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Tim Downing Received Tenure!

Tim Downing received tenure starting July 1, 2022! The newly minted Associate Professor Downing received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, his PhD in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco, and did his postdoc at Harvard University/The Broad Institute. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Downing!

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CIRC Cardiovascular Health Disparities Initiative Trainee

Aiyanna Adams is an undergraduate researcher in the Chesler lab for the summer of 2022 as part of the CIRC’s Cardiovascular Health Disparities Initiative funded by the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation. She is seeking to understand why heart rate variability predicts heart health in European Americans but not African Americans. Under the mentorship of Ph.D. student and CARE trainee Christopher Lechuga, and in collaboration with Psychological Science Assistant Professor DeWayne Williams, Aiyanna will compute heart rate variability in subjects with hypertension and correlate these results with other hemodynamic indicators of heart health.

During the regular academic year, Aiyanna is a student of Biomedical Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She is a member of NSBE and works as a Hostess at Red Robin. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and hanging out with her friends. After graduation, Aiyanna is planning to pursue graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering.

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New CARE Trainees!

The CIRC is pleased to announce the 2022 – 2024 Cardiovascular Applied Research and Entrepreneurship (CARE) T32 training program fellows: (from upper left to right) Nnaoma Agwu, Ashley Urrutia Avila, Michelle Lanterman, Emil Lundqvist.


Celebrating Juneteenth!

In celebration of Juneteenth, the Great Park in Irvine will host it’s first annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, presented by the City of Irvine in partnership with BIPOC Orange County and the UCI Black Thriving Initiative.

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Faculty Excellence in Research Award for Tim Downing

Tim Downing awarded the UCI School of Engineering’s 2021 – 2022 Early Career Faculty Excellence in Research Award.

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June is Pride Month!

June is Pride Month and this is Pride Week. UCI’s LGBT Resource Center has events continuing through Friday.

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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hu!

We are pleased to announce our newly minted PhD – Qingda Hu. Qingda successfully defended his dissertation “Micron Scale Mechanical Response of Fibrin Hydrogels” yesterday at an in-person session. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hu!

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RAMADAN 2022: What faculty need to know

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What School Faculty need to know:

Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting. Practicing Muslim students will be fasting from dawn until dusk (approx. 6:00am – 8:00pm). Fasting means NO FOOD and NO WATER. Ramadan celebration often involves prayers late into the night. It is not unusual to be up past midnight for prayers and then get up around 6:00am to eat before dawn and pray. Ramadan 2022 will last approximately from April 2 – May 2. Ramadan is scheduled on the lunar calendar so it moves dates each year.

Muslim students may be tired, hungry, and dehydrated in your

classes – especially if they are with you late in the afternoon.

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Four Biomedical Engineering Faculty Named AIMBE Fellows

BME and CIRC Faculty members Wendy Liu and Elliot Botvinick, along with two additional BME Faculty, Michelle Digman and Chang Liu, were named AIMBE Fellows. All were nominated by CIRC Director, Naomi Chesler.

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Elliot Botvinick, Michelle Digman, Wendy Liu and Chang Liu (clockwise from top left) will be inducted into the 2022 Class of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.


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The CIRC enters new era with latest philanthropic gift