Principal Investigator

Laurel H. Carney, Ph.D. University of Rochester work Box 603 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester NY 14642 office: MC 5-6418 p (585) 276-3948 f (585) 756-5334

Honors & News

  • December 11, 2014

    Laurel Carney Receives STTR Grant with Omnispeech

    The Carney Lab has received an STTR Grant titled "Speech Enhancement Based on Auditory Coding of Voiced Signals."

    This project will test the feasibility of a novel speech-enhancement strategy based on recent physiological and modeling studies. The lab is joining forces with a small company, Omnispeech LLC, which has expertise in developing algorithms for speech enhancement for cell phone applications. The long-term goal is to develop signal-processing algorithms that will enhance speech in noisy environments for listeners with normal hearing or with hearing loss. In addition to cell phones, other applications could include hearing-aids or other assistive devices.

  • November 21, 2013

    Professor Laurel Carney Receives NIH-NIDCD Grant Renewal

    Professor Laurel Carney received a renewal for another five years for her NIH-NIDCD grant entitled Auditory Processing of Complex Sounds. The new emphasis for the next five years is to investigate neural coding of speech sounds, starting with vowels. This new direction is possible thanks to the collaboration with Professor Joyce McDonough from the Linguistics Department. This grant will support graduate students and a post-doc in BME, Linguistics, or related fields who are interested in speech coding in the brain.

  • May 21, 2013

    BME Students Publish Paper on Novel Metric to Help NICU Nurses

    A group of 2011 BME graduates have published an article in the journal of Early Human Development. This article started up as a class project in the Fall of their sophomore year, in BME 201P, that involved development of a Matlab tool to help nurses track painful procedures performed on babies in the NICU. At the end of that course, these students formed a research team to continue collaborating with Dr. Martin Schiavenato, who was then in the School of Nursing. This paper is the culmination of that two and a half year effort.

  • March 4, 2013

    Laurel Carney Receives UR Research Mobility Travel Grant

    Laurel Carney, Ph.D., has received a $5000 UR Research Mobility Travel Grants for the project, Establishing a Facility for Auditory Physiology in Awake Animals. The funds will be used in the summer of 2013 in a collaboration with the University of Malaysia and former Carney Lab Postdoctoral Fellow, Muhammad S. A. Zilany, Ph.D.

  • August 23, 2011

    BME Seniors Improving Automatic Detection of Epileptic Seizures

    A group of BME Seniors led by Professor Laurel Carney has been working together since Fall of their Sophomore year on a research project with the goal of improving automatic detection of epileptic seizures. This debilitating neurologic disorder has an impact on millions of patients, yet there is hope for better treatment through improved detection and someday, prediction, of seizures. The group founded UR DASDA (Database for Automatic Seizure Detection Algorithms), and established a goal of setting up an internet-based database that will provide high-quality electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings for researchers around the world who are developing seizure detection algorithms.

    In collaboration with Drs. James Burchfiel, Michel Berg, and staff in the Strong Epilepsy Center in the Department of Neurology, the group is collecting data that will be suitable for this research effort. Owen Zacharias, from the Departments of BME and Neurobiology & Anatomy, has been coordinating efforts with the computing administrators at the URMC to establish a website that can handle the large datafiles that are being developed. The students designed a website that will allow researchers to carefully select and download examples of seizures for use in testing algorithms. They are currently populating the database with datafiles, with a goal of 100 entries, including infants through older adults and a wide range of seizure types. A preliminary report of this database will be presented at the Fall conference of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Hartford Connecticut. The BME Seniors in UR DASDA are Gregory Hartnett, Andrew Hagar, Caitlin O'Connell, Zachary Milstone, Brian Schwartz, and Geoffrey Yee.

  • May 6, 2011

    Pain-Monitoring Devices for Premature Infants Win Awards in Forbes and Mark Ain Competitions

    Photo of Ben and Jahanna

    Benjamin Freedman and Johanna Kelly, OmNeo, LLC

    A student team that presented a business plan to commercialize two devices for monitoring pain in premature infants took first place in this year's Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition and third place in the Mark Ain Business Model Competition at the University of Rochester.

    Biomedical engineering students Benjamin Freedman and Johanna Kelly, which make up the OmNeo, LLC team, presented two systems:

    1. wee rePLI, which objectively measures pain during procedures
    2. ORB|IT, which continually measures an infant's pain

    Reducing pain in premature infants can assist clinicians in better focusing treatment and can help prevent developmental health consequences. The devices were developed by a larger team of students, supervised by Professors Laurel Carney from Biomedical Engineering, and Martin Schiavento from the School of Nursing.

  • May 1, 2011

    Laurel Carney Awarded Engineering Professor of the Year

    Congratulations to Professor Laurel Carney, who was recognized by the Student Association as the Engineering Professor of the Year at the prestigious annual University of Rochester Undergraduate Research Symposium. Undergrad Travis Bevington, BME '12, said, in presenting the award, Even with all of her research, Professor Carney manages to find time to spend countless hours with students on projects and it really proves how much she cares about our success as students. She really serves as an outlet to different opportunities that students might be unaware of, such as finding a lab position or research opportunity. Beyond the classroom, Professor Carney is always in high demand for letters of recommendation—students really feel like she takes the time to get to know all of us, even if her deck of cards in class can be quite intimidating! (Dr. Carney has a deck of playing cards, with one card for each student. Cards are drawn during class to direct questions to the students.)

    Said Professor Carney about the award, Since coming to UR 4 years ago, I've been greatly impressed by the quality of the undergraduates here and have really enjoyed my classes. Receiving this recognition from the students is a great honor. On the other hand, I think it provides objective evidence that my courses are too easy; I intend to remedy this situation as quickly as I can!

  • April 15, 2011

    Students and Faculty Recognized at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

    BME professor Laurel Carney, Ph.D. (with Kelli Summers, and Benjamin Freedman) was recognized by the Student Association as the Engineering Professor of the Year.

    Congratulations to the RCBU and BME students whose work was recognized at the prestigious annual University of Rochester Undergraduate Research Exposition 2011. Undergraduate students from RCBU and BME research laboratories participated in the symposium. BME undergrads Benjamin Freedman '11 and Kelli Summers '11 were both invited to speak at the Engineering and Applied Sciences Symposium Talks.

    Freedman discussed his work, What is Q-Angle really measuring? A novel alternative to predict patellar maltracking, which received the Dean's Award. Summers spoke about her research with Dr. James McGrath, Mechanisms Underlying Collective Cell Migration in Vitro, which was recognized by President Seligman with the President's Award. Aaron Zakrzewski (ME '11), mentored by Mechanical Engineering Professor Sheryl Gracewski, gave an oral presentation of his research titled Natural frequency of bubbles within rigid and compliant tubes. Aaron also received a Deans' Award for Undergraduate Research in Engineering and Applied Sciences for his presentation. In addition, five of the seven poster exhibitions from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were by BME students:

    Molly Boutin (Benoit Lab) BME '11
    A Polymeric Delivery System to Induce Differentiation in hMSCs
    Jasmine Carvalho (Dalecki Lab) BME '11
    Investigations of Ultrasound Parameters to Promote Spatial Organization of Cells in Three-Dimensional Engineered Tissues
    Vlabhav Kakkad (McAleavey Lab) BME '12
    Experimental Implementation of Shear Wave Induced Phase Encoding Imaging
    Angela Ketterer (Carney Lab) BME '12
    Design and Implementation of a Behavioral Apparatus for Auditory Research in Birds
    Hannah Watkins (Benoit Lab) BME '11
    Novel Parthenolide Delivery System for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment
    (Received the Professor's Choice Award)
  • November 15, 2010

    Professor Laurel Carney Receives a 2010 R01 Grant

    Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology & Anatomy Professor Laurel Carney has received funding for her 2010 R01 grant entitled: Developing and Testing Models for the Auditory System with & without Hearing Loss. This study involves testing listeners with both normal hearing and hearing loss. The project focusses on the development of computational models that will assist in the testing of signal processing strategies for hearing aids.

    She also received a renewal for five years of support from the NIH-NIDCD to study Auditory Processing of Complex Sounds; this renewal extends this research program to 20 consecutive years of NIH funding. Her research has resulted in better understanding of the physiological response to sound in the healthy auditory system, and may contribute to the improvement of hearing aids for those with hearing loss.

  • 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
  • May 6, 2010

    BME Undergraduate Daniel Barbash Awarded a Xerox Undergraduate Fellowship

    Daniel Barbash, a junior in BME, has received a Xerox Undergraduate Research Fellowship. He will join a collaborative project focusing on the analysis of the responses of vestibular neurons to novel stimuli with Prof. Shawn Newlands, Chair of Otolaryngology, and Prof. Laurel Carney, BME and NBA. This project is associated with the Center for Navigation and Communication Studies (CNCS). 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.

  • April 27, 2010

    BMES Annual Banquet Honors Students and Faculty

    At the BMES Annual Banquet, several undergraduate students were recognized for their achievements in leadership, research, academics, service and teaching. The banquet, held on April 9th in the Munnerlyn Atrium of Goergen Hall, also offered an opportunity for students to honor Professor Laurel Carney as the BME faculty member of the Year.

  • October 7, 2009

    Pain Researcher at School of Nursing Receives Prestigious Award

    Martin Schiavenato, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor at the School of Nursing, was awarded the prestigious Nurse Faculty Scholarship Award will support his research into how pain is measured in premature babies. Schiavenato was mentored by Laurel Carney, Ph.D., professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology and Anatomy and Harriet Kitzman, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., associate dean of research at the School of Nursing (SON).