Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Kaitlyn Hackathorn and Sharon Olang, students in Dr. Frank Alexis’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Singapore, were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The scholarship program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program, designed to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad, aims to encourage students to choose nontraditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator, in the international community.” According to Dr. Alexis, “The Gilman International Scholarship Program is a great opportunity for our students to be Clemson citizens in Singapore, where they will engage in research and cultural activities through our mentored research program. There is a strong focus on learning and giving back to the community. The support from the Gilman International Scholarship Program is critical to continue to provide opportunities for our students."
Professor Melur (Ram) Ramasubramanian, D.W. Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, holds a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering. His appointment was finalized in March, 2013.
Clemson names technology development director at CUBEInC
Michael J. Gara is Director of Technology Development for the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus. His work at Clemson University’s life science incubator involves creation, funding and commercialization of life science companies in Upstate South Carolina.
Honghai Liu, formerly a student in Dr. Bruce Gao’s lab and presently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cincinnati, was awarded Editor’s Choice for his paper in the February 1, 2013 edition of Cardiovascular Research, a publication of Oxford University Press.
Dr. Dan Simionescu has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Other fellows in the department are Drs. Burg Giuseppe-Eli, LaBerge, Latour, Vyavahare, and Swaja.
Dr. John DesJardins, his student Riley Csernica, and David Orr, Clemson alumnus and COO of Kiyatek, were awarded an NSF I-CORPS grant to commercialize Ms. Csernica’s design for a functional shoulder brace.
Eric Lucas and Breanne Przestrzelski, students of Dr. John DesJardins, were finalists in the competition to design business concepts.
Collegiate Inventors Awards: Senior Design Students Place 3rd
Riley Csernica, Meredith Donaldson, Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie, and Kaitlin Grove, guided by Dr. John DesJardins, designed the winning Hi-Impact Shoulder Stabilization Brace.
Freshman Creative Inquiry Groups Design for Rehabilitation
Members of two Freshman Design Creative Inquiry Groups worked with client Mr. Arthur Shealy throughout Spring 2013.
Murray Stokely Award for Excellence in Teaching
The College of Engineering and Science presented its 2013 award to Dr. John DesJardins. The award goes to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level.
National Scholars Program 2013 Award of Distinction
Dr. Delphine Dean received the award from this year’s graduates from the Clemson National Scholars Program for her tireless commitment to the intellectual, professional and personal development of each graduating Scholar.
The President’s Commission on the Status of Women
Duong Nguyen, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Karen Burg’s research group, received the Outstanding Graduate Woman Award for her contributions to improve the status of women.
International Conference on MacroMolecular Complexes
Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie organized the 15th International Conference on MacroMolecular Complexes held in Clemson and Charleston, SC.
Freshmen Design Creative Inquiry Students Meet with Client Mr. Arthur Shealy
Dr. John DesJardins’s Freshman Design Creative Inquiry Groups teleconferenced during Fall 2013 with client Arthur Shealy regarding design of exercise equipment for rehabilitation. In December, a small group met with Mr. Shealy in McCormick County Court House to present their design prototypes and confer with him on design of devices for the disabled.
Thoughts Worth Thinking Rescheduled
This THOUGHTS WORTH THINKING event includes TED-style talks inspired by Ideas Worth Spreading.
BMES, Project Lead the Way
Ten high school students from Hamilton Career Center in Seneca, S.C., were mentored by Drs. John DesJardins and Delphine Dean and their students in the center’s Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program. The students, who attended the 2012 annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, were featured in PTLW’s national magazine. January, 2013
NIDCR Awards TMJ Planning Grant
On May 3, 2013, a roundtable meeting on the biology of the temporomandibular joint was sponsored by several institutes of the National Institutes of Health: the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Disease, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The meeting brought together scientists from across the country with expertise in areas related to the structures and tissues of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to discuss new research approaches to advance understanding of TMJ function.
The goal of the roundtable was to make recommendations for research directions that will provide a national path forward in contemporary, multidisciplinary research on TMJ function in health and disease. Twelve nationally prominent scientists participated in the roundtable discussion, which was attended by NIH institute directors and program staff from the sponsoring institutes and several TMJ-patient advocates. Dr. Hai Yao, Associate Professor of Bioengineering (Clemson) and Craniofacial Biology (MUSC), led the roundtable and provided an overview of current TMJ research.
Dr. Yao’s team has established a nationally recognized TMJ bioengineering research program within the joint Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program. The NIDCR recently awarded a planning grant to this team to establish a multi-institutional TMJ research network that may lead to a national center of TMJ research. Clemson recently reported Dr. Yao’s role as PI in collaborative research with investigators at Florida State University; for this TMJ research, the NIH awarded Dr. Yao an RO1 grant.
GSH/CU Institute for the Advancement of Health Care
Dr. David Kwartowitz’s proposed research has been selected for Seed Grant funding by the Greenville Hospital System/Clemson University institute.
Implantable Enzyme Amperometric Biosensors, an article by Christian Kotanen, a student of Dr. Anthony Guiseppi–Elie, was named 14th among the Top 25 Hottest Articles in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
Recycling and Reprocessing Medical Devices
Clemson has established the first program to train engineers to recycle and reprocess medical devices. The certificate program is led by Dr. Melinda Harman
Clemson Biomaterials Day Symposium
Bionanotechnology: Integrating Nanostructures into Biomaterials, organized by Dr. Frank Alexis, was sponsored by the department and the Society For Biomaterials.
First Place in National Undergraduate Design Competition
A senior-design team directed by Dr. John DesJardins won the annual National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance BMEStart undergraduate design competition for its project AssureFit, a novel chest-tube anchoring device. Team leader Breanne Przestrzelski and teammates Carlyn Atwood, Lauren Eskew, and Brennen C. Jenkins partnered with Greenville Hospital System pediatric surgeons Drs. John Chandler and Robert Gates to develop the innovative device.
Clemson University Opens CUBEInC
Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus, Clemson’s new 30,000-square-foot research facility.
Research Spinoff Commercializes Medical Simulator
MedUSim Solutions emerged from research led by Drs. Jiro Nagatomi and Delphine Dean.
Anthony Guiseppi-Elie has been named associate editor and a member of the Editorial Board of Biomedical Microdevices: BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology.
Entrepreneurship: Tiger Bioanalytic
Dr. Guigen ZHANG launched a company aimed at commercializing innovative genetic sensing technology emerging from Clemson University research.
National Institutes of Health F31
Ben Whatley, a student of Dr. Martine LaBerge, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows by NIH.
Gates Foundation and Global Health
The Global Health Frontiers of Science and Engineering Symposium held on April 27, 2012, in the Clemson House, was sponsored in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Organized by Dr. Delphine Dean, the symposium included speakers from Engineering World Health, Global Giving, the Gates Foundation, Madaktari Africa, Fluor, and AnMed Health.
National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association: Emily Ongstad, a student of Dr. Martine LaBerge and Dr. Rob Gourdie (of MUSC’s Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center), has been awarded both an NIH F31 and an American Heart Association fellowship to study cardiovascular disease.
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
Amanda Farley’s poster was chosen as Best Poster for the Biomaterials division at TMS. Ms. Farley, a student of Drs. Delphine Dean and Molly Kennedy (Department of Materials Science and Engineering), presented on the effect of mineral particles on dental-pulp-cell differentiation.
American Chemical Society
Tigran Abramyan’s molecular-dynamics image was chosen as the cover image for the Computers in Chemistry division of ACS. Tigran is a student in Dr. Robert Latour’s lab.
Murray Stokely Award
Dr. Delphine Dean was awarded the 2012 Murray Stokely Award, which is given in recognition of a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching engineering at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
Phil and Mary Bradley Award
Dr. John DesJardins was awarded the 2012 Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry. The award is presented each spring in recognition of outstanding work with undergraduate students.
World Biomaterials Congress
Dr. Robert Latour was invited to deliver the keynote address for the Symposium on Proteins at Biomaterial Interfaces at the World Biomaterials Congress in Chengdu, China, June 1-5, 2012.
Dr. Sarah Harcum was awarded an Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research by the National Science Foundation. The award supports exploratory work that is potentially transformative.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships were awarded to graduate-student Sarah Cisewski and two undergraduates, Kevin Keith and Laura Wiles.
President's Commission on the Status of Women
The commission annually honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improve the status of women. Dr. Delphine Dean was chosen to receive the 2012 award for Outstanding Academic Faculty.
Freshman Creative Inquiry Design for Rehabilitation
Members of two Freshman Design Creative Inquiry Groups worked with client Mr. Arthur Shealy throughout Spring 2013. To improve Mr. Shealy’s limited mobility, the students designed new pieces of exercise equipment to facilitate rehabilitation. In addition to teleconferencing, members of the Freshman Design Creative Inquiry Groups and Dr. John DesJardins met Mr. Shealy at the McCormick County Court House to present him with the products, evaluate them, and share experiences.
Dr. John DesJardins’s work in total joint replacement, orthopaedic biomechanics and biomaterials is featured.
Biofabrication: 2011 Highlights
Dr. Bruce Gao’s article on heterotypic single-cell micropatterning was among those selected for its high praise from referees, presentation of high quality research and popularity with online readership.
Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine
Dr. Jiro Nagatomi, a Rising Star awardee, spoke on cellular mechanotransduction of hydrostatic pressure during the society’s 30th Scientific Conference.
Dr. Jiro Nagatomi edited the recently published Mechanobiology Handbook.
American Chemical Society
Nathan Brodsky, a student in Dr. Sarah Harcum’s lab, was selected to give an oral presentation at the 243rd ACS National Meeting.
American Chemical Society
Yogender Kumar Gowtham, a student in Dr. Sarah Harcum’s lab, was selected to present a poster at the 243rd ACS National Meeting.
Haydom Hospital, Tanzania
In addition to doing follow-up research with collaborators at Haydom Hospital, Dr. Delphine Dean and her students met the president of Tanzania.
American Association for Dental Research
Jonathan Kuo, a student of Dr. Hai Yao, has been selected as the Oral Session Chair for the ADDR’s keynote address at its annual meeting in Tampa. In addition, he was selected to do an oral presentation on glucose and lactate diffusion.
Society For Biomaterials: Inaugural Award For Service
Martine LaBerge, department chair, was awarded the SFB’s first Award For Service.
President Barker Highlights Bioengineering Research
Hip, knee and valve implants discussed with Miami business leaders.
McAlister Foundation Annual Scholarship for Engineering
Senior student Ariel Nissan was chosen for this award.
Dr. Xuejun Wen’s recent election brings the number of Clemson Fellows to seven, including Drs. Burg, Guiseppi, LaBerge, Latour, Swaja and Vyavahare.
Alpha Eta Mu Beta
The department inaugurated the Clemson Chapter of AEMB.
Product Design & Development
Dr. Bruce Zhi Gao describes his work in cell-cell relations and biochips.
Drs. Dan and Aggie Simionescu edited Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis — from Embryonic Development to Regenerative Medicine, an open access book, is now available online free.
Professor John DesJardins and students Eric Lucas, Roy Rusly, and Xin Xie attended BMES IdeaLab
Departmental and College of Engineering and Science Awards
S.W. Shalaby Sophomore
Larry S. Bowman Junior
Barry W. Sauer Researcher
Jonathan Black Leadership
Austin T. Moore Leadership
Page M. Hunter Researcher
Outstanding Graduate TA
Phi Kappa Phi Merit, CES
Samuel B. Earle, CES
MUSC Presidential Scholar
Wenjun He, graduate student in Dr. Hai Yao’s lab, was recognized for her experience and perspective.
MUSC Presidential Scholar
Suzanne Parks, graduate student in Dr. Rick Visconti’s lab, was recognized for her experience and perspective.
NIH COBRE Annual Meeting
SCBioMat, Clemson’s NIH COBRE center dedicated to developing a new generation of scientists and research infrastructure in South Carolina, hosted its second Annual Meeting March 3-4. Visiting members of the center’s External Advisory Committee included Joachim Kohn, Ph.D., Rutgers University; Glenn Prestwich, Ph.D., University of Utah; Buddy Ratner, Ph.D., University of Washington; Ray Runyan, Ph.D., University of Arizona; and William R. Wagner, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Visiting members of the center’s Clinical Advisory Committee are Eugene M. Langan III, M.D., Greenville Hospital System; Laura Niklason, M.D., Ph.D., Yale University; and Frederick Schoen, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University.
Maglin Halsey and Kaitlyn Harfmann, students in the Technology in Developing Countries Creative Inquiry course taught by Drs. Delphine Dean and John DesJardins, won third place in this year’s Science as Art competition. Their image, taken on a TM 3000 microscope, was also chosen to illustrate the competition’s pamphlets and fliers. The students examined a cross-section of the middle of a porcupine quill. According to Ms. Halsey, “We wanted to examine the structure, and we felt that this image was the most intriguing. We didn't know what to expect, so I would say this was definitely a pleasant surprise.”
Tests of a popular bracelet by Dr. John DesJardins’s class showed no measureable effect.
Dr. Xuejun Wen’s work on the biofabrication of intervertebral discs is featured.
Of the 13 National Scholars Clemson has named for 2011, two are bioengineering majors, Medha Vyavahare of Easley and David Zhang of Mount Pleasant.
Dr. Ning Zhang was awarded a grant to study brain-tissue regeneration after stroke.
The College of Engineering and Science has awarded bioengineering senior Matt Cupelli the Samuel B. Earle Award, which is given to the most outstanding senior in Engineering on the basis of scholarship and character.
BMES 2010 Undergraduate Award
Carl Lindburg, a student in Dr. Delphine Dean’s lab, was awarded the BMES 2010 Undergraduate Student Award.
Dr. Perry Sprawls, B.S (1956), M.S. in Physics, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering received the annual Award for Excellence in Educational Innovation.
CU-MUSC Joint Bioengineering Program graduate students Carmen Gacchina and Erin Pardue were recognized at a recent MUSC Student Awards Banquet for their work on bringing science projects to middle school classrooms.
CU-MUSC Joint Bioengineering Ph.D. Program students Xiaowei Li, of Xuejen Wen and Ning Zhang’s lab, and Erin Pardue, of Scott Argraves’ lab, have been awarded American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowships to study brain regeneration after stroke and tissue engineering approaches for cardiac applications, respectively.
Dr. Ning Zhang was awarded a DOD Investigator-Initiated Research Award to study spinal cord regeneration.
Dr. Naren Vyavahare was recognized at CU’s biannual faculty meeting with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research.
Karen Burg, Professor and Hunter Endowed Chair of Bioengineering and Interim Vice Provost for Research & Innovation, has been elected Vice President-Elect of the Society For Biomaterials. Her presidency will extend from 2011-2012.
The department seeks a PhD student in polymer chemistry, drug screening, nanomedicine and drug delivery, and imaging agents.
Page Morton Hunter Seminar
Dr. Melinda Harman will present “Post-Marketing Surveillance of Medical Devices: Combining Explant Analysis with Clinical Outcome Registers.” Abstract: The aim of this seminar is to illustrate a post-marketing surveillance model based on the systematic characterization of medical devices. This model has been used successfully to complement traditional in vitro methods for preclinical validation. Dr. Harman will illustrate the combined synergistic use of clinical outcome registers, explant analysis, design review, and biomechanical simulations using specific examples drawn from her research on orthopedic devices. A biomedical engineer who recently completed a two-year international Marie Curie fellowship at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, Italy, Dr. Harman has 20 years of experience applying biomedical engineering technology to the human musculoskeletal system. In her area of specialization, the assessment of explanted materials and medical devices, she works closely with leading device manufacturers and surgeons. Dr. Harman has led 12 collaborative research projects on analysis of explanted joint prostheses combined with clinical outcomes and biomechanical simulations. She has published three book chapters and coauthored more than 30 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals. Her educational background includes a BS in physics from Ball State University, an MS in bioengineering from the University of Utah, and a PhD in bioengineering from Clemson University.
MUSC Presidential Scholars
Eleni Katsanevakis, of Dr. Ning Zhang's lab, and Emily Ongstad, of Dr. Anand Ramamurthi's lab, have been selected as 2010-2011 Presidential Scholars at the Medical University of South Carolina.
This summer, ground was broken in Charleston on the MUSC campus for a 100,000 sq ft building that will house researchers within the South Carolina Bioengineering Alliance.
Carolina Medical Center grant
Dr. Alexey Vertegel’s project, Novel Antibacterial Peptide coatings of Hernia Repair Implants, has been awarded funding by the Carolina Medical Center.
Opened this fall, a 29,000-sq-ft addition to Rhodes Research Center provides laboratories, classrooms, and offices for bioengineering students, faculty, and staff.
The NSF awarded MRI grants to Drs. Bruce Gao and Jiro Nagatomi for development of a laser microbioparticle separator and acquisition of a nano-to-microscale 3D live-cell imaging system, respectively.
Research featured in Newsroom
Clemson University Newsroom articles feature bioengineering research by Drs. Ted Bateman and Frank Alexis. Bateman’s work on radiation-induced bone loss is being applied to both cancer patients and astronauts. Meanwhile, Alexis is using nanoparticles to develop targeted drug delivery systems.
Senior Anita Smalls tied for second place in the Louis Stokes South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-SCAMP) undergraduate research conference poster competition.
Student and professional speakers presented research, career advice at the Madren Conference Center.
Students spend summer restoring medical machinery in developing countries.
Program hosts young engineers.
Undergraduates study abroad in Brussels during a five-week, six-credit summer program.
The University awarded the B.S. in Bioengineering to members of the department’s inaugural class on May 8, 2009. The 24 graduates received the Bachelor of Science in either the bioelectrical or biomaterials program.
Bioengineers were recognized at the 2008-2009 Spring Awards Banquet on Monday, April 6.
Dr. Prakash Kara was published in Nature this year for his study on how imaging technology has uncovered a micro-architecture of brain cells that process visual information.
The Sigma Xi Clemson chapter has awarded Dr. Xuejun Wen the Junior Researcher Award for his application of bioengineering to human tissue regeneration.
Bioengineering professor becomes deputy director of the Institute of Biological Interfaces of Engineering.
Article features radiation-induced bone loss research in Dr. Ted Bateman's lab.
This fall, bioengineering students, faculty, and staff are occupying the laboratories, classrooms, and offices in Rhodes Annex. The 29,000-square-foot addition to Rhodes Research Center is dedicated to advancing basic and translational biomedical research.
Student spends summer restoring medical machinery in Central America.
Michael Lemus, a PhD student in Dr. Ted Bateman’s lab, was awarded an HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunity for summer work with Dr. Eva Nogales at UC, Berkeley.
Carmen E. Gacchina, a student in Dr. Anand Ramamurthi’s lab, was awarded a second-year extension on her NHLBI T32 predoctoral fellowship to study delivery systems for elastogenic therapeutics to treat aneurysms.
Dr. Dan Simionescu’s research on heart valve replacement is featured by SC EPSCoR/IDeA.
Carmen E. Gacchina, a student in Dr. Anand Ramamurthi’s lab, was awarded a summer internship at the National Institute of Aging to perform translational cardiovascular research in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Talan.
In BBSI and NASA REU summer research programs, undergraduates work in faculty labs to design and test biomaterials and medical devices.
The 2009 South Carolina Governor's Award for Scientific Awareness recognized Dr. Martine LaBerge, department chair, for outstanding contributions to the field.
Scott T. Wood, Ph.D. Candidate, was awarded Best Presentation and Technical Paper in the University & Research track at the 2011 MSC Software Users Conference.
Rui Wang, a student in Dr. Bruce Gao’s lab, was one of three South Carolina students selected to present a poster at the conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Jordan Maivelett, a student in Dr. Dan Simionescu’s lab, has been selected for an NIBIB Intramural Research Training Award.
Molly Townsend, a student in Dr. Delphine Dean’s lab, was chosen to attend the 2011 NASA Glenn Academy for Space Exploration at Glenn Research Center.
Christian Kotanen, a student in Dr. Anthony Giuseppe-Elie’s lab, was invited to present a poster at DoD’s ATACCC meeting.
Jonathan Kuo, a student in Dr. Hai Yao’s laboratory, was chosen to attend the Sixth Annual NIH National Graduate Student Research Conference.
In a nationwide competition, Laura Wiles, a student in Dr. Delphine Dean’s lab, was one of 16 undergraduates chosen to attend the NIH Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program.
The Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry was presented to Dr. Delphine Dean in recognition of outstanding work with undergraduate students.
Drs. Dan Simionescu and Aggie Simionescu and collaborators Drs. Peter Zilla and Deon Bezuidenhout of The University of Cape Town were awarded the grant.
Erin Pardue, a graduate student in Dr. Scott Argraves’s lab, was inducted into the Student Leadership Society at Medical University of South Carolina. She was selected for her contributions to the university and her leadership qualities.
Sarah Cisewski, a junior in Dr. Hai Yao’s lab, was awarded Honorable Mention for her Graduate Research Fellowship Program submission.
The society awarded Laila Roudsari its C. William Hall Scholarship at its annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Ms. Roudsari is a student in Dr. Karen Burg’s lab.
Society for Biomaterials STAR Award Jeremy Zhang’s presentation for the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL, received Honorable Mention. Mr. Zhang is a graduate student in Dr. Ken Webb’s lab.
Christian Kotanen, a graduate student in Dr. Tony Elie’s lab, was recognized with a travel award for his presentation at the organization’s 20th Annual Event in Washington, DC.
Bioengineering senior Laila Roudsari was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Rajan Gangadharan, PhD student in Dr. Guigen Zhang’s lab, was awarded an NSF Student Travel Award for the 2011 meeting of the Institute of Biological Engineering.
Laura Wiles’s application for a Goldwater Scholarship received Honorable Mention.