The advance will allow the university to monitor clusters of campus buildings on a daily basis, testing for the presence of the virus in fecal matter. If the testing shows positive results, the university can then conduct targeted testing among individuals to zero in on possible infections. [Two BEAM students are part of the team working on this project].
Eli Vlaisavljevich, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech, received a Trailblazer Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health to research possible treatments for metastatic breast cancer.
The TECH Together Campaign, which launched in July, called upon the creativity and innovation of Virginia Tech students to implement real change, from infrastructure changes to new services, which will not only prevent the spread of COVID-19, but also provide comfort to students and faculty on campus.
Traditional veterinary education leading to a doctor of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) may not adequately prepare veterinarians to succeed in research careers, a potential void that the Animal Model Research for Veterinarians Program (AMRV) in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine aims to fill. The AMRV program trainees will be exposed to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research collaborations of our program faculty from five different colleges and institutes at Virginia Tech (including the College of Engineering of which biomedical engineering and mechanics is part).
Daniel Slade, faculty in the Department of Biochemistry, and Scott Verbridge, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, research how poor oral hygiene could cause the bacteria to migrate to other parts of the body where cancers exist.
For Jeffrey Morelli, it all started with a desire to help others, which grew to a passion for health care and creating innovative technology to improve the overall quality of life. Then, when a global pandemic hit, he knew this was his moment to rise to the challenge.
Michel, an associate professor of geosciences, diverged from his normal path to lead a project involving numerous Virginia Tech faculty [including BEAM's David Dillard, among other College of Engineering faculty], alumni, and specialists from Carilion Clinic to use 3D printing to create nasopharyngeal swabs during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.