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Faculty Awards

2019 - 2020 Faculty Awards and Honors

Dr. Christopher Buneo, Associate Professor:

  • SBHSE Metin Akay Graduate Service Award

Dr. Emma Frow, Assistant Professor:

  • Recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for project: “Synthetic cells that can learn without evolution”.

Dr. Jeffrey Kleim, Associate Professor:

  • Recipient of a Fulton Schools of Engineering Top 5% Teaching Award

Dr. Mehdi Nikkhah, Assistant Professor:

  • Recipient of the Multi-PI R21 Trailblazer Award with Junseok Chae (ECE) and Dr. Ray Migrino from VA Hospital, for the project: “A wireless fully-passive miniaturized patient-tailored pacemaker”.
  • Recipient of Flinn Foundation award “Bridge-Funding Initiative”.
  • Recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Award: “Electromechanical Interactions of Gold Nanomaterials with Human Cardiac Cells”. This is a collaborative project with two Fulton Co-PIs, Francois Perreault and Paul Westerhoff from School of Sustainable Engineering.

Dr. Sydney Schaefer, Assistant Professor:

  • SBHSE Outstanding Assistant Professor Award

Dr. Barbara Smith, Assistant Professor:

  • Recipient of an NSF CAREER award for the project “Multi-Parametric Electrophysiology for High-Resolution Deep Brain Circuit Analysis”
  • Recipient of Flinn Foundation award “Bridge-Funding Initiative”.

Dr. Xiaojun Tian, Assistant Professor:

  • Recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for project: “URoL: Epigenetics 1: Epigenetics Control by Noncoding RNA”.
  • Topology-Dependent Interference of Circuit Function by Growth Feedback” paper accepted in Nature Chemical Biology

Dr. Brent Vernon, Associate Professor:

  • SBHSE Eric Guilbeau Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Xiao Wang, Associate Professor:

  • SBHSE William J. Dorsen Jr. Outstanding Research Award

Dr. Jessica Weaver, Assistant Professor:

  • Recipient of a JDRF award for project: “Co-delivery of professional tolerogenic cells for immunosuppression-free islet transplantation.”

 

Collaborative Awards:


Dr. Mehdi Nikkhah, Assistant Professor (SBHSE) & Dr. Jin Park, Assistant Research Professor (Biodesign)

  • NSF grant: “Investigating the Biophysical and Biochemical Influences of Stromal Cells on Anti-Cancer Drug Resistance within Bioengineered Tumor Microenvironment Models.”
2018 - 2019 Faculty Awards and Honors

Dr. James Abbas, Associate Professor:

  • Recipient of an NIH (R01) Research Award: “CRCNS: Improving Bioelectronic Selectivity with Intrafascicular Stimulation”.
  • Recipient of subcontract on an NIH (R01) Research Award: “Enhancing Sensorimotor Integration Using a Neural Enabled Prosthetic Hand System”.

Dr. David Brafman, Assistant Professor:

  • Statewide Collaborative Regenerative Medicine Research and Training Facility: Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) awarded $400,000 to lead to the establishment of the first comprehensive regenerative-medicine based training and research facility in Arizona. With additional funding provided by ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, this facility aims to (i) provide researchers access to stem cell-based technologies and resources to conduct interdisciplinary research that will translate stem-cell based therapies from the laboratory to the clinic and (ii) enable training and workforce development in regenerative medicine and biomanufacturing.

Dr. Emma Frow, Assistant Professor:

  • Seed Grant from ASU’s Institute for Social Science Research: “Automating the biological: The future of work and life in bioengineering”

Dr. Bradley Greger, Associate Professor:

Dr. Claire Honeycutt, Assistant Professor:

  • Recipient of a Women and Philanthropy Grant: “Smart Orthotics to Prevent Falls

Dr. Tony Hu, Associate Professor:

  • Recipient of Department of Defense research award for the project “Quantification of Circulating Mtb Antigens for Rapid TB Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring”
  • SBHSE William J. Dorsen Jr. Outstanding Research Award

Dr. Samira Kiani, Assistant Professor:

Dr. Vikram Kodibagkar, Associate Professor:

  • Awardee of the Collaborative Strategic Initiatives Program. Project: One-shot morphologic, hemodynamic and metabolic MR imaging of brain tumors. More info.

Dr. Troy McDaniel, Assistant Research Professor:

  • Awarded 2019 Top 5% Teaching Award for faculty at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contributions to the education of students.
  • Winner (Team Keep Calm) of the ASU Virtual Reality Innovation Challenge 2019 for his team’s work in VR and wearable technologies to understand and overcome anxiety.
  • Awarded 2018 Top 5% Teaching Award for faculty at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contributions to the education of students.

Dr. Jit Muthuswamy, Associate Professor:

  • Recipient of 2018 Jewish National Fund’s summer Faculty fellowship program in Israel
  • Recipient of NSF I-UCRC BRAIN center award for “Closed-loop control of deep brain stimulation (DBS) using models of electrode failure.”

Dr. Mehdi Nikkhah, Assistant Professor:

Dr. Vincent Pizziconi, Associate Professor:

  • Mayo Clinic Faculty Summer Residency Award – summer 2018
  • 40 years of service to ASU

Dr. Rosalind Sadleir, Associate Professor:

  • The following paper was selected as editor’s pick (January 2019) in the Magnetic Resonance in Medicine journal: “Functional Magnetic Resonance Electrical Impedance Tomography (fMREIT) Sensitivity Analysis Using an Active Bidomain Finite Element Model of Neural Tissue”, R. J. Sadleir*, Fanrui Fu and M. ChauhanX, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 81, 602-614, 10.1002/mrm.27351 (2019),

 Dr. Sydney Schaefer, Assistant Professor:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) R03 award, project: “Using standardized visuospatial tests to predict motor training responsiveness in older adults”

Dr. Barbara Smith, Assistant Professor:

  • SBHSE Eric Guilbeau Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Recipient of a Women and Philanthropy Foundation award titled “Identifying Early Stage Endometrial Cancer through Novel Imaging Technologies”
  • Recipient of Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ADHS, ABRC) – Early Investigator Award titled “Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer by Olfactory Biomarkers.”

Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt, Associate Professor:

Dr. Jamie Tyler, Associate Professor:

  • Top 5% Teaching Award Recipient

Dr. Brent Vernon, Associate Professor

  • Awardee of the Collaborative Strategic Initiatives Program. Project: Multi-institutional program to translate liquid embolics to the clinic. More info.

 

 

Collaborative Awards:

Dr. David Brafman, Assistant Professor & Dr. Vikram Kodibagkar, Associate Professor:

  • Department of Defense – ARMI BioFabUSA Award for project: “Adaptable Multi-Modality Nanoprobes for Non-Invasive Real-Time Monitoring of Engineered Tissues”.

Dr. David Brafman, Assistant Professor & Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt, Associate Professor:

  • Recipients of an NIH R21 grant: “A Pluripotent Stem Cell-Based Model to Investigate the Mechanisms of TBI-Induced AD” to use pluripotent stem cell-based models to elucidate the link between TBI and development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Samira Kiani, Assistant Professor & Dr. Mo Ebrahimkhani, Assistant Professor:

Dr. Vikram Kodibagkar, Associate ProfessorDr. Jit Muthuswamy, Associate Professor:

  •  National Institutes of Health (NIH) U01 award, project: “Quantitative mapping of oxygenation around neural interfaces using novel PISTOL MR imaging”.

Dr. Mehdi Nikkhah, Assistant Professor (SBHSE) & Dr. Jin Park, Assistant Research Professor (Biodesign)

  • NSF grant: “Investigating the Biophysical and Biochemical Influences of Stromal Cells on Anti-Cancer Drug Resistance within Bioengineered Tumor Microenvironment Models.”

Dr. Xiao Wang, Associate Professor (SBHSE) & Dr. Yang Kuang, Professor (School of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences)

 

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 award: “Predictive Modeling of Pattern Formation Driven by Synthetic Gene Networks”.
2017 - 2018 Faculty Awards and Honors

Barrett Andries, John Tobey, Mohammad Mousa, Dr. Marco Santello and the Capstone faculty/staff:

  • Placed 2nd in the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge. This is a highly competitive, national award sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The team will be honored at an award ceremony during the annual BMES meeting that will be held here in Phoenix this October.

Dr. David Brafman, Assistant Professor:

  • Fulton Outstanding Assistant Award
  • SBHSE Outstanding Assistant Professor Award
  • DoD award to support the development of a biomanufacturing platform at ASU.
  • Grant | NIH R21 award ‘Generation and characterization of isogenic hiPSC lines with various APOE genotype‘. This award is a direct product of an ASU-Mayo seed grant between Richard Caselli and David.

Dr. David Frakes, Associate Professor:

Applied CFD Technologies, LLC, a startup founded by Dr. David Frakes, Dr. Herrmann (School for Engineering, Matter and Transport, SEMTE) & Hooman Farsani (SEMTE PhD student), to commercialize a novel computational fluid dynamics technique has received the following awards:

Dr. Emma Frow, Assistant Professor:

  • Brocher Foundation residential fellowship (Switzerland)

Dr. Tony Garcia, Professor:

  • SBHSE Metin Akay Graduate Service Award

Dr. Tony Hu, Associate Professor:

  • ABRC Award | New Investigator Award (3 years) | Project: Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer by nanoplasmonic detection of tumor-derived extracellular vesicles

Dr Samira Kiani, Assistant Professor and Dr Mo Ebrahimkhani, Assistant Professor:

  • NIH R01 award for the project CRISPR logic circuits for safer and controllable gene therapies.”

Dr. Vikram Kodibagkar, Associate Professor, Dr. Jit Muthuswamy, Associate Professor & Dr. Arati Sridharan:

  • BRAIN Initiative NIH U01 award: “Quantitative mapping of oxygenation around neural interfaces using novel PISTOL MR imaging”

Dr. Jeff LaBelle, Assistant Professor:

  • Grant | Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust – project entitled “Development of a continuous insulin-glucose sensor for improved glucose control.”

Dr. Stephen Massia, Associate Professor:

  • Mayo Clinic-ASU Alliance Fellowship | 2018 Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care Summer Residency Program

Dr. Jit Muthuswamy, Associate Professor:

  • KEEN Professorship Award

Dr. Mehdi Nikkhah, Assistant Professor:

  • ABRC award (3 years) | New Investigator Award | Project: “Next Generation of Scaffold-Free, Electrically Conductive, Vasculogenic Micro-Tissues for Myocardial Replacement Therapy”
  • Young Investigator Award | American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering 2017
  • Grant from Phoenix Children’s Hospital | “Tissue Engineering of Bioinspired, Personalized Neonatal Cardiac Patches to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric Patients with Congenital Heart Disease”.

Dr. Vincent Pizziconi, Associate Professor:

  • SBHSE Eric Guilbeau Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Mayo Clinic-ASU Alliance Fellowship | 2018 Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care Summer Residency Program

Dr. Rosalind Sadleir, Assistant Professor:

  • BRAIN Initiative NIH RF1 grant, titled “Mechanism and dosimetry exploration in transcranial electrical stimulation using magnetic resonance current mapping methods.

Dr.  Marco Santello, Professor & Director:

  • SBHSE William J. Dorsen Jr. Outstanding Research Award

Dr. Sydney Schaefer, Assistant Professor:

  • Top 5% Teaching Award Recipient

Dr. Barbara Smith, Assistant Professor:

  • ABRC Award | Project: “Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer by Olfactory Biomarkers”
  • Grant | 2017-18 Women and Philanthropy grant “Early Stage Endometrial Cancer through Novel Imaging Technologies”.
  • Women and Philanthropy Foundation funding award
  • Fulton Schools of Engineering Seed Funding
  • Centennial Professorship Award
  • New Investigator Award, ABRC
  • Recipient of an Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ADHS, ABRC) – Early Investigator Award titled “Olfactory Identification of Biological Signatures of Mental Illness”
  • Recipient of Fulton Schools of Engineering Seed Fund titled “Photoacoustic Feedback for Improved Intracellular Neural Positioning and Recording”
  • Recipient of Centennial Professorship Award

Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt, Associate Professor:

  • Fulton Exemplar Faculty Award
  • NIH R21 award, “Nanotherapeutics to alleviate neuroinflammation after TBI”

Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt, Associate Professor, Dr. Julianne Holloway, Assistant Professor & Dr. Nick Stephanopoulos, Assistant Professor:

  • In partnership with Kings College London and University of New South Wales | PLuS Alliance Seed Grant | Project: “Scaffolds without borders: an intercontinental biomaterials design team for advancing regenerative medicine”.

Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt and team (Dr. Jeff Kleim & Trent Anderson):

  • ABRC award (3 years) | Arizona Investigator Grant | Project: “Regenerative Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury”.

Dr. Xiao Wang, Associate Professor and collaborator Dr. Yang Kuang, Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences:

  • R01 Award: “Predictive Modeling of Pattern Formation Driven by Synthetic Gene Networks”

 

2016 - 2017 Faculty Awards and Honors

Casey Ankeny:

  • ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division Teaching Award. This highly competitive award recognizes new faculty for excellence in BME education as evidenced by innovation in teaching materials, publications and commitment to ASEE.
  • 1 of 4 Keen Professorship awards for the project “Implementing the Entrepreneurial Mindset in an Introductory Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Course”.

SBHSE 2017 Celebration of Excellence awards:

  • Chris Buneo – SBHSE Metin Akay Graduate Service Award
  • Michael Caplan – Eric Guibeau Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Antonio García – SBHSE William J. Dorsen Jr. Outstanding Research Award
  • Karmella Haynes – SBHSE Outstanding Assistant Professor Award

David Brafman:

  • NIH R01 Award “Investigating the mechanisms of a multi-state model of Wnt signaling”.

Chris Buneo:

  • Grant | 5-year NSF grant Collaborative Research: Multimodal State Estimation through Neural Coherence in the Parieto-Frontal Network”.
  • SBHSE Metin Akay Graduate Service Award

Michael Caplan:

  • 1 of 4 Keen Professorship awards for the project “Development and Assessment of Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value Mindsets in BME282 and BME417”.
  • Eric Guibeau Outstanding Teaching Award

Mo Ebrahimkhani:

  • Practice Innovation – Mayo Accelerated Regenerative Medicine Award

David Frakes:

  • “Engineer of the Year” Award for 2016 from IEEE Phoenix section in recognition of his contributions to Image Processing, Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics, and Machine Vision.
  • Arizona New Investigator Award from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission led by Eric Kostelich (School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences) and Kristin Swanson (Mayo Scottsdale and adjunct faculty in Math), in collaboration with Yang Kuang (Math) for the project “Patient-Specific Neuro-oncology: Forecasting Tumor Growth and Recurrence in Individual Patients”.
  • Featured in the first episode of Pure Genius along with his PhD alum Justin Ryan. Read more about it here.

Tony Garcia and Carlos Castillo-Chavez:

  • NSF award “Bridge to Doctorate: WAESO LSAMP, Multidisciplinary STEM Solutions 2017-2019”.

Tony Garcia:

  • NSF Grant for the project “Bridge to Doctorate: WAESO LSAMP, Self Efficacy and Academic Community for Underrepresented Minority Student Success”.
  • Grant | 5-year NSF grant “Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) to Parity Capstone Operational, Research, Evaluation, Documentation and Institutionalization 10+ LSAMP Alliance”.
  • SBHSE William J. Dorsen Jr. Outstanding Research Award

Bradley Greger:

  • U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC)/ Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) Award

Karmella Haynes:

  • Article in Nature Partner Journal Genomic Medicine. Read more about it here.
  • SBHSE Outstanding Assistant Professor Award

IGEM 2016 Results | Personal best for ASU.  The team project, with Dr. Karmella Haynes, earned several awards for the first time in ASU’s history in iGEM, and won the highest number since 2011 when ASU first participated in iGEM.Gold Medal

      1. Best New Basic Part
      2. Best Part Collection
      3. Biosafety Commendation

Finalist for “Best in Track: Foundational Advance” and “Best Integrated Human Practices”.You can read more about it on the ASU iGEM web page.

Samira Kiani:

  • DARPA Young Faculty Award for the project “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat (CRISPR)-Based Synthetic Gene Circuits as Next Generation Gene Therapy of Inner Ear”.

Mehdi Nikkhah:

  • Young Investigator Award American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering, 2017
  • NSF CAREER award titled: “Cardiac Ischemia On-a-Chip: Probing Mechanisms Underlying Molecular, Cellular and Tissue-Level Adaptive Responses After Injury”.

Marco Santello, Rosalind Sadleir along with Mayo MN collaborators (Drs. Kristin Zhao and Karen Andrews):

  • Mayo-ASU Team Science seed grant for the project “A multi-disciplinary approach to optimize integration of sensory feedback for prosthetic applications in persons with upper limb loss”.

Barbara Smith, Mo Ebrahamkhani, and David Brafman:

  • Arizona New Investigator Award from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission.

Barbara Smith:

  • NSF I-Corps grant for the project, System of multimodal imaging and point-of-care biopsies”.
  • New Investigator Award, ABRC

Mark Spano:

  • Grant | Office of Naval Research for the project Nonlinear dynamics of large electronic neuronal arrays”.

Sarah Stabenfeldt:

  • PLuS Alliance Fellow, Arizona State University
  • Emerging Investigator, Journal of Materials Chemistry, B
  • Emerging Investigator, Biomaterials Science

Jamie Tyler, Jeff Kleim, and Marco Santello:

  • Grant | NSF BRAIN Industry/University Cooperative Research Center grant. This 5-year grant will support a new center in neurotechnology, BRAIN (Building Reliable Advances and Innovations in Neurotechnology – https://brain.engineering.asu.edu ) aimed at building industry-university research collaborations.

Brent Vernon:

  • Sonoran Biosciences, company founded by Dr. Vernon and collaborators, awarded NIH SBIR for the project “Sustained release gel enabling one-stage treatment of prosthetic joint infection”.

Stephen Helms Tillery, Christopher Buneo, Jamie Tyler, Rosalind Sadleir, Vikram Kodibagkar, Jason Robert, Luis Lujan (Mayo Clinic, Rochester), Kip Ludwig (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Major Carl Smith (United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Capt. WIll Neumeier (USARIEM), Kristen Heaton (USARIEM), and Andrew McKinley (Air Force Research Lab (AFRL):

  • Recipients of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) award for project: “Transdermal Electrical Neuromodulation for Performance Optimization”

 

2015 - 2016 Faculty Awards and Honors

David Brafman

  • NIH R21 award “Synthetic substrates for the expansion and differentiation of hPSC-derived NPCs”.

Karmella Haynes:

Jeff Kleim:

  • Eric Guilbeau Undergraduate BME Program Development Award
  • Top 5% Teaching, FSE Exemplary Faculty

Sarah Stabenfeldt:

  • William J Dorsen Jr Excellence in Research Award

Barbara Smith

  • NSF ICorps
Service Recognition

Faculty and Staff

2017-18 Service Recognition

5 Years Service:

Bradley Greger – 5 years

Jessica Meeker – 5 years

 

10 Years Service:

David Frakes – 10 years

Jessica Jensen – 10 years

 

15 Years Service:

James Abbas – 15 years

Michael Caplan – 15 years

 

 

2018-19 Service Recognition 

 

5 Years Service:

Tamera Cameron – 5 years

Jerry Coursen – 5 years

Debbi Howard – 5 years

Elaine Miller – 5 years

Mehdi Nikkhah – 5 years

 

15 Years Service:

Alana LaBelle – 15 years

 

20 Years Service:

Stephen Massia – 20 years

 

40 Years Service:

Vincent Pizziconi – 40 years