BEST Lab’s Research to be Advanced by ISS

The BEST Lab was chosen to have one of our experiments sponsored aboard the International Space Station. Utilizing the ISS we are able to further our research and investigation into the effects of microgravity on bone and muscle. To read more click here.

Michael Friedman wins NASA Fellowship

Michael Friedman, Ph.D of the BEST Lab at VCU was awarded the Translational Research Institute for Space Health Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will study genetic variability in microgravity induced bone and muscle loss over the next 2 years. This highly competitive fellowship allows Michael to further purse his career research interests in musculoskeletal variation and development.

BMES National Conference

The BEST Lab at VCU is happy to announce it will be sending 9 members of the lab to the Biomedical Engineering Society National conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 17-20th 2018. Camilla Reina will also be giving a presentation on "Immobilization by Casting Causes Muscle Atrophy in Different Strains of Mice".

New Members to BEST Lab

The BEST Lab at VCU welcomes Rachel Denapoli, a Ph.D graduate student in biomedical engineering, and Anna-Blessing Merife, a junior chemical engineering student at VCU.

3 Minute Thesis Award Winner

Otto Juhl, a graduate student in the BEST Lab, won first place in VCU's College of Engineering 3 Minute Thesis competition with his thesis on "Artificial Bone to Facilitate Healing". 3 Minute Thesis is a world wide competition that is preformed at numerous universities across the globe.

3 Abstracts Selected from BEST Lab for Orthopedic Research Society Conference

Three abstracts from the BEST Lab were selected to be presented at the Orthopedic Research Society Annual Conference in New Orlease, Louisiana. The abstracts included Evaluation of A Nanoemulsion Synthesis Technique on Nano-Carbonated Hydroxyapatite and Control of Nanosphere Size, Hydroxyapatite Nanorods and Nanowires Enhance Osteoblastic Differentiation in Hydroxyapatite/Chitosan Coatings, and Single Limb Immobilization Model for Bone Loss from Unloading and were written by Otto Juhl, Saahil Sannon, and Dr. Michael Friedman respectively.

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