Research in Biomedical Engineering

Faculty in the biomedical engineering department focus research in three main areas.


Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

Tissue engineering research utilizes combinations of biomaterials and cells to restore function to otherwise damaged tissue. Research goals include both development of tissue for in vitro use and exploiting the body’s natural repair processes for in vitro use. 

Biomaterials research is focused on synthesizing and optimizing novel polymeric materials, as well as developing and optimizing synthetic scaffolds to control cell function for tissue engineering applications.

Diagnostic device research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of intelligent biosensors. Monitoring of metabolites, proteins, cellular growth, etc. is central to understanding disease progression and leads to more effective treatment strategies. Our research focuses on developing smart materials for use as biosensing elements and new packaging techniques in the fabrication of biomedical microdevices. Faculty:

Biomedical Signal Processing, Modeling & Electrophysiology

Biomedical signal processing research includes the analysis and classification of sleep patterns using statistical signal processing methods. Finite element modeling focuses on both mechanical and electrical biomedical applications.

Electrophysiology research includes characterization of electrical activity at the whole-cell level and the design of high resolution techniques for monitoring the stimulus-secretion coupling process in excitable cells. Faculty:

Orthopedic & Cardiovascular Biomechanics

Orthopedic mechanics research includes design and evaluation of devices for fracture fixation and spinal applications, as well as evaluation of tissue engineered products that support orthopedic implants.

Cardiovascular mechanics is aimed at understanding and quantifying how the heart and blood vessels respond to applied forces and pressures. This enables us to understand normal function, predict changes, design replacements and propose interventions. We focus on diseases involving elastin in blood vessels. Faculty:

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