Biomedical engineering graduate student wins ASME award

William Richardson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received the  American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Richard Skalak Award for best research paper of the year. Richardson

Richardson’s article, “A Device to Study the Effects of Stretch Gradients on Cell Behavior,” was featured in the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. The article was also a Top-10 most downloaded research article for November 2011 in the journal’s digital library.

Richardson’s research was a collaborative project with Dr. Emily Wilson in the College of Medicine in the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Contributing authors include Dr. Michael Moreno and Dr. James Moore from the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Richardson works in Moore’s Vascular Biomechanics Lab, and his research involves investigating the role of mechanical stress gradients on smooth muscle cell responses, including phenotype modulation, cellular migration, cellular alignment, and protein transcription.

Established in 1977 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering is one of the top journals in the field of biomedical engineering and one of the oldest. It publishes reports on research results involving the application of mechanical engineering knowledge, skills and principles to the conception, design, development, analysis, and operation of biomechanical systems.