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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Our Students are Simply Awesome

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

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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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    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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    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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    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. Dean'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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. Ghandegari’s group

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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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    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

News

 - 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 …
 - Spencer Madsen won the $15,000 grand prize in the Bench-to-Bedside competition with PlusOne Baby, a wireless, no-contact monitor that allows parents to keep tabs on their children’s respirations with no strings attached.  More information ...
 - Bioengineering students Benjamin Fogg and Samer Merchant were on the team that won first place and the $40,000 grand prize at the annual Utah Entrepreneur Challenge for their design of a new endotracheal tube.  More information ...
 - Deans’ work in "synthetic biology” could give wounded soldiers, and anyone who suffers massive trauma, the ability to stop their own bleeding, saving their life. The five-year grant is for more than $500,000.  More...
 - For the second time in a year, the University of Utah’s Department of Bioengineering graduate program was ranked second in the nation, according to a survey of students  More Information...
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