Two graduate students from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering received the U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship Award for scholarly excellence. The awards, each for $5,000, will support the research efforts of the students as they pursue their doctoral degrees.
Human stem cells have shown potential in medicine as they can transform into various specialized cell types such as bone and cartilage cells. The current approach to obtain such specialized cells is to subject stem cells to specialized instructive protein molecules known as growth factors. However, use of growth factors in the human body can generate harmful effects including unwanted tissue growth, such as a tumor. Researchers at Texas A&M University have explored a new class of clay nanoparticles that can direct stem cells to become bone or cartilage cells.
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Dr. Duncan Maitland, the Professor Stewart and Stevenson Professorship I and associate department head, and Dr. Melissa A. Grunlan, professor, both in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, to its College of Fellows. They were nominated, reviewed and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions their fields.
Yong-Yu Jhan, a student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded a fellowship to the Taiwan Ministry of Education. Jhan is currently in the second year of her doctoral program.
Dr. Javier Jo, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, is hoping to improve upon through the use of advanced endoscopes that he and his team are developing to diagnose oral cancer.
The wind and water have subsided after Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas in August, but the road to recovery is long. To help the process move along, 32 engineering students from Texas A&M University spent their winter break assisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as site inspectors.
Dr. Vladislav Yakovlev, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has recently had a breakthrough with distinguishing atoms and molecules, Raman scattering. This new technique attains low-background coherent Raman scattering that is controlled by a tunable infrared laser. Raman scattering is the inelastic scattering of a photon by molecules.
M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas A&M University, has appointed Dr. Mark Lawley head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The appointment of Lawley, who has been serving as interim head of the department, is effective June 1.
What started as a whiteboard concept nearly 20 years ago by Dr. Duncan Maitland, the Stewart & Stevenson Professor I in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, could soon turn into a revolutionary product for the medical industry for treating vascular problems like aneurysms.