Interdepartmental Team in Tanzania   First Place, LIMBS Design Competition   Winners of EurekaFest 2014!   CU-MUSC Summer: High School Researchers and Advisors   CU-MUSC Summer: High School Researchers and Advisors   Senator Lindsey Graham meets Dr. Delphine Dean and Team Glucosense: Tyler Ovington, Alex Devon, and Kayla Gainey   Glenn Hepfer was awarded best paper presentation in CORNEA Crosslinking at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.   George Fercana of Greenville, a doctoral student in Clemson University’s bioengineering department, was one of 27 students around the country selected to participate in an innovative new program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center located in Bethesda, Md.   The program exposes students to meaningful development work at the beginning of their career.   Undergraduate Research, Creative Inquiry Bioengineering Students Win Social LaunchPad Competition   2013-2014 Tau Beta Pi Bioengineering Graduate Student Fellow at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina   Undergraduate Research Bionengineerin, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina   Clemson Students win third place in Collegiate Inventors Competition   The scholarship honors the life and legacy of Dr. Miller, Jr., who received numerous scholarships and awards in recognition of his academic achievements.   Community   Testing Incubator Blankets in Tanzania   Undergraduate Students   Alpha Eta Mu Beta   NIH National Graduate Student Research Conference   Students and their Collaborators in Tanzania   Bioengineering Summer Research for High School Students   BioMEDS   Graduate Programs   Study Abroad   Bioengineering Undergraduate Creative Inquiry   Patewood   Research Opportunity   BIOE Graduate Students   Seniors Design for Developing Countries   Undergraduate Students   Graduate Students   Undergraduate Research Bionengineerin, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina   Medical Device Reprocessing Design Competition

Guided by a faculty committed to the undergraduate and graduate research experience, bioengineering students apply engineering principles to understand and treat disease. Collaboration with physicians and entrepreneurs ensures that research focuses on high-priority health care challenges.

By providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate education, Clemson bioengineering prepares students to  

  • apply science and engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine
  • generate and disseminate knowledge to benefit humankind
  • apply knowledge toward health care improvement and scientific and technological development.


The Page Morton Hunter Distinguished Seminar Series is held in Rhodes Annex 111 at 3:30 p.m. The C. Dayton Riddle Distinguished Seminar Series is held at CUBEInC at 5:30 p.m.

Page Morton Hunter seminars
01-16-2014 — Dr. Junghae Suh, Bioengineering, Rice University
01-30-2014 — Dr. Patrea Pabst, Pabst Patent Group
02-20-2014 — Dr. Patrick Stayton, Bioengineering, University of Washington
03-06-2014 — Dr. Samir N. Ghadiali, Biomedical Engineering, OSU
04-10-2014 — Dr. Na Ji, Howard Hughes Medical InstitutE
05-21-2014 — Dr.  Anandhi Upendran, Nanoparticle BioChem, Inc.
C. Dayton Riddle Seminars
February 27, 2014—Dr. Markus A. Wimmer, Rush University Medical Center
March 27-2014 — Dr. Baowei Fei, Emory University School of Medicine
May 1, 2014 — Dr. Mohan C Vemuri, Mr. Eric Rood, Mr. Mark Federici; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Dr. David Piper, Cell Biology


First Place, UT El Paso LIMBS Design Competition
Undergraduate students Sarah Stafford and Katelyn Rye and Dr. Delphine Dean and John DesJardins won the UT El Paso LIMBS design competition for their work on neck braces for use in developing countries. The students’ mentor for this project, developed through Creative Inquiry, was Dr. Jorge Rodriguez.

Department Leads Team in Tanzania
Led by Drs. Delphine Dean and John DesJardins a team of Clemson University students spent two weeks in Tanzania as part of Clemson’s unique Creative Inquiry (CI) program, combining interdisciplinary undergraduate research with engaged learning. The team continues to design and create a number of medical products, ranging from a neonatal heating device for hospitals to an affordable glucose monitor for poor villages.

Rajan Gangadharan, a student of Dr. Guigen Zhang was awarded a National Science Foundation-sponsored travel award to attend the annual conference of the IBE.

American Heart Association
The association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate awarded Dr. Bruce Gao and Ann Foley its Winter 2014 Grant-in-Aid. Dr. Gao will study dynamic interaction of basement-membrane components with cardiomyocytes. Dr. Foley will study the  differentiation of pacemaker cells within the heart and in vitro.

NIH Director’s Blog
Dr. Naren Vyavahare’s research on the use of nanoparticles to target damaged blood vessels in cardiovascular disease was recognized by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in his monthly blog.>

Upstate Biomedical Technology
A Clemson University department that helped pioneer the use of engineering principles to understand and treat disease is celebrating 50 years of awarding graduate degrees while helping prime the Upstate for what could be a boom in the medical-technology industry.

National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence
At the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Fifth Biennial symposium, both faculty and students received travel awards. Dr. Jeoung Soo Lee’s presentation was selected as a highlighted poster. Dr. Lee and Nasim Nosoudi, a student in Dr. Naren Vyavahare’s lab, received Young Investigator travel awards. The following received Student travel awards: Siyu Ma, a PhD student in Dr. Bruce Gao’s lab, and Laura McCallum and Anna Lu Carter, a PhD student and an undergraduate in Dr. Aggie Simionescu’s lab.

EurekaFest at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kayla Gainey and Alex Devon, students of Dr. Delphine Dean presented to over 200 high school student in Invent teams. In addition, they were given a public showcase to demonstrate and discuss their GlucoSense invention.

Dylan Richards, a student in Dr. Ying Mei’s lab, has been awarded a T32 predoctoral training grant the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The grant, which will support training to improve cardiovascular therapies, is renewable.

EnterPrize Award
Even Skjervold, an advisee of Dr. Sarah Harcum, was awarded First Place in the EnterPrize Award competition. Even, a current MS/MBA major who has a CU BS in bioengineering, won for his SouthYeast Labs business plan and presentation.  

EnterPrize Competition
Alison Lamb, an alumna with a BS in bioengineering and an MBA, was a top-five finisher in the EnterPrize Award competition for her presentation and business plan. The project began in the lab of Dr. Karen Burg.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award
Elliot Mappus, a graduate student in Dr. Delphine Dean’s lab, received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award and a BS in bioengineering at graduation. The award is given for service to campus and community. Elliot, who worked with researchers at Clemson and the Medical University of South Carolina, studies neuroscience. He has been active as a resident hall senator, a Calhoun Honors mentor, an advocate for Habitat for Humanity, and a volunteer with the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic on Johns Island. Mappus is a supplemental instructor in organic chemistry.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery,   Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
G lenn Hepfer, a student in Dr. Hai Yao’s lab, was awarded best paper presentation in CORNEA Crosslinking at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Glenn also presented a paper at and received a travel award for the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. His research focus is treatment for keratoconus, a disease in which a weakened cornea protrudes into a conical shape, reducing visual acuity.

Society For Biomaterials International Business Plan Competition
Suzanne Tabbaa, doctoral bioengineering student in Dr. Karen Burg’s lab and Clemson University Research Foundation intern, won the second place judges' award and the first place audience award in the Society For Biomaterials International Business Plan Competition held at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Her plan described translation to market of a breast cancer diagnostic developed at Clemson. Suzanne has been admitted to Clemson’s MBAe program.

Goldwater Scholarships for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Kate Showers, a junior working with Drs. Delphine Dean and David Kwartowitz, was one of two Clemson students awarded the scholarship, which recognizes a strong interest in research and a high level of scholarship. Kate is conducting research on pressure sensors that will work with ultrasound to characterize soft tissue injuries to improve outcomes of surgery.

Nanyang Technological University
Devante Horne and Bailey Walker, students of Dr. Frank Alexis were selected to receive the Summer Research Internship Fellowship by the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This university-wide research program was initiated to stimulate a culture of research for overseas undergraduates. Participants in this program will develop  research interests, a strong sense of cross-cultural intelligence, a  network of friends, and a better understanding of Singapore.

International Association for Dental Research
Dr. Frank Alexis  and his collaborator, Dr. Keith Kirkwood, Professor and Chair, Department of Craniofacial Biology at Medical University of South Carolina, were awarded the IADR’s GlaxoSmithKline Innovation in Oral Care Award. The award is provided to recipients to advance oral care programs directed toward development of innovative and novel compounds, biomaterials, or devices that can be used ultimately at the public health level.

NIH Center summer Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students 
George Fercana, a student of Drs. Aggie and Dan Simionescu were chosen to experience the following:  How discoveries in basic science lead to applications in clinical and translational research; how clinical observations can elicit hypotheses that can be tested with basic science; the research resources, opportunities for research partnerships, and potential career opportunities for PhD students with the NIH.

Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition Undergraduate Team “Cure It” Winners
Tyler Ovington, Alex Devon, and Kayla Gainey, Team Glucosense, are developing the GlucoSense glucometer system, which could impact the lives of millions of diabetics worldwide who cannot afford current commercial systems. Under the mentorship of advisors Dr. Delphine Dean and Dr. John DesJardins, and with the support of Creative Inquiry, the team mentors dozens of high school students in South Carolina on class assignments and science fair projects ranging from dental-chair designs for resource-poor settings to education programs for women in Tanzania.

2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Scott Cole, a senior, and Jonathan Matheny, a 2013 graduate now studying at Cornell University for his PhD, are 2014 awardees. Seniors Jessica Lau and Devleena Kole were awarded honorable mention. The NSF GRFP is the country's oldest fellowship program directly supporting graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Fellows receive an annual stipend, opportunities for international research and professional development, and have the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate research they choose.

Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum
In celebration of undergraduate research, students in the following Creative Inquiry courses presented at the forum. Instructors’ names follow the course name: Clemson University Retrieval of Explants Program and Registry in Orthopaedics, Drs. John DesJardins and Melinda Harman;  Roper Mountain Bioengineering Innovation Lab, Dr. John DesJardins; Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World, Dr. John DesJardins; Freshmen/Senior Design and Mentoring Experiences in Bioengineering, Dr. John DesJardins.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Dr. Naren Vyavahare’s team was recognized for developing nanoparticles that attach only to damaged fibers to deliver drugs to damaged blood vessels.

BMES Coulter College
A design team including undergraduates Elliot Mappus, Tyler Ovington, Alex Devon, and Natalie Patzin and graduate students Xin Xie and Breanne Przestrzelski was chosen to present their at BMES Coulter College in New Orleans, LA. The college is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations. Student design teams are guided by faculty and clinical experts through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs while providing tools and approaches used to evolve identified problems into novel solutions. The team is taught by Dr. Delphine Dean and co-instructor Dr. John DesJardins and advised by Dr. Thomas Pace, orthopaedic surgeon at Greenville Health System.

Nanoparticles Deliver Drugs for a Variety of Diseases
Dr. Naren Vyavahare’s lab develops nanoparticles to target damaged sites related to a  variety of diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Marfan syndrome, and elastic fiber-related disorders.

University Innovation Fellow
Breanne Przestrzelski, a student in Dr. John DesJardins's lab, was named a Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation ( Epicenter), which is funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

Pioneering Use of Engineering Principles to Treat Disease
The department is celebrating 50 years of awarding graduate degrees while helping prime the Upstate for what could be a boom in the medical-technology industry.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Nora Hlavac, a student in Dr. Delphine Dean's lab, was chosen from a group of 4,000 undergraduate students to present her paper at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. NCUR's mission is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity.

Upstate Biomedical Technology

CUBEInC research projects could lead to major breakthroughs in the biomedical technology field, and the Upstate could be at the center.

NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program
Trey Poole, a student in Dr. Frank Alexis’s lab, was awarded a fellowship by the NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program. He will work at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL.

American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina
Devante Horne, a student in Dr. Frank Alexis’s lab, was awarded an  ACECSC scholarship recognizing his academic achievement and career potential in engineering.

BlueSens Award
A paper by Dr. Sarah Harcum and her faculty and graduate-student collaborators in Clemson’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was awarded First Place in the BlueCompetition 2013 for their paper “A Real-time Adaptive Oxygen Transfer Rate Estimator for Metabolism Tracking in Escherichia coli cultures.”

Science Translational Medicine
Dr. Frank Alexis is a lead author on a featured paper and inventor of oral delivery of nanoparticles coated with antibodies.

Joseph A. Miller Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Devante Horne, a junior in Dr. Frank Alexis’s lab, was awarded the Joseph A. Miller Jr. Memorial scholarship. A single scholarship is awarded annually to a minority student who represents Dr. Miller's legacy of academic excellence and selfless commitment to others.

Symposium Endorsed by SFB
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the department hosted leading researchers and industry representatives at the 2013 Clemson Biomaterials Symposium, Biomaterials — What’s Next?  The annual event is endorsed by the Society For Biomaterials

University Innovation Fellow
Epicenter, a National Science Foundation funded center managed by Stanford and NCIIA, has named Breanne Przestrzelski, a student in Dr. John DesJardins’s lab, a University Innovation Fellow. She joins a group of 60 engineering student leaders at 56 universities who work to catalyze entrepreneurial activity on their campuses.

Mr. Gregory Wright, a PhD student in Dr. Hai Yao’s lab was awarded the training grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study the biomechanics of the human temporomandibular joint.

Dr. Wendy Vanden Berg-Foels, Research Assistant Professor, was granted the Pathway to Independence award by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study temporomandibular-joint tissue engineering.

Mr. Jonathan Kuo, a PhD student in Dr. Hai Yao’s lab was awarded the training grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study a temporomandibular-joint animal model.

NIH Roundtable on TMJ Biology
Dr. Hai Yao led the Roundtable, which was sponsored by several institutes of the National Institutes of Health. He was awarded a planning grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to establish a multi-institutional TMJ research network.

Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge Finalist
A device designed by Eric Lucas, a doctoral student in Dr. John DesJardins’s lab,has been chosen as a top-10 finalist in a competition sponsored by the trade magazine Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI). Mr. Lucas’s device, The Engage Knee System, is a knee replacement that can be selectively locked in extension by patients with weakened knees and instability.

2013 Engineering World Health Design Competition
In this challenge to provide healthcare in developing countries, Kayla Gainey and Tyler Ovington, students of Dr. Delphine Dean, won second place for their low-cost glucometer design.

Editor-in-Chief, Challenges in Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Dan Simionescu is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The online journal, based in California, will cover all topics related to tissue repair and regeneration. The unique format of the journal encourages open discussions of technical challenges encountered while growing tissues in the lab.

One More Time: Medical Device Recycling is Good Business
Clemson Bioengineering’s Medical Device Recycling and Reprocessing, led by Dr. Melinda Harman and her colleagues has been cited as a unique platform for public-private partnerships. 

2013 Winifred Burks-Houck Women's leadership Awarded
Bria J. Dawson, Bioengineering Senior and PEER Mentor, has been selected as the undergraduate awardee for the 2013 Winifred Burks-Houck Women's leadership award sponsored by the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC). The Burks-Houck Women's Professional Leadership Award will be presented to Bria at the NOBCChE 40th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN on October 4, 2013. She was selected for this award on the basis of leadership experience, commitment to community, and for academic success.

New Stem Cell Core Research Facility (SCRF) at Patewood CUBEInC
The Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University is proud to announce the inauguration of a new human adult Stem Cell Core Research Facility (SCRF) at the Clemson University Biomedical Innovation Campus ( CUBEInC) located at the Greenville Health System (GHS) Patewood Medical Campus.

Founding Editor-in-Chief of MDPI journal, Bioengineering
Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, will lead the online journal, which is based in Basel, Switzerland.

Dr. Delphine Dean was selected for the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.

Goldwater Scholarships: Scott Cole one of two Clemson awardees
Cole, who works in Dr. Delphine Dean’s lab, developed a new method for synthesizing gold nanoparticles for applications in drug delivery and investigated how these nanoparticles impact cellular mechanical properties. His work has been accepted for publication by the American Chemical Society journal Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.

Two Bioengineering Seniors Among Eight Clemson Students Presenting at ACC
Patrick Ovington and  Jacob Hammers, ACC International Academic Collaborative (ACCIAC) Fellow,  presented their research results at the eighth annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Conference at Wake Forest University. The students were accompanied by Delphine Dean, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Barbara Speziale, professor of biological sciences and director of the Creative Inquiry program.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NSF 2013 fellowships were awarded to two current and three former students, and a current student received an honorable mention: Awardees Nadine Luedicke and Hobey Tam are respectively students of Dr. Delphine Dean and Dr. Naren Vyavahare. Samuel Pollard, a student of Dr. Frank Alexis, received an honorable mention. Brittany Banik, Brendan Roach, and Molly Townsend are the three graduates who were awarded fellowships. The 2013 competition drew 13,000 applicants, from whom 2,000 awardees were selected.

Tau Beta Pi
Danielle Martin, a student in Creative Inquiry: Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World, taught by Drs. Delphine Dean and John DesJardins, has been named  a 2013-2014 Tau Beta Pi graduate student fellow.

CI Students Win Social LaunchPad Competition
Students Matthew Kofoed, Danielle Martin,  Adam Metzger, and Tyler Youngman won the Spiro Institute’s Social LaunchPad Competition in April, 2013, for their work on woven neck braces that can be produced and used in low-technology areas such as rural Tanzania. Their Creative Inquiry Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World is led by Drs. John DesJardins and Delphine Dean.

Professor Melur (Ram) Ramasubramanian, D.W. Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering, was inducted Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in Washington DC on February 18, 2013. Other AIMBE fellows in the department are Drs. Burg, Giuseppe-Eli, LaBerge, Latour, Vyavahare, and Swaja.

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