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Ph.D. Candidate Earns Accolades from Bioengineering Symposium

April 27, 2016
Samira Masoudi poses for a portrait.
Samira Masoudi

Second-year University of Wyoming Ph.D. student Samira Masoudi was honored at a bioengineering symposium in April for her writing and research skills.

At the 53rd Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS) on April 9 in Denver, Masoudi was awarded the RMBS President’s Award for her research paper, “Microtubule Motility Analysis Based on Time-Lapse Fluorescence Microscopy.” The President’s Award is the highest recognition given for the symposium’s student paper contest. 

Masoudi, who studies electrical engineering, works under the direction of Professor Cameron Wright of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research, funded by the Tier-1 Engineering Initiative, represents a collaboration between the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering (John Oakey) and Molecular Biology (Jay Gatlin). Its purpose is to help researchers better understand the underlying mechanisms of cancerous tumor formation. 

“Samira’s selection for this award recognizes both the quality of her work and the importance it has for cancer research,” Wright says. “It’s certainly a great motivator for her as she moves forward in her Ph.D. program. On a broader scale, it also demonstrates the synergy of interdisciplinary projects between departments and colleges at UW. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has a long history of such collaborations.”

The RMBS is the longest-running biomedical engineering conference in North America. It began as a regional conference in 1963, but has grown into an international event, with participation over the years from nearly a dozen countries. Submitted papers are all peer-reviewed, and those accepted for presentation and publication appear in the yearly issue of the Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation Journal, an international publication. All RMBS papers are indexed in the major research databases, including Index Medicus and Medline/PubMed.

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