News

July 2019

The ETM3 Lab will be at the BMES Annual Meeting 2019

ETM3 PhD students Johane Bracamonte’s abstract entitled “Inverse FEM Scheme to Estimate Regional Aortic Mechanical Properties from in vivo DENSE MR Imaging” and Sarah Saunders’ abstract entitled “Effects of ECM Density on the Inflammatory Foreign Body Reaction of Engineering Tissue Vascular Grafts” have been accepted for presentations (podium and poster, respectively) at the BMES Annual Meeting 2019. See you in Philadelphia, PA in October 16-19.


June 2019

The ETM3 Lab was at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C 2019)

Group photo of ETM3 members at the SB3C 2019 Conference [View Image]
Johane Bracamonte at the SB3C 2019 conference [View Image]

Among many other things, Ph.D. student Johane Bracamonte presented his poster and PI Joao Soares chaired the ASME-BED Student Paper Competition BS-level - congratulations to all finalists! Great conference, looking forward to next year in Vail, CO.


June 2019

The ETM3 Lab welcomes VMI Cadet Connor Donlan

ETM3 Lab has lunch to welcome VMI Cadet Connor Donlan [View Image]

Cadet Connor Donlan joined us from Virginia Military Institute for an undergraduate research internship. Connor will be working on the construction of our dynamic bioreactor for vascular grafts and of our degradation chamber for degradation of tissue engineering scaffolds under mechanical stimulation. To celebrate his arrival and the beginning of the Summer semester, the ETM3 Laboratory went for a work-lunch.


May 2019

The ETM3 Lab was at the VCU College of Engineering DERI Ceremony

The ETM3 Lab at the VCU College of Engineering DERI Ceremony [View Image]
Katy Werwath wins award at Undergraduate Research Symposium [View Image]
Shivani Kundalia wins award at Undergraduate Research Symposium [View Image]
Katy Werwath presenting her poster [View Image]

This is the conclusion of a very productive year spent at our lab by Shivani Kundalia and Katy Werwath (Maggie Walker’s high-school students) with a nice poster presentation. We welcome our new DERI Scholars for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year, Thomas “Finn” Rowley (Maggie Walker’s) and Manaswani Tadigadapa (Henrico). More information about our DERI program.


May 2019

ETM3 Lab and VIP team goes bowling

ETM3 Lab and VIP team goes bowling [View Image]
The ETM3 lab members go bowling [View Image]

To celebrate the end of a hard-working Spring 2019 semester, we had a lot of fun bowling. Big thanks to all the students and who found time to come to this event. This type of team-building activity help the students feel part of the team and have great benefits in retention and recruiting for the future. Where next?


May 2019

ETM3 PhD student Johane Bracamonte was awarded with a SB3C 2019 Diversity Travel Grant

Johane has been awarded the Diversity Travel Grant to attend the 2019 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. This award will cover your conference registration and we look forward to see you at SB3C this Summer.


April 2019

ETM3 PhD student Sarah Saunders was nominated as a finalist for the VCU College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

After two years of hard-work as a teaching assistant at MNE and one here as mentor of our DERI Scholars, here is the due recognition of Sarah’s effort towards undergraduate teaching at VCU. Sarah did not end up winning, but being nominated as finalist is a great feat!


April 2019

The ETM3 Laboratory was at the VCU Graduate Research Symposium

Graduate students Sarah Saunders and Johane Bracamonte presented posters of their current research at the symposium. This is a great way to showcase our research internally, serves as an yearly academic goal, and adds experience and presentation skills under their belts. Looking forward to check on them next year! More info about VCU GRS.


April 2019

ETM3 Undergraduate Researcher Sam Cole awarded two summer research fellowships (UROP and CCTR)


March 2019

The ETM3 Lab will be at the SB3C 2019

ETM3 Ph.D. student Johane Bracamonte’s abstract titled “In Vitro Degradation of Electrospun Polycaprolactone Tissue Engineered Scaffolds Under Cyclical Dynamic Loading” has been accepted for a poster presentation at the 2019 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C2019).


February 2019

The ETM3 Lab welcomes new member Federica Potere

Federica Potere, who spend last Summer at the ETM3 doing undergraduate research, has joined the ETM3 lab to complete research work for her Master’s Thesis in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.


January 2019

The ETM3 VIP team welcomes new incoming members

For the Spring semester, we are pleased to announce 5 new incoming students (yes, we are growing) to our VIP undergraduate research team. They are: Emily Clement (BME sophomore), Madison Bates (BME junior), Alisson Frangullys (ECE sophomore), Preston Logfran (BME junior) and Emma Schwimmer (BME freshman). They join our current students Sam Cole (BME junior) and Madhuda Managoli (BME sophomore) in our exciting VIP projects. More information about the VIP program at VCU.


December 2018

ETM3 Lab and VIP team Christmas Dinner

ETM3 Lab and VIP team Christmas Dinner [View Image]

To celebrate the end of the Fall 2018 semester and the holiday season, we had a get together at local asian-mexican fusion restaurant Wong Gonzalez. Big thanks to all the students and significant others and who found time to come to this event.


November 2018

PI Joao S. Soares, ETM3 Laboratory, and Undergraduate MNE Student Anthony Gonnella awarded with a DURI Fellowship

Great news! Our project entitled “Anatomically-realistic image-based 3D- printed models of congenital heart disease for better surgical planning” has been approved for participation in the 2019 Dean’s Undergraduate Research Initiative (DURI) program. This is a collaboration with Drs. Scott Gullquist and Thomas Yeh from Children’s Hospital of Richmond. VCU College of Engineering intramural funding support to undergraduate MNE student Anthony Gonnella is greatly appreciated. Welcome to the team Anthony! More information about our DURI program.


November 2018

The ETM3 Lab was at the VCU College of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium

The ETM3 Lab at the VCU College of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium [View Image]

BME Sophomore Madhura Managoli, member of the ETM3 VIP team, presented a poster at the symposium on her work with PhD student Sarah Saunders developing our seed-and-culture bioreactor for static incubation of engineered tissue vascular grafts. More information about the Undergraduate Research Symposium.


October 2018

PI Joao S. Soares elected as BS-level Chair of the ASME-SB3C Student Paper Competition Committee

Great news! Dr. Joao Soares was chosen to be part of the ASME-SB3C Student Paper Competition Committee. This committee organizes the student paper competitions (BS-level, MS-level, and PhD-level) at the Summer Bioengineering Biomechanics and Biotransport Conference. The competition is a great showcase of the work that our students do, and certainly, a very nice way to reward them. More information about the SB3C.


October 2018

PI Joao S. Soares chosen as organizing chair of “Cardiac Mechanics” sessions at CMBBE in Columbia University, NY in August 2019

The CMBBE is one of the most significant conferences in Computational Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering and showcases the best research in the field. More information about the CMMBE2019.


September 2018

The ETM3 Laboratory VIP team starts this Fall semester

Our lab has formed a VIP team with a general project entitled “Bioreactors for mechanical training of engineered tissues” has started. We welcome two students, Sam Cole (MNE junior) and Madhura Managoli (BME sophomore) to our team! More information about the VIP program and our VIP team.


August 2018

The ETM3 Laboratory welcomes summer research intern Federica Potere


August 2018

PI Joao Soares participates in the Discovery Program


June 2018

PI Joao S. Soares and the ETM3 Laboratory were awarded a VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund

Our project entitled “Modeling & Design of Biodegradable Scaffolds for Engineered Tissue Vascular Grafts” was approved! This project counts with the expertise, collaboration, and mentorship of Dr. Gary Tepper (MNE) in electrospinning of polymers. We do appreciate VCU’s intramural funding support!


June 2018

The ETM3 Laboratory welcomes summer research intern Cadet Robert Fricke


May 2018

The ETM3 Lab welcomes incoming DERI Scholars

Shivani Kundalia and Katy Werwath, both 12th graders from Maggie Walker’s Governor's High School, will join the ETM3 lab for the academic year 2018-19. More information about our DERI program.


January 2018

The ETM3 Laboratory welcomes new undergraduate researcher Nathan Lisech


January 2018

The ETM3 Laboratory welcomes new PhD student Johane Bracamonte


November 2017

The ETM3 Laboratory welcomes new postdoctoral student Junjie Li


November 2017

PI Joao S. Soares and the ETM3 Laboratory was selected as VCU Pauley Heart Center 2017 Pilot Grant Awardee

Our project entitled “Integrated in vitro-in silico-in vivo modeling of engineered tissue vascular growth, development, and function” with Dr. Stefano Toldo (School of Medicine) and Dr. Joao Soares (School of Engineering) was chosen on for its potential to favorably impact the multidisciplinary research in the VCU Pauley Heart Center and ultimately the life and wellbeing of our patients.


September 2017

The ETM3 Laboratory welcomes new undergraduate researchers Madhura Managoli, Joel Person, and Anthony Ong


September 2017

The ETM3 Laboratory welcomes new PhD student Sarah Saunders

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