Through the generous support of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation the Department of Biomedical Engineering hosted the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Day on Friday, Oct 4th, 2019. The keynote speaker Dr. Scott Beardsley, Associate Professor at the Marquette, University and Medical College of Wisconsin Biomedical Engineering Department presented the lecture “Timing matters: Sensorimotor dysfunction and individually targeted strategies to improve goal- directed movement”.

Following the lecture, twenty five BME undergraduates demonstrated their research works through oral presentations and posters.

Not only the communications among students, keynote speaker, faculty, alumni, and guests were attractive, but also the competition of the research works among the students. Every poster was evaluated by two judges and the first two winners were awarded.

The first prize went to Ariadna Herrera, whose poster entitled “Decellularization with the Enhanced Retention of Bioscaffold Matrix Components for Heart Valve Regenerative Applications” was “impressive” according to judges.

Baarbod Ashenagar won the second prize with his work on “Modeling the Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum-Mitochondria Microdomains in Endothelial Calcium Dynamics”.

BME graduates served as judges are Amirala Bakhshiannik, Arezoo Gerami Pour, Brittany A. Gonzalez, Md Ashfaq Ahmed, Asad Mirza, and Arianna Ortega Sanabria. The event was further highlighted by the panel discussion with BME alumni, and we are thankful to our alumni Michaela Mills (2nd year medical student, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU), Sebastian Marquez (Ph.D. candidate, Electrical Engineering, FIU), Carolina Moncion (Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering, FIU), Anthony Higgins (Senior manufacturing Engineer, Ortho Sensor, Miramar, FL), and Dr. Manuel Salinas, (Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Nova School of Engineering).