactive effects at a microvascular level,” said study Principal Investigator Yingtian Pan, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University. “These clinical changes jeopardize oxygen delivery to cerebral tissue making it vulnerable to ischemia and neuronal death.”

The study reflects the collaborative research of Dr. Pan and Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Congwu Du, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, and Dr. Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse. They point out that the types of cocaine-induced microischemic changes that occurred in the brain model are likely a contributor to neurotoxic effects, and they could underlie some of the neurological complications commonly experienced by cocaine abusers. These include various sensory changes, facial paralysis, numbness, and partial to full and irreversible paralysis.

Other study co-authors include Stony Brook Biomedical Engineering graduate students H. Ren, Z. Yuan, and research staff K. Park.

The research was supported, in part, by NIH grants and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Intramural Research Program.

Stony Brook University Biomedical Engineering Professors Drs. Yingtian Pan, left, and Congwu Du, developed a novel 3D optical Doppler imaging tomography technique that captures the effects of cocaine restricting the blood supply in brain blood vessels.

About the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University is one of 25 departments within the School of Medicine and is part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Established in 2000, the department includes 20 faculty who train students in undergraduate, MS and PhD programs. Areas of research emphasis include Biomechanics & Biomaterials, Bioelectricity & Bioimaging, Tissue Engineering, Bioinstrumentation and Biosignal Processing, and Cell & Molecular Bioengineering.

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September 24, 2012

Undergrad Receives Biomedical Engineering Award for Her Research

Vihita Patel has been named one of four recipients of the international 2012 Design and Research Awards by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). This award specifically targets excellence in undergraduate research. Patel was awarded for her work entitled “Low Intensity Vibration Treatment Tapers Obesity-Induced Type 2 Diabetes by Decreasing the Size of Adipocytes in Mice.” She will be recognized at the BMES 2012 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 24 to October 27.

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September 4, 2012

The Annual BME Graduate Student Research Symposium

The Annual BME Graduate Student Research Symposium (aka Research Day) was held on August 24 in the Wang Center, hosted by Profs. Paul Vaska and Congwu Du. Our graduate students presented the diverse research of the department with consistently high-quality presentations - 12 talks and 25 posters throughout the day. Topics ranged from novel imaging techniques to the optimal design of artificial heart valves. The best poster award went to Liangjun Lin of Prof.Yi-Xian Qin's group for his work on using ultrasound to characterize trabecular bone, and the best talk award went to Maggie Swierczewska who is working with Prof. Molly Frame on developing unique nanomaterials for cancer imaging and therapy.

August 6, 2012

New Graduate Student Course to start Fall 2012

BME 515 Biomedical Optical Imaging. Will be offered as a new graduate course starting in Fall 2012. For additional information please see the Graduate Course Offerings page.

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August 1, 2012

Faculty Search, Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is inviting applications for an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor tenure-track faculty position in any BME area, including but not limited to: Cell and Molecular Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Biosignal Processing, and Instrumentation.

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July 15, 2012

Congratulations BME Tough Mudders

Congratulations to Dani, Danielle, Divya, Steve, Gabe, Jason, Sarah and Tomasz for participating in Tough Mudder on July 14th at Mt. Snow.