Bioengineering

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03/15/11 Coulter Grant Recipients Announced Today

Five research teams that will use bioengineering methods to tackle clinical problems have received a total of $432,000 in seed grant funds from the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Grant Program at Stanford. Now in its sixth year, the Stanford-Coulter program bridges the gap between clinical needs and engineering solutions. To qualify for funding, teams must include a physician and an engineer. The five projects receiving the 2011 grants are:

  • Rapid viral identification device using nanochannel FET detectors — Annelise Barron, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering, and Michael Snyder, MD, professor of genetics.
  • Fast, pinhole camera-phone based imaging of oral cavity for early cancer detection — Manu Prakash, PhD, acting assistant professor of bioengineering, and Michael Clarke, MD, professor of oncology.
  • A novel solution for temporary cardiac pacing — Jeffrey Feinstein, MD, associate professor of bioengineering and of pediatric cardiology, and Paul Wang, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine.
  • Portable respiratory acoustic monitoring device — Thomas Krummel, MD, professor of surgery and of bioengineering, and Paul Sharek, MD, associate professor of pediatrics.
  • Minimally invasive creation of autologous venous valves for the treatment of deep venous insufficiency — Paul Yock, MD, professor of bioengineering and of medicine, and Jason Lee, MD, assistant professor of surgery.

02/14/11 CTSA Awards Biodesign Projects

Five medical technology teams from Stanford Biodesign have received a total of $125,000 through the Spectrum pilot grant program. The biodesign program and Spectrum, the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research, are working together to improve and advance the training of young innovators, while at the same time accelerating the development of novel medical technologies and diagnostics. Biodesign projects are funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health, and Stanford institutional and philanthropic funds. “The biodesign approach to identifying and tackling clinical needs has been extremely effective,” said Spectrum director, Harry Greenberg, MD. “As of 2010, biodesign inventions have resulted in almost 200 patent applications, and over 35,000 patients have been treated by devices created through the program.” The five projects and investigator teams receiving funds include:

  • An image-guided device that prevents gallstone obstruction in patients who want to avoid surgery — Matthew Callaghan, MD, postdoctoral scholar, and Thomas Krummel, MD, chair of surgery.
  • A low-cost test for diagnosing diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and African sleeping sickness in underserved global regions — Manu Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering.
  • A novel approach to cardiac rhythm support that reduces complications associated with current technologies — Aravind Swaminathan, MD, and Ellis Garai, both graduate students and former biodesign fellows.
  • An advanced system for treating atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm problem affecting more than 2 million Americans — Paul Wang, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine; Fritz Prinz, PhD, chair of the mechanical engineering; Robert Robbins, MD, chair of cardiothoracic surgery; and Amin Al-Ahmad, MD, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine.
  • A minimally invasive treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, in which damaged veins are not able to pump enough oxygen-poor blood back to the heart — Fletcher Wilson, biodesign fellow and R. James Yu, MD, urology fellow

02/01/11 Fluidigm Issues IP

Fluidigm, a company founded on technology developed by Bioengineering Professor Steven Quake and Gajus Worthington, has raised nearly $75 million in a recent IPO. Fluidigm's products are used to detect rare cancer stem cells that are hard to find, and which are thought to enable cancer to rebound following chemotherapy. Stem cell researchers use the Fluidigm machines to identify signatures of induced pluripotent stem cells—ordinary adult cells that scientists reprogram into a stem-cell like state.

02/10/10 Bioengineering Faculty Paul Yock and Jennifer Cochran Publish Books

Professor Paul Yock recently published Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies, a book for medical device entrepreneurs that teaches the skill of innovation.  Biodesign is a “how-to” book for those interested in developing medical devices or starting a company in the medical device field. 

Assistant Professor Jennifer Cochran published Protein Engineering and Design, which aims to develop a synergistic approach to protein science.  The book is divided into two parts: Experimental Protein Engineering, discussing experimental approaches to protein engineering, and Computational Protein Design.

01/08/10 USA Today Article Reports 72% Growth in Biomedical Engineering Jobs

A recent article in USA Today, published January 8, 2010, reports biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing occupation.

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09/23/09 Bioengineering Professors Markus Covert and Krishna Shenoy win NIH Pioneer Awards

Stanford Bioengineering faculty members Markus Covert and Krishna Shenoy were awarded prestigious NIH Pioneer Awards.

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09/22/09 Dr. Karl Deisseroth's Research in Treating Depression Featured in KQED

Dr. Karl Deisseroth and other Stanford professors were interviewed by KQED for a special news program on depression, which aired Tuesday, September 22, 2009.

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06/24/09 Graduate Students Richard Gaster and Drew Hall win IEEE Award
Bioengineering student Richard Gaster and Electrical Engineering student Drew Hall were awared the "Student Humanitarian Supreme" award by the IEEE in their Change the World Competition. The Change the World Competition is a world-wide contest designed to recognize students who identify a real-world problem, apply engineering, science, computing and leadership skills to solve it, thereby benefiting humanity or their community.

Richard and Drew were selected from over 200 students across the world. Their project used technology to help with the diagnosis of disease.

Press Release
03/26/09 Deisseroth Win's HHMI Early Career Scientist Award
Dr. Karl Deisseroth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering. He has been appointed to a six year term as an Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist. Deisseroth along with 50 other young investigators were chosen from among more than 200 institutions nationwide.

A total of three investigators were selected from Stanford University; Dr. Howard Chang and Dr. Tirin Moore were also selected from the University's School of Medicine. All three Early Career Scientist will receive 1.5 million over a 6 year period. As HHMI investigators, these Scientist will maintain their academic appointment at Stanford University, and will be employed directly by HHMI. HHMI will fund their full salary and benefits. HHMI's total investment in the Early Career Scientist program is estimated to be 200 million.
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02/04/09 BioE Chair Wins Science Blogging Challenge Prize
RUSS ALTMAN, chair of the Department of Bioengineering and director of the Program in Biomedical Informatics, has won the Nature Network Science Blogging Challenge 2008 prize, along with SHIRLEY WU, a graduate student in biomedical informatics in Altman's lab. Altman said Wu inspired him to begin his blog, Building Confidence (http://rbaltman.wordpress.com) in September 2008 and often suggests topics. Wu has a blog titled I Was Lost But Now I Live Here (http://shirleywho.wordpress.com). Nature Network is part of the Nature Publishing Group, publishers of Nature. The site is intended to help scientists communicate and collaborate with one another.

Altman and Wu have won an invitation to Science Foo Camp 2009 (SciFoo), the annual invitation-only scientific "unconference" organized by Nature Publishing Group and O'Reilly Media and hosted by Google at their headquarters in California.

10/14/08 Zev Bryant Wins NIH's New Innovator Award
Zev Bryant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of bioengineering, has received NIH's New Innovator award. Dr. Bryant will study biological energy consumption and force generation by re-engineering the mechanical functions of molecular machines found in cells. While scientists at any career level can receive Pioneer Awards, only early career investigators who have not held an NIH regular research (R01) or similar NIH grant are eligible for New Innovator Awards. Dr. Bryant will receive $1.5 million in direct costs over five years. The Innovator Award is a focused effort by NIH to encourage and fund pioneering research.
10/01/08 Cochran Receives Martin D. Abeloff Award from the V Foundation for Cancer Research
Jennifer Cochran, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has won the 2008 Martin D. Abeloff Scholar Award. This award along with a $100,000 grant is given to the highest rated V Scholar applicant. The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. The foundation is named for the late Jim Valvano, the passionate former NC State basketball coach and award-wining broadcaster. http://www.jimmyv.org/
08/01/08 Cochran receives Hellman Faculty Scholar Award
Professor Jennifer Cochran was named as a recipient of a Hellman Faculty Scholar Award. The Hellman fund was established in 2000 by Warren and Chris Hellman to support and encourage promising assistant professors in areas concerning the physical and life sciences, engineering, arts, humanities and social sciences.
04/30/08 Latest Edition of Bioengineeing Newsletter Now Available
The Department of Bioengineering publishes a semiannual newsletter in the Spring and Fall. This latest edition of our newsletter includes the announcement of three new junior faculty, highlights of the topics discussed at our annual retreat, describes our translational research partnership grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and celebrates the accomplishments of our faculty. Click on PDF to read more.
04/11/08 The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christina Smolke.
Dr. Smolke will join the Bioengineering Department in January of 2009.

Dr. Smolke is currently an assistant professor at Caltech.  She is working in the fields of biomolecular design, RNA engineering, synthetic biology, and cellular engineering.  Her research efforts have focused on the design of new molecular tools for precisely regulating gene expression and the application of these tools to both programming cellular systems and better understanding the behavior of naturally occurring systems.
02/20/08 Yock Receives ACC Distinguished Scientist Award
Dr. Paul Yock, Professor of Bioengineering and Director of Biodesign at Stanford University, is the recipient of the American College of Cardiology Foundation's Distinguished Scientist Award "for his development of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging and his other innovative contributions to vascular devices as well as cardiovascular education."  "This award recognizes of a Fellow of the College who has made major scientific contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of cardiovascular disease."
01/23/08 Delp Receives the Van C Mow Medal
Dr. Scott Delp,  Professor of Bioengineering, has been selected to receive the 2008 Van C. Mow Medal, awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of bioengineering through research, education, professional development, leadership in the development of the profession, as a mentor to young bioengineers, and with service to the bioengineering community.

01/11/08 Bioengineering Hires Two New Faculty

The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointments of two new assistant professors; Drs. Drew Endy and KC Huang. Dr. Endy will be arriving in Bioengineering in the fall of this year. Dr. Huang will be appointed in Bioengineering this summer.

Dr. Endy, currently an Assistant Professor at MIT, has been working to develop foundational technologies that make biology easy to engineer, an area of research known as "synthetic biology."  He is also working to understand how natural and engineered biological systems can implement reliable behavior, on both individual and evolutionary timescales.

Dr. Huang, an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton, is focusing on improving our understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying bacterial cell division, membrane organization, and the structure of the cell wall.  Dr. Huang employs diverse interdisciplinary methods of inquiry to understand the relationships among cell-shape detection, determination, and maintenance. He is interested in studying cell-wall synthesis and maintenance in order to create a comprehensive and general model of the role of cell shape in bacterial physiology.

11/19/07 Three Elected Fellows to AIMBE
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering elected three Bioengineering faculty as Fellows, including:

  • Russ Altman, Professor of Bioengineering and of Genetics
  • Steve Quake, Professor of Bioengineering
  • Charles A. Taylor, Associate Professor of Bioengineering and of Mechanical Engineering and Radiology

11/19/07 Cochran receives McCormick Award
Jennifer Cochran, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, was awarded the 2007 McCormick Award by the School of Medicine and the Office of Diversity and Leadership. These awards provide research/project funding to junior faculty women pursuing advancement, or to junior faculty men or women who support the advancement of women in medicine and/or medical research. The awards are supported by the McCormick Funds, which were established to support the advancement of women in medicine and/or medical research directly, or by supporting the mentoring, training and encouragement of women pursuing the study of medicine, in teaching medicine, and engaging in medical research.

11/16-18/07 Bioengineering Retreat
Faculty, Staff and students of Bioengineering held a day-long retreat at Asilomar in Monterey County. On the agenda were strategic planning sessions regarding undergraduate education, Coulter Program and moonshots. See photo from retreat.
10/08/07 Longaker, Scott elected to National Academy of Science
On October 8th the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences announced its newly elected members for 2007. Of the 65 newly elected members, two are affiliated with Bioengineering. The newly elected members bring the current number of IOM Members at Stanford to 56. They are:
  • Dr. Michael Longaker, Deane P and Louis Mitchell Professor of Surgery and by courtesy, Bioengineering
  • Dr. Matthew Scott, Professor of Developmental Biology and Genetics and Bioengineering
10/25/07 Life in Motion Symposium
Bio-X has teamed up with Stanford’s National NIH Center for Physics based Simulation of Biological Structures to hold a symposium entitled, “Life in Motion”. The symposium will be held October 25 in the Clark Center Auditorium from 8am to 7 pm. The goal of this symposium is to educate students and scientists from different disciplines about the exciting uses of simulations driven by the laws of physics and mechanics across a range of scales, from molecules to organisms. The talks will be presented by a series of experts and innovators from around the world. Life in Motion will include a Poster session where Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will present their research. Further info: http://simtk.org/home/lifeinmotion

10/1/07 Schnitzer selected for NIH Pioneer Award
Mark Schnitzer, Affiliated Faculty of Bioengineering, has been chosen to receive the NIH Pioneer Award for his innovative work with imaging fruit-fly brains. He was one of two faculty at Stanford to receive the award this year.

9/1/07 Biodesign Program Launches new Website
Paul Yock, Professor of Bioengineering, directs the Biodesign Program, a multi-disciplinary training program for students and fellows interested in medical device innovation. The program launched a new website: http://biodesign.stanford.edu/
8/30/07 Schedule for BioE 393 Seminar Announced
Professor Altman has announced the upcoming seminar series schedule (see column right) for the 2007-08 academic year. This year the seminar will highlight research from faculty of the Bioengineering Department. Two faculty members will speak for 25 minutes each with time allotted for questions and answers.
8/20/07 Stanford hosts American Society of Biomechanics
Profs Delp and Jacobs are hosting the American Society of Biomechanics a Stanford Aug. 22-25, 2007. This conference brings 600 engineers, physicists, biologists, and physicians together to study the wonders of human movement. In conjunction with the meeting, Simbios, a national center for biomedical computing lead by Profs Delp and Altman will release OpenSim 1.0, an graphical software system for simulating human movement dynamics. (https://simtk.org/home/opensim)
7/30/07 AMIA announces 10x10 partnership
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has announced the formal partnership of Stanford University with the 10x10 program. Russ Altman, MD, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, and Computer Science, Director of the Biomedical Informatics Training Program and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering, will serve as the director of the Stanford University 10x10 offering. Read more at the AMIA 10x10 site.

7/21/07 Faculty Participate in E-Day
Several faculty members from Bioengineering participated in "Camp E-Day: Engineering from Head to Toe." Nearly 500 of the School of Engineering's graduates and their children attended the event held at the Arrillaga Alumni Center.

Charles Taylor, associate professor of bioengineering, also talked about simulating surgery in his lecture, "Vital Veins." Taylor and his research team have created a computer program called ASPIRE (Advanced Surgical Planning Interactive Research Environment), which doctors can use to perform certain operations in cyberspace before doing so on an actual patient. This program allows doctors to try different corrective surgeries before deciding which is the best option. Also speaking was Jennifer Cochran, assistant professor of bioengineering, who discussed how she and her team are developing designer proteins that can heal wounds; and Karl Deisseroth, assistant professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who spoke about engineering and mental health.

7/12/07 Jennifer Cochran named 47th Mallinckrodt Scholar
The Trustees of the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation have named Dr. Jennifer Cochran the 47th Mallinckrodt Scholar. The award provides funding to support highly promising young investigators. The Foundation is interested in "advancing knowledge in the various fields of medical and health research," particularly in basic research with upstream potential for impacting disease. The scholar award comes with three years of support for research.

6/07 BioE student Lahti doubly awarded
Jennifer Lahti, student of Jennifer Cochran, was recently awarded a Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award. She was one of six students in the school of Engineering (and the only Bioengineering student) to receive this award. She also recently received a competitive graduate Fellowship from the California Breast Cancer Research Program.
6/07 New Department Appointments
A number of courtesy and affiliated faculty appointments have been made recently:
Courtesy
Jeffrey Feinstein, Garry Gold, Sam Gambhir, Kim Butts Pauly, Chris Jacobs, Mike Longaker
Affiliated
Atul Butte, Stuart Goodman, Mark Musen, David Paik, Marc Levenston, Craig Levin, Sylvia Plevritis, Mark Schnitzer, Krishna Shenoy
5/07 Yock awarded Honorary Degree
Dr. Paul Yock was awarded a Doctor of Science (Hon.) from Amherst College where he graduated in the class of 1973. He was one of eight individuals to receive such honors for the 2006-07 academic year. Further information can be found at the Amherst college website.
5/07 Newsletter published.
Volume 3, Issue 1.
4/07 Cochran receives Kimmel Scholar Award
Professor Jennifer Cochran was one of 15 faculty researchers nationwide to receive a prestigious Kimmel Scholar Award. The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research funds the Kimmel Scholars Program, which each year provides research grants to the nation's most promising young cancer researchers. The goal of the grant program is to improve the basic understanding of cancer biology and to develop new methods for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The award will provide Professor Cochran with $100,000 per year for two years to pursue innovative research that will ultimately lead to the development of new protein-based agents for cancer therapy and molecular imaging applications.
4/3/07 Faculty Position Closed
The two open faculty positions are now closed.
3/07 Cochran receives Diversity Faculty Research Fellowship Award
The Office of Diversity and Leadership has awarded one of five the Diversity Faculty Research Fellowship Awards to Assistant Professor Jennifer Cochran. This program, modeled after the Center of Excellence Faculty Fellowship Program, is directed at enhancing the diversity (broadly defined) of the faculty of the School of Medicine by supporting the development of assistant professors who contribute to such diversity. The recipient receives $20,000 for career development, travel and mentoring.
3/07 Longaker Distinguished MSU Alum
Dr. Michael Longaker has been selected by Michigan State
University to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Michigan State University Men's Basketball Program. Dr. Longaker was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team from 1976 to 1980, and a member of the 1979 NCAA Men's Championship Basketball Team. from the Michigan State University Men's Basketball Program.
3/07 Faculty Position Closed
The joint faculty position (EE and BioE) opening is now closed.
3/07 Altman, Cochran to speak at Symposium
Profs. Altman and Cochran will be speaking at the National Academy of Engineering Symposium: Translating Engineering Discoveries into Practical Medicine to be held April 5 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at the Clark Center. Other speakers will include Dean of Engineering, James Plummer, President of the National Academy of Engineering, Bill Wulf, and Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Krishna Shenoy. Further information can be seen at http://soe.stanford.edu/NAE/.
2/07 Longaker elected President of Society
Dr. Michael T. Longaker, Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor, Director of Children's Surgical Research, Deputy Director of Stanford's Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Director, Program in Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has just been elected 69th President of the Society of University Surgeons.
1/07 Altman, Quake named chair, co-chair
Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Russ Altman, Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, and Computer Science, to chair of the department. Altman's research involves applications of computational technologies to problems in molecular biology of relevance to medicine. Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering, will serve as co-chair. Dr. Quake's research entails large scale biological automation, microfluidics and systems biology.
1/07 Zev Bryant to join faculty in March
Bryant comes from a Postdoctoral position in Biochemistry at Stanford and is interested in the mechanisms of molecular motors.
1/07 Markus Covert joins faculty
Covert comes to Bioengineering from CalTech where he was a postdoctoral scholar. Covert's research is in building computational models of complex biological processes and using these models to guide experimental programs that involve the dynamic behavior of NF-kappaB, an important family of transcription factors whose aberrant activity has been linked to oncogenesis, tumor progression, and resistance to chemotherapy.
1/07 Norbert Pelc Elected AIMBE Fellow
Election to the College of Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) is awarded to "leaders in the field who have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education". Pelc will be formally inducted at a ceremony held at the National Academies early in 2007.

12/06 Delp Awarded Charles Lee Powell Professorship
Scott Delp has been appointed as the third holder of the Charles Lee Powell Professorship in the School of Engineering. This professorship was established in 1983 with a gift from the Charles Lee Powell Foundation. It honors the foundation's founder, Charles Lee Powell, builder, underground contractor, engineer, rancher, and real estate operator. It is the Foundation's preference that the chairholder be a member of the faculty whose teaching and research are related to the fields of engineering, applied mathematics and/or computer science.

10/06 Paul Yock named Career Achievement Award Winner at TCT
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) honored Paul G. Yock, MD, with this year’s TCT Career Achievement Award. Yock is the Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and Professor of Bioengineering. The award honors Yock’s achievements not only as a world-renowned inventor, but also as an outstanding educator and leader. Read more at the TCT website.

10/25/06 Bioengineering to fill two Faculty Positions
The Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University, which is jointly supported by the Schools of Medicine and Engineering, seeks applicants for two new tenure-line faculty positions. The search is open at the level of Assistant Professor or untenured Associate Professor. Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biophysics, or any related discipline. We encourage applications from physician-engineers.

Read more in the full announcement. (pdf)

10/25/06 Bioengineering & Electrical Engineering Seek Faculty for Joint Appointment
The Departments of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at Stanford University wish to expand their efforts to address opportunities at the interfaces among electrical engineering, bioengineering, biology and medicine. Hence, they are seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level in this general area.

Read more in the full announcement. (pdf)

9/20/06 Bioengineering Professor named to NIH Pioneer Award for Third Year in a Row
Kwabena Boahen snagged one of the National Institutes of Health’s top prizes: the annual NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. The prize provides each winner with $2.5 million over five years to pursue new research directions that are not already funded. This year's award marks the third year that Bioengineering professors have won the award: Professors Quake and Deisseroth also won the award in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
9/06 Linehan Elected to IAMBE
John H Linehan, PhD, was elected to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). He is one of eight new members elected this year to IAMBE worldwide. Membership of the Academy is made up of persons who have distinguished themselves by making identifiable contributions to the theory or practice of medical and biological engineering or by demonstrating unusual accomplishment in promoting the field of medical and biological engineering. The Academy, a part of International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), conducts programs to encourage young people entering the field and their development in the early stages of their career.
8/22/06 Deisseroth wins award
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has just won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Established in 1996, this major award represents the highest honor that any young scientist or engineer can receive in the United States.
7/05/06 Clark Center Featured in Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
The Clark Center, home of the Bioengineering Department, is featured in Wisconsin Journal Sentinel "Making the Connections"
5/06 Sanjiv Gambhir receives prestigious Aebersold Award
The Society for Nuclear Medicine (SNM) has given their prestigious Aebersold Award to Sanjiv Gambhir, Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering, for outstanding achievement in basic nuclear medicine science during the society’s 53rd Annual Meeting in San Diego. Read more about the award at the SNM website.
4/11/06 James Swartz appointed to the Leland T. Edwards Professorship in the School of Engineering
This professorship was established in 1986 by William Edwards in honor of his father and is a tribute to Leland Edward's determination to foster an appreciation of the importance of education. It is his preference that the professorship support a faculty member whose activities are believed to show promise of leading to significant advances in technology, at the discretion of the dean.
4/10/06 Stem Cell Training Grants Funded
The School of Medicine has received $1.2 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to train the next generation of stem cell researchers. This is the first of a three-year, $3.7 million grant that was awarded in September. The grant will support 16 scholars - six graduate students, five postdoctoral fellows and five MD research fellows from departments across campus. Michael Longaker is the Principal Investigator.
3/7/06 Gambhir receives Hounsfield Medal
Dr. Sanji "Sam" Gambhir, Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering and Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS), has received the prestigious Hounsfield Medal for his work in Molecular Imaging. This medal is named after Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his work on developing computer-assisted tomography (CAT scanning). Dr. Gambhir's research focuses on multimodality molecular imaging with an emphasis on novel strategies for cancer diagnostics and management.
3/7/06 Longaker named President Elect, SUS
Dr. Michael Longaker, the Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor has been elected President Elect of the Society of University Surgeons.
3/6/06 Nanotechnology Center Funded
The National Cancer Institute has awarded Stanford University a $20,000,000 U54 grant to establish a Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE). This grant involves the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and H&S as well as investigators from UCLA, Cedars Sinai, Fred Hutchinson, UT Austin, General Electric and Intel. Dr. Sam Gambhir, Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) and Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering, is the Principal Investigator.
2/10/06 John Linehan Elected to National Academy of Engineering
John Linehan, Consulting Professor of Bioengineering, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering today with 75 other new members bringing the total to 2216. Linehan was cited for research on the pulmonary mechanics and metabolism of critical bioactive agents and for innovations in bioengineering education and professional development. See the complete announcement at the NAE website
1/25/06 Jacobs Awarded Prize
At the 24th annual meeting of Society for Physical Regulation in Medicine and Biology Dr. Christopher Jacobs was given the Iwao Yasuda award. This honor is bestowed annually to "an individual who has made an excellent contribution to the field of biomedical research, based upon current research achievements in the area of physical regulation in biology and medicine." The award carries a cash prize, but Dr. Jacobs returned the money with instructions that it be used to enhance student travel fellowships to present their work at the annual meeting.
1/25/06 Student Awarded Prize
At the 24th annual meeting of Society for Physical Regulation in Medicine and Biology Stanford BioE PhD student Amanda Malone was awarded a "Best Student Presentation" award for her talk on the potential role of primary cilia as molecular mechanotransducers in bone cells.

1/23/2006 Innovator's Workbench Announced
The Program in Biodesign is pleased to announce this year's Innovator's Workbench Series of speakers:

Feb 6 Karen Talmadge (Kyphon)
Mar 6 Richard Stack (Synecor)
Apr 5 Rick Gonzalez (Abbott)
May 23 Michael Mussallem (Edwards Life Sciences)

Visit http://innovatorsworkbench.stanford.edu/ for further information and to register for these events.

12/5/05 Faculty Appointment Announced
The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointment of new faculty member Kwabena Boahen. Previously at the University of Pennsylvania, Boahen's research interests include mixed-mode multichip VLSI models of biological sensory and perceptual systems, their epigenetic development, and asynchronous digital communication for reconfigurable connectivity. As a bioengineer who uses integrated circuits to understand the way neurons compute, his work links the seemingly disparate fields of electronics and computer science with neurobiology and development.
11/15/05 Quake receives 2005 Beckman Grant
Stephen R. Quake, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering, received a grant for "Development of a High Throughput Experimental System for the Mammalian Oocyte and Embryo." Each recipient receives research funding in the amount of $150,000 over a three-year period.
11/8/05 Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab launches new website
Professor Scott Delp's lab studies Neuromuscular Biomechanics. Details of the lab's research projects, people, publications and resources are available through his newly-launched website: http://nmbl.stanford.edu/
10/26/05 Protein Folding Machinery Center
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded funding to Stanford University and five other institutions to establish the Center for Protein Folding Machinery. Judith Frydman, associate professor of biological sciences at Stanford, will serve as co-director of the center along with Wah Chiu, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Scott Delp, chair of the Bioengineering Department will be an active participant in the Center's studies. Full story is available at Stanford Report website.
10/26/05 Grant awarded for genomic database
Russ Altman, MD, PhD, professor of genetics, medicine, bioengineering and computer science, was awarded $13.7 million from the National Institutes of Health Pharmacogenetics Research Network. Altman is the principal investigator of a project, PharmGKB, which is an online database of genetic and phenotype information from people who have participated in research studies at various medical centers participating in the PGRN. Read the article in the Stanford Report.
10/05 Linehan joins department
John H. Linehan, formerly of the Whitaker Foundation, has joined the Department of Bioengineering as a Consulting Professor working in the Program in Biodesign. Linehan will also serve as Executive Editor of bmesource.org, a portal for Biomedical Engineering students being created by 30+ universities across the U.S. See the press release (pdf).
10/18/05 Volume 1 Issue 2 Bioengineering Newsletter
The second issue of the Bioengineering Newsletter is now available. Read the newsletter.
10/7/05 Yock receives Award
Paul Yock, Co-Chair of Bioengineering and Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy), was recently awarded the 2005 Innovator Award for the Phoenix Hall of Fame for Medical Device and Diagnostic Leadership.
10/05 Coulter Grant Awarded
The Bioengineering Department has been awarded a Coulter Translational Research Partnership in Biomedical Engineering. The award is $500,000 each year for up to five years. An endowment is available at the end of the five years to programs that have demonstrated outstanding performance in meeting the program's goals.
9/30/05 Deisseroth receives NIH Pioneer's Award
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering received the NIH Director's Pioneer Award. Dr. Deisseroth has been focusing on the electrical circuitry of the brain, on the theory that some mental illness may be due to circuitry glitches rather than chemical imbalances. “We're trying to bring high-speed bioengineering tools to the study of psychiatry,” he said.
9/25/05 Department announces Broad Search for two Faculty Positions. The search is open at the level of Assistant Professor or untenured Associate Professor. Please see full announcement (pdf) for further details.
9/05 Mazenko receives first Employee Award
Carolyn Mazenko, Faculty Affairs Officer for Bioengineering, is the recipient of the first-ever "Employee of the Month" Award for Clark Center Employees.
8/05 Department Featured
The Bioengineering Department is featured in the lead article in Today in Engineering (pdf) , the School of Engineering's Newsletter.
8/05 Deisseroth receives award
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry, is one of four recipients who has been awarded a Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award for 2005-2007 by the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. The awards pay $200,000 over two years for research projects that seek to advance the field of neuroscience by developing new tools and techniques enabling deeper understanding of the brain.

6/05 Students receive awards
Joan Greve won the PhD Student Paper Competition in the Biofluids, Heat and Mass Transfer Category for her paper entitled "Development of Methods to Non-invasively, Longitudinally Quantify Hemodynamics in a Rat Model of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computational Fluid Dynamics."

Andrea Les received 2nd place in the B.S. Student Poster Competition in the Biofluids, Heat and Mass Transfer Category for her paper entitled "Comparison of Hemodynamic Parameters across Species in Normal and Aneurysmal Abdominal Aortas using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computational Fluid Mechanics". Andrea is a co-term student in BioE.

6/12/05 Bioengineering's first graduating class receives diplomas
Commencement begins in the Stanford Stadium at 9:30 am. Steve Jobs will be the Commencement speaker followed by an awards presentation by Provost John Etchemendy. President Hennessy will offer closing remarks.

Bioengineering Graduates will be awarded diplomas during their individual department ceremony at the Clark Center Courtyard at 4:00 pm.

6/05 Deisseroth and Cochran awarded Office of Technology Licensing Research Incentive grants. Cochran received a grant for "Engineering Neurotrophin Proteins for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications." Deisseroth's grant, awarded with Theo Palmer, is for "Pulsed Magnetic Neural Excitation to Drive Stem Cell Differentiation."
6/05 Russ Altman and Scott Delp awarded NIH training grant in biomedical computation
5/05 Deisseroth receives Coulter Early Career Translational Research Award
4/27/05 Deisseroth Featured on Engineering School Site
Karl Deisseroth, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, is featured on the Engineering School homepage and in an article on the site: http://soe.stanford.edu/profiles/profile_bio_deiss.html
4/1/05
Bioengineering broad area search is officially closed
Search closed as of April 1. We anticipate additional searches each year for several years.
3/30/05
Volume 1 Issue 1 Bioengineering Newsletter
The first issue of the Bioengineering Newsletter is now available. Read the newsletter.
3/11/05
Applicants for 05-06 Academic Year Welcomed
Twenty two students were invited to attend interview day for entry into the graduate program for Bioengineering. This year's applicant pool was over 300 students. Applicants spent time interviewing with faculty as well as touring the Clark Center and labs.
12/8/04
Department announces Broad Search for two Faculty Positions. The search is open to all levels from tenure-track Assistant Professor to tenured Full Professor. Please see full announcement (pdf) for further details. Search closed as of April 1.
11/11/04
Deisseroth receives Culpeper Scholar Award
Dr. Karl Deisseroth, assistant professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry, has been named one of three academic physicians in the United States to receive a prestigious Charles E. Culpeper Scholarship in Medical Science, a program designed to support the career development of academic physicians. The Charles E. Culpeper Medical Scholar award is given on behalf of carefully selected physicians of high potential achievement who are committed to careers in academic medicine.
10/8/04
First NIH Director's Pioneer Award Recipients Named
Dr, Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering, was recently selected as a recipient of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award.
6/30/2004
Faculty Appointments Announced
The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointments of three new faculty members: Jennifer Cochran, Karl Deisseroth, and Steve Quake. Jennifer Cochran comes to Bioengineering from MIT with a strong track record in immunobiology and state-of the-art training in protein engineering. Jennifer is poised to build a research program in Biomolecular engineering of new materials and therapeutics. Karl Deisseroth's work with controlled neurogenesis and neuroengineering offers fantastic potential to treat a wide variety of neurological disorders. Steve Quake's research on single molecule biophysics, microfluidics, and DNA sequencing, has made him one of the top Bioengineering scientists in the country.
6/15/2004
Submission Deadline for 05-06 Academic Year
Deadline for submitting applications to the Bioengineering Department for 2004-06 MS and PhD programs has been set for 1/4/05.
1/15/2004
Submission Deadline
Deadline for submitting applications to the Bioengineering Department for 2004-05 MS and PhD programs has now passed.
10/01/2003
Faculty Search Closed
The Bioengineering Department was seeking applicants for two new tenure-line faculty positions. The search is now closed.

01/30/2003
Chair and Co-chair announced
Stanford Report announces the appointments of Scott Delp and Paul Yock as chair and co-chair respectively... more in Stanford Report

02/04/09 BioE Chair Wins Science Blogging Challenge Prize
RUSS ALTMAN, chair of the Department of Bioengineering and director of the Program in Biomedical Informatics, has won the Nature Network Science Blogging Challenge 2008 prize, along with SHIRLEY WU, a graduate student in biomedical informatics in Altman's lab. Altman said Wu inspired him to begin his blog, Building Confidence (http://rbaltman.wordpress.com) in September 2008 and often suggests topics. Wu has a blog titled I Was Lost But Now I Live Here (http://shirleywho.wordpress.com). Nature Network is part of the Nature Publishing Group, publishers of Nature. The site is intended to help scientists communicate and collaborate with one another.

Altman and Wu have won an invitation to Science Foo Camp 2009 (SciFoo), the annual invitation-only scientific "unconference" organized by Nature Publishing Group and O'Reilly Media and hosted by Google at their headquarters in California.

10/14/08 Zev Bryant Wins NIH's New Innovator Award
Zev Bryant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of bioengineering, has received NIH's New Innovator award. Dr. Bryant will study biological energy consumption and force generation by re-engineering the mechanical functions of molecular machines found in cells. While scientists at any career level can receive Pioneer Awards, only early career investigators who have not held an NIH regular research (R01) or similar NIH grant are eligible for New Innovator Awards. Dr. Bryant will receive $1.5 million in direct costs over five years. The Innovator Award is a focused effort by NIH to encourage and fund pioneering research.
10/01/08 Cochran Receives Martin D. Abeloff Award from the V Foundation for Cancer Research
Jennifer Cochran, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has won the 2008 Martin D. Abeloff Scholar Award. This award along with a $100,000 grant is given to the highest rated V Scholar applicant. The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. The foundation is named for the late Jim Valvano, the passionate former NC State basketball coach and award-wining broadcaster. http://www.jimmyv.org/
08/01/08 Cochran receives Hellman Faculty Scholar Award
Professor Jennifer Cochran was named as a recipient of a Hellman Faculty Scholar Award. The Hellman fund was established in 2000 by Warren and Chris Hellman to support and encourage promising assistant professors in areas concerning the physical and life sciences, engineering, arts, humanities and social sciences.
04/30/08 Latest Edition of Bioengineeing Newsletter Now Available
The Department of Bioengineering publishes a semiannual newsletter in the Spring and Fall. This latest edition of our newsletter includes the announcement of three new junior faculty, highlights of the topics discussed at our annual retreat, describes our translational research partnership grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and celebrates the accomplishments of our faculty. Click on PDF to read more.
04/11/08 The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christina Smolke.
Dr. Smolke will join the Bioengineering Department in January of 2009.

Dr. Smolke is currently an assistant professor at Caltech.  She is working in the fields of biomolecular design, RNA engineering, synthetic biology, and cellular engineering.  Her research efforts have focused on the design of new molecular tools for precisely regulating gene expression and the application of these tools to both programming cellular systems and better understanding the behavior of naturally occurring systems.
02/20/08 Yock Receives ACC Distinguished Scientist Award
Dr. Paul Yock, Professor of Bioengineering and Director of Biodesign at Stanford University, is the recipient of the American College of Cardiology Foundation's Distinguished Scientist Award "for his development of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging and his other innovative contributions to vascular devices as well as cardiovascular education."  "This award recognizes of a Fellow of the College who has made major scientific contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of cardiovascular disease."
01/23/08 Delp Receives the Van C Mow Medal
Dr. Scott Delp,  Professor of Bioengineering, has been selected to receive the 2008 Van C. Mow Medal, awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of bioengineering through research, education, professional development, leadership in the development of the profession, as a mentor to young bioengineers, and with service to the bioengineering community.

01/11/08 Bioengineering Hires Two New Faculty

The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointments of two new assistant professors; Drs. Drew Endy and KC Huang. Dr. Endy will be arriving in Bioengineering in the fall of this year. Dr. Huang will be appointed in Bioengineering this summer.

Dr. Endy, currently an Assistant Professor at MIT, has been working to develop foundational technologies that make biology easy to engineer, an area of research known as "synthetic biology."  He is also working to understand how natural and engineered biological systems can implement reliable behavior, on both individual and evolutionary timescales.

Dr. Huang, an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton, is focusing on improving our understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying bacterial cell division, membrane organization, and the structure of the cell wall.  Dr. Huang employs diverse interdisciplinary methods of inquiry to understand the relationships among cell-shape detection, determination, and maintenance. He is interested in studying cell-wall synthesis and maintenance in order to create a comprehensive and general model of the role of cell shape in bacterial physiology.

11/19/07 Three Elected Fellows to AIMBE
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering elected three Bioengineering faculty as Fellows, including:

  • Russ Altman, Professor of Bioengineering and of Genetics
  • Steve Quake, Professor of Bioengineering
  • Charles A. Taylor, Associate Professor of Bioengineering and of Mechanical Engineering and Radiology

11/19/07 Cochran receives McCormick Award
Jennifer Cochran, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, was awarded the 2007 McCormick Award by the School of Medicine and the Office of Diversity and Leadership. These awards provide research/project funding to junior faculty women pursuing advancement, or to junior faculty men or women who support the advancement of women in medicine and/or medical research. The awards are supported by the McCormick Funds, which were established to support the advancement of women in medicine and/or medical research directly, or by supporting the mentoring, training and encouragement of women pursuing the study of medicine, in teaching medicine, and engaging in medical research.

11/16-18/07 Bioengineering Retreat
Faculty, Staff and students of Bioengineering held a day-long retreat at Asilomar in Monterey County. On the agenda were strategic planning sessions regarding undergraduate education, Coulter Program and moonshots. See photo from retreat.
10/08/07 Longaker, Scott elected to National Academy of Science
On October 8th the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences announced its newly elected members for 2007. Of the 65 newly elected members, two are affiliated with Bioengineering. The newly elected members bring the current number of IOM Members at Stanford to 56. They are:
  • Dr. Michael Longaker, Deane P and Louis Mitchell Professor of Surgery and by courtesy, Bioengineering
  • Dr. Matthew Scott, Professor of Developmental Biology and Genetics and Bioengineering
10/25/07 Life in Motion Symposium
Bio-X has teamed up with Stanford’s National NIH Center for Physics based Simulation of Biological Structures to hold a symposium entitled, “Life in Motion”. The symposium will be held October 25 in the Clark Center Auditorium from 8am to 7 pm. The goal of this symposium is to educate students and scientists from different disciplines about the exciting uses of simulations driven by the laws of physics and mechanics across a range of scales, from molecules to organisms. The talks will be presented by a series of experts and innovators from around the world. Life in Motion will include a Poster session where Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will present their research. Further info: http://simtk.org/home/lifeinmotion

10/1/07 Schnitzer selected for NIH Pioneer Award
Mark Schnitzer, Affiliated Faculty of Bioengineering, has been chosen to receive the NIH Pioneer Award for his innovative work with imaging fruit-fly brains. He was one of two faculty at Stanford to receive the award this year.

9/1/07 Biodesign Program Launches new Website
Paul Yock, Professor of Bioengineering, directs the Biodesign Program, a multi-disciplinary training program for students and fellows interested in medical device innovation. The program launched a new website: http://biodesign.stanford.edu/
8/30/07 Schedule for BioE 393 Seminar Announced
Professor Altman has announced the upcoming seminar series schedule (see column right) for the 2007-08 academic year. This year the seminar will highlight research from faculty of the Bioengineering Department. Two faculty members will speak for 25 minutes each with time allotted for questions and answers.
8/20/07 Stanford hosts American Society of Biomechanics
Profs Delp and Jacobs are hosting the American Society of Biomechanics a Stanford Aug. 22-25, 2007. This conference brings 600 engineers, physicists, biologists, and physicians together to study the wonders of human movement. In conjunction with the meeting, Simbios, a national center for biomedical computing lead by Profs Delp and Altman will release OpenSim 1.0, an graphical software system for simulating human movement dynamics. (https://simtk.org/home/opensim)
7/30/07 AMIA announces 10x10 partnership
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has announced the formal partnership of Stanford University with the 10x10 program. Russ Altman, MD, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, and Computer Science, Director of the Biomedical Informatics Training Program and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering, will serve as the director of the Stanford University 10x10 offering. Read more at the AMIA 10x10 site.

7/21/07 Faculty Participate in E-Day
Several faculty members from Bioengineering participated in "Camp E-Day: Engineering from Head to Toe." Nearly 500 of the School of Engineering's graduates and their children attended the event held at the Arrillaga Alumni Center.

Charles Taylor, associate professor of bioengineering, also talked about simulating surgery in his lecture, "Vital Veins." Taylor and his research team have created a computer program called ASPIRE (Advanced Surgical Planning Interactive Research Environment), which doctors can use to perform certain operations in cyberspace before doing so on an actual patient. This program allows doctors to try different corrective surgeries before deciding which is the best option. Also speaking was Jennifer Cochran, assistant professor of bioengineering, who discussed how she and her team are developing designer proteins that can heal wounds; and Karl Deisseroth, assistant professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who spoke about engineering and mental health.

7/12/07 Jennifer Cochran named 47th Mallinckrodt Scholar
The Trustees of the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation have named Dr. Jennifer Cochran the 47th Mallinckrodt Scholar. The award provides funding to support highly promising young investigators. The Foundation is interested in "advancing knowledge in the various fields of medical and health research," particularly in basic research with upstream potential for impacting disease. The scholar award comes with three years of support for research.

6/07 BioE student Lahti doubly awarded
Jennifer Lahti, student of Jennifer Cochran, was recently awarded a Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award. She was one of six students in the school of Engineering (and the only Bioengineering student) to receive this award. She also recently received a competitive graduate Fellowship from the California Breast Cancer Research Program.
6/07 New Department Appointments
A number of courtesy and affiliated faculty appointments have been made recently:
Courtesy
Jeffrey Feinstein, Garry Gold, Sam Gambhir, Kim Butts Pauly, Chris Jacobs, Mike Longaker
Affiliated
Atul Butte, Stuart Goodman, Mark Musen, David Paik, Marc Levenston, Craig Levin, Sylvia Plevritis, Mark Schnitzer, Krishna Shenoy
5/07 Yock awarded Honorary Degree
Dr. Paul Yock was awarded a Doctor of Science (Hon.) from Amherst College where he graduated in the class of 1973. He was one of eight individuals to receive such honors for the 2006-07 academic year. Further information can be found at the Amherst college website.
5/07 Newsletter published.
Volume 3, Issue 1.
4/07 Cochran receives Kimmel Scholar Award
Professor Jennifer Cochran was one of 15 faculty researchers nationwide to receive a prestigious Kimmel Scholar Award. The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research funds the Kimmel Scholars Program, which each year provides research grants to the nation's most promising young cancer researchers. The goal of the grant program is to improve the basic understanding of cancer biology and to develop new methods for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The award will provide Professor Cochran with $100,000 per year for two years to pursue innovative research that will ultimately lead to the development of new protein-based agents for cancer therapy and molecular imaging applications.
4/3/07 Faculty Position Closed
The two open faculty positions are now closed.
3/07 Cochran receives Diversity Faculty Research Fellowship Award
The Office of Diversity and Leadership has awarded one of five the Diversity Faculty Research Fellowship Awards to Assistant Professor Jennifer Cochran. This program, modeled after the Center of Excellence Faculty Fellowship Program, is directed at enhancing the diversity (broadly defined) of the faculty of the School of Medicine by supporting the development of assistant professors who contribute to such diversity. The recipient receives $20,000 for career development, travel and mentoring.
3/07 Longaker Distinguished MSU Alum
Dr. Michael Longaker has been selected by Michigan State
University to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Michigan State University Men's Basketball Program. Dr. Longaker was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team from 1976 to 1980, and a member of the 1979 NCAA Men's Championship Basketball Team. from the Michigan State University Men's Basketball Program.
3/07 Faculty Position Closed
The joint faculty position (EE and BioE) opening is now closed.
3/07 Altman, Cochran to speak at Symposium
Profs. Altman and Cochran will be speaking at the National Academy of Engineering Symposium: Translating Engineering Discoveries into Practical Medicine to be held April 5 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at the Clark Center. Other speakers will include Dean of Engineering, James Plummer, President of the National Academy of Engineering, Bill Wulf, and Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Krishna Shenoy. Further information can be seen at http://soe.stanford.edu/NAE/.
2/07 Longaker elected President of Society
Dr. Michael T. Longaker, Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor, Director of Children's Surgical Research, Deputy Director of Stanford's Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Director, Program in Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has just been elected 69th President of the Society of University Surgeons.
1/07 Altman, Quake named chair, co-chair
Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Russ Altman, Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, and Computer Science, to chair of the department. Altman's research involves applications of computational technologies to problems in molecular biology of relevance to medicine. Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering, will serve as co-chair. Dr. Quake's research entails large scale biological automation, microfluidics and systems biology.
1/07 Zev Bryant to join faculty in March
Bryant comes from a Postdoctoral position in Biochemistry at Stanford and is interested in the mechanisms of molecular motors.
1/07 Markus Covert joins faculty
Covert comes to Bioengineering from CalTech where he was a postdoctoral scholar. Covert's research is in building computational models of complex biological processes and using these models to guide experimental programs that involve the dynamic behavior of NF-kappaB, an important family of transcription factors whose aberrant activity has been linked to oncogenesis, tumor progression, and resistance to chemotherapy.
1/07 Norbert Pelc Elected AIMBE Fellow
Election to the College of Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) is awarded to "leaders in the field who have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education". Pelc will be formally inducted at a ceremony held at the National Academies early in 2007.

12/06 Delp Awarded Charles Lee Powell Professorship
Scott Delp has been appointed as the third holder of the Charles Lee Powell Professorship in the School of Engineering. This professorship was established in 1983 with a gift from the Charles Lee Powell Foundation. It honors the foundation's founder, Charles Lee Powell, builder, underground contractor, engineer, rancher, and real estate operator. It is the Foundation's preference that the chairholder be a member of the faculty whose teaching and research are related to the fields of engineering, applied mathematics and/or computer science.

10/06 Paul Yock named Career Achievement Award Winner at TCT
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) honored Paul G. Yock, MD, with this year’s TCT Career Achievement Award. Yock is the Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and Professor of Bioengineering. The award honors Yock’s achievements not only as a world-renowned inventor, but also as an outstanding educator and leader. Read more at the TCT website.

10/25/06 Bioengineering to fill two Faculty Positions
The Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University, which is jointly supported by the Schools of Medicine and Engineering, seeks applicants for two new tenure-line faculty positions. The search is open at the level of Assistant Professor or untenured Associate Professor. Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biophysics, or any related discipline. We encourage applications from physician-engineers.

Read more in the full announcement. (pdf)

10/25/06 Bioengineering & Electrical Engineering Seek Faculty for Joint Appointment
The Departments of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at Stanford University wish to expand their efforts to address opportunities at the interfaces among electrical engineering, bioengineering, biology and medicine. Hence, they are seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level in this general area.

Read more in the full announcement. (pdf)

9/20/06 Bioengineering Professor named to NIH Pioneer Award for Third Year in a Row
Kwabena Boahen snagged one of the National Institutes of Health’s top prizes: the annual NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. The prize provides each winner with $2.5 million over five years to pursue new research directions that are not already funded. This year's award marks the third year that Bioengineering professors have won the award: Professors Quake and Deisseroth also won the award in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
9/06 Linehan Elected to IAMBE
John H Linehan, PhD, was elected to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). He is one of eight new members elected this year to IAMBE worldwide. Membership of the Academy is made up of persons who have distinguished themselves by making identifiable contributions to the theory or practice of medical and biological engineering or by demonstrating unusual accomplishment in promoting the field of medical and biological engineering. The Academy, a part of International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), conducts programs to encourage young people entering the field and their development in the early stages of their career.
8/22/06 Deisseroth wins award
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has just won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Established in 1996, this major award represents the highest honor that any young scientist or engineer can receive in the United States.
7/05/06 Clark Center Featured in Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
The Clark Center, home of the Bioengineering Department, is featured in Wisconsin Journal Sentinel "Making the Connections"
5/06 Sanjiv Gambhir receives prestigious Aebersold Award
The Society for Nuclear Medicine (SNM) has given their prestigious Aebersold Award to Sanjiv Gambhir, Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering, for outstanding achievement in basic nuclear medicine science during the society’s 53rd Annual Meeting in San Diego. Read more about the award at the SNM website.
4/11/06 James Swartz appointed to the Leland T. Edwards Professorship in the School of Engineering
This professorship was established in 1986 by William Edwards in honor of his father and is a tribute to Leland Edward's determination to foster an appreciation of the importance of education. It is his preference that the professorship support a faculty member whose activities are believed to show promise of leading to significant advances in technology, at the discretion of the dean.
4/10/06 Stem Cell Training Grants Funded
The School of Medicine has received $1.2 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to train the next generation of stem cell researchers. This is the first of a three-year, $3.7 million grant that was awarded in September. The grant will support 16 scholars - six graduate students, five postdoctoral fellows and five MD research fellows from departments across campus. Michael Longaker is the Principal Investigator.
3/7/06 Gambhir receives Hounsfield Medal
Dr. Sanji "Sam" Gambhir, Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering and Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS), has received the prestigious Hounsfield Medal for his work in Molecular Imaging. This medal is named after Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his work on developing computer-assisted tomography (CAT scanning). Dr. Gambhir's research focuses on multimodality molecular imaging with an emphasis on novel strategies for cancer diagnostics and management.
3/7/06 Longaker named President Elect, SUS
Dr. Michael Longaker, the Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor has been elected President Elect of the Society of University Surgeons.
3/6/06 Nanotechnology Center Funded
The National Cancer Institute has awarded Stanford University a $20,000,000 U54 grant to establish a Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE). This grant involves the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and H&S as well as investigators from UCLA, Cedars Sinai, Fred Hutchinson, UT Austin, General Electric and Intel. Dr. Sam Gambhir, Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) and Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering, is the Principal Investigator.
2/10/06 John Linehan Elected to National Academy of Engineering
John Linehan, Consulting Professor of Bioengineering, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering today with 75 other new members bringing the total to 2216. Linehan was cited for research on the pulmonary mechanics and metabolism of critical bioactive agents and for innovations in bioengineering education and professional development. See the complete announcement at the NAE website
1/25/06 Jacobs Awarded Prize
At the 24th annual meeting of Society for Physical Regulation in Medicine and Biology Dr. Christopher Jacobs was given the Iwao Yasuda award. This honor is bestowed annually to "an individual who has made an excellent contribution to the field of biomedical research, based upon current research achievements in the area of physical regulation in biology and medicine." The award carries a cash prize, but Dr. Jacobs returned the money with instructions that it be used to enhance student travel fellowships to present their work at the annual meeting.
1/25/06 Student Awarded Prize
At the 24th annual meeting of Society for Physical Regulation in Medicine and Biology Stanford BioE PhD student Amanda Malone was awarded a "Best Student Presentation" award for her talk on the potential role of primary cilia as molecular mechanotransducers in bone cells.

1/23/2006 Innovator's Workbench Announced
The Program in Biodesign is pleased to announce this year's Innovator's Workbench Series of speakers:

Feb 6 Karen Talmadge (Kyphon)
Mar 6 Richard Stack (Synecor)
Apr 5 Rick Gonzalez (Abbott)
May 23 Michael Mussallem (Edwards Life Sciences)

Visit http://innovatorsworkbench.stanford.edu/ for further information and to register for these events.

12/5/05 Faculty Appointment Announced
The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointment of new faculty member Kwabena Boahen. Previously at the University of Pennsylvania, Boahen's research interests include mixed-mode multichip VLSI models of biological sensory and perceptual systems, their epigenetic development, and asynchronous digital communication for reconfigurable connectivity. As a bioengineer who uses integrated circuits to understand the way neurons compute, his work links the seemingly disparate fields of electronics and computer science with neurobiology and development.
11/15/05 Quake receives 2005 Beckman Grant
Stephen R. Quake, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering, received a grant for "Development of a High Throughput Experimental System for the Mammalian Oocyte and Embryo." Each recipient receives research funding in the amount of $150,000 over a three-year period.
11/8/05 Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab launches new website
Professor Scott Delp's lab studies Neuromuscular Biomechanics. Details of the lab's research projects, people, publications and resources are available through his newly-launched website: http://nmbl.stanford.edu/
10/26/05 Protein Folding Machinery Center
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded funding to Stanford University and five other institutions to establish the Center for Protein Folding Machinery. Judith Frydman, associate professor of biological sciences at Stanford, will serve as co-director of the center along with Wah Chiu, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Scott Delp, chair of the Bioengineering Department will be an active participant in the Center's studies. Full story is available at Stanford Report website.
10/26/05 Grant awarded for genomic database
Russ Altman, MD, PhD, professor of genetics, medicine, bioengineering and computer science, was awarded $13.7 million from the National Institutes of Health Pharmacogenetics Research Network. Altman is the principal investigator of a project, PharmGKB, which is an online database of genetic and phenotype information from people who have participated in research studies at various medical centers participating in the PGRN. Read the article in the Stanford Report.
10/05 Linehan joins department
John H. Linehan, formerly of the Whitaker Foundation, has joined the Department of Bioengineering as a Consulting Professor working in the Program in Biodesign. Linehan will also serve as Executive Editor of bmesource.org, a portal for Biomedical Engineering students being created by 30+ universities across the U.S. See the press release (pdf).
10/18/05 Volume 1 Issue 2 Bioengineering Newsletter
The second issue of the Bioengineering Newsletter is now available. Read the newsletter.
10/7/05 Yock receives Award
Paul Yock, Co-Chair of Bioengineering and Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy), was recently awarded the 2005 Innovator Award for the Phoenix Hall of Fame for Medical Device and Diagnostic Leadership.
10/05 Coulter Grant Awarded
The Bioengineering Department has been awarded a Coulter Translational Research Partnership in Biomedical Engineering. The award is $500,000 each year for up to five years. An endowment is available at the end of the five years to programs that have demonstrated outstanding performance in meeting the program's goals.
9/30/05 Deisseroth receives NIH Pioneer's Award
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering received the NIH Director's Pioneer Award. Dr. Deisseroth has been focusing on the electrical circuitry of the brain, on the theory that some mental illness may be due to circuitry glitches rather than chemical imbalances. “We're trying to bring high-speed bioengineering tools to the study of psychiatry,” he said.
9/25/05 Department announces Broad Search for two Faculty Positions. The search is open at the level of Assistant Professor or untenured Associate Professor. Please see full announcement (pdf) for further details.
9/05 Mazenko receives first Employee Award
Carolyn Mazenko, Faculty Affairs Officer for Bioengineering, is the recipient of the first-ever "Employee of the Month" Award for Clark Center Employees.
8/05 Department Featured
The Bioengineering Department is featured in the lead article in Today in Engineering (pdf) , the School of Engineering's Newsletter.
8/05 Deisseroth receives award
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry, is one of four recipients who has been awarded a Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award for 2005-2007 by the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. The awards pay $200,000 over two years for research projects that seek to advance the field of neuroscience by developing new tools and techniques enabling deeper understanding of the brain.

6/05 Students receive awards
Joan Greve won the PhD Student Paper Competition in the Biofluids, Heat and Mass Transfer Category for her paper entitled "Development of Methods to Non-invasively, Longitudinally Quantify Hemodynamics in a Rat Model of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computational Fluid Dynamics."

Andrea Les received 2nd place in the B.S. Student Poster Competition in the Biofluids, Heat and Mass Transfer Category for her paper entitled "Comparison of Hemodynamic Parameters across Species in Normal and Aneurysmal Abdominal Aortas using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computational Fluid Mechanics". Andrea is a co-term student in BioE.

6/12/05 Bioengineering's first graduating class receives diplomas
Commencement begins in the Stanford Stadium at 9:30 am. Steve Jobs will be the Commencement speaker followed by an awards presentation by Provost John Etchemendy. President Hennessy will offer closing remarks.

Bioengineering Graduates will be awarded diplomas during their individual department ceremony at the Clark Center Courtyard at 4:00 pm.

6/05 Deisseroth and Cochran awarded Office of Technology Licensing Research Incentive grants. Cochran received a grant for "Engineering Neurotrophin Proteins for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications." Deisseroth's grant, awarded with Theo Palmer, is for "Pulsed Magnetic Neural Excitation to Drive Stem Cell Differentiation."
Read full article in Stanford Report
6/05 Russ Altman and Scott Delp awarded NIH training grant in biomedical computation
5/05 Deisseroth receives Coulter Early Career Translational Research Award
4/27/05 Deisseroth Featured on Engineering School Site
Karl Deisseroth, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, is featured on the Engineering School homepage and in an article on the site: http://soe.stanford.edu/profiles/profile_bio_deiss.html
4/1/05
Bioengineering broad area search is officially closed
Search closed as of April 1. We anticipate additional searches each year for several years.
3/30/05
Volume 1 Issue 1 Bioengineering Newsletter
The first issue of the Bioengineering Newsletter is now available. Read the newsletter.
3/11/05
Applicants for 05-06 Academic Year Welcomed
Twenty two students were invited to attend interview day for entry into the graduate program for Bioengineering. This year's applicant pool was over 300 students. Applicants spent time interviewing with faculty as well as touring the Clark Center and labs.
12/8/04
Department announces Broad Search for two Faculty Positions. The search is open to all levels from tenure-track Assistant Professor to tenured Full Professor. Please see full announcement (pdf) for further details. Search closed as of April 1.
11/11/04
Deisseroth receives Culpeper Scholar Award
Dr. Karl Deisseroth, assistant professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry, has been named one of three academic physicians in the United States to receive a prestigious Charles E. Culpeper Scholarship in Medical Science, a program designed to support the career development of academic physicians. The Charles E. Culpeper Medical Scholar award is given on behalf of carefully selected physicians of high potential achievement who are committed to careers in academic medicine.
10/8/04
First NIH Director's Pioneer Award Recipients Named
Dr, Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering, was recently selected as a recipient of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award.
6/30/2004
Faculty Appointments Announced
The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to announce the appointments of three new faculty members: Jennifer Cochran, Karl Deisseroth, and Steve Quake. Jennifer Cochran comes to Bioengineering from MIT with a strong track record in immunobiology and state-of the-art training in protein engineering. Jennifer is poised to build a research program in Biomolecular engineering of new materials and therapeutics. Karl Deisseroth's work with controlled neurogenesis and neuroengineering offers fantastic potential to treat a wide variety of neurological disorders. Steve Quake's research on single molecule biophysics, microfluidics, and DNA sequencing, has made him one of the top Bioengineering scientists in the country.
6/15/2004
Submission Deadline for 05-06 Academic Year
Deadline for submitting applications to the Bioengineering Department for 2004-06 MS and PhD programs has been set for 1/4/05.
1/15/2004
Submission Deadline
Deadline for submitting applications to the Bioengineering Department for 2004-05 MS and PhD programs has now passed.
10/01/2003
Faculty Search Closed
The Bioengineering Department was seeking applicants for two new tenure-line faculty positions. The search is now closed.

01/30/2003
Chair and Co-chair announced
Stanford Report announces the appointments of Scott Delp and Paul Yock as chair and co-chair respectively... more in Stanford Report

 

 

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