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College of Engineering and Computing

Biomedical Engineering

Our People

To deliver our collaborative program in the interdisciplinary field of Biomedical Engineering, our core and affiliated faculty include faculty from the College of Engineering and Computing as well as the College of Arts and Sciences and the Medical School.

Program Administrators



Dr. Azhar

Mohamad Azhar

Dr. Azhar’s current focus involves using genetically engineered mouse models to investigate the biological function of the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) ligands in cardiovascular development and cardiovascular disease, including calcific aortic valve disease, congenital heart disease, and aortic calcification and thoracic aortic aneurysm.


Seongtae Bae

Dr. Bae's research is focused on clinical applications in nanomedicine, bIoelectronics, and biosensors/ bioinstrumentation.


Abdel Bayoumi

Dr. Bayoumi's current areas of interest can be grouped into three categories: (1) study of Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) on military aircraft, (2) Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Mechatronics, and (3) design and applications of efficient energy resources and systems.

james blanchette

James Blanchette

Dr. Blanchette's research interests fall into the areas of: design of cell-instructive materials, delivery of therapeutics and tissue engineering. 


Nicholas Boltin

Dr. Boltin's focus lies in Software Design, Biomedical Informatics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence.


Wayne Carver

The research in Dr. Carver’s lab is focused on understanding how fibroblast behavior and gene expression are regulated in the heart. Cell culture and animal models are being used to examine the regulation of fibroblasts in cardiovascular disease.

john eberth

John Eberth

Dr. Eberth's work, and that of his lab, Translational Biomechanics Lab (TBL), is based on adapting fundamental engineering principles to understand, manipulate, and control the behavior of healthy and diseased cardiovascular tissue.


Daping Fan

Dr. Fan’s current research interests include: 1) the interaction between lipoprotein metabolism and innate immunity in atherogenesis, 2) the tumor microenvironment of breast cancer, and 3) development of natural compounds as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer therapies.


Edward Gatzke

Dr. Gatzke's research interests are in the area of process modeling, control, and optimization. Application areas of interest include particulate processing, bio-processes, and large scale systems.


Richard Goodwin

Dr. Goodwin's research lab investigates mechanisms of cardiovascular embryonic development and disease. 


R. Michael Gower

Dr. Gower's research focuses on understanding the immune system in order to develop bio-instructive materials that stimulate specific immune responses.


Silke Henrich

Dr. Henrich is the undergraduate core lab manager at the BiomedicalEngineering Program, and also serves as an instructor.  


Esmaiel Jabbari

Dr. Jabbari's research draws upon chemistry, biology, macromolecular science and exploits biomimetic strategies to engineer cellular constructs for regeneration of skeletal tissues.


Ehsan Jabbarzadeh

Dr. Jabbarzadeh's lab is interested in the interdisciplinary areas of biomaterials, stem cells and nano/micro-electromechanical systems with applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His research activities focus on understanding the principles by which microenvironmental signals regulate cellular responses.     


Susan Lessner

Dr. Lessner's research interests center on processes which lead to the destabilization and rupture of atherosclerotic plaques. In humans, plaque rupture leads directly to clinical events such as heart attack and stroke.


Chang Liu

Dr. Liu’s research group is interested in biosensor development and biomarker discovery using nanomaterials, with a focus on their clinical applications on in vitro diagnostics, point-of-care tests, and liquid biopsy for cancer and infectious diseases.


Michael Matthews

Dr. Matthews teaches and conducts research in the broad field of thermodynamics. In Biomedical Engineering, his research and entrepreneurship deal with use of carbon dioxide technology for sterilization, disinfection, modification of tissue scaffolds, and deactivations of allergenic proteins and asthma triggers. 

Nader Taheri-Qazvini

Nader Taheri-Qazvini

 Dr. Taheri-Qazvinis' research includes bio-nano hybrid and biomimetic materials, charge-driven self-assembly, structure-dynamics relations in polymer networks, hydrogels, soft glassy materials and living cells, microfabrication and 3D Bioprinting, and tissue engineering and collective cell migration


Shekhar V. Patel

Dr. Patel's research interests include molecular regulation of vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells.


Jay Potts

Dr. Pott’s research team is working toward understanding how the early heart and in particular, the AV canal is formed, laying the foundation for future therapeutic measures for congenital cardiac defects.


John Rose

Dr. Rose's research interests are in the areas of bioinformatics, normative reasoning and planning, DAI and multiagent systems, and computational chemistry.  

Francis Spinale

Francis Spinale

Francis G. Spinale, an internationally renowned cardiovascular scientist, has directed a translational research effort in the thematic area of remodeling with a particular focus upon heart failure. The mechanistic, translational, and clinical studies he has been working on will advance our understanding and potential treatment for major causes of heart failure in patients.


Michael Sutton

Dr. Sutton's research and interests include coherent and incoherent optics applications, experimental mechanics, digital image processing, Computer Vision, applications of integral methods and experimental mechanics, boundary valve problems, plastic fracture mechanics, and finite elements modeling of cracked bodies. 

Wenbin Tan

Wenbin Tan

Dr. Tan’s research team mainly focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of congenital vascular malformations. We are interested in the mechanism how vascular and nervous systems interact each other during the diseases’ pathogenesis and progression as well as and development of new treatments for them.  


Chuanbing Tang

Dr. Tang's research combines synthesis of innovative polymeric materials, including both renewable biobased polymers, nanostructured polymers and metal-containing polymers, which can find applications ranging from novel biodegradable thermoplastics, drug delivery, antimicrobials, nanolithography, etc. 


Homayoun Valafar

Dr. Valafar's research activities fall into two broad categories: Computational Medicine and Computational Biology.


Guiren Wang

Dr. Wang's research and interests include micro/nanofluidics, lab-on-a-chip, far field optical nanoscopy, super-resolution imaging, cancer detection, fluorescence spectroscopy, tissue engineering, fluid dynamics, turbulence and mixing.


James Wells

Professor Wells’ clinical research focuses on analysis of HPV-Infection in Freshly Resected Tissue Specimens. 




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