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Biotechnology company pathOtrak, founded by Fischell Institute researcher Javier Atencia, was recently named among Maryland's Future 20 companies. The company is developing a rapid detection test for foodborne pathogens. Liangbing Hu's solid-state batteries were highlighted in Science Advances

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Don Milton, Fischell Institute faculty member and UMD School of Public Health/School of Medicine professor warns against the use of humidifiers for COVID-19 protection.

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Fischell Institute researchers - including Director Bill Bentley and faculty members Don Milton and Lex Schultheis - were highlighted in the recent edition of the A. James Clark School of Engineering biannual magazine for their COVID-19 response efforts. 

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The University of Maryland Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) is accepting applications for workshop topics and research scientist positions. The deadline for submissions to M-CERSI's 2021 "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" competition is January 3, 2021.

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University of Maryland is named the recipient of a $7.2 M research grant from the Army Reserach Laboratory to collaborate and advance translational Army batteries. This research team is led by Fischell Institute faculty member Chunsheng Wang.

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Bentley, Ghodssi, and Hu are among a team of researchers who recently advanced understanding of the gut-brain axis - best known for causing nervous "butterflies" in the stomach. An NSF grant allowed  researchers to develop a platform that can monitor and model the real-time processing of gut microbiome serotonin activity. Their goal is to one day package the platform into an ingestible capsule capable of detecting, treating and monitoring GBA diseases. Don Milton and other experts told The Washington Post that the virus can spread more easily than the CDC seems to be indicating, and suggested that the public should wear masks even in prolonged outdoor gatherings when they are more than 6 feet apart.

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Institute researcher and BIOE Associate Professor Giuliano Scarcelli is part of a team developing new technology to measure the stiffness of the lens in the eye, which is likely associated with farsightedness caused by its loss of elasticity. Plus, Scientists in the Bing Nano Group at UMD – led by Fischell Institute researcher Liangbing Hu – have created a new material – elastic wood – made from balsa wood.

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The Fischell Institute accepts applications for various levels of faculty involvement. Don Milton's COVID-19 research is featured in the Associated Press. The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announces six winners of its annual "Make Your Medical Device for Kids!" competition.

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The Fischell Institute hosts a successful faculty engagement event for researchers at University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore. Fischell Institute Director Bill Bentley and faculty member Gregory Payne were members of the organizing committee for ACM NanoCom 2020, hosted virtually by the University of Maryland.

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Gregory Payne and a team of researchers are vying to win $10K in funding for their invention (DSSECA) from MedTech Innovator in the Best Video Award competition. DSSECA is a platform device which detects biological signatures in blood that measure the level of oxidative stress in the body. Elisabeth Smela receives a $30K grant supporting environmentally responsible engineering.

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Fischell Institute faculty member Don Milton is principal investigator of a University of Maryland team developing COVID-19 decision-making tools for higher education officials. Another Institute faculty member Liangbing Hu's "Speedy Ceramics" research team is granted a 2020 ARPA-E Award.

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Robert "Smitty" Oakes is awarded a $600K Veterans Affairs grant for multiple sclerosis research. The Maryland Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) hosts its second topical drug development workshop. Johns Hopkins Medicine features OtoPhoto.

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BioSpace, Inc. covers Bentley and Ghodssi's "smart marbles" presentation, which was delivered at the American Chemical Society annual meeting. Plus, the Institute invites faculty members for a virtual engagement event on September 22. 

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The Fischell Institute introduces its three newest MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship Fellows. The Institute's Bentley, Ghoddsi, and Payne are recognized by the American Chemical Society for their development of bio-based communication networks that could control cells in the body to treat conditions.

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OtoPhoto - the smart otoscope designed for at-home ear tests - is one of eight winners of the COVID-19 edition of the "Make Your Medical Device for Kids!" NCC-PDI competition. Fischell Institute chief engineer John Rzasa is a member of the OtoPhoto team. Also, Institute faculty member Chris Jewell receives a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Concept-to-Clinic grant for multiple sclerosis research.

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ABC7 WJLA highlights the NCC-PDI's COVID-19 edition of "Make Your Medical Device for Kids!" competition. Three Fischell Institute researchers receive University of Maryland Brain & Behavior Iniative (BBI) seed grants. Institute faculty member Don Milton publishes a guide to understanding drops and aerosols.

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Institute member Liangbing Hu's cathode architecture continues to make headlines. Peter Kofinas completes his second year as an ESTEEM mentor. Wang receives a $1M vehicle technology award.

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Fischell Institute chief engineer John Rzasa and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Professor Christopher C. Davis invented Plate Vision, an electronic home plate that automatically calls balls and strikes and lets the umpire stand back as it sends real-time results to game officials, coaches, parents and fans. With the help of CEO Todd Levitt, their team at Freestate Optics, LLC has refined its technology in recent months, switching to a custom camera configuration and enhancing how the stats for each pitch are delivered to spectators of all sorts. Plus, the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announced eight winners chosen in its special COVID-19 edition of the “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition.

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An update on Fischell Institute's researchers efforts to sterilize N95 masks.

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Kristina Stephens is honored with the first place Clark School Dean's Doctoral Student Researcher Award. Stephens is advised by Institute Director Bentley. Plus, a University of Maryland research team including Institute researches receives a $600,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

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NCC-PDI (National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation) names ten finalists in its annual "Make Your Medical Device For Kids!" competition. 

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The Fischell Institute and Clark School's COVID-19 response efforts are highlighted in a new video. Two new papers published in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical and the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems chronicle recent advances a University of Maryland team (led by the Institute's Bentley and Ghoddsi) has made in developing “smart marbles” neutrally buoyant sensors that can wirelessly transmit readings inside a bioprocessing reactor.  Institute researcher Liangbing Hu was named a Blavatnik finalist for the second year in a row. University of Maryland, Baltimore is accepting applications for the Science Communications Graduate Certificate program.

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Scarcelli earns a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, which will fund his embryonic development studies. CBS Baltimore (WJZ) features the Fischell Institute's participation in developing mobile COVID-19 testing booth. 

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As medical data increasingly highlights the serious impact of COVID-19 on children's health, the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) has announced a special pitch competition focused on COVID-19-related pediatric medical devices that support home health monitoring and telehealth, and improve sustainability, resiliency and readiness in diagnosing and treating children during a pandemic. Six Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) students are recognized for their outstanding acts of service amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, more information on Institute researcher Rob Bienvenu's upcoming "Clinical Research for the Clinical and Behavioral Sciences" course.

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Institute researchers and Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) faculty members Jewell and Scarcelli are promoted. Institute researcher Elisabeth Smela and her team have been working for years to develop a "smart bra" capable of detecting breast cancer. The bra is made from a polymer enveloping thin layers of graphite to create a stretchable, electrically conductive composite. 

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A team of University of Maryland (UMD) researchers including the Fischell Institute's Kevin Aroom and Axel Krieger develop an aerosol containment chamber designed to make COVID-19 intubation procedures safer. Ghoddsi receives a new $350,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Plus, a feature on Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) alumna, Institute affiliate, and Army Research Laboratory Research Scientist Bryn Adams.

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Fischell Institute researchers including Director Bill Bentley and colleague Greg Payne are utilizing CRISPR technology in a novel way to electronically turn “on” and “off” several genes simultaneously. Their technique, published in Nature Communications, has the potential to further bridge the gap between the electronic and biological worlds, paving the way for new wearable and “smart” devices. Plus, Fischell Institute faculty member Don DeVoe (Mechanical Engineering)  and bioengineering associate professor Ian White are working to develop an exceptionally cost-effective and rapid diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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As testing for COVID-19 ramps up across the country, the safety of medical personnel who administer the tests remains a high-priority concern, particularly at pop-up testing sites assembled in public spaces. Fischell Institute researchers are working in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore City Health Department to develop a low-cost, rapidly deployable mobile testing booth– similar to a traditional phone booth in both size and shape. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launches a course for biomedical innovators aiming to commercialize.

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Clark School faculty figure prominently in two of the four joint research projects announced on April 22 as part of the new AIM-HI (AI + Medicine for High Impact) program to target major health care challenges. While at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, student researchers in Institute faculty member Reza Ghodssi's laboratory group have produced papers on ingestible electronic sensing systems and on microsystems for characterizing and sensing bacterial biofilms. Plus, the University of Maryland, Baltimore is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant.

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"Design for Safety" course - covering several topics critical to medical device design, such as managing risks and product liabilities, conducting process safety functions, and safety verification and validation - coming to University of Maryland in July 2020. Plus, a laboratory at Children's National Hospital is seeking a Laboratory Technician.

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Venturewell, a nonprofit organization that works directly with early-stage student innovators to help them bring ideas from the laboratory to the market, offers over $700,000 in non-dilutive grants.

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A team of scientists including Institute researcher Liangbing Hu have developed a 'droplet-to-particle' technique with the potential to produce uniform alloy/oxide nanoparticles. Plus, the Fischell Institute responds to personal protective equipment (PPE) needs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fischell Institute and Children's National Hospital researchers develop a rapid depolyment mask (RDM) for use in health and senior care environments amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Clark School engineers 3D print protective face shields. 

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Fischell Institute director William E. Bentley, faculty member Lex Schultheis, and engineer Kevin Aroom lead the University of Maryland's charge to develop a prototype of a  reusable N95 mask that can be personalized to fit the contours of an individual's face. These masks are essential to protect health care workers and their staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine masks have already been delivered to area hospitals. The Clark School launches its COVID-19 response website.

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Thirty semifinalists pitched their pediatric device innovations in NCC-PDI's virtual "Make Your Medical Device for Kids!" competition on March 23, 2020.  The event was hosted by the Fischell Institute's Bill Bentley and Martha Wang. Two of the pitched innovations - CorFix and DSECCA - were born out of the University of Maryland, College Park. Both teams were led by Fischell Institute affiliates; Axel Krieger (Department of Mechanical Engineering) co-founded CorFix, while Greg Payne (IBBR) headed DSECCA. Plus, Clark School faculty and Fischell Institute affiliates repurpose lab space to create essential hand sanitizer and surgical masks for medical professionals amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The NCC-PDI "Make Your Medical Device For Kids!" is shifted to a virtual format before it occurs on March 23. The competition will feature innovations in cardiovascular, orthopedic and spine, and NICU devices. 

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More information on the inclusion of NCC-PDI procucts BabySteps and PolyVascular, as noted in the President's Fiscal Year Budget

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The National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health is accpeting submissions for its Technology Accelerator Challenge. Nonperishable food and drink donations to benefit the UMD Campus Pantry and College Park Community Food Bank are being collected in A. James Clark Hall.

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The President's Fiscal Year Budget for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) included funding for the Pediatric Consortia Grants Program. This grant established the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI). The budget request specifically cited two devices born out of NCC-PDI, BabySteps Platform Software and Polyvascular. Plus: two fellowship application deadlines approach.

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Fischell Institute faculty member Robert Bienvenu's summer course will connect social and behavioral sciences, clinical research, and medical product development. Plus, members of the Institute meet with Hiroshi Inoue (Japan External Trade Organization) and Taizo Haruyama (Sumiron Co, Ltd.) to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

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Students from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore compete in the 8th annual Maryland Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science (M-CERSI)'s "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" Competition. Team Brain Alliance, comprised of four University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Docotral candidates, win first place. Other competitors include Fischell Institute researcher Caitlyn Singam. Plus, the Fischell Institute unveils its Introductory Video!

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Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor and Fischell Institute faculty member Monifa Vaughn-Cooke is awarded a Veterans Affairs (VA) Small Projects in Rehabilitation Effectiveness (SPiRE) grant. The research focuses on the development and validation of a virtual reality system to aid in balance and reach tests for individuals with compromised motor functioning. Per request, the application deadline for the MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship has been extended to March 1, 2020. The application deadline for the Fischell Institute/IBBR joint Travel Fellowship is also March 1, 2020.

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Mechanical Engineering assistant professor and Fischell Institute faculty member Ryan Sochol receives a NSF CAREER Award to explore new multi-material 3D nanoprinting technique. Plus, the Fischell Institute unveils its new logo.

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Members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park communities celebrate Mpower Day in Annapolis, MD. The event is an annual celebration of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: Mpowering the State. Fischell Institute researchers and Mpowering the State Student Entrepreneurship fellows Rayan Alabsi (M.Eng. Bioengineering '19), Negin Haghighi Ara, Tejasvi Subramanya, and Alex Woo presented their projects at the event. 

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Researchers from Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell's lab contributed to a Nature Biotechnology paper published earlier this week. Jewell Lab member Dr. Josh Gammon served as co-author on the paper. Also, the Jewell Lab is hiring a Research Technician.

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NCC-PDI and MedTech Innovator are accepting pitches for their 2020 pediatric device compeittion. NCC-PDI is an FDA-funded consortium led by Children's National and the Fischell Institute. Penn State University is hiring two postdoctoral fellows.

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Prospective applicants for both the MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship and the M-CERSI Regulatory Science Competition are reminded to submit application materials. The Fischell Institute hosts a happy hour.

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The Fischell Institute hosts the Advanced Mammalian Biomanufacturing Innovation Center (AMBIC's) December conference in College Park, MD. BIOE Ph.D. candidate Jinyang Li is honored for her research connecting biology with electronics using redox modality. The Fischell Institute invites guests for a happy hour.

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Fischell Institute faculty members Liangbing Hu (Materials Science and Engineering) and Chunsheng Wang (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) were recently recognized by the Web of Science group in their list of the world's most influential researchers for 2019. Plus, the Fischell Institute invites applications for the MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship.

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 Fischell Institute research on the gut-microbiome-brain axis and adapting Brillouin microscopy to the study of synaptic transmission is highlighted at the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) Seed Grant Symposium. Plus, members of the Embassy of France join French biotechnology company Cyprio in visiting the Fischell Institute this week to discuss opportunities to expand their technology in the United States. The Fischell Institute joins LinkedIn.

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A group of graduate students and Fischell Institute faculty members William Bentley and Reza Ghodssi have invented a bPod (bioreactor pod), nicknamed "smart marbles", which hold promise for better outcomes from bioreactors. Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell and members of his Immune Engineering laboratory group host 90 students from the Wheaton High School Biosciences Academy in Montgomery County, MD. The students take part in a day of hands-on lab sessions to learn about the body's immune system and how vaccines, immunotherapies, and biomaterials can influence how it works.

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The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) invites applications for its upcoming "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" competition. The Maryland Department of Commerce prepares for a networking and informational event - "Maryland Innovation and Technology Series: Neurotechnology" at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda. 

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A research team led by Fischell Institute faculty member Chunsheng Wang has developed a method of breaking the bond between solvents and Li-ions by dissolving the fluorinated carbonate electrolytes into non-stable polar solvents. Plus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration invites applicants for a postdoctoral associate position.

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A pioneering drone flight carried out by UMD is recognized as the Invention of the Year at the 2019 Baltimore Technical.ly Awards. The April 19 flight successfully delivered a kidney transplant to a waiting recipient. A new study by the UMD Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation delves into the effects of the Zika virus on babies who are infected in utero.

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MPowering the State Student Entrepreneruship Fellow Negin Haghighi Ara presents her research project, "AutoNutriFlow: Utilizing Sensors Gastroenteric Feeding Tubes " at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Plus, more about the work of Fischell Institute faculty members Lex Schultheis, M.D., Ph.D., and Martha Wang, Ph.D. 

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The National Institutes of Health awards a $2.8 million RF1 grant to a team of UMD researchers, including Fischell Institute faculty member Steven Jay, for their investigation of potential links between spinal cord injury and dementia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hosts an Innovation through Healthcare Simulation event in College Park, MD.

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2019 MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship fellows Rayan Alabsi and Tejsavi Subramanya have developed the prototype for a novel reverse shoulder implant they hope could change the way shoulder surgeries are done. 

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Multiple members of the Fischell Institute speak at the 2019 MedTech Conference, one of the nation's largest conferences focused on emerging technologies. 

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One of the biggest risks for trauma patients during the ambulance ride is undiagnose, internal hermorrhagic bleeding. You can't see it - but a robot can. Fischell Institute faculty member Axel Krieger says that estimates suggest that one-third of trauma fatalities likely would have survived if they had access to hospital-level care sooner. Plus, Institute Director William E. Bentley and a team of UMD researchers have developed a technique for engineering bacteria to work together autonomously  - a first in metabolic engineering.

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Fischell Institute Director William E. Bentley and a team of UMD researchers developed a technique to advance cell based systems, and their research is published in Nature Communications. Members of TTI/Vanguard, a professional research organization for technology and business leaders, pays a visit to the Fischell Institute. 

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Fischell Institute faculty member Giuliano Scarcelli receives the Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award, one of the highest honors within the Clark School. 

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The National Science Foundation awards UMD researchers $1 million to investigate the complex effects of intestinal serotonin on both gut and brain health. On September 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hosts a public advisory committee meeting on cybersecurity in medical patients. 

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The Clark School named Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell a Minta Martin professor, recognizing his contributions to immune engineering. ABC7 Washington's Kellye Lynn interviews Fischell Institute student researcher Caitlyn Singam for a special Education piece. The piece highlights Caitlyn's efforts to develop a low-cost way for scientists to gather data about the atmospheric environment and airborne bacteria. 

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Fischell Institute faculty member Don DeVoe and a team of UMD researchers have developed a micro-scale device for analyzing bacteria in human blood that could enable rapid and efficient identification of pathogens at the point of care.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces an opening for an ORISE research fellow position in biomedical/electrical/mechanical engineering.

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Fischell Institute, FDA collaborators investigate biocompatibility of 3D-printed dental devices. Plus, Fischell Institute pilot research proposals are due.
 
New multi-material 3D nanoprinting strategy could revolutionize optics, photonics and biomedicine.
 

Researchers awarded $1 million from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense to advance their efforts to develop wearable sensors that measure biochemical information to diagnose disease. Plus, the Fischell Institute invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position.

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Applications are open for the Summer 2019 Pilot Awards Research program, which was established in a collaborative effort by Children's National and UMD to catalyze ideas for new, commercialized biomedical devices. Plus, Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell is honored with the Presidential  Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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