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Two of six Clemson students chosen to present research at ACC Meeting of the Minds are bioengineers.

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View Medical Team: Gary Stevenson, head of MB Ventures; Lawrence Boyd, VP of R&D, Bioventus; Dan Coppersmith from BihlerMED; Mike Sherman, View Medical president and head of MB Innovations.

On March 13, 2019, Dr. Lawrence Boyd and his team launched their product, SurgiLight, at the annual meeting of the American College of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Boyd, one of our professors of practice, offered some history of the product, a saga of developing a good idea. “I started on it back in Durham when I was based in the First Flight Venture Center incubator, and later we had it incubated in Memphis in the Zeroto510 program. We received funding from MB Ventures and Innova in Memphis. This all started back in 2013, so it’s been a long (and interesting) road. Several years ago we found a great commercial partner in BihlerMED.” Explaining the product’s purpose, Dr. Boyd said, “Clean, targeted lighting is as important for a surgeon as having the right instruments close by. The use of headlamps and overhead lights is inherently limited as movement and shadows interrupt a proper view of the surgical site. The SurgiLight is an exciting new surgical illumination device developed as an ergonomic alternative to headlamps and a great addition to overhead lights. SurgiLight provides versatile and safe illumination, which can be focused on specific surgical procedures. This precision surgical light can attach to existing overhead lighting or be mounted securely to an operating table to provide an optimal vantage point for harnessing an intense and focused high powered LED light source.”


Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Research Conference

Dr. Dan Simionescu is an organizer of the third annual Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Research Conference along with Dr. Kevin Taaffe and Mr. Jerry Dempsey.

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Clemson University Research Foundation Award

As CEO of Circa Bioscience, Dr. Kevin Champaigne was awarded an SC EPSCoR Phase-0 seed grant to develop a novel bioadhesive mesh system for abdominal hernia repair. As part of this project, Circa Bioscience will collaborate with Clemson University researchers to obtain preliminary data on the performance of an innovative implantable mesh/bioadhesive system for improved fixation for hernia repair surgery. Dr. Champaigne’s collaborators are Dr. Melinda Harman and Dr. Jiro Nagatomi and two investigators from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Igor Luzinov and Dr. Thompson Mefford. South Carolina Research Authority awarded Dr. Champaigne a matching grant to support an ongoing Phase 1 STTR from the National Institute of Mental Health. In this research, Greenwood Genetic Center and Circa Bioscience are partnering to develop a screening test for autism spectrum disorder.


Simionescu awarded research foundation award

Dr. Dan Simionescu was awarded a Technology Maturation Fund grant to continue development of vascular grafts that are resistant to diabetes. Numerous surgeons use small diameter synthetic grafts during bypass surgery to salvage failing limbs or hearts in diabetic patients; however, many of these grafts fail dramatically in these patients. This targeted approach solves the unmet need for off-the-shelf graft solutions that are resistant to complications associated with diabetes.


Clemson University Research Foundation Award

Dr. Jiro Nagatomi was awarded a Technology Maturation Fund grant to develop a novel mesh-adhesive system for abdominal hernia repair by combining a bifunctional polyamine hydrogel adhesive with a surface modification technology.


Clemson University Research Foundation Award

Dr. Alexey Vertegel was awarded a Technology Maturation Fund grant to further develop a polymeric coating that can cling to metal implants. The technology can significantly reduce the burden of orthopedic implant pin site infections through the utilization of highly adhesive anti-microbial drug-eluting polymeric coatings.


Mechanobiology Handbook Second Edition

Drs. Jiro Nagatomi and Eno Ebong of Northeastern University co-edited the second edition of Mechanobiology Handbook, which Dr. Nagatomi originally edited in 2010.

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Vanessa Wyche Breaks Barriers

Vanessa Wyche, a bioengineering graduate, is the first African American to serve as deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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Medical device group recognizes Martine LaBerge of Clemson University with award

Dr. Martine LaBerge, Chair of the Department of Bioengineering, was presented the Southeastern Medical Device Association’s Spotlight Award for her contributions to the development of the Southeastern medical device community...

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$11M NIH grant creates musculoskeletal research center

With an $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Center for Biomedical Research Excellence, Clemson University has launched the South Carolina Center for Translational Research Improving Musculoskeletal Health.
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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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Clemson facemask research continues in quest to help reduce brain injuries

Faculty from bioengineering, faculty from food, nutrition and packaging sciences, students and an area business collaborate to study face masks.

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A Tale of Pandas, Stem Cells, Problem-Solving and Medicine: Irene Cheng’s Boren Fellowship

I chose to study bioengineering because I really appreciated the hands-on aspect of this field. From conducting lab work, tinkering with electrical components, and working on my problem-solving capabilities, bioengineering challenges me everyday, which I love! I worked under Dr. Nagatomi and as an undergrad, I studied the effect of a 3D environment and ECM protein coating on urothelial tissue stratification in vitro. I chose to work with Dr. Nagatomi because of the wide range of projects we have in his lab, and through the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much! I believe Clemson and specifically the close-knit bioengineering department have given me many opportunities for personal, professional, and intellectual growth. I’ve definitely taken advantage of the encouragement of many professors to expand our horizons and study outside the classroom as well—I studied cancer stem cells at the University of Tokyo thanks to Dr. Nagatomi and traveled to Tanzania to learn about medical equipment in developing countries with Dr. Dean and Dr. Desjardins! I’ve learned that my Clemson family is found all over the world! Upon my return I plan on pursuing higher education and a career in translational research.

All of this led to my year in Chengdu, China, as a United States David L. Boren Fellow. Boren Awards are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. My daily life usually consists of attending Advanced Mandarin class in the mornings and either a history/political science class in the afternoon, my internship, or meeting with language partners. I intern at a traditional Chinese medical clinic, learning about transcultural health practices and the mix of Eastern and Western Medicine. Chengdu is an amazing and growing city—some highlights have been visiting the Panda Research Institute and seeing this year’s group of baby pandas, trying authentic Sichuan hotpot (very spicy but delicious!), and learning to make many famous Sichuan dishes. Although I’ve been here for only two months (of an 11 month program), I’ve already noticed that many of the skills I acquired through Clemson have come in handy in China: problem-solving in day-to-day life, communication (especially due to the language barrier), and teaching locals a little bit about our healthcare system in the US and technological advances.


Southeast Regional Biomaterials Day

The 4th annual Southeast Regional Biomaterials Day, hosted by Clemson University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Vanderbilt University, will take place November 8-9, 2018, in Clemson, SC. According to Meredith Owen, PhD student and president of Clemson Bioengineering Society (CBS), “The mission of Biomaterials Day is to foster and promote the development of biomaterials research and innovation and to advocate for increased entrepreneurial ventures and collaborations between universities and industries across the southeastern US.” The two-day event, to be held at Clemson’s Madren Center, will provide a forum for students, leading researchers, and industry representatives to meet and exchange ideas that promote innovation in biomaterials synthesis, application, and evaluation.

The event’s Friday morning session will feature student and faculty talks focused on cutting edge research in the field of biomaterials. The afternoon session will focus on presentations about translational research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. A keynote address will be given to start the afternoon session, and a poster session and reception will close the conference. Session topics will include mechanics in biomaterials, regenerative tissue engineering, entrepreneurship, and industry collaborations. Students from colleges and universities in the southeast are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for either a podium talk or poster presentation.

Owen said, “This year we are honored and excited to have Dr. Karen Burg and Dr. Alan Alfano as keynote speakers. Dr. Burg is the Harbor Lights Endowed Chair in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia and Professor Emerita of Clemson University. Her keynote will be focused on the establishment and development of research and innovation in the southeastern US.” While at Clemson, Dr. Burg established the SC Institute for Biological Interfaces for Engineering and served as the university’s interim vice provost for research and innovation. Her current research interests include absorbable polymers, biofabrication, regenerative engineering, science and engineering education, and 3D tissue structures. Cody Dunton, chair of the Biomaterials Day Planning Committee, added, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Burg deliver the keynote address. Her experience in the field of biomaterials and research innovation is a wonderful resource that I hope students in attendance can learn from and take back to their respective universities.”

Dr. Alfano, who will deliver a keynote on entrepreneurship and the process of translating academic research to market, is a Technology Commercialization Officer (TCO) at the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF), where he aids in the process of moving innovative biotechnologies from the laboratory to commercial markets. His background in benchtop research and his biotech business experience afford him unique insight into the southeast’s entrepreneurial climate.

continued, “We are looking forward to hosting Southeast Regional’s Biomaterials Day this year in Clemson, SC. I am excited to see the biomaterials research being conducted by our peers! This conference has a reputation for providing a unique forum for trainees from various southeastern universities to cultivate relationships that last into their professional lives.”

Wrapping up their comments, Owen said, “ sponsors of the 2018 Southeast Regional Biomaterials Day, including the Society for Biomaterials and the Clemson University Bioengineering Department, have generously provided funding and other support for this year’s event. We look forward to the Day’s continued success. For more information regarding the event and to register or submit an abstract, please visit clemsonbiomaterialsday.com.”


National Scholar Casey Young honors Dr. Delphine Dean as mentor

Dean and YoungWhen National Scholars graduate, they choose one mentor to honor. Casey Young chose Dr. Delphine Dean, who was recognized at the National Scholars Program Awards of Distinction event. Dr. Dean was honored for all the contributions she has made to the National Scholars Program and particularly for the enthusiastic support and expert guidance she has provided Casey. According to Dr. Dean, "Casey worked on projects in Tanzania, helping to design a low-cost patient monitor. She now has a B.S. in bioelectrical engineering, and she is staying to do her M.S."


Research by Drs. Ye and Mercuri supported by Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute

Sports science logoDr. Jeremy Mercuri and Dr. Tong Ye, assistant professors in the bioengineering department, were awarded $43,592 by Clemson’s Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute to determine the effectiveness of mesenchymal stem cells to promote knee cartilage health in patients undergoing surgical repair after injury. The investigators will also determine the effectiveness of nonlinear optical microscopy to identify degenerative knee cartilage damage.

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Clemson University wins award from Edmund Optics

Edmund logoClemson University has been awarded a 2017 Educational Award by Edmund Optics, a provider of optical components to both industry and academia. The award is given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at nonprofit colleges and universities worldwide. Clemson was nominated by Claire Ma, a graduate student in Dr. Bruce Gao’s lab.

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DesJardins Drives Industry and University Collaboration

Desjardin en route to conference Dr. John DesJardins en route to the site of Clemson’s Developing World Biomedical Device Innovation Co-Op program.

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BEST Design Workshop

Design workshop group Clemson Bioengineering annually sponsors the Biomedical Engineering and Surgical Technology (BEST) Design Workshop, where stakeholders evaluate how the design of medical-device prototypes may affect patient safety.

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Dr. John DesJardins awarded CECAS 2017 Mentoring Award

Desjardins wins awardDr. John DesJardins, Hambright Distinguished Professor in Engineering Leadership, was awarded the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Science’s 2017 Mentoring Award. According to Dr. DesJardins, this recognition affirms his belief that mentoring is a slow and consistent process of gaining and maintaining the trust of another person, placing their interests, aspirations, and successes above your own, for the common good of everyone.

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2017 Bioengineering Senior Design EXPO

Senior Design workshop group On May 5, 2017, more than 50 student teams and research groups showcased their novel biomedical technologies and competed for design awards at TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. This year’s exposition featured Masters of Engineering design teams, Clemson Creative Inquiry groups, Project Lead The Way high school teams, and faculty innovators. The designers presented their technologies alongside the department of bioengineering’s 22 senior design teams and their clinical collaborators. According to Dr. John DesJardins, founder of the annual exposition, the day is a celebration of design and technology achievements that have been supported by laboratory research, clinical collaborations and industry partnerships.


Rugby Explores Prostheses, Bioengineering with “The Running Dream”

Rugby group Dr. John DesJardins and Ph.D. student Meredith Owen contributed their expertise and themselves to explicating prostheses for students at Rugby Middle School in Henderson County, North Carolina.

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Melissa McCullough awarded Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising


Melissa McCullough, front row, far right

At the 2017 University-wide faculty meeting, Melissa McCullough, the department’s electrical and communication services coordinator, was awarded the Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising. Presented by President James Clements, the annual award includes a cash prize. The Burtner Award recognizes an advisor of students (academic or non-academic) or student organizations who excel in developing students in the area of leadership, devotion to duty and service.

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Dr. Vladimir Reukov Wins Creative Inquiry Mentoring Award

Dr. Vladimir Reukov was selected by Clemson Creative Inquiry to receive the 2017 Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry. The award is given to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding work with undergraduate students, who are the nominators for this award. In addition to receiving a monetary award, Dr. Reukov will act as an ambassador for the program and will be a plenary speaker at next year’s Focus on Creative Inquiry.


2017 Awards Banquet and Senior Celebration

The department held its annual Awards Banquet and Senior Celebration on April 13, 2017. The following students were recognized:

2017 College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Science Award Winners
  • J. Wesley Davis Leadership Award—Joey Wilson
  • Hambright Scholarship Fellow—Natalie Ivey
2017 Undergraduate Award Winners
  • S. W. Shalaby Outstanding Bioengineering Sophomore Award—Cassidy Barringer
  • Larry S. Bowman Outstanding Bioengineering Junior Award—Natalie Ivey
  • Poly-Med Outstanding Bioengineering Senior Award—Katelyn Ragland
  • Barry W. Sauer Outstanding Bioengineering Undergraduate Researcher Award—Taylor Rothermel
  • Jonathan Black Undergraduate Leadership in Bioengineering Award—Anna Lu Carter
  • C. William Hall Undergraduate Departmental Honors Award—Lauren Pruett
  • R. Larry Dooley Entrepreneurship Award—Carlie Van
2017 Graduate Award Winners
  • Austin T. Moore Leadership Award—Alan Marionneaux
  • Outstanding Graduate Bioengineering Teaching Assistant Award—Dmitry Gil
  • Page Morton Hunter Bioengineering Graduate Researcher Award—Dylan Richards
  • R. Larry Dooley Entrepreneurship Award—Bre Przestrzelski

International Biomaterials Symposium 2017 - China

Madren Center, Clemson, SC
April 10th, 2017
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. Frank Alexis recognized by Clemson PEER & WISE

Clemson’s PEER & WISE have recognized Dr. Frank Alexis for his exceptional service and support of the programs. PEER & WISE are designed to increase and retain women and underrepresented minorities in engineering and science majors.


Drs. Dan and Agneta Simionescu have edited a second book on angiogenesis

Physiologic and Pathologic Angiogenesis - Signaling Mechanisms and Targeted Therapy, edited by Drs. Dan and Agneta Simionescu is an updated second edition of a previous publication that has accumulated 23,743 chapter downloads since 2011. Physiologic and Pathologic Angiogenesis - Signaling Mechanisms and Targeted Therapy ISBN 978-953-51-3024-6 is published online by INTECH as an Open Access resource.


Joey Wilson Receives Cambridge Trust Scholarship

After a year of study as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Joey will take up studies and research toward a Ph.D. in Oncology at Cambridge University.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to earn a Ph. D. in Oncology at Cambridge University, where I will conduct research on how nanotechnology can be developed to better prevent and treat cancer under Dr. Daniel Munoz-Espin! I believe that Cambridge is like Clemson—with an amazing "family" environment and beautiful community that will provide opportunities for immense intellectual, professional, and personal growth inside and outside of the lab and classroom. I hope to take full advantage of my time there by joining a great college, meeting new people, and staying involved on campus—my ultimate dream would be to join the rowing team and compete against Oxford on the River Thames. I'm so thankful for all of the constant support given by Clemson's Bioengineering Department and the Honors College in my quest to attend Cambridge—I wouldn't be the person I am or have the opportunities I do without them."

Lowcountry Science Fair

In Summer 2016, the Clemson-MUSC Program hosted three Academic Magnet High School Summer students. They were Kerri Wong and Jenny Yao, who were mentored by Dr. Ying Mei, and Hannah Frankel, who was mentored by Dr. Renee Cottle. During the first week in April, the students participated in the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair, where Ms. Frankel won 3rd Place in Biological Science. Ms. Yao, the overall winner, was selected as a finalist to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, May 14-19 2017.


VRM Labs: A Startup to Watch

Alexey Vertegel and Vladimir Reukov’s company, VRM Labs, is one of Upstate Business Journal’s “10 Startups to Watch in 2017."

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Dr. Perry Sprawls presented Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award

The Clemson University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award honors individuals dedicated to enhancing the quality and value of the university. On March 31, Dr. Perry Sprawls was awarded the DSA. With research on using nuclear medicine to detect cancer and other abnormalities, Perry Sprawls received Clemson’s first Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 1968. He already had a Clemson Bachelor’s degree in physics, a minor in engineering and a Master’s degree in nuclear science. The degrees were the foundation of a career devoted to the science and engineering of medical imaging and radiology. His 45-year tenure on the faculty of Emory University School of Medicine concluded in 2005 with the title of Distinguished Emeritus Professor. At Emory, a major focus of his effort was the development of educational programs and resources to support the many new developments in medical imaging technology including mammography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Simultaneously, he conducted research and development in using technology to improve the educational process, for which he received national and international innovation awards.

Dr. Sprawls realized that his Clemson education and extensive clinical medical imaging experience at Emory would be of value to the entire world, especially to emerging market economies, as new imaging methods were becoming available. For 25 years, this has been a major effort for Dr. Sprawls. The Sprawls Educational Foundation is the organization under which much of this work is accomplished. The Foundation also collaborates with national and international scientific organizations. Dr. Sprawls’s extensive collection of educational materials, including textbooks, online modules, and high-quality visuals for classroom use, the Sprawls Resources, are freely available. These resources are used in the Sprawls Collaborative Teaching Network, through which Dr. Sprawls supports the development of medical imaging education programs and teachers worldwide. His has taught face-to-face in classrooms in 15 countries, to students from over 50 countries. As Dr. Sprawls notes, through his continuing efforts, “Clemson Bioengineering Tiger Paw Prints are all over the world.”

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Clemson Distinguished Service Award Winners


Jeannette Rodriguez Poster Takes 2nd Place at 33rd SEBEC

Jeannette Rodriguez, a student of Dr. Vladimir Reukov, took 2nd place in the 2017 Conference Poster Competition with “Towards The Prevention Of Oxidative Damage Via Novel Antioxidant Conjugates."


Dylan Richards Awarded National Institutes of Health T32 Renewal

In 2014, Dylan was awarded two years of support through Medical University of South Carolina's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute T32, "Training to Improve Cardiovascular Therapies." He re-applied for an additional year, and in 2017 was awarded a 3rd year on the training grant.

Asked about his research, Dylan, a student of Dr. Ying Mei of the Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program, said: “My Ph.D. research has focused on engineering human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte (hiPSC-CM) microtissues to address the major challenges in cardiac-tissue engineering solutions for heart failure. I have addressed advancing the maturation of hiPSC-CMs and creating a more biomimetic model using cardiac organoids that incorporate cell-cell, cell-matrix, and structural (e.g., vessels) components in the heart.”

Dylan enjoys collaborating with his lab mates and others. “Two minds are better than one, especially in the field of bioengineering. In the end, the freedom I have in Dr. Mei's lab to work across projects/field has encouraged me to strengthen my own capabilities to better contribute to the next project.” Outside the lab, Dylan likewise enjoys spending time with friends and volunteering. “When I'm not working, I enjoy helping others, whether it's helping someone move (there's always somebody moving in Charleston), helping out homeless friends, and most recently using my French minor from college to help translate/teach English for a local Congolese refugee family. I also really enjoy being in the ocean, playing strategy board games (Killer Bunnies=best game), playing percussion/piano in jam bands, growing vegetables, and a million other things.”

According to the NIH, the T32 award helps ensure a diverse, highly trained workforce to meet the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. The T32 provides a strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques; training to conceptualize research problems; experience in research, presentation, and publication; interaction with the scientific community; and enhanced understanding of the health-related sciences.