December 10, 2010
Immunofluorescence image captured by two-photon microscopy showing cell nuclei (blue), fibronectin (green), and actively proliferating cells (red) in a three-dimensional
tissue body. Featured on the cover of Tissue Engineering (2010).
An immunofluorescence image captured by two-photon microscopy by Carlos Sevilla, has been featured as the cover for the December issue of Tissue Engineering. The image is featured in an article by BME graduate student Carlos Sevilla, co-authored by Dr. Dalecki and Dr. Denise Hocking.
The article entitled, Extracellular Matrix Fibronectin Stimulates the Self-Assembly of Microtissues on Native Collagen Gels, demonstrates a novel role for cell-mediated fibronectin fibrillogenesis in the formation and vertical assembly of microtissues, and provide a novel approach for engineering complex tissue architecture.
November 1, 2010
RCBU Members attend the Ninth Annual International Conference on the Ultrasonic Measurement and Imaging of Tissue Elasticity
The Ninth International Conference on the Ultrasonic Measurement and Imaging of Tissue Elasticity was held in Snowbird, Utah from October 16-19, 2010. Co-organized by Kevin Parker, past RCBU Director, the annual conference provides an international forum for the advancement of knowledge and methods for the measurement and imaging of elastic properties of tissues with ultrasound.
RCBU members Kevin Parker, Michael Richards, Sanghamithra Korukonda, and Shayin Jing attended the conference and presented seven abstracts that are provided at the end of this newsletter. Michael Richards was thanked for his enthusiastic co-leadership of the formal poster presentation sessions.
September 1, 2010
RCBU Member Dan Phillips to Head New BME Program at RIT
RCBU member Dan Phillips, Ph.D., has been selected to head the new biomedical engineering program in the RIT Kate Gleason College of Engineering. This new five-year program allows students to earn a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering; the inaugural class of about 40 students will begin this fall. Students take courses in biomedical engineering, science, mathematics, technical and free electives. An important aspect of the curriculum is the incorporation of a total of a year of flexible cooperative employment starting in the third year of the five-year program.
Plans are underway to begin construction of a new building, which will house both the biomedical engineering and chemical engineering programs as well as provide much needed classrooms and research space for the campus as a whole. Dr. Phillips is a long-time member of the RCBU. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, where he studied with Professor Kevin Parker, dean emeritus of the UR Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and past director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU).
July 26, 2010
BME Students Participate in the David T. Kearns Symposium
Six current BME students participated in the summer session of the David T. Kearns Research Symposium for Leadership and Diversity in the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering by presenting posters about their research. The symposium was held on Thursday July 29, 2010 in the Sloan Auditorium at Goergen Hall, and was sponsored by the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.
- Threshold of Non-Eye Movement Vestibular Cells in Alert Monkeys
- Daniel Barbash, mentored by Laurel Carney
- Analysis of SHG (Second Harmonic Generation) Microscopy Sensitivity to Experimental Parameters
- Jacy Bulaon, mentored by Edward Brown III
- Investigating Acoustic Parameters that Optimize Ultrasound Standing Wave Fields for Cell Banding
- Jasmine Carvalho, mentored by Diane Dalecki
- Strategies for Erythrocyte Maturation In Vitro
- Eric Lam, mentored by Richard Waugh
- Identifying Potential Transcription Factors Regulating Cellulose Degradation in Ethanol Production in Clostridium Thermocellum
- Kathleen Maloney, mentored by J.H. David Wu
- Novel Parthenolide Delivery System for Leukemia Treatment
- Hannah Watkins, mentored by Danielle Benoit
July 1, 2010
Sally Child Celebrates 45th Anniversary at the University of Rochester
This month the RCBU recognizes Sally Child's 45 years of employment at the University of Rochester! Sally began employment at the University of Rochester in June 1965 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. She was first hired by Professor Edwin Carstensen as a technician for his laboratory that was dedicated to studying the biological effects of ultrasound and electric fields. Sally worked with Professor Carstensen for over 30 years, and in that time established herself as a key member in the broader community of scientists involved in advancing the use of ultrasound in medicine and biology. Upon the retirement of Professor Carstensen, Sally began to work with Professor Diane Dalecki and moved to the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2000. Again, her efforts focused on researching the use of ultrasound in diagnostic imaging and developing new therapeutic applications of ultrasound.
Currently, Sally is a Senior Technical Associate, an author of approximately 70 publications, and a recognized expert in biomedical ultrasound. Sally has been a member of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound since its founding. Throughout her career, Sally has provided expert training and guidance to numerous graduate and undergraduate students.
Sally has made significant contributions to our understanding of the interaction of ultrasound with biological tissues and systems. Her ingenuity and technical skill are invaluable to progress in our lab,said Professor Diane Dalecki, Director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound. The field of biomedical ultrasound and the University of Rochester community are indebted to her dedicated efforts and contributions throughout her 45 years of service.
June 30, 2010
The University has been ranked one of the top 15 institutions in the nation for scientists to work, according to The Scientist magazine, which has published its annual survey of
Best Places to Work for Scientists in Academia.
May 20, 2010
Denise Hocking Wins University Dean's Award
Denise Hocking (Pharmacology and Physiology, BME) was recognized with the University Dean's Award for Meritorious Service in Ph.D. Defenses. She was one of four faculty members so honored for their commitment to graduate education. Recognition and presentation of this award occurred at the commencement ceremony of Doctoral degree candidates held on May 15th.
May 5, 2010
BME Graduate Diana Ladkany Awarded Tau Beta Pi Graduate Fellowship
Diana K. Ladkany, BME class of 2009, has received a graduate fellowship from Tau Beta Pi for the 2010-11 year. Tau Beta Pi, the world's largest engineering society, awarded Ladkany a cash stipend of $10,000 to pursue her medical education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. An honors student, Ladkany is the president of the New York Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a member of the Rochester Early Medical Scholars, a member of Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, and a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient. Tau Beta Pi membership represents the highest honor that can be obtained by an engineering student and is awarded on the basis of high scholarship and exemplary character. Tau Beta Pi Fellowships are awarded on the basis of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and the promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.Through her junior and senior years, Diana has been involved in research on the effects of biomedical ultrasound on cellular processes as a member of Professor Diane Dalecki's laboratory.
April 28, 2010
Kelley Garvin Wins Best Student Paper Competition
Kelley Garvin won the Best Student Paper Competition at the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America held in Baltimore, MD from April 19-23. Her invited paper, titled
Ultrasound standing wave fields induce endothelial cell sprouting within three-dimensional engineered tissueswas recognized as the Best Student Paper in the Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration Technical Section. This was the second year in a row that Kelley has won this award. Kelley presented her recent work demonstrating the use of ultrasound standing wave fields to spatially organize cells and induce endothelial cell sprouting in three-dimensional engineered tissues.
Kelley is a graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and her thesis research is co-advised by Dr. Diane Dalecki and Dr. Denise Hocking. Kelley is also a student member of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU) and organizer of the Ultrasound Journal Club. Kelley's research is part of a larger, multidisciplinary project, led by Drs. Dalecki and Hocking and funded by the NIH that aims to develop novel ultrasound technologies for the field of tissue engineering.
April 26, 2010
BME Undergraduate Nicholas Berry Wins Research Award
Nicholas Berry (UR BME class of 2010) was awarded the Professors' Choice Award for Undergraduate Research in Engineering at the UR Undergraduate Research Expo held on April 23, 2010. Nick was awarded this honor for his scientific poster titled,
High Frequency Pulse-Echo Ultrasound for Three- Dimensional Engineered Tissue Characterization.In his research, Nick has developed a high-frequency ultrasound system to be used to characterize the biological, structural, and mechanical properties of three-dimensional engineered tissues. Nick has been working on this project for a summer and two semesters. His coauthors on this work are Diane Dalecki, Maria Helguera, and Denise Hocking.
April 13, 2010
Dr. Diane Dalecki honored as Professor of the Year in Engineering
April 13, 2010
Dr. Parker, dean emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, past director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU), and the William F. May professor of engineering in the department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) has received the 2009 Engineer of the Year Award given by the Rochester Engineering Society.
March 29, 2010
RCBU Members at the AIUM Annual Convention
The RCBU was well represented at the AIUM Annual Convention held in San Diego, CA on March 25-28. RCBU members Kevin Parker, Deborah Rubens, Shweta Bhatt, Vikram Dogra, Liwei An, Susan Voci, John Strang, Marvin Doyley, and Ralf Thiele were authors on scientific numerous presentations at this year's convention. Deborah Rubens, RCBU Associate Director, organized a pre-convention course titled
Elastography: Where it is, where it is going, and how to apply it to your practice.The course focused on current and emerging applications of elastography. Another pre-convention course, titled
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Core Curriculum,was organized by Ralf Thiele. Other scientific sessions were moderated by RCBU members Kevin Parker, Deborah Rubens, Ralph Thiele, Vikram Dogra, and Sweta Bhatt.
March 22, 2010
BME Undergraduate Jasmine Carvalho Awarded a Xerox Undergraduate Fellowship
BME undergraduate student Jasmine Carvalho has been awarded a Xerox Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Jasmine will be working in the laboratory of Diane Dalecki, RCBU Director and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, on a project related to the use of ultrasound in cell and tissue engineering. The UR SEAS Xerox Undergraduate Fellows Program is a highly competitive program that provides engineering students with research experience. The program begins during the summer preceding the senior year, and continues as an independent research course in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year.
February 8, 2010
RCBU Member Develops Collaborative Research Opportunities with UR BME and Peru
In 2009, RCBU member Ben Castaneda successfully defended his PhD thesis, Extracting Information from Sonoelastogrphic Images. He returned to his home country of Peru, where he accepted a new faculty position in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP). He was also appointed as the director of a newly created Medical Imaging Research Laboratory. In that capacity, Ben heads PUCP's new master's degree program in Signal and Digital Image Processing. The program is research oriented, with an emphasis on developing new mathematical models and their application to solving real problems.
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