Honors & News
December 16, 2014
Danielle Benoit Recognized as 2015 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
Danielle Benoit, James P. Wilmot Distinguished Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected by the Biomedical Engineering Society to contribute a full-length research article to the 2015 Young Innovators Special Issue of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Journal. Benoit is also invited to present her work in a special two-part platform session at the 2015 Fall BMES Conference. Congratulations, Danielle!
December 10, 2014
Timothy Felong Wins Undergraduate Research Initiative AwardCurrent BME undergraduate student in the Benoit lab, Timothy Felong, has won the Undergraduate Research Initiative Award 2014/15, organized by the Friends of the UR Libraries (FURL). The committee unanimously chose his entry, Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Approaches for the Salivary Gland, as the most outstanding application for this award in its inaugural season.
To receive the award, Tim has been invited to attend the first meeting in the new semester, which will take place January 15, 2015 at 4 pm in the Gamble Room of Rush Rhees. Congrats Tim!
November 13, 2014
Benoit lab undergraduate student, Amanda Chen, has been chosen to receive a 2015 Student Award for Outstanding Research from the Society for Biomaterials. This award is given to
student researchers who have shown outstanding achievement in biomaterials research.As the recipient, Amanda will receive $500 travel expense reimbursement towards the SFB 2015 Annual Meeting in Charlotte in April 2015. Congratulations Amanda!
November 5, 2014
Andrew Shubin and Aisha Siebert Recieve Awards for Top Posters at the APSA Conference
Andrew Shubin with fellow Rochester MSTP student (and also poster award winner) Aisha Siebert displaying their prize of fancy chocolates.
MSTP students, Andrew Shubin and Aisha Siebert received awards for top poster at the American Physician Scientist Association Northeast Regional Conference in New York City on Nov 1st, 2014. Andrew Shubin's Poster: Development of Poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels for salvary gland regeneration was selected as one of the top 3 posters.
Andrew is currently doing PhD research in the Benoit lab and Aisha is doing research with Jack Werren on Extended phenotype of ectoparasitic wasp (Nasonia) venoms - epigentics, genomics and therapeutic applications.
September 12, 2014
Van Hove and Hoffman Win Awards at 4th Annual Center for Musculoskeletal Research Symposium
At the 4th Annual Center for Musculoskeletal Research Symposium, Amy Van Hove was selected as a finalist for the predoctoral training award for her talk entitled: Development and in vitro assessment of enzymatically-responsive poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels for the delivery of therapeutic peptides.
Additionally, Michael Hoffman, won the postdoctoral training award for his talk entitled: Exposure of MSCs to Methacrylate-Based Polymerizations Increases Cellular ROS and Reduces Differentiation Capacity.
Congratulations to them both!
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.
- Disruption of cell-cell contact-mediated notch signaling via hydrogel encapsulation reduces mesenchymal stem cell chondrogenic potential. J Biomed Mater Res A. In press. (2014 Dec 11).
- Development and in vitro assessment of enzymatically-responsive poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels for the delivery of therapeutic peptides. Biomaterials. 35, 9719-30. (2014 Dec 01).
- Degradable hydrogels for spatiotemporal control of mesenchymal stem cells localized at decellularized bone allografts. Acta Biomater. 10, 3431-41. (2014 Aug 01).