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Biomedical Engineering Research

Research in the department of biomedical engineering is largely focused on six themes: cancer, cardiovascular and regenerative engineering as well as pediatrics, accessible health and biomedical engineering education. Towards impacting health outcomes, a hallmark of our research is the focus on entrepreneurship and translation to the clinic.

Research Areas

Cancer Engineering aims to apply diverse tools, technologies and concepts to understand fundamental mechanisms for improved diagnosis, monitoring and therapy.

Engineering for Accessible Health Care research develops breakthrough, affordable, high-performance technologies that can be translated and commercialized for better diagnosis, therapies, monitoring and prevention.

Cardiovascular Engineering research efforts range from basic to translational and focus on new methods of study, related diseases, diagnosis, treatment and computational modeling.

Pediatric Technologies focus areas span the care pathway from early detection of diseases and congenital defects, minimally invasive interventions, and devices for monitoring & management of chronic life-long disorders.

Regenerative Engineering seeks to restore healthy tissues and organs damaged or lost due to disease, trauma, age, or congenital defects.

Biomedical Engineering Education research aims to develop, assess, and promote transformational teaching and evidence-based learning practices and technologies that enhance student learning.

Research News

Dr. Abhishek Jain is using his expertise in organs-on-chips to develop a new way to model conditions that impact the lymph system. This research is in collaboration with the Texas A&M University College of Medicine.

Dr. Feng Zhao specializes in tissue vascularization (where a capillary network capable of delivering nutrients to the cells is formed within the tissue). One of her newest projects could help reduce lymph damage after surgeries for diseases like cancer.

The National Academy of Inventors has named Drs. Melissa Grunlan, Andreas Polycarpou and Taylor Ware to its 2022 class of NAI Senior Members for demonstrating remarkable innovation-producing technologies that have brought real impact to the welfare of society.

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.