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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. Abhishek Jain is taking the study of veins out of the body and onto a chip to develop better ways to address and treat various diseases. His work recently received support from a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Research led by Dr. Wonmuk Hwang has led to better understanding on how components of the body’s immune system find intruding or damaged cells, which could lead to novel approaches to viral and cancer treatments.

The interaction between neurons and infrared light could open doors in expanding disease treatment options and improving medical devices. Researchers still aren't sure how infrared light plays a role. With the help from a U.S. Air Force grant, Dr. Alex Walsh looks for answers.

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.