Bioengineering PhD candidate, Gregory Futia, has been awarded a TL1 predoctoral training fellowship by the CCTSI

??????????????????????????????????Gregory Futia, a PhD candidate in the department of bioengineering, has been awarded a TL1 predoctoral training fellowship by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute for project titled, “Investigations of Lipid Content and Quantitate Microscopy for the Identification of Circulating Tumor Cells(CTC) from Ovarian Carcinoma”.

Greg is pursuing this project is under the mentorship of Emily Gibson PhD, faculty member in the Department of Bioengineeirng, and Kian Behbakht MD, clinician and faculty member in the Department Obstetrics and Oncology.

Through this fellowship, Greg will be exposed to the difficulties encountered in clinical trial design and the short coming of current disease monitoring end points. Overall, this fellowship will further develop Greg’s expertise in the clinical and translational aspects of his research.


Yakacki, Shandas receive CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Technology Transfer Awards

Congratulations to Chris Yakacki, mechanical engineering, and Robin Shandas, bioengineering, for receiving CU Denver | Anschutz Technology Transfer Awards. Chris was awarded “New Inventor of the Year,” while EndoShape, Inc., a company based on work by Robin, was awarded the “CU Denver | Anschutz Company of the Year.”

The entire press release is below.

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Tanya Evans, predoctoral trainee in the Department of Bioengineering, granted an NHLBI Graduate Research Supplement

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Tanya Evans, a predoctoral trainee in the Department of Bioengineering at CU Denver, is a recipient of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Graduate Research Supplement. Tanya is receiving the award as part of a parent grant with her advisor, Dr. Robin Shandas.

The research supplements are available to students of active National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grantees. The supplements were designed to increase diversity in health-related research by supporting and recruiting students from underrepresented groups.

The NHLBI provides research, training, and education to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases. The NHLBI has a history of fostering training and mentoring of emerging scientists. It has forged robust partnerships with private and public organizations, including academia, industry, and other government agencies.

This research supplement will continue to support Tanya in her work to improve ultrasound imaging techniques for accurate assessment of cardiovascular functioning.

Jacob Altholz, an undergraduate student, has recently been awarded the UROP grant

Jacob Altholz, an undergraduate student in the University of Colorado Denver’s Bioengineering program, has recently been awarded the UROP grant, a grant given out to help students pursue their research interests in any field of study.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program funds around thirty projects each year in any and all fields of study, ranging from engineering to the arts. It is hoped that through this program, students will receive a deeper understanding of methodologies in all aspects of research. Jacob Altholz will be working in Dr. Richard Weir’s lab, helping to design and construct a new functioning finger prosthetic in the hopes of simplifying existing prostheses and allowing for a more natural range of motion. This project is a portion of Dr. Weir’s much larger goal of developing fully functioning and comprehensive upper-limb prostheses.

Jacob is extremely excited to begin work with Dr. Weir and hopes that he can make a meaningful impact on the project.

Spring 2014 Senior Design Slideshow

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the spring 2014 Senior Design Competition. We had 28 teams and nearly 140 students participate in this semester’s event, making it the largest senior design event to date. Below is a slideshow of the event. For results of the competition, visit


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