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Global Finalists Emerge from Ireland Summer Abroad Program

BME team’s summer Ireland project selected as UNICEF Wearables for Good Challenge global finalist

In May, sixty biomedical engineering (BME) students from Georgia Tech flew to Galway, Ireland to earn course credit and get exposed to international biomedical device manufacturing. A product design from one of the BME classes was recently selected as a world-wide finalist in UNICEF’s Wearables for Good Challenge. The team, Communic-AID, developed a wearable device that facilitates record keeping, aids in the tracking of medications that have been distributed in a post-disaster context and allows the patient to take part in their treatment. The BME student project team members are Katie Fiedler, William Higgins, Heather Issen, Madison Lewis, and Isabelle Vernon.

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Georgia Tech and BME Welcome New Faculty for 2015-2016!

Nine new faculty have joined Georgia Tech and Biomedical Engineering

For the 2015-2016 academic year, nine new faculty have joined Georgia Tech and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. Please join us in welcoming them! You can read their academic backgrounds, biographies, and areas of research by clicking below:

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Georgia Tech Celebrates EBB Opening in September

New Engineered Biosystems Building advances biosciences, bioengineering research

In the race to save lives, researchers know that understanding and fighting diseases requires a new method of doing things.

Scientists from engineering, biology, chemistry, and computing won’t discover new vaccines and medical devices — or advance what we know about diseases — by working on their own. The next biomedical breakthroughs to provide accessible health care for billions of people worldwide will come from the collaboration between different laboratories and disciplines.

That core belief led to the creation of the Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB), the newest building at the Georgia Institute of Technology. EBB houses labs for research in chemical biology, cell and developmental biology, and systems biology. The building allows Georgia Tech to consolidate its biomedical research efforts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infections, and other life-threatening conditions..

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Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering Program Soars Higher.

BME Rises in U.S. News Undergrad Rankings

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory moved up one spot (to third) in U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of the nation’s top undergraduate biomedical engineering programs. The department is a partnership between Emory University’s School of Medicine and Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering.

The Georgia Tech College of Engineering continues to be recognized as one of the best in the nation, ranking fifth, in the annual undergraduate engineering program rankings released in September, 2015. Each of the College of Engineering's 10 undergraduate degrees programs was ranked seventh or higher in their respective fields with six programs ranked fourth or higher in this year's rankings.

“We are proud to once again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the elite engineering institutions in the United States," said Gary S. May, dean and Southern Company Chair in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

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Closing the Loop with Optogenetics - a tool for studying the brain.

Researchers have created a technology called the optoclamp which closes the loop in optogenetic systems.

Optogenetics provides a powerful tool for studying the brain by allowing researchers to activate neurons using simple light-based signals. But until now, these optical stimulation techniques have been “open loop,” meaning they lack the kind of feedback control that most biological and engineering systems use to maintain a steady operating state.

An engineering example of closed-loop control is a simple thermostat used to maintain a steady temperature in the home. Without it, heating or air conditioning would run without reacting to changes in outside conditions, allowing inside temperatures to vary dramatically.

Optogenetics technology places genes that express light-sensitive proteins into mammalian cells that normally lack such proteins. When the proteins are illuminated with specific wavelengths of light, they change the behavior of the cells, introducing certain types of ions or pushing ions out of the cells to alter electrical activity. But without a feedback loop, scientists could only assume that the optical signals were having the effects desired – or try to confirm at the end of the experiment that this had happened.

To address that shortcoming, researchers have created an open-source technology called the optoclamp which closes the loop in optogenetic systems.

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Cassie Mitchell Recognized by Oklahoma State University
BME Research Scientist Cassie Mitchell Honored as Distinguished Alumni by Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University's (OSU) Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who attain distinctive success in his or her chosen field or profession, and perform outstanding service to their community. 

Mitchell graduated from OSU in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. During her time at OSU, she was a National Goldwater Scholar and founded Chemkidz, a program that teaches chemical engineering principles to elementary students. Mitchell went on to receive her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with an emphasis in neuroengineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She currently works as a research engineer and professor in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology where she predicts disease mechanisms, prognosis and potential outcomes. Mitchell competed with the 2012 London USA Paralympic Track & Field team in three events and place fourth in all three. She is currently in training for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Paralympics. Mitchell volunteers as a mentor for patients at the Shepherd Center Spinal Cord and Brain Rehabilitation Hospital.

She was honored at a OSU alumni reception on Sept 18 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

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