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Medical Robotics and Robot-assisted Surgery Expertise

Jaydev Desai Joins the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory

Jaydev Desai, Ph.D., is joining the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory this summer (2016) as Professor of Biomedical Engineering with the title of “BME Distinguished Faculty Fellow." His research interests include image-guided surgical robotics, reality-based soft-tissue modeling for surgical simulation, grasping, haptics, and micro-scale cell and tissue characterization.
He is currently a professor and director of the Robotics, Automation, and Medical Systems (RAMS) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Prior to joining UMCP, he was an associate professor at Drexel University. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University from 1998 to 1999.

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Petit Institute Adds Bioscience and Bioengineering Brainpower

Seven world-class researchers join the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience 

The community of world-class researchers at the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience has taken another leap forward with the recent addition of seven new faculty members.
Joining the Petit Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology are Gary Bassell, Sam Brown, Stanislav Emelianov, Douglas Robertson, Wilfried Rossoll, Edmund K. Waller and Aaron Young.”

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Physics: It's What's Happening Inside Your Body Right Now

Researchers have shown that the relative softness of white blood cells determines whether they remain in a dormant state

The work, believed the first to show how biophysical effects can control where white blood cells are located within the blood circulation, was reported February 8 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research was supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the American Heart Association.

“We are showing that white blood cells, also known as leukocytes, respond physically to these drugs and that there is a biological consequence to that response,” said Wilbur Lam, an assistant professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. “This may suggest new ways to treat disease, and new places to look for diagnostic information.. 

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Training the Next Generation of Biomedical Engineering Leaders

Ph.D. Program Adds Professional Development Fundamentals To Its Curriculum

“Training the next generation of biomedical engineering leaders requires a curriculum that produces graduates who are highly advanced in technical and analytical abilities, while also possessing outstanding leadership and communication skills.  The overall goal of such a program should be to train students that will become highly respected and successful professionals in their chosen path, whether that is academics, industry, government, or a non-traditional role,” said Shannon Barker, director of graduate training in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is pictured above with with Michael Nelson, a BME Ph.D. student.
The Wallace H Coulter BME Department already employs an innovative and integrated approach in its Ph.D. curriculum.  However, due to the ever-changing post-graduate environment, feedback from our alumni and external advisory board, and an increase in student demand, a new initiative has been launched within the Ph.D. program to expand and enhance professional development training for all graduate students. 

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Georgia Tech BME Graduate Makes Forbes 30-under-30 list

Allen Chang leading production of novel biomaterial technology for Vertera Spine

Allen Chang is in elite company. The former Georgia Institute of Technology student, who earned his undergraduate degree from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2008, was named recently to the Forbes 2016 30 Under 30 list in the Manufacturing and Industry sector.
Chang, 29, is co-founder of Vertera Spine, a company that is working on unique spine solutions featuring its novel biomaterial, PEEK Scoria™ – a porous surface technology made entirely out of polyetheretherketone (PEEK). 
He was one of 600 people selected across 20 sectors (from a pool of more than 15,000 candidates) to make the Forbes list, now in its fifth year. The honorees represent a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators that are pushing the boundaries in their respective industries by taking disruptive approaches to solve difficult problems.

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Team "Wobble" are Finalists Competing for the InVenture Prize

Ana Gomez del Campo, a Petit Scholar, is part of BME team in university-wide competition

Petit Undergraduate Research Scholar Ana Gomez del Campo is standing on solid ground as a member of team Wobble, a collection of students from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), plus one from the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering (ME). Their team qualified as one of the six finalist teams from across the Georgia Institute of Technology for the 2016 InVenture Prize.

The Wobble is an instrumented platform that translates in two dimensions, testing a subject's relative balance. Force sensors detect when a subject loses his/her balance and takes a step. This makes it useful for evaluating when a concussed athlete is healthy enough to return to play. In addition to Gomez del Campo, team members include BME students Matthew Devlin and Garrett Wallace, and ME student Hailey Brown

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The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University is united by our dedication to improving the health and well-being of all by fostering the next generation of leaders in biomedical engineering worldwide. We are highly collaborative, interdisciplinary innovators in basic and translational research and education. View our website

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