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

 izu-106x150 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

 Jennifer Choi profile

Jennifer H. Choi

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

 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

 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

  kathy ferrara Katherine W. Ferrara

Major Research Interests: 

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

Website: Ferrara 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

 hull-106x150 Maury L. Hull

Major Research Interests: 

Biomechanical engineering applications in orthopaedics with 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

 Leach_Kent-small-100x150 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

 rocke-106x150 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

 Mike-107x150 Michael A. Savageau

Major Research Interests:

Function, design, and evolution of cellular and molecular networks

Website: Savageau 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

 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

 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



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.

Laura Liptai

Laura Liptai earned her doctorate in biomedical engineering at UC Davis in 1996, and since then has become world-famous as a biomedical consultant in the field of forensic engineering science. She specializes in medical accident reconstruction — the kinetics and kinematics produced by traumatic incidents — with the goal of mechanically dissipating forces and accelerations, in order to better shield the human body. Her Moraga (San Francisco Bay Area) and Orlando, FL-based company, BioMedical Forensics, specializes in impact biomechanics, accident reconstruction, and the mechanism and causation of trauma. As a board member of the world’s largest forensic organization, she has broadened accessibility to the largest-ever collection of forensic case study proceedings. By documenting this “brain trust” from more than 980 expert authors, she has created a historic legacy for the next generation of forensic scientists.

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.