Jonathan inducted into AIMBE’s prestigious College of Fellows!

April 4, 2019

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Meinig School faculty Jonathan Butcher to its College of Fellows. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.”

Jonathan was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for “pioneering the emerging field of heart valve mechanobiology by combining cardiovascular tissue mechanics with paradigms from developmental biology.”

News 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Jonathan receives 2018 teaching and advising award!
Jonathan receives the 2018 Sonny Yao ’72 Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award. (article)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Prof. Butcher is awarded the Sonny Yau ’72 teaching award of the college of engineering
Prof. Butcher was honored at the 2018 College of Engineering Excellence in Advising and Teaching Awards, hosted on Monday, Sept. 17. The annual awards recognize distinguished teaching and mentoring within the college, as well as leadership in path-breaking science and technical innovation. (article)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Prof. Butcher elected to be a Fellow of the American Heart Association

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Patent awarded!
Jonathan Butcher awarded patent No. 10,048,668, “Method for specifying and fabricating an object, associated apparatus, and applications.”


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Chelsea Stephens awarded a NYSTEM Graduate Fellowship in Stem Cell Biology.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Butcher Lab presents at the World Congress of Biomechanics.
Talks given by Prof. Butcher, David Bassen, Stephanie Lindsey, and Terence Gee.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Jonathan promoted to full professor!
Jonathan was promoted to Full Professor as of July 1, 2018!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

PhD student Leah Pagnozzi is awarded a Provost Diversity Fellowship. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

PhD student David Bassen awarded an INTERN fellowship from the NSF

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Butcher lab alum Joe Yu’s paper on the biomechanics of cardiac regeneration is published in Scientific Reports.
Publication: “Cardiac regeneration following cryoinjury in the adult zebrafish targets a maturation-specific biomechanical remodeling program.” (article)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Butcher Lab on the cover of Development
Former PhD Stephanie’s Paper on the hemodynamics of pharyngeal arch artery morphogenesis is featured on the cover of Development and selected as a Research Highlight (article).

Friday, October 5, 2018

Butcher Lab awarded 5-year R01 grant from NIH
The Butcher Lab is awarded 5-year R01 grant from NIH to study cellular mechanisms of aortic valve homeostasis and disease (article)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ana Artiles hired as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University!
Postdoc Dr. Ana Artiles from the Butcher lab to begin as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Butcher lab students become graduates.
Congratulations to Butcher Lab graduates: Joseph Carnicelli and Zhije Li (MEng); Emma Krebs, Xiao Yin Ma, Alex Gordon, Hyunji Koo, and Matt Donnelly (BS): amd Sraeyes Sridhar (MS). Sridhar moves onto Northwestern for a PhD in BME.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Prof. Butcher’s review on heart valve tissue engineering is published in Science Translational Medicine
Review: “The root problem of heart valve engineering,” published in Science Translational Medicine (article).

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Goodbye to Visiting Scholar Nianfang Ma and family
The Butcher Lab says goodbye to Visiting Scholar Nianfang Ma and his family. Best of luck back in China!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Prof. Butcher to speak at the Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala 
Prof. Butcher to speak at the Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala to raise money for heart health.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Butcher Lab presents at the Heart Valve Society 2018 Annual Meeting.
Prof. Butcher, Terence Gee, David Bassen, Duc Pham, and Ablajan Mahmut all give presentations.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Masters student Sraeyes Sridhar’s publishes in Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
Sraeyes Sridhar’s paper on macrophages in heart valves, “Monocytes and macrophages in heart valves: Uninvited guests or critical performers?”, is published in Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering (article).

News 2017

Monday, March 5, 2018

Masters student Sraeyes Sridhar’s publishes in Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
Sraeyes Sridhar’s paper on macrophages in heart valves, “Monocytes and macrophages in heart valves: Uninvited guests or critical performers?”, is published in Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering (article).

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Big Red Machine: Cardiovascular Engineering at Cornell
Butcher Lab research highlighted in Cornell Engineering feature

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Patented biomedical implant could improve heart patient outcome
Jonathan Butcher, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Christopher Frendl ’10, M.Eng. ’11, were awarded a patent for a biomedical implant for use in fluid shear stress environments.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Forever Young: The promise of human regeneration
Prof. Jonathan Butcher speaks at the World Science Forum.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Katherine Phillips (Butcher Lab) won best poster presentation in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) spring research forum;

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Patent awarded!
Jonathan Butcher awarded patent No. 9,629,713, “Biomedical Implant for Use in Fluid Shear Stress Environments”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Search for a Heart Failure Cure
Cornell Research article highlights the work of Butcher Lab undergraduate researcher Katherine Phillips, ’17.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Softening of tumor tissue could aid in cancer drug delivery
Cornell Chronicle article highlights Butcher Lab as collaborating member within five Cornell departments and schools to gain innovative insight into how mechanical changes

News 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chelsea Gregg (Ph.D. ‘16) selected as an AIMBE 2016-2017 FDA Scholar 
(Press Release) Butcher Lab alumna is participating in this highly competitive program, Chelsea will assist in efforts to improve the quality and consistency of FDA’s regulatory policies toward medical devices. Her term is a one-year immersion from October 1 to September 31 in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, MD.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Proper heart-valve development requires cyclic mechanical loading
Butcher Lab research on heart valve development is featured in American Scientist. Woot!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Butcher Lab image on the cover of ATVB Journal’s August 2016 issue
Paper titled, “Cadherin-11 Overexpression Induces Extracellular Matrix Remodeling and Calcification in Mature Aortic Valves.”
Authors: Derek C. Sung, Caitlin J. Bowen, Kiran A. Vaidya, Jingjing Zhou, Nikita Chapurin, Andrew Recknagel, Bin Zhou, Jonathan Chen, Michael Kotlikoff, Jonathan T. Butcher

Monday, May 16, 2016

Jessical Rivlin (’17) received the AHA summer research fellowship to study heart development in chick embryos. Good work!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Derek Sung (’16) was awarded the Elena Aikawa Best Abstract & Keynote: Basic Science to Elucidate Mechanisms of Valve Disease at the annual Heart Valve Society meeting. Congrats!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

David Bassen awarded a 2016 GAANN fellowship
Fellowship will allow focus on developing teaching, communication and leadership skills, as well as developing a solid foundation for conduction research.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Caitlin Parrucci wins Cornell Student Business of the Year
Lab member Caitlin Parrucci won the Cornell University 2016 Student Business of the Year Award for her startup, Equine Design (rebranded in Dec 2016 to Stablesense), which markets a water-monitoring system that can be integrated into horse stalls to monitor horses’ health. Congrats Caitlin!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Derek Sung (’16) recieved the Best Poster and Zuckerman Prize for Excellence in Student Biological Engineering Research at the 14th annual IBE BioEXPO held at Cornell!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Researchers Find New Way To Understand Heart Diseases
Cornell researchers have found that a focus on the signaling microenvironment rather than the genome may lead us closer to understanding disease.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Snapshots of Life: Green Eggs and Heart Valves
The NIH director highlights Butcher Lab research on heart valves in this NIH Director’s Blog.
Related: developing chick image was selected as a winner in the 2015 FASEB BioArt Contest (credit: Jessica Ryvlin and Stephanie Lindsey and Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Butcher).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Weill Cornell Physician-Scientists and Cornell University Engineers Collaborate and Patients Benefit: Progressive, collaborative research with real-word impact. Butcher Lab featured in this “Health by Design” article highlighting collaborative work between Meinig School Profs. and physician-scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Heart That Beats for Others
Butcher Lab featured at 3:23 in this video about a Weill-Meinig BME collaboration on 3D replacement cardiac tissue precisely modeled after a patient’s imaging results.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Mechanism To Prevent Heart Defects In Newborns Identified
NDTV article highlights how Butcher Lab findings lay a foundation for hemodynamically informed surgical interventions to potentially retard valve malformation – or to restore it.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Not far away: Using the force to halt heart malformation
Cornell Chronicle article on Butcher Lab research that could reduce the chance of life-threatening, congenital heart defects among newborn infants and lead to proper embryonic heart and valve formation.