Honors & News
June 23, 2014
Benoit Lab Publishes Article in Biomacromolecules
June 11, 2014
When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a technique employed by BMES Member Danielle Benoit and her University of Rochester research team keeps the stem cells in place, resulting in faster and better tissue regeneration.
The key, as explained in a paper published in Acta Biomaterialia, is encasing the stem cells in polymers that attract water and disappear when their work is done. The technique is similar to what has already been used to repair other types of tissue, including cartilage, but had never been tried on bone.
Our success opens the door for many-and more complicated-types of bone repair,said Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Benoit.
For example, we should now be able to pinpoint repairs within the periosteum-or outer membrane of bone material.
June 9, 2014
When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a technique employed by a University of Rochester research team keeps the stem cells in place, resulting in faster and better tissue regeneration. The key, as explained in a paper published in Acta Biomaterialia, is encasing the stem cells in polymers that attract water and disappear when their work is done. Click for full story.
June 8, 2014
Educators and students from the University of Rochester were out selling lemonade on Sunday to raise awareness for childhood cancer. While handing out glasses, professors were also explaining their research in childhood cancer therapies.
The money raised goes to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation which has raised more than $1 million to help fund cancer research for young children across the country.
June 6, 2014
Danielle Benoit, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and fellow researchers will be serving lemonade and explaining their research in childhood cancer therapies at the fifth annual Benoit Laboratory Lemonade Stand at the Rochester Public Market and the Brighton Farmers Market this weekend.
May 29, 2014
The Benoit Lab will once again participate in Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Lemonade Days to raise money and awareness for the fight against childhood cancers. The fundraiser will be held at the Rochester Public Market on Saturday June 7th, from 10am-1pm.
Founded by an inspiring young girl, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is a national organization that supports some of the research currently performed in the Benoit Laboratory. Please visit the Benoit Lab Lemonade Stand page and please consider donating to this wonderful cause!
April 9, 2014
BME Class of 2014 Awards
BME Faculty Award for Undergraduate Service: Tiffany Kobee, '14
Recognizes an outstanding student for service to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. These efforts may include leadership in undergraduate organizations, engineering activities, or teaching activities.
BME Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Amanda Chen, '14
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering for research excellence. The criterion for eligibility is authorship on a published manuscript or abstract, or presenting author of a public presentation or poster (internal or external).
BME Faculty Award for Teaching Assistant: Karen Meess, '14 and Kristen Harding, '14
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering for teaching assistant excellence.
BME Outstanding Senior: Amanda Chen, '14 and Kyle Fedorchak, '14
In recognition of his academic excellence and achievement in Biomedical Engineering.
BME Outstanding Junior: Stacie Zwolski, '15
In recognition for her academic excellence and achievement in Biomedical Engineering.
Tau Beta Pi Prize: Amanda Chen, '14
Recognizes a Tau Beta Pi senior who, through academic achievement, proven leadership, and sterling character has excelled and inspired fellow students.
G. Harold Hook Prize: Jacob VanderBurgh, '14
Awarded to a Hajim School student who has demonstrated an above-average interest in engineering or computer science.
Donald M. Barnard Scholarship Award: Karen Meess, '14, Benjamin Vespone, '14, and Ioannis Zambetakis, '14
Hajim School student who is a junior or senior and shows personal achievement as well as good personal qualities.
April 9, 2014
Congratulations to Chris Schmitt for a successfully defending his M.S. Thesis in Chemical Engineering!
Congratulations to Chris Schmitt for a successfully defending his M.S. Thesis in Chemical Engineering! Chris worked in the Benoit Lab, and his project, Peptide-functionalized polymers for bone targeted drug delivery systems, was supported by NIH grants P30 ES01247, K12 ES019852, and the University of Rochester's Technology Development Fund.
April 9, 2014
Three BME Students Awarded Whitaker Scholarships
Biomedical Engineering students Echoe Bouta, Jason Inzana, and Amanda Chen have been awarded a 2014-2015 Whitaker International Program Scholarship grant. Echoe is a PhD candidate from Professor Edward Schwarz's Lab and will be pursuing her post-doctoral training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. Jason is a PhD candidate in Professor Hani Awad's Lab and will be pursuing his post-doctoral research at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland. Amanda is currently a senior working in Danielle Benoit's Lab and will be pursuing a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, working with Professor Nigel Slater.
Congratulations to all of you!
April 2, 2014
Amanda Chen Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship
Amanda Chen, a senior BME student and undergraduate research assistant in the Benoit Lab, received a prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship, and first year BME graduate student Bentley Hunt, received an NSFHonorable Mention. The fellowship, which is part of a federally sponsored program, provides up to three years of graduate study support for students pursing doctoral or research-based master's degrees.
March 24, 2014
Congratulations to Michael Hoffman for a successfully defending his Ph.D. Thesis!
Congratulations to Michael Hoffman for a successfully defending his Ph.D. Thesis! Michael worked in the Benoit Lab, and his project, Tissue Engineered Periosteum Approaches to Heal Bone Allograft Transplants, was supported by an NIH T32 training grant 'Training in Orthopaedic Research'.
March 2, 2014
Congratulations to Andrew Shubin for a Successful Qualifying Exam!
Congratulations to Andrew Shubin for a Successful Qualifying Exam! Andrew is currently a graduate student in the Benoit Lab, and his current project is Developing hydrogels for the regeneration of salivary glands.
- Degradable hydrogels for spatiotemporal control of mesenchymal stem cells localized at decellularized bone allografts. Acta Biomater. 10, 3431-41. (2014 Aug 01).
- Poly(styrene-alt-maleic anhydride)-based diblock copolymer micelles exhibit versatile hydrophobic drug loading, drug-dependent release, and internalization by multidrug resistant ovarian cancer cells. Biomacromolecules. 15, 2629-41. (2014 Jul 14).
- Dynamic manipulation of hydrogels to control cell behavior: a review. Tissue Eng Part B Rev. 19, 455-69. (2013 Dec 01).