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Program News

Brittany Watson SPARC Award 2020

SPARC Graduate Research Award

Congratulations to BME PhD student Brittany Watson for receiving a SPARC award from the Office of of the Vice President for Research for her work on characterizing endothelial cellular response to amyloid proteins.

Dr. Gower

Can We Use Fat Tissue to Promote Muscle Growth?

Listen to Dr. Michael Gower's podcast with Abraham Danaher discussing his research on promoting muscle growth.

Dr. Moss


Dr. Melissa Moss was awarded a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant by the National Science Foundation. Through this grant, 10 undergraduate students from universities across the country will come to the college to participate in a unique research experience that will prepare them for a future career in research.

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Alpha Eta Mu Beta MINDS Scholarship

Congratulations to BME senior Tessa Posey for being selected as a Mentoring for INnovative Design Solutions (MINDS) scholar! Over the next month she will be working on a inter-institutional team to design and create a novel and clinically-translatable  medical device or technology. She will meet her mentor and group members at the upcoming BMES conference in Philadelphia. Have fun, Tessa!

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Novartis Academic-to-Industry Hackathon 2019

BME graduate students Zanshe Thompson (Dr. Kathrein's lab) and Chris Isley (Dr. Gower's lab) participated at this year's Academic-to-Industry Novartis Hackathon. Thanks for representing UofSC!

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Ed Gatzke is 'SPUR'ing academic succes for low-income students

UofSC's CEC has received nearly $1 million in funding through a grant from the NSF to implement programs that increase graduation rates of high-achieving, low-income students in undergraduate engineering and computing degree programs.

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A lighthouse in the night

Melissa Moss provides opportunities and inpiration to female students in the CEC. 

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BME PhD class of 2019

Congratulations to Drs. Will Torres, Hope Holt, Rebecca Jones, and Lauren Wolf (from left to right), who graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from USC this spring! We wish you all the best for the future!

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Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Advisor Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Uline for being recognized for his tireless dedication to student advisement by receiving USC's Ada B. Thomas Award for Outstanding Advising! Well deserved!

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Our Graduates Rock!

Congratulations to BME alumns Colman Moore (UCSD), Shrusti Patel (VU), Samantha Stewart (UMCP), and Heather Struckman (OSU) for receiving a Fellowship from the National Science Foundation! What a great achievement!

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Professor Gatzke receives 2019 Garnet Apple Award

Just before Ed Gatzke had the chance to begin his modeling and simulation of biomedical systems class Wednesday morning, he was surprised with balloons and one of the University of South Carolina's most prestigious awards - the Garnet Apple Award for teaching innovation. 

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Tiny pores, huge impact

With a two-year $250,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Chang Liu is assembling a research team of four graduate and post-doc students to create and miniturize a test that can detect TB antigens in the blood using nanopore technology. 

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The light at the end of the tunnel

Ehsan Jabbarzadeh can see where the future of engineering will be, and it's exactly where his interests lie: the mesh point between science and business. Through the entrepreneurial engineering master's program he began, he hopes the CEC's students can learn this, too.

Victor Madormo 2019

Outstanding Senior Award

Congratulations to Victor Madormo, who has been recognized with this year's Outstanding Senior Award. Victor is planning on pursuing an MD/PhD after graduating from BME.

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South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers

Congratulations to BME senior Sydney Weaver for winning the 2019 South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers Award! 


60th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition

Zanshé Thompson was selected to give an oral presentation at the 60th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, CA. She presented her work on "Ing4 Regulates Hematopoiesis through Suppression of NF-kB." Click to read abstract.

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Featured Article

Congratulations to William Torres whose recent publication "Regional and temporal changes in left ventricular strain and stiffness in a porcine model of myocardial infarction" has been selected as a feature article by the APSselect  September edition, showcasing some of the best recently published articles in physiologcial research. Will is a member of Drs. Shazly's and Spinale's research group.


Investigating the Balance of Passive and Active Mechanics in Vascular Remodeling: An Integrated Experimental and Computational Approach

Congratulations to Drs. Lessner, Eberth and Shazly for being awarded an NSF grant for their collaborative research investigating the mechanics of vascular remodeling.  


Welcome Dr. Liu!

BME is welcoming Assistant Professor Dr. Chang Liu to the Program! Dr. Liu received his PhD from Florida International University in 2013 and is most recently joining us from Arizona State University. His research interests are biosensor development and biomarker discovery using nanomaterials. 

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South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers

Congratulations to BME senior Ande (Lauren) Hesser for winning the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers Award! Ande has been accepted into the PhD program at the University of Chicago. Best of luck with your future studies!

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Outstanding Senior Award

BME is proud to honor its top graduate Eric Bidinger with the Outstanding Senior Award. Eric is headed to MUSC in Charleston, and is planning on becoming either an orthopedic surgeon or an emergency room physician. 

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Goldwater Scholar

Congratulations to rising BME senior Victor Madormo for being awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, bringing the total of BME Goldwater Scholars at USC up to 5 in only 6 years. Our students rock!

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Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting Poster Award

Michael Hendley from Dr. Michael Gower's lab has received the Third Place Tissue Engineering Special Interest Group (TE SIG) Poster Award at the 2018 Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Michael!

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Congratulations to USC BME alum Ryan Geiser, who has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship - the University of Cambridge's most prestigious scholarship for international postgraduate students! Ryan will pursue his PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK, investigating the folding and misfolding of proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative diseases.  


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Gamecock BME students Erica Maissey and Tibra Wheeler for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship this year! Honorable mentions went to USC BME'lers Shrusti Patel and Chris Haycook. 


Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award

BME faculty Dr. Chandrashekhar Patel has won the USC School of Medicine 2018 Dean’s Distinguished Service Awards for Diversity and Inclusion Leadership. 


AHA Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Sue Lessner for being elected a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology conference in Minneapolis.

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Congratulations, Merina Jahan!

Graduate student Merina Jahan has been awarded the very competitive GHC Scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for Women in Computing conference in Orlando, Florida in October 2017. This is world’s largest gathering of women technologists and is produced by the Anita Borg Institute in partnership with ACM.  

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Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor Award

Congratulations to Dr. Tarek Shazly for winning this year's Samuel Litman Award, recognizing distinguished educational performance and accomplishments within the College of Engineering and Computing.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to BME senior Brock Fletcher for being awarded a National Science Foundation  Graduate Research Fellowship!!

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Outstanding Senior Award

BME is honoring its top graduate Sam Keeney with the Outstanding Senior Award. Congratulations, what a huge accomplishment! Sam has accepted a research position at the University of Pennsylvania.

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South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers

Congratulations to senior Ryan Geiser for winning the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers Award! Ryan has accepted a PhD position at Cambridge University, UK, funded by the prestigious Whitaker fellowship.  

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Congratulations Ryan Geiser!

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs is pleased to announce that BME senior Ryan Geiser has been named a Whitaker International Fellow.

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Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Congratulations to BMEN senior James Frederick "Weber" Pike for being awarded one of USC's highest honors! The Sullivan Awards are given each year for outstanding achievements, campus leadership, exemplary character and service to the community.


Tau Beta Pi Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to rising BMEN seniors Emily Ball and Ryan Geiser, who have been awarded scholarships from the Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi.

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Outstanding BME Senior Award

Congratulations to Dillon Brown for winning this year's BMEN Outstanding Senior Award! Dillon plans to attend the graduate Biomedical Engineering Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers (SCSPE) Award

Congratulations to BMEN senior Juline Deppen who was awarded this year's SCSPE Award. Juline will be starting her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall.

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USC Outstanding Senior Award

BMEN senior Elizabeth Moore has been awarded USC's Outstanding Senior award. After graduating she plans to attend the MD/PhD program at Vanderbilt University.

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Congratulations, Ryan!

In addition to winning second place in this year's annual IBE meeting in Greenville, SC, with his research about the “Effect of Key Polyphenol Functional Groups on Oligomer Formation in Alzheimer’s Disease”, Ryan Geiser has also won first place for all poster presentations in Natural Sciences at the prestigious Stanford Research Conference, as well as second place for the afternoon poster presentations in Biomedical Sciences at USC's Discovery Day. Way to go!

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BME senior wins prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

BME senior Elizabeth Crummy was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  She plans to attend graduate school at the University of Washington, where she will study Neuroscience. We wish you all the best for the future!

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IBE poster winners

USC's BMEN students swept the poster awards at the National Meeting of the Institute of Biomedical Engineers (IBE) in Greenville, SC! Congratulations to Brock Fletcher, Ryan Geiser, and Kristina Pond for winning first, second and third place, respectively!

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