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Dear colleagues, 
Lori Setton

As we approach the end of a memorable year, WashU BME is pleased to share our accomplishments and achievements in our annual Year-In-Review newsletter.  

As always, we appreciate our faculty and staff’s commitment to students and research, and we appreciate the BME community that has shared in and supported us all throughout the trials and successes of 2020. 

We wish you great joy and achievement at the semester’s end.

Lori A. Setton
Professor and Chair


Research
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Targeting ultrasound at the brain for noninvasive diagnosis of brain cancer
Targeting ultrasound at the brain for noninvasive diagnosis of brain cancer

Hong Chen, assistant professor biomedical engineering and of radiation oncology at Washington University in St. Louis, is developing a method to diagnose brain tumors without any incisions.

Physics, AI help researchers to better define tumor boundaries in imaging
Physics, AI help researchers to better define tumor boundaries in imaging

A team of researchers led by Abhinav Jha, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, developed a framework to determine tumor boundaries more precisely in PET scans using physics and artificial intelligence.

Rudy lab conducts first study of electromechanics of healthy, living human hearts
Rudy lab conducts first study of electromechanics of healthy, living human hearts

Yoram Rudy, the Fred Saigh Distinguished Professor of Engineering, and Christopher Andrews, a postdoctoral research scholar, have completed the first study using a noninvasive imaging method using healthy living human hearts.

New technology offers faster, broader 3D imaging of retinas, feasibility study shows
New technology offers faster, broader 3D imaging of retinas, feasibility study shows

The imaging method, developed by Chao Zhou, associate professor of biomedical engineering, can detect retinal diseases up to 10 times faster than traditional screening, early study finds.

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Awards and funding

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Pappu, collaborators, awarded $7.5 million MURI award
Pappu, collaborators, awarded $7.5 million MURI award

The five-year award has been granted to Rohit Pappu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering, and researchers from three other universities, will fund research designed to improve synthesis of high-value compounds in yeast cells.

Universities join forces to understand locust swarming
Universities join forces to understand locust swarming

Barani Raman, professor of biomedical engineering, is part of a team of researchers that seeks to understand the mechanisms behind the swarms and develop effective methods of limiting their destruction.

WashU engineering, orthopedic team to study painful degenerative condition
WashU engineering, orthopedic team to study painful degenerative condition

The team, led by Lori Setton, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, can now study changes to nerve cells and cross-talk between degenerating spinal discs and sensory nerves while looking at changes that might cause pain.

BME faculty win 2020 Spring LEAP funding
BME faculty win 2020 Spring LEAP funding

Dan Moran, professor of biomedical engineering, and Eric Leuthardt, MD, professor of neurological surgery and of biomedical engineering, received funding for their project that provides a simple neuromodulation solution to address complicated diseases.

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Student achievements

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Juniors Eisner, Klapow awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship

McKelvey Engineering students, alumna win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

McKelvey Engineering students, alumna win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

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Faculty development

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New faculty to join McKelvey Engineering in 2020-21
New faculty to join McKelvey Engineering in 2020-21

Two new tenure-track faculty members will join the McKelvey School of Engineering's Department of Biomedical Engineering in the 2020-21 academic year.

Hu selected to serve on Center for Scientific Review study section
Hu selected to serve on Center for Scientific Review study section

Song Hu, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will serve as a standing member of the Imaging Technology Development Study Section.

Chen receives early career award for research in therapeutic ultrasound
Chen receives early career award for research in therapeutic ultrasound

The International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound has recognized Hong Chen, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and of radiation oncology, for her contributions to the field.

Taber receives 2020 Lissner award from ASME
Taber receives 2020 Lissner award from ASME

Larry Taber, senior professor of biomedical engineering, was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his contributions to the field of bioengineering.

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BME by the numbers

10.5 M
in research awards
(FY2020, OVCR report)
100 +
affiliate faculty members from across the university
No. 12
U.S. News & World Report ranking for graduate programs
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