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Congratulations to Steven Roberts

Congratulations to Steven Roberts on being a 2017 NSEF Poster Session Winner for his project with Dr. Nitin Agrawal on “201ah: A Novel Technique for Rapidly Synthesizing Small Unilamellar Liposomes with High Encapsulation Efficiencies.

More information about this project can be found here:

Congratulations to Zachary Baker, Iris Stone, and Brian Schnoor

Congratulations to Zachary Baker who has been selected as a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. His faculty research mentor is Nathalia Peixoto. He is the first Goldwater scholar in Bioengineering and one of only four in Mason’s history so far. Zach was also awarded an NSF REU summer internship at The Johns Hopkins University.

Congratulations to Iris Stone, a student in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, who was also selected as a Goldwater Scholar this year. Her research mentor is Patrick Vora, who is an affiliate faculty in Bioengineering.

A list of 2017 Goldwater Scholars can be found here:

Congratulations to Brian Schnoor, who was recently awarded a highly competitive RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) undergraduate internship to work in a research lab in Germany this coming summer. Brian is one of our University Scholars. More information on RISE can be found here:

Bioengineering Convocation 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 graduates! Convocation and the Bioengineering Department reception were held on May 12, 2016. We are proud of everyone’s dedication and hard work! Visit the gallery here.

Mason’s Board of Visitors approves new M.S. in Bioengineering

On March 31, Mason’s Board of Visitors gave its approval to a new M.S. degree in Bioengineering. It will now go forward to SCHEV to seek final approval. Congratulations to the Bioengineering Department, and in particular to Laurence Bray and Peter Katona for their work in developing the proposal.

Nashaat Rasheed Receives 2016 Provost Summer Research Fellowship

Nashaat Rasheed is a Bioengineering PhD student who has been selected as recipient of a 2016 Summer Research Fellowship. The intent of the Summer Research Fellowship is to provide funding for masters and doctoral level students during the summer months, allowing them to spend concentrated time on thesis or dissertation research without the distraction of employment. Congratulations!

Bioengineering Junior Erin Schulte receives Provost Scholar Athlete Award

Erin Schulte is a junior in the Bioengineering Department and a swimmer on the George Mason Swim and Dive Team who won the Provost Scholar Athlete Award for the second time! The award recognizes the student-athletes who have earned at least 38 credit hours at Mason and have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better. Congratulations!!

Bioengineering Students in Guatemala

This winter four bioengineering students spent three weeks in Guatemala as part of the BENG 499 Bioengineering World Health class to fix equipment in rural hospitals. Mahsa Layasali, Quentin O’Kelly, Arash Touhidi and Lan-Khanh Tran came back with new impressions, great memories and wonderful learning experiences. And they felt particularly good about the fact that they knew they made a difference. The Bioengineering Department will again offer this elective in Fall 2016. For more information please contact either Dr. Bray at or Claudia Borke at

Volgenau Faculty Awarded Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants by Provost

The Provost recently announced the recipients of the first annual Provost Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives. A number of Volgenau faculty were among the recipients:

  • Carolina Salvador-Morales and Juan Cebral, “Engineering novel theranostic devices for cancer treatment using an integrative experimental and simulation approach”
  • Nathalia Peixoto, Brenda Bannan, Carryl Baldwin, “Engineering networked tracking devices for smart medical and emergency response training”
  • Siddhartha Sikdar and Andrew Guccione, “Effects of intensive task-specific training in patients with spinal cord injury: from physiology to function”

The Students as Scholars QEP Leadership Council has selected Dr. Joiner for the 2015 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award

Dr. Joiner

The OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award, given annually by the Leadership Council, recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason community members who mentor undergraduate students on their research and creative activities, and who foster a culture of student scholarship in support of Mason’s Students as Scholars initiative.

His dedication will be recognized at the Celebration of Student Scholarship on May 5, 2015 in the Center for the Arts. The outstanding undergraduate scholars will be displaying their projects, and speaking about their experiences.
For more information on the program visit the OSCAR website.

Mason Bioengineering faculty honored by American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

During the upcoming annual meeting of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) on March 15-17, Dr. Juan Cebral of the Mason Department of Bioengineering will be inducted into the AIMBE College of Fellows.

AIMBE’s College of Fellows represent the top 2% of medical and biological engineering (MBE) community. The College of Fellows consists of approximately 1,500 individuals who have made significant contributions to the MBE community whether in academia, industry, or government and their contributions to MBE research, industry practice, and education have transformed the world.

Dr. Juan Cebral has made pioneering contributions in the field of patient-specific computational fluid dynamics modeling of blood flows, and its application to cerebral aneurysms. He has developed advanced image-based computer modeling methodologies that can be used not only for basic research into the underlying mechanisms of aneurysmal disease, but also for the clinical evaluation of intracranial aneurysms and endovascular devices. He has proposed connections between aneurysmal hemodynamic characteristics and subsequent aneurysm rupture, which can be used to identify aneurysms at higher risk of rupture. He has also developed techniques for in silico simulation of endovascular devices such as flow diverters, for the virtual testing of these devices and for selecting the best treatment of a given patient. His work has had a large impact in the aneurysm research community and has motivated many scientific investigations as well as entrepreneurial initiatives. These are important contributions that will help improve the care of patients with cerebral aneurysms.

Engineering Students Fix Equipment in Guatemalan Hospitals

Volgenau School of Engineering student repairing a baby bottle cleaner at a Guatemalan Hospital

Engineering student Mohamed Ali works to repair a baby bottle washer at Roosevelt Hospital, Guatemala City.
The Roosevelt and San Juan de Dios Hospitals in Guatemala have no shortage of medical equipment. What the hospitals need, however, is trained qualified people who can repair or maintain the equipment.

To help solve this dilemma, five George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering students partnered with Engineering World Health to travel to Guatemala and offer their assistance. The team spent three weeks at Guatemalan hospitals troubleshooting, repairing and, if necessary, disposing of donated medical devices and supplies. Some devices were as simple as an electric fan, others as complicated as an autoclave.

Read more about it here on the GMU News Desk

Christian Koudelka receives Osher Lifelong Learning Institute scholarship

The Department of Bioengineering would like to congratulate Christian Koudelka for his scholarship from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Christian has demonstrated hard work and commitment to excellence in the classroom and laboratory!

GMU Students take opportunity to study at Postech University in Korea

A group of six GMU students with majors in Engineering, Biology, Math, and Graphic Design (with Bioengineering student Mihret Tafesse) took part in a winter intensive class during the first two weeks of January at the Postech University, in Korea. The class centered around Innovation and Design, included six Korean students, and was led by Drs Seshaiyer (Math) and Peixoto (ECE). The attached picture was taken during the New Year ceremony at Postech, during the first day of classes.

Picture of students attending a class at Postech University in Korea

From left to right: Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer Chris Aguilar, Sarah Choi, Mihret Tafesse, Michael Machado, Dr. Daniel Suh, Chelsea Mohindro, Elena Galindo, Dr. Nathalia Peixoto, Dr. Mary Suh, Jin-Woo Oh

Terry McGowan wins Mason’s Exceptional Support Award!

Each year, George Mason honors its very best with Outstanding Achievement Awards. These awards are given to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff across several awards categories. One of these awards is the Exceptional Support Award that is given to:
Employees who provide excellent support for their department and the University to grow and prosper. They are often the ‘go-to’ person in their department providing excellent customer service and ensuring that the functions and operations of their department run smoothly.
We would like to congratulate Terry McGowan, Administrative Assistant/Purchasing Specialist, Department of Bioengineering who was selected to receive this award. She has been with us since 2011 and will be recognized at the 2014 Awards Ceremony that will be held on November 4 from 2:30-4:00 in the Global Grand Ballroom.

Welcome to our New Faculty

Juan R. Cebral joins us as Professor from the Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics in the College of Science at George Mason University. He earned his PhD in Computational Sciences and Informatics from George Mason University in 1996. His research focus is on image-based patient-specific computational modeling of cerebral blood flow and aneurysms. He is the PI of an NIH R21, Co-PI of an NIH R01, and PI of a grant from Philips Health Care (The Netherlands).
Parag Chitnis earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston in 2007. Since 2008, Parag Chitnis has been working at the F. L. Lizzi Center for Biomedical Engineering at Riverside Research as a Research Scientist. His research focus spans noninvasive ablation therapy using high-intensity focused ultrasound, interaction between high-frequency ultrasound and encapsulated microbubbles, and photoacoustic imaging. He is the PI of an NIH R21.

Congratulations to Katrina Colucci-Chang for her NASA scholarship and SULI invitation

Katrina Colucci-Chang has been selected to receive a two-year scholarship funded by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA Aeronautics Scholarship. This scholarship package includes an academic scholarship for each school year and a mandatory 10 week Summer 2015 internship to be conducted at a NASA center performing aeronautics research. Congratulations!
Besides the NASA scholarship she was also selected to participate in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) from the Department of Energy at the Ames National Laboratory at Ames, Iowa.

Congratulations to Alireza Akhavian

Alireza Akhavian is a graduate student associated with the Bioengineering Department and researching methods to ameliorate seizures in rodent models. To see for details on his The John C. and Louise P. Wood Graduate Scholarship:

Read Dr. Sikdar’s article published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments

Dr. Siddartha Sikdar’s team uses cutting edge imaging technology for joint movement, effecting a new and promising way to study osteoarthritis.
Read his article published here: “Osteoarthritis and the (not so) painful step toward understanding”

Congratulations to Drs. Lynn Gerber, Jay Shah and Siddartha Sikdar!

Check out this article in the Health and Science section of the Washington Post (June 18th) Click Here!

Congratulations to Von Botteicher and Emily Eastlake for their “Distinguished Academic Achievement and Commitment to Scholarship” departmental award.

Emily Eastlake and Dr. PancrazioVon Botteicher and Dr. Pancrazio

One PhD position is available in Salvador-Morales Lab (Department of Bioengineering, GMU) in the area of Nanotechnology.

For further information please send an enquiry to

Congratulations to our July and August Faculty Award and Grant recipients Dr. Joseph Pancrazio, Dr. Carolina Salvador Morales and Dr. Nathalia Peixoto

Joe Pancrazio Receives Funding from Excet & U.S. Army

Joe Pancrazio of the Bioengineering Department received $20K from Excet, Inc. and the U.S. Army for his project “Electrophysiological Analyses of Human Neural Progenitor Cells”. 8/16/2013

Carolina Salvador Morales Receives Funding from NSF

Carolina Salvador Morales of the Bioengineering Department received $74K from the National Science Foundation for her project “Exploring the Role of Polymer Thermodynamics in the Formation of Patches on Polymer-Core-Shell Particles”. 8/2/2013

Nathalia Peixoto Receives Funding from NSF

Nathalia Peixoto of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $6K from the National Science Foundation for her project “BECS: Pattern-Steering in Nonlinear Dynamical Networks”. 8/2/2013

Joe Pancrazio Receives Funding from NIH

Joe Pancrazio of the Bioengineering Department received $172K from NIH for his project “U13: Neural Interfaces Conference”. 7/26/2013

The University of Technology, Sydney, in Australia is offering a direct exchange program!

The partnership is based on an MOU that allows for undergraduate and/or graduate exchange (one semester or one full academic year) from each institution to spend time at the other. The Direct Exchange agreement, as it is called, is a very economic option for students since the bulk price of this sort of study abroad, tuition, is still paid at the student’s home institution (in-state tuition payers still pay in-state tuition to Mason, out-of-state tuition payers still pay out-of-state tuition to Mason, and Australian students pay their normal tuition at UTS to UTS). Students do have to pay some things, i.e., housing, health insurance, airfare, etc., but with the direct exchange model, a semester abroad is really within reach for many.

The link can be found here:
Here is an example of one of the Medical Engineering programs for undergraduates:
Any students who may be interested in participating in this exchange should be in contact with Daria Dmitrievna Stepanova (, the Direct Exchange coordinator for the program.


Katrina Nguyen is accepted to Children’s National Medical Center’s summer internship

Katrina Nguyen

Let’s congratulate Katrina Nguyen for her acceptance to this summer’s internship at Children’s National Medical Center. During her time there she will work on an inexpensive mechanism replicating a partial seizure in the SimBaby mannequin using common bicycle components.


Cameron Grady is accepted to the NIH Summer Internship Program

Cameron Grady

Congratulations to Bioengineering senior Cameron Grady who was accepted to the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP). Cameron will be working side-by-side with other scientists in the biomedical research area of bioinformatics. To learn more about the internship follow this link –


Kathryn Radom gets 2013 Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Kathryn Radom

Let’s congratulate Bioengineering student Kathryn Radom for her 2013 Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program selection, which includes an academic scholarship and an internship with NOAA in Summer 2014. She was the only one selected from GMU! To learn more about the scholarship follow this link –



Dr. Burke at Focused Ultrasound Symposium in Bethesda on October 16th

PhD students present at EMBC

Khalid Al-Muhanna, Avinash Eranki and Diego Turo presented their posters at the EMBC end of August in San Diego. Khalid and Avinash work as PhD students under the supervision of Dr. Siddartha Sikdar, Assistant Professor for Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mason and Diego Turo works with Dr. Sikdar as a Postdoctoral Fellow. The EMBC averages about 2000 attendees per year. All of them enjoyed the opportunity to present, network and meet several key note speakers and share some of their research ideas with them.

PhD students' picture

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Dr. Wilsaan Joiner receives prestigious grant from NIH

Dr. Wilsaan JoinerWilsaan Joiner of the Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments received $977K from the National Institutes of Health for his project “Role of the saccadic eye-movement corollary discharge in stable visual perception”.

This is the first time a faculty member from the Volgenau School has received a NIH Pathway to Independence K99/R00 award, an award that is widely considered to be highly competitive and prestigious.

Bioengineering’s First Graduating Student

Santosh PoudelMr. Santosh Poudel is our first undergraduate student to earn a BS in Bioengineering from Mason. He graduated during the summer of 2012 is currently working and considering plans for graduate studies. We all wish him good luck for his future career!

Bioengineering Senior Design Team selected for RESNA Student Design Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to our Senior Design Team under the leadership of Dr. Nathalia Peixoto. Her team was being selected as one of ten finalists for the prestigious RESNA 2012 Student Design Competition. The title of their work was “Semi-automatic feeding device for wheelchair users”.
RESNA is an interdisciplinary organization that focuses on technology and disability. Members include rehabilitation researchers and engineers, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, special educators, rehabilitation counselors, consumers, suppliers, and manufacturers of assistive technology. Collectively these members impact all environmental domains and technology issues.



2011 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award goes to Dr. Siddartha Sikdar, Dr. Peter Leeson and Dr. Qiliang Li

Dr. Siddartha SikdarSiddhartha Sikdar, a member on the bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering faculty, has since 2008 held an appointment at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. His research interests are in the development and clinical translation of new diagnostic ultrasound imaging techniques and applications, and the application of bioengineering concepts, tools, and techniques.

Sikdar has forged a number of external and internal collaborations, foremost among them a partnership with Lynn Gerber, MD, director of the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability. He earned his bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and an MS and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2010, Sikdar was recognized by the National Science Foundation with a CAREER award.


BENG Students received URSP support

Congratulations to our students who successfully competed for Undergraduate Research Scholars Program support:

  • Von Botteicher (Bioengineering) is working with Professor Siddhartha Sikdar (Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering) on “Detecting Brain Micromotion and Its Effect on an Implanted Electrode Using Diagnostic Ultrasound”.
  • Michelle Samra (Electrical Engineering – Bioengineering Concentration) is working with Professor Carolina Salvador Morales (Bioengineering) on “Construction of an Electrophoretic Image Display Based on Particles”.
  • Xue Yin (Bioengineering) is working with Professor Carolina Salvador Morales (Bioengineering) on “Synthesis of Microparticles Loaded with Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Targeting Moiety as a New Diagnostic Imaging Vehicle”.

For more information on the URSP, , Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) :: Students as Scholars :: George Mason University ,


High School students mentored by Prof. Rangwala are regional finalists in Siemens Competition

Congrats to Eric (Ye) Tao and Marvin Qian, high school students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology who are in the Regional Finals for the Siemens Competition. The team is mentored by Professor Huzefa Rangwala of the Computer Science Dept. The project is related to the modeling of solenoid proteins using machine learning approaches.

They will compete at the regional event held at Georgia Tech University (Nov 3-5, 2011) for a place in the national competition.

From the competition web-site & FCPS News Release:


Profs. Joe Pancrazio (PI), Nathalia Peixoto (co-PI) and Robert Smith (co-PI), received $604,712 from an anticipated total funding of $3.2 million from SSC/DOD

Please join me in congratulating Profs. Joe Pancrazio (PI), Chair of the Bioengineering Department, Nathalia Peixoto, of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Robert Smith, Chair of the Psychology Department, who received $604,712 from an anticipated total funding of $3,234,626 from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific for his project “Biocompatibility of Advanced Materials of Brain Interfaces (BAMBI)”. The period of performance is 11/14/2011 to 11/13/2013.

Dr. Daniel A. Menasce
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Science Volgenau School of Engineering, Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2510, MS 5C8


Trapollo, LLC, Partners with George Mason University Bioengineering Department

The Bioengineering Department established a new partnership with Herndon, Virginia-based Trapollo, LLC, a healthcare services company working to deploy large scale telehealth monitoring technology to develop novel biomedical monitoring technology.

The technology under development will enable high-resolution thermal imaging of tissue to aid in home management of at-risk patients. The Bioengineering Department, the Volgenau school’s newest department, is supporting senior undergraduate design teams to utilize tools and concepts in engineering to solve problems in biomedicine. Through this partnership, students will gain invaluable experience in collaborating with the private biomedical technology sector while making significant contributions that have the potential to improve health care delivery for citizens of Virginia and the nation. You can learn more about Trapollo online at


Profs. Nathalia Peixoto (PI) and Vasiliki Ikonomidou (co-PI) receive $125K from NSF

Profs. Nathalia Peixoto (PI) and Vasiliki Ikonomidou (co-PI), of the Electrical Engineering Department and affiliated faculty in the Bioengineering Department, received $125,000 from NSF for their project titled: “GARDE : EQUALS: Enhancing Quality of Life of Student through senior designs”. The period of performance is 1/1/12 – 12/31/16


Professor Siddhartha Sikdar receives $49K from the Department of Vetrans Affairs

Dear all,
Please join me in congratulating Professor Siddhartha Sikdar from our Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments who received $48,580.00 from the Department of Veteran Affairs for his project “Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: Cognitive Function and Plaque Correlates (ACCOF)”. The anticipated funding is $194,392.00 and the period of performance is April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012.