Graduate Research Day Winners!

On October 23rd, the department of Biomedical Engineering at FIU hosted the 5th Annual Graduate Research Day as part of the Wallace H. Coulter Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. The event featured the research of several of FIU BME’s graduate students and also included lectures from Brad Fernald, FIU BME Alumnus and the Director of Product Development for Synaptive Medical, and Aydogan Ozcan, Professor and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA.

The graduate student poster presentation highlighted the research of 18 graduate students. Ricardo Siu won first prize for his poster presentation on “Adaptive Control of Lung Volume for Respiratory Pacing in the Rodent Model.” Second place was a tie between Vinay Bhardwaj for his poster on “On-Chip SLISA for Rapid Environmental Surveillance of Chemical Toxins” and Andres Peña for his poster on “Mechanical Fatigue Testing of an Implantable Intrafascicular Electrode System.”

The seminars provided the students and faculty the opportunity to meet with and learn from distinguished professionals in the field of biomedical engineering. Brad Fernald spoke on his experience working in industry and provided the students with tips on how to navigate the business world. Brad is currently working as the Director of Product Development with the medical device company, Synaptive Medical. His focus is on the translation of research into devices to be used in the clinical setting.

Aydogan Ozcan focused his discussion on the democratization of next-generation imaging, sensing and diagnostic tools through computational photonics. Ozcan holds 30 issued patents and has more than 20 pending patent applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, lensless imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography. In 2010, he was selected as one of the top 10 innovators by the U.S. Department of State, USAID, NASA, and NIKE as part of the LAUNCH: Health Forum.

The event was coordinated by Wei-Chiang Lin, Interim Chair and Associate Professor. Lin noted, “The event was a great success because of the participation of our graduate students, faculty, and the two seminar speakers. I look forward to showcasing more exciting research results from our graduate students and faculty in the next Biomedical Engineering Research Day.”

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Interim Dean Ranu Jung, Brad Fernald, Susan Racher, Wei-Chiang Lin, and Aydogan Ozcan

Interim Dean Ranu Jung, Brad Fernald, Susan Racher, Wei-Chiang Lin, and Aydogan Ozcan