For the second consecutive year, someone from the OyenLab has won a prize in the annual Cambridge University Engineering Dept. photo competition. Congratulations to Khaow for winning the Head of Dept. prize for his fantastic video. And although not one of the winning images, an entry by Jenna is being used to illustrate the competition on the University of Cambridge main website. Great job both of you!
Last night we said goodbye to group PhD student Ching Theng Koh, who successfully defended her thesis, “Fracture of Fibrous Tissue Membranes and Biomimetic Scaffolds,” and is headed back to Malaysia this evening to catch the tail end of the moon cake festival. Ching will be taking up an academic post at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn. We look forward to future collaborations with Ching in her new role!
That is the title of an article written by current Oyen lab PhD student Jenna Shapiro, who is doing a degree that is not only interdisciplinary, but is intercontinental as well! Jenna is a joint PhD student between our lab, at the University of Cambridge, UK, and the National Institutes of Health in the greater Washington DC area in the US. More details are in the article, on the Science Careers website here.
Just published online is Michelle’s review of the mechanical characterization of hydrogels. This work was a long time in the making and it’s great to finally see it in pdf! The paper is online here.
July was a big month for Michelle doing outreach to prospective university students, mostly via her position as a fellow of Homerton College Cambridge. Here is an interesting video/interview about careers in Bioengineering (sometimes called Biomedical Engineering). On many lists, Bioengineering is in the top ten (and even number one) best career prospects for students trying to choose a subject to study at University! The field is growing much faster than average and has excellent pay potential even with just a Bachelor’s degree.
The Oyenlab is pleased to welcome Laura Mozdzen who will be visiting us for just a couple of weeks from the group of Brendan Harley over at the University of Illinois. Laura has come to do some mechanical measurements of collagen GAG scaffolds for tendon-bone repair.
Its a good job we specialize in testing very soft-hydrated-time-dependent-materials.