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Biomedical Engineering Society Conference 2010

October 26, 2010
Biomedical Engineering

LeahVandiverJessicaStukel

Faculty, staff and students from Saint Louis University’s Biomedical Engineering Department were well represented at the recent annual Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Austin TX from October 6-9, 2010. The conference theme “Engineering New Frontiers in Medicine and Biology” included several prominent invited lectures, workshops and multiple platform and poster sessions over the four-day event.

Faculty attendees included Drs. Barnett, Bledsoe, Harkins, Henthorn, Miller, and Wagenseil. Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Mayzar Amin and research assistant Vicki Le from Dr. Wagenseil’s lab were also there along with undergraduate students participants Eric Marin (SURE), Brittany Corley (SURE), Leah Vandiver, Jessica Stukel, Ben Minden-Birkenmaier, Laura Marxkors (ECE), Laura Marquardt (2010) and Becca Scott (2010).  In addition, graduate students such as I-Hsin Li, Wenda Zhou, Ryan Williamson and Shruti Sahu presented at the BMES conference.

Seven students from the NSF funded REU program BE@SLU presented their research projects. These students included Jessica Stukel and Ben Minden-Birkenmaier from SLU, Katy Dzurisin (U. of Akron), Mallory Smyth (Vanderbilt), Connor Mulcahy (U. of Minnesota), Daniel Stern (Bucknell), and Anais Webster (U. of Wisconsin).

Numerous alumni were in attendance and gathered with the faculty for dinner on Friday night. In attendance were Kate Stuart, PhD, Sarah E. Stabenfeldt, PhD, Rebecca Scott, Laura Marquardt, Tricia Huber, Lisa Actis, and Susan (Westerfield) Foy.

Dr. Wagenseil co-chaired the session Cardiovascular Engineering – 9-1-7 Vascular Structure and Function II: Growth and Remodeling

Dr. Miller co-chaired the session Respiratory Engineering - 9-2-9 Mechanobiology in the lung

Undergraduate Research (REU) Track co-Chair Rebecca Kuntz Willits, St. Louis University

Undergraduate Research (REU) Reviewers for student sections included David Barnett, J. Bledsoe , Jessica Wagenseil, and Rebecca Willits.

Dr. Barnett participated in the BME Council of Chairs Educational Workshop that concentrated on examining the integration of life and engineering sciences within the curriculum in the areas of laboratories, modeling and problem solving. He also attended the BME Council of Chairs and AIMBE Academic Council meetings.

 

Posters and presentations:

  • PS-7A-5-48 Echocardiographic Characterization of the Postnatal Development of Elastin-Insufficient Mice, V. Le and J. WagenseIl, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO

 

  • PS-8A-2-29 Microstructurally Motivated Constitutive Modeling of the Developing Mouse Aorta, J. K. Cheng1, J. E. WagenseIl2, and R. P. Mechham1, 1Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-8B-5-46 BSME 2010,Vessel Storage, M. Amin1, A. Kunkel2, V. Le1, and J. E. WagenseIl1, 1St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2Rice University, Houston, TX

 

  • PS-9B-1-63 Mechanical Contribution of Smooth Muscle Cells in Large Elastic Arteries, B. Corley, V. Le, and J. WagenseIl, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO

 

  • PS-9B-1-85 Quantifying Elastin and Collagen in Developing Mouse Arteries, A. Webster1, V. Le2, and J. WagenseIl2, 1University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-9B-1-88 Finite Element Model to Examine Stress Distributions in Mechanical Tests on Mouse Arteries, C Mulcahy1, M. AmIn2, and J. WagenseIl2, 1University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-9B-1-102 Determining the Mechanical Role of Elastin and Collagen in Mouse Carotid Arteries, E. MarIn and J. WagenseIl, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • OP-9-1-7A Mechanics of Developing Arteries with Reduced Elastin Amounts, V. Le and J. WagenseIl, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-9B-1-96 Effects of Ibotenic Acid Lesions of the Globus Pallidus on Sleep in the Rat, K. DzurIsIn1, D. W. Barnett2, and A. M. Anch2, 1University of Akron, Parma, OH, 2Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-7B-4-14 Tissue Stiffness and Microvascularized Tissue Development,  A-C. LIn and C. Miller, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO

 

  • PS-7B-16-176 The Effects of Mechanotransduction on Airway Smooth Muscle Protein Expression, C. Miller, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO

 

  • PS-8B-3-34 Imaging Schwann Cell High Affinity Nerve Growth Factor Receptors Using Atomic Force Microscopy, R. Williamson and C. Miller, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-8B-11-133 Electrospun Polycaprolactone/Elastin Aligned Fibrous Scaffolds for Schwann Cells, I-H. Lin and C. Miller, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO

 

  • PS-9A-13-160 Effect of Plate Size on the Stability of Surgically Repaired Humeri in Simulated Crutch Ambulation, J. G. Bledsoe, J. BuchheIt, S. Owen, and L. Cannada, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO

 

  • PS-9B-1-55 The Use of Quantum Dots for Labeling Neural Cell Lines, M. Smyth1, R. WIllIts2, and A. HarkIns3, 1Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2University of Akron, Akron, OH, 3Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-9B-1-165 Effect of Reaction Conditions on Size and yield of Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) Microgels, J. Stukel1 and R. WIllIts1,2, 1Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2University of Akron, Akron, OH

 

  • PS-7B-19-214 Neurite Growth in PEG-Fibronectin Conjugate Hydrogels, W. Zhou1,2 and R. K. WIllIts1,2, 1Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2University of Akron, Akron, OH

 

  • PS-7B-19-217 Neurite Growth in PEG Gels: Effect of Mechanical Stiffness and Laminin Concentration, L. M. Marquardt and R. K. WIllIts, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-7B-19-218 Effect of Additives on Neurite Growth in Collagen Gels, S. Sahu, K. E. Swindle-Reilly, and R. K. Willits, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO

 

  • PS-7B-20-240 PC12 Behavior in Modular PEG Scaffolds: Effects of Stiffness and Protein Concentration, R. A. Scott  and R. K. WIllIts, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-7B-20-252 Modular PEG Scaffolds: Examination of Microgel Fabrication Conditions and Scaffold Properties, L. Vandiver1, J. Stukel1, and R. K. WIllIts1,2, 1Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2University of Akron, Akron, OH

 

  • PS-9B-1-169 Employing Chondroitin as an Enzyme Encapsulation, B. Minden - BIrkenMaier, R. Arechederra, and S. MInteer, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

  • PS-9B-1-5 Optimization of Growth of Gluconobacter sp. 33 and PQQ- Dependent Enzyme Purification, D. W. sStern1 and S. D. MInteer2, 1Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 2Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO

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