HRI 2022 Fall Fellowship Award for Brennan Vogl

Brennan Vogl
Brennan Vogl

The Health Research Institute (HRI) at Michigan Tech is pleased to announce Fall Fellowship awardees for 2022. Congratulations to all recipients.

HRI Fall Fellowship awardees are:

  • Priyanka Kadav, Chemistry
  • Brennan Vogl, Biomedical Engineering
  • Isaac Wedig, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Chen Zhao, Applied Computing

HRI Student Fellowships are awarded three times a year. More information can be found on the HRI website.

By the Health Research Institute.

Huskies Pitch Innovation at Northern MI Startup Week

Presentation capture of Rourke Sylvain with title slide.
Rourke Sylvain presents Real-Time Point-of-Care testing for Thyroid Hormones.

A delegation of Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students painted Traverse City black and gold during the inaugural Northern Michigan Startup Week. From showcasing Brad King’s ventures in space through Orbion, to highlighting top emerging and market-ready technologies from University research labs, Michigan Tech innovation was on full display at events occurring throughout the week (May 9-15, 2022).

At TCNewTech’s University Idea Showcase, prizes were sponsored in part by Michigan Tech’s College of Business. Husky Innovate students Bayle Golden (master’s, engineering management) and Rourke Sylvain (master’s, biomedical engineering) took on students from universities around the state in a pitch competition. Golden placed second and was named audience favorite, receiving $2,000 in total prizes for SafeRow, an innovative wearable device designed to keep children safe. Sylvain also gave a compelling pitch for imi (integrated molecular innovations), an electrochemical biosensor for T4 detection. The event can now be viewed on YouTube.

After pitching, both Golden and Sylvain spent an additional 54 hours at the TechStars hackathon and pitched new ideas to a panel of judges. Both represented Tech well.

“We are grateful to Michigan Tech for their active engagement and support throughout our inaugural startup week,” remarked Eric Roberts ‘93, executive director of 20Fathoms startup incubator. “It’s a fantastic encapsulation of the growing partnership between our communities to propel innovation and economic development.”

Michigan Tech’s presence was an internal collaboration among the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, College of Business, Husky Innovate, Center for Educational Outreach and others. Thanks go out to 20Fathoms, TCNewTech and TechStars for hosting the events, as well as to Husky Innovate and the Department of Biomedical Engineering for making our students’ participation possible. A special thank-you goes to Jay Meldrum (KRC) at Michigan Tech’s Grand Traverse Research Workspace for facilitating all these connections.

By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.

See also Rourke Sylvain Pitches a TCNewTech University Idea.

Rourke Sylvain Pitches a TCNewTech University Idea

As part of Michigan Tech’s Grand Traverse region initiative, Huskies will be active in Traverse City this week (May 9-15) during a series of events to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship.

Husky Innovate students Bayle Golden (master’s student, engineering management) and Rourke Sylvain (biomedical engineering) will pitch their ideas during the TCNewTech University Idea Showcase tomorrow (May 12). On Sunday evening they will pitch again, competing for prizes.

College of Business alumnus and local business owner David McBride ‘82 will serve as a judge of the showcase. This event will be livestreamed via TCNewTech’s Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn channels beginning at 6 p.m. Register to attend virtually or in person.

Golden and Sylvain have engaged in Husky Innovate events including the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition and the New Venture Competition (NVC), where both took top prizes. At NVC, Golden won first place in the Social Mission category and received $10,000 pitching “SafeRow,” an innovative wearable device designed to keep children safe when every second counts. Together, Sylvain and Ali Dabas (biomedical engineering) won second place in the High Tech High Growth category, receiving $5,000. Their pitch, “imi (integrated molecular innovations),” is an electrochemical biosensor for T4 detection.

Husky Innovate is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, and the College of Business. Thanks go out to the collaborators and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BioMed) for sponsoring student engagement.

By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.

Sylvain and Dabas Place at CMU New Venture Challenge 2022

Ali Dabas and Rourke Sylvain holding the 2nd place high growth check for five thousand dollars.
Ali Dabas and Rourke Sylvain placed 2nd in the challenge.

Four Michigan Tech teams pitched their idea during the virtual New Venture qualifying rounds and made it to the finals! These Michigan Tech innovators will took their pitch on the road to compete in person at Central Michigan University in the New Venture Challenge (NVC), held from 2-8 p.m. Friday (April 22).

This is the 12th year Michigan Tech has collaborated with CMU to offer our students the opportunity to compete at the New Venture Challenge in Mount Pleasant. Students were allow to compete in either the two-minute elevator pitch competition or the seven-minute business model competition, as well as a gallery competition.

Qualifying in the Two-Minute Pitch competition:

  • Jakob Christiansen with ProBoard, an e-commerce platform to solve issues in the construction material supply chain.

Qualifying in the Seven-Minute Pitch competition:

  • Bayle Golden with SafeRow, an innovative wearable device designed to keep children safe when every second counts.
  • Rourke Sylvain with imi (integrated molecular innovations), an electrochemical biosensor for T4 detection. BME MS student Rourke Sylvain and BS student Ali Dabas traveled to CMU last Friday and won 2nd place.
  • Jordan Craven with Tall and Small Designs, a technology company that provides software as a service to retailers who sell clothes online.

The competitions offer over $60,000 in prizes and in-kind services. The awards ceremony began at 7 p.m. and was livestreamed.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students Place at Graduate Research Colloquium 2022

Fatemeh Razaviamri poster with two people standing by it.
Fatemeh Razaviamri Poster
Brennan Vogl by his poster.
Brennan Vogl Poster
Mohanish Chandurkar by his poster.
Mohanish Chandurkar Poster

The Graduate Research Colloquium 2022 was held March 29 and 30. Graduate Student Government (GSG) would like to thank everyone who made the event possible. Over the two days, we had 50 poster presentations and 49 oral presentations.

The winners are as follows:

Poster Presentations

  • Third Place: Mohanish Chandurkar (Biomedical Engineering), “Shear stress sensing on endothelial cells using traction force microscopy (TFM)”
  • Second Place (tie): Laura Schaerer, “Division of Labor in Polyethylene Terephthalate Degrading Microbial Consortia”
  • Second Place (tie): Brennan Vogl (Biomedical Engineering), “Effect of aortic curvature on bioprosthetic aortic valve performance”
  • First Place: Arslan Amer, “Selenoprotein Sepp1 Determines Cysteine Dependence in Pancreatic Cancer”

Oral Presentations

Due to an unlikely four-way tie, we have decided to present the awards to our top four presenters in no particular order:

  • Arslan Amer, “Selenium and Cysteine in Pancreatic Cancer Therapy”
  • Fatemeh Razaviamri (Biomedical Engineering), “Moisture-Activated Antiviral Coating based on Mussel Adhesive Chemistry”
  • Rishi Babu, “Study of a source rich region to understand the origin of PeVatrons”
  • Isaac Wedig, “A Practical Application of Blood Flow Restriction Exercise”

A hearty congratulations to all the winners at this year’s colloquium. GSG would like to thank everyone — presenters, judges, volunteers and GSG supporters — for making this a great event!

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By Graduate Student Government.

Biomedical Engineering Graduates Spring 2021

Commencement activity on the campus mall.

See BME Student Awards 2021

Graduate Students

  1. Ellen Meiling Lindquist
  2. Alexander Ray Fetner
  3. Pegah Kord Forooshani
  4. Ellen Meiling Lindquist
  5. Kevin William Sunderland
  6. Karl Lawrence Schneider


  1. Will O. Ark
  2. Michael S. Bachman
  3. Kaitlyn M. Beesley
  4. Hannah E. Bekkala
  5. Cem B. Cedetas
  6. Gina R. Chamberlain
  7. Lukas J. Cherney
  8. Danielle M. DeVine
  9. Hunter P. Dercks
  10. Jacob C. Evans
  11. Madeline G. Fike
  12. Katelynn L. Flom
  13. Samuel R. Fuhrman
  14. Dairion N. Hartshorn
  15. Madison J. Hicks
  16. Malary F. Hiney
  17. Lynnsey S. Hooker
  18. Jesse M. Jacobusse
  19. Lidia T. Johnson
  20. Clare R. Lalonde
  21. Zonghan Lyu
  22. Nathan D. Marus
  23. Kaylee M. Meyers
  24. Elisabeth N. Miller
  25. Lea M. Morath
  26. Quinn T. Murphy
  27. Molly E. Niska
  28. Ethan G. Odriscoll
  29. Elizabeth S. Park
  30. Keanan M. Peterson-Rucker
  31. Kyle J. Pike
  32. Skylar E. Pond
  33. Braeden A. Rai
  34. Maxwell C. Reaume
  35. Joshua R. Robles
  36. Shaina P. Royer
  37. Lindsay L. Sandell
  38. Erican J. Santiago
  39. McKenzie M. Schulist
  40. Christiana T. Strong
  41. Joseph A. Stuck
  42. Marina L. Visser
  43. Samuel R. Wade
  44. Kathryn M. Waineo
  45. Jeremy P. Wales
  46. Austin T. Yakes
  47. Alana N. Young

Sangyoon Han Joins the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems

Sangyoon Han
Sangyoon Han

Sangyoon Han, an assistant professor in Michigan Tech’s Biomedical Engineering department, and an affiliated assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, recently joined the multi-disciplinary Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) and its Data Sciences research group.

Han’s primary research interests are in mechanobiology, cell migration, and image data modeling, and he’s looking for collaborators. His research goals include applying computer vision to microscopic images to capture meaningful information, and Han invites researchers and students to contact him to discuss potential research opportunities. Learn more about Sangyoon Han in the blog post.

By Institute of Computing and Cybersystems.

Biofluids Lab News (@hatoum_hoda)

**We had a blast at #TCT2022!  Brennan Vogl and Alireza Asadbeygi presented their work on left atrial appendage occlusion DRT and coronary aneurysms thrombosis risk assessment, respectively. We had the chance to meet our collaborators (face to face for the 1st time and after a while!) and attend plenty of talks, live cases and clinical trials results. **

**Our paper titled “Predicting hemodynamic indices in coronary artery aneurysms using response surface method: An application in Kawasaki disease” where we developed regression models can be used to ultimately assess the thrombotic risk of coronary artery aneurysm cases from the hemodynamic perspective is now published in Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine Journal! Congratulations to PhD student Alireza Asadbeygi on his first publication! Link to paper is here:**

**Dr. Hatoum presented was invited to present a talk titled “Predicting Outcomes After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement” in the World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) 2022**

**Huge congratulations to PhD students Brennan Vogl and Alireza Asadbeygi for being awarded the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation student awards! Excited for them to keep the great work! **

**PhD students Brennan Vogl and Alireza Asadbeygi attended SB3C 2022 in Maryland and presented their work.

Alireza presented his work “Predicting Hemodynamic Indices in Coronary Artery Aneurysms Using Response Surface Method: An Application in Kawasaki Disease” in the PhD-Level Student Paper Competition Session 1: Biofluid Mechanics and Cardiovascular Imaging.

Brennan Vogl presented: (1) Predicting Valve Performance Using Logistic Regression in the Special Session in Honor of Dr. Ajit Yoganathan and (2) Effect of Aortic Curvature on Bioprosthetic Aortic Valve Performance in the Device and Treatment Implications session.

Dr. Hatoum had a presentation on “Flow Dynamic Differences Between Self-Expanding and Balloon Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valves” in Dr. Yoganathan’s special session.

Brennan Vogl also presented 2 posters: (1) Flow Dynamics Assessment in a Physiological Aortic Arch Using a Validated Computational Framework and (2) Left Atrial Hemodynamics after Catheter Ablation.

Photo credits: Shelley Chee-Mei Gooden**

**Congratulations to PhD student Brennan Vogl on being awarded the DeVlieg Foundation Fellowship 2022! The Graduate Dean Awards Advisory Panel and dean were impressed with Brennan’s research, publication record, and contribution to the mission of Michigan Tech.


**Our paper “Comparison of Catheterization Versus Echocardiographic Based Gradients in Balloon Expandable Versus Self Expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation” by Michael Biersmith, Nader Makki, Hoda Hatoum et al. is now published in The Journal of Invasive Cardiology. The link to the paper can be found here:**

**Our paper “A Preliminary Study on the Usage of a Data-Driven Probabilistic Approach to Predict Valve Performance Under Different Physiological Conditions” by Vogl et al. where we present a data driven statistical model that can estimate the probability of a valve not meeting the “safe” pressure gradient (≤ 20 mmHg) under certain physiological conditions using logistic regression is now published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering (ABME). The link to the paper can be found here:**

**Our paper titled “Controlling the Flow Separation in Heart Valves Using Vortex Generators” where we numerically investigated the impact of various Vortex Generators (VG) configurations on a Bileaflet Mechanical Heart Valve (BMHV) to elucidate the underlying flow physics for further understanding of blood damage is now published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering (ABME). The link to the paper can be found here:**

**Our paper titled “Effects of MitraClip Therapy on Mitral Flow Patterns and Vortex Formation: An In Vitro Study” where we assessed the diastolic hemodynamic differences in the flow field in the vicinity of the valve post-MitraClip repair is now published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering (ABME). The link to the paper can be found here:**

**Congratulations to undergraduate student Nick Niemi for starting as a junior biomedical engineer intern at DASI Simulations in Dublin, Ohio! **

**Congratulations to PhD student Brennan Vogl on being awarded the PhD graduate Research Excellence Award and undergraduate student Nick Niemi on the Michael R Neuman Award! So proud of their great contributions to research!**

**Congratulations to PhD student Brennan Vogl on winning the 2nd place for poster presentations at the Graduate Research Colloquium Presentations**

**Our paper titled “Effect of catheter ablation on the hemodynamics of the left atrium” where we explored how patient history, flow dynamics and geometry can help identify the population that is best suited for atrial fibrillation ablation is now published in the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology! Congratulations to PhD student Brennan Vogl on another great study. Link to paper is here:**

**PhD student Brennan Vogl had an oral presentation at Heart Valve Society (HVS 2022, Miami, FL) titled “Impact Of Blood Pressure Conditions On Coronary Perfusion And Hemodynamics After Aortic Valve Replacement”.

**Dr. Hatoum had an invited talk at Heart Valve Society (HVS 2022) titled “Future Valve Designs to Mitigate Valve Thrombosis”.

**Congratulations to PhD student Alireza Asadbeygi on being a finalist for 2022 ASME-BED/SB3C Student Paper Competition PhD-level! Alireza will present his work as an oral presentation in Maryland in June 2022**.

Take a tour in the Biofluids Lab and get to know what we do! Check the link below:

Play Biomedical Engineering at MTU Gets to the Heart of the Matter video
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Biomedical Engineering at MTU Gets to the Heart of the Matter

Dr. Hatoum and Brennan were hosts on Valentine’s Day’s Husky Bites. You can check the recording of the session and the blog under the links below:

Play How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? Flow Dynamics in Arrhythmias video
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How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? Flow Dynamics in Arrhythmias

**Congratulation to PhD student Brennan Vogl on being awarded 2 travel awards from GSG and HRI to present his work on blood pressure influence after aortic valve replacement on coronary perfusion at the Heart Valve Society (HVS 2022) conference!

**Our paper “Flow dynamics in the sinus and downstream of third and fourth generation balloon expandable transcatheter aortic valves” is now published in the Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (JMBBM). Congratulations to PhD student Brennan Vogl! Link to the paper is here:

**Our paper “Impact of blood pressure on coronary perfusion and valvular hemodynamics after aortic valve replacement” is now published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) Journal. Congratulations to PhD student, Brennan Vogl, on his second first-authored paper this year! Link to the paper is here:

**Dr. Hatoum was awarded a Research Excellence Fund (REF) research seed proposal to study hemodynamic factors associated with thromboembolic risk in Kawasaki Disease.

**Our paper “Predictive Model for Thrombus Formation After Transcatheter Valve Replacement” is now published in Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology (CVET).

**Congratulations to Brennan Vogl for his first first-authored publication “Impact of calcific aortic valve disease on valve mechanics” in the Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology (BMMB) journal.

**Our paper “Neosinus and Sinus Flow After Self-Expanding and Balloon-Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement” is now published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions journal.

**PhD student Brennan Vogl had an oral presentation on “Hemodynamic Assessment Of The New Generation Balloon Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valve” at BMES 2021.

**PhD student Brennan Vogl had a poster presentation that aims at “Evaluating the impact of ablation on atrial hemodynamics” at BMES 2021.

**PhD student Brennan Vogl and undergraduate student Nick Niemi had a poster presentation on “Effect Of Blood Transfusions On Silent Cerebral Infarctions In Sickle Cell Disease Patients” at BMES 2021.

**Dr. Hatoum had an oral presentation on “Neo-Sinus and Sinus Flows After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation of Evolut, SAPIEN 3, Acurate Neo, and Allegra” at SB3C 2021.

**Brennan Vogl presented his work on the “Effect of Blood Pressure Conditions on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Performance and Coronary Flow” at SB3C 2021.

**Dr. Hatoum received an honorable mention at the American College of Cardiology (ACC 2021) Young Investigator Awards: Basic and Translational Science. The talk was on a novel thrombosis predictive model after transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

**Dr. Hatoum was awarded the Summer of Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport (SB3C) 2021 Diversity Participation Award. This award has been funded by the Georgia Tech Parker H Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences.

**Nick Niemi was awarded a SURF award to continue working on a novel transcatheter mitral valve device. Congratulations Nick!

Lee Attends Meeting of the Adhesion Society

AS 44th Annual Meeting

Bruce Lee (BioMed) and former PhD student Rattapol Pinnaratip (BioMed) attended the 44th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society virtually on February 22-25, 2021. Pinnaratip gave a talk entitled “Utilization of Hydrogen Peroxide Byproduct in Catechol-Based Adhesive for Dermal Wound Healing.”

Lee gave a talk entitled “Antimicrobial Property of Biomimetic Halogenated Catechol Adhesive Moiety”. Lee also chaired two sessions entitled “Biomedical Adhesion” and “Organismal Adhesion”.