Human Health

Advancements to improve and prolong people’s lives

Science and engineering advancements can drastically improve people’s quality of life—from new imaging techniques for earlier, better diagnostics, to tissue engineering for previously impossible interventions, to devices for the long-term control of chronic conditions.

We’re at the forefront of engineering for human health, from leveraging big data for more personalized cancer treatments, to restoring the sense of touch to amputees, to rewiring the brain to restore movement, to plant viruses repurposed as drug-delivery systems.

Centers and institutes that conduct research in Human Health

isolated nerve cuff biomedical implant

Advanced Platform Technology Center

A Department of Veterans Affairs-run Center of Excellence for Rehabilitation Research and Development, focusing on the practical medical needs of individuals disabled by sensorimotor dysfunction, cognitive deficits or limb loss. 

3-D rendering of human brain and spinal cord

Cleveland FES Center

Studies and applies neuroprostheses that use functional electrical stimulation to replace damaged neurons.

Faculty who conduct research in Human Health

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Ozan Akkus

Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Creates biologically active and mechanically functional tissue repair systems, and develops chemical imaging instrumentation for noninvasive biomedical and hazard diagnostics

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Musa Audu

Research Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Investigates musculoskeletal computer modeling and its applications to human locomotion

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Harihara Baskaran

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Understands and solves problems in biology and medicine using transport principles

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Jeff Capadona

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Engineers biomaterials-based strategies to improve the performance and longevity of central nervous system implanted devices

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M. Cenk Cavusoglu

Associate Department Chair, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Medical Robotics and Computer Integrated Surgery Laboratory

Develops next-generation medical robotic systems for surgery and image-guided interventions

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Vira Chankong

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops rapid learning and optimization methods for intensity modulated radiation therapy, and develops new paradigm for combinatorial optimization

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Malcolm Cooke

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Executive Director, Sears think[box]

Develops integrated strategies to address biomedical challenges

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Colin Drummond

Assistant Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
Director, Master of Engineering and Management
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Fosters the application of informatics to improve clinical decision-making for patient care

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Dominique Durand

Distinguished Research Professor
Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Director, Neural Engineering Center

Analyses neural systems and designs devices to interface with the nervous system to provide therapies for neurological disorders

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Christine Duval

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Develops advanced materials to enable radiochemical separations for nuclear forensics and human health

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Steven Eppell

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Designs, synthesizes and tests orthopedic biomaterials using biomimetic strategies emphasizing nanoscale structures and self-assembly

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Michael Fu

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops video games and virtual environments to improve human health after neurological injury

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Roberto Fernandez Galan

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Investigates systems biology and neuroscience, including the heart-brain link in epilepsy and brain-activity-based biomarkers for autism

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Miklos Gratzl

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Researches biomedical sensors and diagnostics, and focuses on translation to clinical applications

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Umut Gurkan

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Improves human health via research in cell mechanics to develop biosensors and point-of-care systems

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Evren Gurkan Cavusoglu

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops dynamical models of biological systems to help improve treatment of complex diseases

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Kenneth Gustafson

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Develops medical devices to restore human functions

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Ming-Chun Huang

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Researches directions in mobile health, wearable sensor technologies, deep learning on mobile platforms and IoT

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Farhad Kaffashi

Research Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Variability analysis of multi-modal physiological time series data collected in clinical settings

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Mohammad Kassemi

Research Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researches microgravity fluid physics and combustion research, including ZBOT, cryogenic fluid management, propellant tank models and gravity’s impact on systems

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Mehmet Koyuturk

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops algorithms for transforming "big" biological data into systems biology knowledge

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Kiju Lee

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Investigates novel robotic mechanisms and human-centered technology designs for applications in health care, education and manufacturing

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John Lewandowski

Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Nitinol Commercialization Accelerator
Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center (AMMRC)

Researches material reliability for biomedical and structural applications, advanced materials manufacturing and processing/microstructure/property relationships

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Jing Li

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops computational approaches and software tools for genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology, and creates computational solutions for big data analytics

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Kenneth Loparo

Director, Master of Engineering
Nord Professor of Engineering
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops real-time data analytics and control algorithms for industrial, energy and physiological systems

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Zheng-Rong Lu

M. Frank Rudy and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Investigates novel MRI contrast agents, molecular imaging, drug delivery and therapeutics for retinal diseases

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Anant Madabhushi

F. Alex Nason Professor II
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Director, Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics

Develops and translates computational imaging, AI and machine learning approaches for precision-medicine diagnosis, prognosis, treatment response and prediction

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Heidi Martin

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Develops diamond electrodes for electrochemical and neural device applications

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Cameron McIntyre

School of Medicine campus
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Engineers the next generation of neuromodulation technology

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Mehran Mehregany

Director, CSE San Diego Programs
Veale Professor of Wireless Health Innovation
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops MEMS and sensors monitoring the status and health of machines and humans

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Hunter Peckham

Distinguished University Professor
Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Develops and clinically deploys implantable electronic stimulators to restore movement for patients with paralysis

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Andy Podgurski

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops techniques to assess and improve the reliability and secuirty of software systems and applications

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Jonathan Pokorski

Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops polymeric materials at the interface of chemistry, molecular biology and materials science

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Clare Rimnac

Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Advances the long-term performance of implants and structural bone allografts through material analysis and characterization

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Andrew Rollins

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Develops biomedical optics technology for applications in biomedical research and health care improvement

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Sam Senyo

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Applies tissue engineering to study human biology and improve human health

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Pallavi Tiwari

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Develops neuroinformatics techniques for applications in brain tumors and neurological disorders

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Ronald Triolo

School of Medicine campus
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Executive Director, Advanced Platform Technology Center

Creates and evaluates assistive and restorative technologies to improve health and mobility of individuals with paralysis and limb loss

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Dustin Tyler

Kent H. Smith Professor of Engineering II
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Creates advanced prosthetic systems and neurological interfaces to restore and enhance sensation and function in people

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Xinning Wang

Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Develops cancer therapies and molecular image probes for cancer diagnosis

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David Wilson

Robert Herbold Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Creates image analysis and image analytics for important clinical and biomedical applications