Category Archives: Chemical and Biological Engineering

News and Updates from Chemical and Biological Engineering. For more news and information about the department, please visit:
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Flytzani-Stephanopoulos receives IPMI award

Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos has received the International Precious Metals Institute’s (IPMI) Carol Tyler Award for 2016, in recognition of her contributions to the research of precious metals.

The IPMI Carol Tyler Award recognizes the achievements of a distinguished woman in the field, spanning both industry and academia. The award will be presented at IPMI’s 40th Annual Conference in June 2016.

Tufts team uses silk to stabilize blood samples

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Encapsulating blood samples in silk protein extracted from silk worm cocoons protected biomarkers effectively, even at high temperatures. (Courtesy Tufts Silk Lab)

A team of Tufts University researchers, including Professors David Kaplan and Fiorenzo Omenetto, have stabilized blood samples without refrigeration, by using air-dried silk protein to encapsulate the samples. The technique has implications for clinical care and research that require analysis of biofluids like blood, and could open up new testing options for currently underserved populations.

The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. In addition to Kaplan and Omenetto, authors include co-first author Jonathan Kluge, Ph.D., former postdoctoral associate in the Kaplan lab; Adrian B. Li, Ph.D., scientist at Vaxess Laboratories and a former doctoral student in Tufts’ Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering; Brooke Kahn, B.S., research associate at Cocoon Biotech and former intern in the Kaplan laboratory; and Dominique S. Michaud, Sc.D., Tufts University School of Medicine.

Stieglitz and Rohr Receive NSF GRFPs

Jessica Stieglitz, PhD candidate, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Jessica Stieglitz, PhD candidate, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Doctoral candidate Jessica Stieglitz and alumnus Brian Rohr, E13, both from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering received the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship award. Honorable mentions included alumni Jesse Zhang, E14 (EE); Raymond Wang, A13 (BME, Biochem); and Dylan Jones, E15 (ME).

Asatekin Named TASSA Young Scholar

Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Assistant Professor Ayse Astaekin received a Young Scholar Award from the Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA). She will present a lecture and receive the award at the annual TASSA conference held April 2-3, 2016 at the University of Chicago.

Passing of Howard Saltsburg, Research Professor

Howard Saltsburg, research professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, passed away on February 11, 2016.
Howard was a long-time member of the ChBE Department, working as a Research Professor since 1998, and serving as Acting Chair from 2001-2002.
Howard received his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Boston University in 1955. After working as a scientist in both private industry and national laboratories, he served as a professor of chemical engineering at University of Rochester for more than 20 years.
While at Tufts, he collaborated with Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and helped advise more than 10 doctoral students.
He is survived by his wife Iris, and his children Debbie and Daniel.

Asatekin Wins NSF CAREER Award

Ayse Asatekin, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin received an NSF CAREER Award for her proposal to engineer novel membranes with new capabilities by designing polymers that self-assemble to form nanostructures. Membrane filtration is energy efficient, simple, scalable, and a key technology for generating clean, safe water and for preventing water pollution. Asatekin’s research focuses on controlling the pore size of a novel family of membranes with high flux, exceptional fouling resistance, and sharp size-based selectivity, prepared by coating zwitterion-containing amphiphilic copolymers on porous supports.

Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Delivers Doraiswami Lecture at Iowa State

Andy Hillier, CBE chair (right), presents a commemorative Doraiswami plaque to Flytzani-Stephanopoulos.

Andy Hillier, CBE chair (right), presents a commemorative Doraiswami plaque to Flytzani-Stephanopoulos.

Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos delivered the L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lecturer at Iowa State University College of Engineering.

The L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship in Chemical Engineering selects one internationally recognized scientist or engineer each year to present lectures at Iowa State University and at the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India, the home of Doraiswami. The late Dr. Doraiswami was a faculty member of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State from 1989 to 2011 and was an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering.

Flytzani-Stephanopoulos presented “Heterogeneous Catalyst Design at the Single Atom Limit: A Diverse Reaction Landscape.” Her pioneering research work focuses on understanding metal-metal and metal-oxide interactions at the atomic scale to guide processes for hydrogen and chemical production, and to maximize yields of desired products while using only trace amounts of expensive metals.

Pennell Comments on Metabolomics Methods and the ‘Exposome’ in CE&N

Kurt D. Pennell

In an article in Chemical and Engineering News, Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell commented on how research in metabolomics methods can help address the “exposome”: the sum of environmental exposures a person experiences from conception until death. “Pennell’s goal is to relate exposome information to genetic information. In one study, his group is collaborating with researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston to relate chemical exposure and whole-genome sequencing of mothers and children with autism spectrum disorder.”

Tufts Names 2015 Summer Scholars

Tufts Summer Scholars program announced the 2015 Summer Scholars.

The Tufts Summer Scholars Program is funded by the Office of the Provost and by generous gifts from: Mr. Andrew Bendetson in honor of Laura and Martin Bendetson; Steven J. Eliopoulos A89 and Joyce J. Eliopoulos; Mr. George and Ms. Susan Kokulis; Mr. John L. Kokulis; Ms. Ashleigh Nelson; and the Board of Trustees in honor of former Chairman, Mr. Nathan Gantcher.

The Program is also supported by the Schwartz-Paddock Family Fellowships in the Visual and Performing Arts, the Helen and Werner Lob Student Research Fund in Economics, the Hopkins Summer Scholar Fund, and the Christopher Columbus Discovery Summer Scholarships for research spanning disciplinary boundaries. Summer Scholars is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Congratulations to all our engineering summer scholars!

Biomedical Engineering

Elim Na will work with Professor David Kaplan on his project on the “Evaluation of Silk Fibroin Stabilization of Doxorubicin and Vincristine.”

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Sylvia Lustig will work with Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos on her project on the “The Selectivity and Efficiency of Various Single Atom Metal Alloys as Catalysts for the Dehydrogenation of Methanol.”

Mechanical Engineering

Kevin Ligonde will work with Associate Professor Robert White on a project to “Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers for Mars Anemometry.”

Computer Science

Avita Sharma will work with Professor Soha Hassoun on a project on “Who is Doing What? Functional Matching between Metabolites and Genomics for Bacterial Pathways.”

Caleb Helbling will work with Professor Kathleen Fisher on a project to “Resequence: A Global Fine Grained Software Repository.”

Collins Sirmah will work with Assistant Professor Ben Shapiro on his project to “Peer Based Learning in Distributed and Parallel Computing Among High School Students.”

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pengxiang (Jerry) Hu will work with Associate Professor Sameer Sonkusale on a project to “Study and Build Instrumentation for Saliva Diagnostics.” Peter Wu will work with Professor Jeffrey Hopwood on his project to “Improve Vintage Synthesizers for Increased Temperature Based Pitch Stability.”

Engineering Physics

Matthew Eakle will work with Professor Peggy Cebe on a project to “Understanding the Interactions Between Liquid Crystals and Carbon Nanotubes.”

 

Lee and Georgakoudi Named AIMBE Fellows

Kyongbum Lee

Kyongbum Lee

Professor and Chair of the department Kyongbum Lee was inducted to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

Lee was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions at the interface of biochemical and biomedical engineering through integrated modeling and experimental studies on cellular metabolism.

Irene Georgakoudi

Irene Georgakoudi

Associate Professor Irene Georgakoudi (BME) was nominated, reviewed, and elected by the AIMBE College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to the development of label-free optical methods for cancer diagnosis and tissue engineering applications.

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.

AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.