Engineering Science and Mechanic's Wu receives Graduate School award


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Mengxi Wu, Ph.D. candidate in engineering science and mechanics, was selected as the 2017-2018 recipient of the Thomas and June Beaver Fund Award from the Penn State Graduate School.

The award recognizes and provides financial assistance to outstanding full-time graduate students enrolled at Penn State who are performing industrially sponsored research in connection with the Ben Franklin Partnership Fund Program.

Under the supervision of Tony Jun Huang, adjunct professor of engineering science and mechanics, William Bevan Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of biomedical engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, Wu is conducting research on the development of acoustic-based separation technology by which sound waves are used to isolate cells or tiny particles from blood. The system is designed to sort out biological nanoparticles released by cells called exosomes, which contribute in cell-to-cell communication and disease transmission.

This technology could offer a rapid, gentle and low-cost method for applications of exosomes for disease diagnostics and health monitoring.

Wu also received support in his work from Joseph Rose, Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing, and Francesco Costanzo, professor of engineering science and mechanics. Both professors served as Wu’s thesis chair.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to Professor Huang, and also to Professor Rose and Professor Costanzo for their kind help,” said Wu.

Wu’s additional research interests include separation of nanoparticles, isolation of circulating tumor cells for cancer phenotyping and therapy and blood component apheresis for small animals.

Wu, along with other engineering graduate students who received awards from the Graduate School, were honored during the Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 25.


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