Honors & News
November 6, 2014
Jonathan Macoskey Wins ASA Undergraduate Research Award
Jonathan Macoskey (BME Class 2015) was the recipient of the 2014 Robert W. Young Award for Undergraduate Student Research in Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of America. The Robert W. Young Award will provide resources for Jonathan to complete his proposed research project focused on developing a high-frequency ultrasound technique to visualize and quantify material properties of engineered tissue constructs. Jonathan is an undergraduate research assistant working in Professor Diane Dalecki's biomedical ultrasound laboratory, and his project contributes to a joint collaboration between Professor Dalecki and Professor Denise Hocking (Pharmacology and Physiology) dedicated to developing new ultrasound technologies for tissue engineering.
October 4, 2014
Karla Mercado Attends NextProf Workshop
Karla Mercado attended the NextProf 2014 Future Faculty Workshop held at the University of Michigan from September 30th to October 3rd, where she gave a presentation on her doctoral research entitled “Developing high-frequency ultrasound imaging techniques to characterize 3-D engineered tissues.” The conference was sponsored by the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and participants included deans, faculty, post-docs, and graduate students from across the nation.
The conference held sessions that provided guidance and tips for a successful career in academia, especially in engineering. Topics included: preparing for the faculty search process, promoting oneself, developing a teaching philosophy, building a research program, balancing work and personal life, managing time, making the most out of service responsibilities, and setting an effective writing schedule. The professors and administrators who moderated the sessions also shared personal experiences and lessons that they had learned throughout their academic careers. Participants were given a tour of their respective departments and research labs at the university.
“It was a very rewarding experience that exceeded my expectations.” Karla says, “After the conference, I had the opportunity to meet with the ultrasound group at the University of Michigan… overall my experience was invaluable and enlightening.”
October 3, 2014
Professor Diane Dalecki and Professor Denise Hocking Receive NIH Grant
Diane Dalecki, Ph.D. (BME) and Denise C. Hocking, Ph.D. (Pharmacology & Physiology) have received a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) for their project titled
Ultrasound standing wave fields for vascular engineering. The goal of this 4-year project is to advance a novel ultrasound technology to fabricate complex, functional microvascular networks within three-dimensional engineered constructs.
Collaborators on this project are Maria Helguera, Ph.D. (Imaging Sciences, RIT), Ingrid Sarelius, Ph.D. (Pharmacology & Physiology) and Angela Glading, Ph.D. (Pharmacology & Physiology).
New, versatile vascularization strategies are needed to produce small-scale 3D tissue models and are critical for the fabrication of large-scale engineered tissues. The noninvasive capacity of ultrasound also enables innovative capabilities for fabricating microvessel networks within hydrogels injected within tissues. The successful completion of this project will provide new tools for tissue engineering and for a variety of clinical reconstructive and vascular surgery applications.
- Ultrasound Technologies for Biomaterials Fabrication and Imaging. Ann Biomed Eng. In press. (2014 Oct 18).
- Estimating cell concentration in three-dimensional engineered tissues using high frequency quantitative ultrasound. Ann Biomed Eng. 42, 1292-304. (2014 Jun 01).
- Fibronectin matrix mimetics promote full-thickness wound repair in diabetic mice. Tissue Eng Part A. 19, 2517-26. (2013 Nov 01).