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Biomedical Engineering Research

Research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering is focused on four primary areas: Imaging technologies, Medical devices, Regenerative medicine and Sensing and monitoring systems. Toward impacting health outcomes, a hallmark of our research is the focus on translation to the clinic and entrepreneurship.

Research Areas

Research efforts are largely based in optical microscopy, spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance imaging for the purposes of improving the diagnosis of cancer and infectious diseases.

With a strong translational focus and extensive ties to industry, research topics include on-chip systems, devices to support heart healing, interventional stroke and aneurysm treatment, and pediatric devices.

Research advances in biomaterials and biomanufacturing include "smart" materials, biomimetic nanomaterials, 3D printing strategies, cell manufacturing, and wound hemostasis.

Supported by the Center for Remote Health Technologies, research efforts are focused on sensors and point-of-care devices for on-demand detection of biomarkers for chronic disease.

Research News

Dr. Shreya Raghavan is developing new ways to use regenerative medicine to understand and more effectively treat gastrointestinal diseases, such as Gulf War Illness, a multi-symptom illness that impacts an estimated 25% to 35% of veterans from the Gulf War.

Dr. Isaac Adjei and his lab focus much of their research on treating late-stage cancer patients. To improve the efficacy of immunotherapies, the team uses nanoparticles to try and change the environment inside a tumor to give the immune cells the upper hand.

Dr. Akhilesh Gaharwar and his graduate student Patrick Lee are developing a new class of hydrogels that can leverage light in a multitude of ways, including drug delivery and regenerative medicine treatments.

Programmatic Initiatives

Funded by an NSF Engineering Research Center grant, PATHS-UP is working to develop revolutionary and cost-effective technologies and systems at the point-of-care.

The SWPDC is a virtual accelerator that supports pediatric device innovators throughout the pediatric device life cycle and is supported by a grant from the FDA.