A Q&A session was held with Jeffrey Jacot to give an overview of the major works in project at the Jacot Lab for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine and his goals as the Program Director for the BIOE graduate program.
Vira Kravets, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Richard Benninger’s lab at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes was recently awarded the Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs Welcome Fund (BWF): an American non-profit medical research organization that provides funding for biomedical research, STEM education, and areas of career development for scientists. BWF's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training. In this year’s competition, more than 250 preproposals were submitted. From this group 91 were invited to submit full proposals, and from that group, 21 applicants were invited to interview virtually.
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Student Chapter of the Society For Biomaterials (CU SFB) started in January of 2020 with the support of Dr. Chelsea Magin, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering. The purpose of this chapter is to encourage student interest in biomaterials by promoting the advancement of research and education within this field. The CU SFB Student Chapter hosts monthly meetings where students discuss newly published articles, present current work, listen to experts in the field, and more.
Student Leaders have an important role to play in the Department of Bioengineering at CU Anschutz. These students were nominated by their peers to represent each cohort in bioengineering. Student Leaders meet bi-weekly to address issues important to students, including current events, mental health, and challenges faced by students who are a part of two distinct communities, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the CU Downtown Denver Campus. Student leaders hold positions intended to represent the student body and should be contacted if you have any concerns that you are not comfortable sharing with faculty or bioengineering leadership. Let us introduce you to our Bioengineering Student Leaders!
Jennifer Wagner has been an Instructor in the Department of Bioengineering at CU Anschutz since July 2015 and has made tremendous contributions to the success of the bioengineering program. Teaching a variety of courses, including Biodesign (Introduction and Capstone), the pinnacle of the BIOE program, Jennifer has not only helped her students become the creative, free-thinking learners they are now, but has also ensured their success as they move on to the subsequent stages of their careers. It hasn’t been an easy road, however, Jennifer states “…the most challenging aspect of my time here has been learning to navigate the operational and organizational structures of academia.” This challenged her to really work at her communication, relationship building, and diplomacy skills, and she did so with tact and grace. Jennifer’s effectiveness as an Instructor and Covid Official within the BIOE department speak volumes to this and she thanks her mentor Dr. Robin Shandas for mentoring her through the unique environment that is the Anschutz Medical Campus.
A recent article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that COVID-19 has left students stressed and burned out as they began the fall 2021 semester and that two-thirds of college students nationally report that COVID-19 has affected their mental health (Brown, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/article/did-covid-break-students-mental-health). In an effort to normalize academic mental-health breaks, the BIOE Relaxation Room was created. In this space students can escape from the everyday stressors of these challenging times, even if it’s just for a 20-minute breather.
To build connections with and better support bioengineering students through these especially challenging times, the Department of Bioengineering engaged Student Leaders to help find new ways to accomplish these goals. In doing so, the student leaders collected some poignant details about our students and how they were coping with COVID-19, remote learning, current events and life in general.
VA Does That: The bionic hand
Dr. Segil, a mechanical engineer, is designing a prosthetic hand system that can send feedback to the brain, creating the sense of touch. His work connects to Dr. Tyler’s: the nerve cuff electrode. This technology allows for electrical signals to be sent to electrodes surrounding the nerves and then to the brain, creating the feeling of touch.
Duncan Davis-Hall, PhD student in Bioengineering, received an F31 predoctoral grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to bioprint three-dimensional mimics of lung blood vessels that model the environmental stiffening seen in pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Dr. Bradford Smith receives $2.8M R01 award from the NIH National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood to establish diagnostic algorithms and computer-controlled mechanical ventilation systems to improve mechanical ventilation safety.
Emily Gibson, associate professor of bioengineering, received a POC Grant ($150k) from Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)'s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program.
Point Designs LLC recently received a Phase 2 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health entitled The Point Digit: A ratcheting prosthetic finger technology using advanced rapid manufacturing technology.
Chelsea Magin, Assistant Professor of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Bioengineering at CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, has been named a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award Winner.
In March 2019, Keith Neeves joined the Department of Bioengineering as professor and director of new initiatives, bringing with him a reputable lab, an extensive research portfolio and unprecedented enthusiasm.