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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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