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1/2020

Grace Duginski's paper accepted for publication in JMBBM


Grace's paper on "An investigation of the effect of freezing storage on the biaxial mechanical properties of excised porcine tricuspid valve anterior leaflets" was accepted for publication in Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.

Congratulations on Grace's wonderful work!

11/14/2019

Samuel Jett and Luke Hudson's paper accepted for publication in Acta Biomaterialia

10/16/2019

Dr. Lee received 1-year research funding from OU's Faculty Investment Program

Dr. Lee's proposal application to the VPR Faculty Investment Program was funded for a 1-year innovative research project, entitled "Novel multiscale investigation of degenerative valvular heart disease: Combining tissue mechanics, microstructure, and morphology," 10/1/2019-09/30/2020 ($14,953 award).

The Faculty Investment Program (FIP), operated by the Norman Campus Research Council, provides funding on a competitive basis to develop and expand the scholarly (i.e., research and creative) activities of Norman campus researchers, including researchers associated with Norman Campus Programs at OU-Tulsa. The FIP is designed to provide maximum flexibility in meeting faculty needs via strategic investment of funds with a high degree of expectation and accountability. Ultimately, FIP is expected to enhance the national and international reputation of the University of Oklahoma via excellence in scholarship.

9/1/2019

Robert Kunkel's paper accepted for publication in Materials Letters


Rob's paper on "Development of shape memory polymer nanocomposite foam for treatment of intracranial aneurysms" was accepted for publication in Materials Letters.

Congratulations on Rob's wonderful work!

7/3/2019

Colton Ross' paper accepted for publication in JRSI


Colton's paper on "An investigation of the glycosaminoglycan contribution to biaxial mechanical behaviours of porcine atrioventricular heart valve leaflets" has been published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Congratualtions on Colton's wonderful work!

6/29/2019

Katherine Kramer's paper accepted for publication in Acta Biomaterialia


Katie's paper on "An investigation of layer-specific tissue biomechanics of porcine atrioventricular valve anterior leaflets" has been published in Acta Biomaterialia

Congratualtions on Katie's wonderful work!

6/28/2019

Samuel Jett and Devin Laurence won Student Paper Competition Awards at 2019 SB3C


Devin and Sam won the First Place Award and Third Place Award of the MS-Level Student Paper Competition (Solid Mechanics Category) at the 2019 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengienering, Biotransport Conference in Seven Springs, PA.

Colton and Cortland were selected as Finalists of the BS-LEvel Student Paper Competition.

Congratulations on their wonderful work and big achievement!

6/25-28/2019

BBDL researchers presented at 2019 Summer Biomechancs, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference


BBDL researchers travelled to the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference in Seven Springs, PA on June 25-28, 2019 to provide oral/poster presentations regarding their research. 

·  Cortland's poster presentation (BS-level Student Paper Competiton) on
   "An investigation of layer-specific tissue biomechanics of porcine
   atrioventricular valve anterior leaflets".
·  Devin's poster presentation (MS-level Student Paper Competition) on
   "Finite element simulation framework for investigating pathological
   effects on organ-level tricuspid valve biomechanical function".
·  Sam's poster presentation (MS-level Student Paper Competition) on "An
   integrated opto-mechanical system for quantification of dynamic
   microstructure and mechanics of heart valve tissues".
·  Colton's poster presentation (BS-level Student Paper Competition) on
   "Investigations of the chordae tendineae’s mechanical properties of
   porcine atrioventricular heart valves".
·  Rob's podiam presentation on "Synthesis and characterization of porous
   shape memory polymer materials for use in the design of implantable
   medical devices".

6/3/2019

Dr. Lee's postdoctoral research published in JMBE


Dr. Lee's postdoctoral work with Dr. Michael Sacks at UT Austin on "On the Simulation of Mitral Valve Function in Health, Disease, and Treatment" has been published in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.

6/10/2019

Dr. Lee presented at the 6th International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Lee presented BBDL's cuttind-edge research "Finite element biomechanical investigations of pathological effects on organ-level tricuspid valve function" at the 6th International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering (CMBE2019) in Sendai City, Japan.

6/1/2019

Devin Laurence' paper accepted for publication in Data in Brief


Devin's paper on "Regional biaxial mechanical data of the mitral and tricuspid valve anterior leaflets" was accepted for publication in Data in Brief.

Congratulations on Devin's wonderful work!

5/22/2019

BBDL's paper accepted for publication in Bioengineering


BBDL's paper on "Mechanics of the tricuspid valve-From clinical diagnosis/treatment, in-vivo and in-vitro investigations, to patient-specific biomechanical modeling" was accepted for publication in Bioengineering.

Congratulations on our wonderful TV biomechanics review paper!

5/16/2019

First three MS students graduated from BBDL - Spring 2019


Congratulations to Devin, Rob, and Sam on their successfully defending their MS thesis! The first three MS students graduated from BBDL!

5/16/2019

Undergraduate Student Award Highlight - Spring 2019

· Grace, Allyson, Luke Hudson, and the SMP 3D Printing Capstone Team (Colton, Wyatt, Luke Whitney, Ryan) received the Undergraduate Research Opporutnity Program (UROP) funding from the Honors College for conducing their research in BBDL for Spring 2019.

With the generous support of the Office of the Vice President of Research, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program offers financial assistance for scholarly and creative projects under the mentorship of a faculty member.  Dozens of research projects are funded each year so that undergraduates may undertake ambitious and exciting research endeavors. 

·  Cortland received the AME Outstanding Junior Award.
·  SMP 3D Printing Capstone Team won the Presentation Third Place of Mechical
   Engineering Capstone Design.
·  Luke Hudson received the ASME Central Oklahoma Section Undergraduate
   Scholarship.

Congratulations to all the award/fellowship recipients in Spring 2019!

4/29/2019

Dr. Jay Humphrey gave 2nd IBEST Distinguished Lecture


As a part of the IBEST distinguished lecture series, Jay Humphrey, Ph.D., gave a lecture over the effects of hypertension and aging on central artery structure and function on April 29, 2019.

Abstract: Cardiovascular diseases continue to be responsible for significant morbidity and mortality, and hypertension and natural aging are key risk factors for such conditions. Hypertension and aging induce changes in the microstructure, and hence biomechanical properties and function, of the aortic wall, which in turn adversely affect the hemodynamics, leading to heart disease, renal disease, and stroke, among other sequelae. In this talk, we will quantify, compare, and model biomechanical effects of hypertension and aging in order to gain increased insight into the hemodynamic consequences. In particular, we will examine the use of diverse mouse models that permit consistent biomechanical phenotyping, including detailed comparisons of arterial stiffening in hypertension and aging, including an ultra-rare genetic cause of highly accelerated aging – Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome.

Biography: J.D. Humphrey received the Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Georgia Institute of Technology and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medicine – Cardiovascular at the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently John C. Malone Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. His primary technical expertise is in vascular mechanics and mechanobiology, with particular interests in vascular aging, hypertension, aneurysms, and tissue engineering. 

4/27/2019

Cortland Johns represented AME and BBDL at Sooner Saturday


Cortland represented AME and BBDL at Sooner Saturday. She spoke to future OU students about the School of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering and Dr. Lee's Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory.

4/26/2019

Robert Kunkel defended his MS thesis


Rob defended his MS thesis on " Investigation of Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymer for Potential Applications in Brain Aneurysm Treatment". The third MS student graduated from BBDL in the same week!

Congratulations on Rob's wonderful work!

4/26/2019

Samuel Jett defended his MS thesis


Sam defended his MS thesis on "Investigations of the Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of the Atrioventricular Heart Valve Leaflets". The second MS student graduated from BBDL in the same week!

Congratulations on Sam's wonderful work!

4/24/2019

Devin Laurence defended his MS thesis


Devin defended his MS thesis on "Investigations of the Tricuspid Heart Valve Function: An Integrated Computational-Experimental Approach". The first MS student graduated from BBDL!

Congratulations on Devin's wonderful work!

4/9/2019

Colton Ross' paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Visualized Experiments


Colton's paper on "Biaxial mechanical characterizations of atrioventricular heart valves" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Congratulations on Colton's wonderful work!

4/8/2019

Devin Laurence received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


Graduate student Devin was selected to receive a 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). Devin Laurence is a graduate student in the BBDL at the University of Oklahoma studying mechanical engineering.

Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Devin!

4/6/2019

Colton Ross, Daniel Tsai, and Cortland Johns received awards from 2019 Undergraduate Research Day


Colton, Daniel, and Cortland won awards for their presentations at the Undergraduate Research Day.

They each spoke about their current research in biomedical engineering. Colton won an Honors College Award for Most Outstanding Project Grand Prize, Daniel won an Honors College Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Research, and Cortland received an Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to Colton, Daniel, and Cortland!

4/5/2019

Robert Kunkel's paper accepted for publication in Polymers


Rob's paper on "Shape memory polyurethane with porous architectures for potential applications in intracranial aneurysm treatment" was accepted for publication in Polymers.

Congratulations on Rob's wonderful work!

3/29/2019

Devin Laurence and Samuel Jett won poster presentation awards at 3rd OU-OUHSC BME Symposium


At the 3rd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium, AME students participated in the student poster competition. The event was held at the Samis Education Center at the OU Health Sciences Center.

Devin was awarded first place, while Sam was awarded third place. The top ten finalists were Yuxuan Chen, Jaanam Gopalakrishnan, Katherine Haddad, Samuel Jett, Devin Laurence, Samara Lewis, Guofa Shou. Julia Tang, Paige Welch, and Omar Michael Wyman.

The Symposium is aimed to bring together the biomedical science and engineering community from the Norman campus and the clinicians and scientists from the Health Sciences Center campus in unprecedented fashion. The symposium will engage clinicians, entrepreneurs, basic scientists, engineers, and key players from the bioscience industry, all aligned in the collective vision of building new partnerships and spreading awareness. The leadership of the symposium includes members of both campuses, including clinical input to ensure a welcoming and enabling environment for clinicians to attend.

3/29/2019

BBDL researchers presented at the 3rd OU-OUHSC BME Symposium


Devin, Colton, and Rob presented there research findings at the 3rd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium in the Samis Education Center at the OU Health Sciences Center on March 29, 2019.

The Symposium is aimed to bring together the biomedical science and engineering community from the Norman campus and the clinicians and scientists from the Health Sciences Center campus in unprecedented fashion. The symposium will engage clinicians, entrepreneurs, basic scientists, engineers, and key players from the bioscience industry, all aligned in the collective vision of building new partnerships and spreading awareness. 

3/29/2019

Dr. Lee made an invited lecture at the 3rd OU-OUHSC BME Symposium


Dr. Lee presented his collaborative research with OUHSC Dr. Bohnstedt's cerebrovascular team at the 3rd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium in the Samis Education Center at the OU Health Sciences Center on March 29, 2019.

The Symposium is aimed to bring together the biomedical science and engineering community from the Norman campus and the clinicians and scientists from the Health Sciences Center campus in unprecedented fashion. The symposium will engage clinicians, entrepreneurs, basic scientists, engineers, and key players from the bioscience industry, all aligned in the collective vision of building new partnerships and spreading awareness. 

3/14/2019 & 4/9/2019

BBDL scholars presented research highlights to high school students at MNTR


On March 14th and April 9th, Dr. Lee and students from the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory (BBDL) provided presentations to the Moore Norman Technology Center (MNTC) pre-engineering students.

These presentations provided the MNTC students with some insight into the regular week-to-week life of a college student, and the learning experiences that the BBDL students had throughout their college careers. They also emphasized how valuable undergraduate engineering is to personal/professional growth and how easily one can get involved. Additionally, the BBDL students talked about their ongoing work in cardiovascular and brain aneurysm biomechanics and how the basic engineering principles span a diverse array of applications.

3/11/2019

Dr. Lee presented at the Workshop on Meshfree Method and Advances in Computataional Mechanics


Dr. Lee presented BBDL's brain aneurysm research at the Workshop on Meshfree Method and Advances in Computational Mechanics.

3/6/2019

Dr. Ed Guo gave 1st IBEST Distinguished Lecture


As a part of the IBEST distinguished lecture series, Dr. Edward Guo, Ph.D., a Chair and Stanley Dicker Professor for the department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, gave a seminar on Wednesday, March 6th at OU. His seminar was over bone bioengineering: microstructure, mechanics, mechanobiology and beyond.

Abstract: Bone Bioengineering Laboratory is developing innovative technology in microstructural assessments, biomechanical modeling, multiscale and mechanobiological approaches in skeletal research. Bone Bioengineering has both basic science and clinical significances in many medical fields, such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, or intervertebral disc degenerations. I will highlight our development of a three-dimensional imaging analysis and modeling technique for trabecular bone microstructure, its applications in basic science research of bone mechanics, and clinical applications in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. We will discuss bone microstructural phenotypes in difference races and their implications in genetic and precision medicine, anthropology, evolution and mechanobiology of the skeletons. In parallel to these developments, we will also discuss our multiscale mechanobiological approaches in understanding the mechanisms of how bone senses and responds to mechanical loading and showcase how mechanobiology links to bone microstructure and mechanics.

Biography: Dr. Guo received his M.S. in 1990 and Ph.D. in 1994 in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from Harvard University-MIT. In 1994-1996, Professor Guo did his postdoctoral fellowship in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with Professor Steven A. Goldstein in orthopaedic bioengineering.  Dr. Guo's past honors include Young Investigator Recognition Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society, National Research Service Award from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), a CAREER award from the US National Foundation of Science (NSF), Funds for Talented Professionals (Joint Research Fund for Overseas Chinese Young Scholars) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He is elected fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineerin.

3/1/2019

Lauren represented AME and BBDL at Shell High School Girls Day


Lauren represented AME and BBDL Shell High School Girls Day. She spoke to future OU students about the School of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering and Dr. Lee's Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory.

1/23/2019

Devin Laurence's paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics


Devin's paper on "An investigation of regional variations in the biaxial mechanical properties and stress relaxation behaviors of porcine atrioventricular heart valve leaflets" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics.

Congratulations on Devin's wonderful work!

1/23/2019

Dr. Lee gave a seminar talk at UCSD Structural Engineering and Computational Mechanics Seminar Series


As invited by Professor JS Chen, Dr. Lee presented the cutting-edge research on tricuspid valve biomechanics at the Structural Engienering & Computational Mechanics Seminar Series at the University of California, San Diego, titled "Towards Biomechanical Simulation-Guided Diagnosis and Treatment of Valvular Heart Disease".

12/14/2018

Undergraduate Student Award Highlight - Fall 2018

· Cortland, Lauren, Ean, and Daniel received the Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) from the Office of Undergraduate Research for conducing their research in BBDL for Fall 2018. Each student received $1,000 funding for his/her project.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to empowering students' exploration. The Mentored Research Fellowship is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. 

· Ean
invited for attending the 2018 Duke-Sloan Graduate Program and Fellowship Application Boot Camp.

Each September, the Duke-Sloan Graduate Boot Camp brings to Duke 15 talented undergraduates in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and statistical science (the Pratt School of Engineering holds a separate camp at the same time for students interested in engineering graduate programs). The Boot Camp will encourage participants to think critically about their research interests and skills, provide practical strategies for the graduate admissions process, and introduce participants to Duke’s Sloan departments.

Congratulations to all the award/fellowship recipients in Fall 2018!

11/9/2018

Devin presented at 2018 GCoE Graduate Student Poster Fair


Devin presented a poster discussing his research about “Development of a finite element model for quantifying the tricuspid valve pathological effect on valve function” at the Fall 2018 OU Gallogly College of Engineering Graduate Student Poster Fair on November 9, 2018 in Norman, OK.

10/24/2018

Dr. Haichao Han at UT San Antonio visited the BBDL


Dr. Lee invited Dr. Haichao Han, Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio to visit the BBDL and make a presentation at the joint AME/GSC Seminar about "Trabecular cutting: a potential surgical treatment for diastolic heart failure".

10/3/2018

Dr. Aurelie Azoug at Oklahoma State visited the BBDL


Dr. Lee invited Dr. Aurelie Azoug from Oklahoma State University (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) to visit the BBDL and make a presentation at a joint AME/GSC Seminar about "Dissipations in Liquid Crystal Elastomers".

9/26/2018

Samuel Jett's paper accepted for publication in Data in Brief


Sam's paper on "Biaxial mechanical data of porcine atrioventricular valve leaflets" was accepted in Data in Brief.

Congratulations on Sam's wonderful work!

9/14/2018

Cortland and Allyson presented at the 2018 OK-WISE Conference


Cortland and Allyson made a poster presentation about "A study on the regional variation in mitral and tricuspid valve material properties" at the 2018 OK-WISE Conference.

8/26/2018

Robert Kunkel's paper accepted for publication in the JMBBM


Rob's paper on "Synthesis and characterization of bio-compatible shape memory polymers with potential applications to endovascular embolization of intracranial aneurysms" was accepted for publication in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.

Congratulations on Rob's wonderful work!

7/24/2018

BBDL Researchers presented at the 13th World Congress on Computational Mechanics


Rob and Devin travelled to the 13th World Congress on Computational Mechanics in New York, NY on July 22-27, 2018 to provide oral presentations regarding their research. Rob presented his work involving “Particle image velocimetry-based validation of a CFD model for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms using a shape memory polymer embolization device” and Devin presented his work regarding “Development of a multiscale computational modeling framework for the tricuspid valve – linking valvular interstitial cell mechanobiology with organ-level function”.

7/15/2018

Samuel Jett's paper accepted for publication in the JMBBM


Sam's paper on "An investigation of the anisotropic mechanical properties and anatomical structure of porcine atrioventricular heart valves" was accepted for publication in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.

Congratulations on Sam's wonderful work!

7/9/2018

Dr. Babu presented at the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics


Dr. Babu provided an oral presentation titled “Layer-specific mechanical responses and morphological structure of atrioventricular valve leaflets” at the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics taking place from July 8-12, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

6/19/2018

Dr. Lee received 3-year OCAST Health Research Funding

Dr. Lee's proposal application to the OCAST Health Research Program was funded for a 3-year research project, entitled "Shape Memory Polymer Devices for Optimal Endovascular Embolization of Intracranial Aneurysms," 9/1/2018-8/31/2021 ($135,000 award), for his collaborative research with materials scientist Dr. Yingtao Liu and Dr. Mrinal Saha at the OU Norman campus and Dr. Bradley Bohnstedt at the OU Health Sciences Center. See feature story covered on the AME Blog.

OCAST’s Oklahoma Health Research program funds basic research projects related to human health for one to three years at a maximum level of $45,000 per year. The awards enable researchers to gain the expertise and produce the data needed to obtain larger grants from federal agencies, private enterprises and non-profit funding organizations. All proposals are reviewed and ranked for funding by experienced health researchers who reside outside the state of Oklahoma.

5/30/2018

BBDL Researchers presented at the EMI Conference


Katie, Rob, Sam, and Devin provided oral presentations at the 2018 Engineering Mechanics Institute taking place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA from May 29 – June 1, 2018.

·  Katie’s presentation was titled “A layer-specific constitutive model for
   atrioventricular valve leaflets
”,
·  Rob’s was titled “Synthesis and characterization of aliphatic urethane shape
   memory polymers for endovascular embolization of intracranial
   aneurysms
”,
·  Sam’s was titled “Biaxial mechanical testing and constitutive model
   development of atrioventricular valve leaflets
”, and
·  Devin’s was titled “Development of a multiscale computational model for
   the tricuspid valve – linking valvular interstitial cell mechanobiology with
   organ-level function
”.

5/15/2018

Undergraduate Student Award Highlight - Spring 2018

  • Devin, Rob, Sam, Katie, Colton, and Jake received the Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) from the Office of Undergraduate Research for conducing their research in BBDL for Spring 2018. 
     
The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to empowering students' exploration. The Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project.
  • Katie, Devin, Colton, Cortland, and Leanna received the GCoE Donna Shirley Engineering Award.
  • Katie received the 2018 OU Regent's Award for Outstanding Juniors for her academic exellence, and outstanding research & extracurricular performance.
  • Katie received OU Foundation Harvey Memorial Schoalrship.

    Congratulations to all the award/fellowship recipients in Spring 2018!
4/16/2018

Dr. Lee received 1-year IBEST-OUHSC Collaborative Funding

Dr. Lee's proposal application to the OU IBEST-OUHSC Collaborative Funding for Interdisciplinary Research was funded for a 1-year research project, entitled "An investigation of tissue and structural remodeling during the development and progression of intracranial aneurysm," 4/1/2018-3/31/2019 ($30,000 award).

The University of Oklahoma (OU) Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology (IBEST) in partnership with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) invites grant applications to support collaborative research activities between OUHSC researchers and OU-Norman researchers in the areas of healthcare, in particular to promote the integration of engineering principles and innovations with medical and clinical research, and facilitate the creation of multi-disciplinary teams.  

4/7/2018

BBDL Researchers presented at the 38th Oklahoma AIAA/ASME Symposium


Colton, Rob, and Devin provided oral presentations at the 38th Oklahoma AIAA/ASME symposium in Edmond, OK on April 14th, 2018. Colton’s presentation was titled “Development of a novel testing procedure for investigations of chordae mechanical properties of the tricuspid valve”, Rob’s presentation was titled “Synthesis and characterization of shape memory polymers for the embolization of intracranial aneurysms”, and Devin’s was titled “Development of a multiscale computational model for the tricuspid valve”.

4/13/2018

Dr. Lee gave a seminar talk at the OSU MAE Research Seminar Series


As invited by Dr. Aurelie Azoug, Dr. Lee presented the cutting-edge research on tricuspid valve biomechanics at the MAE Research Seminar Series at the Oklahoma State University, titled "Precision Medicine for Cardiovascular Heart Valve Biomechanics".

4/10/2018

Dr. Lee received 2018 Nancy L. Mergler Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research


Dr. Lee received the OU Nancy L. Mergler Faculty Mentored Award for Undergraduate Reesarch for 2017-2018 at the Annual Faculty Tribute in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Fred Johnes Jr. Museum of Art.

The award nomination comes from undergraduate researchers submitting either a survey or a letter that presents examples of the mentor’s leadership skills. Through his mentoring of undergraduate research students, he has provided them with outstanding research experiences where he supports individual and professional development of the mentee. His nominations by students included the following statements:

Dr. Lee is always pushing me to attend seminars, apply to conferences, and overall be more immersed in the events OU provides for the self-improvement of their students. Dr. Lee has even tied in socialization and professional development to the lab group meetings to always be providing more opportunities for us.

My initial project with Dr. Lee was very daunting and almost too complex for a Junior to undertake while taking courses; however, he recognized that I was unfamiliar with many of the high-level theories and took the time to step me through many of the initial steps. Throughout my growth, he has recognized my maturing and has provided more freedom with my projects which would not have been possible without his initial support and caring regarding my learning. Not only does he provide his suggested edits, but he will provide a brief description of why he believes them to be beneficial, which has allowed for me to mature in my submissions and begin to recognize these things as I am preparing them myself.

Dr. Lee has provided many fantastic opportunities for my professional & personal development over the last year through opportunities to present at two major conferences in our field. Because of his support, I have met some of the leading scientists in our field and have heard valuable talks regarding the innovative research taking place in Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Lee has also had multiple discussions with me about what I would like to do in the future and how I can accomplish that. Dr. Lee is always challenging us to come up with new ideas, whether it be a simple solution to a problem or a whole new project.

Dr. Lee has set up an informal researcher education system in his lab. Prospective students are encouraged to speak to current researchers and are matched with an interesting project, and perform research while learning about the goals, procedures, and practices in the lab. In their next semester, they are encouraged to pursue an original research topic or begin a more involved role.

See the feature story on the AME Blog.

4/7/2018

Colton presented at the 2018 OU Undergraduate Research Day


Colton provided an oral presentation titled “Development of a novel mechanical testing procedure for investigations of chordae mechanical properties of the tricuspid heart valve” at the 30th OU Undergraduate Research Day on April 7th, 2018.

4/5/2018

BBDL Researchers presented at the 2018 NCUR


Sam, Rob, Colton, Katie, and Devin provided presentations at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Edmond, OK from April 4-7, 2018. Sam’s presentation was titled “A study on the spatial variation in the heart valve mechanical properties and microstructure”, Rob’s presentation was titled “Synthesis and characterization of aliphatic urethane shape memory polymers for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms”, Colton’s presentation was titled “Investigations of the mechanical properties of chordae tendineae of atrioventricular heart valves”, Katie’s presentation was titled “An experimental study for layer separation of the tricuspid and mitral valves to investigate their biomechanical properties”, and Devin’s presentation was titled “Development of a novel integrated MRI-beating heart model for investigations into pathophysiological factors linked to tricuspid regurgitation”.

4/2/2018

Dr. Michael Sacks at UT Austin visited the BBDL


Dr. Lee invited Dr. Michael Sacks, his former postdoctoral supervisor, from the University of Texas at Austin (Biomedical Engineering/Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences) to visit the BBDL and give a guest lecture in Dr. Lee's Biomechanical class about "In vivo myocardial compressibility and its impact on contractile energetics in the healthy and the infarcted heart".

3/30/2018

BBDL Researchers presented at the 2nd OU-OUHSC BME Symposium


Colton and Devin provided poster presentations at the 2nd OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium in Oklahoma City, OK on March 30th, 2018. Colton’s poster was titled “Development of a novel mechanical testing procedure for investigations of chordae mechanical properties of the tricuspid heart valve” and Devin’s poster was titled “An integrated experimental-computational framework for multiscale modeling of atrioventricular heart valves”.

3/1/2018

Dr. Lee's collaborative research published in CMAME


Dr. Lee's joint work with Dr. Ming-Chen Hsu at Iowa State on "A contact formulation based on a volumetric potential: Application to isogeometric simulations of atrioventricular valves" has been published in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering.

Congratulations on such collaboration effort!

12/18/2017

Undergraduate Student Award Highlight - Fall 2017

· Devin, Rob, Sam, McKenzie, and Octavio received the Mentored Research
  Fellowship (MRF) from the Office of Undergraduate Research for conducing
  their research in BBDL for Fall 2017. Each student received $1,000 funding for
  his/her project.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to empowering students' exploration. The Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. 

·  Rob received research fudning from the Honors Research Assistant
   Program (HRAP) sponsored by the Honors College for his research in BBDL.

Congratulations to all the award/fellowship recipients in Fall 2017!

12/7/2017

Dr. Aichi Chien visited the BBDL


Dr. Lee invited Dr. Aichi Chien from UCLA (Interventional Radiology) to visit the BBDL and make a presentation at a BBDL group meeting about "Computational fluid dynamics simulations for clinical diagnosis and investigations of intracranial aneurysms".

11/26/2017

Dr. Lee received 1-year research funding from VPR Faculty Investment Program

Dr. Lee's proposal application to the VPR Faculty Investment Program was funded for a 1-year innovative research project, entitled "Integration of an ex-vivo beating heart model with MRI for development of subject-specific computational models," 12/1/2017-11/30/2018 ($15,000 award).

The Faculty Investment Program (FIP), operated by the Norman Campus Research Council, provides funding on a competitive basis to develop and expand the scholarly (i.e., research and creative) activities of Norman campus researchers, including researchers associated with Norman Campus Programs at OU-Tulsa. The FIP is designed to provide maximum flexibility in meeting faculty needs via strategic investment of funds with a high degree of expectation and accountability. Ultimately, FIP is expected to enhance the national and international reputation of the University of Oklahoma via excellence in scholarship.

11/10/2017

Sam presented at 2017 GCoE Graduate Student Poster Fair


Sam gave a poster presentation discussing about “Integration of biaxial mechanical testing and microstructural imaging for correlation of mechanical performance and collagen microstructure — applications to prosthetic tissue design and tissue engineering” at Fall 2017 Gallogly College of Engineering Graduate Student Poster Fair on November 10, 2017, in Norman, OK. 

10/18/2017

Dr. Ming-Chen Hsu at Iowa State visited the BBDL


Dr. Lee invited Dr. Ming-Chen Hsu from Iowa State University (Mechanical Engineering) to visit the BBDL and make a presentation at a joint AME/GSC Seminar about "A Framework for Bioprosthetic Heart Valve Design and Analysis".

10/18/2017

Devin presented at 2017 BMES Annual Meeting


Devin gave a podium presentation discussing about "An Integrated Experimental-Computational Approach for Multi-Scale Investigations of Heart Valve Function - Linking Valve Interstitial Cell Responses with Tissue Biomechanical Behavior" in the "Biomechanics of Biomaterials" technical section at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting held on October 11-14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

8/23/2017

Dr. Kimoo Lim visited the BBDL


Dr. Lee invited Dr. Kimoo Lim at Kumoh National Institute of Technology in South Korea (Medical IT Convergence Engineering) to visit the BBDL and make a presentation at a BBDL group meeting about "Effect of KCNQ1 G229D Mutation on Cardiac Reentrant Dynamics and Pumping Efficacy: Computational Study".

06/24/2017

Dr. Lee and Devin presented at the 2017 SB3C Meeting


Dr. Lee gave a podium presentation discussing about “Characterization of Aliphatic urethane Shape memory Polymers for Biomedical Device Design” in "Surgical Device Design Applications (DDR/IAB)" techincal session, and Devin gave a poster presentation over “In-Vivo Stress Estimation of the Functional Heart Valve and its Implications for Annuloplasty Ring-Based Valve Repair” in "Cardiovascular Mechanics - Solids" poster session at the 2017 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference held on June 21-24, 2017 in Tucson, AZ. 

5/24/2017

Dr. Lee and Dr. Liu received 1-year research funding from VPR Faculty Investment Program

Drs. Lee and Liu's proposal application to the VPR Faculty Investment Program was funded for a 1-year innovative research project, 6/1/2017-5/30/2018 ($14,931 award).

The Faculty Investment Program (FIP), operated by the Norman Campus Research Council, provides funding on a competitive basis to develop and expand the scholarly (i.e., research and creative) activities of Norman campus researchers, including researchers associated with Norman Campus Programs at OU-Tulsa. The FIP is designed to provide maximum flexibility in meeting faculty needs via strategic investment of funds with a high degree of expectation and accountability. Ultimately, FIP is expected to enhance the national and international reputation of the University of Oklahoma via excellence in scholarship.

5/9/2017

Dr. Lee's intracranial aneurysm research team funded by OSCTR

Dr. Lee's proposal application to the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources (OSCTR) Pilot Project Program, entitled "SMP-based devices for optimal endovascular embolization of intracranial aneurysms," was funded for a 1-year project, 7/1/2017-6/30/2018 ($74,000 award).

The collaborative research team, led by Dr. Lee (Bioengineer), with joint forces from Dr. Yingtao Liu (Material Scientist, OU AME) and Dr. Bradley Bohnstedt (Neurosurgeon, OU Health Sciences Center), is investigating the potential of use shape memory polymer-based innovative biomedical devices for endovascular embolization treatment for intracranial aneurysms with improved long-term treatment outcomes.

The OSCTR was formed to:
·  Serve as a catalyst to facilitate clinical and translational research
·  Improve health for underserved and underrepresented populations living in
   rural areas
·  Provide clinical and translational research training and infrastructure to junior
   investigators
·  Expand opportunities for IDeA states and communities to participate in
   clinical and translational research
·  Improve the overall health of our citizens

5/3/2017

Dr. Lee, Dr. Liu and Dr. Xiang received 9-month research funding from Gallogly College of Engineering

Drs. Lee, Liu, and Xiang's proposal application to the Gallogly College of Engineering was funded for a 9-month innovative research project, 6/1/2017-3/31/2018 ($10,000 award).

The Faculty Investment Program (FIP), operated by the Norman Campus Research Council, provides funding on a competitive basis to develop and expand the scholarly (i.e., research and creative) activities of Norman campus researchers, including researchers associated with Norman Campus Programs at OU-Tulsa. The FIP is designed to provide maximum flexibility in meeting faculty needs via strategic investment of funds with a high degree of expectation and accountability. Ultimately, FIP is expected to enhance the national and international reputation of the University of Oklahoma via excellence in scholarship.

4/29/2017

Devin received the ASME Central Oklahoma Section Undergraduate Scholarship

Devin received an Undergraduate Scholarship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Central Oklahoma Section. Congratulations to Devin on his nice work!  Read more at AME BLOG

04/15/2017

Devin presented at the 37th Oklahoma AIAA-ASME Symposium


Devin made a podium presentation about "A Multi-Scale Computational Model for Patient-specific Treatment of Valvular Heart Diseases" at the 37th Oklahoma AIAA-ASME Symposium held on April 15th at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.  Read more on the AME Blog

04/15/2017

Katie received 2017 SBME Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award


Katie received the 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award sponsored by the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering, for recognizing the independence, creativity, and productivity of her undergraduate research in Dr. Lee's laboratory. Congratulations to Katie!

03/24/2017

Dr. Lee and Devin presented at the 1st OU-OUHSC BME Symposium

Devin and Dr. Lee made poster presentations about "Development of a Multi-Scale Mitral Valve Computational Model for Patient-Specific Treatment Planning" and "Novel Shape Memory Polymer Devices for Optimal Endovascular Embolization of Intracranial Aneurysms" at the 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium held on March 24th in Oklahoma City.

01/23/2017

Spring Semester Welcome - UG Researchers

Dr. Lee welcomed AME junior students, Samuel Jett and Mathew Solcher, and ChemE junior student, McKenzie Makovec, to join BBDL for their research in Spring 2017.

12/08/2016

BBDL Soft Opening and Lab Orientation

Dr. Lee welcomed AME junior students, Robert Kunkel, Devin Laurence and Orhan Roksa, and SBME sophomore students, Katie Kramer and Grace Le, to join the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory for their research in Spring 2017.

11/08/2016

Dr. Lee presented his heart valve biomechanics research at the AME Graduate Student Committee Seminar


Dr. Lee made a presentation at the GSC seminar series, talkng about "What we can learn from biomechanical modeling―insights into physiological functioning of the heart valves?"

10/06/2016

Dr. Lee presented at the 2016 BMES Annual Meeting in Minneapolis

Dr. Lee made a presentation about "Interrelationships between In Vivo Tissue Stress
" Interstitial Cell Deformations in the Mitral Valve Anterior Leafl et in Normal and Surgically Modified States" in 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting held on October 5-8 in Minneapolis.

08/16/2016

Dr. Lee joined the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and started his research program in Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design

Dr. Lee is excited for the new research opportunities at OU, “I am looking forward to collaborating with the colleagues in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Gallogly College of Engineering at OU. Collaborative research across disciplines will bring together engineers like me and surgeons and clinicians to facilitate health-related biomedical research.”  Read more at AME BLOG: http://blogs.ou.edu/ame/2016/11/15/new-faculty-spotlight-dr-chung-hao-lee/

07/01/2016

Dr. Lee awarded 4-year, $307K Scientist Development Grant sponsored by the American Heart Association to develop computer simulation-assisted tools for diagnosis and treatment of functional tricuspid regurgitation

Dr. Lee  Chung-Hao Lee has been awarded a $307,049 Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association (AHA).

The grant will support Dr. Lee's four-year research project, entitled "Computer-assisted management and treatment of functional tricuspid regurgitation."

His project's goal is to identify objective indicators for the progression of functional tricuspid regurgitation, and to help in the design of individualized tricuspid valve annuloplasty surgical repair. Using computer simulations, Dr. Lee hopes to improve durability of the valve, reduce cost of surgery re-operation, and decrease risk of mortality and morbidity.

The AHA Scientist Development Grant program is designed to support promising beginning scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research between their initial research training and their complete independence.