2017 News

Below is all the news out of the pNEURO lab in 2017. 

December, 2017

Playing games
Playing games in conference room

November, 2017

Group photo

October, 2017

September, 2017

Group photo

August, 2017

  • We are excited to receive news of two new funding awards to the lab. 1) Our wrapping-up NIH SPARC U18 project on a novel dorsal root ganglia electrodes received a supplement to work with Vidrio Technologies on advanced neural signal analysis. 2) We were notified of receiving a separate, new SPARC project award through the OT2 mechanism. In this new award we will work with the John Seymour and Euisik Yoon lab of UM EECS and the Cindy Chestek lab of UM BME to develop novel small-nerve electrodes.

July, 2017

  • Kate Finn wrapped up her SROP summer research with our lab by giving a great talk and poster presentation at the SROP Symposium.
  • The lab’s collaborative work on a new electrode device was included on a College of Engineering Research photography list – and by itself.

June, 2017

  • We had a lab outing for paintball, and had a blast! This time we invited a couple of other neural engineering labs for a big group event.
Group photo
kids working on something
kids working on something
person helping out kids
  • The lab went out to lunch to send off long-time members Chris Stephan and Indie Rice.
group photo

May, 2017

  • A College of Engineering photographer visited our lab for some candid pictures.
  • Lauren Zimmerman received a Rackham Graduate Student Grant.
  • Lauren co-organized the 2nd annual BME basketball tournament, which grew to a 4-on-4 7-team tourney including players from other departments. “Somehow” Dr. Bruns was again on the winning team!
Group photo from basketball game

April, 2017

  • Lab members Anastasia Ostrowski, Chris Stephan, Indie Rice, and Alex Mundorf, and their teams, presented their BME Class Design projects at the Engineering Design Expo. The BME photographer captured them in action, as well as Dr. Bruns a few times.
  • Micah Levy received a Underwood-Alger Scholarship, for undergraduates majoring in biological sciences.
  • For her, now primary, research in engineering education, Anastasia wrapped up her M.S. by writing and defending a M.S. thesis, on “Individual and Course Structure Effects on Engineering Design Processes “!
  • Congratulations to Lauren Zimmerman, who officially became a BME PhD candidate after completing her Qualifying Exam!
  • Congratulations to our many lab graduates! Henry Hilow, Anastasia Ostrowski, Chris Stephan, and Lauren Zimmerman all received their M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Alex Mundorf, Dhara Patel, and Indie Rice finished their B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.
  • The NSF posted a news release on all NSF CAREER award winners, putting us “on the map.”
US map of members

March, 2017

  • Indie Rice was awarded a NSF GRFP! Here is a BME news story on the awardees from the department. She will be attending MIT in the fall.
  • We had a paper accepted at the Journal of Neural Engineering, “Chronic monitoring of lower urinary tract activity via a sacral dorsal root ganglia interface” with lab authors Abeer Khurram, Shani Ross, Zach Sperry, Aileen Ouyang, Chris Stephan, Ahmad Jiman, and Tim Bruns.
  • Our lab participated in a multi-weekend class through DAPCEP, showing high school kids engineering principals. For our Saturday, we guided the students through planning a neuroprosthesis controller using Backyard Brains kits and their muscles. At the end, we gave them all Michigan-themed brains, created by Ahmad and painted by Lauren (and modeled here by lab teachers Chris, Ahmad, Aileen, Zach, & Lauren).
photo of presentation
group photo

February, 2017

Group dinner

January, 2017

  • Congratulations to Aileen Ouyang, who officially became a BME PhD candidate after completing all requirements for her Qualifying Exam!