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Washington University in St. Louis
Selected Research Awards
Chao Zhou

Associate professor Chao Zhou has been awarded an $800,000 NIH grant to improve on an existing imaging method that will give researchers more insight into the effects of drug candidates on tumor models.
 Barani Raman

Through at $678,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, associate professor Barani Raman will develop an innovative toolkit aimed to provide control of neural activity in the brain. 
Princess Imoukhuede

Through the project, associate professor Princess Imoukhuede will partner with Sarah England, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, to improve safety for oxytocin use in labor.
Quing Zhu

A team led by professor Quing Zhu has received a nearly $2 million grant from the NIH to study a new imaging technique that can provide a better look at breast tumors and reduce unnecessary biopsies.
Jai Rudra

A $373,000 grant from the NIH is funding assistant professor Jai Rudra’s work to develop a therapeutic option that would prevent opiates from crossing the blood-brain barrier, preventing the high abusers seek.
Drug Delivery

Assistant professor Hong Chen has received the grant from the NIH to continue her work on image-guided drug delivery.
Honors & Recognition
Lori Setton

Assistant professor Nate Huebsch received $230,000 to support research on exercise-induced sudden cardiac death. 
Rohit Pappu

Professor Rohit Pappu will join researchers from three other German institutions to study proteins tied to the onset and progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Yoram Rudy

Professor Yoram Rudy was one of two WashU faculty members named to the National Academy of Inventors this year.
Yoram Rudy

Professor Yoram Rudy was recognized for his innovations and entrepreneurial spirit. His inventions have changed the way cardiologists measure fatal irregular heartbeats.
Publications
Jonathan Silva

Associate professor Jon Silva and his team used a computational model to determine a way for a drug for irregular heartbeats to work more effectively. The findings are published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Basic to Translational Science.
Hong Chen

Researchers in the lab of assistant professor Hong Chen are integrating ultrasound imaging with ultrasound therapy to pave the way for a new kind of drug delivery. The team’s findings were published in Scientific Reports
Rohit Pappu

An interdisciplinary team that includes professor Rohit Pappu has uncovered a mechanism by which a plant can be affected in a myriad of ways based on the presence of the hormone auxin. Their research was published in Molecular Cell.
Lori Setton

Research led by Lori Setton, professor and department chair, seeks to understand the mechanics behind the diffusion of osteoarthritis drugs. Their findings were published in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.
Rohit Pappu

Professor Rohit Pappu and members of his lab have developed an open-source computational model to help other scientists study phase transitions. Their research was published in PLoS Computational Biology.
Students & Alumni
Lily Xu

More than 5,000 college sophomores and juniors applied for the scholarship, which honors students who conduct research in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.   
Student Led Retreat

More than 120 students and faculty members took part in the department's first research retreat, which aimed to encourage departmental collaboration and community. 
Cassie Davis

Cassie Davis won $5,000 for her team, which developed a new surgical lighting device, at Saint Louis University’s Pitch and Catch competition.
Zach Eisner

This past summer, Zach Eisner and his organization, LFR International, trained more than 1,000 first responders in Sierra Leone and helped lay the framework to train hundreds more.  
BME Day

More than 20 student-developed projects were presented at the department’s annual event celebrating research and innovation within the field.
Highlights
$8.4M
Extramural support for research programs (FY19)
95
affiliate faculty members from across the university
No. 14
U.S. News & World Report ranking for graduate programs
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