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Fischell Institute Research Highlighted at BBI Seed Grant Symposium

Several researchers affiliated with the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices showcased their work this week during the University of Maryland Brain and Behavior Initiative’s (BBI) 3rd Annual Seed Grant Symposium. BBI co-director and Fischell Institute faculty member Reza Ghodssi (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute for Systems Research) spoke alongside bioengineering graduate student Ashley Chapin, and psychology associate professor Jens Herberholz about their efforts to shed new light on the gut-microbiome-brain axis. Along with Ghodssi and Herberholz, Fischell Institute director Bill Bentley is a co-PI on the project. Fischell Institute faculty member Giuliano Scarcelli (Fischell Department of Bioengineering) and biology professor Joshua Singer presented their work on adapting Brillouin microscopy to the study of synaptic transmission.

Cyprio Visits the Fischell Institute

Members of the Embassy of France joined French biotechnology company Cyprio in visiting the Fischell Institute this week to discuss opportunities to expand their technology in the United States. Founded on ten years of physicochemistry, liver biology, and drug screening research at ESPCI Paris, Cyprio specializes in physiologically relevant in vitro models to provide a more comprehensive understanding of cellular mechanisms.

Pictured are Kevin Kok Heang (Embassy of France) and Noushin Dianat (CEO of Cyprio), along with the Fischell Institute's Martha Wang and Bill Bentley.

We're on LinkedIn!

The Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices is now on LinkedIn! Follow our page for an inside look at the Institute's ongoing projects and exciting collaborations. 
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Calendar Updates

M-CERSI Regulatory Science Talent Competition Application Deadline
January 30th
Open to all Univ. of Maryland (Baltimore & College Park) students
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