Diana Albarracin is the UVA Engineering Outstanding Student of the Year

April 22, 2022 By Civelekl

Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student Diana Albarracin is a 2022 UVA Engineering Outstanding Student Awardee. Diana has been tremendously successful in her undergraduate studies. She also served as the president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) for two years. She was a member of the Engineering School’s Racial Equity Task Force and also served as the undergraduate representative in the search committee for the Dean of the School of Engineering. She will continue her career as a biomedical engineer at Medtronic. We will miss her and wish her well.

Zhiwen Xu wins the Goldwater Scholarship

April 22, 2022 By Civelekl

Congratulations to third-year Civelek Lab undergraduate student Zhiwen Xu for winning the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship! This is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the US. It is given to only 300 undergraduates across the nation and Zhiwen is one of them this year. She is a very interdisciplinary student: a biochemistry and studio art double major! This is a well-deserved recognition of her achievements. You can read more about her and the scholarship here.

Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair

March 8, 2022 By Civelekl

Redouane, Nik, Jordan, and Yoni judged middle and high school students’ science projects as part of the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair held on Saturday, March 5, 2022. The competition featured projects from students representing Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, King George, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Fauquier, and Stafford counties. This was Redouane’s 5th year as a judge!

Dr. Yang and Dr. Civelek in the news

March 8, 2022 By Civelekl

CBS19 and NBC29 interviewed Dr. Yang and Dr. Civelek about their study on KLF14 published in Diabetes. You can find the news articles here and here.

Double Hoo Award

March 8, 2022 By Civelekl

Graduate student Jordan Reed and her mentee Dhanush Banka were awarded the Double Hoo Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research. The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research together. Their project is titled “The combined effects of genetic background and diet on metabolism” and is part of a collaboration with Drs. Susanna Keller, Heather Ferris, Sibylle Kranz, and Bijoy Kundu.

Dr. Qianyi Yang published her paper on the metabolic characterization of KLF14 mouse

January 27, 2022 By Civelekl

Dr. Qinayi Yang published her paper entitled “Adipocyte-Specific Modulation of KLF14 Expression in Mice Leads to Sex-Dependent Impacts on Adiposity and Lipid Metabolism” in Diabetes.

Congratulations to Dr. Nik Barbera

January 15, 2022 By Civelekl

Nik Barbera was awarded the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fewlloship. Congratulations Nik! He becomes the third postdoctoral fellow from the lab to win this prestigious fellowship.

Spring/Graduation Celebration

May 24, 2021 By Civelekl

We celebrated the graduation of our BME seniors and the end of the research restrictions with a party in Mete’s house. A great time was had by all.

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