All Faculty

Department Chair

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Chilkoti's research focuses on biomolecular materials and biointerface science and emphasizes the development of applications that span the range from bioseparations, biosensors, patterned biomaterials, and targeted drug delivery.

Primary Faculty

Roger C. Barr

Roger C. Barr

Professor

Research Interests: Dr. Barr's research interests include bioelectricity and biomedical computing.

Ravi Venkat Bellamkonda

Ravi Venkat Bellamkonda

Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Engineered devices for brain tumor therapy; immunomodulation for peripheral and central nervous system repair; biomaterials; brain-machine interfaces.

Nenad Bursac

Nenad Bursac

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Bursac's research interests include embryonic and adult stem cell therapies for heart and muscle disease. Cardiac and skeletal muscle tissue engineering. Cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmias. Genetic modifications of stem and somatic cells. Micropatterning of proteins and hydrogels.

Joel Henderson Collier

Joel Henderson Collier

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Collier's research interests relate to the design of biomaterials for a range of biomedical applications, with a focus on understanding and controlling adaptive immune responses. Most materials investigated are created from molecular assemblies- proteins, peptides or bioconjugates that self-...

Sina Farsiu

Sina Farsiu

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Farsiu's research focuses on medical imaging and image processing to improve the overall health and vision outcome of patients with ocular and neurological diseases (e.g., age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, Alzheimer, and ALS) through earlier and personalized therapy.

Charles Gersbach

Charles Gersbach

Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Gersbach's research interests are in gene therapy, biomolecular and cellular engineering, regenerative medicine, and synthetic biology.

Yiyang Gong

Yiyang Gong

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: We're interested in recording and understanding brain activity by developing novel combinations of optical microscopy and genetically encoded sensors. Using these technologies, we wish to dissect neural circuit function and investigate how neural activity drives complex behaviors....

Warren M. Grill

Warren M. Grill

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Grill's research interests and in neural engineering and neural prostheses and include design and testing of electrodes and stimulation techniques, the electrical properties of tissues and cells, and computational neuroscience with applications in restoration of bladder function, treatment of...

Craig S. Henriquez

Craig S. Henriquez

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Henriquez's research interests include large scale computing, heart modeling, and brain modeling.

Brenton D. Hoffman

Brenton D. Hoffman

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Hoffman's research focuses on understanding, on a molecular level, how mechanical and chemical cues from the environment are detected, integrated, and manipulated by cells to dictate physiological and patho-physiological responses important in vascular biology.

Joseph A. Izatt

Joseph A. Izatt

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Professor Izatt's research interests are in the area of biophotonics and include coherence-based biomedical imaging and microscopy, novel technologies for ophthalmic imaging, and nanoscale studies of cellular morphology and dynamics.

David F. Katz

David F. Katz

Nello L. Teer, Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Katz's research interest include methods for prophylaxis against STD's, emphasizing topical microbicides and contraception; biofluid mechanics; rheology and transport phenomena; biophysical aspects of mammalian sperm motility, sperm transport, and fertilization; and biomechanical functioning of...

Michael D Lynch

Michael D Lynch

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Lynch's research focuses on genetically engineering microbes to shut off their growth circuits and turn on new pathways to produce different compounds. By focusing their energy, he seeks to improve production of biofuels, pharmacological molecules and industrial chemicals.

Robert A. Malkin

Robert A. Malkin

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Professor Malkin's work on medical instrumentation in the developing world has been supported by Engineering World Health, The National Institutes of Health, The American Heart Association, The Whitaker Foundation, the National Science Foundation and other organizations. The DHT-Lab runs...

Barry S. Myers

Barry S. Myers

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Myers is an expert in head and neck impact injury biomechanics. He is also interested in translational research innovation overseeing programs to advance faculty research to market.

Wanda Krassowska Neu

Wanda Krassowska Neu

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Electroporation-mediated drug delivery and gene therapy; Control of cardiac arrhythmias using nonlinear dynamics

Kathryn Radabaugh Nightingale

Kathryn Radabaugh Nightingale

James L. and Elizabeth M. Vincent Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Ultrasonic and elasticity imaging, specifically nonlinear propagation, acoustic streaming and radiation force; the intentional generation of these phenomena for the purpose of tissue characterization; finite element modeling of normal and diseased tissue when exposed to ultrasound, and performing...

Mark L. Palmeri

Mark L. Palmeri

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Palmeri's research interests include ultrasonic imaging, specifically using acoustic radiation force to characterize the mechanical properties of tissue, and finite element analysis of soft tissue response to impulsive radiation force excitation. Other research interests include ultrasonic...

Nimmi Ramanujam

Nimmi Ramanujam

Robert W. Carr, Jr., Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Innovating on optical strategies to peer into the biological landscape of thick tissues. Technologies being developed in her lab leverage principles of optical spectroscopy, optical sectioning microscopy, and molecular imaging. Her research group is developing and applying these optically based...

Amanda Randles

Amanda Randles

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Randle's research in biomedical simulation and high performance computing focuses on the development of new computational tools that she uses to provide insight into the localization and development of human diseases ranging from atherosclerosis to cancer.

William M. Reichert

William M. Reichert

Theo Pilkington Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Reichert's research interests include biosensors, protein mediated cell adhesion, and wound healing.

Xiling Shen

Xiling Shen

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Shen's research integrates systems biology and implantable devices to study non-coding RNA, colon cancer, stem cells, and the enteric nervous system. His multidisciplinary approach provides a new window for developing novel therapeutics against heterogeneous diseases such as cancer.

Stephen William Smith

Stephen William Smith

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Current research interests are the development and evaluation of improved medical ultrasound image quality for applications in cardiology, radiology and obstetrics. Advances in image quality result from improvements in the spatial resolution and signal-to-noise ratio of diagnostic ultrasound...

Marc A. Sommer

Marc A. Sommer

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Marc Sommer studies neuronal circuits of the brain. Research in his laboratory involves recording from single neurons and studying the effects of inactivating or stimulating well-defined brain areas. His goals are to understand how individual areas process signals and how multiple areas...

Gregg E. Trahey

Gregg E. Trahey

Robert Plonsey Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Trahey's research interests include medical ultrasound, image guided surgery, adaptive imaging, imaging of tissue's mechanical properties, and radiation force imaging.

George A. Truskey

George A. Truskey

R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Truskey's research interests include cardiovascular tissue engineering, mechanisms of atherogenesis, cell adhesion, and cell biomechanics.

Jonathan Viventi

Jonathan Viventi

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Viventi's research uses flexible electronics to create new technology for interfacing with the brain at high resolution over large areas. These new tools can help diagnose and treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, and help improve the performance of brain machine interfaces.

Tuan Vo-Dinh

Tuan Vo-Dinh

R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Vo-Dinh's research activities and interests involve biophotonics, laser-excited luminescence spectroscopy, room temperature phosphorimetry, synchronous luminescence spectroscopy, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, field environmental instrumentation, fiberoptics sensors, nanosensors, biosensors...

Olaf T. Von Ramm

Olaf T. Von Ramm

Thomas Lord Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. von Ramm's research interests include diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems, IR imaging, medical instrumentation and their new applications.

Adam P. Wax

Adam P. Wax

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Wax's research interests include optical spectroscopy for early cancer detection, novel microscopy and interferometry techniques.

Jennifer L West

Jennifer L West

Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: West's research in biomaterials, nanotechnology and tissue engineering involves the synthesis, development, and application of novel biofunctional materials, and the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems.

Patrick D. Wolf

Patrick D. Wolf

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Wolf's research is primarily in the area of advanced instrumentation for diagnosis and treatment of electrophysiological problems. This research covers two primary organ systems: the heart and the brain. In the heart, Dr. Wolf is developing an image guided ablation system for treatment of...

Junjie Yao

Junjie Yao

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Fall 2016)

Research Interests: Photoacoustic and optical imaging technologies in the life sciences, especially in functional brain imaging and early cancer theranostics.

Lingchong You

Lingchong You

Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. You's research interest focus on computational systems biology & synthetic biology, including mathematical modeling of cellular networks; mechanisms of information processing by gene networks; design, modeling and construction of robust gene networks for applications in engineering and...

Fan Yuan

Fan Yuan

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Yuan's research interests include drug and gene delivery, mechanisms of molecular transport in cells and tissues, and tumor pathophysiology.

Secondary Faculty

Cristian Tudorel Badea

Cristian Tudorel Badea

Associate Professor in Radiology

Jeffrey Beck

Jeffrey Beck

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Research Interests: Jeffrey Beck studies neural coding and computation from a theoretical perspective, with particular emphasis on probabilistic reasoning and decision making under uncertainty, complex behavioral modeling, computational models of cortical circuits and circuit function, dynamics of spiking neural...

Leslie M. Collins

Leslie M. Collins

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Leslie M. Collins' research interests include physics-based statistical signal processing, subsurface sensing, auditory prostheses and pattern recognition.

Louis Edwin DeFrate

Louis Edwin DeFrate

Frank H. Bassett III, M. D. Associate Professor

Mark Wesley Dewhirst

Mark Wesley Dewhirst

Gustavo S. Montana Professor of Radiation Oncology, in the School of Medicine

Research Interests: Dr. Dewhirst's research interests focus on the tumor microenvironment and how it influences treatment responses. Areas of particular focus are hypoxia, acidosis, angiogenesis and oxidative stress.

James T. Dobbins

James T. Dobbins

Professor in Radiology

Bastiaan Driehuys

Bastiaan Driehuys

Professor of Radiology

Research Interests: Driehuys' laboratory focuses on the development and application of hyperpolarized gas MRI for non-invasive imaging of pulmonary function and spectroscopic evaluation of pathology. We seek to improve the care of patients with pulmonary disease by developing non-invasive, 3D imaging of pulmonary...

Kafui Dzirasa

Kafui Dzirasa

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Ken Gall

Ken Gall

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Materials Science, Mechanical Properties, Metals and Polymers. Specialities: Shape Memory Materials, Biomaterials, 3D Printing.

Geoffrey Steven Ginsburg

Geoffrey Steven Ginsburg

Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: Dr. Geoffrey S. Ginsburg's research interests are in the development of novel paradigms for developing and translating genomic information into medical practice and the integration of personalized medicine into health care.

G. Allan Johnson

G. Allan Johnson

Charles E. Putman University Professor of Radiology

Research Interests: Dr. Johnson's research involves magnetic resonance histology (MRH), the application of MR microscopy to study tissue architecture. Using MRH for morphologic phenotyping in the mouse was first suggested by Dr. Johnson and his colleagues in this article (Radiology 2002;222:789-793 2002). A...

Bruce Klitzman

Bruce Klitzman

Associate Professor of Surgery

Research Interests: The primary basic science research interests of our laboratory are in the area of physiological mechanisms of maintaining substrate transport from blood to tissue. This broad topic covers studies on whole animals, such as rats and mice, as well as studies on whole organ, hemorheological,...

William Erle Kraus

William Erle Kraus

Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: William Erle Kraus' training, expertise and research interests range from human integrative physiology and genetics to animal exercise models to cell culture models of skeletal muscle adaptation to mechanical stretch.

Chien-Tsun Kuan

Chien-Tsun Kuan

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology

Research Interests: Chien-Tsun Kuan's research is focused upon exploiting engineered antibody fragments to treat brain tumors by targeting to glioma-associated, oncofetal epitopes such as tenascin, glioma variant epidermal growth factor variant III (EGFRvIII), medulloblastoma-associated developmental markers, as...

Anita T. Layton

Anita T. Layton

Robert R. & Katherine B. Penn Professor of Mathematics

Research Interests: Anita T. Layton's main research interest is the application of mathematics to biological systems, specifically, mathematical modeling of renal physiology.

Chunlei Liu

Chunlei Liu

Associate Professor of Radiology

Research Interests: Chunlei Liu's research interests include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its translational applications.

Joseph Yuan-Chieh Lo

Joseph Yuan-Chieh Lo

Professor of Radiology

Research Interests: My lab investigates three areas in the advanced imaging of breast cancer: (1) digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis, (2) radiogenomics for improved management of breast cancer using computer vision and machine learning models, and (3) computational and physical breast phantoms to facilitate...

James R. MacFall

James R. MacFall

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Radiology

Research Interests: MacFall's research centers on application and/or development of image processing and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for a variety of biomedical focus areas in psychiatry, oncology, lung disorders and pediatric neurological disorders.

Piotr E. Marszalek

Piotr E. Marszalek

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: The invention of the atomic force microscope (AFM) in 1986 by Binnig, Quate and Gerber (Phys. Rev. Lett. 56, 930) started a revolution in many branches of science by realizing an unprecedented possibility to visualize and manipulate individual molecules under ambient conditions including water,...

Miguel Angelo L. Nicolelis

Miguel Angelo L. Nicolelis

Duke School of Medicine Professor in Neuroscience

Research Interests: Dr. Nicolelis investigates how the brains of freely behaving animals encode sensory and motor information. He was first to propose and demonstrate that animals and human subjects can utilize their electrical brain activity to directly control neuroprosthetic devices via brain-machine interfaces (...

Angel Vladimirov Peterchev

Angel Vladimirov Peterchev

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: I direct the Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab (BSEL) which focuses on the development and modeling of devices and application paradigms for transcranial brain stimulation. Transcranial brain stimulation involves non-invasive delivery of fields (e.g., electric and magnetic) to the brain that...

Ehsan Samei

Ehsan Samei

Professor of Radiology

John Howard Sampson

John Howard Sampson

Robert H., M.D. and Gloria Wilkins Professor of Neurosurgery, in the School of Medicine

Guillermo Sapiro

Guillermo Sapiro

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Image and video processing, computer vision, computer graphics, computational vision, biomedical imaging, brain imaging, cryo-tomography of viruses, computational tools in cryo-tomography, computational tools in early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, differential geometry and differential...

Allen Wuming Song

Allen Wuming Song

Professor in Radiology

Research Interests: Song's research program is centered on high-resolution MRI methodological development to best depict and detect human brain structure and function.

W Daniel Stamer

W Daniel Stamer

Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology

Research Interests: The Mechanobiology of Ocular Hypertension in Glaucoma: My laboratory studies the disease of glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, affecting nearly 3 million people (70 million Worldwide). The primary risk factor for developing glaucoma is ocular hypertension (high...

Michael J. Therien

Michael J. Therien

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Michael J. Therien's research involves the synthesis of compounds, supramolecular assemblies, nano-scale objects, and electronic materials with unusual ground-and excited-state characteristics, and interrogating these structures using state-of-the-art transient optical, spectroscopic,...

Martin Paul Tornai

Martin Paul Tornai

Associate Professor of Radiology

Cynthia Ann Toth

Cynthia Ann Toth

Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology

Warren S. Warren

Warren S. Warren

James B. Duke Professor of Chemistry

Research Interests: Our work focuses on the design and application of what might best be called novel pulsed techniques, using controlled radiation fields to alter dynamics. The heart of the work is chemical physics, and most of what we do is ultrafast laser spectroscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance. It generally...

Christopher Wildrick Woods

Christopher Wildrick Woods

Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: Wood's research interests include: emerging infections, global health, epidemiology of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology and diagnostics, bioterrorism preparedness, surveillance for communicable diseases, and antimicrobial resistance.

Benjamin Yellen

Benjamin Yellen

Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Benjamin Yellen is interested in developing highly parallel mechanisms for controlling the transport and assembly of ensembles of objects ranging from micron-sized colloidal particles to single cells.

Michael Rod Zalutsky

Michael Rod Zalutsky

Jonathan Spicehandler, M.D. Professor of Neuro Oncology, in the School of Medicine

Stefan Zauscher

Stefan Zauscher

Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: Nano-mechanical and nano-tribological characterization (elasticity, friction, adhesion) of materials including organic thin films; self-assembled monolayers, polymeric gels, and cellulosics; Fabrication of polymeric nanostructures by scanning probe lithography; Colloidal probe and atomic force...

Pei Zhong

Pei Zhong

Anderson-Rupp Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Ultrasound-targeted gene delivery and activation; synergistic combination of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and immunotherapy for cancer treatment; innovations in shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) technology; and mechanics and bioeffects of acoustic cavitation.

Research Faculty

Cameron R. Bass

Cameron R. Bass

Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Bass's research interests include the biomechanics of blast, blunt and ballistic trauma and pediatric trauma. His research focuses on injury risk from microscale to macroscale for the head, neck, thorax and extremities.

Wenge Liu

Wenge Liu

Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: The area of anticancer drug delivery. Current anticancer therapies, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, are a double-edge sword as they kill both tumor cells and normal cells. It is essential to develop an ideal drug delivery carrier for maximizing delivery of therapeutically active drug to a...

Paolo F Maccarini

Paolo F Maccarini

Assistant Research Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: By merging advanced circuit/antenna design with multiphysics modeling, Dr. Maccarini pioneered low-cost passive sensors to noninvasively measure deep temperature for various diagnostic applications. By combining novel engineering solutions with immunotherapy/thermo-drugs, his collaborative efforts...

Roger W Nightingale

Roger W Nightingale

Associate Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Nightingale's current research interests include: crash test dummies, pediatric head and neck injury, the biomechanics of trauma, modeling of the human head and cervical spine, and the mechanical characterization of head and neck tissues.

Lisa L Satterwhite

Lisa L Satterwhite

Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Satterwhite studies the genomics and epigenetics of environmental exposures in populations with clear health disparity. Her group identified the first genomic signature for pesticide exposure and is developing simple blood tests to diagnose early stage asymptomatic neurodegenerative disease and...

Adjunct Faculty

Kam Leong

Kam Leong

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Leong's research interest focuses on biomaterials design, particularly on synthesis of nanoparticles for DNA-based therapeutics, and nanostructured biomaterials for regenerative medicine.

Gabriel P. Lopez

Gabriel P. Lopez

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Prof. Lopez's professional interests lie in research and education in biomaterials science and engineering, bioanalytical chemistry and biointerfacial phenomena.

Lori A. Setton

Lori A. Setton

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Research in Setton's laboratory is focused on the role of mechanical factors in the degeneration and repair of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, including the intervertebral disc, articular cartilage and meniscus.

Allan B. Shang

Allan B. Shang

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Interests: My current research interests include the investigation into current and experimental biosensors, including the use of lasers and photonic techniques to create the next generation of miniaturized biosensors and analytical devices. I am interested in biomedical devices of all types, including the...

Consulting Faculty

Blake Shaw Wilson

Blake Shaw Wilson

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery

Research Interests: Wilson is interested in the design of cochlear implants and other neural prostheses for restoration of sensory functions. The design includes considerations of processing in the brain (the receiver) as well as processing in the periphery (the transmitter).

Lecturers

Elizabeth K Bucholz

Elizabeth K Bucholz

Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Instructors

Kevin Michael Caves

Kevin Michael Caves

Clinical Associate in the Department of Surgery

Research Interests: Kevin Caves researches technologies for people with disabilities. Recent projects include the development of brain computer interface (BCI) technologies, the use of sensors to assist older people and individuals with disabilities live more independently and safely at home, and telerehabilitation...

Chelsea Salinas

Chelsea Salinas

Instructor

Emeritus Faculty

Howard G. Clark

Howard G. Clark

Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science

Morton Friedman

Morton Friedman

Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Friedman's research interests focus on the role of mechanical forces in the localization and evolution of vascular disease, particularly atherosclerosis. Specific areas of research are the influence of adaptation on vascular biology and physiology, the influence of shear stress gradients and...

James H. McElhaney

James H. McElhaney

Hudson Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering