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Learn more about recent events, awards, presentations and publications of the Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Lab at the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Recent News

Dr. Brandon Tefft receives CAREER Award from the NSF

Dr. Brandon Tefft has been awarded a $572,770 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for a project seeking to reduce the need for repeat surgery for individuals with congenital heart valve defects and increase the visibility and reputation of scientific innovation and discovery to students in the Milwaukee area. (April 2024) Learn more about the award


Dr. Shashanka Rao wins poster award at MCW's CVC Research Retreat

CaRE Lab postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Shashanka Rao, secured third place at MCW's CVC Research Retreat for his poster presentation titled, "Endothelial cells with low fibronectin leucine rich transmembrane protein 2 (FLRT2) expression exhibit enhanced retention within vascular grafts". (December 2023) Learn more about the award


CaRE Lab PhD Graduate Presents at 2023 BMES Annual Meeting

Along with others from the Joint Department, recent PhD Graduate of the CaRE Lab, Jayne Wolfe, presents her research at the 2023 BMES Annual Meeting titled, "Endothelial cells with low FLRT2 expression exhibit enhanced retention with within vascular grafts." (November 2023) Read about MU-MCW BME at BMES 2023


Dr. Tefft Serves as a Session Organizer at 2023 BMES Annual Meeting

Dr. Brandon Tefft served as the organizer and moderator for a special session at BMES titled, "Navigating the Ethical Landscape: Challenges and Perspectives for International Biomedical Engineers in the U.S. and How We Can All Help." Speakers included Drs. Rupak Dua, Karanvir Saini, Isha Mutreja, Guillermo Ameer, Niraj Babu, and Huiliang Wang(November 2023)


Dr. Tefft Presents at International Conference

Dr. Brandon Tefft was invited to present an abstract, "Magnetic and biocompatible polyurethane nanofiber biomaterial for tissue engineering," at the 6th International Conference on Materials Science and Nanotechnology in Rome, Italy. (September 2023) Learn more about the Conference


Dr. Tefft Receives Product Development Award

Dr. Brandon Tefft receives Product Development Award from MU-MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering for "Vascular conduits with optimized local blood flow patterns for improved endothelialization." (July 2023)


Dr. Tefft Co-Chairs Session on Device Design at TERMIS-AM 2023

As Chair of the TERMIS Thematic Interest Working Group (or TWIG) for Cardiovascular/Angiogenesis/Blood, Dr. Tefft contributed as abstract reviewer and co-chair of a session discussing cardiovascular device design during this year's TERMIS-AM 2023 Annual Conference. (April 2023) Learn More about the Conference


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  • Sept 2022: Dr. Tefft presented a seminar entitled, "Endothelialization of Implantable Cardiovascular Devices" on Friday, September 23rd at the Illinois Institute of Technology—Department of Biomedical Engineering. View the Seminar Abstract
  • Aug 2022: Dr. Tefft was recently appointed Chair of a TERMIS TWIG dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in cardiovascular tissue engineering and regenerative medicine Learn more about the Appointment
  • Aug 2022: Dr. Brandon Tefft and collaborator Dr. Aoy Tomita-Mitchell discuss the 3D printing of living heart cells on CTSI Discovery Radio, Episode 100:  Emerging Technologies and the Art of Science. Access the Episode
  • Jun 2022: Dr. Brandon Tefft was awarded a two-year R21 grant sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for his research work titled, "Rapidly healing flow diverters using magnetic cell targeting for intracranial aneurysm treatment."
  • May 2022: Recent research from Dr. Tefft's Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Lab was recently featured in Project Wonder's media series featuring innovations in science. View Project Wonder's Write-up
  • May 2022: Through an NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant awarded to Biomedical Engineering Faculty Dr. Brandon Tefft, the MCW Engineering Core will receive a new 3D printer capable of fabricating sterilizable instrumentation and implantable devices. Learn more about the Award
  • May 2022: Dr. Brandon Tefft selected as guest editor of special issue of Bioengineering discussing cell-ECM interactions for tissue engineering and regeneration. Learn more about the Editorship
  • Apr 2022: Dr. Brandon Tefft has been awarded a 3-year Career Development Award from the American Heart Association for his research project entitled, "Bioengineered heart tissue for studying and treating congenital heart disease." Learn more about the American Heart Association


  • Oct 2021:  CaRE Lab alumni Dr. Akankshya Shradhanjali, who completed postdoctoral research position with the CaRE Lab in 2021, recently accepted a Senior R&D Engineer position with Medtronic in Santa Ana, California, where she will be working on the development of prosthetic heart valves.  Dr. Shradhanjali's postdoctoral research investigated the use of nanotechnology for the magnetic endothelialization of implantable cardiovascular devices. Learn more about Dr. Shradhanjali's work with CaRE Lab
  • Oct 2021:  CaRE Lab students Jayne Wolfe and Nathan Luzum presented recent research at the 2021 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference held this year in Orlando, Florida.  Learn more about Presented Research
  • Aug 2021:  Join Dr. Tefft on Monday, August 30, for a film viewing and discussion of Science World Festival's documentary Forever Young: The Promise of Human Regeneration, a film discussing the promise of regenerative medicine.  View Event Details  
  • Feb 2021:  Dr. Tefft presented at Northwestern University, discussing his recent research on Endothelialization of Implantable Cardiovascular Devices.  Learn more about this Event
  • Jan 2021:  The Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Laboratory would like to extend a warm welcome to Medical Student Nathan Luzum and Master's student Wei He.  Learn more about CaRE Lab Students
  • Jan 2021:  Dr. Tefft has been elected to a three-year term on the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Ethics Subcommittee beginning in January, 2021.  Congratulations Dr. Tefft!  Learn more about BMES Committees  


  • Nov 2020:  Dr. Tefft presented recent work on Endothelialization of Implantable Cardiovascular Devices on Friday, November 13th, at Michigan Tech's Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series.  View the Seminar Abstract
  • Nov 2020:  Dr. Tefft was recently elected to a 2-year position as Vice Chair of the Cardiovascular/Angiogenesis/Blood Thematic Interest Working Group (TWIG) of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).  Learn More about the TWIG
  • Aug 2020:  The Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Laboratory would like to extend a warm welcome to new student Aleks Zielonka.  Aleks is seeking her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on heart valve tissue engineering.  Welcome Aleks!
  • Jan 2020:  William Yuan has joined the Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Lab as an MCW Scholarly Pathways student.  Welcome William!