Electrospun fibers show promise for rapid HIV prevention

UW Bioengineering Ph.D. student, Cameron Ball, and Assistant Professor Kim Woodrow, demonstrate the potential of a new type of product that may help women protect themselves against sexual HIV transmission. Their research, published online ahead of print in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC) of the American Society for Microbiology, shows the ability of water-soluble electrospun fiber material to rapidly release maraviroc, an antiretroviral drug. The researchers suggest that their material offers advantages over other anti-HIV microbicides currently in development.

19th UWEB21 Biomaterials Intensive Short Course

Biomaterials: The Platform Technology of Medical Devices. A 2.5 day introduction to biomaterials, medical devices and biocompatibility presented by the experts. August 14 to August 16, 2014.

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    Congratulations, UW Bioengineering 2014-15 scholarship winners!

Congratulations, UW Bioengineering 2014-15 scholarship winners!

Eight UW Bioengineering undergraduate students receive merit scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.

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    UW Bioengineering students showcase innovation, win second place, Best Innovation prizes at UW Business Plan Competition

UW Bioengineering students showcase innovation, win second place, Best Innovation prizes at UW Business Plan Competition

UW Bioengineering students led 4 teams in the 2014 Business Plan Competition, which concluded on May 22. Competing against 88 other teams, BioE’s teams pitched diverse, innovative ideas to hundreds of judges – including entrepreneurs, lawyers and investors. One team won second place and Best Innovation prizes.

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    Profile: PhD student Jason Coult investigates “smarter” treatment for cardiac arrest, pursues musical interests

Profile: PhD student Jason Coult investigates “smarter” treatment for cardiac arrest, pursues musical interests

If your heart stops beating, CPR and a shock might not necessarily save your life. PhD student Jason Coult seeks to increase cardiac arrest survival by improving treatment technology. Outside the lab, playing music helps him stay engaged in research.

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    Profile: Fulbright recipient Hani Mahmoud to study diabetes in Kuwait

Profile: Fulbright recipient Hani Mahmoud to study diabetes in Kuwait

Bioengineering senior Hani Mahmoud is eager to help establish collaborations between the United States and Kuwait on mutual interests in biomedicine to improve health.

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    Graduate Academic Counselor Dorian Varga receives 2013-14 GO-MAP Graduate Staff Leadership Award

Graduate Academic Counselor Dorian Varga receives 2013-14 GO-MAP Graduate Staff Leadership Award

UW Bioengineering Graduate Academic Counselor Dorian Varga is the 2013-14 recipient of the GO-MAP Graduate Staff Leadership Award in recognition of her consistent efforts to promote diversity in graduate education.

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    Student Kurt Kung of the Pollack Lab wins two UW poster contests

Student Kurt Kung of the Pollack Lab wins two UW poster contests

Kurt Kung, an electrical engineering PhD student and manager of the Pollack lab, recently won two poster competitions at UW with his poster, “The Novel Renewable Energy Technology – Energy Harvesting from Water”.

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    PhD candidates Gina Fridley, Carly Holstein lead Team Flu Finder to 2nd place in 2014 UW Business Plan Competition

PhD candidates Gina Fridley, Carly Holstein lead Team Flu Finder to 2nd place in 2014 UW Business Plan Competition

Team Flu Finder receives second place prize ($10,000) and Best Innovation prize ($2,500) at the 2014 UW Business Plan Competition. The team, led by UW Bioengineering PhD candidates Gina Fridley and Carly Holstein and involved UW Foster School of Business MBA students. Flu Finder aims to improve current flu diagnosis tests with a new type of diagnostic device that is accurate, inexpensive, and can be administered by anyone, anywhere, with results in less than 20 minutes.

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    Undergraduate Ameen Tabatabai speaks out about personal challenges, inspiration to study bioengineering

Undergraduate Ameen Tabatabai speaks out about personal challenges, inspiration to study bioengineering

UW Bioengineering undergraduate Ameen Tabatabai’s personal health crisis put his college education on hold – temporarily. However, he returned to UW inspired to study bioengineering and improve the lives of others like him.