The Department of Biomedical Engineering includes a diverse body of research groups, led by various faculty members. Learn more about some of these researchers' laboratories below.
Cardiovascular Computational Mechanics Laboratory
Sandra Rugonyi researches novel ways to visualize and calculate how biological systems respond to varying conditions, using mathematical and computational models. Dr. Rugonyi's group currently is focused mainly on the study of cardiovascular systems, which includes the analysis of blood flow through vessels and the heart, as well as the interaction of flow with tissue.
Vu Nanobiotechnology and Cell Imaging Research Group
Tania Vu's group researches imaging nanotechnologies in order to study and diagnose aberrant cellular signaling in disease at the level of single molecules in single cells. These new technologies allow us to detect the amount and sub-cellular location of key cellular signaling proteins with cutting-edge of sensitivity and spatial resolution. Using such new technological capabilities, we seek to understand how cell function emerges from the spatiotemporal interactions of a groups of single proteins. A primary effort is to work with clinicians and industrial partners to translate our technologies into concrete molecular-based personalized diagnostics in the area of cancer and neurological disorders.
Yantasee Laboratory (functionalized nanomaterials in medicine and medical devices)
Wassana Yantasee's Lab researches functionalized nanomaterials in medicine, development of animal models of cancer, kidney disease, and metals-related diseases, and development of engineered nanomaterials to diagnose, prevent, and treat disease.
Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH)
BME Faculty Tamara Hayes, Pete Jacobs and Misha Pavel are part of the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH). ORCATECH seeks to facilitate successful aging and reduce the cost of healthcare through:
- Development of key independent living technologies
- Creation of research infrastructure to support aging-in-place research
- Partnerships with industry and academic thought leaders
- Establishing the evidence-base for technologies supporting aging
Biomedical Optics (Jacques Lab)
Steven Jacques and his lab develop novel applications of light in medicine and biology. Light can be diagnostic or therapeutic/surgical:
- Where tissue affects photons, light is used for diagnostic imaging, spectroscopy and sensing,
- Where photons affect tissue, lasers are used for therapeutic and surgical cutting, dissecting, machining, processing, coagulating, welding, and oxidizing tissues and biomaterials.
The Jacques Lab develops novel microscopes, cameras and optical fiber probes for use in medical research and clinical care.