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Alumni Profiles: Isaac Rodriguez, Ph.D. (M.S.’10; Ph.D.’13)

VCU Engineering’s pioneering work in tissue engineering drew Isaac Rodriguez, Ph.D., to the college for his master’s and Ph.D. He has developed a product that leverages Manuka honey to promote wound healing and, in 2015, co-founded the medical device company SweetBio. We recently caught up with him for a chat.

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U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger announces pharmaceutical readiness legislation at VCU’s College of Engineering

U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger spoke at the VCU College of Engineering to announce the introduction of  legislation to create a strategic national stockpile of key ingredients used in essential generic medicines and to incentivize domestic manufacturing of these ingredients.

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Building a better face mask

Highly contagious new COVID-19 strains call for better masks. Wei-Ning Wang, Ph.D., is working to meet this need with a mask design that uses chemical reactions and electrical charges to kill microbes including the coronavirus particle.

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Disabling COVID’s ‘key’

As COVID-19 mutates to become more contagious, Michael Peters, Ph.D., is accelerating efforts to disable the “spikes” that give the coronavirus particle its familiar shape — and its power to prey on cells. 

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Navigating the nanoscale

For more than a decade, VCU’s Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility has been helping researchers navigate the nanoscale, a world that is almost indescribably small.   

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In the hottest parts of the city, how polluted is the air?

Researchers to add local air pollution measurements to map of Richmond, Virginia.

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Mechanical and nuclear engineering doctoral student’s research honored by ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering

An article first-authored by Johane Bracamonte Baran, a doctoral student in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, was named 2020 Editor’s Choice by the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, a publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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VCU multidisciplinary researchers seek to improve early detection of aortic diseases

In a collaboration between VCU’s College of Engineering and School of Medicine, researchers are testing novel imaging methods to assess a patient’s risk of life-threatening dissection of the aorta.

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VCU Engineering faculty members receive Presidential Research Quest Fund grants

Three Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering faculty members have received 2021 grants through the VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund (PeRQ).

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Researcher’s $2.1M grant renewal will further our understanding of how diseases develop

A Virginia Commonwealth University engineering professor has received a $2,093,541 grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health for his research into how mechanical forces regulate cellular processes, which is key to understanding the development and progression of disease.

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