OML’s Abrams Scholars, 2018-2019

Congratulations to our MANY amazing undergrads, several of whom were awarded Abrams Scholars Awards:

  • Carly: Designing a hind-limb unloading apparatus to mimic disuse following stroke
  • Marci: Effect of ischemic stroke on skeletal muscle structure and muscle-bone cellular crosstalk
  • Josh: Effects of tissue heterogeneity on vertebral bone mechanical properties
  • Maggie: Effect of Brachial Plexus Birth Injury on muscle structure and muscle-bone cellular crosstalk

And we got a new student!

  • Sara Chopra: Characterizing bone vascular environment post-stroke

**UPDATE, MAY 2019** We got a great photo of the group after doing their final presentations. Great job guys!

About the Abrams Scholars Program:

Abrams Scholars are outstanding BME undergraduate students who are selected to receive a stipend to conduct hands-on laboratory research projects. These projects are conceived and designed by the students with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The Abrams Scholar program honors C. Frank Abrams, Jr., a BME and BAE emeritus faculty member. Dr. Abrams led the development of the first courses in Biomedical Engineering at NC State and was instrumental in the founding of NC State’s BME Department, the creation of the joint UNC-CH/NC State graduate program, and ultimately the launch of the UNC-CH/NC State Joint BME Department. He was the Joint Department’s first senior design instructor as well as the first Director of Graduate Studies.

Maggie Awarded an OUR Grant

Congratulations to Maggie, who was awarded an OUR (Office of Undergraduate Research) grant. This grant contributes $1000 toward supplies for her project. Her proposal title is “The Effect of Brachial Plexus Birth Injury on Muscle Structure and Muscle-Bone Cellular Crosstalk”.

Jacque wins NSF award for new nano-computed tomography system for NC State.

Great news! We were recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to buy a high-resolution computer tomography system, to be located at the Advanced Instrumentation Facility on Centennial Campus. You can see the award announcement on the NSF website or the AIF’s announcement (along with an interview with Dr. Cole!), here.


More info from the NSF announcement:

This award will enable the purchase of a high-resolution computed tomography (CT) system at North Carolina State University (NC State). This type of system works much like medical scanners used to obtain 3D images of the inside of the body, but it can provide details at a much smaller scale – down to less than 1 micrometer. This system will allow scientists and engineers to study the intricate structures of very small internal features within many materials, including dinosaur bone, cutting-edge plastics, new materials for energy storage, and specialized metals for artificial joints. A better understanding of internal structure will advance technologies in material design and fabrication and will aid the development of innovative approaches for medicine and engineering. The new high-resolution CT system will enhance college education by integrating student training into more than a dozen existing graduate and undergraduate courses. Researchers will use images and results from the instrument in ongoing outreach activities that will enhance both K-12 education and community engagement.

The acquisition of a high-resolution nano-CT system will fill a critical gap in current CT and microscopy equipment in the region. This technology will add nondestructive nanoscale imaging that requires minimal sample preparation and accommodates a relatively large field of view for large samples, low- and high-density materials simultaneously, and in situ environmental conditions. It will advance fundamental understanding about internal nano- and microscale structures and complex interfaces within a broad range of materials (e.g., dinosaur bone, biopolymers, multilayer capacitors, additive manufactured metal parts, and fibrous materials). These unique capabilities are essential for five strategic research areas at NC State and in the surrounding region: biomedical sciences, biological and social sciences, materials science and characterization, materials synthesis and fabrication, and textiles and fibrous materials. Locating the instrument within NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility, a leading open-access materials characterization facility, will make it broadly available to regional and national users, catalyzing interdisciplinary collaborations to advance the scope and impact of many research areas in science and engineering.

This award reflects NSF’s statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation’s intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

National Biomechanics Day Awards

Our lab and department has won not one but TWO awards for our National Biomechanics Day efforts!

First of all, Stephanie and Maggie won the Biomechanics Art competition. Check out their awesome graphic:


Also, we won one of the 2018 Greatest Impact awards for our event in April. Congratulations to Nicholas, who put the entry together, and everyone who helped us to have a successful event. Check out the Facebook post to see the award announcement.

Maggie Presents her Research at the NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium (and wins an award!)

Maggie presented a poster on the rat forelimb unloading project that she and Sophie as working on at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium earlier today. She did a great job explaining the project’s motivation and initial results!

UPDATE: Maggie won an award for her poster! Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, named it one of the outstanding presentations at this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. See the award announcement here.

Maggie and Stephanie win NBD Art Competition

Maggie and Stephanie won the 2018 National Biomechanics Day Art Competition, with their photo submission. The competition was sponsored by Stanford Sports Science. See the announcement on Twitter:



And check out their entry (click to enlarge)!