Graduate Research Day Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Graduate Research Day Showcase & Competition

If you could make something to solve a biomedical problem, what would it be? With this objective in mind, our graduate student researchers get the stage during our Graduate Research Day Event. Our graduate research programs have an emphasis on scientific theories and engineering principles designed to build a bridge between engineering and medicine. To help graduate students sculpt their ideas our program includes an emphasis on health-related problems so that students can develop engineering solutions based on fundamental, knowledge-based paths that lead to implementation achieved through translational methods.

Our Graduate Research Day is a very special event in our academic year where our graduate students get an opportunity to gain valuable professional development experience, network with industry partners, present research, and learn about the work of their peers and advances in research techniques. On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, an enthusiastic group of 29 masters, and Ph.D. students presented their research in their respective areas, including 10 Ph.D. students who had the opportunity to do an oral presentation about their research. This event serves not only as a platform for students to hone their presentation skills but is also a competition for award prizes.

Students participating in poster presentations were judged on three different categories: content, display, and oral presentation. We applaud Ariadna Herrrera, for winning first place in the poster category with her research titled Retention of Core Bioscaffold Properties After Extensive Culture Periods, Daniel Chaparro, in second place for his research titled Neuroendocrine Regulation of Anisotropic Contraction in Mouse Aortic Valve Leaflets, and Yih-Mai Lin, in third place for her research titled Engineered Cardiac Tissues Derived From hiPSC-Cardiomyocytes Seeded onto a Cardiac Patch Under Rotisserie Culture.

For our oral competition, we have to congratulate our 1st place winner Chia-Pei Denise Hsu for her work on Valve Endothelial Cells Exposure to High Oscillatory Flow Leads to Valve Interstitial Cell Calcification, and our 2nd place winner Carolina Moncion for her presentation on Monitoring Evoked Somatosensory Activity Using a Multichannel Passive Wireless Neurosensing System.

Also, as part of Graduate Research Day and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Seminar Series, Dr. John X.J. Zhang, Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College, presented an eye-opening and engaging seminar entitled Microchips in Translational Medicine: from Cancer Diagnosis, Bioenergy Harvesting to Wearable Applications. During the afternoon sessions, Nelly Leon from the office of Career and Talent Development presented a timely and essential workshop entitled CV Writing Workshop for Engineering Graduate Students. We thank both of the speakers for the excellent presentations, and for joining us on this special day!

Special thanks go out to our judges for their dedication and skill when it came to judging our Graduate Research Day oral and poster presentations. Without your generosity, knowledge, and patience, this celebration would not have gone as smoothly as it did. We appreciate your time and dedication toward our students and their research.

Congratulations again to all of our graduate students on their outstanding research!