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Fall 2020

BME team named a 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition® Finalist

Trach Tech, a team comprised of BME graduates Morgan Bohrer, Stephen Hahn, Michael L'Ecuyer, and Alex Verne, has been selected as undergraduate finalists in the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC). They will be competing later this month and presenting their invention for cleaning endotracheal tubes  to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Paper published by Dr. Joseph Bull's lab
September 2020
Dr. Bull's lab published a paper in APL Bioengineering showing positive results for a liver cancer treatment.

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Spring/Summer 2020

Congratulations to Ben Vinson, PhD.
April 2020
Congratulations to Ben Vinson on completing his doctoral studies. He presented his dissertation defense, “Cad/Cam Laser Processing as a Method for Integrated Fabrication of Microphysiological Systems”, on July 29, 2020.

Congratulations to Graduating Master's Students
May 2020
Congratulations to the following students, who are receiving their masters' degrees this year:  Ann Marie Barfield, Samuel Belden, Chloe Celingant-Copie, Michael Conrad Jr., Max Cooper, Katherine Hébert, Mckenzie Hutchinson, Isabella Johnson, Avery Kravitz, Guang Li, Allison Margulies, Andrew Markel, Genevieve Mattei, Mckenzie Melius, Sarah Nwia, Jessie Odom, Michael Rizzuto, Elizabeth Roney, Rachel Russell, Afsheen Sajjadi, Derek Spillane, Joshua Talbot,
Richard Urbanowski Jr.

Congratulations to Scott Hymel, PhD.
April 2020
Congratulations to Scott Hymel on completing his doctoral studies. He presented his dissertation defense, "Computational Models for Microfluidic Sorting and Mechanotype Analysis of Circulating Cells", on April 28, 2020.

Seniors Present at Online Engineering Capstone Design Expo
April 2020
Biomedical engineering students were among those presenting at the 2020 Tulane Engineering Capstone Design Expo held online on April 16. They presented the results of their yearlong team design projects. This course allows biomedical engineering students to incorporate everything learned in the classroom while addressing healthcare-related needs.

Team Trach Tech was the overall winner from biomedical engineering while team Breastly won Audience Favorite.

Link to view Biomedical Engineering project videos and abstracts: https://sse.tulane.edu/2020-engineering-capstone-design-expo/bme

Tulane Novel Tech Challenge
April 2020
Ann Marie Barfield, a graduate student in biomedical engineering, along with Katelynn Montgomery in the bioinnovation program and Sara Al-Ghadban of the Center For Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine, were the winners at the 2020 Tulane Novel Tech Challenge. Their team, Naomi, created an oral supplement derived from amniotic tissue designed to prevent development of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating gastrointestinal disease in pre-term babies.

AccuTractor, a team composed of biomedical engineering students Joshua Talbot, Elizabeth Roney, Ann Marie Barfield, and Derek Spillane, won second place. The AccuTractor is a squeeze-to-open dissection tool specifically designed to address the recurring discomfort, fatigue, and frustration experienced by novice dissectors.

Congratulations to Bihe (Ellie) Hu, PhD.
April 2020
Congratulations to Bihe (Ellie) Hu on completing her doctoral studies. She presented her dissertation defense, “Dual-View Inverted Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (Dispim) Imaging For Accurate 3d Digital Pathology”, on April 17, 2020.

Congratulations to Jonah Harmon, PhD.
March 2020
Congratulations to Jonah Harmon on completing his doctoral studies. He presented his dissertation defense, “Gas Embolization as a Minimally Invasive Therapy for the Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma”, on March 18, 2020.

Congratulations to Yuntong Bai
February 2020
Yuntong Bai, a PhD student in Dr. Yu-Ping Wang's laboratory won two awards at the 2020 SPIE medical imaging conference in Houston, TX.
Yuntong was a Robert F. Wagner Best Student Paper Award Finalists for a paper entitled "An Imaging epigenetics study of Schizophrenia with structure-enforced collaborative regression" and won a honorable mention award for a poster entitled "Integration of multi-task fMRI for cognitive study by structure-enforced collaborative regression".

Senior Research Conference
January 2020
Students and Faculty gathered on January 27, 2020 at the Lavin Bernick Center for the 18th Annual Research Conference. This event allows seniors to present the results of their yearlong independent research or design projects. It highlights their effort and contributions to the field of biomedical engineering and demonstrates biomedical engineering’s potential to the larger university.

Fall 2019

Congratulations to Master's Student
November 2019
Congratulations to Andrew Markel who received his master's degree on November 19, 2019.

Spring/Summer 2019

Congratulations to Master's Students
August 2019
Congratulations to the following students, who received their masters' degrees this year:  Chengxi Wu and Zhiyu Deng.

Congratulations to Devon A. Bowser, PhD.
August 2019
Congratulations to Devon Bowser on completing her doctoral studies. She presented her dissertation defense, “Engineering In Vitro Neural Microphysiological Systems”, on August 12, 2019.

Congratulations to Nicholas Hodges, PhD.
July 2019
Congratulations to Nicholas Hodges on completing his doctoral studies. He presented his dissertation defense, “Development Of The Rat Mesentery Culture Model For The Multi-System Investigation Of Microvascular Network Growth”, on July 26, 2019.

Congratulations to Akinjide R. Akintunde, PhD.
July 2019
Congratulations to Akinjide Akintunde on completing his doctoral studies. He presented his dissertation defense, “Mathematical Modeling to Elucidate Underlying Matrix Mechanisms in the Mechanical Response of Biological Soft Tissues”, on July 1, 2019.

Congratulations to Graduating Master's Students
May 2019
Congratulations to the following students, who are receiving their masters' degrees this year: Megan Escott, Clara Ives, Adam Kolkin, Guang Li, Dinika Singh, Joshua Yao and Junjie Zhong.

Congratulations to Daishen Luo, PhD.
April 2019
Congratulations to Daishen Luo on completing his doctoral studies. He presented his dissertation defense, “Quasi-Static Acoustic Tweezing for Small Volume Blood Coagulation Analysis”, on April 26, 2019.

Congratulations to Samantha L. Kurtz, PhD.
April 2019
Congratulations to Samantha Kurtz on completing her doctoral studies. She presented her dissertation defense, “Development of the Rat Mesentery
Culture Model for Translation and Commercialization”, on April 24, 2019.

Congratulations to Jessica M. Hodges, PhD.
April 2019
Congratulations to Jessica Hodges on completing her doctoral studies. She presented her dissertation defense, “Diffusion Kinetics, Ductal Targeting, and Efficacy of Transpapillary Drug Delivery for Breast Cancer Prevention”, on April 23, 2019.

BME Team Wins Tulane Novel Tech Challenge
April 2019
Hannah Eherenfeldt and Benjamin Knapp, both seniors in biomedical engineering, were the winners at the 2019 Tulane Novel Tech Challenge. Their team, ReSuture, is a medical simulation venture focused on developing realistic vascular surgery simulations.

Don’t Sweat It, a team composed of biomedical engineering students Alex Kubosiak, Stephen Hahn, Mostafa Meselhe, Arjun Sree Manoj and Jackson Levine along with neuroscience major Ben Lichtfield, won the Audience Favorite Award.

Graduate elected AIMBE Fellow
April 2019
Maria Oden, who graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane in 1994, was recently elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

Seniors Present at Engineering Capstone Design Expo
April 2019
Biomedical engineering students were among those presenting at the 2019 Tulane Engineering Capstone Design Expo on April 10. They presented the results of their yearlong team design projects. This course allows biomedical engineering students to incorporate everything learned in the classroom while addressing-healthcare related needs.

Congratulations to Derek C. Dashti, PhD.
April 2019
Congratulations to Derek Dashti on completing his doctoral studies. He presented his dissertation defense, "Bioengineering an Anti-inflammatory Decellularized Electrospun Polycaprolactone/Chitosan Hollow Tube for Organ Repair: 1st Therapeutic Application for the Esophagus", on January 23, 2019.

Senior Research Conference
February 2019
Students and Faculty gathered on January 31, 2019 at the Lavin Bernick Center for the 17th Annual Research Conference. This event allows seniors to present the results of their yearlong independent research or design projects. It highlights their effort and contributions to the field of biomedical engineering and demonstrates biomedical engineering’s potential to the larger university.