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Biomedical engineering doctoral student receives NSF-funded internship


Yue “Lilly” Yan, a Penn State doctoral student in biomedical engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) program. The award will support a five-month internship experience with spotLESS Materials, a Penn State spin-out company co-founded by mechanical engineering alumna Birgitt Boschitsch, in State College.

First Outcomes Day to connect, educate researchers on biodevices


The Penn State Center for Biodevices, led by the College of Engineering, will hold its first Outcomes Day on Sept. 24.

Engineering professor named fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society


Jian Yang, professor of biomedical engineering and Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Regenerative Engineering at Penn State, was named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

10 new biotechnologies revealed at inaugural Penn State BioTech Discovery Day


On June 12, the first Penn State BioTech Discovery Day brought together Penn State researchers, industry experts and venture investors for a day of technology reveals and networking opportunities focused on accelerating the transfer of Penn State's top BioTech innovations to the marketplace.

Biomedical engineering graduate student receives Blue Flame Award


Lauren Randolph, a graduate research assistant in biomedical engineering at Penn State, has received the Blue Flame Award, given by Addgene, a non-profit plasmid repository.

Summer Founders program showcases record number of teams


Invent Penn State's 2020 Summer Founders program, a 13-week student startup accelerator, wrapped up Aug. 12 in a virtual showcase after funding seven student-startup teams with $15,000 each to work on their startup, nonprofit, or social good full time over the summer.

Two teams of engineering students emerge as capstone project award winners


Two undergraduate teams at Penn State were recognized by the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering's Service Enterprise Engineering Initiative for their capstone projects that embodied the initiative's motto, "engineering the 21st century service economy."

NIH grant recipients to develop novel coronary heart disease treatment


The National Institutes of Health awarded Penn State and University of Akron researchers a $2 million grant to develop a novel implant patch that can release protein drugs as needed for improved treatment of coronary heart disease.

Podcast features three women at the forefront of cryo-EM research


The latest episode of The Symbiotic Podcast features the bleeding-edge research of three Penn State scientists working at the convergence of materials and life sciences, at the university’s best-in-class cryogenic electron microscopy facility.

Faculty teams awarded seed grants to fund biodevice development


Faculty teams from across multiple disciplines recently received Penn State Biodevices Seed Grants and Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grants to support work on the development of biodevices.

Researchers to examine relation of dysfunctional brain hubs to mental disorders


The National Institutes of Health awarded Penn State researchers a $1.85 million grant to develop a new way to test if dysfunctions in certain areas of the brain lead to mental health complications and brain disorders. If successful, the research could lead to better mental health treatments.

Brain thickness and connectivity, not just location, correlates with behavior


Most people think of the brain as divided into regions that are each responsible for different functions, such as language and fine motor skills.

Enhanced water repellent surfaces discovered in nature


Through the investigation of insect surfaces, Penn State researchers have detailed a previously unidentified nanostructure that can be used to engineer stronger, more resilient water repellent coatings.

Custom nanoparticle regresses tumors when exposed to light


A unique nanoparticle to deliver a localized cancer treatment inhibits tumor growth in mice, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

New website offers cancer patients a different kind of medicine: Exercise


A group of Penn State College of Medicine faculty are bringing a different kind of medicine to cancer patients and survivors: exercise.

NIH grant recipients to study why some blood clots can't be cleared


A team of Penn State and U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers have received a four-year, $2.49 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand why certain blood clots that cause strokes cannot be removed.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program inducts six new fellows


The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program (ALP) in 2020-21 will include six new fellows from Penn State.

Biomedical engineering department head elected IAMBE fellow


Cheng Dong, head of the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering and distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.

NSF CAREER grant recipient offers potential boost for stem cell therapy


Xiaojun "Lance" Lian, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State, has received a $500,000, five-year Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation.

Acoustics and biomedical engineering professor receives NSF CAREER grant


Julianna Simon, assistant professor of acoustics and biomedical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently awarded an Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation.

New urine testing method holds promise for kidney stone sufferers


An improved urine-testing system for people suffering from kidney stones inspired by nature and proposed by researchers from Penn State and Stanford University may enable patients to receive results within 30 minutes instead of the current turnaround time of a week or more.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced


With the shift to a virtual format for this year's College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, students shared their semester's hard work on the showcase’s newly developed website.

2020 Summer Founders Program draws record number of teams and increases amount


A record number of student startups from across Penn State campuses are getting ready for the 2020 Summer Founders program.

Plasma medicine research highlights antibacterial effects and potential uses


As interest in the application of plasma medicine -- the use of low-temperature plasma (LTP) created by an electrical discharge to address medical problems -- continues to grow, so does the need for research advancements proving its capabilities and potential impacts on the health care industry.

Ling named biomedical engineering student marshal


Melissa Ling has been selected as the student marshal for the biomedical engineering baccalaureate degree program for Penn State's spring commencement, to be held virtually on May 9.?Ling will receive a?bachelor of science?degree in biomedical engineering.

Rethinking the traditional vaccine delivery in response to coronaviruses


Researchers are proposing a possible COVID-19 vaccine that could be good news for resisting current and future pandemics, as well as for the needle-phobic: inhalable vaccines.

Engineering capstone design showcase to be held virtually


Each semester, Penn State senior engineering students present their capstone design projects at the College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Showcase. This semester, to coordinate with the shift to all online courses, the showcase will take place entirely online from Friday, May 1, to Friday, May 8.

Reusable medical devices could help solve key COVID-19 problem


Shortages of medical supplies such as ventilators, face shields and masks has been a recurring problem during the COVID-19 pandemic and production has struggled to keep up.

Penn State cancer research center joins pandemic fight


The Penn State Center for Structural Oncology (CSO) is shifting some of its focus from fighting cancer to fighting COVID-19, with three projects.

A novel method to precisely deliver therapeutics inside the body


A new way to deliver therapeutic proteins inside the body uses an acoustically sensitive carrier to encapsulate the proteins and ultrasound to image and guide the package to the exact location required, according to Penn State researchers.

Penn State engineer aims to tackle COVID-19 from two angles


To combat COVID-19 in both the treatment and testing arenas, Yong Wang, Penn State professor of biomedical engineering, has received two grants from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences COVID-19 multi-institute seed grant fund.

Designing a successful transition for student capstone projects


Like many Penn State faculty, SpencerSzczesny did not have experience teaching online prior to this semester, but he found that moving to online instruction went relatively smooth.

Engineering capstone design projects adjusted to battle pandemic


When two teams of students in a Penn State biomedical engineering capstone design course received their projects at the beginning of the spring semester, little did they know that their efforts would have relevance to a pandemic.

Moving large-enrollment course online leads to surprises


Justin Pritchard, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Entrepreneurial Professor in the Penn State College of Engineering, had never taught an online class.

Zooming through a thesis defense


A master's degree thesis defense is difficult enough under normal circumstances: in a room in front of a thesis committee. For Sabrina Carrozzi, an integrated undergraduate/graduate student in biomedical engineering at Penn State, COVID-19 added another level of difficulty by mandating social distancing guidelines.

Penn State Center for Biodevices mobilizes for COVID-19 response


Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and the Riess Chair in Engineering at Penn State, felt much of the same trepidation and anxiety that most are grappling with facing the emergence of COVID-19.

Engineers model mutations causing drug resistance


Whether it is a drug-resistant strain of bacteria, or cancer cells that no longer react to the drugs intended to kill them, diverse mutations make cells resistant to chemicals, and "second generation" approaches are needed. Now, a team of Penn State engineers may have a way to predict which mutations will occur in people, creating an easier path to create effective pharmaceuticals.

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