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STEM ALL-IN helped Sevrina Tekle choose Clemson University for her Ph.D. program

Sevrina Tekle - STEM ALL-INSevrina Tekle knew she wanted to attend graduate school but wasn’t sure where until she received an invitation to visit Clemson University as part of STEM ALL-IN, a program that allowed her to take a weekend to visit campus, all expenses paid.
“Once I visited, that solidified that I wanted to come to Clemson,” she said. “Quite literally, right as the weekend ended, I submitted my application.”
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Brian Booth selected by the CU-PRISMA Innovation Fund

Renee Cottle - The CRISPR JournalDrs. Booth and O'Connell have been selected for funding via CU-PRISMA Innovation Fund for their proposal entitled "Optimization of Oscillating Electric Fields Delivery to treat Cancer."

Clemson students named finalists for Pay it Forward

Image of Trina Pham, Micah Jordan, and Aiden TombueltClemson students Trina Pham of Mauldin, S.C., Micah Jordan of Easley, S.C, and Aiden Tombuelt of Spartanburg, S.C., were named finalists for their project The Party Enamel. The project explores ways to improve dental outcomes for rural South Carolinians.
Pay it Forward is a scholarship competition that seeks to recognize current rural challenges in the state and propose viable solutions. Each team will split $1,000 scholarships. The winning team will go on to win the top award of $5,000.
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Renee Cottle published in The CRISPR Journal special edition

Renee Cottle - The CRISPR JournalThe Cottle Group’s study demonstrated electroporation to deliver Cas9 ribonucleoproteins into primary hepatocytes as a highly efficient and potentially safe approach for therapeutic liver-directed gene editing and production of liver disease models.
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New research underscores South Carolina’s growing strength as a biomedical research hub

Hai Yao, the Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair of bioengineering at Clemson UniversitySouth Carolina is strengthening its position as a hub for high-impact biomedical research with a new multi-million-dollar project that undergirds the long-standing partnership between Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and loops in crucial support from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Martine LaBerge receives South Carolina Life Sciences Hall of Fame Award

Martine LaBerge - Life Sciences Hall of Fame AwardMartine LaBerge of Clemson University is the newest recipient of the South Carolina Life Sciences Hall of Fame Award, the latest in a string of high honors recognizing her contributions to the bioengineering community in the state and beyond.
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New simulators could help medical professionals prepare for the day it really counts

Arthroscopy - Jeremy MercuriSingapogu, an assistant professor of bioengineering, works with a team of graduate students and collaborators from around the country to develop new simulators aimed at taking medical education to the next level.
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Jeremy Mercuri featured in Arthoscopy - The Journal of Arthoscopic and Relted Surgery

Arthroscopy - Jeremy MercuriAutograft Long Head Biceps Tendon Can Be Used as a Scaffold for Biologically Augmenting Rotator Cuff Repairs
Purpose: We create a viable, mechanically expanded autograft long head biceps tendon (LHBT) scaffold for biologically augmenting the repair of torn rotator cuffs.
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Naren Vyavahare, Clemson Bioengineering’s Hunter Endowed Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, is among innovators recognized by the South Carolina Department of Commerce for exemplifying relentless pursuit of transformational ideas.

Angela Alexander-Bryant receives NSF CAREER Award

Angela Alexander-Bryant, Ph.D.Ten faculty members in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences are starting the new academic year with a fresh infusion of research dollars after winning some of the nation’s most prestigious awards for junior faculty members.
Nine have received CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation, and one has secured an Early Career Research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
Altogether, the awards represent more than $5.6 million in funding across seven departments, all announced during the 2020-21 funding period. Research topics fall in a variety of categories, ranging from artificial intelligence and quantum computing to health innovation and advanced materials.
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Rene Cottle: ASGCT Underrepresented Population Fellowship Award in Gene and Cell Therapy for Any Indication

Rene Cottle, Ph.D.American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy gave its Underrepresented Population Fellowship Award in Gene and Cell Therapy for Any Indication to Rene Cottle, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering. According to ASGCT, the awardee is chosen from groups underrepresented in the scientific workforce, including racial and ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. ASGCT is committed to addressing workforce disparities by providing opportunities for professional development in biomedical research for underrepresented groups.
The award supports research for a year. Applications were evaluated on the following criteria:
- Significance, innovation, and originality of the proposed project
- Appropriateness, feasibility, and adequacy of proposed project within the award timeline
- Focus on basic, translational, or clinical research of gene and cell therapy for oncology indications
- Applicant's qualifications, experience, and commitment to a career in gene and cell therapy
- The contribution the project results will offer to the field

Lauren Davis selected for Astronaut Scholarship

Lauren Davis in labIf education were a spaceship, Lauren Davis of Clemson University would be launching into the wild blue yonder with three big rockets propelling her upwards.
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Naren Vyavahare recognized by the South Carolina Department of Commerce

Naren Vyavahare profileNaren Vyavahare, Clemson Bioengineering’s Hunter Endowed Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, is among innovators recognized by the South Carolina Department of Commerce for exemplifying relentless pursuit of transformational ideas. Click the link below to view the Scribble Season 3 Trailer.
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Renee Cottle Wins Pinnacle Research Award in Liver Disease

Renee CottleThe American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Foundation (AASLD) selected Renee Cottle, associate professor, to receive a 2021 Pinnacle Research Award. This three-year, $300,000 award funds Cottle’s work on nonviral delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 into hepatocytes for liver repopulation using acetaminophen selection. According to AASLD, the three-year basic science award provides young scientists with support for their research to bridge the gap between completion of research training and attainment of status as an independent research scientist. The additional research experience provided by this award is intended to enable young scientists to successfully compete for research awards from national sources, particularly the National Institutes of Health. The Pinnacle Research Award is intended to develop the potential of outstanding young scientists and encourage research in liver physiology and disease. Individuals who are already well-established in the field are not eligible for this award

Clemson Tigers help drive Life Sciences in South Carolina

Life Sciences in SCIn South Carolina, life sciences are booming, driven by an expanding base of diverse companies, outstanding research universities like Clemson, excellent healthcare systems, a rapidly emerging innovation ecosystem and the leadership of SCBIO. A recent study documents that life sciences in South Carolina involves over 850 firms in 42 of 46 counties and generates a $12 billion annual economic impact: Life sciences, the fastest-growing segment of the state’s knowledge economy, is thriving globally.
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2021 Bioengineering Award Recipients

Award recipients collageThe College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Science as well as the Department of Bioengineering have completed the award selections for 2021. We are proud to announce the winners of these awards and congratulate them for their hard work and accomplishments.
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7 Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

National Science Foundation Graduate Research FellowshipSeven Clemson University students have been awarded the 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a highly competitive grant aimed at building future scientific and engineering leaders. Six others received Honorable Mentions.
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‘Homegrown science’ highlights Clemson University’s increasing strength in biomedical research

Clemson University is showing its growing strength in biomedical research with the publication of a new paper that describes a way of measuring three-dimensional extracellular diffusion.
All 10 of the co-authors in the Nature Communications paper are faculty, students or graduates from the Clemson University-Medical University of South Carolina Bioengineering Program.
The overwhelming Clemson presence on the team shows that years of local and federal investment in biomedical research are paying off, said Hai Yao, who is the senior author, Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair at Clemson and associate chair for the joint bioengineering program.
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The 'Ultimate Clemson Ambassador

Ashley BabinchakBabinchak arrived at Clemson with an interest in biology and engineering, as well as the drive, resilience and attitude to be successful. Clemson provided the knowledge, opportunities and mentors to help her discover her strengths and identify her ultimate career goal: medical device sales.
She recently accepted a summer internship with Arthrex, a global medical device company that develops products and procedures to advance minimally invasive orthopedics. She’ll be a Sterilization and Biosafety intern at the company’s headquarters in Naples, Fla.
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Delphine Dean receives one of bioengineering’s high honors

Dr. Delphine DeanOne of bioengineering’s top honors is going to a Clemson University professor who has played a leading role in South Carolina’s response to COVID-19, has led efforts to develop medical devices for low-resource settings and has advised top lawmakers on issues ranging from the pandemic to diversity in healthcare professions.
Delphine Dean, the Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor, is among the newest members of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows.
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Clemson grants $125,000 to support COVID-19 research

Saliva COVID-19 testFive teams of researchers have received funding to develop tests and strategies that Clemson University and the community can use to continue fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The projects aim to develop new long-lasting sanitizing solutions, faster diagnostics tests and additional tools to more accurately predict COVID-19 spread and severity, among other solutions.
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Projects led by Bioengineers win InnoVision Awards

Dr. Delphine Dean and Dr. John DesJardinsThree projects, all led by endowed professors in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, won awards that recognize innovation in South Carolina.
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Booth, O’Connell awarded Transformative Research Seed Grant

Dr. Brian BoothA proposal by Brian Booth, Ph.D., and John O'Connell, M.D., of Prisma Health was selected for funding via PrismaHealth’s Transformative Research Seed Grant mechanism. The Health Sciences Center at PrismaHealth funds life-changing health services research that aligns with Prisma Health’s purpose statement. The grant will support optimization of oscillating electric field delivery in tissue culture with the goal of more safely and effectively eradicating deposits of metastatic cancer in combination with other proven cancer therapies.

The Class of ’39 Award for Excellence

Delphine Dean, the Ron and Jane Lindsay Professor of Bioengineering and Jim Clements, Clemson University PresidentDelphine Dean, Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor, was honored February 9, 2021, at an unveiling ceremony in the Carillon Gardens, where she was presented with the Class of ’39 medal. Dean’s induction as a member of the class will be held in the Heritage Gardens, part of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
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Dabo's All In Team Foundation has again funded Brian Booth’s research into cancer

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Led by Delphine Dean, Clemson University researchers create cutting-edge solutions to COVID-19

Delphine Dean, the Ron and Jane Lindsay Professor of Bioengineering, master’s bioengineering student Erica Justice; and Mark Blenner, the McQueen Quattlebaum Associate Professor of Chemical EngineeringA new Clemson University lab that researchers are calling “a cutting-edge solution to help fight COVID-19” could be stocked with 13 sample-handling robots and have a staff of about 50 students fully trained as early as November.
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Lauren Davis selected as a Beckman Scholar

Lauren DavisUndergraduate Lauren Davis, has been selected to participate in the Beckman Scholars Program. This prestigious recognition is made possible by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
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Students design COVID-19 protection device for less than $100

Scott Northrup, far, right, watches Prisma Health clinicians try one of the prototypes that Clemson researchers created to help protect healthcare providers from COVID-19A few supplies available at just about any hardware store for less than $100 can be assembled into a device that helps keep COVID-19 patients from infecting the healthcare providers who take care of them, a group of Clemson University researchers said.
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CUBEInC contributes to Clemson’s recognition for innovation in engineering education

Innovation EngineeringClemson University students and faculty have always known “there’s something in these hills,” and now the rest of the world is starting to understand, too.
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Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

Tiger paw mosaicHelp BIOE celebrate our Spring 2020 Graduates!
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Naren Vyavahare Cofounds TGen Tech

Naren Vyavahare, CTO of TGen TechNaren Vyavahare, CTO of TGen Tech,co-founded the start-up with CEO Ajay Houde. Focused on pediatric applications of technologies to improve soft tissue healing, the company’s mission is to enable healthier lives for children and adults worldwide.
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Clemson University Freshmen Designing UVC Light Device To Help Protect Checkout Clerks

Carleigh Coffin, Ashlyn Soule, and Delphine DeanTwo Clemson University freshmen are thinking outside the box– and shining a light inside it– to combat COVID-19 at the grocery store.
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Ideas-To-Products (I2P) Program Awardee, Hai Yao, Ph.D.

Hai Yao, I2P Program AwardeeCongratulations to Hai Yao for winning proof-of-concept funding through the XLerator Network's I2P Grant Program!
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Elastrin Therapeutics

Elastrin Therapeuics logoElastrin Therapeutics is a biotech startup with technologies to restore hardened and damaged arteries and tissue by targeting the elastic fiber that makes them work.
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SC universities, hospitals join forces to develop coronavirus antibody test

Greenville News logoDelphine Dean, Sarah Harcum and Terri Bruce, BIOE faculty members, are volunteering their services to develop the antibody test.
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Ying Mei in Nature Biomedical Engineering: Simulated Heart Attack

Ying MeiResearchers have developed a new way of simulating heart attacks in a lab and then using the engineered tissue to screen drugs that show promise for treating patients with heart damage, according to a new article in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.
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Two presidents with one goal: Supporting Clemson University staff

Janeen Putman profileJaneen Putman reflects on her year as president of Staff Senate as she passes the gavel on.
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Award-Winning Students!

2020 GraduatesBy Tammy Rothell, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator
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Three Bioengineers awarded 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Maggie Elpers, Britney Hudson, Megan Pitz
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Melinda Harman: A Solution to Cleaning N95 Masks

Melinda Harman in labHarman is exploring how hospitals could wash and sanitize medical masks.
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Jennifer Woodell-May: Orthopedic Research Society Connect

Jennifer Woodell-MayORS Women’s Leadership Forum has asked Jennifer Woodell-May ’01, ‘96 to provide insights on her career and experiences.
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