Molly Buckley pictured with two other 2019-2020 American Association of University Women fellows

Molly Buckley, a master’s student in the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering, is one of four UAB students who were recently awarded a 2019-2020 fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

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Forty years ago, the Department of Biomedical Engineering began in the basement of Cudworth Hall, located on the southeast corner of 19th Street South and University Boulevard, with a faculty of four professors and a staff technician.

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Human cells shed exosomes. These tiny extracellular, membrane-bound vesicles can carry cargo for cell-to-cell communication, ferrying diverse loads of proteins, lipids or nucleic acids.

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering will co-host the sixth annual NIH Cardiovascular Bioengineering (CVBE) Symposium on May 7-9, 2020 in Göttingen, Germany. The symposium continues to be unique in the world, featuring a combination of top international researchers and trainees in cardiovascular bioengineering.

The 2019-20 school year is off to a strong start in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which ushered in students, faculty and staff with a celebration that included introductions to department leadership and to resources that are available for research. On Wednesday afternoon, August 28, the department—which is a joint department in the UAB Schools of Engineering and Medicine—hosted a 2019 welcome mixer.

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Sepsis is a deadly infection that kills hundreds of thousands of people annually and costs billions of dollars, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. What if a group of students could design a program to reduce both the mortality rate and high cost of treating this life-threatening condition?

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Unlike lower vertebrates, mammals are unable to repair their adult hearts after injuries that include heart attacks. This inability in humans leads to heart failure — a deadly and costly disease that affects more than 5 million Americans.

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Biomedical engineers believe they can aid the failing heart by using pluripotent stem cells to grow heart muscle cells outside of the body, and then injecting those muscle cells or adding a patch made from those cells, at or near the site of the dead heart tissue.

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Biomedical engineering chair Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., is featured for his research on patches for damaged heart muscle cells following heart attacks, in the Summer 2019 issue of UAB Magazine.

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The fifth annual NIH Cardiovascular Bioengineering (CVBE) Symposium was held in Sydney, Australia on March 1-2, 2019. The symposium continues to be unique in the world, featuring a combination of top international researchers and trainees in cardiovascular bioengineering.

Students presenting posters to a crowd of people.

Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers.

""Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers.

Basketball team posing.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering held its First Annual Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game on February 28 at the Campus Recreational Center.

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At the end of Kimbel and Bane’s inspiring story and interview on “TODAY” anchor Craig Melvin asked the question that has everyone at the University of Alabama at Birmingham buzzing.

“Off to college next year? Where are you going?” Melvin asked.

“UAB,” Kimbel said. “I’m going to be in Birmingham. I’m very excited.”

""The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering ranked fifth in the nation in the amount of funding it received from the National Institutes of Health in 2018, marking the third-straight year the department has ranked in the NIH’s top five.

Jay Zhang and Jack Rogers, co-directors on a new NIBIB training grant

The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) recently was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) to support predoctoral students in UAB’s BME and Biomedical Sciences graduate programs.

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Andy Curry, a biomedical engineering postdoctoral candidate, recently received the third-place, $1,000 prize in the Blazer Innovation Challenge. Curry won the award for his proposed business model for automotive repairs.

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Wesley LaBarge (left) and Asher Krell (right), have each been awarded a two-year American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship. The project funding includes a stipend which matches the NIH scale for predoctoral fellows, as well as additional supplements for project support and health insurance.

Severino and El-Husari looking at first prototype of their concept on a 3-D printer.

Paige Severino and Ali El-Husari want to change the lives of people who wear ostomy bags. That may sound like an unusual pursuit for college students, but Severino and El-Husari aren't your typical undergraduates. Members of the UAB Science and Technology Honors Program, the two are also participants in UAB Solution Studios — a new forum for clinical innovation that pairs health professionals with students in STEM fields to develop creative solutions for everyday problems affecting patient care.

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A team of biomedical engineering students recently took second place at the World Congress on Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland, for their work on a mechanical umbrella for power wheelchairs.