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September, 2023

Marjan Rafat wins Biomedical Engineering Society Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator Award

Sep. 25, 2023—  Marjan Rafat, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, biomedical engineering and radiation oncology, has received the Young Innovator Award from the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering division of the Biomedical Engineering Society. The CMBE Young Innovator Award is a distinguished honor for young faculty in the biomolecular engineering field. Marjan Rafat (Vanderbilt University) “This...

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Vanderbilt researchers seeking to aid neurodiverse adults receive prestigious National Science Foundation CIVIC Stage 2 Award

Sep. 22, 2023—Two Vanderbilt researchers are part of a team that earned a $1 million grant to develop AI-based training that will help neurodiverse people learn to drive—addressing a huge obstacle for that population. “The ability to drive will open up new opportunities for employment and a life of independence for many neurodiverse individuals,” said Nilanjan Sarkar,...

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Vanderbilt team reimagines kidney dialysis by creating new paradigm for dialysis membranes

Sep. 22, 2023—A collaborative team led by Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, William Fissell, associate professor of nephrology and hypertension at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Shuvo Roy, professor of bioengineering at University of California, San Francisco, and Francesco Fornasiero, biosciences and biotechnology staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, has developed a new...

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Vanderbilt contributes civil engineering and operational expertise to Nashville mayor’s climate adaptation and resilience plan

Sep. 21, 2023—Vanderbilt faculty and staff have been key contributors to a Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan that was released by Metro Nashville on Sept. 19. Janey Camp, research professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Jaclyn Mothupi, director of social innovation at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, co-chaired the subcommittee on adaptation and resilience as part of Mayor John...

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Vanderbilt engineering professor helps develop innovative robotic technology to fight lung cancer

Sep. 21, 2023—Robert J. Webster III, Richard A. Schroeder Professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate professor of medicine and urology at Vanderbilt University, is part of a cross-disciplinary team that has developed novel robotic technology using bronchoscopic steerable needles that could aid in early detection of lung cancer. The researchers conducted their study in vivo and published...

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John Roth, emeritus engineering professor, has died

Sep. 20, 2023—John Roth, 89, Emeritus Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, died September 15, 2023. Professor Roth joined the Vanderbilt chemical engineering faculty in 1962 and served as associate dean of the School of Engineering in the 1960s. He took sabbatical leave to serve in other roles, including Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the State of...

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Franz Baudenbacher named 2023 Master Innovator at Vanderbilt

Sep. 18, 2023—Franz Baudenbacher, associate professor of biomedical engineering and physics and deputy director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE), is one of four Vanderbilt entrepreneurs and innovators recognized by the university’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (CTTC) recognizes excellence in innovation through its Master Innovator Recognition Program. Baudenbacher has made...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office visits VU to discuss research translation, trademarking and patenting, inclusive innovation

Sep. 15, 2023—Senior leadership from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently visited Vanderbilt University to learn more about the innovation ecosystem in Nashville and about translational research being conducted on campus. They also collaborated on how to commercialize intellectual property, discussed opportunities for inclusive innovation, and strategized how to create a recruitment pipeline for Vanderbilt students...

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