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Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant awarded Scientific Advocate Network Grant

Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant was awarded a grant by the Scientific Advocate Network Program of the SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program. With this funding, Dr. Alexander-Bryant will implement management plans to meet the goals she proposed in two categories: Engaging Underrepresented Students in MADE in SC Research and Recruiting a Diverse Group of Graduate Students.


Dr. Vladimir Reukov’s Creative Inquiry group awarded Best Printed Poster

Dr. Vladimir Reukov’s team took Best Printed Poster at Clemson’s annual Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum for Characterization and Application of Quantum Dots for Drug Delivery and Cancer Cell Tracking.

Authors are Anastasia Frank-Kamenetskii, Aleena Thomson, Bradley Scammon, Kacie O’Neill, Lanz Pasig, Melanie Hedge, Rashes Abdel-Tawab and Will Ashley.


Josh Walters selected for GRA

Josh Walters, a student of Dr. Jeremy Mercuri, has been selected for a Graduate Assistantship by the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium. The Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) is designed to help meet the continuing needs of the aeronautics and space effort by increasing the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in aerospace, space science, space applications and space technology. The GRA Program awards assistantships for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Josh will be investigating the effects of prolonged spaceflight on intervertebral disc health using an explant culture model.


SFB Star Awardees: Ryan Borem, Hetal Maharaja!

On left: Ryan Borem. On right: Hetal Maharaja

The Society For Biomaterials recognizes recognize research excellence and develops future leaders within the SFB through the Student Travel Achievement Recognitions (STARs). STAR recipients are selected according to these procedures: SFB Special Interest Group officers will review a list of the SIG Student Recognition applicants who applied for the STAR Awards when submitting their meeting abstracts, along with their abstract titles and scores. Each SIG will then nominate several students to the Society's Education and Professional Development Committee for consideration. The Educational and Professional Development Committee will review the nominations and select the STAR recipients. Those abstracts recommended by the SIGs, but not selected by the Educational and Professional Development Committee will receive honorable mentions. The awardees will receive a certificate and monetary award of $250; the Honorable Mentions will receive a certificate.


Two BIOE Students Recognized by NSF

Aniqa Chowdhury
Timothy Samec

The National Science Foundation conferred its Graduate Research Fellowship award on Aniqa Chowdhury, a graduate student in Dr. Delphine Dean’s lab. NSF conferred Honorable Mention on Timothy Samec, a graduate student in Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant’s lab.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.


Technology Maturation Fund grants go to Four BIOE Faculty

Drs. Delphine Dean, John DesJardins, Naren Vyavahare and Tong Ye will use their CURF grants to advance their research toward licensing or industry collaboration.

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Orthopaedic Research Society recognizes Kyle Snethen

Kyle Snethen, a student of Dr. Melinda Harman, was awarded the Force & Motion/ORS Young Scientist Travel Grant to attend the ORS annual meeting. Kyle presented his abstract, "Sensitivity of Calculated Ligament Tensions to Differences in Intraoperative Knee Kinematics: A FE Computational Study." Terms of the award included that the recipient present on multi-axis force measurement and testing.


Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute supports Drs. Ye and Mercuri

Dr. Jeremy Mercuri
Dr. Tong Ye

Drs. Jeremy Mercuri and Tong Ye were awarded a seed grant from the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute for their project, “Early detection and prophylactic treatment for post traumatic osteoarthritis.


Society for Biomaterials recognizes work in Dr. Jeremy Mercuri’s lab

Dr. Jeremy Mercuri’s Laboratory of Orthopaedic Tissue Regeneration and Orthobiologics

Dr. Jeremy Mercuri’s lab received an honorable mention from the Society for Biomaterials for the work they presented at the society’s annual meeting in April. The lab’s abstract, “Stem cell seeded biomimetic nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus implants promote living repair of degenerative intervertebral discs in sheep” was nominated as an outstanding contribution to the Society for Biomaterials 2018 Annual Meeting by the Special Interest Group Chairs of the Society.


Biotechnology Journal highlights article by Vertegel's lab

An article by members of Dr. Alexey Vertegel’s lab and their collaborators was chosen for the January 2018 cover of Biotechnology Journal: “Albumin-Assisted Method Allows Assessment of Release of Hydrophobic Drugs from Nanocarriers.” D. Gil, A. Frank-Kamenetskii, J. Barry, V. Reukov, Y. Xiang, A. Das, A. Varma, M. Kindy, N. Banik, A. Vertegel. Art by Olga Reukova.

Dr. Latour speaks at the International Symposium on Macromolecules and Biointerfaces

Dr. Robert Latour was one of ten invited speakers at the International Symposium on Macromolecules and Biointerfaces in Suzhou, China, October 27-29, 2017. The special symposium, organized in celebration of Dr. John Brash’s 80th birthday, focused on talks related to the blood compatibility of biomaterials.

Yang Li wins Second Place at 2017 Halushka Reserach Day


Dr. Perry Halushka, Mr. Yang Li, Dr. Tong Ye

Yang Li, PhD Candidate in Dr. Tong Ye’s lab, was awarded Second Place for PhD Candidates (3+ years section), Oral Presentation, at the 2017 Perry Halushka Research Day at Medical University of South Carolina.

Three Bioengineering Students Recognized by NSF

Seniors Lauren Pruett and Jacqueline Rohde were awardees in the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship competition, and graduate student Meredith Owen was selected for honorable mention.

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MUSC Recognizes Collaboration with Clemson BIOE

The Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for Research Development cited the following in its Year in Review email: The Clemson Senior Design Bioengineering/MUSC Collaboration involves eight teams this year, strengthening our collaboration with Clemson’s Bioengineering programs.

Predicting Clinical Outcomes in TKR

Kyle Snethen, graduate student in Dr. Melinda Harman’s lab, was awarded the Dassault Systèmes Project 2017 Jury Prize. Kyle’s winning entry demonstrated that finite element modeling of patient-specific simulations could inform surgical decisions and intraoperative technology. In future work, Kyle plans to exercise the model across a broader patient population to generate additional clinically useful predictions.

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Dr. Simionescu wins American Heart Association award

Dr. Aggie Simionescu’s research has been chosen for an American Heart Association Institutional Research Enhancement Award for a period of two years, during which Dr. Simionescu will study mitral valve tissue engineering. According to Dr. Simionescu, “Mitral valve insufficiency is the most common cause of regurgitation referred for surgical repair or replacement in the western world, but currently available substitutes do not adequately comply with the performance and flow pattern requirements of the left ventricle. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches using scaffolds, cells, and bioreactors could provide viable implant solutions. Our goal is to develop a tissue engineered mitral valve with ideal characteristics: large orifice, rapid opening and closure, no rigid support, maintenance of mitral annulus–papillary muscle continuity, extended durability, biocompatibility, normal function at any change in the left ventricle size in time, and also, easy to produce and construct.” Goals of the AHA award are to support meritorious research, expose students to research and strengthen the research environment of the institution.


Dr. Sarah Harcum is Clemson PI on $70M Department of Commerce Biopharmaceutical Institute

A team of researchers at Clemson University is part of a new national institute aimed at advancing the United States’ leadership in the biopharmaceutical industry. Clemson bioengineering professor Dr. Sarah W. Harcum is the Clemson site director for this initiative.

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Dr. Joseph Singapogu Leads NIH Project to Improve Dialysis Treatment

Dr. Joseph Singapogu has designed a simulator and a virtual mentoring system to train nurses and technicians to find a fistula and measure a needle’s motion, force, angle and location.

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