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S. Thai Thayumanavan, interim head of BME and distinguished professor in the Chemistry Department, is part of a UMass team of researchers that has engineered a nanoparticle with the potential to revolutionize disease treatment, including cancer. This new research involves a conjugate nanoparticle that can more precisely and effectively deliver treatment to the specific cells affected by cancer. 

What if cancer cells could help doctors cure two of humanity’s most heartbreaking and debilitating conditions, paralysis and brain damage? Assistant Professor Chase Cornelison of the Biomedical Engineering Department has received a three-year, $400,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Trailblazer Award to pursue his research into harnessing the proliferating power of cancer cells to treat spinal cord injuries and restore function...

Vernon Lamb, the lab support engineer and manager in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department, is the recipient of the inaugural Dean’s Outstanding Student Support Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize a staff member for significant contributions that enrich the student experience and/or have a positive impact on student development in the College of Engineering.

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department is awarding its 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards to Jeffrey Elkins ’86 (mechanical and industrial engineering) and Akshaya Shanmugam ’12MS, ’15PhD (electrical and computer engineering). Elkins will receive the BME Distinguished Alumni Award, while Shanmugam will be presented with the BME Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Because BME is a new department in the College of Engineering, the two recipients graduated from departments that existed before the BME did, but they have pursued biomedical engineering careers since then.