Principal Investigator

Richard E. Waugh, Ph.D. University of Rochester work Box 270168 Rochester NY 14627-0168 office: Goergen Hall 210A p (585) 275-3768 f (585) 276-1999

Honors & News

  • October 9, 2014

    Researchers Receive $4 Million to Study Common and Costly Cause of Death: Sepsis

    A diverse team of immunologists, engineers and critical care clinicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center received $4 million from the National Institutes of Health to study sepsis, an over-the-top immune response to an infection that leads to organ failure and death in about one third of patients. Beyond administering antibiotics, fluids and other supportive measures, physicians have no specific treatment to stop the syndrome, which is the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

  • September 16, 2014

    BME Chair Richard Waugh honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

    BME Chair, Richard Waugh has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hajim School of Engineering. One of the great success stories of the University's school of engineering is the growth of the Department of Biomedical Engineering under Waugh's leadership. He has been its chairman since the department was established in 2000 and graduated 10 students. It is now the Hajim School's largest department, with a total enrollment expected to top 450 undergraduate and graduate students this fall.

    Waugh has served our university incredibly well in many capacities for 34 years, said Dean Robert Clark in presenting Waugh with the school's Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • October 10, 2013

    BMES 2013 Highlights: Coulter College, BME-IDEA, and the Distinguished Service Award

    A University of Rochester student team won third place at Coulter College, a workshop that ran in conjunction with the Biomedical Engineering Society annual meeting that took place in Seattle, WA. Coulter College, which was comprised of fourteen schools from across the nation, was a two-day long workshop that involved student teams working with physicians to identify clinical needs. Once the needs were addressed, the teams then considered each idea as potential commercialization opportunities. The process involved brainstorming the ideas and coming up with possible solutions, while ultimately choosing the best idea to cultivate as a business venture. The idea is then pitched to a panel of judges and event participants. The University of Rochester team, comprised of CMTI students Spencer Klubben, Laura Hobbs, Erin Keegan, and BME undergrads Amanda Chen, Tiffany Kobee, and Matthew Levasseur, focused on opportunities in cardiovascular and rehabilitative health and their pitch focused on rehabilitative systems for the physical therapy market. Dr. Chandra and Dr. Gdowski led the student team. Congratulations!

    Richard Waugh, BME Department Chair, received the 2013 BMES Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented periodically to recognize members who have made extraordinary contributions to the Biomedical Engineering Society. Dr. Waugh served as the BMES President-elect during the 2009 - 2010 term, and was the BMES President from 2010 - 2012. Congratulations, Dr. Waugh!

    Amy Lerner, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and CMTI Academic Director, participated in this year's Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance meeting (BME-IDEA). BME-IDEA includes nearly one hundred university programs focused on innovation and entrepreneurship mentoring in biomedical engineering, and Dr. Lerner has served on the organizing committee of the meeting since 2005. The meeting is an opportunity to share ideas with other faculty who lead programs and courses in medical technology design. Dr. Lerner's moderated several snapshot sessions on interdisciplinary design programs and was an un-panelist for a discussion titled Creating successful student project experiences focused on strategies for success and considering the appropriateness of the fail fast, fail early, and fail often trope within the context of the senior design experience.

  • May 16, 2013

    Richard Waugh Appointed Associate Vice President for Research

    Richard Waugh, Ph.D.

    Richard Waugh, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been appointed to the newly-created position of associate vice president for research.

    Rick has been collaborating with researchers on both the River Campus and the School of Medicine and Dentistry for more than three decades, said Robert Clark, senior vice president for research. His great institutional knowledge and familiarity with a cross-section of departments make him a bridge among all research faculty. He was a natural choice for the job.

    One of Waugh's initial responsibilities will be to help develop a strategic plan that identifies specific research goals, as well as opportunities for bringing together faculty members from different departments. He will also be involved in building a stronger research community on campus and fostering relations with the corporate sector.

    I have a good understanding of why research is done so well at the University of Rochester, said Waugh. I look forward to using that knowledge to help faculty work together in some new ways.

  • February 15, 2012

    Richard Waugh Honored as AAAS Fellow

    Richard E. Waugh, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and James M. Farrar, professor of chemistry, have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.

    The AAAS recognized Waugh for his distinguished contributions to the study of cell and membrane mechanics and for leadership in biomedical engineering. Waugh received a Ph.D. in bioengineering from Duke in 1977 and came to Rochester in 1980. His laboratory has historically been one of the leading facilities for investigating red blood cell mechanical properties and the stability of biological membranes.

  • October 15, 2011

    UR BME Well Represented at BMES Meeting

    (Left to right): Kris Billiar, BMES Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, Cassie Gorman, UR BMES chapter member, and Dr. Richard Waugh, BMES President.

    The UR Biomedical Engineering department was well represented at this year's Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. In attendance were 5 faculty members, including Dr. Richard Waugh (BME Department Chair and BMES President), 5 graduate students, 2 staff members, and 24 undergraduate students, who presented posters and spoke about their research.

    The event was highlighted with the UR BME Student Chapter being awarded the Student Chapter Mentoring Program Award. This award recognized the UR BME mentoring program, established in 2010 by Ben Freedman BME '11. The program pairs upperclassmen and graduate students with freshmen and sophomores and encourages communication between class years and the passing of knowledge about classes, workloads and in the future, networking opportunities.

  • May 19, 2011

    Dr. Richard Waugh Delivers Sigma Kappa Tau Lecture at CCNY

    Professor Richard Waugh, Ph.D., BME Department Chair, delivered the Sigma Kappa Tau endowed lecture at the City College of New York on May 18. The engineering social fraternity was established at CCNY during the post-Depression years to help students deal with some of the stress and pressure of the times. The Waugh Lab's research centers on the deformability of blood cells and how blood cell deformability plays a role in health and disease.

  • January 6, 2011

    Researchers Investigate Why a Limited Number of White Blood Cells Are Attracted to Injured Tissue

    As any weekend warrior knows, an errant elbow or a missed ball can put a crimp in an afternoon of fun. The bruising and swelling are painfully obvious, but the processes occurring under the skin remain full of mystery. What is known is that leukocytes, or white blood cells, mobilize to protect injured body tissue from infection. What is not understood is why some leukocytes - but not others - are attracted to damaged tissue.

    The response begins when leukocytes travel through blood vessels near the site of the injury and stop. Eight out of ten white blood cells will eventually continue traveling through the blood vessel, while the other two cells will actually enter the tissue to begin fighting against infection. Thanks to a $9.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, a research team led by Richard Waugh (Waugh Lab), Chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Rochester, is trying to find the reasons.

    The project team includes: Minsoo Kim (Kim Lab) and Ingrid Sarelius of the University of Rochester; Michael King and Moonsoo Jin of Cornell University; Daniel Hammer of the University of Pennsylvania; and Micah Dembo of Boston University.

  • October 8, 2010

    BME Student Chapter wins Commendable Achievement Award

    At the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas this week, our student BMES chapter received a Commendable Achievement Award. Last year, the chapter received the Meritorious Achievement Award, which recognizes the best student chapter in the nation for achievements during the academic year. This is the first time in the history of the awards that a chapter from the same school has been recognized for excellence in two consecutive years, says Rick Waugh, BME department chair, and newly elected president of BMES.

  • 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
  • March 4, 2010

    BME Senior Design Class Students Tackle Radiation Research Project

    Students in the BME Senior Design class are participating in a project inspired by a radiation research contract recently awarded to URMC by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. BARDA would like a quick, easy blood test that accurately measures radiation exposure. A team of students for the Senior Design Class is developing an early prototype for the project as a proof-of-concept. BME seniors Katie Litts, Camile Enriques, Jonathon Kung, and Sean Virgile are working to develop RAD Radiation Analysis Dosimetry, a high throughput device to measure radiation in blood samples. The customer is Walter O'Dell, Ph.D., from the departments of Radiation Oncology and Biomedical Engineering, and one of the co-investigators on the contract. The team is supervised by Richard Waugh, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

  • October 11, 2009

    Dr. Rick Waugh elected BMES President

    Dr. Rick Waugh, professor and Biomedical Engineering Department Chair, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Biomedical Engineering Society (a national organization of biomedical researchers from universities and industry).

  • March 18, 2009

    URMC Scientists Awarded $6.8 Million in Stem Cell Research Grants

    Stem Cells

    Ten scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have been awarded more than $6.8 million by the Empire State Stem Cell Board. The grants are for a wide range of research programs in the fields of neurological disorders, cancer, musculoskeletal diseases, the blood system, and efforts to understand the fundamental mechanics of stem cell biology.

    Stem cell research for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine is a rapidly evolving field that holds great promise for the 21st century. Drs. Hani Awad, Laura Calvi, Edward Puzas, Edward Schwarz, Xinping Zhang, Dirk Bohmann, James Palis, Richard Waugh and others have obtained funding for stem cell research to further their efforts in this area that include: understanding the molecular genetic characteristic of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), how to expand MSCs in vitro and in vivo, methods to impregnate matrices with MSCs to tissue engineer bone and cartilage, and how to image labeled MSCs.