Biomedical engineering student organization to host H.R. Lissner Biomedical Research Day

DETROIT – Members of the Wayne State University Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) will host the annual H.R. Lissner Biomedical Research Day on Thursday, Nov. 21. The event is designed to showcase the exceptional biomedical research occurring at Wayne State University in the fields of engineering, biology, chemistry, physics and medicine.

The research day is named after biomechanics pioneer Herbert R. Lissner, who established Wayne State’s Bioengineering Center and was appointed its first director in 1963. Lissner, a former professor of engineering mechanics at Wayne State, began researching the mechanisms of blunt head trauma and skull fracture in 1939.

“Wayne State has a long history of innovative biomedical research,” says Tonya Whitehead, biomedical engineering graduate student, BMES graduate class representative and the event’s lead organizer. “We hope to provide a platform to highlight the current research occurring at Wayne State and encourage future collaboration and networking.”

Engineering students Pavan Jella, Eric Kim, Kevin Miles, Anil Kalra and Elisabeth Steel will give oral presentations during the podium session, and more than 15 additional engineering undergraduate and graduate students will present research during two poster sessions (full schedule available at

“Wayne State offers unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate research,” says Whitehead. “The student presentations at the Biomedical Research Day will demonstrate the benefits of a hands-on, research-based education.”

The schedule also includes a faculty presentation by Mai Lam, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, who will present “Creating translatable techniques for repairing tissues using stem cells and biomaterials.

The keynote speech, “The intersection of cancer biology and micro scale engineering,” will be given by David J. Beebe, professor and associate chair of research and faculty development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering.

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