Biomedical engineering (BME) undergraduate Vihita Patel has been named one of four recipients of the international 2012 Design and Research Awards by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). This award specifically targets excellence in undergraduate research. Patel was awarded for her work entitled “Low Intensity Vibration Treatment Tapers Obesity-Induced Type 2 Diabetes by Decreasing the Size of Adipocytes in Mice.” She will be recognized at the BMES 2012 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 24 to October 27.
Patel was mentored by Distinguished Professor Clinton Rubin, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Center for Biotechnology, and BME Research Assistant Professor Ete Chan.
“All of us in the BME Department are extremely proud of Vihita’s accomplishments and that her work has been recognized by BMES through their annual undergrad research awards,” said Rubin. “Vihita has been a wonderful addition to the lab and her careful outcome analyses of this diet-induced obesity model will prove critical in translating this non-drug therapy into the clinic to mitigate symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Vihita is resourceful, creative and committed, and is a great reflection of the outstanding students that are in Stony Brook labs all over campus.”