Research Labs

Faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and affiliated faculty maintain active research in the following laboratories and institutes:

 

Efimov Lab: The Efimov laboratory was established in 1994 and has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of cardiovascular engineering, cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmia, biophotonics, and medical devices. The laboratory has been funded by NIH without interruption since 1998. During these years my trainees and I have developed, improved, and applied a number of experimental methodologies based on biophotonic imaging to study normal and abnormal excitation of the heart. My principal interest is to improve our understanding of the development and function of the cardiovascular system, and to develop novel diagnostics and electrotherapies for cardiovascular diseases. Another area of interest of my laboratory is applied physiology focused on the human heart. Since 2007, our laboratory has focused on the mechanisms of arrhythmogenic remodeling of the human heart during failure. Learn more about Professor Efimov.


 


The Laboratory for Medical Imaging and Applications of MEMS in Medicine: Professor Zara’s research is focused upon a range of optical and acoustic imaging technologies as well as image analysis in optical coherence tomography and MRI.  The lab studies the diagnosis and therapy of multiple heath conditions, including oral and bladder cancers as well as epilepsy. Learn more about Professor Zara.






 


Therapeutic Ultrasound Lab: Professor Zderic has been actively involved in novel biomedical work in the area of therapeutic ultrasound and drug delivery.  The current focus of her laboratory is in the application of low-intensity ultrasound to promote delivery of medications into the eye, high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy for tumor treatment, modeling of ultrasound effects in various biological tissues, and studies of the effects of ultrasound on modifying cellular responses such as insulin release from pancreatic beta cells. Learn more about Professor Zderic.





 


Optofluidics Laboratory: Professor Li’s laboratory focuses on the integration of nanophotonics and microfluidics, or Optofluidics, for life sciences and medicine. Multiple projects analyze single cells for stem cell and cancer research. The lab also develops portable integrated biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics, environmental monitoring and food safety inspection. Learn more about Professor Li.






 


Cardiac Ischemia Research Lab: Research in Professor Kay's laboratory is focused upon understanding the pathological mechanisms of acute and chronic cardiac ischemia. A primary goal is to improve reperfusion therapy to minimize the level of damage caused by a coronary occlusion or sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more about Professor Kay.








 


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Medical Image Analysis Laboratory: Professor Loew’s laboratory aims to improve the understanding, analysis, and compression of medical images and signals. Multiple approaches are used, including multimodal image registration and validation, computer-aided diagnosis, and feature selection in pattern recognition and image processing. Learn more about Professor Loew.








 


Cardiac Optogenetics and Optical Imaging Lab: The Cardiac Optogenetics and Optical Imaging Lab uses state-of-the-art engineering approaches and methods to gain insights about the electrical and mechanical function of cardiac cells and heart tissue. New tools for optical actuation and sensing/imaging/control are used to elucidate the mechanisms of normal and abnormal excitation in the heart, including the origin of life-threatening arrhythmias. This work can yield new experimental models for physiomics type of studies, drug and gene therapy testing 3D cellular platforms, an experimental setting for validation of computer models of excitable tissue. This research is multidisciplinary and involves a spectrum of experimental molecular and cell biology procedures, along with the application of design concepts from electrical, optical, mechanical and chemical engineering to create the enabling technology for studies of heart, neural tissues, and other applications. Learn more about Emilia Entcheva.


 


Assistive Robotics & Tele-Medicine Lab (Art-Med): Professor Park’s primary research interest centers on the coexistence and collaborative innovation between human intelligence and robotic technology, and spans machine learning, computer vision, haptics, and telepresence robotics.  In ART-Med lab, he and his research group aim to develop novel and challenging robotic systems for useful and exciting applications.  Their current research focuses on the investigation of two main areas: 1) multi-modality in human-robot interaction and assistive robotics, where they study the impact of multi-modal feedback on the aspects of human-robot interaction and its application in assistive scenarios; and 2) robot learning and humanized intelligence, where they focus on computational methodologies of machine learning in the aspect of robotic learning of human behaviors and intelligence.