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Benoit Lab’s Marian Ackun-Farmmer receives newly established ASE Barnard Fellowship

April 28, 2017

sfdsdfMarian Ackun-Farmmer of the Benoit Lab has been selected for one of the newly established Arts, Sciences and Engineering Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowships. Marian was recognized specifically for her strong research record as well as her commitment to mentoring, outreach and service to the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as her field. The fellowship comes with a $3K stipend top-off for the 2017-2018 academic year, as well as a tuition award. Congratulations, Marian!


Next stop for Falling Walls Competition winner: Berlin

April 21, 2017

sfKilean Lucas admits to being uneasy about trying to summarize his research in three minutes, with only three slides.


Danielle Benoit is Rochester's "Young Engineer of the Year"

April 15, 2017

Benoit in the lab


Professor Amy Lerner among "Gwennies Award" winners

April 13, 2017



Professor Regine Choe receives NIH funding for project: “Longitudinal monitoring of bone fracture healing using diffuse optical and correlation tomography"

April 12, 2017

fProfessor Regine Choe has received an NIH Research Project Grant (RO1) for her project, “Longitudinal monitoring of bone fracture healing using diffuse optical and correlation tomography." Vascularization is a key step in bone fracture healing, but is often measured only once or not at all due to technical limitations or cost. Professor Choe proposes to develop and validate optical instruments for non-invasive, longitudinal monitoring of blood flow, volume and oxygenation in bone fractures and surrounding tissues to predict bone healing. This approach will significantly expedite the development of new bone fracture treatments based on regenerative medicine and the diagnosis of impaired healing, which currently takes at least 3 months. Professor Choe’s collaborators on this project include Danielle Benoit (PhD, Biomedical Engineering), A. Samuel Flemister (MD, Orthopaedics), John Ketz (MD, Orthopaedics), Wing-Chi Edmund Kwok (PhD, Imaging Sciences) and Tong Tong Wu (PhD, Biostatistics).


Fifth graders visit Benoit Lab for demonstration and hands-on testing

April 4, 2017



Benoit Lab's Yuchen Wang wins New Investigator Recognition Award

April 3, 2017



Professor Ed Brown receives NIH grant for research project, "Using Second Harmonic Generation to Predict Metastatic Outcome in Colon Adenocarcinoma"

March 20, 2017

hjProfessor Edward Brown has received NIH funding for his research project titled, "Using Second Harmonic Generation to Predict Metastatic Outcome in Colon Adenocarcinoma."


BME student competes in Hult Prize entrepreneurial competition

March 19, 2017

hBME student Omar Soufan was among six finalist teams at the Hult Prize regionals in San Francisco early this month. 


CMTI students win 2017 America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Competition

March 2, 2017

At the Fourth Annual “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” competition, hosted as part of the CTSI Regulatory Science programs, eight teams of students competed for a chance to present their ideas on how to solve regulatory science issues in person at the Food and Drug Administration. Competition organizers Scott Steele, Ph.D., and Joan Adamo, Ph.D., kicked off the event and each team delivered a five-minute presentation proposing novel solutions to address challenges in the nine scientific priority areas outlined in the FDA’s Strategic Plan for Advancing Regulatory Science. 


Bones made to order: UR Medical Center attempting to use 3-D printing, stem cells to regenerate bone tissue

February 27, 2017

This news story appeared in the Democrat & Chronicle on February 27, 2017. It features Hani Awad (Biomedical Engineering primary faculty) and Edward Schwarz (Biomedical Engineering graduate faculty), two University of Rochester scientists who are leading the way in using 3-D printers and stem cells to create bone replacements for patients. The online version can be found here. 


Professor Edward Brown and Professor Catherine K. Kuo receive grant from Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

February 23, 2017



New patent issued for Professor Hocking

February 21, 2017

fThe patent titled “Chimeric Fibronectin Matrix Mimetics and Uses Thereof” (U.S. Patent No. 9,572,869; awarded February 21, 2017) has recently been assigned to the UR with inventors Denise Hocking, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Physiology, BME, RCBU) and Daniel Roy, Ph.D. (BME B.S.‘06, Ph.D.‘12). The patent relates to the use of recombinant fibronectin-based peptides for wound healing and tissue regeneration applications. The technology falls under a new and exciting class of therapies known as wound biologics. The primary commercial application for this technology is to promote healing of hard-to-heal or chronic wounds, including diabetic, venous, and pressure ulcers, which impose a significant health care burden worldwide. Topical application of fibronectin matrix mimetic peptides to full-thickness excisional wounds in diabetic mice accelerates wound closure and promotes granulation tissue deposition, remodeling, and re-vascularization. Denise Hocking is a Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering. Daniel Roy is a Scientist at KeraNetics, LLC, a biotechnology company located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that develops keratin-based biomaterials for wound healing applications.


Marian Ackun-Farmmer receives AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship

February 9, 2017

fMarian Ackun-Farmmer, a biomedical engineering student in the lab of Danielle Benoit, is the recipient of an AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship. Founded in 1999, AfterCollege, Inc. ( is an online professional platform that connects students, faculty, alumni and employers through customized career networks at colleges and professional organizations across the country. AfterCollege has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and student activities through our program to date. Congratulations, Marian!


Ken Sims of Benoit Lab receives NRSA funding

February 6, 2017

kKen Sims, a PhD student working in the lab of Danielle Benoit, has received funding from the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (RRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship program (F31). 


Several BME faculty highlighted in 2015-2016 CEIS Annual Report

February 2, 2017


Professor McAleavey receives grant from Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

January 31, 2017

mThe Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs has awarded Professor Stephen McAleavey a grant for his research project titled, "Assistive and Autonomous Breast Ultrasound Screening:  Improving PPV and Reducing RSI."


New ‘needle pulse’ beam pattern packs a punch

January 27, 2017



Teamwork toward a ‘Perfect Bullet’ for Leukemia

January 25, 2017



‘I was even starting to think in Japanese’

January 9, 2017



University of Rochester cohosts 2017 Mid-Atlantic Region Biomaterials Day

January 3, 2017

The University of Rochester is joining with City College of New York, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Rochester, and Rutgers University to host the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Biomaterials Day on February 24 in New York City. The theme for the conference this year is "Biomaterial Frontiers: Emerging challenges creating new opportunities." This all-day research conference will feature local faculty, student, and industry speakers and is designed to provide networking opportunities and foster new collaborations. Professor Danielle Benoit will be speaking on drug/gene delivery at the conference along with other professors with research focusing on biomaterials. The University of Rochester is now accepting abstracts for rapid fire talks and posters, with a due date of January 27. To submit an abstract or to register, please visit