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October 2019

Congratulations to Marissa Gionet-Gonzales for being awarded one of the Richard and Joy Dorf Graduate Fellowships!

September 2019

Congratulations to Jackie Woods (née Whitehead) for winning the 2019 BME Outstanding Graduate Student Award!

June 2019

Congratulations to Marissa Gionet-Gonzales for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy!

May 2019

Congratulations to Charlotte Vorwald on being accepted to the Professors for the Future program!

April 2019

Alex Tenorio and Shreeya Joshee presented posters on their work at the UC Davis 30th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

Marissa Gionet-Gonzales and Jackie Whitehead gave oral presentations and Charlotte Vorwald gave a poster presentation on their research at the 8th Annual BMEGG Research Symposium.

Congratulations to Jackie Whitehead for winning the award for People’s Choice for Best Oral Presentation!

Congratulations to Jeremy Lowen for being awarded the NSF GRFP Honorable Mention!

March 2019

Welcome Jeremy Lowen and Vicky Thai to the Leach Lab!

Congratulations to Jackie Whitehead on being awarded a Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship!

December 2018

Congratulations to Jenna Harvestine for successfully defending her PhD thesis dissertation!

November 2018

Congratulations to Tomas Gonzalez-Fernandez for being awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association!

Welcome Bobby Gresham to the Leach Lab!

October 2018

Congratulations to Kent on being named a BMES fellow!

Kaitlin Murphy Fogg (lab alumna), Jackie Whitehead, and Charlotte Vorwald presented oral presentations at the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

September 2018

Kent and Tomas presented at the 5th TERMIS World Congress in Kyoto, Japan.

July 2018

Congratulations to Osamu Yasui for being selected as a Goldwater Scholarship recipient!

June 2018

Congratulations to Marissa Gionet-Gonzales for being awarded an NIH Diversity Supplement!

May 2018

Congratulations to Jackie Whitehead for being awarded an ARCS fellowship!

Jenna Harvestine, Marissa Gionet-Gonzales, Charlotte Vorwald, and Jackie Whitehead gave poster presentations on their research at the 7th Annual BMEGG Research Day.

April 2018

Congratulations to Jackie Whitehead for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy!

March 2018

Welcome Takeyah Campbell and Laney Casella to the Leach Lab!

February 2018

Welcome Tomas Gonzalez-Fernandez to the Leach Lab!

December 2017 

Congratulations to Charlotte Vorwald for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy!

October 2017

Ben Hung, Jenna Harvestine, Charlotte Vorwald, and Jackie Whitehead presented oral presentations at the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

September 2017

Congratulations to Steve Ho for successfully defending his PhD thesis dissertation!

August 2017

Congratulations to Jenna Harvestine for being selected as a UC Davis Business Development Fellow!

June 2017

Congratulations to Charlotte Vorwald for being awarded a T32 Fellowship in Basic and Transnational Cardiovascular Science, funded by the National Institutes of Health

Congratulations to Debika Mitra for successfully defending her PhD thesis dissertation!

May 2017

Jonathan Chen presented a poster on his work with composite scaffolds at the UC Davis 28th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

Steve Ho, Debika Mitra, and Jenna Harvestine gave oral presentations and Charlotte Vorwald and Jackie Whitehead gave poster presentations on their research at the 6th Annual BMEGG Research Day.

Congratulations to Jenna Harvestine for winning the award for Best Oral Presentation!

April 2017

Welcome Marissa Gionet-Gonzales to the Leach Lab!

Congratulations to Osamu Yasui for being selected as a Beckman Scholar for 2017-2018!

March 2017

Leach Lab awarded new R01 to study dual peptide presentation from bioengineered carriers to potentiate tissue repair.

December 2016 

Congratulations to Jenna Harvestine for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy!

July 2016

Welcome Ben Hung to the Leach Lab!

June 2016

Congratulations to Kaitlin Murphy for winning the 2016 BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student Award!

Congratulations to Kaitlin Murphy for successfully defending her PhD thesis dissertation!

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May 2016

Kaitlin Murphy, Steve Ho, Debika Mitra, and Jenna Harvestine presented their research at the 5th Annual BMEGG Research Day.

Congratulations to Debika Mitra for winning the award for Best Poster!

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April 2016
Congratulations to Debika Mitra and Kent Leach for winning the 2015-2016 Mentoring at Critical Transitions (MCT) fellowship award.

May 2016
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January 2016

Welcome Jackie Whitehead to the Leach Lab!

November 2015

Congratulations to Steve Ho for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy.
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October 2015

Welcome Charlotte Vorwald to the Leach Lab!

July 2015

Leach Lab awarded new R01 to study the role of biomaterials to instruct the function of entrapped cell spheroids.

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Congratulations to Steve Ho for being awarded a T32 Fellowship under the Animal Models of Infectious Diseases Training Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health
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Kent Leach is promoted to Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery.

June 2015

Congratulations to Allison Hoch for successfully defending her PhD thesis dissertation.

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April 2015
Congratulations to Jenna Harvestine for being awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship!

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March 2015
Welcome Jenna Harvestine to the Leach Lab!

February 2015

Kent Leach interviewed by News10 KXTV-ABC in Sacramento for how the new grant will benefit California patients.

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January 2015

Leach lab (in collaboration with Marcu and Athanasiou labs) awarded a Tools and Technology Award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to develop nondestructive methods to measure the maturation of engineered bone and cartilage.

December 2014

Debika Mitra presented an oral presentation at the 2014 TERMIS-AM Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to Kaitlin Murphy for winning an American Heart Association (AHA) Fellowship.

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November 2014

Congratulations to Beko Binder for successfully defending his PhD thesis dissertation.

October 2014

Kaitlin Murphy and Beko Binder presented oral presentations and Debika Mitra and Caroline Vissers presented posters at the 2014 BMES Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. Congratulations to Debika Mitra for winning the BMES Reviewer’s Choice Poster Award.

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September 2014

Congratulations to Debika Mitra for winning a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Fellowship.

Congratulations to Debika Mitra for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy.

August 2014

Caroline Vissers presented her research at IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference in Chicago, IL and the Beckman Symposium in Irvine, CA

July 2014

Allison Hoch began her 6 month co-op at Genentech in Early Stage Cell Culture

June 2014

Kent Leach won the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.

Caroline Vissers was awarded the Departmental Citation Award for True Distinction in the Major

May 2014

Kaitlin Murphy, Debika Mitra, and Allison Hoch presented their research at the 3rd Annual BMEGG Research Day.

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Caroline Vissers was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

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Congratulations to Beko Binder for winning the 2014 BMEGG Outstanding Graduate Student award.

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April 2014

Allison Hoch presented an oral presentation and Debika Mitra presented a poster at the Annual UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium (IGPS) in Davis, CA.

Allison Hoch presented an oral presentation and Debika Mitra presented a poster at the 23rd Annual UC Davis Biotechnology Retreat in Napa, CA.

Congratulations to Beko Binder for winning a Floyd and Mary Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2014-2015.

March 2014

Congratulations to Allison Hoch for winning an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholarship for 2014-2015.

Congratulations to Allison Hoch for winning the UC Davis Biotechnology fellowship for 2014-2015.

Allison Hoch and Beko Binder presented rapid fire presentations and posters at the 4th International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering (ICSCE) in Coronado, CA.

February 2014

The Leach lab welcomes a new post-doctoral researcher, Nina Vollmer (PhD in Materials Science, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado).

December 2013

Congratulations to Miles Wilkinson for receiving his MS.

November 2013

Congratulations to Kaitlin Murphy for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy.

September 2013

Beko Binder presented an oral presentation and Allison Hoch presented a poster at BMES in Seattle, WA.

June 2013

Hillary Davis, MD, PhD, was awarded the Loren D. Carlson Student Research Award from the UC Davis School of Medicine. You can read more here

Vaishali Mittal was recognized for her efforts with the 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

May 2013

We welcome Allison Hoch back to UC Davis from her 10 months in Basel, Switzerland. Upon her return, Allie has been awarded a fellowship in the UC Davis Biotechnology Training Program, as well as an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship.

Samir Batarni has been selected to participate in the Biology Scholars Advanced Research Program (BSHARP) for 2013 and 2014.

Caroline Vissers has been selected as a Beckman Scholar for 2013-2014.

Sophia Fang presented her research at the Mayo Clinic through the CTSC Training Program.

Ganesh Ingavle has been named a Marie Curie Research Fellow to conduct research at the University of Brighton, starting in Fall 2013.

May 2012

Congratulations to Beko Binder for winning Honorable Mention in Best Oral Presentation and Allison Hoch for winning the Best Poster Presentation at the 1st annual UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Research Conference.

May 2012

Congratulations to Allison Hoch for advancing to PhD candidacy.

April 2012

Congratulations to Steve Ho for winning a 2012 Whitaker International Fellowship. Steve will be going to Zurich, Switzerland at ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) next summer to work in the Skeletal Tissue Engineering Group at the Institute of Biomechanics under Professor Ralph Müller and Dr. Sandra Hofmann.

December 2011

Congratulations to Martin Decaris for successfully defending his PhD thesis dissertation.

October 2011

At BMES in Hartford, CT, a poster titled “Extracellular Matrix-coated Microbeads Deployed in Alginate Hydrogels for Bone Formation” was presented. Research was performed by Archana Bhat, Allison Hoch, Martin Decaris, and Kent Leach.

September 2011

Congratulations to Kent Leach for being appointed Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group for the next 3 years!

September 2011

Congratulations to Beko Binder for earning a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Fellowship!

August 2011

Congratulations to Diana Morales-Hernández for successful completion of her Masters!

April 2011

Congratulations to Allison Hoch for earning a Whitaker International Fellowship that will allow her to perform research at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland with Dr. Ivan Martin for 1 year!

March 2011

Congratulations to Hillary Davis for successfully defending her dissertation. Hillary has one degree down during her training in the Physician Scientist Training Program. Way to go, Dr. Davis!

February 2011

Kent Leach is interviewed for a UC Davis PBS Spotlight video: Making stem cells stick to business, and the Leach lab gets some airtime!  You can watch the video here.

January 2011

Congratulations to Hillary Davis for authoring the #1 most downloaded article in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering for the last 30 days. Great job on this review.

October 2010

Congratulations to Jiawei He for successfully defending his dissertation. Jiawei is the first Ph.D. student to graduate from the Leach lab. Outstanding work, Dr. He!

June 2010

Congratulations to Chris Horner for winning the 2010 Department of Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. Great work, Chris!  You can read about Chris’s achievements here.

Fat-derived stem cells under investigation for treating wounded soldiers. You can read more about it here and watch the video below.

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