2023 Stories in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering bridges science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with medicine to solve real-world problems related to human health. Throughout the healthcare system, biomedical engineers play a key role, from developing implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers to shock the heart into beating, artificial joints to increase mobility and decrease pain as our healthy joints, and devices to deliver life saving medications to a patient, to more futuristic technologies such as lab grown organs and bionic limbs.

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“Sticky Slime Made by Bacteria”
  • Name: Gabriel Bulacan 
  • Hometown: Clifton, NJ 
  • Home Institution: The Pennsylvania State University 
  • Project Title: Sticky Slime Made by Bacteria
  • Fun Fact: I have played the violin for 15 years. 

  • Name: Paige Campbell  
  • Hometown: Bowie, MD 
  • Home Institution: Messiah University 
  • Project Title: Helping Premature Babies Breathe
  • Fun Fact: I love rock climbing & have a certification in high adventure!
“Helping Premature Babies Breathe”

“Making Particles to Deliver Medicine to Human Heart Tissue”
  • Name: Kendra Santillan Hernandez  
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA 
  • Home Institution: Mercer University  
  • Project Title: Making Particles to Deliver Medicine to Human Heart Tissue
  • Fun fact: My favorite thing to do on a rainy day is to go for a walk.

  • Name: Devin Wong 
  • Hometown: Chappaqua, NY 
  • Home Institution: University of Rochester 
  • Project Title: Studying jumping to prevent ankle injuries
  • Fun Fact: My favorite comfort food is coffee ice cream.
“Studying Jumping to Prevent Ankle Injuries” 

“Looking at Vein Cells to Tell If You Are Sick”
  • Name: Diana Herrera-Diaz 
  • Hometown: Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico 
  • Home Institution: The University of Texas at San Antonio 
  • Project Title: “Looking at Vein Cells to Tell If You Are Sick
  • Fun Fact: I have had the incredible opportunity of growing up in six different countries and becoming fluent in Spanish, English, and French. 

  • Name: Madelyn Stilwell 
  • Hometown: Independence, MO 
  • Home Institution: Wichita State University  
  • Project Title: Exploring How Cancer Cells React to Different Forces in Their Environment: Cells on Gels
  • Fun Fact: I love to figure skate.
“Exploring How Cancer Cells React to Different Forces in Their Environment: Cells on Gels”

“Helping Your Brain to Move Your Body with Shocks”
  • Name: Julia Rothschild 
  • Hometown: Natick, MA
  • Home Institution: University of Rochester  
  • Project Title: Helping Your Brain to Move Your Body with Shocks
  • Fun Fact: I love to dance 

  • Name: M. Joseph Garza 
  • Hometown: Converse, TX (near San Antonio, TX) 
  • Home Institution: University of Texas at San Antonio 
  • Project Title: Improving Limb Replacement Using Robots
  • Fun Fact: I love practicing kickboxing forms and drawing. 
“Improving Limb Replacement Using Robots” 

“Finding the Best Ways to Understand Certain Sounds”
  • Name: Gidey Gezae 
  • Hometown: Burtonsville, MD 
  • School: Pennsylvania State University  
  • Project Title: Finding the Best Ways to Understand Certain Sounds
  • Fun Fact: My favorite book/TV/movie genre is anything zombie apocalypse.  

  • Name: Makayla Strzelewicz  
  • Hometown: Oxford, MA
  • Home Institution: Quinsigamond Community College  
  • Project Title: Helping Cells Fix an Injured Heart
  • Fun Fact: I have a Lego collection!  
“Helping Cells Fix an Injured Heart”

“Packing Particles with Firefly Glow”
  • Name: Anna Gwozdz 
  • Hometown: South Wales, NY (near Buffalo, NY) 
  • Home Institution: Alfred University  
  • Project Title: Packing Particles with Firefly Glow
  • Fun Fact: I’m a violinist at my university. 

  • Name: Salma Riad 
  • Hometown: Cairo, Egypt 
  • Home Institution: WPI 
  • Project Title: Testing MRI Guided Surgical Robot 
  • Fun Fact: I lived in Switzerland for 5 years 
“Testing MRI Guided Surgical Robot”

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