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VBL News By Year:

2022:

  • VBL undergrad Anna Kelly is Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Pittsburgh chapter, that won the regional chapter of the year! 
  • VBL has several poster presentations at the 2022 University of Pittsburgh Recruitment Weekend Poster Session, congrats to the best poster award winners!
    • Isabelle Chickanosky, 1st Place
    • Pete Gueldner, 2nd Place

2021:

  • Timothy Chung, Dr. Vorp, and Nathan Liang receive 2021 grant from Neocortex (University of Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center).
  • Dr. Vorp, Timothy Chung, and Nathan Liang receive PreMIC funding to continue work on "Aneurysm Prognosis Classifier".
  • Dr. Weinbaum served as the Mentoring Chair at the American Society for Matrix Biology (ASMB) 2021 Conference in St. Louis.
  • Ande Marini and Pete Gueldner are named President and Treasurer, respectively, on the University of Pittsburgh Graduate BMES Board.
  • Timothy Chung is promoted from Post-Doctoral Researcher to Research Assistant Professor.
  • Dr. Vorp and Timothy Chung were awarded a R21 NIH Grant: ”A Machine Learning-Based Clinical Decision Support Tool to Predict Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Prognosis Using Existing Longitudinal Data” that will span from 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2022.
  • Dr. Vorp is renewed as John A. Swanson Professor of Bioengineering.
  • Brittany Rodriguez gets 3rd place at the 2021 University of Pittsburgh Recruitment weekend poster session.
  • Amanda Pellegrino begins work in the Artificial Heart Program.

2020:

  • Dr. Vorp, Timothy Chung, Dr. Gross, Dr. Arefan, and Dr. Hwang receiving CAIIMI 2020 Grant for "Cerebral Aneurysm Prognosis Classifier".
  • Dr. Vorp receives funding from NIH for5R61HL154102 "Preclinical optimization and design for manufacturability of immunoregulatory tissue-engineered vascular grafts".
  • Dr. Vorp receives funding from NIH for R21AG061430 for "The Role of Fibrinolysis in Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts for Aged Individuals".
  • Ande Marini and Pete Gueldner are named Vice president and First Year Rep, respectively, on the University of Pittsburgh Graduate BMES Board.
  • Donation of lab goods
  • VBL is well represented at the 2020 University of Pittsburgh Recruitment Weekend Poster Session, congrats to the winners!
    • Katherine Lorentz, 1st Place
    • Ande Marini, 2nd Place

2019:

  • Dr. Vorp, Timothy Chung, and Nathan Liang awarded funding from Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance (PHDA) (CCA Grant) for their project entitled "Aneurysm Prognosis Classified" ($300,000).
  • Ande Marini named First Year Rep on the University of Pittsburgh Graduate BMES Board.

2018:

  • Dr. Vorp, Timothy Chung, and Nathan Liang receive funding from CTSI Biomedical pilot Award for "A Machine Learning Clinical Tool to predict Biomechanical Status of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm".
  • Dr. Vorp named to ASME Van C. Mow Medal Selection Committee (for second 2-year term).

2016:

  • Dr. Vorp served as Track Co-Lead (University of Pittsburgh Lead) for National Track of the Frontiers Conference with President Barack Obama.
  • Dr. Vorp named to ASME Van C. Mow Medal Selection Committee (2-year term).
  • Dr. Vorp named John A. Swanson Professor of Bioengineering
  • 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.
  • Soon-to-be new post-doc in the Vorp Lab Dr. Eoghan Cunnane wins Best Poster at #LondonESVS16. Congrats!

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".

2015:

  • 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.
  • 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.

2013:

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

2012:

  • Dr. Vorp appointed Associate Dean for Research, Swanson School of Engineering, 2012
  • Dr. Vorp elected Secretary of BMES (Executive Committee), 2012
  • 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)

2011:

2009: 

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

2008:

2007:

  • Dr. Vorp Interviewed live on Sunday House Call Radio Show with Dr. Barry Dworkin, Canada, September 2007 (580 CFRA)
  • MIRM Podcast on Regenerative Medicine Today #41, October 2007

2003:

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

2000:

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

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