Spring 2017 Senior Design Team wins Venture Prize at the NIH DEBUT competition (with the assistance of Cliff Wilke’s team)
Marissa Howard, Rohit Madhu, Sara Sharif, Sameen Yusuf composed the team at George Mason University responsible for the engineering that earned the Venture Prize at NIH’s DEBUT Challenge.
Current diagnostic tests available to individuals at risk for latent and active tuberculosis are invasive (requiring blood sample or an injection), expensive, and time consuming. The TB Assured is a paper-based immunoassay that uses nanoparticles to identify tuberculosis biomarkers in a urine sample. This could make diagnosis simple and inexpensive and help health professionals limit the spread of the disease.
Bioengineering Team wins top prize in RICE competition
George Mason’s TB ASSURED earned third place with its rapid, point-of-care tuberculosis diagnostic test. Their technology, an electrical, paper-based immunoassay, was designed to provide a low-cost, analytically sensitive TB diagnostic from urine samples. Read more here!
BIOE team wins 2nd place at SWE Undergraduate Technical Poster Competition
Caitlin Johnson, Zaineb Nawaz, Elizabeth Tarbox and Katrina Colucci Chang won 2nd place at the SWE (Society of Women Engineers) Undergraduate Technical Poster Competition at the National Conference in Philadelphia, PA for their senior design project called “Design of a Wearable Low Powered Ultrasound System for Prosthetic Control using Time Delay Spectrometry
BIOE team receives award at the BMES Undergraduate Research and Design Competition
Bioengineering seniors complement their studies by visiting INOVA ASTEC
Bioengineering seniors went to the INOVA ASTEC facilities to complement their Mason classroom/research experience with current medical applications. The education center provides real-time surgical education through instrumentation for open and laparoscopic surgeries, endoscopic physical and virtual reality trainers, high-fidelity, interactive mannequins, and robotic simulators. This experience allowed Bioengineering students to relate engineering principles to medicine in a clinical environment.
Bioengineering students take home most awards at VSE UG Research Celebration
Students from the Volgenau School of Engineering showcased a wide variety of research, design, and scholarly work at the third annual Undergraduate Research Celebration on April 18, 2016.
Winning students received cash prizes for the most outstanding projects. Representatives from local industries evaluated the poster presentations and the winning entries received cash prizes. There was also a special “People’s Choice Award” voted on by all attendees, and the winner also received a cash prize.
Read more here!
Student Highlight: Paige Epler, 19-year-old summa cum laude student works in Microfluidics lab
STUDENT HIGHLIGHT: Paige Epler is a 19-year-old Summa Cum Laude student who has earned a BS in Biology with a minor in Astronomy here at Mason. She is now considering studying Bioengineering in Fall 2016 and is currently working in Dr. Agrawal’s lab. Her research at the Krasnow Institute uses microfluidics to study the behavior of individual cancer cells and small groups of cancer cells at various concentrations of oxygen, with an emphasis on hypoxic conditions, so that the effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs at different oxygen concentrations can be determined. The study is relevant because hypoxia induces chemotherapeutic drug resistance in cancer cells. Therefore, understanding the effects of hypoxia will facilitate and develop more potent therapies.
Alex Nixon Receives Inaugural Katona Scholarship for Bioengineering Excellence
Alex Nixon may be studying the small world of nanotechnology, but he has big plans for his future. Now, the Department of Bioengineering has rewarded this rising senior with the first-ever Katona Scholarship for Bioengineering Excellence and made his big plans more attainable.
The Katona Scholarship for Excellence in Bioengineering is available to rising seniors with a declared major and open to bioengineering students pursuing any concentration within the degree program. The students selected for the scholarship must demonstrate strong academic performance, professional leadership within the university or outside, and exceptional promise for a successful bioengineering career that would benefit society.
Read the full article here: Alex Nixon Receives Inaugural Katona Scholarship for Bioengineering Excellence
David Remer and Mohammed Ali Present Their Senior Design Project at NEBEC in Troy, NY
GMU Bioengineering Students Present Their Research at Neural Control Movement Conference
Erin McKenna and Laith Alhussein presented at the Neural Control Movement annual conference in Charleston, SC. Erin’s poster was entitled “The Latency Of Visual Feedback Does Not Affect The Learning Of Novel Movement Dynamics, But Does Influence Fine Movement Accuracy” and Laith presented on “The Intralimb Stability Of Adaptation To Novel Movement Dynamics Is Influenced By Both The Training Schedule And The Motion Dependence Of The Perturbation”.
Bioengineering Student Sameen Yusuf at NCUR in Spokane
Bioengineering student Robert Graham presenting a poster at the IEEE Brain Grand Challenges conference, 11/13, in Washington DC
Bioengineering Students as Scholars
Students as Scholars is Mason’s initiative to support undergraduate research and creative activity, both within and beyond the classroom. The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) is the home of Students as Scholars. OSCAR uses a blog to feature work by our undergraduate scholars, update you on scholarly events at Mason and share opportunities beyond Mason. Follow the blogs of our Bioengineering students Beom Seo Koo, Alex Nixon and Mihret Tafesse to find out about their research!
OSCAR FELLOW: Laith Alhussein
The Office of Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) elects a select few to represent their department from the student body; these select students, who have displayed a sincere interest in promoting the growth of undergraduate scholarship on campus, are named OSCAR Fellows. OSCAR Fellows have had previous experience with research or creative activities and provide outreach to the Mason community about student scholarship. Here is what Bioengineering Student Laith Alhussein is saying about the program:
“Participating in undergraduate research has been the most rewarding and beneficial academic component of my undergraduate career thus far. Starting in the summer of my sophomore year, my research on translational neuroscience has allowed me to transform often times abstruse concepts I’ve learned in the classroom into vivid, real-world solving techniques for practical application. Moreover, the skills I’ve gained conducting research has helped with my performance in many of my classes. While my experience has provided for plenty of intellectually challenging endeavors, which I enjoy, it has also taught me a lot about myself; I’m certainly a better student because of it, but also a better person. My experience has exposed many of my character flaws, and I’ve come to appreciate patience, dedication, and humility much more. Ultimately, if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that participating in research under the continuing tutelage of my amazing mentor, Dr. Wilsaan Joiner, will forever remain a major contributor behind my success and achievements. I really look forward to the day I can do the same for someone else.”
Congratulations to our Bioengineering student Laith Alhussein who was offered an internship at NASA.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mohammed Ali for his internship at the Sheikh Zayed Institute!
CONGRATULATIONS to NATHAN JORDAN who was awarded an INOVA research summer student grant through INOVA’s Neuroscience department on the “Effectiveness of awake dorsal column stimulator testing”!
Kathryn Radom writes about her internship at NOAA
“As part of the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, I will be interning under Dr. Lori Schwacke and Dr. Leslie Hart to create a real-time mapping tool for marine mammal stranding events. In particular, we will be focusing on dolphin strandings that occur in response to environmental hazards. In addition to the mapping tool, I will be participating in a dolphin health assessment as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. At the end of the summer, I will be presenting my work at the NOAA Science and Education Symposium at the main campus of NOAA in Silver Spring, MD.”
– Kathryn Radom
Her work at the Naval Research Lab last summer was published in RSC Advances! Read about it here:
Microfluidic Fabrication of Multiaxial Microvessels via Hydrodynamic Shaping – RSC Advances (RSC Publishing)
Congratulations to Katrina Nguyen for being granted the Post Baccalaureate IRTA at NIH!
Katrina Nguyen was granted the post baccalaureate intramural research training award (postbac IRTA) at the NIH. This program gives recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research.
More specifically, Katrina will be working alongside Dr. Alexxai Kravitz and his lab at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch (DEOB). Dr. Kravitz is the investigator of a neuroscience lab that researches feeding, reward, and obesity. The work she will be performing includes investigating the role of striatal dopamine in the processes of hedonia and motivation for food using techniques such as optogenetics and in vivo electrophysiology in mice.
To find out more about the NIH Postbac IRTA program please follow this link:
INOVA-GMU Neurosciences Research Internship
George Mason University’s 4th Annual College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium Bioengineering Students who took BENG 499 — INOVA-GMU Neurosciences Research Internship showing off their research projects!
Lets congratulate Kathryn Snyder for being offered two internships this summer 2014
She will be working with two amazing companies this summer. The first internship is with the Potomac Institute for Policy and the second internship is with DC Greens. For more information about the internships follow these links:
3D Printed Hand Created by ECE student Juan Pablo . . .
Bioengineering/ECE Department will present six undergraduate and one regular abstract at the upcoming BMES meeting, October 24-27, in Atlanta:
- Measurement of Musculoskeletal Kinematics in Real Time using Ultrasound Imaging
Eranki, N. Cortes, and S. Sikdar
- Ultrasound Echotexture Analysis of the Tibialis Anterior Muscle during Isometric Contraction in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Healthy Controls
B. Dougherty, A. Eranki, L. Curatalo, D. Damiano, and S. Sikdar
- Semi-Automatic Self Feeding Device
S. H. Mahmoud, H. Song, and N. Peixoto
- Comparison of Oxygen Kinetics Using Near infrared Spectroscopy in the Upper Trapezius in Normal Subjects and Patients with Chronic Neck Pain and Myofascial Trigger Points
M. M. Zaazhoa, A. Eranki, L. Gerber, and S. Sikdar
- Analysis and classification of individual digit movements in ultrasound images
E. Eastlake, J. Devanathan, A. Shin, H. Rangwala, and S. Sikdar
- Characterizing Brain Micromotion Using Diagnostic Ultrasound
V.F. Botteicher, J. Hecker, and S. Sikdar
- Wireless Doppler Ultrasound Instrument for Quantifying Muscle Kinematics
A. S. Gunda, J. J. Esquivel, S. Mohammed, B. Wooley, and S. Sikdar
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”.
BENG Students receives 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, visit: