Biomedical engineering graduate student receives AFS 2012 Distinguished Graduate Student Award

Elaheh Rahbar, a former graduate student in the Department of Biomedical engineering, received Photo of Elaheh Rahbara 2012 Distinguished Graduate Student Award from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students in late April.

The Association of Former Students presented the annual awards for exemplary efforts in research, teaching, and mentoring. The awards program, created in 1965, recognizes the important role graduate students play in the mission of Texas A&M. Each recipient was presented a framed certificate and a custom watch which will be lasting mementos of this award.

Rahbar was among 15 outstanding graduate students honored by the AFS during a “Community of Scholars” awards ceremony.

Rahbar graduated from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in August 2011. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, working in the department of surgery at the Center for Translational Injury Research under the guidance of Dr. Charles Wade.

The goal of her dissertation was to investigate and characterize the transport of lymph, using experimental animal techniques and computational models. These data laid the foundation for further lymphatic modeling in Dr. James E. Moore’s lab and a successful grant application to the National Institutes of Health. Rahbar has published three peer-reviewed publications, two as first author. Early in her career at Texas A&M she won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Texas A&M Regent’s Fellowship. One professor said, “Elaheh is truly one of the brightest students with whom I have had the pleasure of working.”

Rahbar said, “I continue to pursue research in the area of biofluid mechanics, particularly in relation to the problem of hemorrhage and resuscitation of trauma patients. My research as a postdoc is more clinical and translational as compared to when I was a Ph.D. student at A&M."