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Lab News

  1. Dr. Vorp was awarded an R01 NIH Grant: "Artificial Stem Cells for Vascular Tissue Engineering" that will span from 7/1/2016-6/30/2020.

  2. Soon-to-be new post-doc in the Vorp Lab Dr. Eoghan Cunnane wins Best Poster at #LondonESVS16. Congrats!

    Eoghan Cunnane ESVS16 Poster

  3. Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Krawiec, who completed his PhD under Dr. David Vorp's mentoring.  His graduation was on Sunday May 1, 2016.

    Jeffrey Krawiec PhD graduation

  4. Congratulations to Alex Josowitz who was awarded the 2016 Whitaker International Fellowship to work and to be enrolled in a graduate degree program at Imperial College London.  Alex worked in the Vorp Laboratory, while an undergraduate Bioengineering student here in Swanson School of Engineering.
  5. Dr. Vorp was awarded an R21 Grant: "An Autologous, Culture-Free, Adipose Cell-Based Tissue Engineered Vascular Graft" that will span from 4/15/2016-3/31/2018.
  6. Dr. Jeffrey Krawiec and Dr. Justin Weinbaum were co-first authors on this publication just accepted on 4/12/16 in Tissue Engineering, Part A:  " In Vivo Functional Evaluation of Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts Fabricated Using Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells from High-Cardiovascular Risk Populations".
  7. Congratulations to all of our trainees for poster award recognition over the last month!
    • Aneesh Ramaswamy won second place in the Tissue Engineering category for his poster: Smooth Muscle Cell Elastin Generation Stimulated by Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells” at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Retreat, Farmington PA on March 9, 2015.
    • Kory Blose won runner-up in the Computational Modeling category for his poster: Elastin production slows aneurysm enlargement in a constrained mixture model of aneurysm growth and remodeling” at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Retreat, Farmington PA on March 9, 2015.
    • Jeff Krawiec won third place for his poster: Adipose-Derived Stem Cells from Diabetic Donors Cause Thrombotic Failure of Autologous Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels" at the Bioengineering Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend, University of Pittsburgh, PA, February 28, 2015.
  8. Ryan Koch has had a first-author publication accepted in the Journal of Biomechanics: "A Custom Image-Based Analysis Tool for Quantifying Elastin and Collagen Micro-Architecture in the Wall of the Human Aorta from Multi-Photon Microscopy". He did this work in the Vorp Laboratory, while an undergraduate Bioengineering student here in Swanson School of Engineering. The full author list is: Koch R, Tsamis A, D'Amore A, Wagner WR, Watkins SC, Gleason TG, Vorp DA.

  9. Dr. Vorp presented: "Engineering Arterial Grafts: Bench to Start-up to (hopefully) Bedside”, as the invited seminar speaker at the University of Arizona, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tucson, AZ, November 2013

  10. Dr. Vorp presented: "Jekyll and Hyde: The complex role of intraluminal thrombus in abdominal aortic aneurysm", as an invited speaker at Vascular Biology 2013 (NAVBO), in Hyannis, MA October 2013

  11. Dr. Vorp elected 2013-2014 Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Division (BED) of ASME

  12. Dr. Vorp appointed Associate Dean for Research, Swanson School of Engineering, 2012

  13. Dr. Vorp elected Secretary of BMES (Executive Committee), 2012

  14. Dr. Vorp elected President, International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB) 2012-2014. NOTE: Dr. Vorp was the first non-MD president of this society ( www.isacb.org)

  15. Dr. Vorp highlighted as a “Newsmaker” in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on April 3, 2011 for receiving the Van C. Mow Medal from the ASME.

  16. Graduate student, Donna Haworth, received the University / Post-Secondary Student Award from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center, January 2009

  17. Online article announcing invention, December 12, 2008, “ Invention: Blood vessel bandage

  18. Dr. Vorp Interviewed live on Sunday House Call Radio Show with Dr. Barry Dworkin, Canada, September 2007 (580 CFRA)

  19. MIRM Podcast on Regenerative Medicine Today #41, October 2007

  20. Appeared in TV news article on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, PA, “Dr. Maria: Diagnosis and Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,” April 2003

  21. Syndicated TV news video entitled “Virtual Aneurysms” by Discoveries and Breakthroughs, Inside Science, August 2000

  22. Newspaper article featuring research, July 9, 1998, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Health and Science Section - Computer Model Offers 3-D View of Aortic Weak Spots: “Virtual Aneurysms” May One Day Help in Deciding on Surgery