Jens Madsen, postdoctoral fellow in the Professor Lucas Parra's lab published today as first author in Cell Reports. This study shows that listening to a narrative can drive normal heart rate fluctuations. The method can be used to detect if unresponsive brain injury patients are conscious.
August 1, 2021
BME Assistant Professor Williams Receives Prestigious NIGMS MIRA ESI Grant
BME Assistant Professor Ryan Williams was recently awarded an NIH NIGMS Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for Early Stage Investigators. This 5 year/$2 M award will fund work in the Williams Lab on the design and use of fluorescent nanosensors to study pro-inflammatory cytokine signaling in chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, cancer, and others. Read more about the grant in the CCNY press release here. Congratulations Dr. Williams!
July 8, 2021
BME Assistant Professor Carriero Receives Prestigious HFSP Grant
BME Assistant Professor Alessandra Carriero was recently awarded a highly competitive, prestigious $1.1M grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to study the role of bone cellular and sub-cellular porosity in calcium homeostasis. Dr. Carriero was awarded one of 28 grants worldwide in collaboration with groups at MacMaster University in Canada and Université Grenoble Alpes in France. The CCNY press release and CUNY press release can be found at the links. Congratulations Dr. Carriero!
June 9, 2021
BME Assistant Professor Williams Receives ORAU Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
BME Assistant Professor Ryan Williams was recently awarded a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Dr. Williams was awarded one of 35 grants nationwide to design nanoparticle therapeutics to treat chronic kidney disease. Read more about research in the Williams Lab here. Congratulations Dr. Williams!
June 4, 2021
CCNY BME Hosts Graduation and Celebration of the Class of 2021
March 26th, 2021
John Tarbell Honored for Lifetime Contributions to Cardiovascular Engineering
Marom Bikson’s CCNY team explores new treatment for NeuroCOVID
Professor Marom Bikson is leading a multi-center trial utilizing a revolutionary noninvasive technology developed in his neural engineering lab. It involves stimulating the vagus nerve in an attempt to both directly activate brain healing mechanisms and also reduce inflammation in participants with reported neuroCOVID symptoms. For more information, see CCNY Press Release.
February 23rd, 2021
Is anyone paying attention online? What if you could track to see who is engaged? Who is struggling? TEDxNaperville has a conversation with Lucas Parra live on youtube.
The CCNY Neural Engineering group, including the Bikson lab, Parra lab, and Dmochowski lab, contributed centrally to the NYC Neuromodulation 2020 conference. This is the fourth NYC Neuromodulation 2020 conference since it was founded by Prof. Marom Bikson in 2013, and run in 2015, in 2017, in 2018 with the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and in 2019 with Neurovations. Prof. Bikson has served as co-chair of all NYC Neuromodulation conferences.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the NYC Neuromodulation 2020 conference was held online in two separate sessions: oral talks session on April 20-22, 2020 and a poster session on Dec 18-22, 2020. The NYC Neuromodulation conference series is recognized as as among the preeminent meetings presenting advanced neurotechnolgy with a focus on brain stimulation (neuromodulation) approaches such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Spinal Cord Stimulation. The CCNY Neural Engineering group is among the most productive and recognized R&D labs in the worlds, making NYC Neuromodulation a natural showcase for its work.
Harold Shames Professor Lucas Parra and postdoctoral fellow Jens Madsen's work on eye movements measured on over 1000 people online was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) today. Parra's group show that synchronized eye movements predict test scores for online educational videos. Here are videos from the study, and here is a press release reporting on the results.
Assistant Prof. Ryan Williams published a review article in Nature Chemical Biology this month. The work is a call to action for the fields of nanomaterials science and chemical biology to work together to understand biological systems for better disease treatments and diagnostics. Learn more about the ongoing efforts to do so in the Williams Lab here.
January 16th, 2020
Seymour and Pearl Moskowitz gift $2.4 million to Master's in Translational Medicine
The City College of New York proudly announces a $2.4 million gift to its Master's in Translational Medicine (MTM) program by Seymour and Pearl Moskowitz. The gift will have a profound impact on the success and growth of MTM, a five-year-old program that is a collaboration between the Grove School of Engineering and CUNY School of Medicine. Read more
Jun 13th, 2019
Two City College BME Department graduates, Tala Azar and Samuel Stephen, are awarded NSF graduate fellowships
Eight recent CUNY graduates are recipients of this year’s National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The NSF program, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious research honors, recognizes and supports top graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees: NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
February 28, 2018
The first Journal to Publish Original Research Articles in ALL Fields of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, JMMB Call for Papers
Special issue on Theoretical, Numerical and Experimental Biomechanics of Bone at the Cell, Tissue, and Organ Scales
Aims & Scope:
This special issue is aimed at studies on theoretical, numerical and experimental biomechanics of bone at the cell, tissue, and organ scales in memory of Professor Stephen C. Cowin for all of his contributions to our community. The proposed title is voluntarily large and covers a broad spectrum of research subjects that have been intensively investigated in the past and current literature. Despite previous and recent advances to which Professor Cowin greatly contributed, many fundamental questions still remain unanswered, in particular the interactions between different scales, the associated coupling phenomena, and how bone, a smart composite material, adapts its hierarchical microstructure and composition to its environmental and metabolic demands. This special issue can be viewed as an interesting opportunity to improve our understanding of bone biomechanics at the nano, micro, or macro levels, especially within the scope of important clinical problems, using theoretical / computational modelling and simulations, as well as experimental research studies. Manuscripts comprising a short review of recent research, state-of-the-art research, as well as technical research papers are welcome. Topics covered by this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:
Bone elasticity, Bone anisotropy
Porous bone electromechanical interactions
Exchange of interstitial fluid in hierarchical bone poroelasticity
Dental and orthopaedic biomechanics
Molecular, cellular and bone tissue biomechanics
Tissue growth and remodeling
Bone fracture mechanics
Bone damage mechanics
Bone fluid-solid interactions
Authors must mention in their cover letter for each Special Issue manuscript that the particular manuscript is for this theme and must include the name of the Guest Editors so that they can be notified separately.Guidelines for preparation of the manuscripts are available at the journal website http://www.worldscientific.com/page/jmmb/submission-guidelines
Manuscript Due: 21 June 2018
First Round of Reviews: 21 September 2018
Second Round of Reviews: 21 January 2019
Revised Manuscript due: 21 March 2019
Publication Date: 21 June 2019
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The 2017 President’s Award for Excellence is awarded to Professor Maribel Vazquez of the CCNY Department of Biomedical Engineering, May 9, 2017, ShepardGreat Hall
The President’s Award for Excellence is an annual award granted to an individual faculty member whose creativity and commitment to student learning improves the learning experiences that students have in multiple disciplines at City College. This award recognizes the important relationship between research and the undergraduate and graduate experience and involves joining faculty with student research so that there is a seamless connection between the scholarship and the teaching experience. This award recognizes faculty members for their innovative approaches in mentoring, research, teaching, scholarship and serving as exemplary models for excellence in scholarship, teaching and student success.
NIH-NINDS awarded a 5-year R01 grant entiteled "Effects of direct-current stimulation on synaptic plasticity". This project will investigate the effects of tDCS on the strength of connections between neurons, which may inform the treatment of neurological or psychiatric decease.
November 16, 2016
After learning that Steve Cowin passed away few weeks ago, the International Society for Porous Media (Interpore) is organizing a minisymposium in honor of Steve Cowin within the 9th International Conference on Porous Media in Rotherdam, Netherlands from May 8-11th, 2017.
‘’Mechanisms of mechanotransduction: how biology builds smart porous media. A tribute to Prof. Stephen Cowin’’
The human body renews itself continually. Every 5 years most of the molecules of the physiology are replaced by new ones. One of the key triggers of the renewal is mechanical stress. Mechanotransduction is the sensing of stress by biological tissues. There is ample evidence that living cells sense stress including its orientation, as a full tensor, resulting in anisotropic structuring of constituents such as mineral bone, collagen fibers, cytoskeleton. Understanding of mechanisms of mechanotransduction require a multiscale, multiphysics analysis of the response of a tissue to external stress.
The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to Monday November 21th.
For the submission of the abstract, the following information is needed as unformatted text:
Names and affiliations of authors
Three to six keywords
Abstract body, up to a maximum of 500 words
Reference list, up to 6 lines
Up to 3 graphics (accepted formats: GIF, JPEG, PNG).
Minisymposium or general session to which the abstract is submitted.
Researchers under the direction of Professor John Tarbell in the Biomedical Engineering Department’s Wallace H. Coulter Laboratory have just published a study on the role of the cancer cell surface glycocalyx layer in cancer metastasis.
Working in collaboration with Dr. Lance Munn and his associates at the Edwin L. Steele Laboratories at Harvard/MGH, the groups showed that the surface proteoglycan/glycoprotein layer (glycocalyx) on tumor cells controls spreading of highly metastatic renal carcinoma cells in a mouse model. Using genetically modified cells that did not express a major glycocalyx glycosaminoglycan – heparan sulfate (HS), they demonstrated by histological analysis that there was a large reduction (95%) in metastasis to distant organs by tumors with HS deficient cells compared to control cells with intact glycocalyx. These findings suggest novel approaches for controlling cancer metastasis. The findings are reported in the December 2016 issue of the International Journal of Cancer. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27543953)
November 11, 2016
Obituary for Stephen C. Cowin
It is with great sadness that the Department of Biomedical Engineering mourns the death of one of its co-founders, Stephen C. Cowin, on October 19, 2016, one week shy of his 82nd birthday. Professor Cowin, an internationally recognized scholar in the field of biomechanics and solid mechanics more generally, first came to The City College in the fall of 1988 as a CUNY Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He was a senior member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1988 to 2002 when he transferred to the newly created Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in 2002, where he served for one year as its first department chair. He remained in the BME Department until his retirement in 2015. Before the creation of the BME Department and undergraduate degree program, Professor Cowin helped create a new CUNY PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering in 1999. Prior to coming to The City College in 1988 Professor Cowin had taught at Tulane University for 25 years, where he co-founded their Biomedical Engineering Department with William Van Buskirk in 1977 and was the Alden J. Laborde Professor of Engineering. Professor Cowin received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins in 1956 and 1958, respectively, and his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State in 1962.
Professor Cowin is widely recognized for his pioneering research in the mechanics of materials, in particular the influence of microstructure on the gross mechanical behavior of granular, composite, and biological materials. In the early part of his career he wrote classic papers on continuum theory for granular materials (with MA Goodman), a non-linear theory for elastic materials with voids (with JW Nunziato), and developed basic theorems in anisotropic elasticity (with MM Mehrabadi). While at Tulane he started his research on bone remodeling in response to mechanical forces and introduced the concept of the fabric tensor for cancellous bone in which he tried to explain Wolff’s law for trabecular architecture, which dated back to the last part of the 19th century. Shortly after his arrival at City College he started to work with CUNY Distinguished Professor Sheldon Weinbaum on a cellular level hypothesis to explain how bone cells (osteocytes) sense mechanical forces due to human locomotion. Their inaugural paper in 1994 on the effect of fluid forces on the dendritic processes of osteocytes helped expand research on mechanotransduction in living bone. Until recently, this paper (> 1000 Google citations) was the most cited paper in the J. Biomechanics since its founding and was the catalyst for the International Bone Fluid Flow Workshop, which Professor Cowin inaugurated in 1997. In 1995 the authors received the Research Award of the European Society of Biomechanics. Professor Cowin has worked extensively with Professor Weinbaum since then and has also collaborated closely with CCNY Professors SP Fritton and L Cardoso on bone poroelasticity.
Professor Cowin is one of the most highly cited investigators in the field of biomechanics. He has published more than 250 research papers, edited five books on bone and tissue mechanics, including the Bone Mechanics Handbook in 1989 and 2001. His book on Tissue Mechanics with S Doty is also in its 2nd edition. His research papers and books have been cited over 10,000 times on the Web of Science and he has received numerous awards. Foremost among these are his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004, the Melville Medal of the ASME 1993, the HR Lissner Award of the ASME in 1999, and the MA Biot Medal of the ASCE in 2004, and the Honorary Lifetime Award by the International Society for Porous Media in 2016, in addition to the Research Award of the European Society of Biomechanics in 1995.
Professor Cowin was also an engaged, dedicated, and effective teacher. He is survived by his wife of many years, Martha, their two children Thomas and Jennifer and eight grandchildren.
CCNY names BME as Class of ’16 Valedictorian
BME Senior, Antonios “Andoni” Mourdoukoutas, a recent NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient from the Macaulay Honors College, is The City College of New York’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian at CCNY’s 170th Commencement Exercises on June 3.
The NSF Fellowshiptops is among a long list of top honors that he’s earned at CCNY. It is considered the nation’s most prestigious federal grant for graduate research in the sciences. His other awards include a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship. Andoni worked in the lab of Prof. Marom Bikson.
Andoni has been accepted to doctoral programs in bioengineering at MIT-Harvard and UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco. His interest is neural stimulation to treat illness.
May 18, 2016
Ongoing entrepreneurship success by BME
BME student and faculty continue to succeed in entrepreneurship.
StreetLabs – A startup providing technology for monitoring NYC’s roads, allowing the Department of Transportation to make faster repairs. Streetlabs won the 2016 Standard Chartered Women+Tech4NYC Prize
Hybridia – A startup with a tool to reinvent laparoscopic surgery. The Hybridia team starting working on this idea as a part of their biomedical engineering classes. They won the Zahn Technology Prize Winner.
VeriPAD - A technology for low and middle income countries that authenticates medications, won the Zahn Social Impact Price.
Prof. Sihong Wang continues to succeed with her startup VivoZ Biolabs, a NYC life science company helping oncologists make better cancer treatment decisions.
Prof. Marom Bikson co-founded Soterix Medical Inc. From its ISO-certified factory in Manhattan, the company develops medical treatments for neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.
CCNY Scope, a team of 6 BME Seniors (Mohamed Aboseria, Jaweria Afreen, Pryanka Bawa, Lisa Li, Zeyad Saleh, and Dyana Vega) with a faculty advisor (Dr. Sihong Wang), was the overall pitch winner at the 2015 Coulter College Competition in the category of Laparoscopic Surgical Tools. The overall pitch included innovative designs, market analysis, IP, FDA approval pathway, business model, etc.
October 10 - 2015
Prof. Tarbell accepts 2015 BME Diversity Award
Professor Tarbell accepted “The 2015 Biomedical Engineering Society Diversity Award” on behalf of the BME department at City College at the 2015 National Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting in Tampa, FL on October 10, 2015 (https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/grove-school-bme-honored-for-diversity). He also presented the “BMES Diversity Award Lecture”.
October 7 - 2015
Dean Barabino receives BMES 2015 Distinguished Service Award
The BMES Distinguished Service Award is presented periodically to recognize members who have made extraordinary contributions to the Society. This year the award was presented to Dr. Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering. Barabino is the Society's current past president. She served on the BMES executive committee for over a decade in various roles, as well serving as a BMES board member.
Prof. Schaffler receives 2015 ASBMR Mentorship Award
Mitchell B. Schaffler, CUNY Distinguished Professor and Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Grove School of Engineering, was honored by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) with its 2015 Gideon A. Rodan Excellence in Mentorship Award for his outstanding support of young investigators pursuing independent careers in bone and mineral metabolism.
Professor Tarbell presented a plenary lecture entitled “The Glycocalyx, Mechanotransduction and MMP Regulation”
Professor Tarbell presented a plenary lecture entitled “The Glycocalyx, Mechanotransduction and MMP Regulation” at “The 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Matrix Metalloproteinases” in Sunday River, Maine on August 5, 2015.
May 28 - 2015
Prof. Tarbell presents keynote at 15th International Congress on Biorheology
Professor Tarbell presented a keynote address entitled “Fluid Mechanics, Vascular Disease and the Glycocalyx” at “The 15th International Congress on Biorheology & The 8th International Conference on Clinical Hemorheology” in Seoul, Korea on May 28, 2015.
April 30 - 2015
VivoZ Biolabs took home the $50,000 2015 Kaylie Prize
VivoZ Biolabs LLC is a life sciences companion technology company whose ultimate goal is to help oncologists make better informed cancer treatment decisions using their preclinical drug screening systems. Team members: Zeynep Dereli-Korkut, PhD, a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at CCNY, received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at CCNY; Joanne Lee received her BE in Biomedical Engineering from CCNY and is currently a PhD student at Columbia University; and Dionne Dawkins received her BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering at CCNY.
Prof. Debra Auguste has been selected to receive the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Faculty positions available in Translational Neuroscience
Three open-rank faculty positions in Translational Neuroscience are available at The City College of York. One of the 3 positions is likely to be in the Biomedical Engineering Department: 1. Clinical neuroscience researcher with a focus on neurological and/or psychiatric diseases (e.g., neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders, stroke, traumatic brain/spinal cord injuries) and expertise in brain stimulation and/or imaging techniques (e.g., TMS, tDCS, DBS, functional and structural MRI, PET). 2. Basic neuroscience researcher specializing in advanced techniques in brain stimulation and/or imaging (e.g., ultrasound stimulation, optogenetic stimulation, magnetic resonance, and in general, techniques still in early phases of clinical testing or pre-clinical development) for application in clinical settings. 3. Computational neuroscience researcher with interests in normal brain function (e.g., sensory systems, sleep, consciousness, neuroeconomics) and/or neurological/psychiatric dysfunction (e.g., schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders). Significant experience in modeling and computational techniques is required. For a full description follow the link below.
What a difference 10 years can make: A time of celebration and reflection. Members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering recently celebrated their 10th year anniversary during the annual BME Day observance, May 2, 2013 thru May 3, 2013. This two-day celebration highlighted the department’s history, research initiatives, undergraduate and graduate program development, and strategic plan for the future. On May 2, 2013, the celebration began with a commemorative dinner in honor of the work and generosity of a Biomedical Engineering pioneer, the late Wallace H. Coulter, engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Honored guests included: Wayne Barlin, Vice President and General Council, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; lifelong friend and colleague, Elkin Simson, Professor of Pathology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; and several members of the BME Advisory Board. On May 3, 2013, John Tarbell, Distinguished Professor and Chair,CCNY Department of Biomedical Engineering officially welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of the day. Also in attendance were Joe Barba, Dean, Grove School of Engineering and Maurizio Trevisan, Provost of City College and Dean, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education who offered offered words of welcome and congratulations. At the conclusion of the opening session, Drs. Tarbell, Weinbaum, Barba, Simson and Mr. Barlin presented a plaque in honor of Wallace Coulter, which will be displayed in the BME department. There was also a ceremonial cake. BME students presented their research during a special poster session. Please visit the following link to view the pictures of this two day celebration: https://picasaweb.google.com/113472928049145293036/WallaceHCoulterCenten...
April 10 - 2013
Why Start a Career at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)?
Employer Opportunity Notification for CUNY Department of Biomedical Engineering Dear John Tarbell, The Department of Veterans Affairs is inviting your Department of Biomedical Engineering students and members to explore and consider a career or internship with them in one of their 1,400 US locations. Thanks in advance for sending out the information below so students can apply. Take care, Dave Meeks, AfterCollege University Relations, on behalf of VA __________________________ Health Care and Non-Health Care Opportunities Available Nationwide At Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), employees and interns from all nationalities and backgrounds work together to deliver high-quality care to our Nation’s Veterans—in an environment where everyone is valued and respected. While VA is renowned for medical careers, we also offer a number of non-medical career opportunities, from IT and administrative to finance and HR. Our internships help you build a solid foundation for your future. And our careers allow you to serve America’s heroes while making the most of life—both professionally and personally. No matter which VA career path you choose, you’ll work within an interdisciplinary team structure and be challenged to perform at your best, each and every day. And with over 1,400 U.S. locations, VA gives you the chance to practice virtually anywhere in the Nation—with only one active state license. We also offer: · Nationwide job transfer opportunities · Competitive salaries and pay differential · Generous vacation, personal and sick leave, as well as 10 Federal holidays · Stable health and retirement benefits Come discover the challenges, opportunities and rewards that come with joining the VA family. Apply Today, VAcareers.va.gov
February 22 - 2013
BME Professor Receives $1.5MM to Study Breast Cancer Therapies
Grants for Biomedical Engineering -Study or Research Abroad
All Whitaker Awards Degree / Enrollment: No more than 3 years from most recent degree, or currently enrolled Citizenship: Have U.S. citizenship, OR are a permanent legal resident of the U.S. Language: Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure. Field / Specialty: In biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closelty related field NOTE: If you are at an institution that does not offer a formalized BME program, an applicant should have a demonstrated commitment to the field of BME. Significant coursework, research, laboratory/work experience are some of the ways to demonstrate such commitment. Fellowship-Pre-Doctoral Graduating senior Recent recipient of a BS In an MS program, or recently completed one In a PhD program Currently employed, with most recent degree no higher than an MS Scholarship Post-Doctoral Will finish PhD before taking a Whitaker grant Completed PhD Award Benefits Include: Round trip international airfare A monthly living stipend Health & Accident insurance Travel Enhancement Fund Enrichment Seminar in Europe Fellows Only: Tuition (and bench fees) reimbursement, capped at US$35,000 (regardless of country of exchange or exchange rate). Individual reimbursement amounts are determined by the Whitaker Program at the time of grant award, typically no greater than US$25,000 If you have comments or questions about the grant, the application, becoming a campus contact, or anything else, you can contact us by phone or email: Phone: +1 212.984.5442 Email:
The Whitaker International Fellows and Science Program is administered by the U.S. Student Programs division at the Institute of International Education by: Sabeen Altaf Program Manager Science & Technology Programs +1 212.984.5442
July 10 - 2012
"Reading the brain" in the news
The study on measuring engagement with EEG during movies generated quite a buzz.
Congratulations to the Fall 2011 Dean's List students in Biomedical Engineering. Keep up the great work! BHUIYAN MD BISWAS SHUVRO HUDSON JESSICA KANJILAL DEBOLEENA KUPFER SAMUEL KWON SOONWOOK LI GUANGYANG RADA JUAN RAHMAN ANIQUA REJA JAMILUR RICO JENNIFER RUIZ CHRISTIAN SAJAN MALLIATH ALEN TAIBI COSTANTINO TALERO JEAN-PAUL TAMANG SARITA XIE XIHE
NIH Scholars Program wins NAMEPA 2012 Outstanding Collegiate Retention Award
January 16, 2012 The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announceNIH Scholars Program for Undergraduate Training of Underrepresented Minorities in Biomedical Engineering has been selected as the 2012 Outstanding Collegiate Retention Award recipient. The NIH Scholars Program for Undergraduate Training of Underrepresented Minorities in Biomedical Engineering will be recognize at the 33rdAnnual NAMEPA National Conference in Scottsdale, AZ at the closing Awards Banquet on Friday, January 27, 2012. The NAMEPA Outstanding Collegiate Retention Award was established to honor collegiate programs or individual(s) who have been active increasing the retention and graduation of minorities in engineering disciplines. The award recognizes NIH Scholars Program for Undergraduate Training of Underrepresented Minorities in Biomedical Engineering, who inspires students through academic excellence and research. NAMEPA is very grateful and humbled by City College of New York College of Engineering efforts and life-long dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program will join a list of past NAMEPA honorees for their dedication. It is because of programs like this that serves as a national model to increase minority engineering retention and graduates. For more information about NAMEPA, visit:http://www.namepa.org. Sincerely, Travis Griffin Dr. Crystal S. Smith 2012 NAMEPA Awards Chair President, NAMEPA
December 7 - 2011
New Job Opportunities with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has new job opportunities available and would like to invite your Department of Biomedical Engineering students and members to apply. I would greatly appreciate you forwarding the information below, as the open periods for some opportunities are ending December 12th. Thank you in advance and please let me know of any questions. Best, Dave Meeks AfterCollege University Relations on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
*** Are you ready to join thousands of people just like you who have discovered the joy of working for a premier federal government agency? If so, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers you unparalleled experiences to conserve the nature of America on some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands in our nation. If you have a scientific or technical background in any of the following disciplines, consider applying to our available jobs*: - Biology - Chemistry - Statistics - Physics - Mathematics - Environmental Science - Natural Resource Management - Social or Human Behavior * The open periods for some opportunities are ending December 12th, so be sure to check them out today. We currently have vacancies in the following states: - Colorado - Kansas - Montana - Nebraska - North Dakota - South Dakota - Utah - Wyoming
Johnson Ho, BME Student, Receives 2011 Goldwater Scholarship
Congratulations to Johnson Ho, Macaulay Honors College Student and BME Major, for receiving the 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This prestigious award is awarded to deserving students for their academic achievements and is primarily given to students who intend to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD in a STEM discipline. The Department of Biomedical Engineering congratulates Johnson for distinguishing himself as an excellent student and biomedical engineer. Johnson plans to pursue a MD/PhD in Neural and Behavior Sciences.
Graduate program among best in the nation according to NRC Graduate Program Rankings
The BME graduate program at CCNY ranks high in the National Research Council (NRC) rankings. The NRC rankings are revised every 10 years and have just recently been released. They are generally considered to be the gold standard of national ranking systems. The NRC rankings take into account detailed quantitative measures of faculty productivity, student achievements, financial support for students, peer recognition, diversity and many other criteria. On the website below you will gain access to the NRC rankings and you will be able to select and weight the factors that are most important to you. We have provided one example with all criteria weighted equally. With that weighting our graduate program is rated top 1st in the nation among 77 programs. Try your own criteria and see what you think. CCNY is listed as "CUNY Graduate School and University Center"
BME faculty, Marom Bikson and Lucas Parra, and BME PhD Abhishek Datta, launch a City College of New York spin-off biomedical device company. Soterix Medical will commercialize technology developed in the CCNY Neural Engineering Lab for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, such a Pain and Depression.
No longer accepting applications | Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering (Neural Engineering)
SEARCH CLOSED -- We are no longer accepting applications. The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY) and the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering (NYCBE) jointly seek a faculty person at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level. Responsibilities will focus on research as well as teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The areas of specialization in the department include: neural engineering, nanotechnology/ biomaterials, tissue engineering, cardiovascular engineering, and musculoskeletal biomechanics. At this time, only candidates in neural engineering should consider applying for this position. announcement
The Systems Biology Center New York will have four undergrad research fellowships for students to be introduced to and learn how to conduct Systems Biology research at the Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine or in the laboratories of members of the Center. The fellowship will offer a stipend of $2500 for the ten week research period from May 31st to August 6th, 2010.
September 15 - 2009 Steve Nicoll joins the BME Department
His research program incorporates the principles of cell and molecular biology, materials science, and mechanical engineering toward the development of living tissue surrogates for connective tissue restoration. Nicoll is recipient of the NSF CAREER Award for his work on "Polysaccharide-Based Biohybrid Constructs for Engineering of Cartilaginous Tissue." Previously he was Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Nicoll joins the department as Associate Professor.
June 30 - 2009 Prof. Marom Bikson awarded Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Award
Prof. Bikson was awarded a 2009 Early Career Translational Research award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Prof. Bikson will develop "High-Density Transcranial Electrical Stimulation" technology for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders used weak electrical current applied non-invasively and painlessly through the scalp. This project will include medical device development at CCNY and pilot clinical studies at the National Institute of Health.
May 5 - 2009 New process for enrolling in BME 59000 Independent Study (3 credits) and BME 59100 Special Project in BME (1 credit)
BME Undergraduate Students, if you are planning to enroll in one of the following courses (BME 59000 or 59100), you must do so with your advisor. During your advising session, your advisor will complete the "Request for Independent Study" form and forward it directly to the registrar. A confirmation will be sent to you from your advisor (via email) once the process is complete. If you have questions, see your advisor.
March 4 - 2009 Dr. Parra's work on speech recognition featured on CNN
"Talking in person better": CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a study performed at Dr. Parra's laboratory showing that communication works better face to face.
October 10 - 2008 BME PhD candidate Abhishek Datta wins Best Poster Award at 2008 Comsol Conference
Abhishek Datta was awarded the Popular Choice Best Poster Award for his poster "A system and device for focal transcranial direct current stimulation using concentric ring electrode configurations" at the 2008 Comsol conference in Boston. Maged Elwassif, Varun Bansal, Jinal Patel, Julian Diaz, Prof. Fortunato Battaglia and Prof. Marom Bikson are co-workers on this project with the goal of developing technology for non-invasive electrotherapy of brain disease.
September 1 - 2008 Faculty Position SEARCH CLOSED!
We are no longer accepting applications -- The BME Department at CCNY and the NY Center for Biomedical Engineering (NYCBE) jointly seek a faculty person at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level. Responsibilities will focus on research as well as teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The areas of specialization in the department include: neural engineering, nanotechnology/ biomaterials, cell/ tissue engineering, cardiovascular engineering, and musculoskeletal biomechanics. Candidates in all of these areas should consider applying.
August 28 - 2008 Dr. Mitch Schaffler joins the BME Faculty
Dr. Mitchell B. Schaffler, formerly Director of Orthopedic Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, joins the faculty in the Biomedical Engineering Department as the Wallace Coulter Presidential Professor on September 15, 2008. Dr. Schaffler is a world authority on mechanisms of bone remodeling in osteoporosis and disuse and has made important contributions to our understanding of mechanotransduction in bone. He will establish a new laboratory in Steinman Hall to continue his studies and begin teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in his area of specialization.
June 1 - 2008 BME PhD candidate Yuliya Vengrenyuk recieves first prize at 6th International Conference on Medical Innovations, in Vienna
BME PhD candidate Yuliya Vengrenyuk recieves first prize at 6th International Conference on Medical Innovations, in Vienna
Our own Yuliya Vengrenyuk was awarded first prize for her poster "Micro-CT based analysis of a new paradigm for vulnerable plaque rupture" at the 6th International Conference on Medical Innovations, in Vienna, Austria May 30-31. The cash prize is funded by a Mimics Innovation Award. Her paper with the same title was chosen as one of seven papers to appear in a special issue of Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics. Prof. Luis Cardoso and Prof. Sheldon Weinbaum are co-authors on both the poster and paper. Congratulations to Yuliya and her co-authors.
May 28 - 2008 Prof. Susannah Fritton named Grove School of Engineering Teacher of the Year
Acclaimed as a master teacher who “goes beyond limits in her dedication to students,” Associate Professor Susannah Fritton was selected as the 2007-08 Grove School of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award.
May 10 - 2008 Congratulations to the BME class of 2008!
The Biomedical Engineering department acknowledges the tremendous accomplishments of the 2008 graduating class. Members of the 2008 class have been awarded a range of competitive national and international awards. We wish them continued success as they pursue graduate research, medical studies, and professional positions in some of the world leading BME institutions and companies.
April 10 - 2008 Alina Levchuk awarded 2008 Whitaker International Fellowship
Alina Levchuck, City College BME class of 2008, was awarded a prestigious Whitaker International Fellowship. Alina will be going to ETH Zurich in Switzerland, to work in Dr. Ralph Muller's Biomechanics laboratory on the project entitled "Ultrastructural assessment of bone development using synchrotron radiation based nano-computed tomography"
January 7 - 2008 CCNY/BME CHOSEN AS A RECIPIENT OF FIRST NEW YORK STATE STEM CELL RESEARCH GRANTS
The City College of New York (CCNY) was selected to receive one of the first grants awarded through New York State’s new $600 million multi-year stem cell research program. The funding will strengthen CCNY’s stem cell research capabilities by supporting training of researchers and infrastructure development. As the current frontier in biomedical research, stem cells offer great promise for cell-based therapies and tissue engineering for the next generation of regenerative medicine as well as scientific understanding of developmental biology. Stem cell research holds out hope to people who suffer from such debilitating and life-threatening ailments as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and cancer. “While CCNY faculty members now can conduct biomedical research related to stem cells, these funds will help us develop long-term research capabilities using human embryonic stem cells,” said Dr. John Tarbell, Wallace Coulter Distinguished Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering, The Grove School of Engineering at The City College. Dr. Tarbell and Dr. Sihong Wang, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, are co-Principal Investigators on the grant. Two new science research buildings to be built on The City College campus will provide extended space and facilities for development of stem cell research at CCNY, Dr. Tarbell noted. It is anticipated that groundbreaking for these structures will take place during the spring of 2008.
October 2 - 2007 Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Sheldon Weinbaum
Professor Weinbaum, who joined the CCNY faculty in 1967, retired from teaching at the beginning of the Fall 2007 semester. However, he continues to advise students and conduct research at the College, supported by five grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
July 27 - 2007 Karla Wyatt wins Best Paper Award in the Master's Level Student Paper Competition in Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics
Karla's paper titled "Deformation-Dependent Enzyme Cleavage of Collagen" was co-authored with Peter A. Torzilli, and Jonathon Bourne. The work was performed at Torzilli's Laboratory for Soft Tissue Research at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Karla Wyatt is a M.S. student at CCNY and Torzilli is member of the NYCBE.
June 1 - 2007 Jeniffer Walz is 2007 Valedictorian of the GSOE
Class of 2007 BME B.E. graduate, Jeniffer Walz, becomes Grove School of Engineering Valedictorian.
January - 2007 The BME Department is growing
This Spring, Sihong Wang joins the faculty of the CCNY BME department.
October - 2006
TimeOut ranks Convent Avenue in top 5 blocks in New York City
"..with architecture that echoes the City College of New York's Gothic Revival style, shines the movie-perfect example of quiet excellence."
October - 2006
CCNY/MSKCC Partership Symposium and 8th Annual Benjamin Zweifach Lecture
Engineering innovations in cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment will be highlighted at a symposium presented by The City College of New York and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSKCC), one of the nation premier cancer centers. The conference featured severel ongoing collaboration between the BME Department and MSKCC. View the full program The keynote speaker, Rakesh K Jain delivered the 8th annual CCNY BME Benjamin Zweifach lecture. Past Zweifach Memorial lectures at CCNY: YC Fung from UCSD, 1999 Shu Chien from UCSD, 2000 Peter Davies from UPENN, 2001 Jim Hudspeth from the Albert Einstein college of Medicine, 2002 Michael Gimbrone from the Harvard medical school, 2003 Bob Langer from MIT, 2004 Robert Nerem from Georgia Tech, 2005
June - 2006
Congratulations to our fourth H.R. Lissner Award winner
Dr Peter Torzilli, a founding member of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering recieved the 2006 H.R. Lissner award of the ASME. This is the highest award for achievement given by its Bioengineering Division.
May - 2006
Congratulations for the third place honors at the Young Investigators Award Competition
Yuliya Vengrenyuk, a graduate student in the CUNY-CCNY Biomedical Engineering PhD program took third place honors in a Young Investigators Award competition at the American College of Cardiologists 55th Annual Meeting.
March - 2006
Congratulations to Thomas Radman for Honorable Mention at the Vienna Technical Univesity Junior Scientist Conference
Thomas Radman, a graduate student in the CUNY-CCNY Biomedical Engineering PhD program took honorable mention for work on the effects on enviromental electrics fields (cell phones, power lines) on the brain.
November - 2005
Andrew Grove donates $26million
Andrew Grove, CCNY class of 1960 and co-founder of the Intel Corporation, has donated $26 million to the School of Engineering at the City College of New York. Press Release
November - 2005
7th Annual Benjamin Zweifach Lecture
Robert Nerem delivers the 7th annual Benjamin Zweifach lecture at the City College of New York. Event Images Past Zweifach Memorial lectures: YC Fung from UCSD, 1999 Shu Chien from UCSD, 2000 Peter Davies from UPENN, 2001 Jim Hudspeth from the Albert Einstein college of Medicine, 2002 Michael Gimbrone from the Harvard medical school, 2003 Bob Langer from MIT, 2004
August - 2005
The BME Department is growing
A new faculty member joins the department this fall. Luis Cardoso will compliment the department's strengths in biomechanics, signal/image processing, bioinstrumentation and mechanotransduction in bone.
July - 2005
Congratulations to the winner of ASME 2005 Bioengineering Conference poster competition
Congratulations to BME Ph.D., candidate Kelly Emerton who won 1st place in the ASME 2005 Bioengineering Conference poster competition.
November - 2004
A New Concept for a High Speed Train Track Based on a Red Cell Gliding Through Capillaries
The concept is featured in the Nature News. It was published in Wu Q., Andreopoulos Y., Weinbaum S., et al. Phys. Rev. Lett., 93. 194501.
November - 2004
BME Inaugural Event
Amidst great fanfare and day long festivities the BME Department celebrated the long awaited Inauguration of its new facilities on Nov. 5, 2004. The Department wants to thank Stephen Eli, the architect, for the masterful design of its new offices, laboratories and conference room. The event which included a keynote talk by Bob Langer, 36 student posters, talks by leaders from seven of our hospital partners in the NYCBE and an official ribbon cutting ceremony and reception with CUNY Chancellor Matt Goldstein and CCNY President Gregory Williams presiding. The lunch event, which drew over 150 guests, featured President Peter Katona of the Whitaker Foundation and President Sue Van of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation who have provided CCNY's BME program with three Special Opportunity awards and 50-50 matching funds for the entire renovation. BME Department Inauguration Photo Album.
November - 2004
Congratulations to our third H. R. Lissner Awardee
CUNY and Wallace Coulter Distinguished Professor of BME, John Tarbell, received the H. R. Lissner award of the ASME at its 2004 International Conference and Exposition in Annaheim. This is the highest award for achievement given by its Bioengineering Division. Professor Tarbell is just the third chemical engineer to have received this award from the nation's largest mechanical engineering society. He joins Professors Cowin and Weinbaum as BME's third Lissner awardee making CCNY the only institution other than Georgia Tech to have received this distinction. Professor Tarbell, Chair of BME, is widely recognized for his pioneering contributions to the Penn State artificial heart program, the mechanics of heart valves, in vitro experiments on the effect of fluid shear stress on the permeability of vascular endotheium and mass transfer aspects of arterial disease. He is the author of over 140 technical papers and is past President of BMES (2003).
July - 2004
$1.3M Award from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The City College of New York has been awarded a $1.3 million grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to boost science education and encourage more minorities to pursue scientific careers. The grant will be used to support initiatives developed by the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program at CCNY, a collaborative effort between the College’s Division of Science and the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering. City College President Gregory H. Williams hailed the award and said: “It is critically important to introduce exciting new interdisciplinary research fields to our students, and provide them with a coherent and compelling pathway to participate in research. The HHMI award will help us to meet this challenge.”
May - 2004
Record Attendance at the 9th NYCBE-BMES Awards Luncheon
Over 100 students and faculty packed the Amsterdam Room on May 18 to attend the ever more popular annual event.
May - 2004
Congratulations to our Latest NAE Member!
CUNY Distinguished Professor Stephen Cowin is joining his illustrious colleague Sheldon Weinbaum to the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Dr. Cowin, who is the co-founder of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering, has authored over 200 research papers and eight books. A pioneer in modeling the adaptive behavior of bone, his recent work in the coupling of local cell-level mechanics and the adaptive behavior of bone may lead to important clinical applications relating to surgical implant of orthopedic prostheses