Duke BME Magazine

The Alumni Issue | Spring 2019

From the Chair

Dear colleagues and friends,

Physicians. Entrepreneurs. Venture Capitalists. Researchers. Professors. In Duke BME, we prepare our students to succeed in a variety of different career paths, both inside and outside the field of biomedical engineering. With an immersive and hands-on curriculum, a plethora of practical research opportunities and partnerships, and the aid of prestigious faculty and other mentors, our students graduate from Duke BME with an impressive array of skills that allow them to make meaningful contributions in their ideal careers.

In this issue of Duke BME Magazine, we highlight the success of
just a few alumni in their first decade after graduating from Duke BME, including those who have accepted faculty positions at prestigious universities, alums who accepted job positions at both startups and well-established biomedical companies, and new entrepreneurs who used their BME training to address problems plaguing society.

As one of the top-ranked biomedical engineering programs in the United States, we’re helping to create the next generation of engineers who can tackle issues we face across the spectrum of medicine. We hope you enjoy reading about the work of our impressive alumni as they continue to blaze new trails in the field of biomedical engineering.

Ashutosh ChilkotiAshutosh Chilkoti
Duke Biomedical Engineering

After graduating from Gregg Trahey’s lab in 2012, Bell accepted a tenure-track positon at Johns Hopkins University, where she continues to pioneer ultrasound techniques to improve breast cancer diagnosis.

Making the Next Wave of Imaging Tools for Cancer Diagnosis

Motivated by her mother’s death from breast cancer, Muyinatu Bell (Duke BME PhD’12) is now advancing medical imaging as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins

Christine Schindler and Dutch Waanders (both BME ‘15) at the PathSpot offices. Photos by Yinghi Kim

Engineering Solutions to Foodborne Illness

Christine Schinedler and Dutch Waanders's startup PathSpot aims to make restaurant kitchens cleaner, and safer, for consumers

Robert Kirkton works in his lab at Humacyte, where he develops off-the-shelf human blood vessels that can be implanted in patients during surgery.

Oh, the Places Grads Go

Whether their career ladders lead to industry, academia or entrepreneurship, Duke BME gives PhD students a leg up on post-grad life

Leah Machlin, MEng'17, is a research associate at Element Genomics

Personalizing the Master's Degree

Duke BME’s MS and MEng programs enable students to customize their learning experience and chase down opportunities

Additional Stories

Jennifer West on the evolving BME PhD

As the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering at Duke, Jennifer West leads a vibrant lab focused on biomaterials and tissue engineering.

A Bridge Between Engineering and Medicine

How the Duke BME MD-PhD program prepares graduate students for a career in medicine

Alternatives: Off the Beaten Path

Three alumni discuss how they used their biomedical engineering background to explore career paths outside of the traditional engineering world

Past Issues

Fall 2018

A Year of Real-World Design

Centered on collaboration with Duke Medicine clinicians, Duke BME's re-imagined design course challenges students to design solutions to real patients' problems

A Path for Post-Grad Success

An industry-focused BME Design Fellowship prepares students for jobs after graduation

From Cell Cultures to Mass Markets

Mike Lynch's design course adds an entrepreneurial flair to the standard design formula

Design on a Global Scale

From Uganda to Guatemala, Duke BME design projects make an impact that extends beyond the classroom

Spring 2018

An Old Space for New Ideas

The BRiDGE initiative for faculty, alumni and student startups opens in downtown Durham

Innovative Scholars

An overview of faculty startups in Duke BME

A New Class of Entrepreneur

Students and researchers tackle new challenges through their own startups

Fall 2017

Engineering a New Narrative

Duke biomedical engineers are creating unique tools geared toward women's health to address global health disparities

Collaborating Across Continents

Duke BME professors challenge students to design Solutions with global communities in mind

Five Days of Fieldwork

BME students test a diagnostic tool in Liberia