https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Biomedical-engineering-to-add-two-new-faculty.aspx1299Biomedical engineering to add two new faculty <img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Rutz%20Seanez.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Alexandra L. Rutz and Ismael Seáñez are set to join the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McKelvey School of Engineering in the 2020-21 academic year, bringing the department's total number of faculty to 24.<br/></p><p>"We couldn't be more pleased that with the hire of Professors Rutz and Seáñez, we brought not one, but two talented investigators who broaden our research strengths in neuroengineering and enhance our partnerships with neurosurgery," said Lori Setton, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and chair of the department.</p> <span> <hr/></span> <h4>Alexandra L. Rutz, assistant professor</h4><p> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/Alex%20Rutz.jpg?RenditionID=6" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin: 10px;"/> </p><ul><li>PhD, MS, biomedical engineering, Northwestern University</li><li>BS, chemistry and molecular and cellular biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign<br/></li></ul><p>Alexandra L. Rutz joins McKelvey Engineering from the University of Cambridge, where she is the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellow in the bioelectronics lab of George Malliaras, the Prince Philip Professor of Technology.<br/></p><p>Rutz's research focuses on improving the biocompatibility and long-term function of implantable bioelectronics, especially neural probes. Her doctoral thesis focused on engineering hydrogel bioinks for 3D printing tissues and organs. Her training has been supported by grants from the Whitaker International Scholars Program, the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship program.</p><hr/><h4>Ismael Seáñez, assistant professor</h4><p> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/IsmaelSeanezPhoto.jpg?RenditionID=6" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin: 10px;"/> </p><ul><li>PhD, MS, biomedical engineering, Northwestern University</li><li>BS, mechanical engineering, University of Texas, San Antonio<br/></li></ul><p>Ismael "Mayo" Seáñez joins McKelvey Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EFPL), where he is a postdoctoral fellow working with Grégoire Courtine as head of the translational division at the NeuroRestore Defitech Center for Interventional Neurotherapies. In his work, Seáñez focuses on developing brain-spine interfaces where real-time brain recordings are used to reinforce leg movements with spinal cord stimulation. His training has been supported by grants from the Whitaker International Scholars Program, the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the National Institutes of Health's Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and the NIH MARC program.<br/></p><p>Rutz and Seáñez are each completing their postdoctoral research training in Europe and will join the department in Spring 2021.<br/></p><hr/>The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 140 full-time faculty, 1,387 undergraduate students, 1,448 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.<br/>Beth Miller 2020-04-29T05:00:00ZAlexandra Rutz and Ismael Seáñez will join the BME faculty next spring as assistant professors.

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