News

June 2020: BE 472: Medical Device Development course is profiled in the BE Blog. [Article]

April 2020: Strella Biotechnology, a start-up which Katherine Sizov (Bio 2019) founded in our Bio-MakerSpace, receives a $3.3 M in seed funding. [Article] [Article] [Penn Engineering Article]

April 2020: Our BE 570: Biomechatronics class, created and taught by Dr. LeAnn Dourte, is profiled in the BE Blog by Sophie Burkholder (BE 2020). [Article]

April 2020: Senior Design team, "relieVR," with Nicole Chiou, Gabe DeSantis, Ben Habermeyer, and Vera Lee, wins 2nd place at the 2020 International Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition Digital Health Track. This team was also a winner of the 2019 Berkman Prize for Innovation at Penn Engineering. [Presentation]

April 2020: The Bio-MakerSpace's facilities and equipment are used to make face shields and ventilators to help the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. [Article]

March 2020: Senior Design team, "Relila," with Alisa Bhakta (BE), Alexander Connor (BE), Lauren McLeod (BE), Alexa Murray (ESE), and Caroline Raquel (BE M&T), wins 2nd place at the Integration lab competition of the 2020 M&T Summit. Relila is a 3-in-1 pad that provides hospital-level care into one discrete product for postpartum care. [Presentation]

March 2020: Formal laboratory operations are stopped following the University's closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. All PPE is given to Penn Medicine.

February 2020: Our Bio-MakerSpace as a hub for start-ups at Penn is profiled in the BE Blog by Sophie Burkholder (BE 2020). [Article]

November 2019: Our Bio-MakerSpace and the inexpensive tools we use are profiled by Sophie Burkholder (BE 2020) in the BE Blog to show how a MakerSpace can be created for under $1500. [Article]

October 2019: Our Bio-MakerSpace developed Open-Source Plate Reader is being built as part of a BioHackathon sponsored by OpenCell in London, UK. [Website]

October 2019: Rothberg Catalyzer, organized by Penn Health-Tech, is hosted by our Bio-MakerSpace, and our Bioengineering Senior Design team wins the "Pioneer Award." [Article]

October 2019: Sevile Mannickarottu presents his American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) paper, "From Course Instruction to Bio-MakerSpace: Creating a Lab Space for Independent Investigation and Innovation" at Penn Nursing's Research and Innovation Colloquium Series. [Paper]

August 2019: BioAlert Technologies, a start-up led by Marc Rosenberg (M BioTech 2019) which launched from our Bio-MakerSpace, is profiled by Taylor Durham, Associate Director of Communication at Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship. [Article]

June 2019: Sevile Mannickarottu presents his paper, "From Course Instruction to Bio-MakerSpace: Creating a Lab Space for Independent Investigation and Innovation" at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Tampa, FL. [Paper]

June 2019: Medical device projects in BE 101, a course taught by Dr. Michael Rizk, profiled in the BE Blog. [Article]

May 2019: BE 310's Spectrophotometer lab, part of a course taught by Drs. Brian Chow and David Issadore, profiled in the BE Blog by Sophie Burkholder (BE 2020). [Article]

May 2019: Penn's 2017 iGEM project, an Open-Source Plate Reader, and published paper profiled in the journal, Nature. [Article Link] [PDF]

April 2019: Katherine Sizov (Biology 2019) and Malika Shukurova (BE 2019) of Strella Biotechnology, a start-up which Katherine begin as a sophomore in our Bio-MakerSpace, & Michael Wong (Wh 2019) of InstaHub, a start-up he co-founded with Oladayo (Dayo) Odewole (BE 2014, GrBE 2020) with work done in our Bio-MakerSpace, win Penn's 2019 President's Innovation Prize. [Penn News] [DP article] [Philadelphia Inquirer] [Article about Strella winners] [Article about InstaHub winners]

April 2019: BE 310's ECG lab profiled in the BE Blog by Sophie Burkholder (BE 2020). [Article]

March 2019: BioAlert Technologies, a start-up led by Marc Rosenberg (M BioTech 2019), launches from our Bio-MakerSpace. [News]

March 2019: Brianna Wronko (BE 2017) founder and CEO of Group K Diagnostics interviews with Select Greater Philadelphia Council's podcast Growing Greater Philadelphia and gives a shout out to our Bio-MakerSpace (~minute 18) for helping her develop her business and for its role in encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation. [Link]

January 2019: Karol Szymula (BE 2018), Michael Magaraci (BE & Wharton 2013, BE PhD 2020), Michael Patterson (BE 2018), et al, have their 2017 iGEM project, an open-source plate reader, in collaboration with Brian Chow's lab, published as a paper in Biochemistry. [Paper] [Cover Art] [CEN Article] [Penn Article] [C2W Article (Netherlands)]

December 2018: Katherine Sizov (Biology 2019) of Strella Biotechnology, a start-up which she begin in our Bio-MakerSpace, wins pitch competition on "The Pitch" at the Wharton School. [Podcast] [Article]

October 2018: Rothberg Catalyzer, organized by Penn Health-Tech, collaborates with our lab. [News Video]

October 2018: Vlogger and BE student, Lamis Elsawah (BE 2019) talks about a day in her life at Penn, featuring BE 570: Biomechatronics. [YouTube Video]

May 2018: Sevile Mannickarottu wins Penn Engineering's Staff Recognition Award for 2018. [Article]

May 2018: BE 310's Spectrophotometer lab module and BE Senior design team's (MEDISIGN with Kate Panzer, Jackie Valeri, Nick Stiansen, and Karol Szymula) Honorable Mention award profiled in the BE blog. [Article] [MEDISIGN Presentation]

April 2018: InstaHub, a start-up co-founded by Oladayo (Dayo) Adewole (BE 2014, GrBE 2020) and developed in our lab, wins the inaugural Hult Ivy Prize. [DP article]

October 2017: Sevile Mannickarottu presents "Integrated Laboratory Learning: Breadth and Depth in Bioengineering" at a special session on curricular innovation at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference in Phoenix, AZ. [Article]

September 2017: Profile of InnoWorks outreach event. [Article]

June 2017: Jaimie Carlson (BE 2018) and her team's design wins competition to test on the International Space Station (ISS). [Article]

April 2017: BE 309's CMI lab profiled in the BE blog. [Article]

April 2017: Brianna Wronko's (BE 2017) Senior design project launches as a startup, Group K Diagnostics, from our lab. [Article]

April 2017: Hey Day festivities carry on into the lab. [Article]

February 2017: Junior BETA Day brings local middle school students to BE. [Article]

January 2017: BE 570 - Biomechatronics, a new course developed and taught by Dr. LeAnn Dourte, profiled. [Article]

July 2016: The lab, in collaboration with Dr. Brian Chow's lab, welcomes the Franklin Institute STEM Scholars Program for a one-week synthetic biology session.

May 2016: Senior design teams, "Automated Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostic" with Moriah Cesaretti, Julia Chen, Pooja Khandekar, and Kinjal Shah, and "Digital Breast Tomosynthesis with Superior Resolution" with Fred Kwon, Joseph Licata, Tejas Narayan, and David Zhang, win Honorable Mentions at the SEAS Alumni Senior Design competition. [Cancer Diagnostic Presentation] [Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Presentation]

April 2016: Michael Magaraci (BE & Wharton 2013, BE PhD 2020), student in Dr. Brian Chow's lab, has paper published at ACS Synthetic Biology on a lab developed for BE 310. [Paper]

June 2015: BE 309's Cockroach-Machine-Interface (CMI) Lab profiled by WHYY's The Pulse and NPR's Here & Now Show. [Link with article, audio, & videos]

May 2015: Senior design teams, "Mobile Fluorescence Microscopy for Point-of-Care Diagnostics" with Connie Li, Matthew MacLean, Steven Huang, Renyao Wei, and Max Wasserman and "FloPro: Fluorescence Imaging and Projection" with Woo Yul Byun, Frederick Ding, Karthik Sethuraman, and Sara Liebreich win Honorable Mentions at the SEAS Alumni Senior Design competition. [Fluorescence Microscopy Presentation] [FloPro Presentation]

February 2015: Penn's 2013 iGEM team awarded the PubCo Award for Best Natural Sciences and Research Article in a Penn Publication, for their epigenetic toolbox for synthetic biology. [Paper]

August 2014: Dr. Andrew Tsourkas profiled by Beta Pleated Chic on the GEMS (Girls in Engineering Math and Science) program activities in the lab. [Article]

May 2014: Senior design team, "MicroFluFISH" with Camilo Bermudez, Liz Feeney, David Gabrieli, and Leah Suttner wins First place, and "ReSnare" with Elizabeth Boyle, Zachary Plona, Sharon Roth, and Melissa Schwartz and "Assist3D" with Oladayo Adewole, Lyle Brunhofer, Junyang Lu, and Colin Millar win Honorable Mentions at the SEAS Alumni Senior Design competition. [MicroFluFISH Presentation] [MicroFluFISH article] [ReSnare Presentation] [Assist3D Presentation]

February 2014: Sevile Mannickarottu presents "Laboratory Learning" as a mini-keynote address at the Penn Engineering Undergraduate Teaching retreat.

January 2014: Penn's 2012 iGEM team, led by Michael Magaraci (BE & Wharton 2013) and Avin Veerakumar (BE & Wharton 2013) and advised by Dr. Casim Sarkar, has paper published at ACS Synthetic Biology. [Paper]

October 2013: Penn iGEM team wins national competition. [Penn News]

May 2013: Senior design team, "Tactile Feedback for Monopolar Electrocautery in Minimally Invasive Surgery" with Zach Shurden, Anna Brzezinski, Brian Horwich, and Nicki Blumenfeld win First place at the SEAS Alumni Senior Design competition. [Article] [Presentation]

October 2012: Penn iGEM team wins American East Regional competition. [DP Story] [Penn News]

October 2011: Penn iGEM takes silver medal in competition. [DP Story]