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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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Our Students are Simply Awesome

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

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    Engineering New Therapeutic Approaches

    Prof Kopecek is internationally recognized and one of the true pioneers in drug delivery developing biomimetic macromolecules as targetable delivery systems for anticancer and antiinflammatory therapies, and new biomaterials. Visit Prof. Kopecek's group

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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

News

 - A team of University of Utah biomedical engineers have developed a method to 3-D-print cells to produce human tissue such as ligaments and tendons.  Read More
 - Learn more about Biomedical Engineering's Undergraduate Advisor, Heather Palmer. Remember, the class schedule for 2019 is now available, as well as the registration dates for students. Freshmen, make sure to schedule your mandatory advising appointment to receive priority registration! Sophomores, juniors, and seniors - come in to see Heather to explore your options, and make sure you're on track to accomplish your goals  Read More
 - Learn more about Biomedical Engineering's Undergraduate Advisor, Kelly Broadhead. Remember, the class schedule for 2019 is now available, as well as the registration dates for students. Freshmen, make sure to schedule your mandatory advising appointment to receive priority registration! Sophomores, juniors, and seniors - come in to see Kelly to explore your options, and make sure you're on track to accomplish your goals!  Read More
 - Learn more about Biomedical Engineering's Undergraduate Advisor, Erica Fearnley. Remember, the class schedule for 2019 is now available, as well as the registration dates for students. Freshmen, make sure to schedule your mandatory advising appointment to receive priority registration! Sophomores, juniors, and seniors - come in to see Erica to explore your options, and make sure you're on track to accomplish your goals!  Read More
 - The University of Utah’s Department of Bioengineering has changed its name to Biomedical Engineering to better reflect its focus on biomedical innovations and its close relationship with the university’s health sciences departments. It’s just a part of other changes for the department that include a new logo, new social media accounts and name changes for the graduate degrees.  Read More
 - University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor Kam Leang will be talking about the impact drones are having on society and industry for this year’s William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and The Quality of Life. The lecture, “Drones to the Rescue,” will be held at noon on Sept. 12 in the Gould Auditorium, level 1, in the J. Willard Marriott Library.  Read More
 - For some people, certain sounds like a trumpet blowing a particular tone can make them dizzy, and it’s not because they’re giddy from a Wynton Marsalis melody.  Read More
 - The University of Utah College of Engineering is proud to be hosting the 125th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition at the Salt Palace Convention Center June 24 – 27.   Read More...
 - Bioengineering student Simranpreet Singh Saini has been selected as one of four Dee Foundation UROP Scholars for 2018 for his project entitled “Synthesizing Antifreeze Proteins Found in Nature to be used in Cryopreservation of Cells” with Bioengineering faculty mentor Jessica Kramer. The Dee Foundation recognizes outstanding undergraduate researchers who are contributing to furthering the growth and well-being of the people of Northern Utah.  Read More
 - University of Utah bioengineering assistant professor Tara Deans, has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Trailblazer Award to research methods for treating a family of metabolic diseases called lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs).   Read More
 - University of Utah bioengineering assistant professor Jessica R. Kramer was awarded The Dream Chemistry Award from the Czech and Polish Academy of Sciences.  Read More
 -  Faculty Greg Clark and his Bioengineering graduate students, Jake George and David Kluger, made national headlines in the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune for reporting recent work on their robotic prosthetic hand that restores some sense of touch to amputees. Jake George's Society for Neuroscience abstract (on sensory encoding, embodiment, and phantom pain) and David Kluger's abstract (on closed-loop control) were both been selected for public highlighting by the Society for Neuroscience. Jake's talk was further selected for a press conference presentation and interview, which is held for only a few hundred from tens of thousands of abstracts. Additionally, Jake was the recipient of a travel award.  Read More
 - Fourth year Ph.D. student, Niloofar Farhang from Dr. Robby Bowles's lab wins the ORS Spine Section Innovation Podium award at the Orthopaedic Research Society's 4th International Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium (ORS PSRS). The ORS PSRS international conference is held every other year as a means of gathering the spine research community from around the world and fostering conversation on cutting edge research topics within the field. At each conference awards are provided to PhD students and post doc's to honor their exceptional work in the field. Niloofar's work was recognized for its innovation in using cutting edge CRISPR epigenome editing technology in investigating methods to tackle disc degeneration.
 - Being an effective engineer can also sometimes mean being a deal maker, a marketer, even a manager.  Read More...
 - Presented by Tara Deans, Wednesday October 17, 11:50 am, Warnock Engineering Building 2230  Read More...
 - Ph.D. Dissertation Defense by Lucas Bennink, Friday October 19, 8:00 am, SMBB 3250  Read More...
 - Researchers believe they have figured out a way to use nanoparticles as a way to deliver oral medication, including an insulin pill to control diabetes. University of Utah's Dr. You Han Bae, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering and professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, co-authors paper titled "Oral Nanoparticles Exhibit Specific High-Efficiency Intestinal Uptake and Lymphatic Transport."   Read More
 - Dr. Don B. Olsen, a key member of the University of Utah team that developed and implanted the world’s first artificial heart, passed away Aug. 5 at his Cottonwood Heights, Utah, home of causes incident to age. He was 88.  Read More
 - Ruth V. Watkins, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the U, was named the 16th president of the University of Utah.  Read More
 - The following article by College of Engineering Dean Richard B. Brown and College External Relations and Development Director Marilyn Davies was published in the November/December issue of PE Magazine, the official publication of the National Society of Professional Engineers. It details Utah’s explosive business and tech sector growth.  Read More
 - It may seem odd to call new University of Utah bioengineering assistant professor Lucas Timmins a “rock n’ roll researcher,” but in a way, that’s what he is. When he’s not studying the properties of cardiovascular tissue for the benefit of life-saving medical devices, he can be seen thrashing on his guitar in a band called BEDrock, made up of other bioengineering researchers.  Read More...
 - From the May/June issue of PE Magazine from the National Society of Professional Engineers:  Read More...
 - 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...
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