The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Khalifa University is to innovate in biomedical engineering research and education to achieve the following measureable goals:
In collaboration with two Australian Professors, BME Faculty (Dr Ahsan Khandoker) has published a reference textbook for postgraduate students in Biomedical Engineering.
ECG Time Series Variability Analysis: Engineering and Medicine
Herbert F. Jelinek, David J. Cornforth, Ahsan H. Khandoker
September 7, 2017 by CRC Press Reference – 480 Pages – 100 B/W Illustrations ISBN 9781482243475
In collaboration with the Singapore-MIT Alliance and Oregon Health and Science University, a multidisciplinary team from KU published an article in the JCS. Details are as follows: Y.E. Pearson, A.W. Lund, A.W.H. Lin, C.P. Ng, A. Alsuwaidi, S. Azzeh, D.L. Gater, J.C.M. Teo. “Non-invasive single cell biomechanical analysis using live imaging datasets”, 2016, J Cell Sci advanced article.
Review article by BME Alumna Kinza Islam can be found online at SM J or Biomedical Engineering website: K. Islam, S.B.H. Timraz, R. Nasser, D.L. Gater, Y.E. Pearson, N. Christoforou, and J.C.M. Teo, “Co-culture Methods Used to Model Atherosclerosis In Vitro Using Endothelial, Smooth Muscle and Monocyte Cells”, 2016, SM J. Biomed. Eng., 2(1), p. 1008.
BME faculty (Dr. Nicolas Christoforou & Dr. Jeremy Teo) and BME alumnae (Ms. Selwa Boularaoui & Ms. Noaf Alwahab) contributed a chapter in the 1st Edition of In Situ Regeneration. J.C.M. Teo, S.M. Boularaoui, N.S.A. Alwahab, and N. Christoforou, ‘Mending The Heart Through In Situ Cardiac Regeneration’, in In Situ Tissue Regeneration, 1st ed., S. J. Lee, A. Atala, and J. Yoo, Eds. Academic Press Inc., 2016. ISBN: 9780128022252.
The cover image for May 2016’s issue of Cytoskeleton features the work from our research article “A spatiotemporal characterization method for the dynamic cytoskeleton”, an automated approach for analysing dynamic complex patterns of the supporting structure of cells – spearheaded by multidisciplinary team consisting of faculty from AMS (Dr. Matthew Martin and Dr. Yanthe Pearson) and BME (Dr. Nicolas Christoforou and Dr. Jeremy Teo).
The first cohort of BME MSc students, (L to R: Ghada Alhussein, Selwa Boularaoui, Sara Timraz, and Nahla Rizk) did the department proud by defending their theses successfully. The theses were externally examined by top researchers in their respective fields. Prof. George Truskey (Duke University) and Prof. Hanry Yu (National University of Singapore) had great comments regarding these four dedicated individuals and their work.
Student: Ghada Alhussein
Thesis: Dynamic analysis of cancer cells cytoskeleton during drug treatment
Student: Selwa Boularaoui
Thesis: Enhancing the transdifferentiation process of human dermal fibroblasts into skeletal muscle cells using small molecules and extracellular matrix components
Student: Sara Timraz
Thesis: Regulation of smooth muscle cells’ phenotypic diversity by means of ECM components for vascular tissue engineering: An in vitro evaluation of cell response.”
Student: Nahla Rizk
Thesis: Targeted delivery of anticancer drugs to breast cancer cells using multifunctional gold nanoparticles
During their research, the students represented the BME Department and Khalifa Univeristy internationally at conferences. Their work has also been published in peer-reviewed journals:
The students and their PIs would like to acknowledge the following funding organisations that supported their work: Khalifa University, Khalifa University Internal Research Funds, Al Jalila Foundation, and the Terry Fox Foundation.
Professor Tim McGloughlin, Professor and Chair of the Khalifa University
Biomedical Department, was selected to present the Samuel Haughton Lecture at the recent Bioengineering in Ireland Annual meeting held in Dublin. This prestigious lecture was the keynote lecture of the meeting and carries with it the award of a silver medal by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.
The photograph shows Mr Hannan Mullett, President Bioengineering Section Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI), presenting a RAMI Silver Medal to the Samuel Haughton Lecturer for 2015 to Professor Tim McGloughlin.
Diabetic Foot is one of the most common and debilitating manifestations of Type 2 diabetes and is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations worldwide, resulting in major medical, social and economic consequences. In the UAE, the second highest country worldwide for diabetes prevalence, one in five diabetics who develop foot ulcers eventually need limb amputation resulting in an amputation rate of up to 19% annually. Diabetics who are at risk of ulceration are currently identified mainly by a thorough clinical examination of the feet, which typically does not reveal clear symptoms during early stages of the condition.
At the recently held 10th Mobile Application Contest, Khalifa University Biomedical Engineering student Fahad Mohamed Abdulla Al Shaibani, working under the guidance of Dr Kinda Khalaf, achieved 2nd Place for the creation of a mobile application for the purposes of diagnosing diabetic foot. This application utilizes a smart multi sensor insole system that detects the physiological changes produced by diabetic foot, and alerts the patient to the risks during the early stages of the condition, before ulcers can form.
The project is well aligned with Khalifa University’s mission of leadership in interdisciplinary research and innovation and addresses one of the most critical health challenges in the UAE and Abu Dhabi. The BME department plans to file for patent protection on the technology, with a view to bringing a product to market during the coming years.
Dr. Habiba Al Safar, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University, received a 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship Award for Women in Science, on Monday, November 17, during a special recognition ceremony at Zayed University. Dr. Habiba earned the award for her work in identifying genetic and environmental risk factors associated with diabetes.