""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.


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.


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.


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.

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Power wheelchair users may see a solution to rainy days with a new automatic umbrella attachment engineered by University of Alabama at Birmingham students. The UAB School of Engineering team is one of six internationally selected to present their designs at the eighth annual World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland, in July.

""In March, more than 200 cardiovascular researchers and biomedical engineers from around the world attended the Fourth Annual 2018 Cardiovascular Bioengineering (CVBE) Symposium at UAB.

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person playing game in wheelchair.Studies show that, without activities to engage their bodies and minds, nursing facility residents tend to decline more quickly. But a clever new device designed by UAB undergraduates aims to get residents moving, and interacting, through the power of videogames.

innovation fellowship streamAlex Plazas, left, is pictured with University Innovation Fellows Haifa Al Harrasi, Joshua Lim, and Callista Cox. Alex Plazas, a sophomore in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is one of four UAB students named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. The students traveled to Silicon Valley in March for the University Innovation Fellows’ fifth annual meetup after completing six weeks of online training.

""Many aspiring scientists wonder how they’ll find the right lab to launch their research career. Retta El-Sayed was pulled right in by a giant magnet.


The Department of Biomedical Engineering has teamed with the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program at UAB to create the Neuroengineering Minor. Neuroengineering is a field that uses engineering techniques to understand, repair, replace, enhance, or otherwise exploit the properties of neural systems.

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""Large, human cardiac-muscle patches created in the lab have been tested, for the first time, on large animals in a heart attack model. This clinically relevant approach showed that the patches significantly improved recovery from heart attack injury.

""Stipends are available for master’s degree students with interests in conducting a research thesis on the use of 3D culture and/or scaffolds to study the influence of tissue microenvironment on cellular dysfunction-mediated health problems.

JayZhang vUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham biomedical engineers report a significant advance in efforts to repair a damaged heart after a heart attack, using grafted heart-muscle cells to create a repair patch.

Photo of Yulianna Jimenez and Ryan Wong holding Mr. and Ms. UAB trophies - standing in front of football field. Ryan Wong of Huntsville and Yulianna Jimenez of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, have been named Mr. and Ms. UAB, a scholarship competition presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s National Alumni Society.

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Dialysis team - (Standing) Brigitta Brott, M.D., Joseph Garner, Ph.D., Ho-Wook Jun, Ph.D., (seated) Timmy Lee, M.D., and Patrick Hwang, Ph.D. A company cofounded by biomedical engineering professor Ho Wook Jun, Ph.D., is teaming up with UAB physicians and researchers to improve care for patients with end-stage kidney disease, thanks to a $2-million grant from the National institutes of Health.

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