2015

2015

Dec. 16, 2015
Congratulations to Megan Pendleton for passing her Qualifying Exam and advancing to PhD candidacy in the Department of Mechanical Engineering!

Megan_afterquals_sm Megan Pendleton – Excited and relieved after passing her Qualifying Exam.

Dec. 9, 2015
Dr. O’Connell speaks with Science Today about osteoarthritis and tissue engineering large surfaces. Listen to the full interview here.

Dec. 9, 2015
The review paper by Drs. Grace O’Connell, Kent Leach, and Eric Klineberg (titled “Tissue engineering a biological repair strategy for lumbar disc herniation) was featured in Orthopaedic Design & Technology. Check out the article here.

Dec. 8, 2015
Congratulations to Audrey Ford for passing her Master’s Thesis presentation!

Dec. 7, 2015
The review paper by Drs. Grace O’Connell, Kent Leach, and Eric Klineberg (titled “Tissue engineering a biological repair strategy for lumbar disc herniation) was featured in the BioResearch December Newsletter. Check out the newsletter and the paper here.

Nov. 24, 2015
A short communication paper by Dr. O’Connell and coworkers was accepted by Medical Engineering and Physics Journal. This work describes a technique to use ultrasound for tissue engineering purposes.

Nover AB, Hou GY, Han Y, Wang S, O’Connell GD, Ateshian GA, Konofagou EE, Hung CT. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound as a Tool for Tissue Engineering: Application to Cartilage. Med Eng Phys, 2015 – In Press (11/2015).

Nov. 18, 2015
Congratulations to Semih Bezci and Bo Yang on receiving fellowships for the Spring 2016 semester! Semih received The William C. Webster Graduate Fellowship and Bo received The J. K. Zee Fellowship through the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

William C. Webster, Naval Architecture ’61, ’66, was UC Berkeley’s first Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Facilities. A professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in Naval Architecture in 1969. He served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Engineering from 1991 to 1999. Professor Webster’s research includes investigations into nonlinear coupled motions of offshore structures, operations research, shallow water fluid mechanics, steep water waves, and wave energy. He has studied the optimization, hydro-elastic response, and feasibility of large-scale floating runways. He retired from UC Berkeley in December 2003 after 34 years of service. The William C. Webster Graduate Fellowship is named in his honor and was established in 2012 with generous gifts from Jonathan Shields, Mechanical Engineering ’79, ’82, Naval Architecture ’86 and Erik Tiemroth, Mechanical Engineering ’79, Naval Architecture ’86.

The J.K. Zee Fellowship fund was established in 1990 in memory of J. K. Zee with gifts from his son and daughter-in law, Chih H. and Eu-Phang Hsu, and his grandson, Walter Hsu.

Nov. 4, 2015
Congratulations to Bo Yang, Semih Bezci, and Audrey Ford! Their abstracts have been accepted as presentations to the 2016 Annual Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting, which will be held in Orlando, FL from March 5-8th. See the info below to attend each presentation. You can also read their abstracts here.

Finite Element Modeling of the Intervertebral Disc by Bo Yang
SESSION DATE & TIME: Saturday Mar 5 2016 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
SESSION NUMBER: 002
SESSION TITLE: Disc Mechanics
ROOM: Coronado L
PRESENTATION TIME: 8:40am – 8:50am
PAPER #: 0013
PAPER TITLE: Effect of Annulus Fibrosus Collagen Orientation on Intervertebral Disc Torsional Mechanical Behavior

Torsional Behavior of the Intervertebral Disc by Semih Bezci
SESSION DATE & TIME: Saturday Mar 5 2016 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
SESSION NUMBER: 003
SESSION TITLE: Poster Teaser I
PRESENTATION TIME: 8:12am – 8:14am
ROOM: Fiesta 5
PAPER #: 0021
PAPER TITLE: Axial-torsion Behavior of Human Lumbar Intervertebral Discs under Physiological Compressive Loads

Modular Tissue Engineering for Cartilage Repair by Audrey Ford
POSTER SESSION #: PS1-008
POSTER SESSION TITLE: Cartilage, Synovium & Osteoarthritis – Tissue Engineering and Repair/Focal Defect Repair
POSTER #: 0501
POSTER TITLE: Large-Scale Engineered Cartilage Surfaces with Evenly Distributed Properties

Oct. 30, 2015
Thanks to Bay Area Hangar, Inc. locations for their donations of prothetic limbs! The devices will be used in a new design-based course that will be offered next semester in the Jacobs Institute of Design (ME 177).
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Oct. 15, 2015
A new paper titled Tissue engineering a biological repair strategy for lumbar disc herniation has been accepted to Bioresearch. Check out the work by Dr. O’Connell and colleagues at UC Davis here.

Sept. 10, 2015
The Berkeley Biomechanics Laboratory and O’Connell Lab have started a YouTube account to share exciting research videos. Check out our first videos showing the results from the finite element model.

Sept. 3, 2015
A new paper titled Development of a Whole Organ Culture Model for Intervertebral Disc Disease has been accepted to the Journal of Translational Orthopaedics. Check out the work by Dr. O’Connell and colleagues here.

August 21, 2015
The O’Connell Lab welcomes new graduate students to the lab! Shannon McBride is starting as a first year graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Semih Beczi and Bo Yang have officially started as graduate students in the lab.

August 8, 2015
Semih Bezci presented his research on intervertebral disc torsional mechanics at the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Columbus, OH.

2015ASB_Semih Poster Semih Bezci presenting his poster at the ASB Conference.

August 7, 2015
SMART Researcher Wan Fung Chui completed his project on developing 5×5 modular engineered cartilage surfaces. Wan Fung presented his research with his graduate student mentor, Audrey Ford, at the research symposium held on Berkeley’s campus.

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Wan Fung presenting his poster at the SMART research symposium.
Inset – Wan Fung with graduate student mentor, Audrey Ford.

August 4, 2015
Congrats to Semih Beczi and Aditya Nandy on their paper titled Effect of hydration on healthy intervertebral disc mechanical stiffness, which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. You can read the author’s copy on our publication page.

July 28, 2015
Cartilage tissue-engineering research by Drs. Grace O’Connell and Galatea Kazakia in the Department of Radiology at UCSF was featured in the inaugural newsletter for the Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovations (CDMI) newsletter. Check out the collaborative effort here!

July 23, 2015
Dr. O’Connell talks with Brigham Young University Radio about intervertebral disc mechanics and lower back pain. Listen to the full interview here.

July 17, 2015
Congratulations to Professor Grace O’Connell on being selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 21st annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium! Engineers who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines were selected to come together for the 2 1/2 day event in September.

July 2, 2015
The cartilage tissue engineering project was featured on Berkeley’s Research Page. Check out the article here.

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Dr. Grace O’Connell and graduate student, Megan Pendleton.

June 18, 2015
The Girls in Engineering program was featured in the Berkeley’s College of Engineering Newsletter. Dr. Grace O’Connell developed a Engineering in Medicine module as part of the program.

June 10, 2015
Dr. Grace O’Connell presented at the 2015 International Society of the Study for Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Meeting in San Francisco. O’Connell was named co-chair of the Women’s ISSLS group for the 2016 meeting, which will be held in Singapore from May 16-20.

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Dr. Dawn Elliott from the University of Delaware and Dr. Grace O’Connell.

June 2, 2015
Dr. Grace O’Connell was featured in the Mechanical Engineering’s Special Edition Newsletter promoting women in engineering. Check it out here!

May 19, 2015
Congratulations to Semih Bezci and Joseph Felipe to a successful and productive time in the O’Connell Lab and at UCB! Mr. Bezci and Felipe have received their BS degree from Mechanical Engineering.
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May 11, 2015
Congratulations to Semih Bezci! Mr. Bezci received a travel award from the American Society of Biomechanics to present his work at the upcoming meeting in Ohio.

May 5, 2015
Congratulations to Audrey Ford! Ms. Ford received an award for the best poster presentation in Engineering at the ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Symposium in San Jose, CA.
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May 5, 2015
Dr. O’Connell was awarded support from the Hellman Fellows Fund. The grant will support research on disc herniation repair on tissue remodeling and joint function, which is a project in collaboration with Drs. Kent Leach, PhD, and Eric Klineberg, MD, at UC Davis.

May 4, 2015
Congratulations to Semih Bezci! His abstract on the effect of rotation angle on torsional disc mechanics was accepted to the American Society of Biomechanics 39th Annual Meeting, which will be held in Columbus, OH in August. View the abstract at our Conference Proceedings page.

April 24, 2015
Congratulations to Audrey Ford and Dr. Grace O’Connell on being selected for the SB3C Diversity Travel Award! The award is for the upcoming Annual Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference (SB3C), which will be held in Snowbird, Utah (June 16-20, 2015).

March 20, 2015
Congratulations to Audrey Ford and Semih Bezci! Their abstracts were accepted to the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference (SB3C), which will be held in Snowbird, Utah (June 16-20, 2015). View the abstract at our Conference Proceedings page.

January 19, 2015
Congratulations to Semih Bezci! His abstract, Effect of axial compression on intervertebral disc torsional mechanics, has been accepted to ISSLS Annual Meeting, which will be held in San Francisco (June 8-12, 2015). View the abstract at our Conference Proceedings page.