Author: ehgroth

Eric J. Minner Wins First Place Tie, Third Place Award

Eric J. Minner, Biomedical Engineering won a first place tie in the Michigan Tech Graduate Student Council Colloquium and a third place award in the Poster Session in March 2008.

His presentation was: Hydrogel System Delivers Interleukin-10 and Glutathione to Mitigate Spinal Cord Injuries

In photo at left, Eric Minner (right) with Dr. Ryan Gilbert, Biomedical Engineering Department, advisor

Biomed Engineering Undergraduate Named Goldwater Scholar

Sophomore Jared Cregg (Biomedical Engineering), of Eden Prairie, Minn., has been named a 2008 Goldwater Scholar. The scholarship provides $7,500 for tuition, fees, books and room and board.

Under the direction of Assistant Professor Ryan Gilbert (Biomedical Engineering), Cregg is conducting research on the development of novel, tissue-engineered peripheral nerve grafts. Currently, nerve material is harvested from other locations within the body to repair damaged peripheral nerve. Thus, developing synthetic replacements is necessary. Cregg has invented a polymer coating technique that allows for the construction of three-dimensional conduits that direct axonal outgrowth. He has presented his work at the fall 2007 Biomedical Engineering Society meeting.

New Faculty Members Fall 2007

Megan C. Frost joins the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor. She comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Michigan.

Frost holds a PhD in Chemistry with a Cellular Biotechnology Certificate from the University of Michigan. She also holds an MS in Analytical Chemistry and a BS in Chemistry from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame.

New Biomedical Engineering PhD Program is Growing

Now in its third year, our new PhD program has nine graduate students, with women leading the pack five to four. Areas of concentration include biomaterials, tissue engineering, and physiological measurements. Students with a BS or MS degree in engineering, mathematical sciences, the physical sciences, and/or the biological sciences from an accredited college or university are eligible for admission.

Biomed Faculty Dr Ryan Gilbert, Undergraduates Join Superman’s Team

Story by John Gagnon

Ryan Gilbert has what looks like a dog tag hanging on the wall of his office. Affixed to a small chain is an ornament the size of a half dollar. It bears a Superman logo and the words, “Go forward.” The back side reads, “Christopher Reeve Foundation” — a research initiative established to address the paralysis that proved to be a real, super man’s krypton.

Gilbert, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is inspired by the message as he strives to repair spinal cord injuries and allow paralyzed people to use their limbs again. Gilbert immerses himself in tissue engineering to help regenerate nerves after injury to the spinal cord.