iPRIME Funding to study women’s heart health

December 1, 2022 By Civelekl

The immunology, imaging, and informatics in precision immunomedicine (iPRIME) initiative awarded a 2-year pilot grant to Dr. Civelek and Dr. Patricia Rodriguez Lozano, Director of Women’s Heart Health Program at UVA, to study the impact of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors on systemic inflammation in women with coronary microvascular disease.

Dr. Aherrahrou published his paper on the genetic regulation of smooth muscle cell circular RNA expression

November 30, 2022 By Civelekl

The paper is entitled “Genetic regulation of circular RNA expression in human aortic smooth muscle cells and vascular traits” and was published in the American Society of Human Genetics Journal HGG Advances. His co-first author, Dillon Lue, was an undergraduate research student in the Civelek Lab for four years. He is now a PhD student in Computer Science at Princeton University.

Emerging Leaders in BME Symposium

November 18, 2022 By Civelekl

Drs. Civelek, Abebayehu, and Sheybani of the Department of Biomedical Engineering organized the inaugural Emerging Leaders in Biomedical Engineering symposium with grant support on increasing faculty diversity from the Provost’s Office.

HHMI Driving Change Grant

November 1, 2022 By Civelekl

Dr. Civelek is a member of the leadership team who received a “Driving Change Award” from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This award aims to change the teaching and learning environment for STEM majors at UVA. You can read more about it here.

2022 Annual BME Tug of War

September 25, 2022 By Civelek Lab

Civelek and Saucerman Labs collaboration for the Annual BME Tug of War!

Jordan and Yoni received the Early Investigator Award to attend the Kern Lipid Conference

September 1, 2022 By Civelekl

Jordan and Yoni both received the Early Investigator Award to attend the Kern Lipid Conference.

Adipocyte Drug Delivery Funding from Coulter Foundation

September 1, 2022 By Civelekl

Dr. Mete Civelek and Dr. Heather Ferris of UVA received collaborative funding along with Dr. Lola Eniola-Adefeso from the University of Michigan from the Coulter Foundation entitled “Design and optimization of particle-based therapeutics for modulating adipocyte signaling in obesity”

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.

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