|Congratulations to DELTAi undergraduate researcher Jessica Herrera for receiving the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program award! This is a great achievement for Jessica – the fellowship program is very competitive, and this fellowship will undoubtedly set up Jessica for success as she continues toward her graduate studies. DELTAi is proud!|
|Ben Bielajew has been awarded with a travel fellowship to the May Institute on Computation and Statistics for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics! The May Institute is a two-week course on quantitative proteomics, held at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Ben was selected among 130 applicants from 13 countries for the fellowship. More information on the May Institute can be found here.|
|The inaugural Faculty Innovation Fellows Recognition Reception was held on January 24th, and Dr. Athanasiou was a keynote speaker, and the program recognized UCI faculty who are accelerating translation of academic research. The news article can be found here, and a photo album of the event can be found here.|
|The Athanasiou Awards Session at BMES 2019 was featured in a recent BMES blog post. This post describes each of the winning papers, and highlights that the next Athanasiou Awards Session will be held at BMES 2020 in San Diego, CA. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with first author papers published in 2019 are eligible for the award.|
|Annals of Biomedical Engineering published an article on the Athanasiou Awards Session from BMES 2019! Click this link for the article.|
|Ben Bielajew passed his qualifying exam, and is now a PhD candidate!|
|The 2019 BMES Annual Meeting was held in Philadelphia from October 16th to 19th. Two DELTAi members, Jarrett Link (pictured) and Erik Gonzalez-Leon, presented on their research. The 2019 Athanasiou ABME Student Award Session was also held at BMES!|
|Congratulations to Erik Gonzalez-Leon for receiving the 2019 BMES Student Design and Research Award for his extended abstract on meniscus tissue engineering! His abstract is titled “Enhancing Mechanical and Biochemical Properties of Self-assembled Neomenisci Through a Novel Combination of Bioactive Stimuli,” and the award comes with a certificate, a $400 award, and complimentary registration to the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Erik will be attending the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, along with other DELTAi members, on October 16-19.|
|DELTAi undergraduate Jessica Herrera will be featured in an upcoming article for the CAMP annual magazine! Photos taken by UCI School of Education.|
|Dr. Athanasiou was featured on a panel of UCI faculty in an event called From Bench to Business: Faculty Experiences at the Cove @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation. Dr. Athanasiou talked about the translation process of taking research developed in the laboratory to practice and commercialization. Specifically, Dr. Athanasiou talked about how the potential for commercialization can help convince grant reviewers about the high impact of our research. A news article about the event can be found here.|
|High school students in the Long Beach Upward Bound program visited DELTAi for a lab tour organized by Jarrett Link. Ben Bielajew, Rachel Nordberg, and Gaston Otarola, and Jarrett helped to give tours and talk about being a STEM researcher.|
|DELTAi graduate student Ryan Donahue’s article “Remaining Hurdles for Tissue-Engineering the Temporomandibular Joint Disc” and subsequent UCI news article were featured in Issue 2, 2019 of the TMJ Association’s TMJ News Bites e-newsletter! The TMJ Association’s website is located here and their newsletters can be found here. We hope that the TMJ Association’s featuring of Ryan’s research will help to bring more attention to the pressing need for tissue-engineered TMJ disc implants and regenerative treatments.|
|DELTAi graduate student Ben Bielajew helped acquire funding and volunteered at Take Back the Night 2019, a campus-wide event for education and awareness against power-based personal violence. Ben is a member of ChAMPS (Challenging All Men to Prevent Sexism), a peer education group on campus that leads workshops on- and off-campus to engage men in violence prevention. Take Back the Night 2019 was a huge success, with over 500 attendants!|
|DELTAi graduate students Erik Gonzalez-Leon and Evelia Salinas participated in a career fair for Long Beach’s Upward Bound students, where they shared experiences of biomedical engineering research.|
|The journal Tissue Engineering has recognized a paper by DELTAi graduate student Evelia Y. Salinas, Dr. Jerry C. Hu, and Prof. Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, as a top-ten most read paper from the journal in the past year. The paper is titled “A Guide for Using Mechanical Stimulation to Enhance Tissue-Engineered Articular Cartilage Properties” and can be found in Volume 24 Issue 5 of Tissue Engineering: Part B or by clicking this link.|
|DELTAi graduate student Ryan Donahue’s article “Remaining Hurdles for Tissue-Engineering the Temporomandibular Joint Disc” was recently featured in a UCI news article and podcast about Dr. Athanasiou’s efforts in the tissue-engineering approach to TMJ disorders. You can see the article and podcast here.|
|Congratulations to Gaston Otarola for passing his Qualifying Exam—he is now officially a DELTAi doctoral candidate!|
|On February 28, several high school and middle school students visited the DELTAi lab for tours. These students got to look at tissue engineered and native articular cartilage, and observed the biochemical and biomechanical testing equipment.|
|An online editorial about the 2018 Athanasiou ABME Student Awards was recently published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering! This editorial highlights the importance of this event led by Dr. and Mrs. Athanasiou. The next Athanasiou ABME Student Award Session will be held at the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.|
|Congratulations to DELTAi undergraduate student Jessica for achieving the appointment of UROP fellow, along with a grant for her project on shear stimulation of self-assembled articular cartilage!|
|Dr. Athanasiou was featured in two recent newsletters from BMES. In the October 18, 2018 edition, the section “Current and past leaders gather to celebrate BMES 50th Anniversary” highlights BMES past presidents and leaders. The October 20, 2018 edition includes the story “Athanasiou Award Session and Journal Awards,” which shows the Athanasiou Annals of Biomedical Engineering Student Awards session at the 2018 BMES annual meeting.|
|Doctoral candidate Evelia Salinas and post-doctoral fellow Wendy Brown presented at the BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.|
|The most recent issue of Tissue Engineering Part B, published on October 6, 2018, features Evelia’s article, “A Guide for Using Mechanical Stimulation to Enhance Tissue-Engineered Articular Cartilage Properties.” You may find the article online here or in our publications list. Congratulations, Evelia!|
|Post-doctoral fellow Wendy Brown accepted the Innovator of the Year award on behalf of Dr. Athanasiou at OCTANe’s High Tech Innovation Awards. The award was presented by Ken Walsh, UCI’s Senior Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff.|
|Darryl, a DELTAi summer undergraduate researcher, will be departing the lab this week after completing 8 weeks with the group. He will be giving his final presentation at the student center on Thursday August 16th, to report on auricular cartilage biomechanics and hyperelastic mechanical testing he’s done with us. We wish him great luck at his presentation and a safe return back to Virginia!|
|A few articles relevant to our group have recently been posted to the BMES blog! Dr. Athanasiou was mentioned regarding his award, the Savio L-Y. Woo Medal for his exceptional contributions to bioengineering. This post can be found here. Also, BMES’s flagship journal, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, recently achieved the highest impact factor in the journal’s history. The story, along with some commentary from Dr. Athanasiou, can be found here.|
|Erik Gonzalez-Leon was awarded the Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is one of 45 students in the country to receive this prestigious award. We are all very proud of Erik! You can read more about the award here.|
|Congratulations to Evelia for receiving the 2018 BMES Career Development Award! This award shows that BMES recognizes Evelia’s excellence as an early career professional. Evelia will be attending the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in October, in Atlanta, GA.|
|A recent DELTAi publication in Science Translational Medicine was featured in a Nature Reviews Rheumatology research highlight titled “Jaw-dropping new surgical approach.” This highlight, located here, discusses our group’s novel use of tissue engineering in conjunction with new surgical approaches to address TMJ pathologies. Congratulations to DELTAi alumni Natalia Vapniarsky and Le Huwe for this recognition!|
|At the inaugural UCI Innovator Awards held at The Cove at UCI, Dr. Athanasiou was given the Lifetime Achievement award. This award recognizes Dr. Athanasiou’s great strides towards translating engineering innovations into commercially available medical instruments and devices. You can watch a video recap of the awards here or read the news article here.|
|Congrats to DELTAi undergrad Jessica Herrera for being accepted to the CAMP Scholars Program! Your DELTAi family is proud!|
|Congratulations to Evelia Salinas for passing her Qualifying Exam!|
|Dean Gregory Washington awarded Dr. Athanasiou last week at a ceremony following the spring faculty meeting. He received the Innovator of the Year Award, and was recognized for his many FDA-approved technologies and products. Eight others were awarded, and you can read more in the article here.|
|Happy birthday to doctoral student, Evelia, who is celebrating her 3rd annual 21st birthday!|
|Congratulations to DELTAi graduate students Gaston Otarola and Erik Gonzalez-Leon for passing their preliminary examinations!|
|Dr. Athanasiou delivered the 2018 Hohenschuh Lectureship on April 16th at Washington State University. His lecture, “Toward bioengineering translation,” presented a focus on commercializing outcomes of our academic research.|
|DELTAi doctoral student Erik Gonzalez-Leon was featured in a recent UCI news article for being a NSF GRFP recipient. Erik is one of six engineering graduate students at UCI to win the fellowship this year. The article can be found here. Congratulations Erik!|
One of our post-doctoral fellows, Wendy Brown, was interviewed on the Beyond the Microscope podcast which highlights women in STEM! Click here to listen for free.
Her interview covers topics such as her research in cartilage tissue engineering, the resources at UCI (particularly, Applied Innovation), her career as a professional cheerleader, and her involvement in Project MERCCURI (a citizen science research project conducted on the International Space Station). Wendy is a great example of a successful woman in STEM with diverse interests and is a great role model.
|DELTAi and its entrepreneurial interests were highlighted in the most recent issue of Applied Innovation’s Tech Currents periodical. Check out the article, here.|
Dr. Athanasiou was featured in UCI Magazine in the feature, “Tissue Trailblazer.” Check out the article, here!
|Doctoral student, Evelia Salinas, was awarded a three-year NIH diversity fellowship! Check out the announcement made by the School of Engineering, here.|
|Dr. Athanasiou has been awarded the 2018 Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of his exceptional contributions to bioengineering.|
|Dr. and Mrs. Athanasiou were honored at the BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix for his contributions to the Annals of Biomedical Engineering and their generous donation to form the Athanasiou Endowment.||
Doctoral student Natasha Vapniarsky successfully defended her dissertation! Congratulations!!
Michael Detamore, a former doctoral student of the lab, has been elected as a 2017 BMES Fellow! He will be honored, along with the rest of his BMES class, at the BMES Annual Meeting in October.
|Dr. Athanasiou and the laboratory group have officially arrived and set up the new lab at UC Irvine!|
|Doctoral student Wendy Brown successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Engineering Osteochondral Constructs to Treat Articular Cartilage Defects.” Congratulations, Doc Brown!|
|Doctoral student Le Huwe successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Functional Articular Cartilage Engineering for Regenerating the Patellofemoral and Temporomandibular Joints.” Great job, Le!|
Doctoral student Le Huwe received the Amgen Scholars Alumni Travel Award to fund her trip to the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERMIS) Annual Meeting in San Diego this December.
|Doctoral student Brian Huang successfully defended his PhD entitled “Scale-up of Engineered, Large, Anatomically-shaped Neocartilage with Robust Mechanical Properties.” Congratulations, Dr. Huang!|
Doctoral student Wendy Brown was awarded the Graduate Student Research Summer Award by the College of Engineering.
Wendy Brown also received a travel award from the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group to fund her trip to the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting in October, where she will be giving a talk.
|Doctoral student Wendy Brown won the Best Oral Presentation award at this year’s annual UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Research Conference.|
|Dr. Jeni Lee received the 2016 Zuhair A. Munir Best Dissertation Award for her dissertation “Bioactive and Mechanical Stimuli for Engineering Neocartilage with Native Tissue-like Tensile Properties.” As part of her dissertation Lee created a new biomechanical device that is the first of its kind to successfully apply tensile loading to fabricate cartilage. This discovery will help treat sports-related injuries and osteoarthritis. In addition to Lee’s research she has done extensive extracurricular work in STEM education and has a natural gift for mentoring students. And, she is noted for being active in entrepreneurial communities. Lee won the 2015 Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Outstanding Graduate Student Award. As a graduate student she co-founded the regenerative medicine start-up ViVita Technologies that won the 2013 Big Bang! Business competition. And, Lee was named one of Comstock’s “Next Wave” of 10 young professionals on the radar for 2015. Lee is also dedicated to addressing the challenges women face in STEM fields. She served as President of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Association for Women in Science from 2015-2016 and helped launch the UC Davis Women in Leadership Seminar Series. Dr. Lee is currently an associate with Novo Ventures, an international life science investment company, in Boston, MA.|
|Doctoral student Jeni Lee successfully defended her Ph.D. entitled “Bioactive and mechanical stimuli for engineering neocartilage with native tissue-like tensile properties.” Congratulations, Dr. Lee!|
PhD/DVM candidate Jamie White was awarded the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program Fellowship for 2015 – 2107.
|Doctoral student Meghan Murphy successfully defended her Ph.D. entitled “Engineering Functional Cartilage for the Temporomandibular Joint.” Congratulations, Dr. Murphy!|
Former postdoctoral fellow Raja Eswaramoorthy was appointed as an associate professor at Sri Ramachandra Medical University in India.
Graduate student Le Wut Huwe unconditionally passed her qualifying exam! Her proposal was entitled “Engineering Articular Cartilage via Mechanical Stimulation.”
|Graduate student Pasha Hadidi successfully defended his Ph.D. His dissertation was entitled “Enhancing the Biochemical and Mechanical Properties of a Self-Assembling Scaffold-Free Tissue Engineered Knee Meniscus.” Congratulations, Dr. Hadidi!|
Graduate student Eleftherios A. Makris successfully defended his Ph.D. and received his degree with highest honors from the University of Thessaly.
Ph.D./D.V.M. candidate Jamie White was awarded the Year-Long Exposure to Advanced Research (YEAR) Program Fellowship for Veterinary Students by the NIH.
|Graduate student Gina MacBarb successfully defended her dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. MacBarb!|
Graduate student Wendy Brown passed her qualifying examination! Her proposal was entitled “Engineering Skin-Derived Osteochondral Grafts to Treat Articular Cartilage Defects.”
Graduate student Pasha Hadidi was accepted as a fellow in the Business Development Program at UC Davis, a program in conjunction with the Graduate School of Management focused on entrepreneurship.
The self-assembly approach to cartilage tissue engineering was mentioned in this season of Grey’s Anatomy!
|On November 27, the President of the Republic of Cyprus presented Dr. Kyriacos Athanasiou with the Nemitsas Prize, the highest honor a Cypriot scientist can receive, and one of the most prestigious awards in the European Union. For this reason, it is often called the “Nobel Prize” of Cyprus. For more information, please click this link. (Nemitsas Foundation award announcement).|
|Doctoral student Wendy Brown is co-PI on Project MERCCURI, a team that has been chosen out of a group of competitors in the Space Florida International Space Station Research Competition to send an experiment to the International Space Station. The experiment will be launched to the ISS in December, 2013. (UC Davis press release)|
|Through an exciting collaborative effort involving Dr. Boaz Arzi and Dr. Dan Huey of the Athanasiou Lab with the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the regrowing of a dog’s jawbone following cancer gives promise to the use of such techniques in humans (Whiskey’s New Jaw – articles) (Direct link to video)|
May 12, 2012
|Congratulations to Sriram Eleswarapu, Donald Responte, Johannah Sanchez-Adams and Vince Willard on their doctoral commencement!|
January 6, 2012
Dr. Grayson DuRaine was featured in Arthritis Foundation Magazine.
September 25, 2009
The lab was featured in the UC Davis Dateline publication: http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=11890
August 2, 2009
Interview in magazine “K” of the Sunday Edition of Kathimerini (newspaper in Greece): http://www.kathimerini.gr/4dcgi/_w_articles_kathcolumns_3_02/08/2009_1289023
June 28, 2009
One-page article in the Greek-language publication BHMA (Vima) for research in cartilage regeneration. Vima is the largest Sunday paper in Greece. Title “Joints: Achievements in diagnosis and therapy” (http://www.tovima.gr/default.asp?pid=2&ct=33&artId=275733&dt=28/06/2009)
March 11, 2009
Michael Detamore has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Kansas. Michael received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Univ of Colorado-Boulder in 2000. In 2004, he received his PhD with us at Rice. In 2008, he went up for early promotion. And now, in 2009 he deservedly became a tenured faculty member. Congratulations!
February 2, 2009
A rebirth in stem cell research is featured in Houston Chronicle
January 11, 2009
Dr. Athanasiou and high school researchers are featured in St. John’s newsletter.
September 30, 2008
Dr. Athanasiou’s paper with Dr. Detamore and Dr. Mao was one of the top ten cited articles in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering in 2008. The article reference is below:
“Detamore, M.S.; Athanasiou, K.A., Mao, J.J. A call to action for bioengineers and dental professionals: directives for the future of TMJ Bioengineering. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 35 (8): 1301-1311, 2007″
September 29, 2008
Vidacare’s product, the EZ-IO, was the sole winner of Wall Street Journal’s 2008 Innovation Award Competition. The company was co-founded by Dr. Athanasiou and he invented the technology. For the news article, please click here.
August 19, 2008
Ben Elder successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Optimizing a Scaffoldless Approach for Cartilage Tissue Engineering.” Well done Dr. Elder!
July 10, 2008
Our lab’s research was reviewed in the July 2008 edition of the peer reviewed journal, LabAnimal. A PDF of the article can be found here.
June 25, 2008
Dr. Athanasiou received the The Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers “for addressing the significant health problem of articular cartilage repair through the invention of a patented technology, the only implant used worldwide to treat focal cartilage lesions in the knee.”
April 14, 2008
Chris Revell successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Characterization of Chondrocytic Differentiation and Optimization of a Self-Assembling Process for Tissue Engineering of Articular Cartilage.” Great job Dr. Revell!
February 21, 2008
Dr. Athanasiou was awarded the prestigious Marshall R. Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research by the Orthopaedic Research Society. For the news article, please click here.
December 14, 2007
Gidon Ofek successfully defended his Ph.D dissertation proposal. Huzzah!
December 7, 2007
Eugene Koay successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Chondrocyte Biomechanics and Chondrogenesis.” Congratulations Dr. Koay!
December 3, 2007
Gwendolyn Hoben successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Self assembly of fibrochondrocytes and human embryonic stem cells for tissue engineering of fibrocartilage.” Excellent work Dr. Hoben!
September 19, 2007
The lab’s research on using stem cells to grow cartilage was written up in ISTOE, Brazil’s equivalent of Newsweek. Click here for the article.
September 10, 2007
An article about the lab featuring the use of embryonic stem cells to tissue engineer cartilage was published on MyFox Houston. Click here for the link. For the video interview with Dr. Athanasiou, click here.
September 6, 2007
A Rice news release of the labs achievements to grow cartilage using embyronic stem cells can be accessed here.
August 29, 2007
Benjamin Elder successfully defended his thesis proposal entitled “Optimizing a ‘scaffold-less’ approach to articular cartilage tissue engineering”. Congrats!
August 1, 2006
An article about skeletal tissue engineering featuring some of our lab’s research appeared in the August 2006 issue of the American Airlines magazine, AmericanWay. To read this article, click here.
July 28, 2006
Benjamin Elder tied the knot with Bernadetta Maira. Congratulations to the married couple!
June 1, 2006
Najmuddin Gunja successfully passed his thesis proposal examination. Good job!
May 31, 2006
Adam Aufderheide successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Mechanical stimulation toward tissue engineering the knee meniscus.” Well done Dr. Aufderheide!
May 17, 2006
Roman Natoli successfully passed his dissertation proposal examination. Excellent work!
May 11, 2006
Dr. Athanasiou was one of two recipients of Rice’s Presidential Award for Mentoring this year! An article pertaining to this award can be found here.
May 10, 2006
Kyle Allen successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Mechanical characterization, gene expression, and biosynthesis of the porcine TMJ disc for the purposes of tissue engineering.” Excellent work Dr. Allen!
May 6, 2006
Kyle Allen, senior TMJ member, tied the knot with Stephanie Farrell. Congrats to Kyle and Stephanie!
May 3, 2006
Deirdre Johns successfully passed her dissertation proposal. Good job!
May 1, 2006
Gwendolyn Hoben successfully passed her dissertation proposal. Good work Gwen!
April 19, 2006
Dr. Athanasiou and Dr. Jerry Hu won the Hershel M. Rich Invention Award for their invention entitled “Self-assembling process.” This award was established by Mr. Hershel M. Rich and is presented annually to a Rice faculty or student who have developed or invented an original invention.
April 12, 2006
Nic Leipzig successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Growth factor effects on single chondrocyte biomechanics and gene expression.” Well done Dr. Leipzig!
April 7, 2006
Dr. Adrian Shieh received the Whitaker International Scholar Grant! He will use this grant as a post-doctoral fellow at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland under the supervision of Dr. Melody Swartz, who runs the Laboratory of Morphogenesis and Mechanobiology. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Shieh!
April 6, 2006
Adrian Shieh successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Mechanobiology of Single Chondrocytes.” Excellent work Dr. Shieh!