Highlights

Device Grows 3D Tissues
Microfluidic devices create a realistic environment for customizing more effective drug treatments.

Drs. Woo Lee, Hongjun Wang, and Joung-Hyun Lee are coordinating a multi-disciplinary effort to develop and fully explore the potential of novel microfluidic device systems that promise an entirely new tissue culture protocol that may one day replace the traditional petri dish in labs worldwide.

Safer Orthopedic Implants
Cutting edge biomaterials make implant surfaces resist bacteria to increase patient outcomes.

Professor Matthew Libera introduces innovative hydrogel-treated surfaces, ones which may dramatically reduce the risk of infection that often occurs during orthopedic implant procedures.

Collaborating across disciplines with Dr. Libera, Biomedical Engineering undergraduate Aidan Zerdoum describes using a Focused Ion Beam to determine what antibacterial treatment is most effective in a biofilm.

Creating Skin Grafts for Burn Victims

Dr. Hongjun Wang and PhD candidate Babak Mahjour explain how they use tissue engineering to create skin grafts for burn victims.

Inkjet Printer Develops Antibiotics
Infection-resistant orthopedic implants combat biofilms.

Despite the tremendous improvements in orthopedic implant procedures, hospital-acquired bacterial infection is the dominant cause of implant failure and causes significant patient trauma in addition to a healthcare burden of $3 billion annually to the U.S. economy each year. Stevens infection-resistant orthopedic research explores the inkjet printing of drug-eluting, bioresorbable micropatterns onto the surface of orthopedic implants, as a novel means of preventing bacterial infection of the implants, also known as “biofilm formation.”

Progeria Protein Discovery
New characteristics linked to premature aging disease.

Dr. Joseph Glavy studies the smallest and most basic elements of life. His team has uncovered a disease-related protein outside of its known range and published the results in Cell Cycle.

Can an Ant Colony Help Trauma Patients?
Swarm intelligence, as seen in an ant colony, allows biomedical engineers to more accurately predict tissue growth in nerve grafts.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has recently awarded a grant to researchers to pursue novel approaches to engineering peripheral nerve tissues that incorporate lessons from swarm intelligence into computer simulations. Dr. Xiaojun Yu, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Yan Meng, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering, are collaborating to break through the existing technology barrier and develop smarter nerve tissue grafts.

Nanofibers Grow Better Bones
Growing load-bearing human bone tissues with nanotechnology to help speed recovery of America's 6.2 million annual bone fractures.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Hongjun Wang, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering and his collaborators have developed a revolutionary "bottom-up" approach for reconstructing intricate bone tissue with the potential to form hierarchical cortical bone.

Accelerating Pharmaceuticals into the Market

Computational chemistry allows scientists to test drugs virtually before running expensive trials.

Dr. Yong Zhang, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stevens Institute of Technology, is developing a method for computational analysis of drugs and living proteins that allows researchers to test-run their experimental medicines before conducting laboratory trials. Using the principles of chemistry and quantum mechanics, together with lessons learned from lab experiments, he has created simulations that accurately model drug interactions at the atomic level.

Creating Next-Gen Prosthetic Coatings

Dr. Svetlana Sukhishvili honored for innovative work on multilayer polymer films leading to next-generation coatings of prosthetic implants and medical devices.

Polymer coatings are used in common everyday products, from window tinting to prosthetics. Scientists are developing a new generation of multilayer coatings that greatly expand their potential. Dr. Svetlana Sukhishvili has been awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) the illustrious Special Creativity Award to continue her cutting-edge research on multilayer polymer films.

Microrobots Transform Healthcare

New cellular-scale robotics technology developed by NSF CAREER Award-winner.

Dr. Cappelleri demonstrates cancer-detecting microrobots.

Student Design Projects

Dr. Glenn Atlas, Stevens Students, and MICRO Stamping Corp. Develop Innovative Medical Technology: The proper intubation of a patient must be performed quickly, often in life-threatening situations,” says Dr. Glenn Atlas, Stevens Institute of Technology Alumnus and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey. By inserting a flexible tube into the trachea, a doctor or nurse maintains an open airway for patients who are critically injured or unable to breathe as an effect of being under anesthesia. The Stevens senior design team of Muhammad Abdul Rahman, Chika Ekweghariri, Cailin Grunewald, and Tarik Kramcha responded to the practical need of medical professionals by designing a stylette that more effectively guides a tracheal tube into optimal position.

Team Empowers Wheelchair Shoppers:  Biomedical Engineers improve the grocery store experience for 1.5 million manual wheelchair users in the U.S. The team designed a motorized shopping basket for sale to large supermarkets that allows wheelchair shoppers to easily navigate through a store, make large shopping trips, and use their own wheelchairs in stores.

Design Team Fights Hypothermia on the Battlefield:  A Biomedical Engineering Senior Design team at Stevens Institute of Technology is working with the U.S. Army and New Jersey physicians to develop a new device to combat hypothermia among wounded soldiers.

Thoracic Catheter Senior Design Team Takes 1st Place at Regional ISPE Competition:  Five undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students are working to alleviate pain and other complications that often arise during thoracic surgeries by inventing a novel thoracic catheter that overcomes issues of existing catheter design and introduces a potentially profitable new product for the marketplace.