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Dr. Mujica-Parodi named a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award (2021-2022)

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards comprise approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record (definition from Wikipedia). Dr. Mujica-Parodi will be studying at the Department Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science in Rohovot Israel.


Sindhuja Tirumalai Govindaraj's, BME Graduate Student, Research Showcased on the Cover of Brain Sciences

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease that causes lesion formation and tissue loss or atrophy in the brain. Cognitive and motor challenges are commonly observed in people with MS. Reduced speed of information processing is typically the first sign of cognitive involvement, which in turn broadly affects other cognitive processes including attention, executive function, and memory. The Attention Network Test—Interactions can measure the efficiency of 3 distinct attentional processes—alerting, orienting, and executive control. In this study, we measured attentional efficiencies and gray matter morphometry in a sample of young adults (18–35 years) with relatively mild MS severity. We show that thickness and volume changes in specific gray matter regions correlate with attentional efficiency even in the absence of widespread atrophy.

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Dr. Danny Bluestein awarded the 2021 ASME Savio Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal

Dr. Bluestein has been named the 2021 recipient of the 2021 ASME Savio Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal for his seminal work on thrombosis that represents a paradigm shift in translating biomechanics research to clinical applications, and for meritorious cardiovascular disease studies and thromboresistance optimization in circulatory support devices. The formal presentation of the award will take place during the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference in June, 2021.


LILAC Enables BME Faculty to Purchase New Equipment

The laboratories of Dr. Brouzes from BME and Dr. Ju from Pathology) received funds from LILAC ( Long Island League to Abolish Cancerto purchase a piece of small thermocycler. We recently received the flat thermocycler that will enable us to perform molecular reactions in flat microfluidic devices. This piece of equipment will be critical to pursue our cancer research projects, particularly for the development of our novel platform for spatial genomics. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of LILAC members and very proud to have LILAC as our partner in our cancer research efforts.

Thermocycler Thermocycler & Dr. Brouzes


BME Undergraduate Design Team Wins 1st Place 

Congratulations to Nicole  Hershkowitz,  Sishir Pasumarthy Alonzo Tabada,  Vincent Destefano
Yosman Dhar for winning the 1st place award in the Wolfie Tank competition. The team received a $2000 cash prize and free consultation with a patent attorney. They developed a prototype for a novel clinical retractor for brain surgery during their Bioinnovation Summer Internship Program and continued the development of this innovation into their senior design project.

Design Team

JUNE 2019

Andrew Labella, BME Graduate Student, Lands ACS Photonics Cover

Picosecond timing in an avalanche amorphous selenium semiconductor is achieved by implementing Nano-Frisch grids along the collecting electrode to form a multiwell structure. The induced photocurrent following optical impulse exposure is independent of carrier motion outside the wells resulting in unipolar time-differential charge sensing via extended-state hot hole transport. This is the first experimental report of avalanche gain and picosecond time-resolution using an amorphous semiconductor. Further analysis suggests we may be able to achieve sub-100 picosecond coincidence timing resolution in time-of-flight PET using our multiwell selenium semiconductor as the photodetector. For the Goldan Lab  click here or ACS Publications click here.

ACS Cover Labella

MAY 2019

Dr. David A. Rubenstein, Awarded the 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence

The Center for Inclusive Education at Stony Brook University, awarded Dr. David A. Rubenstein, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, the 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence.  The citation for this award reads: " In recognition of your commitment to diversity and outstanding contribution to mentoring at Stony Brook University ." Congratulations to Dr. Rubenstein!

MARCH 2019

Graduate Students from Dr. Arbab's Lab Win Best Student Paper Award at OTST

Omar B. Osman and Andrew Chen from the Terahertz (THz) Biophotonics Laboratory, won a best student poster award at the eighth international conference on Optical Terahertz Science and Technologies (OTST) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Omar and Andrew presented their work, titled A THz-TDS study of dehydration dynamics of corneal phantoms, where they report the simulation and validation of the water content of a corneal phantom using THz-TDS. Their poster was selected from approximately 100 poster presentations. This was the first step in the progression towards developing a non-invasive corneal imaging tool using THz imaging. Congratulations to Omar and Andrew!



Journal Article by Dr. Bluestein, Ram Ghosh (Doctoral Candidate), Gil Marom (Post-doctoral Fellow) and Oren Rotman  (Post-doctoral Fellow) Named as a JBME Editors' Choice for 2018

A recent publication from Dr. Bluestein's Biofluids Research Group,  Comparative  fluid-structure interaction analysis of polymeric transcatheter and  surgical aortic valves' hemodynamics and structural mechanics” published   as JBME 140(12):121002,   has been named as one of 12  JBME Editors' Choice papers for 2018. These selected papers represent those that the editorial board felt best exemplified the high quality and significance of work in JBME. Click here to  view a youtube animation of the work represented in this manuscript. This video was also featured on the ANSYS blog.

OCTOBER 15, 2017

SBU Chapter of AEMB Awarded 2 National awards

 The SBU Chapter of AEMB was awarded the "Best Community Service" and "Outstanding Chapter Advisor" Awards at the recent Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society.  Congratulations on the amazing work from the SBU Chapter.

  AEMB Awards

October 14, 2017

TV Winner at the Annual BMES Conference

Congratulations to Nathan Ankomah-Mensah from the University of Rhode Island for winning our TV at the Annual BMES Conference.

TV Winner

OCTOBER 1, 2017

New Leadership Roles in Biomedical Engineering

On October 1, Dr. Clinton T. Rubin, Distinguished Professor and Founding Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Center for Biotechnology, rejoined the faculty to focus on research endeavors and the promotion of biotechnology and multiple levels. Dr. Stefan Judex, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been named as the interim chair. We want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Rubin for all of his effort in forming the "BME Universe" at Stony Brook University and congratulate Dr. Judex on his new role for the BME department. More information about the new leadership roles can be found here.

August 25, 2017

Vihita Patel, BME Graduate Student, Publishes Findings in  Obesity

Vihita is the first author on a publication that used  an adult murine model of high fat diet induced obesity. This manuscript shows that obesity leads to adipose tissue dysfunction (increased visceral adiposity, adipocyte hypertrophy, chronic inflammation in adipose tissue, and reduced mesenchymal stem cell population in the adipose tissue) and consequently impaired glucose metabolism (increased glucose intolerance and insulin resistance). Subjecting these obese mice to a very low magnitude and high frequency mechanical stimulation (LMMS) for 6 weeks mitigates obesity-induced adipose tissue dysfunction and impaired glucose metabolism. However, LMMS is more effective when it is delivered in two bouts of 15 minutes per day separated by a 5 hour rest period, rather than one bout of 30 minutes per day. This study provides an insight into how exercise could be beneficial in obesity, emphasizing that with aging, the scheduling of the physical activity is at least as important, if not more, than the activity itself. It also demonstrates that LMMS, as a surrogate to exercise, can serve as a non-invasive and non-pharmacological treatment for obesity without requiring strenuous physical exertion. The entire article can be found here.

AUGUST 23, 2017

3 BME Faculty are Awarded Seed Funding for Cancer Research

2 teams partially composed of BME faculty members, Eric Brouzes, David A. Rubenstein and Helmut Strey are awarded funding for novel cancer research projects. This funding comes as part of the exciting Engineering Driven Medicine colloboration of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Medicine.



August 7, 2017

Nicholas Van Nest, BME Senior, Presents His Summer Research at Washington State University

Nicholas Van Nest presents his summer research conducted with the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites at the Washington State University Summer Research Symposium. His research involved the development of a bio-based synthesis pathway for a polymer adhesive, as an alternative to fossil fuel feedstocks. Congratulations.

Nick van Nest

August 7, 2017

Cerebrovascular adaptations to cocaine-induced transient ischemic attacks in the rodent brain" is published in JCI insight

Occurrence of transient ischemic attacks (TIA) and cerebral strokes is a recognized risk associated with cocaine abuse. Our research, for the first time, bridges the clinical observed cocaine induced transient ischemic attack (TIA) with the cerebral vascular disorder (e.g. vasoconstriction) by using cutting-edge optical imaging technology, ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence Doppler tomography developed in our lab. In this study, we reported longitudinal imaging to reveal the process of repeated cocaine induced vasoconstriction, TIA and hemiparalysis, and vasoadaptation including vascular redistribution and neoangiogenesis to partially ameliorate the symptom of TIA and brain damage.

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July 26, 2017

Henry Towery, Class of '17, Motivated to Make a Difference

Henry Towery, Biomedical Engineering Alumni of the Class of 2017, is Motivated to making a difference in clincical research.

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JUNE 15, 2017

Michael Salerno, BME Graduate Student, Awarded the Chateaubriand Fellow

Congratulations to Michael Salerno, who has been named as a 2017-2018 Chateaubriand Fellow. He will be supported to study PET imaging in France for 9 months.

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JUNE 9, 2017

Andrew Kumpfbeck, a BME major (Class of 2018), named URECA Researcher of the Month

Congratulations to Andrew for being named as the URECA researcher of the month. He is currently working with Dr. Prives (Pharmacological Sciences) and Dr. Frame (BME).

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JUNE 9, 2017

Eric Brouzes, BME Assistant Professor, Discusses A Recent Publication in Lab on A Chip

Recently, technologies based on droplet microfluidics have enabled the development of novel platforms to facilitate single-cell analysis, paving the way towards a better understanding of the role of tissue heterogeneity in the development of diseases such as cancer. Platforms relying on droplets microfluidics operate at very high-throughput and are unable to reliably deposit one individual cell per droplet. Both aspects hinder the development of droplet-based devices for processing samples of limited availability such as needle biopsies or isolated CTCs.
In this Lab on a Chip communication, we introduce an innovative strategy for the preparation of precious samples for single-cell analysis. Individual cells from the sample are captured using hydrodynamic traps before introducing an oil phase which sequentially surrounds the cell-occupied chambers. This results in the generation of numerous droplets, each containing a single cell. The encapsulated cells can then be retrieved from the platform for analysis using established droplet-based technologies. Our device efficiently encapsulates hundreds of individual cells into droplets while exhibiting no sample loss, effectively laying the foundations for the single-cell analysis of rare samples via droplet microfluidics.

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MAY 4, 2017

Dr. Clinton Rubin, BME Distinguished Professor and Chair, and Director of Center for Biotechnology, Talks on Improving SBIR and STTR Programs

Dr. Clinton Rubin talks NIH-REACH program as catalyst for tech & econ dev at joint congressional hearing. Start video at 2:53 to hear Dr. Rubin's remarks.

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APRIL 10, 2017

Dr. Danny Bluestein, BME Professor, Awarded a New Grant

Congratulations to Danny Bluestein who has received a Phase 1 STTR grant entitled "A novel polymeric valve for transcatheter aorta valve replacement. This is a 2 year grant for a total of $225,000.

APRIL 10, 2017

Dr. Gabor Balazsi, BME Associate Professor, Awarded NIH Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Balazsi and his team for being awarded a 5 year NIH grant entitled "Dynamics and Evolution of Synthetic and Natural Gene Regulatory Networks."

APRIL 4, 2017

Gabor Balazsi, BME Associate Professor, Named as a Discovery Prize Finalist

Stony Brook has earned its stellar reputation as a prestigious research institution because of its many breakthrough discoveries — such as developing the technology for the MRI — made during the past several decades. In a time of dwindling federal funding, it is crucial that we continue to support fundamental research and encourage our greatest minds to pursue the big ideas that transform lives and make an impact around the world.
With this in mind, we established the Discovery Prize in 2013 with a generous donation from the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees. The Prize is awarded to an early-career Stony Brook faculty member in the STEM disciplines whose pioneering project embraces risk and innovation and embodies the potential of discovery-driven research — the catalysts for scientific advances.

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APRIL 3, 2017

Dr. Qin on Capitol Hill; Advocating for NIH Research Funding

As a delegate for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Dr. Qin went to Washington for a Research Capitol Hill Days. Their goal is to encourage Congress and Senate to pass NIH FY 2017 bill ($34.1B) and FY 2018 bill ($36.1B). This is a critical year. The whole team represents total of 24 orthopaedic related societies. The small group includes an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Gary Brock, a Victoria Secret supermodel, Martha Hunt, as a patient advocate, and Dr. Qin as a researcher. They visited both NY and TX Congress and Senate Offices, including Chuck Schumer, Lee Zeldin, John Cornyn, Kristen Gillibrand, Nita Lowey, and John Culberson. It was a very busy and productive day, but absolutely worthwhile. Their voices were heard loudly. Their impression is that to keep and/or increase NIH budget, it must be supported in bipartisan at least for these two States. Both Senators and Congressman/Congresswoman are willing to fight for NIH.

JANUARY 23, 2017

Stony Brook Ranked #7 for percent of students from the bottom fifth of the income distribution who end up in the top three-fifths

Stony Brook was recently ranked by the New York Times as one of America's Great Working-Class colleges.

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OCTOBER 25, 2016

Shu Jia, BME Assistant Professor, Awarded 2 Prestigious Awards

The National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded two projects focused on the development of new super-resolution light microscope for both imaging of cells, tissues and organ systems and specifically will try to develop an understanding of the brain. Congratulations to Shu and his research team!

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Amna Haider, BME Junior, Featured on PSEG LI Investing in the Future of Stem

Congratulations to Amna for her research work this summer, funded by PSEG LI, to look into the role of cocaine on bone mechanical/physical properties. Amna is currently working on the direction of Drs Ete Chan and Clint Rubin. Bruce Coluccio, a BME Sophomore, and Robert Bruce, a Physics Major, also work with Drs Chan and Rubin over the summer in this project. Congratulations to all for their important work.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2016>

Assistant Professor, Shu Jia, has been named as a DARPA Young Faculty Awardee

The awarded project entitled: "Wavefront-Engineered, High-Speed Super-Resolution Microscopy for Nanometer-Scale, Live-Tissue Imaging" is at the forefront of super resolution microscopy.
The advancement of our understanding of biology has been greatly reliant on observations of cells. Light microscopy, especially fluorescence microscopy, has evolved to observe smaller specimens with greater resolution. The spatial resolution of a microscope is defined as the smallest distance in an image in which two distinct points can be distinguished. Because of the diffraction of light, resolution had previously been thought to have a theoretical limit from what is called Abbe's diffraction limit of light (~200-300 nanometers). Recent emergence of super-resolution imaging techniques has surpassed this limit, allowing visualization of cellular and sub-cellular structures with ~10-20 nanomater resolution at the near-molecular-scale. This advance provides thriving opportunities for exploring the complex structure, dynamics and function of biological molecules. Due to the significant impact of these new techniques, the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.
The research in the Jia Laboratory aims to enhance this resolving power across unexplored regimes in space and time to attain a better understanding of the molecular basis for the functions of tissues and organisms. To achieve the goal, the group investigates the physical and engineering principles underlying single-molecule imaging in complex biological materials, and utilizes these principles to develop new biophotonic methods for super-resolution microscopy. These methods include optical physics, optical wavefront engineering, single-molecule biophysics, adaptive optics, phase microscopy, large-data processing, advanced instrumentation, nano-fabrication, etc.
One super-resolution imaging method currently under investigation is called stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM), which relies on imaging of single molecules to reconstruct fluorescence images with sub-diffraction-limit resolution. In biological systems, how these single-molecule mechanisms are integrated over larger scales is critical for understanding physiological functions and disease initiation of complex biological systems. There remains a great demand in an enabling technology to extract such single-molecule information and dynamics across large volumes of specimen with ultra-high spatiotemporal resolution.
The DARPA award will support the lab's development of a new super-resolution microscopy system for in vivo investigations of cell, tissue and organ functions. The research will base on the lab's expertise in a technique called point spread function engineering, which can modify how light is propagated within an imaging system to achieve better imaging capability. By exploring and implementing a new type of optical non-diffracting waveforms, the light within a microscope can propagate in a dramatically different way from normal light. One typical feature is that it will not spread out as much as described by the usual diffraction effect of light. This allows people to image further deeper into biological samples. In addition, it also provides better 3D resolution and is more robust to scattering effect in biological tissues.
First trained as an applied physicist and electrical engineer and later into a bioimaging expert, Dr. Jia is passionate about advancing imaging technology with new physical concepts and engineering design. The highly interdisciplinary team consists of experts from physics, computer science, engineering, and biology. In collaboration with researchers both within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and elsewhere, the lab expects their new technologies would provide new insights and solutions to challenges in biological and ultimately clinical research.

AUGUST 16, 2016

James Scheuermann wins First Place

Congratulations to BME Ph.D. Candidate, James Scheuermann who won first place in the John R. Cameron Young Investigators Competition held by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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AUGUST 1, 2016

Ete Chan wins SUNY Funding to Develop a Virtual Lab

Ete Chan, Assistant Professor, has received funding which will explore and develop the creation of virtual labs for Biomedical Engineering students. She is the leader of a group of biomedical engineering faculty and students and computer science faculty and students that will implement this project. Congratulations.

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JULY 22, 2016

ASEE TV Highlights CEAS Research and Educational Mission

Dr. Ete Chan and BME Junior Amna Haider were featured on the ASEE Highlights of CEAS Research and Education. Congratulations.