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Below are this week's updates from the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, including reminders about upcoming events. Have a story item or event you want shared? Email

Fischell Institute Hosts December AMBIC Conference

The Fischell Institute hosted the Advanced Mammalian Biomanufacturing Innovation Center's (AMBIC) December 9-11 conference in College Park, MD. AMBIC Industrial Board members and other researchers convened to provide updates on current AMBIC projects, and present new project proposals. 

One of the conference's featured research projects was "Smart Marbles" - bioreactor pods (bPods), which are neutrally buoyant sterilizable microsystem sensor devices that could work within a bioreactor. The concept was developed by graduate student Justin Stine (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Luke Beardslee, M.D., Ph.D., graduate students Chen-Yu Chen and Wu Shang Ph.D. '18 (Bioengineering/Fischell Institute), Professor Reza Ghodssi (Electrical & Computer Engineering/Institute for Systems Research), and Professor William Bentley (Bioengineering/Fischell Institute.) Their research is being funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and AMBIC. 
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Bioengineering Ph.D. Honored for Research Connecting Biology with Electronics Using Redox Modality

Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) Ph.D. candidate Jinyang Li has been honored with the 2019 International Society of Biofabrication (ISBF) Travel Award and the Ann G. Wylie Fellowship for AY 2019-2020. Li is a Graduate Research Assistant III in the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), and a member of Fischell Institute faculty member Gregory Payne's laboratory group. Her research is focused on electrofabrication of functional biomaterials and reverse engineering of redox biology, with a broader aim of connecting biology with electronics through redox modality.

You're Invited to the Fischell Institute Happy Hour!

Join us for the first Fischell Institute Happy Hour on Thursday, December 19 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. This event will take place on the 5th floor of A. James Clark Hall (8278 Paint Branch Drive, College Park, MD) at the University of Maryland. 

Please RSVP using the link below no later than Tuesday, December 17.

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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