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Degrees And Programs


Points Of Pride

  • Dr. Igor Efimov is conducting research aimed at developing breakthrough electrotherapy for atrial fibrillation and for sudden cardiac death. His research is translated by the startup company Cardialen, which successfully completed first in man/clinical trials and raised $16 million in 2018 in venture funding. A new $2.5 million NIH grant was funded in 2019, aiming to develop a novel bioelectronics approach to this therapy.
  • Dr. Emilia Entcheva’s laboratory conducts pioneering research in cardiac optogenetics, combining biophotonics tools with human stem-cell-derived cardiomyocyte technology and gene editing approaches to aid the advancement of personalized medicine. Their innovative work on high-throughpu,t all-optical cardiac electrophysiology has received media attention, and is being extended by recent collaborative multi-disciplinary research awards from the NSF (a $2 million EFRI grant) and from the NIH (a $2.8 million grant).
  • Dr. Matthew Kay's laboratory uses innovative opto- and chemogenetic approaches to understand how the nervous system modulates cardiac function during healthy and disease states. The lab, with its collaborators, is also working to understand the impact of hypoxia on cardiac mitochondria and electromechanics using novel optical assessments and perflurocarbon nanoparticles. The lab is funded by multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health and the the American Heart Association.
  • Dr. Zhenyu Li's group is developing wearable and portable sensors for pediatric asthma in collaboration with Children's National Medical Center (funded by an NIH/NIBIB U01 grant) to monitor a patient’s air pollution exposure and asthma symptoms to help better understand and manage this complex condition.
  • Dr. Luyao Lu is conducting innovative research to develop advanced multimodal optical stimulation and electrical recording microsystems to better understand heart and brain function.
  • Dr. Anne-Laure Papa’s laboratory focuses on developing cell-based therapeutic approaches and diagnostic technologies in cancer and thrombosis. She is the recipient of the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award, which has been pivotal in the development of a novel platelet-derived cellular therapeutic to target the metastatic dissemination of cancer.
  • Dr. Chung Hyuk Park is conducting pioneering research with his NIH/NICHD R01 grant that develops an interactive robotic framework and computational human-robot interaction algorithms to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in engaging with socio-emotional interactions and interventions.


Quick Facts

  • Full-time faculty: 11
  • Affiliated faculty: 15
  • Undergraduate students: 202
  • Graduate students: 29
  • Total Graduates in Spring 2017: 53
    • Undergraduates: 43
    • Graduates (M.S., Ph.D.): 10

Research Areas

  • Biofluid dynamics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical signal processing and signal analysis
  • Biosensors
  • Cancer detection and therapy
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Diagnostic and surgical computer support
  • Disease and pathogen detection
  • Drug delivery
  • Electrophysiology (cardiac and neural)
  • Health care delivery systems
  • Heart disease and heart failure
  • Medical imaging and image analysis
  • Micro/nanotechnology
  • Physiological flows
  • Robotics and actuators
  • Simulation and modeling
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Research Laboratories

  • Advanced Cellular Diagnostics and Therapeutics Laboratory
  • Assistive Robotics & Tele-Medicine Lab (Art-Med)
  • Bioengineering Laboratory for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering
  • Biofluid Dynamics Lab
  • Biofluids and Ultrasonics Lab
  • Bio-integrated Electronics Lab
  • Cardiac Engineering Laboratory
  • Cardiac Ischemia Research Laboratory
  • Cardiac Optogenetics and Optical Imaging Lab
  • Laboratory for Applications of MEMS in Medical Imaging (Use this version of the lab name instead: Laboratory for Medical Imaging and Applications of MEMS in Medicine)
  • Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Medical Image Analysis Laboratory (Loew)
  • Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Lab (MpNL)
  • Nanophotonics and Microfluids Laboratory
  • Optofluidics Laboratory
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound Lab