Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering

Jay, Jewell Named 2016 Young Innovators of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

Fischell Department of Bioengineering assistant professors Steven Jay and Christopher Jewell were named 2016 Young Innovators by Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, a journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), making the University of Maryland the only institution to have two researchers named to the list this year. Jay and members of his lab were recognized for their studies of extracellular vesicle-based drug delivery targeting an oncogene linked to numerous cancers, while Jewell and his colleagues were recognized for their use of intra-lymph node injection as a tool to examine immune response to microparticle vaccines during cancer therapy.

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Airbrushed Biodegradable Sealant Could Offer Low-Cost, Portable Alternative to Surgical Sutures

Researchers have long proposed the use of biodegradable mats of polymer nanofibers that are sticky and strong enough to replace the need for surgical sutures. But, scientists have since struggled to develop an effective technique for applying these mats to living cells or tissues. Additionally, surgeons face another roadblock: traditional suturing techniques do not suffice in a variety of cases, such as those involving lung punctures or cuts to the intestine.

To combat these challenges, BIOE Professor and Associate Dean Peter Kofinas embarked on a mission, along with BIOE alumni Brendan Casey (Ph.D. ’10) and Adam Behrens (Ph.D. ’15), Dr. Anthony Sandler of Children’s National Medical Center, and a team of University of Maryland researchers. Together, the group launched efforts to develop a surgical sealant and surgery application technique capable of reducing both risks and costs associated with a wide variety of surgical procedures.

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Fisher Named Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the lead society and professional home for biomedical engineering and bioengineering, recently named Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) Fischell Family Distinguished Professor and Chair John Fisher to its Class of 2016 Fellows. The appointment makes Fisher the second BMES Fellow for both the department and the University of Maryland.

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