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    A Closely Knit Community

    Nestled into the Wasatch Mountain range, the Department’s new home (foreground) is located next to the University Hospital & School of Medicine (upper left) – providing a clinically immersive educational experience that is unique among BME training programs. Center for Medical Innovation

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    Beyond Excellence

    Dave Grainger's research group seeks to improve patient integration of implanted medical devices using antimicrobial approaches, cells and matrix-derived biomaterials, and on-board local drug-release technologies to modulate tissue-implant. Prof Grainger's group

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    Center for Neural Interfaces

    Prof. Gregory Clark’s lab develops and implements high-electrode-count interfaces to the nervous system, restoring sensory and motor function after nervous system damage or disease. Focus areas include interfacing residual arm nerve and muscle to a dexterous, sensorized prosthetic hand after hand amputation and reanimating paralyzed limbs after spinal cord injury. Visit Prof Clark's page

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    Ultrasonic Bioinstrumentation

    Graduate students in Distinguished Professor Doug Christensen's lab design and test new ultrasonic bioinstrumentation. Visit Prof. Christensen's U Profile

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    Our Students are Simply Awesome

    View short videos and read about our exciting student experience, Click here…

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    Tissue Engineering

    Prof. Robby D. Bowles’ lab is developing therapeutic strategies to treat patients suffering from back pain. They use a combination of tissue engineering, gene delivery, and immunomodulation to alter disease progression, which affects both the function of the spine and pain felt by the patient. Visit Prof. Bowles’ page

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    National Academy of Engineering Member

    A Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering and Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Dr. Kim's pioneering works covers a broad range of biomaterials including hydrogels, biodegradable drug conjugates, self-regulating drug delivery systems, and stimuli sensitive polymers.  Visit Prof. Kim's group

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    Scientific Computing

    Prof. Rob MacLeod and his group use both computational and experimental approaches to understand the electrical activity of the heart and brain. Specific topics include cardiac ischemia and heart attacks, heart rhythm disorders, cardiac defibrillation, and modulation of brain activity with electrical and magnetic stimulation. Visit Prof. MacLeod's page

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    The Future of Drug Delivery

    Internationally recognized researcher, Professor Ghandehari, leads a team on the cutting edge in the development of novel approaches for gene delivery, water-soluble polymers for targeted therapy and nanoconstructs for controlled chemical delivery. Visit Prof. Ghandehari’s group

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    Cellular Remodeling in Heart Disease

    Prof. Frank Sachse’s lab applies high-resolution confocal microscopy, image analysis and computational modeling to gain insights into cardiac cells and their remodeling in heart disease. Visit Prof. Sachse’s page

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    Improving Biocompatibility

    The Tresco lab is developing biologically informed approaches to reduce persistent inflammation and the foreign body response surrounding basic science tools and biomedical devices chronically implanted in the CNS. For more see Dr. Tresco's page

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    Proteins - Polymers - Interfaces

    Work in Prof. Vladimir Hlady’s Proteins - Polymers - Interfaces Group (PPIG) focuses on proteins and other macromolecules at biomaterial-host tissue interfaces. Their main approach is to observe interfacial events involving few molecules at short length and time scales.  The PPIG laboratory utilizes various experimental techniques such as AFM, RICM and FCS. For more see Visit Prof Hlady's page

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    Synthetic Biology

    Prof. Deans is combining synthetic biology and materials science to engineer bioinspired microenvironments for stem cell maintenance and proliferation that catalyze the development of cell-based therapies for disease. Visit Prof. Deans's group

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    A Bio-Innovation Center

    The James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building marks the beginning of a new era of interdisciplinary translational research between medicine, engineering, pharmacy, business, law, and digital media. Bioengineering Department At a Glance

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    Computational Anatomy

    Prof. Joshi focuses on development of specialized mathematical and computational tools for the precise study of anatomical variability and the application of these tools for improved medical treatment, diagnosis and understanding of disease. Visit Prof. Joshi’s page

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    Hallpike-Nylén Prize Winner

    Prof. Rabbitt is internationally recognized for his work on the neurophysiology of the inner ear vestibular organs and is developing new technologies to measure the biophysical properties of excitable membrane proteins and exo-endocytosis in cardiac myocytes and inner-ear hair cells. Visit Prof. Rabbit's page

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    Neuromodulatory Therapies

    Prof. Chuck Alan Dorval’s team aims to improve existing neuromodulatory therapies and devise novel neural interventions using electrophysiological recordings, computational neuroscience and neuronal information theory. Visit Prof. Dorval’s page

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    Neuromodulation

    Prof. Christopher Butson’s lab focuses on neuromodulation, or the therapeutic alteration of activity in the nervous system resulting from the application of electromagnetic energy. Their projects focus on deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, depression and Tourette Syndrome. See Prof. Butson’s page Prof. Butson's page

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    Device Design

    Working closely with clinicians and other researchers, Prof. Bob Hitchcock’s team identifies unmet clinical needs and creates new medical device technologies and designs in the fields of catheter design, infection prevention, imaging, biosensors and tissue engineering. Visit Prof. Hitchcock’s team.

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    Biomaterials

    Prof. Michael Yu’s research group pioneered a new peptide-based collagen targeting strategy which is being developed into new biotechnology in disease detection, tissue engineering and targeted therapy. Visit Prof. Yu’s page

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    Specialized Imaging for Preclinical and Veterinary Research

    Prof. Hsu’s lab is working on developing advanced noninvasive imaging techniques including high-resolution CT and MRI for visualizing, quantifying and modeling the anatomy and structure-function relationships of the body and applying them toward preclinical and veterinary research Visit Prof. Hsu's page

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    Biomechanics

    Prof. Weiss' lab laboratory focuses on developing and applying experimental and computational methods, primarily in the area of biomechanics, to address research questions in musculoskeletal science and cardiovascular mechanics. Visit Prof. Weiss’ page

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    Underwater Adhesives – inspired by nature

    Prof. Stewart studies the natural underwater adhesives of marine sandcastle worms and freshwater caddisfly larva with the goal of creating synthetic, water-borne, underwater adhesives. Visit Prof. Stewart’s page

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    Vaccine Development

    Prof. Susan Bock's lab works in the areas of protein structure, function and design, and is currently trying to modulate flu immunity through the modification of vaccine antigens. Visit Prof Bock's page

News

 - Laurie E. Locascio, who received her master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Utah, was named Vice President for Research for the University of Maryland,   Read More...
 - By the time someone realizes they damaged a ligament, tendon or cartilage from too much exercise or other types of physical activity, it’s too late. The tissue is stretched and torn and the person is writhing in pain.  Read More...
 - Researchers led by University of Utah bioengineering assistant professor Robby Bowles have discovered a way to curb chronic pain by modulating genes that reduce tissue- and cell-damaging inflammation.  Read More...
 - The Utah Technology Council, joined by Utah’s high tech industry and the state’s eight engineering and computer science programs has secured $4 million in ongoing funds from the Utah State legislature.  Read More...
 - The newest chair of the University of Utah's bioengineering department, David Grainger, is profiled in the latest College of Engineering newsletter. Click here to read a pdf version of the newsletter and learn about Grainger's new ambitions for the internationally-recognized department.  Read More...
 - Investigators at the University of Utah including bioengineering associate professor Frank Sachse have identified distinct differences in the hearts of advanced heart failure patients who have defied the odds and showed signs of recovery from the disease. Published online in the journal Circulation, the new findings could help clinicians identify the best candidates for cardiac recovery therapies.  Read More...
 - Arati Prabhakar, director of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, recently wrote an article for Wired profiling two cutting-edge DARPA projects, including University of Utah bioengineering associate professor Greg Clark’s continued work on the Utah Slanted Electrode Array.   Read More...
 - Watch a video that shows how silk from caddisfly larvae – known to western fly fishermen as 'rock rollers' – is one of the inspirations in nature that Professor Stewart's lab is using in their search for dramatically improved medical bioadhesives.  Article and video …
 - Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  More Information...
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