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U-M BME’s Anne Draelos Named a 2024 Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience

February 20, 2024

Congratulations to U-M BME’s Anne Draelos, who has been named a 2024 Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships honor exceptional U.S. and Canadian researchers whose creativity, innovation, and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of leaders.  Dr. Draelos, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Computational […]

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Multimodal AI model may guide personalized treatments for tuberculosis

February 12, 2024

AI approach helps researchers interpret large biomedical data sets to accurately predict tuberculosis treatment prognosis A team of University of Michigan researchers, led by Sriram Chandrasekaran, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, and postdoctoral fellow Awanti Sambarey developed a multimodal AI model to predict treatment outcomes of tuberculosis (TB) patients. Their analysis of real-world worldwide patient data […]

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U-M Medical School sees significant growth in NIH research awards and ranking

February 9, 2024

by Kelly Malcom In a highly competitive field, Michigan Medicine once again rises to the top. Based on recent federal fiscal year data released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest single funder of biomedical research in the world, the U-M Medical School is ranked number 11 in the country, up from 13 […]

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Alex Piotrowski-Daspit Receives EDGE in Tech Athena Award

February 7, 2024

Congratulations to Alexandra Piotrowski-Daspit, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division, on receiving an EDGE in Tech Athena Award in the Early Career Category from EDGE in Tech at the University of California. The award recognizes those who embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women and BIPOC in […]

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Lipid Mediator Maresin 1 Helps Improve Muscle Regeneration

February 7, 2024

A team of researchers led by U-M BME’s Carlos Aguilar, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, and graduate students Jesus Castor-Macias and Jacqueline Larouche, sought to address how lipid mediators, which are potent regulators of the immune response after an injury, varied with volumetric muscle loss (VML) injuries that heal or result in fibrosis. Their work recently […]

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BME Associate Professor Cindy Chestek Featured in CBS News Detroit Interview

February 2, 2024

On CBS News Detroit, U-M BME’s Cindy Chestek, Associate Chair for Research in Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, discussed the pros and cons of neural implants with regard to the recent announcement of Elon Musk’s Neuralink trials using the first human implant. Watch the station’s video.

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BME’s Rachel Patterson Discusses How an Engineering Background Benefits Students Aiming for Health Careers

February 2, 2024

U-M BME’s Rachel Patterson, Student Administration Manager, is co-author of an article called “Navigating the Pre-Health Journey in the College of Engineering: Considerations and Challenges,” featured in the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions website magazine. The article details the advantages that an engineering degree can provide for students pursuing health-related careers. “Students […]

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Recent U-M BME Graduate Recognized for Leading Quiescence Research using AI

January 26, 2024

During his time as a senior completing his undergraduate BME degree, Alec Eames led a study on using artificial intelligence (AI) to study cell quiescence (cells that are sleeping or dormant). Eames conducted his undergrad research under Dr. Sriram Chandrasekaran, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering. “Usually undergrads co-author papers as a team, but this study was […]

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NEST Ice Cream Social Provides Opportunity for Students to Connect

January 26, 2024

The BME-NEST (Network for Engineering Success and Transformation) held an ice cream social on Thursday evening, offering students a chance to highlight success stories and to engage in discussions regarding academic and career goals.  Participants explored successful recruitment paths and effective preparation strategies. The event hosted BME students at various stages of their academic and career pursuits. […]

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U-M Team Receives NIH Grant for Collaborative Research to Speed ARDS Diagnosis

January 25, 2024

Through a $4.17M National Health Institutes (NIH) grant, a University of Michigan teamof biomedical engineers, medical clinicians and data scientists from the Max Harry WeilInstitute for Critical Care Research and Innovation is collaboratively researching ways todevelop a portable, non-invasive breathalyzer-type device and corresponding algorithmto quickly and accurately diagnose acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), andsubsequently track […]

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U-M BME Student Receives UMTRI’s Patricia F. Waller Scholarship

January 25, 2024

Congratulations to BME undergrad student Brennen McManus on receiving the 2024 Patricia F. Waller Scholarship, which is sponsored by the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). McManus was recognized for his proposed project, “Exploring Wheelchair Users’ Perception of WC19 Wheelchairs.” McManus explained that WC19 wheelchairs have specifically met voluntary testing standards to ensure they are safe […]

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BME Ph.D. Graduate Mariana Masteling Receives Mistletoe Research Fellowship

January 23, 2024

Congratulations to BME PhD graduate Mariana Masteling, who received the 2023 Mistletoe Research Fellowship, a $10,000 unrestricted research funding and professional development opportunity open to STEM postdocs and ABD Ph.D. candidates at U-M. This award is sponsored by the Momental Foundation, a grantmaking foundation and impact-focused startup accelerator. “My research interests are in injury prevention […]

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Congratulations to BME’s Allison Morris on Earning Her CRA Designation

January 22, 2024

Congratulations to BME Research Administrator Senior Allison Morris, who recently received her Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation from the Research Administrator Certification Council (RACC). The RACC certifies that an “individual, through experience and testing, has the fundamental knowledge necessary to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator,” according to the organization’s website. Morris, who […]

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Paul Jensen Receives NSF Early CAREER Grant to Support Research in AI, Machine Learning

January 19, 2024

Congratulations to Paul Jensen, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, who recently received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his study entitled “Learning mechanistic models with automated experiments.” To address the challenge of new species being identified at a faster pace than can be characterized by […]

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Congratulations to 2023 CoE Staff Incentive Award Recipients from BME

January 5, 2024

Four BME Staff Members Honored by CoE  Congratulations to Kristi Haynes, Research Administration Manager; DeAndre Jamison, Laboratory/Classroom Services Manager; Jeanne Sanders, Senior Research Lab Specialist; and Michele Santillan, Communications Manager. They are the 2023 recipients of the CoE Staff Incentive Award, which recognizes staff who consistently demonstrate the College’s vision, mission, and values Kristi Haynes, […]

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Alexandra Piotrowski-Daspit Receives Grant from Emily’s Entourage to Explore CF Treatments

December 11, 2023

Congratulations to Alexandra Piotrowski-Daspit, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division, on receiving a grant for $220,000 in funding from Emily’s Entourage (EE), an innovative 501(c)3 that accelerates research for new treatments and a cure for the final 10% of people with cystic fibrosis (CF). The grant supports […]

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BME Exchange Offers Students, Professionals Opportunity to Connect

December 7, 2023

About 30 students participated in the BME Exchange session on Monday, December 4, featuring Gary Luker, Professor, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering and Immunology Program, and Associate Chair, Clinical Research in Radiology; and Chris Plott, MSE, Vice President of Research & Development, MC3 Cardiopulmonary.  The goal of the BME Exchange is to provide a networking forum for […]

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Pulling Together: Harnessing Intercellular Mechanical Forces to Build Capillaries

December 6, 2023

Can cells use mechanical forces as a means to communicate with each other and assemble into capillaries useful for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine?  This is a question that Brendon Baker, Associate Professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering, and members of his lab are investigating, as profiled in a paper published recently in Advanced […]

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BME DEI Book Club Highlights ‘Whistling Vivaldi’ for Its Opening Session

December 5, 2023

The BME DEI Book Club held its inaugural meeting on Friday, December 1. About 30 attendees shared lunch and a discussion focused on “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” by Claude Steele. This book, which highlights issues of stereotypes and identity, was the first of three publications the book club […]

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U-M BME Students Learn About Genetics at NASEC Event

December 4, 2023

Three U-M BME students–Natalie Hanby, Nikita Lebedz, and George Rabadi–attended the 12th Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC), from November 5-7, in Annapolis, Maryland.  This year’s event, titled “Genetics: Understanding and Addressing Today’s Challenges,” was organized around the themes of genetic technologies, use of genetic data, and genetics in public health.  The conference offered […]

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Anne Draelos, Collaborators Receive Research Scouts Funding

December 4, 2023

As neuroscientists seek to understand how neuronal populations respond to complex stimuli, it has become difficult to prioritize which stimulus parameters are most relevant for measuring in limited experimental time. For instance, even a small number of visual stimulus parameters (speed, direction, size) give rise to thousands of unique combinations: far too many to test […]

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BME NEST Holds Networking Event

November 30, 2023

The BME NEST (Network for Engineering Success and Transformation) program recently organized a networking dinner at Cottage Inn on Wednesday, November 29. Attendees seized the opportunity to mingle and delve into diverse topics, from career aspirations to their favorite student clubs. Prominent attendees ranged from the lead recruiter for UMich students at GE Healthcare to […]

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BME Innovations Digital Magazine Now Available

November 27, 2023

Welcome to our new annual magazine, BME Innovations. This print publication highlights our past year of research, achievements, and events. Watch for a copy in your mailbox, or take a sneak peak now at this interactive digital version. Click here to read about our faculty, staff, students and alumni.

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Deepak Nagrath’s Lab Highlighted in Rogel Cancer Center’s “Illuminate” Magazine

November 20, 2023

The latest issue of the U-M Rogel Cancer Center’s “Illuminate” magazine highlights the work of Deepak Nagrath, Professor, Biomedical Engineering. The publication examines how his lab studies the way the tumor microenvironment communicates with and fuels cancer cells.  “We’ve seen that the microenvironment can supply nutrients like amino acids to cancer cells,” Dr. Nagrath said. […]

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PhD Program Applications for Fall 2024 Are Due December 1, 2023

November 16, 2023

The deadline to apply for the U-M BME PhD program for Fall 2024 is just a few weeks away on December 1, 2023 The general GRE is neither required nor accepted for the PhD program. Visit the application page for more information.

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U-M BME PhD Student Mariana Masteling Receives Two Honors at Recent ASB Conference

November 14, 2023

Congratulations to U-M BME PhD recent graduate Mariana Masteling for recently receiving two awards at the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Masteling won the Clinical Biomechanics Award for “Two minutes is sufficient to characterize the viscoelastic properties of the lower human birth canal during the first stage of labor.” Her collaborators […]

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BME Grad Student Owen MacKenzie Achieves Big 10 Honors in Cross Country

November 13, 2023

Congratulations to U-M BME graduate student Owen MacKenzie, who received All-Big Ten accolades in men’s cross-country on Wednesday, November 1. He and the U-M team are heading to Nationals in Charlottesville, Va., on November 18, following their third-place finish in the November 10 NCAA Great Lakes Regional.  MacKenzie earned a second-team nod in his conference […]

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BME Student Explores Ways to Assist People With Developmental Disabilities Through Technology 

November 11, 2023

BME undergrad student Nikhil Mantena has turned his volunteer experiences as a teen into a lifelong goal: Focusing on digital health and education to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Mantena devoted his time to helping people who face these challenges, starting with his involvement in high school. “I was volunteering for a nonprofit […]

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Sriram Chandrasekaran Receives Research Scout Grant

November 9, 2023

U-M BME’s Sriram Chandrasekaran, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has a research project being funded by Research Scouts.  Research Scouts is an agile, low-burden funding program from the Office of Research in the U-M Medical School which gives money to scientists (the “Scouts”) to invest in other scientists’ bold ideas. It’s an investment in the […]

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Dr. Lisa Pruitt Is Featured Speaker at Annual Alan J. Hunt Memorial Lecture

November 6, 2023

“My goal is to help my students become the best versions of themselves,” said Dr. Lisa Pruitt during the annual Alan J. Hunt Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 3. More than 100 faculty, staff, students and family members attended the event, featuring Lisa Pruitt, the Lawrence Talbot Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical and […]

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Dr. Lisa Pruitt Highlighted a Conversation on Faculty Wellbeing

November 5, 2023

Lisa Pruitt, Ph.D., served as U-M BME’s featured speaker for “A Conversation on Faculty Wellbeing,” on Friday, November 3. Dr. Pruitt, who is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, is a noted author of several books, including “Soul of a Professor: Memoir of an Un-engineered Life.” Michigan Engineering Interim Dean Steve Ceccio […]

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BME Senior Serves as President of U-M Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Student Chapter

November 2, 2023

Giuliana Fagre Guerriero is a BME senior leading U-M’s student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). “Our goal is to empower the Hispanic community to realize its potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development,” Fagre Guerriero said. “We provide many social, academic and professional activities to […]

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U-M BME faculty among Class of 2023 BMES Fellows

October 28, 2023

Congratulations to two U-M BME faculty who have been named to the Class of 2023 Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).  David Kohn, Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Professor, Dentistry and Jianping Fu, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, and Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology, have received this distinction.  Professor Kohn was honored “for distinguished […]

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NEST Hosts First Event for the ‘23-’24 Year

October 27, 2023

The BME Nest: Network for Engineering Success and Transformation held its kickoff event for the new academic year on Wednesday, October 25. About 20 students attended the session, which included a program overview, ECRC (Engineering Career Resource Center) info session, digital scavenger hunt, tour, and dinner. Faculty, staff, and student allies met with participants to […]

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Biomedical engineer and M.D. receives Packard Fellowship to study cellular memory

October 19, 2023

The unique program awards $875k in flexible funding. BY: DEREK SMITH Memories of disease could impact human lives down to the cellular level. That’s U-M researcher Claudia Loebel’s idea at least, and it landed her a fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Loebel is one of 20 early-career researchers who were selected as […]

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BME researchers receive two NIH grants to focus on vision loss, prostate cancer detection

October 19, 2023

BME researchers have recently received funding to examine Multimodal Molecular Imaging in vision-loss detection and the clinical translation of dual-modality transrectal ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging for detection of aggressive human prostate cancer. The first project, which runs for four years, is funded by a $2.5M grant from the National Eye Institutes of NIH. The second […]

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BME Associate Faculty Member Nicole Seiberlich Honored With Technology & Innovation Award

October 18, 2023

Congratulations to Nicole Seiberlich, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Radiology, Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, on receiving the Technology & Innovation Award, given as part of Michigan Medicine’s Faculty and Staff Awards for 2023. Dr. Seiberlich serves as co-director of the Michigan Institute for Imaging Technology and Translation (MIITT) with Vikas Gulani M.D., Ph.D., Fred Jenner […]

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Aaron Morris Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

October 17, 2023

Congratulations to Aaron Morris, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, on receiving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award. The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding, and introducing them to U.S. Department of […]

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Symposium, Roundtable, Workshop Highlighting the Legacy of Dr. Raoul Kopelman is Friday, October 20

October 16, 2023

(Vienna 10/21/1933 – Ann Arbor 7/20/2023) Stellar scientific research and positive impact on society will be explored through a symposium featuring a keynote panel and presentations, a roundtable discussion with alumni, a workshop, and concluding reception honoring the legacy of Dr. Raoul Kopelman, who passed away this summer. Dr. Kopelman was a professor at  the […]

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Tenured & Tenure-Track Faculty Positions Available

October 11, 2023

Visit the following links to applications for tenured and tenure-track Medical School and College of Engineering faculty positions: Tenured & Tenure-Track Medical School Faculty Positions Click here for the PDF Tenured & Tenure-Track College of Engineering Faculty Positions Click here for the PDF

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Tumor-destroying soundwaves receive FDA approval for liver treatment in humans

October 9, 2023

Technique developed at the University of Michigan provides a non-invasive alternative to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. BY: JIM LYNCH The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of sound waves to break down tumors—a technique called histotripsy—in humans for liver treatment. Pioneered at the University of Michigan, histotripsy offers a […]

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Register for November 2 Webinar About the PhD Application Process

October 5, 2023

Are you interested in pursuing a U-M Biomedical Engineering PhD? Join us for a virtual PhD application webinar on Thursday, November 2, at 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will include a program overview and faculty and student panels. Attendees can ask questions and will learn about research at U-M BME and the application process. Webinar […]

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U-M BME Has Welcomed 12 New Core Faculty

October 5, 2023

Since Fall 2022, U-M BME has welcomed 12 new faculty to our community, advancing BME’s research and education missions to the benefit of humanity. “We are delighted to welcome these creative, innovative core faculty to our BME department,” said Mary-Ann Mycek, the William and Valerie Hall Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical […]

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U-M BME Assistant Professor Jiahe Li receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

October 3, 2023

Congratulations to Jiahe Li, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award from the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) program. The NIH Common Fund supports a series of exceptionally high-impact programs that cross NIH Institutes and Centers. Common Fund programs pursue major opportunities […]

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Professor Mycek officially appointed as BME chair

September 22, 2023

Professor Mary-Ann Mycek has been appointed the William and Valerie Hall Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering (BME), effective September 1, 2023, through August 30, 2028. U-M Regents voted on September 21, 2023, to confirm her appointment.  Professor Mycek has served as interim chair of BME since July 1, 2021. As interim chair, she was responsible […]

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AI tool helps optimize antibody medicines

September 11, 2023

Machine learning points out why antibodies fail to stay on target, binding to molecules that aren’t markers of disease—and suggests better designs. BY: DEREK SMITH Antibody treatments may be able to activate the immune system to fight diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and colorectal cancer, but they are less effective when they bind with themselves and other molecules that […]

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Surgeon uses academic development time to collaborate with Biomedical Engineering

September 10, 2023

Drew Braet is a fourth-year resident in Vascular Surgery and is taking his two-year academic development time to work with C. Alberto Figueroa, the Edward B Diethrich M.D. Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Vascular Surgery, professor of surgery, Medical School and professor of biomedical engineering, Medical School and College of Engineering. Dr. Braet’s goal […]

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Student Innovator Team ‘Enginuity’ Selected for Honorable Mention at the 2023 DEBUT Challenge

September 6, 2023

U-M’s student innovator team, Enginuity, was recently selected for an honorable mention at the 12th annual Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge. Enginuity was selected for their innovation’s ability to create a positive impact by addressing health and clinical challenges. Millions of people in the U.S. have neurogenic bladder disorder. Treated through clean intermittent […]

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U-M BME alum credits family, education as inspiration for decision to attend Medical School

August 31, 2023

Devak Nanua (BSE, MSE) entered the world at Michigan Medicine and credits the life-saving leukemia treatment his mother received there while pregnant with him as part of the foundation for his desire to pursue Medical School.  Nanua, whose parents emigrated from India, described the excitement with which his father and mother arrived in Ann Arbor […]

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U-M BME Hosts Orientation to Welcome Grad Students

August 23, 2023

U-M BME held its annual graduate student orientation on Tuesday, August 22, to welcome Master’s and PhD students to the new academic year and provide an overview of their respective programs. One of the session’s goals was also to build a sense of community; more than 120 students attended.  “The best predictor of your success […]

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