Departmental Faculty

sharon aviran profile   Sharon Aviran

Major Research Interests:

Computational Biology, RNA Genomics, Synthetic Biology, RNA Structural Biology, Statistical Inference and Algorithms.

Website: Aviran Lab

ramsey1   Ramsey D. Badawi

Major Research Interests:

Translational imaging, with emphasis on PET and other radiotracer techniques. Translational imaging is aimed at transferring (“translating”) research imaging methodologies to the clinic and human use.

Website: Badawi Lab

 benham-104x150   Craig J. Benham

Major Research Interests:

Mathematical and Computational models of regulatory mechanisms, pathways, systems and networks, Bioinformatics, DNA mechanics.

Website: Benham Lab

 boone-105x150   John M. Boone

Major Research Interests:

Novel x-ray detector systems for digital radiography and digital mammography; dual (x-ray) energy radiographic imaging and image processing.

Website: Boone Lab



Randy Carney

Major Research Interests:

Creating new and novel nanomaterials to overcome obstacles in human medicine.

Website: Carney Lab

 yechenizu   Ye Chen-Izu

Major Research Interests:

Electrophysiology of cardiac muscle and arrhythmia mechanisms; Ca2+ dynamics in excitation-contraction coupling; Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying hypertension induced hypertrophy and heart failure.

Website: Cardiac Signaling Lab

 Cherry-Simon_001-107x150   Simon R. Cherry

Major Research Interests:

Molecular imaging technology, particularly positron emission tomography, multi-modality imaging systems, gamma and x-ray detector technology,3-D image reconstruction and use of imaging techniques in phenotyping and drug development.

Website: Cherry Lab

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Jennifer H. Choi

Educational Interests:
Engineering design, curricular innovation, technology incorporation, K-12 STEM outreach.

 duan1-107x150   Yong Duan

Major Research Interests:

Design and construction of synthetic biomolecular networks. Protein and RNA engineering. Directed evolution. Biosensors.

 marc-facciotti-100x150   Marc T. Facciotti

Major Research Interests:

Systems biology, synthetic biology, structure, dynamics and function of gene regulatory networks, protein engineering.

Website: Facciotti Lab

 fyhrie1-125x150   David P. Fyhrie

Major Research Interests: 

Bone biomechanics; bone remodeling; cartilage mechanical properties; bone cell mechanobiology; fracture mechanics; and finite element modeling.

Website: Fyhrie Lab


Steven George

Major Research Interests:

Tissue engineering with particular interest in creating microphysiological systems (“organ-on-a-chip”), vascularizing engineered tissues, cardiovascular and cancer technologies, stem cell technologies, and microfabrication.

Website: George Lab

 volkmar-105x150   Volkmar Heinrich

Major Research Interests: 

Nano-to-microscale quantitative biophysics and bioengineering. Single-molecule interactions.

Website: Heinrich Lab



Rucha Joshi

Major Research Interests: 

Enhancing teaching, learning, outreach and diversity of biomedical engineers. 

    J. Kent Leach

Major Research Interests:

Application of tissue engineering principles to repair and replace lost or defective tissues, cellular manipulation, drug delivery, biomaterials.

Website: Leach Lab



Jamal Lewis

Major Research Interests:

Immuno-modulatory materials, stimuli-responsive materials, dendritic cell immunobiology, translational medicine, host immune system-material interactions, autoimmune disease therapy.

Website: Immuno-modulatory Biomaterials Laboratory

 louie1-104x150   Angelique Louie

Major Research Interests:

Molecular imaging, cellular imaging, development of diagnostic and therapeutic agents, magnetic resonance imaging, novel contrast agents, fluorescence microscopy, biochemistry of the aging eye, retinal function.

Website: Louie Lab

laura marcu profile   Laura Marcu

Major Research Interests:

Optical spectroscopy and imaging for biomedical diagnostics, clinical translation of biophotonic technologies; fluorescence lifetime tissue diagnostics; image-guided and robotic surgery; multimodal tissue diagnostics at interface of ultrasound backscatter microscopy and photoacoustics; applications of biophotonic technologies in oncology, cardiovascular diseases and tissue engineering.

Website: Marcu Lab


Karen Moxon

Major Research Interests: 

Neural encoding and plasticity, and neuroprosthetics and brain-machine interfaces.

Website: Moxon Lab

Pan   Tingrui Pan

Major Research Interests:

Bio-microelectromechanical systems/nanoelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS/NEMS), diagnostic and therapeutic microsystems for ocular diseases, bio-mimetic sensors and actuators, bio-artificial implants, and controllable drug delivery systems.

Website: MiNI Lab

panitch2   Alyssa Panitch

Major Research Interests:

Biopolymers for tissue healing and regeneration; intracellular and extracellular approaches to direct molecular and cellular processes; promoting tissue repair while limiting scarring, be it vascular intimal hyperplasia, glial scarring, dermal scarring, fibrocartilage or surgical adhesions.

Website: Laboratory for Engineered Therapeutics

 atul_parikh-100x150   Atul N. Parikh

Major Research Interests:

Phospholipid Based Strategies in the Design of Interfacial films, Biomaterials, and new classes of soft matter; Reaction-diffusion dynamics in low-dimensional lipid membranes.

Website: Parikh Group

 Tony-105x150   Tony Passerini

Major Research Interests:

Cardiovascular genomics; pathology of atherosclerosis; vascular hemodynamics; endothelial cell mechanotransduction; vascular device intervention and failure; genomics, proteomics and high-throughput screening technologies.

Website: Passerini Lab

 jinyi qi profile   Jinyi Qi

Major Research Interests:

Molecular imaging, signal and image processing, image reconstruction, image quality evaluation, system modeling and optimization, inverse problems.

Website: Qi Lab

 davidrocke   David Rocke

Major Research Interests:

Statistical analysis of gene expression, proteomics, and metabolomics data; radiation biology: effects of low and moderate dose radiation on human skin; biomedical statistics; wound healing; formal models in international relations.

Website: Rocke Lab

 Saiz-100x150   Leonor Saiz

Major Research Interests:

Computational and theoretical approaches to the study of biological networks at the cellular and molecular level. Multiscale and multilevel approaches to study biomolecular processes. Assembly of macromolecular complexes on DNA, membranes, and scaffolds. Statistical mechanics basis of gene regulation and signal transduction. Noise in cellular processes. In vivo biomolecular mechanics. Molecular biophysics: membranes, membrane associated proteins, and their interactions with small molecules and drugs.

Website: Saiz Lab

 Silva   Eduardo A. Silva

Major Research Interests:

Translational stem cell bioengineering;material platforms that enable one to control stem/progenitor cell trafficking in the body.

Website: Silva Lab

 ssimon   Scott I. Simon

Major Research Interests:

Biomechanics of cells and tissues, neutrophil biology, vascular engineering, particularly with respect to inflammatory disease; fluorescence flow cytometry.

Website: Simon Lab



Sanjeevi Sivasankar

Major Research Interests: 

Biophysical studies of mechanical tension sensing in cells and bioengineering tool development. 

 vivek-e1343164436750-107x150   Vivek J. Srinivasan

Major Research Interests:

Biophotonics technologies for basic and translational research and clinical diagnostics, neuroimaging, neurovascular coupling, cerebral blood flow and metabolism, in vivo functional optical imaging, light-tissue interactions.

Website: Srinivasan Biophotonics Lab

 jsutcliffe2   Julie Sutcliffe

Major Research Interests:

Development of novel imaging probes and chemistries for PET.

Website: Sutcliffe Lab

 cheemeng-thumb   Cheemeng Tan

Major Research Interests:

Synthetic biology, artificial cellular systems, gene regulation, cellular heterogeneity, antibiotic treatment.

Website: Tan Lab

aijunwang    Aijun Wang

New Faculty Member – September 1, 2018

More information coming soon!

 yamada-107x150   Soichiro Yamada

Major Research Interests:

Cell-cell adhesion, cytoskeletal mechanics, tissue morphogenesis and cell motility in three-dimensional culture, high-resolution fluorescence microscopy, artificial cell membrane.

Website: Yamada Lab


Research Faculty

 Mike-107x150   Michael A. Savageau

Major Research Interests:

Function, design, and evolution of cellular and molecular networks

Website: Savageau Lab

Emeritus Faculty

curry     Fitz-Roy E. Curry

Major Research Interests: 

Theoretical and experimental studies of the regulation of the transport of water and solutes across the walls of microvessels; experimental studies involving the cannulation and perfusion of individual microvessels.

Website: Curry Lab

hull-106x150     Maury L. Hull

Major Research Interests: 

Biomechanical engineering applications in orthopaedics with an emphasis on total joint replacement of the knee.  In vitro and in vivo study of biomechanical variables which affect knee function following total joint replacement including the use of advanced techniques in biomedical imaging. Design of implants to optimize knee function in total joint replacement. Design of novel sensors to measure contact loads, relative bone motions in 3D, and soft tissue strains in the study of knee function.

Website: Hull Lab

kathy ferrara     Katherine W. Ferrara

Major Research Interests: 

Signal and imaging processing, medical imaging, ultrasound, acoustics, optics, fluid mechanics.

Website: Ferrara Lab

Adjunct Faculty



Kyriacos Athanasiou

Major Research Interests:

The main objective of Professor Athanasiou’s research is to understand and enhance the healing processes of cartilage. Indeed, successful cartilage regeneration continues to be the most vexing problem in musculoskeletal medicine. Following trauma (such as sports injuries) or pathologic affliction (such as osteoarthritis), cartilage is unable to heal itself in a way that would allow it to function properly under its strenuous and biomechanically difficult environment.



Stephen Howell

Major Research Interest

The biomechanics, surgical technique innovation, component or fixation devise design and clinical outcome of total knee arthroplasty and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.


Alexander Revzin

Major Research Interests:

Traditional cell biology techniques monitor large cellular populations and report dominant trends while leaving contributions from smaller cell subsets unaccounted for. Our laboratory focuses on developing novel microsystems for cell cultivation and analysis.  The research thrusts in the lab may be subdivided into the following categories.