At FIU's Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) this year, graduate student Ricardo Siu was awarded a third place for his poster presentation on 'Parametrization of a closed-loop adaptive controller for respiratory pacing in a rodent model'. Ricardo's poster presented both computational studies and in-vivo studies to develop and assess an adaptive control system for respiratory pacing. GSAW's poster competition included graduate students across all FIU, with majors ranging from environmental science to psychology.
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As a junior, Marisol Soula traveled to Jamaica to volunteer in a clinic that treated homeless children and adults who were mentally disabled. She couldn’t entice friends to accompany her, so she convinced her mother to go. A year later, she returned – this time with six friends, more than 300 pounds of donated supplies and $1,000 that was used to purchase composition books and other school necessities for 400 children. This calling to help others has guided Marisol’s undergraduate experience.
The 21-year-old is currently working in the Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory in the College of Engineering & Computing’s Biomedical Engineering Department. She and her colleagues are trying to elicit sensations in amputees by electrical stimulation of severed nerves. By targeting peripheral nerves and analyzing cortical signals, the researchers hope to provide prosthetic users with natural and human-like sensations.
Next month the QBIC scholar and MARC U*STAR fellow heads to New York to begin a one-year, paid internship in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine PREP Program funded by the National Institutes of Health. Marisol, who graduated with a 4.0 GPA, was one of only eight students accepted into the program.
Marisol’s ultimate goal is to earn an MD/Ph.D. and use technology to mimic biological systems in order to improve the lives of those with brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
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6th Annual Undergraduate Research Day
On February 19th, 2016, the department of Biomedical Engineering at FIU hosted the 6thAnnual Undergraduate Research Day as part of the Wallace H. Coulter Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. The event featured the research of several of BME@FIU’s outstanding undergraduate students and also included a lecture from David Vorp, Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Pittsburgh.
The undergraduate student poster presentation highlighted several outstanding research projects. Jiali Lei won first prize for her presentation on “Lower Extremity Wound Imaging Using a Hand-held Near-infrared Optical Scanner.” This marks the second consecutive year that Jiali takes home first prize in the event. Second place was won by Diego Aguilar for his presentation on “Design and Development of a Vibrotactile Sensory Feedback System for Upper Limb Prostheses.”
5th Annual Graduate Research Day
On October 23rd, the department of Biomedical Engineering at FIU hosted the 5th Annual Graduate Research Day as part of the Wallace H. Coulter Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. The event featured the research of several of FIU BME’s graduate students and also included lectures from Brad Fernald, FIU BME Alumnus and the Director of Product Development for Synaptive Medical, and Aydogan Ozcan, Professor and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA.
The graduate student poster presentation highlighted the research of 18 graduate students. Ricardo Siu won first prize for his poster presentation on “Adaptive Control of Lung Volume for Respiratory Pacing in the Rodent Model.” Second place was a tie between Vinay Bhardwaj for his poster on “On-Chip SLISA for Rapid Environmental Surveillance of Chemical Toxins” and Andres Peña for his poster on “Mechanical Fatigue Testing of an Implantable Intrafascicular Electrode System.”
Read more about the event here.
At this year’s MARC U*STAR & MBRS RISE Mini-Symposium Marisol Soula won the second place in the oral presentation category. The presentation, titled “Investigation of responses to peripheral nerve stimulation using somatosensory evoked potentials in a rodent model”, aims to develop appropriate electrical stimulation paradigms for restoring sensation in amputees. Soula is a member of the Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory and works closely with research scientist, Anil Thota.
Elizabeth Gallardo, Junior, Biomedical Engineering student, has been selected as a Goldwater Scholar. She was selected as one of 260 scholars out of 1206 applicants nation-wide.
During the 2015 BME Undergraduate Research Day, Luai Mustafa earned the Second Place Prize for his poster presentation of his research project titled “Developing a Dynamic Biomechanical Model of the Knee Using 3D Printing.
- Travel Award for the 2014 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference (Brett Davis; Undergraduate Student)
- Travel Scholarship for 2014 Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Conference (Elizabeth Gallardo; Undergraduate Student)
- Travel Scholarship for 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students National Conference (Elizabeth Gallardo; Undergraduate Student)
- Travel Award for the 2014 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference (Tatiana Bejarano; Graduate Student)
- First Place Poster for the 2014 McNair Research Conference (Brett Davis; Undergraduate Student)