All Faculty

Department Chair

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Focused on biomolecular materials and biointerface science and emphasizes the development of applications that span the range from bioseparations, biosensors, biomaterials, and targeted drug delivery.

Primary Faculty

Roger C. Barr

Roger C. Barr

Professor

Research Interests: 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.

Elizabeth K Bucholz

Elizabeth K Bucholz

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Nenad Bursac

Nenad Bursac

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: 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 Collier

Joel Collier

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: 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-organize into useful...

Jessilyn Dunn

Jessilyn Dunn

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Use of large-scale biomedical datasets to model and guide personalized therapies

Sina Farsiu

Sina Farsiu

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Focused 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.

Paul J Fearis

Paul J Fearis

Lecturing Fellow, Senior in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Charles Gersbach

Charles Gersbach

Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Gene therapy, genomics and epigenomics, biomolecular and cellular engineering, regenerative medicine, and synthetic biology.

Yiyang Gong

Yiyang Gong

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: 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

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: 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 movement disorders...

Craig S. Henriquez

Craig S. Henriquez

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Large-scale computing, heart modeling, and brain modeling.

Brenton D. Hoffman

Brenton D. Hoffman

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Focused 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.

Roarke Horstmeyer

Roarke Horstmeyer

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: New ways to capture and process biomedical images; development of microscopes, cameras and computer algorithms for a wide range of applications.

Joseph A. Izatt

Joseph A. Izatt

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

Research Interests: 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: 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 the vitreous of...

Michael D Lynch

Michael D Lynch

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Focused on genetically engineering microbes to shut off their growth circuits and turn on new pathways to produce different compounds—improving 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: Research and development of medical equipment in the developing world.

Samira Musah

Samira Musah

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), disease mechanisms, regenerative medicine, molecular and cellular basis of human kidney development and disease, organ engineering, patient-specific disease models, biomarkers, therapeutic discovery, tissue and organ transplantation,...

Barry S. Myers

Barry S. Myers

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: An expert in head and neck impact injury biomechanics, Dr. Myers is 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

Professor in the Department 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...

Mark L. Palmeri

Mark L. Palmeri

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: 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 bioeffects and mechanical...

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...

Amanda Randles

Amanda Randles

Alfred Winborne and Victoria Stover Mordecai Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: Biomedical simulation and high-performance computing

William M. Reichert

William M. Reichert

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

Research Interests: Biosensors, protein mediated cell adhesion, and wound healing.

Eric S Richardson

Eric S Richardson

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Michael Rubinstein

Michael Rubinstein

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Polymer theory and computer simulations

Ann Saterbak

Ann Saterbak

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Innovations in undergraduate engineering education, particularly new pedagogical methods that broaden students’ problem solving skills and design thinking.

Tatiana Segura

Tatiana Segura

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: The design of biomaterials to promote endogenous repair and reducing inflammation through the design of the geometry of the material, and delivering genes, proteins and drugs.

Xiling Shen

Xiling Shen

Hawkins Family Associate Professor

Research Interests: Metabolic and epigenetic reprogramming of cancer metastasis, stem cell and organoid technology, microbiome-host-disease interaction, humanized immune cancer models, intravital imaging, CRISPR/dCAS9 epigenetic screening, and peripheral neuromodulation.

Marc A. Sommer

Marc A. Sommer

W. H. Gardner, Jr. Associate Professor

Research Interests: Neuronal circuits of the brain, including 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 interact to cause cognition and...

Michael Raphael Tadross

Michael Raphael Tadross

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Our goal is to bridge the gap between the study of brain as a computational device and the search for novel neuropathological treatments. We develop technologies to manipulate molecules, cells, and synapses in the brain, and deploy these reagents in mouse models of disease.

Gregg E. Trahey

Gregg E. Trahey

Robert Plonsey Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: 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: Cardiovascular tissue engineering, mechanisms of atherogenesis, cell adhesion, and cell biomechanics.

Shyni Varghese

Shyni Varghese

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Orthopaedics

Research Interests: Musculoskeletal tissue repair, disease biophysics and organ-on-a-chip technology

Jonathan Viventi

Jonathan Viventi

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Using 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: Biophotonics, laser-excited luminescence spectroscopy, room temperature phosphorimetry, synchronous luminescence spectroscopy, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, field environmental instrumentation, fiberoptics sensors, nanosensors, biosensors and biochips for the protection...

Olaf T. Von Ramm

Olaf T. Von Ramm

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

Research Interests: Diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems, IR imaging, medical instrumentation and their new applications.

Adam P. Wax

Adam P. Wax

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: 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: Biomaterials, nanotechnology and tissue engineering that 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: 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 arrhythmias. In the brain, he is...

Junjie Yao

Junjie Yao

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) technologies, and translating PAT advances into diagnostic and therapeutic applications, especially in functional brain imaging and early cancer theranostics.

Lingchong You

Lingchong You

Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 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 medicine.

Fan Yuan

Fan Yuan

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Drug and gene delivery, mechanisms of molecular transport in cells and tissues, and tumor pathophysiology.

Secondary Faculty

Alexandra Badea

Alexandra Badea

Associate Professor in Radiology

Research Interests: Brain Imaging, MRI, Connectivity, Multivariate Biomarkers, Image Analysis, Neurological Conditions, Alzheimer's Disease

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...

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

Research Interests: The research in my laboratory focuses on three main areas:  (1) advanced imaging applications to improve diagnostic accuracy in clinical imaging, (2) the scientific assessment of image quality, and (3) developing lower cost imaging for the developing world. Projects in the area...

Greg D. Field

Greg D. Field

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Research Interests: Study of the retina, using multi-electrode arrays to record retina neuron activity in conjunction with transgenic mouse lines and chemogenetics to manipulate neural circuit function. Field's laboratory is working to understand the mechanisms of retinal degenerative conditions...

Ken Gall

Ken Gall

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Materials science, mechanical properties, metals and polymers. Specialties: 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.

Tony Jun Huang

Tony Jun Huang

William Bevan Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Science

Research Interests: Acoustofluidics, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, biomedical micro-electro-mechanical systems (BioMEMS), optofluidics, plasmofluidics.

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,...

Anthony Nanlin Kuo

Anthony Nanlin Kuo

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Anita T. Layton

Anita T. Layton

Professor in the Department of Mathematics

Research Interests: The application of mathematics to biological systems, specifically, mathematical modeling of renal physiology.

Piotr E. Marszalek

Piotr E. Marszalek

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Investigating relationships between structural and mechanical properties of biopolymers (polysaccharides, DNA, proteins), at a single molecule level.

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-...

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...

Timothy E Reddy

Timothy E Reddy

Associate Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

Research Interests: Understanding how genetic variation that alters gene regulation contributes to human traits, including risk for common diseases such as diabetes. The Reddy Lab uses an interdisciplinary combination of high-throughput genomics, computational biology, and traditional molecular...

Ehsan Samei

Ehsan Samei

Professor of Radiology

Research Interests: Methods to develop image quality and dose metrics that are clinically relevant and that can be used to design and utilize advanced imaging techniques towards precise interpretive and quantitative performance.

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

James B. Duke 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...

William Paul Segars

William Paul Segars

Associate Professor in Radiology

Research Interests: Computer-generated phantoms and simulation techniques to investigate and optimize medical imaging systems and methods; development of computational models of patients and imaging devices.

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...

Martin Paul Tornai

Martin Paul Tornai

Associate Professor of Radiology

Cynthia Ann Toth

Cynthia Ann Toth

Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology

Research Interests: Translational research and early-application clinical trials with a focus on novel retinal imaging with spectral domain and swept source optical coherence tomography (SD and SSOCT)

Kris Cameron Wood

Kris Cameron Wood

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology

Research Interests: More effective anticancer therapeutic strategies, many of which are based on functional genomics. Examples of projects include: a miniaturized screening platform, tools to systematically map the signaling pathways controlling anticancer drug responses, high-throughput...

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: Development of single cell analysis tools using magnetic circuits, and multiparticle assembly of colloidal crystals

Michael Rod Zalutsky

Michael Rod Zalutsky

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

Research Interests: The development of novel radioactive compounds for improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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...

Pei Zhong

Pei Zhong

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Enginnering 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.

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...

Nassir Mokarram-Dorri

Nassir Mokarram-Dorri

Consulting Associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Immunomodulation for nervous system repair; medical devices for brain tumor therapy; biomaterials for tissue engineering.

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...

Adjunct Faculty

Peter C Johnson

Peter C Johnson

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

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...

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.

Roger W Nightingale

Roger W Nightingale

Adjunct Associate Professor 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.

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...

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).

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...

Charles Wallace

Charles Wallace

Lecturing Fellow, Senior in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

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...

James H. McElhaney

James H. McElhaney

Hudson Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering

Stephen William Smith

Stephen William Smith

Professor Emeritus 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...