Member Spotlight

Natalie Kudell

BioBuilder Educational Foundation, Executive Director; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Instructor in Biological Engineering

What does being a BMES member mean to you?

Membership in BMES provides an incredible resource for connecting and partnering with like-minded individuals and companies, furthering research and discussion around the possibilities of bioengineering.

What is the focus of your work?

Our non-profit, BioBuilder Educational Foundation, brings Synthetic Biology programs to the classroom. BioBuilder’s curricula and teacher training capitalize on students’ need to know, to explore and to be part of solving real world problems. Developed by an award winning team out of MIT in 2011, BioBuilder is taught in schools across the country and supported by thought leaders in the STEM community.

BioBuilder Educational Foundation has launched highly successful programming, training nearly 500 teachers in 43 states, and dozens of teachers internationally. Our curriculum sparks critical thinking and problem solving skills in students, and reconnects teachers with their love of teaching and learning when they are exposed to current life-science research and innovation.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I spent a year between college and graduate school as a professional dancer in Boston, performing with several companies.

Demetrius Moncrease

Michigan State University

What does membership in BMES mean to you?

BMES membership is a gateway to learning more about break through research that applies Engineering principles to medical field. It also give me the opportunity to network with some of the brightest researchers in the science field from all around the world.

What is the focus of your work?

Looking at ion channel expression following electrode device implantation.

Tell us a fun fact about you!

I LOVE learning languages! I am currently learning Spanish and Swahili from online resources and friends at my school in my free time.

Evan Scott, PhD

Recipient of 2015 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Dr. Scott has been as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University since the fall of 2013.  He is a recent recipient of the 2015 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award which supports exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. This award complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its institutes and centers to fund new investigators through R01 grants and other mechanisms.

His other recent awards include the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and the 2014 American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant.  His laboratory applies principles from bionanotechnology and tissue engineering towards the development of translational immunotherapies for heart disease and the rational design of vaccines.
Dr. Scott’s outreach interests have focused on K-12 underrepresented minority (URM) and female Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students. His NSF CAREER Award is currently implementing a seminar series at a local high school in Evanston, IL that is aimed at exposing both URM and female students along with their parents to URM and female faculty in BME. In addition to this, he also participates in the Kits & Kats program, which brings URM high school students to Northwestern.  

 Zachary Llaneras

BMES Student Member

What school do you attend?

Medical Photonics Lab/ Florida International University

What does membership in BMES mean to you?

Even though I am a new member, my membership in BMES means a lot to me. My membership gives me a chance to see what is going on in the BME world today, it allows me to read new publications, and watch videos of other members’ experiences. Being a member and watching the conference videos has made me work harder on my research so that I can submit an abstract for a chance to present at the upcoming conference. My membership made me want to be more involved in BMES.

What is the focus of your work?

 I am currently interning in the Medical Photonics Lab at Florida International University and my work focuses on compression therapy for burn victims.  I am designing and constructing a wearable compression garment that will be able to provide real time measurement of pressure on the target tissue to patients and clinicians and communicate to a measuring station wirelessly. This compression garment would make it possible for burn victims to easily and efficiently utilize compression therapy.

Tell us a fun fact about you!

On the weekends I spend my time at a gym that’s dedicated to rock climbing.
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