Biomedical Applications & Devices
From diagnostics to application, engineers are rapidly becoming essential partners in finding solutions for our greatest medical challenges. Our research is contributing to earlier and more reliable detection of cancers and infectious diseases, targeted drug delivery, and increasing the survival of donor organs. Research in this area bridges the gap between medical discoveries and saving lives by creating the diagnostic tools and delivery devices that increases the efficacy of a patient’s treatment.
Active Research Projects
Faculty doing research in this area
“The small size, the mechanism, the intriguing design and exquisite structures took my heart. This field is very active and there are new developments everyday. I’m excited about it.” - Ruoshi Zhang
Teaser: MRI and Brain Scan Technology Aid Autistic Patients
Drs. Gina Bertocci and Mary Clyde Pierce’s Model Will Aid in Determining Accident or Abuse in Child Fractures
Dr. Giridharan’s Medical Device in Development Could Save Lives for Fontan Patients
Facility Biomeasurements and Bioinstrumentation Laboratory
The Biomeasurements and Bioinstrumentation Laboratory is equipped with PC workstations, digital multimeters, benchtop oscilloscopes, patient simulators, Keithly 2400 sourcemeters, and other equipment.
MicroRNAs (miRs) are dysregulated in pathological left ventricular hypertrophy. AntimiR inhibition of miR-23a suppressed hypertension-induced cardiac hypertrophy in preclinical models, but clinical translation is limited by a lack of cardiac-targeted delivery systems. Ultrasound-targeted microbubble cavitation (UTMC) utilizes microbubbles as nucleic acid carriers to target delivery of molecular therapeutics to the heart.
Exposure to ionizing radiation associated with highly energetic and charged heavy particles is an inherent risk astronauts face in long duration space missions.