A word from the Department Chair, Dr. Rao

Dear Biomedical Engineering Alumni and Friends:

It is my privilege to have been recently selected to serve as head of a unit that is beginning its fourth year as a department, and is continuing to thrive and grow. In the past few months, our faculty members have received numerous grants and awards to further their research, and have been traveling at home and abroad to share their findings. Our students continue to earn some of the most prestigious awards both on and off the UArk campus, and have spent their summers (among other things) interning for NASA, building blood vessel simulators, and traveling the globe.
Below, I hope you'll read the stories and join me in recognizing the accomplishments of all our students and faculty. I'm looking forward to seeing what else we accomplish this fall!

Stroke team members Joyce Alves Gerdulo, Jéssica Belisário, Leandro Azevedo and Matheus Fernandes de Oliveira (all in lab coats) with the students who will continue their research this fall: U of A undergraduate student Chynna Denham, U of A graduate student Anne Meier, and U of A undergraduate student Paolo Garcia. Photo by Laura M. Fickett.

Brazilian Students Work with Biomedical Engineering Professors on Summer Research Projects

When she arrived at the University of Arkansas early this summer, Brazilian undergraduate student Marianna Maisonnette was eager, but nervous. "I felt excited," she explained of the research work that lay ahead, "and a little afraid."


She wan't alone. Maisonnette is part of the Summer Research Internship (SRI) program, which has enabled over 70 students to stay on the University of Arkansas campus for ten weeks while working with University faculty. Of the visiting students, 56 are working with engineering faculty members, while 15 are working in exercise science, food science, supply chain management, and physics. 



High school students Evelyn Smith and Ellie Toothaker collaborate on an EKG built from a breadboard. Photo by Elizabeth DeMeo.

High School Students Learn New Skills at Engineering Summer Academy 

More than 70 high school students from Arkansas and beyond attended the University of Arkansas Engineering Summer Academy, one of several Engineering Summer Camps offered for students in grades 3-12. During their time in the Academy, students spent a week focused on a particular aspect of engineering: biomedical, chemical, electrical or computing. After selecting an area of focus, students were given the chance to work on specific projects that offered them greater insight into the real world of engineering. In the biomedical engineering section, students spent the week constructing heart rate monitors. They were tasked with creating EKGs using breadboards, which they then used to take their pulses.



Dr. Jensen addressing the conference in her acceptance speech at the Harpa Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo by Morten Jensen.

Biomedical Engineering Professor Receives International Award

On Friday, August 19, Dr. Hanna Jensen, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received the 2016 Ingegerd and Viking Olov Björk Scholarship for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Research, the highest honor from the Scandinavian Association for Thoracic Surgery. The award is named after a Swedish cardiovascular surgeon, who amongst many achievements was a pioneer in developing cardiopulmonary bypass and the first prosthetic heart valve. The ceremony banquet took place among volcanos, glaciers and geysers, in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.


Department Blog Features (Click on the pictures to read the articles)
How do BME and German Complement One Another? Lauren Feekin Explains What's it like to Intern at NASA? Gage Greening Reports from the Johnson Space Center

 On Cell Culturing Cardiomyocytes: 6 Questions for Dymonn Johnson

Department News


  • Dr. Timothy Muldoon received an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Cancer Institute. The $442,000 award, which is distributed over a three year period that began on March 1, 2016, enables him to continue research that will assist in the early detection and prognosis of gastrointestinal cancers by using optical devices which allow clinicians to directly measure tissue during endoscopic procedures.

  • Dr. Morten Jensen, associate professor and Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar, received $42,302 from the Arkansas Biosciences Institute for a project entitled, "Solving the Venous Valve Prosthesis Problem: New Tissue Treatment in Cardiovascular Device Development."

  • Dr. Xianghong Qian received $180,000 for research on virus filtration as Co-PI from the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Program Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology Center (MAST).

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Our BMEG faculty have published in the following journals over the past few months:


  • Dr. Kartik Balachandran, Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore  

  • Dr. Xianghong Qian, College of Chemical Engineering and College of Chemistry at Sichuan University, Chengdu 

  • Dr. Kyle Quinn,  Dr. Kartik Balachandran, and graduate students Ngoc Lam, Nasya Sturdivant, and Ishita Tandon, Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference

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