Thursday, April 17, 2014

This was the fun at Bioengineering Day 2014

Renowned neuroscientist Terry Sejnowski delivered the keynote address at this year's Bioengineering Day, on the morning of Saturday, April 12, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.
He was followed by a distinguished roster of speakers in the afternoon, including Dr. Doris Taylor, the director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute, Dr. Gerardo Toledo, senior director of microbial discovery at Synthetic Genomics and Kabir Kasargod, director of business development at Qualcomm life.
Graduate and undergraduate students also presented posters on a wide variety of topics, including traction forces that regulate early fate decisions in embryonic stem cells;  smart matrices as dynamic scaffolds for stem cell differentiation; and designer gene circuits for basic science, engineering and medicines, among many, many others.
The day's events also included a networking reception, a quiz bowl and awards.
More pictures of the fun below.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun pictures from the 2014 Breakfast with the Dean on Triton Day

Admitted students got a chance to mingle with current students, faculty and staff members during the Jacobs School's annual Breakfast with the Dean on Triton Day. The event is hosted by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. Below are some pictures of the fun. We spotted professors Tara Javidi, Andrew Kang, Darren Lipomi and Rick Ord, among others.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

At Research Expo, See Where Engineering and Medicine Meet

Thanks to the UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine and other collaborative initiative on campus, engineers from the Jacobs School of Engineering work side-by-side with UC San Diego physicians and affiliated researchers to identify patient needs and to develop devices and therapies that can be translated into clinical care. 

At Research Expo 2014 on the afternoon of April 17, you’ll have access to the researchers behind many projects at the intersection of health care and engineering, including the following:

* Merging big data and wireless sensing to make patient monitoring less invasive and safer

* Glasses-free 3D surgery applications (and related faculty talk)

* Nanoparticles that can remove toxins from the bloodstream or deliver drugs straight to tumors without damaging healthy tissue. 

Find out more by searching the poster titles here. When you register, you get access to abstracts. 

Research Expo is also about recruiting. If you are looking hire top engineers with advanced degrees or want access to 200 cutting-edge engineering research projects, we invite you to our 33rd annual Research Expo on Thursday, April 17 from 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Register Today
UC San Diego Alumni enjoy half-price admission.
Corporate Affiliates Program member companies receive 2-for-1 admission.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Research Expo Highlights: Injectable Hydrogel for Cardiac Repair

Bioengineering professor Karen Christman's new injectable hydrogel, which is designed to repair damaged cardiac tissue following a heart attack, has been licensed to San Diego-based startup Ventrix, Inc, which is planning the first human clinical trials of the technology. Christman is a co-founder of Ventrix.

In a 2013 study published in Science Translational Medicine, Christman reported the semi-solid, porous gel encourages cells to repopulate areas of damaged cardiac tissue and to preserve heart function. The hydrogel forms a scaffold to repair the tissue and increases cardiac muscle.

You can learn more about this technology at  Research Expo on April 17, where Christman is one of six faculty speakers. In the meantime, watch our video report above. Wang, an M.D./Ph.D. student in bioengineering, will present a poster explaining her research on how the hydrogel works to rebuild tissue in damaged hearts.


Student: Jean Wang
Professor: Karen L. Christman
Industry Application Areas: Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Visting with the Clintons: Jacobs School students attend Clinton Global Intiative University conference

Congratulations to students from the storm water treatment project of the Nanoengineering and Technology Society who attended the Clinton Global Initiative University conference at Arizona State University last month, March 21 to 23!
The team met with 1200 student leaders from across the world, attended talks by experts and of course sessions featuring former president Bill Clinton, his wife, Hillary Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton.
They also took part in a public service project, building benches and farming beds at a local park.
The team designs, builds and implements storm water filtration devices here on campus.
Learn more about the team here.
Below are some pictures of the team at the CGI U conference and in the lab.
Team members are:
roject Managers - Andrew Huang, Justine Tran, and Stephen Palani

Research Team Leads - Ivan Cui and Michael Tang

Research Team - Corey Shono, Stephanie Smith, Fernando Contreras, Jay Lim, and Nick Garrett

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Engineering is the Future of Health Care. Attend Research Expo at UC San Diego on April 17.

Engineering and computational science are the future of health care. This future includes genomics and the full roster of related “omics” fields, of course. UC San Diego, the Torrey Pines Mesa, and San Diego are taking a leadership role in developing ever-deeper connections between engineering, computing, medicine and health care that are aimed at improving human health. 

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students, for example, are working on hundreds of different projects aimed at accelerating health care innovation through engineering applications. Research Expo on April 17 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is a great opportunity to meet many of these students and learn about their projects—in person and all in one afternoon.

At Research Expo 2013, (L-R) Roy Levkowitz of Aethlon Medical and a UC San Diego bioengineering alumnus; and Raj Krishnan, Co-Founder and CEO of Biological Dynamics, came back to campus to serve as poster judges. Pictured here with their former PhD advisor, UC San Diego Bioengineering and NanoEngineernig professor Michael Heller.

More than 50 of the 200 posters that engineering graduate students will present at Research Expo are tagged as relevant for the “Life Sciences / Medical Devices & Instruments” industries. And those are just the posters the students tagged themselves. Probably just as exciting are the emerging technologies that COULD be leveraged for future health care / life sciences applications.

For example, at Research Expo 2011, electrical engineering Ph.D. graduate student Chirag Patel (who has since graduated and now works at Qualcomm) received some unexpected feedback on his work on RF MEMS metal-contact switches, work that won him the grand prize of the poster session. During the final round of judging, the faculty judge from bioengineering asked Patel what would happen if he put his switch in water.

“I thought about it, and I answered the question; but then I asked him why would you want to do that, and he said, ‘Well, that would be really useful for us in bioengineering,’” explained Patel, who was surprised that bioengineers would be interested in his work.

We would want to hire you tomorrow if this thing worked in water, the bioengineer said.

What are the will-it-work-in-water questions of 2014? And what exciting advances might that these questions lead to? Find out for yourself. Register for Research Expo, which is Thursday April 17 from 2 to 6 PM at UC San Diego.

In addition to the posters session, Research Expo includes six fast-paced faculty talks and a networking reception.

Electrical engineering professor Truong Nguyen’s talk: “3D Model & Video Processing in Health Care Applications

* Research Expo admission is $100. Register here.
* Half-price for UC San Diego alumni.
* Jacobs School of Engineering Corporate Affiliates Program members receive 2-for-1 admission.

Research Expo 2014 Posters 

Below are just a few of the official “Life Sciences / Medical Devices & Instruments” posters at Research Expo. Have a look at the entire list of poster titles here. When you register for Research Expo, you get access to the full abstracts of each poster.

Student: Shawn Raymond Mailo 
Professor: Pedro J. Cabrales Arevalo
Industry Application Areas: Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments

Student: Ya-San Yeh 
Professor: Sadik C. Esener
Industry Application Areas: Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments

Student : Augusta Esmeralda Modestino
Professor: Michael Heller
Industry Application Areas: Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments

Students: Heemin Kang | Cai Wen | Yu-Ru V. Shih | Yongsung Hwang 
Professor: Shyni Varghese
Industry Application Areas: Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments | Materials

Student: Jason Juang 
Professor: Truong Nguyen
Industry Application Areas: Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments

Student: Alex Minh Giang Phan
Professor: Frank E. Talke
Industry Application Areas: Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments

The Jacobs School of Engineering

With more than 1,700 engineering graduate students, 200+ engineering professors and $158M is engineering research expenditures, the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is teeming with cutting-edge research projects and entrepreneurial engineers looking to transfer their advances to society in order to solve problems, advance technology and make the world a better place.

The Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UC San Diego and the Department of Bioengineering at UC San Diego are key player in this process. (Bioengineering Day at UC San Diego is Saturday April 12.)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

UC San Diego alumnus speaks at first Wearable Wednesday event in San Diego

Josh Windmiller won an honorable
mention at Research Expo 2011.
Josh Windmiller, a co-founder of San Diego startup Electrozyme and a three-time alumnus of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering participated in a panel last Wednesday at the first Wearable Wednesday event in San Diego. (Check out the summary on Wearable World News.)

The panel also included Nikhil Jain, VP and Lead on the Qualcomm Toq smart watch and Daniel Obodovski author of “The Silent Intelligence.”

Windmiller earned his undergrad degree in electrical engineering, and MS and PhD degrees in NanoEngineering here at UC San Diego. Among his many activities, he participated, as a graduate student, in of Research Expo.

In 2011, Windmiller won an honorable mention for his NanoEngineering poster: Textile-Based Printed Bioelectronic Sensors.

Research Expo is the annual mega-poster-session for engineering graduate students here at UC San Diego.  Picture 200 engineering graduate students all in one ballroom, discussing their innovations with poster judges and attendees. There are also great faculty talks and a networking reception. (Watch a short promo video.)

You can attend Research Expo for just $100 (Half price for alumni, 2-for-1 admission for CAP companies) and meet 200 of the current crop of engineering graduate students with big ideas. Who knows what opportunities hold for you...after all, San Diego was recently ranked as the best place in the USA to launch a startup.

Windmiller is one of many engineering reseachers turned entrepreneurs at UC San Diego who received a boost from the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center here at the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Electrozyme is currently incubating at EvoNexus, the San Diego incubator run by CommNexus.