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Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE)

Description

The Institute of Biological Engineering is a professional organization that supports the development of the biological engineering field. Here at the Biological Engineering department of Utah State Univserity we have a strong representation in IBE; with both students and faculty holding several roles in the organizations' leadership.

Department IBE 2017 Representatives

Councilors

Asif Rahman

Project Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center

Graduated from BE with a PhD in 2014

Elizabeth Vargis

Assistant Professor for the Department of Biological Engineering at Utah State University

Timothy Taylor

Principal Lecturer for the Department of Biological Engineering at Utah State University

Charles Miller

Associate Professor for the Department of Biological Engineering at Utah State University

Ryan Summers

Assistant Professor for the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Alabama

Graduated from BE with a Master's in 2007

Jixun Zhan

Associate Professor for the Department of Biological Engineering at Utah State University


Graduate Councilor

Anna Doloman

PhD student in the Department of Biological Engineering at Utah State University

Undergraduate Councilor

Andrew Walters

Undergraduate student in the Department of Biological Engineering at Utah State University




2017 Conference -held in Salt Lake City, Utah; from March 31 to April 1

Team Based Events

Student Capstone Design Projects Competition

This year six teams from around the country presented their student capstone design projects and competed. Here are the results from how our department did.

Award: 1st place

Title: Microalgae-based Design Alternatives for Petrochemical Waste: Treatment and Value Products

Team members: Alan Hodges, Zachary Fica, Jessica VanDarlin, Jordan Wanlass and Ronald Sims

Title: Spider Silk Bandaging and Relevant Applications for the Revolution of Wound Therapy

Team members: Danielle Gaztambide, Michael Paskett, Samuel Briggs, Ana Laura Licon, Randolph Lewis

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Award: 2nd place

Title: Amending PHB with Algal Biomass to Enhance Biodegradability

Team members: Celeste Hancock, Amanda Stoudt, Shawni Bastian, Charles Miller

Individual Events

Alan Hodges

Award: 2nd place

Competion: Graduate Student Poster Competition

Kyle Hillman presentation

Kyle Hillman

Award: Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Competion: Algae Based Systems I

Other presentations

Chad Nielsen presented his research titled Secretion of Bioplastic Polymers from Methanotrophic Bacteria Grown Using Methane Gas

Harshit gave a presention titled Growing Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells on Recombinant Spider Silk Membranes

James, Gregory, and Adam displayed their research poster titled: Determinint the Morphology-Property Relatioship of ZnO Nanoparticles

Cindy showcased her work titled Proposed DEP-Raman device for simultaneous trapping and identification of bacteria

Charles gave a presention called Comparison of Alginate Encapsulation and Microcarriers for In Vitro Modeling of Microgravity-Induced Muscular Atrophy

Anna presented her findings on

Dr. Zhou gave an oral presentation

Andrew preseneted on Characterization of Purple Non-Sulfur Bacteria for Application in Wastewater Treatment

Michelle presenting on Characterization of biofilms in a synthetic rhizosphere

Dr. Taylor displaied his students capstone project poster EDEN

Kara presented on Mechanical Stress Induces the Expression of Angiogenic Factors in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells

Taylor displayed a poster titled Synthesizing Microcarriers as a Platform for the Pharmaceutical Delivery of Quercetin for Antiviral Application