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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 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.