Latest News of the Division of Biomedical Engineering
Congratulations to Associate Professors Sudesh Sivarasu and Malebogo Ngoepe to their recent apointment as directors of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre and the Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics at UCT.
Welcome to Dr Jerry Ochola from Moi University in Kenya to a nine-month research visit to the Mechanobiology Lab funded through an Africa Research Excellence Fund fellowship.
Ms Xolisile Thusini, PhD student in the Division of Biomedical Engineering under supervision of A/Prof Tinashe Mutsvangwa, has been awarded the 2021 UCT VC Mamokgethi Phakeng scholarship. Congratulations to Xolisile to this outstanding recognition!
Prof Tania Douglas passed away on 20 March 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.
Congratulations to Dr Frances Robertson and Dr Tinashe Mutsvangwa from our division who were successful with their application for ad hominem promotion. These promotions acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by both to the Department, Faculty and University.
Several postgraduate students in the Division of Biomedical Engineering have successfully completed their studies and will officially receive their degree at UCT's graduation ceremony in December this year. Congratulations to all for this achievement.
MSc student Lara Timm from HUB's Division of Biomedical Engineering calls her ear saver solution the UCT Hearo. It’s a neat and practical design that improves the comfort and fit of face masks worn by frontline medical staff to contain COVID-19.
The shortage of ventilators for critical COVID-19 cases has been a challenge worldwide and was taken up by South Africa's National Ventilator Project. The Medical Devices Laboratory OpenAir Ventilation project in HUB's Division of Biomedical Engineering identified the need long before it became critical.
With the spirt of ubuntu in mind, a team of academics led by Associate Professor Sudesh Sivarasu in the Division of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Human Biology, put their heads together to develop a special COVID-19 testing station to safeguard healthcare workers at the coalface of the pandemic.
One way of viewing a crisis is as an opportunity to pursue and contribute to a better future. For Associate Professor Sudesh Sivarasu and his team of biomedical engineers in the Department of Human Biology, COVID-19 has brought just that: the opportunity to serve the greater good through collaboration and sharing of knowledge.
The Department of Human Biology's Medical Devices Lab in the Division of Biomedical Engineering has played an integral role in developing a locally manufactured ventilator that has been approved for nationwide rollout to support COVID-19 patients.
PhD alumnus Adam van Niekerk was named one of three finalists for the ISMRM I.I. Rabi Young Investigator Award given for original basic science research in magnetic resonance.