Bongiorno Awarded BioEngineering Outstanding Paper

Tom Bongiorno was awarded “Outstanding Paper” from the interdisciplinary BioEngineering Graduate Program for his publication, “Mechanical stiffness as an improved single-cell indicator of osteoblastic human mesenchymal stem cell differentiation” in the Journal of Biomechanics.   

Bongiorno is a third year Ph.D. candidate in BioEngineering. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 from the University of Notre Dame, where he worked on a stem cell-based tissue-engineering project. As an undergraduate, Bongiorno conducted a summer research project on microparticle phagocytosis in the lab of Todd Sulchek, where he has returned for his graduate work. Bongiorno is seeking to use the mechanical properties of individual cells as bases for identifying and sorting differentiating stem cells. The goal of his research is to use microfluidic technology that sorts cells based on their mechanical properties to obtain a purified population of a desired cell phenotype. Bongiorno is a Georgia Tech President's Fellow and was a trainee on the stem cell biomanufacturing IGERT at Georgia Tech from 2011-2013. His winning paper is titled,