The Departments of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Electrical and Computer Engineering have been awarded nearly $2 million in training grants from the U.S. Department of Education program of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). The goal of the proposed program is to sustain and enhance the capacity for teaching and research in the areas of bioelectrical engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Rutgers School of Engineering and at national level. To meet this general objective, the BME and ECE departments will train 11 doctoral students in cutting-edge research in bioelectrical engineering, precision and personalized medicine, and also in pedagogical methods, so that they can assume leading roles in academia and industry upon graduation.
The main objective of the program is to increase the number of BME professionals trained in several cutting edge areas including: cancer-specific biomarker screening, patient-tailored nanodelivery systems and immunotherapies, and high throughput devices to test candidate therapies in patient-specific tumor models, and to provide them with special enrichment activities in entrepreneurship and commercialization.
Professor Martin Yarmush serves as principal investigator of the GAANN program for BME and Professor Athina Petropulu is the director fo ECE with co-directors Waheed Bajwa, Zoran Gajic, Kristin Dana, Mehdi Javanmard, Shantenu Jha, Janne Lindqvist, Laleh Najafizadeh, Anand Sarwate, and Saman Zonouz.