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Katerina Kasatkin

Katerina Kasatkin aims for medical school with grace and grit

4/22/24 - Biomedical engineering major Katerina Kasatkin understands the work required to reach lofty goals.  


Two engineering students named 2024 Goldwater Scholars

4/9/24: Madeline Dunsmore and Matthew Conway have been named 2024 Goldwater Scholars. They are two of only 64 students in engineering and materials research nationally to earn the award.  

Ashleigh Jankowski in white lab coat

Biomedical engineering major earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

4/25/23 - Ashleigh Jankowski will continue her research in novel drug delivery after graduating this spring and to support her studies while pursuing her Ph.D., Jankowski is among the 2,500 recipients of the 2023 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

Brendan Connor is a 2023 Goldwater Scholar in biomedical engineering.

Biomedical engineering junior awarded Goldwater Scholarship

4/20/23 - Brendan Connor, a junior biomedical engineering major, has spent the last year in Dr. Mark Byrne’s Biomimetic & Biohybrid Materials, Biomedical Devices & Drug Delivery Laboratories researching novel drug delivery systems with fewer side effects, especially for cancer-fighting chemotherapeutic drugs. Connor was awarded the prestigious 2023 Goldwater Scholarship, which will provide partial tuition and fees for his senior year. 

NSF CAREER Award: Dr. Vega takes aim at critical barrier in medicine

4/10/23 - Sebastián L. Vega, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rowan University, has received a five-year, $512,890 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate why stem cells lose their identity outside the body. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the independent federal agency’s most prestigious awards to early-career faculty. Vega has dual appointments in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering and the Rowan-Virtua School of Translational Biomedical Engineering & Sciences, where he is also a founding faculty member of the Rowan-Virtua Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Transplantation.

Rowan BME inventors receive Edison Patent Award for back pain treatment

11/17/22 - Dr. Anthony Lowman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Erik Brewer, a Senior Lecturer in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, won the prestigious award for their U.S. patent, “Cross-Linked Hydrogels and Methods of Making the Same.” In recent clinical trials, patients reported their chronic pain levels decreased by more than 80% at three months.

New graduate student exchange and collaboration with SETU, Ireland

9/29/22 - “The best advances in science and engineering come as a result of collaboration and sharing of expertise,” said Mark Byrne, founding dean of the School of Translational Biomedical Engineering and Sciences of Rowan University. “This graduate student exchange program will certainly attract the brightest minds in our fields, and in the long term, it will build professional relationships that will greatly benefit our two countries. Choose New Jersey’s efforts to introduce New Jersey companies and higher education institutions abroad will lead to new discoveries that will pay great dividends for all involved.”

Rowan University developing better treatment options for pediatric cancer

9/27/22 - A recent $500,000 grant awarded by the N.J. Commission on Cancer Research in the New Jersey Department of Health will support research at Rowan University to develop less invasive and more personalized treatment options for pediatric acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). The project will be led by Rachel Riley, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Kids flock to Rowan University for pre-college programs

7/27/22 - They’ve learned about careers in everything from medicine and biomedical research to engineering, teaching, social work and beyond. They’ve gained an understanding about what it takes to be successful in college–and many got a jump start by earning college credits.

BME Undergraduate wins Goldwater to conduct novel drug delivery research

4/21/22 - Ashleigh Jankowski, a BME student, nominated by the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering has earned the prestigious 2022 Goldwater Scholarship. Jankowski is the fourth Goldwater Scholar in the last five years to represent both Rowan’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Honors College.

First surgical robot to align broken femurs receives support from NSF

3/2/22 - For the better part of a decade, Dr. Mohammad Abedin-Nasab, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, has been developing a robotic system to aid doctors in these procedures—and improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Sebastian Vega Selected as a 2022 Young Innovator in CMBE

12/16/21 - Each year, the editorial board of the journal Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) selects the top innovators conducting research in cellular and molecular bioengineering.

Breakthrough ocular technology nears human clinical trials

11/15/21 - For delivering medications directly to the eyes, eyedrops have long been the only option. Groundbreaking technology from OcuMedic, Inc., a medical device company founded by Rowan University’s Dr. Mark Byrne, could revolutionize eye care for patients recovering from ocular surgeries, corneal abrasions, and other eye problems.

Rowan BME has a strong presence in the 2021 TechConnect Conference

10/18/21 - The annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo highlights research advances from organizations and universities all over the world, but the event is much more than a strictly academic conference.

“The TechConnect conference is a matchmaking opportunity for researchers who can showcase their innovations and meet potential investors,” said Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins, Rowan University’s interim vice president for research. “Presenting at TechConnect is a good way to get exposure and network. Researchers and innovators can greatly broaden their reach with one event.”

Rowan BME hosts National Science Foundation program for undergrads

8/30/21 - When Brady Moore, a biomedical engineering senior, first began his journey into the scientific world as a high school student, he could not have predicted the path he would take over the next four years. His biology teacher recommended a summer research internship at Rowan University that he eagerly pursued. He chose to attend Rowan as a first year student the following year.

Rowan BME engineers are creating nanofibers—with lasers

6/8/21 - Fibers are used in virtually every industry — from aerospace to athletics, energy to health care. So scientists have long worked to develop stronger, better fibers. Rowan researchers will now take these efforts to the next level, working to create the strongest polymer fibers to ever exist.

“Our inspiration is to engineer materials that are the highest performance that anyone can create,” says Rowan University’s Vince Beachley, Ph.D., the project's leader. 

Rowan BME students’ sepsis app advances to real-world testing

3/18/21 - A new app designed by BME students at Rowan University to help providers is undergoing real-world testing at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, N.J.

Rowan Engineering research aims to create self-healing materials

8/26/20 - Drs. Sebastián Vega and Nichole Daringer, Assistant Professors in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, were awarded a $250K grant from NSF to study regeneration of cartilage.

Rowan researcher: Novel coronavirus could lead to ‘leaky’ blood-brain barrier

8/25/20 - Dr. Peter Galie, an Associate Professor at Rowan BME, has won a $299,876 research grant from the National Science Foundation for a project exploring why the novel coronavirus contributes to an increased risk of stroke among infected patients.

NIH NCI Post-Doctoral Fellowship to Dr. Trang Vu, a BME graduate

6/1/20 - Congratulations to Dr. Trang Vu, a recent Rowan BME PhD graduate, on receiving a prestigious NIH three-year iCURE Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, MD). At the NCI, Trang will be co-mentored by Dr. Peng Jiang (Cancer and Data Science Laboratory) and Dr. Kenneth Aldape (Laboratory of Pathology), to employ spatial-genomic and in-situ sequencing on brain cancers. These technologies enable the identification of the spatial origin of cells and constructing the 3-D genome structure of a tissue. This project aims to visualize changes in the genomic architecture of the brain during the disease’s onset and progression.

Rowan researchers investigate COVID-19 questions

5/29/20 - In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Rowan University researchers are exploring answers to questions on everything from the effects of social distancing on older people to the possible mechanics behind the increased incidence of stroke among coronavirus patients.

A former PhD student at Rowan, Selected as a BME Emerging Scholar

5/6/20 - Dr. Laura Osorno, a former PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rowan, will be presenting her research on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the virtual Biomedical Engineering Emerging Scholars Symposium at Boston University. The symposium awardees include 6 speakers from Universities across the country – Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University, the University of Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Rowan University. Dr. Osorno’s doctoral work included the engineering of advanced biomaterials for ocular drug delivery with a focus on novel treatments for post-capsule opacification after cataract surgery. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine at New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Emerging Scholars Symposium is geared to support and promote the next generation of top academic faculty members who are from historically underrepresented groups in the field and offers emerging scholars the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience and network with other established researchers.

Rowan BME faculty adapts scuba gear for medical use, in a collaborative work

4/24/20 - A surgeon wearing a scuba diving mask on the job is a strange sight in normal times, but these are not normal times. Acting on a request from a Virtua Health orthopedic surgeon, a Rowan biomedical engineering lecturer recently made 3D-printed couplings to attach hospital ventilator filters to the snorkel tubing on scuba diving masks.

Top honors: Biomedical engineering major named Goldwater Scholar

4/6/20 - A Rowan University sophomore has been named a Goldwater Scholar, one of the most prestigious honors given to undergraduates in the STEM fields.  Kathryn “Katie” Driscoll, 21, is only the fifth Rowan student ever selected by the federally endowed scholarship program, and the third winner since 2017 from Rowan’s Biomedical Engineering Department and the Bantivoglio Honors Concentration.

Rowan engineering expert’s work among world’s top five for 2020

3/10/20 - The Handbook of Robotic and Image-Guided Surgery, edited by Dr. Mohammad Abedin-Nasab, is among five books nominated as finalists in the subject area of Engineering and Technology.

New Rowan facilities: Joint Health Sciences Center opens in Camden

10/16/19 - The $70 million, four-story JHSC, which houses facilities for Rowan University, Rutgers-Camden and Camden County College, represents completion of Phase I of the Board’s two-phase campus construction. Joint Board CEO Dana Redd described the Center as a milestone achievement for the Board, the City of Camden and the region.

Rowan hosts national program placing students in research labs

8/22/19 - Although her goal is to become a physician or a scientist, Sarah Krajicek had no experience in laboratory research. Until this summer, when she was one of 10 students from across the country who attended a 10-week program hosted by Rowan University.

Biomedical Engineering part of international vision research project

6/13/19 - Dr. Mark Byrne, founding department head and professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is an advisor and collaborator in the ORBITAL (Ocular Research By Integrated Training and Learning) European Training Network program.

NSF fellowship opening doors for Biomedical Engineering grad

5/22/19 - Brandon DeOre’s mind is on the brain. DeOre, 21, who just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Rowan University, has been working for two years with Dr. Peter Galie, an assistant professor in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, to create models of blood vessels that mimic what is found in the human brain.

Elizabeth Bealer, Biomedical engineering major, earns a Goldwater Award

5/6/19 - Elizabeth Bealer hesitates just a little as she looks to the future, anticipating that in her lifetime organ regeneration may be possible. “Some predict we’ll have the ability to regenerate an arm, for instance, by 2030,” she said. “I think that’s a little generous.”

Students come from across the country for Rowan research program

7/16/18 - Ten students from across the country have been spending their summer in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering and elsewhere at Rowan University, riveted by nematodes and novel medical devices and growing tissues, among other things

National standout: Summa cum laude graduate Kelsey DeFrates

4/30/18 - It’s nice having the kind of problem Kelsey DeFrates has.

Attend this graduate program or that? Earn a Ph.D. in the heartland or on the coast? Choose from, oh, say, close to a dozen schools that have accepted you this week or next?

NSF awards Rowan's BME $360K for Research Experience for Undergrads

3/26/18 - Thanks to more than $360,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation, Rowan University will open its doors during the next three summers to students across the country – and in New Jersey – who will help advance research in engineering, science and medicine.

Summer programs RAISE academics for high school students

9/8/17 - It may seem odd to hear high school students use words like “exciting” and “enjoyable” when discussing what it’s like to spend a large part of their summer in school, but those and other superlatives frequently described summer programs for teenagers on Rowan’s Stratford and Glassboro campuses.

Rowan Engineering student, Kelsey DeFrates, lands Goldwater Scholarship

6/21/17 - Kelsey DeFrates lives for research. The rising senior is pursuing her passion for engineering in medicine at Rowan University in the Biomedical Engineering program and dreams of creating biocompatible materials or develop biosensors.

NSF awards CAREER grant to Rowan U biomedical engineering professor

4/4/17 - The National Science Foundation has awarded a prestigious CAREER grant – one of its highest honors for young faculty members – to Dr. Vince Beachley, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rowan University.

Rowan engineering prof lands prestigious Science Center grant

2/16/17 - Patients with broken legs soon may undergo more successful surgeries thanks to a robot. That’s the goal of Dr. Mohammad Abedin-Nasab, a research assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rowan University.

Dr. Galie Awarded American Heart Association Young Investigator Grant

2/10/17 -  Dr. Peter Galie, an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering, was recently awarded a $216,000 research grant from the American Heart Association for work “establishing a mechanistic link between cerebral blood flow and the blood-brain barrier.” Dr. Galie has also recently published groundbreaking work in the top peer-reviewed journal, Biomaterials, on this subject.

Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering to open new building Jan. 26

1/20/17 - The Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University will hold the grand opening of its newest building – Engineering Hall – on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

A BME faculty selected as a finalist of QED Program of the Science Center

12/16/16 - Dr. Mohammad Abedin Nasab, Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, was one of 11 finalists of this year’s QED Program of the Science Center. Final presentations were yesterday and teams were competing for $200K in funds to develop their business. Dr. Abedin Nasab’s team is spinning out his cutting edge research in medical robotics producing ROBOSSIS an Orthopedic Surgical Robot. The QED Proof-of-Concept Program provides business development support for academic researchers developing early-stage life science and healthcare IT technologies. The key goal is to retire the business risk in these early-stage projects, increasing their attractiveness to follow-on investment by established life science companies and private investors.

Two BME undergrads awarded 1st place in a national conference

11/29/16 - Freha Tahir and Kacie Karlin, undergraduate seniors working in Dr. Mark Byrne’s lab, Biomimetic & Biohybrid Materials, Biomedical Devices, & Drug Delivery Laboratories, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, were awarded first place for their poster presentation “Novel Therapeutic Hydrogel Contact Lenses for Glaucoma: Analysis of Release Kinetics and Polymeric Structural Kinetics” in the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division at the Annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Department of Biomedical Engineering kicks off fall 2016 in ‘super’ style

9/8/16 - Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering biomedical engineering students, faculty and staff will slip into their favorite superhero attire as they celebrate the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Rowan University appoints Dr. Mark Byrne to head new BME program

12/1/14 - Rowan University has named educator and researcher Dr. Mark Byrne as professor and inaugural chairman of the new Biomedical Engineering Department in its nationally recognized College of Engineering.