Four proposals by six members of the George R. Brown School of Engineering faculty are recipients of the 2017 Hamill Innovation Awards from the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB) at Rice University.
Each award, presented during a ceremony on Oct. 31, comes with a $10,000 prize to be used for research. The faculty members, their proposals and co-principal investigators:
Marcia K. O’Malley, professor of mechanical engineering: “Imitative Robotic Forelimb Rehabilitation after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury”; Dr. Qi Lin Cao, associate professor of neurosurgery, UT Health.
Laura Segatori and Rafael Verduzco, associate professors of chemical and biomolecular engineering, “Modulating Autophagy Activation through Model Bottlebrush Polymers”; Marco Sardiello, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine.
Junghae Suh, associate professor of bioengineering: “Thermodynamic Factors Driving Virus Capsid Assembly and Disassembly”; Peter Wolynes, Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of materials science and nanoengineering, and of physics and astronomy at Rice.
Ashok Veeraraghavan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), and of computer science: “PulseCam: Design, Development and Validation of Continuous Hemodynamic Imaging for Intensive Care Units.” His co-principal investigators are Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of ECE at Rice, and Dr. James Suliburk, professor of surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Also receiving a Hamill Innovation Award was a team from the Wiess School of Natural Science at Rice, Ching-Hwa Kiangg, associate professor of physics and astronomy, and of bioengineering; and Yizhi Jane Tao, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology: “Understanding Virus Orsay δ Protein Through Single Molecule AFM.”
The IBB, founded in 1986, promotes interdisciplinary research and education, and fosters ties with the Texas Medical Center. The Hamill Awards have been given annually since 2005.