Jan. 16, 2014
Former Student Jillian Hillman Awarded AHA Post Doctoral Fellowship
Jillian Tengood Hillman, former BioEngineering PhD student and current post doctoral fellow at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has been awarded the prestigious American Heart Association post doctoral fellowship award. Her proposal, entitled "Endothelial cell functionalization and application for magnetically targeted cell therapy of in-stent restenosis" will explore the use of magnetic targeting for endothelial cell delivery as an anti-restenosis therapy in patients with atherosclerosis. Congratulations Jillian!

Jul. 30, 2013
Nate Remlinger Accepts Position with ACell Inc.
Nate Remlinger has accepted a position at ACell, Inc. in Columbia, MD as a Product Development Engineer. His primary responsibilities will be to enhance the design history files for ACell's product, Matristem, as well as explore new potential markets and uses for Urinary Bladder Matrix (UBM). Nate will be developing testing methods, procedures and prototype design verification testing for products. Nate will also be responsible for in vitro and in vivo studies, as well as investigating design changes and failure modes. Nate has stated his graduate work (and dissertation) has greatly prepared him for this position. He has been able to hit the ground running with such a solid background in the science behind their ECM technology. Congratulations to Nate on his wonderful success and the start of his career!

Mar. 8, 2013
Noah Johnson and Robert Allen 3rd Place

Noah Johnson and Robert Allen won 3rd place in the Elevator Pitch Competition at the 2013 MIRM Retreat.

This was a competition to give a presentation advocating to commercialize your research as a business opportunity. Overall 9 teams competed and Robert and Noah took 3rd.

Congratulations Noah and Robert!

Mar. 8, 2013
Robert Allen First Place in MIRM Poster Session

Robert Allen was awarded first place after his poster presentation in Tissue Engineering Research Category at the 2013 MIRM Retreat. Robert's poster included his research on the " Long Term in vivo Study of Rapidly Degradable Synthetic Arterial Graft". Robert was chosen first out of over 60 posters in this competition judged by a pool of faculty members.

Congratulations on your outstanding efforts and success Robert!


Mar. 1, 2013
Robert Allen Nominated for Outstanding Contribution to the Society for Biomaterials' 2013 Annual Meeting.

Congratulations to Robert Allen on his paper entitled, "Long Term in vivo Study of Rapidly Degradable Synthetic Arterial Grafts" which was nominated as an outstanding contribution to the Society For Biomaterials' 2013 Annual Meeting. The Education and Professional Development Committee of the Society has awarded Robert with a STAR (Student Travel Achievement Recognition).

Congratulations on receiving this wonderful honor Robert!

Dec. 13, 2012
Beckman Takes Job In Cincinnati
Sarah Beckman has recently accepted a position at Cincinnati Children's Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow. She will be working in the lab of Dr. Josh Waxman. Here she will be studying the cardiac development, specifically mechanisms that affect the heart size in zebra fish. We wish Sarah the best of luck in her exciting new career path. Congratulations Sarah!

Dec. 13, 2012
Nelson Takes Job In Arizona
Devin Nelson recently accepted a new position in Arizona working for W.L. Gore as their Product Specialist. In this position he will oversee the fitness for use of one of their medical devices. This will involve seeing that all the engineering design, manufacturing, regulatory, and clinical aspects of the device are being appropriately carried out. The device he will be working on is a septal occluder that is used to close atrial septal defects in the heart. Nelson's position will also involve travel to meet with physicians that use the product for troubleshooting, education, and as a way to understand what design changes may be needed to optimize the performance of the device. We wish Devin the best of luck in his exciting new career path. Congratulations Devin!

Dec. 13, 2012
Remlinger Article Published in JoVE
Nathaniel Remlinger, PhD candidate, recently had the success of his article titled, "Procedure for Decellularization of Porcine Heart by Retrograde Coronary Perfusion" being published on the Journal of Visualized Experiments website. Nathaniel is a 5 th year PhD candidate in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Nathaniel's research is primarily focused on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, specifically geared towards solutions for pediatric congenital heart defects and my thesis will be centered around the development of contractile myocardial tissue from extracellular matrix scaffolds. Take a moment to review his astounding published article in the attached link. Congratulations Nathaniel! Visit the Article here:

Dec. 5, 2012
Welcome 2012 CBTP Trainees
The CBTP program would like to welcome our newest Trainees:


  • Kory Blose
  • Richard Jeffries
  • Rosa Rodriguez
  • Mark Langhans