Jordan Green named Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer

Jordan J. Green, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Wilmer Eye Institute, JHU School of Medicine has been named the 2012 Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer (“OYE”) by the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center. The OYE award recognizes Maryland residents 35 years of age or younger who have distinguished themselves early in their careers for noteworthy scientific accomplishments. [Read more…]

TTEC Inauguration

TTEC was officially inaugurated in the Smith Building Atrium.  Peter McDonnell, Andy Lee, Elliot McVeigh, and TTEC Director Jennifer Elisseeff spoke about the importance of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine at Johns Hopkins and the exciting new opportunities that will now be available.

First Annual TTEC Retreat

The 1st annual TTEC retreat was held on Jan 26th & 27th at the Historic Inns of Annapolis.  The retreat was attended by 40 people including 5 TTEC faculty, 8 post-docs, 24 PhD students, and 3 Masters students.  The theme of the retreat was, Building Synergies, and the objective was to provide a forum whereby the TTEC members could become aware of work being done by other groups within TTEC in order to discover opportunities for collaborating.

The first day focused primarily on research topics.  Short talks were given by the faculty along with ‘rapid-fire’ (1 ppt slide) presentations by the students and fellows in the groups.  The rapid-fire presentations were particularly well-received by the participants as it was felt that it gave an opportunity for intimate knowledge of what fellow students were working on.  Another well-received component of the retreat was the break-out sessions (one each day) that enabled greater participation and interaction among the students and fellows.  We received significant feedback on topics affecting students/fellows and suggestions on ways in which TTEC could grow and become more interactive.

The second day was dedicated largely to ‘student-life’ topics such as how to build effective collaborations, deciding in which journals to publish, the meanings of impact factors and H-indices, and deciding on career paths.   An ‘exit poll’ was taken at the end of the conference where students expressed their views about the retreat including their likes and dislikes.  The responses were overwhelmingly positive with the major complaint being that more frequent breaks were needed.  Overall, TTEC’s first retreat was a success, certainly in terms of building camaraderie and overall morale.  We anticipate gradual growth of these retreats to include a broader spectrum of faculty with complementary expertise.

Jordan Green Wins BMES Young Investigator Award

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July 2011—The Biomedical Engineering Society presented Jordan Green, Ph.D., with the 2011 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award for his work developing a set of biodegradable polymers—large molecules built from many small repeated molecules—which transfer genetic material that destroys glioblastoma cancer cells found in fast-growing brain tumors. The polymers transfer DNA with a high level of success compared to other materials tried in the past, and they can be stored for up to three months before use. Many of the polymers showed a preference for bonding with tumor cells over the body’s normal cells, meaning that they could be used to target and destroy the cancer cells.

Green, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Laboratory, will be presented a $1,000 award and a recognition plaque during the 2011 BMES Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 15, in Hartford, Connecticut. He will also present a 20-minute Rita Schaffer Memorial Lecture at the meeting. The award is given in recognition of a scientist within five years of receiving his or her highest degree who displays a high level of originality and ingenuity in biomedical engineering.

Green’s work focuses on understanding and controlling delivery of genetic material and drugs to cells for therapeutic purposes. He uses nanoparticles—materials one to 100 billionth of a meter in size—that can be biodegradable and can be better for the body than viral delivery methods, which can sometimes mutate and damage the body. Green works to engineer nanoparticles that are efficiently delivered and will be useful for drug release as well as gene therapy. He is using such particles in new, targeted approaches to treating cancer.

–Sarah Lewin

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