Penn State research teams awarded seed grants to advance biodevices

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Interdisciplinary research teams from across Penn State recently received start-up grants from the Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant program and the Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant program to fund their work in the advancement of biodevices.

The Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant program, administered by the Penn State Center for Biodevices at the College of Engineering, supports research collaborations between engineers, scientists, and clinicians. The program funds research focused on biodevices that improve human and animal health. The College of Engineering, College of Medicine, Materials Research Institute, and Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences provide financial support for the program.

“The Center for Biodevices is very pleased to support these seed grant projects,” said Mary Frecker, Riess Chair of Engineering and Director of the Center for Biodevices. “This is exactly the kind of interdisciplinary and cross-campus collaborations that we seek to promote. We look forward to the discoveries teams will make that will enable key advances in biodevices. »

The Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant program, administered by the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine, supports research focused on advancing the fields of life sciences and medicine. The two winning teams will develop and study interventional biodevices for use in human clinical medicine.

“The opportunity to leverage Grace Woodward Collaborative Research Grants to further the mission of the Center for Biodevices was key to the initial momentum of the Center for Biodevices,” said Sarah Bronson, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Professor Associate of Cellular and Molecular Research. physiology at Penn State College of Medicine. “Similarly, aligning the processes of the two funding mechanisms, the Grace Woodward Collaborative Grants and the Penn State Biodevices Seed Grants, provides increased visibility and scientific rigor.”

The Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant recipients are:

  • Jason Moore, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Joshua Winder, staff physician; Randy Haluck, staff physician; and Paris Von Lockette, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, for their “Novel Single Incision, Free Motion Laparoscopic Surgical System” project.

  • Ibrahim Ozbolat, Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering; Thomas Samson, associate professor of plastic surgery; Francesco Costanzo, professor of engineering sciences and mechanics, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering; Douglas Cavener, professor of biology; and Srinivas Koduru, assistant professor of surgery, for their project “High-throughput bioprinting of islets for the fabrication of pancreatic devices for type 1 diabetes”.

The recipients of the Grace Woodward Collaborative Research Grants in Engineering and Medicine are:

  • Daniel Cortes, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Vitaly Gordin, pain medicine staff physician; Jason Moore, associate professor of mechanical engineering; and Thomas Neuberger, Associate Research Professor and Director of the High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility, for their project “Novel Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure for Facet Joint Pain”.

  • Mehdi Kiani, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Andras Hajnal, Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, for their project “Gastric Vagal Stimulation to Reduce Adverse Behavioral Outcomes of Gastric Bypass”.

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