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
Faculty who conduct research in Human Health
Creates biologically active and mechanically functional tissue repair systems, and develops chemical imaging instrumentation for noninvasive biomedical and hazard diagnostics
Develops multifunctional materials and flexible nanostructured platforms for electrochemical and biomedical devices, localized drug delivery, neural interfacing, and electrochemical sensing; studies nanomaterials evolution/interactions in controlled (liquid) environments using in-situ characterization techniques
Investigates musculoskeletal computer modeling and its applications to human locomotion
Understands and solves problems in biology and medicine using transport principles
Researches nerve blocks, including the SINE electrode, high capacity electrode and high-frequency blocks
Study the mechanics, designs, and manufacturing of smart multifunctional materials, soft robotics, soft electronics, and self-powered sensing systems.
Laboratory for Soft Machines & Electronics (SME Lab) www.CaoGroup.org
Engineers biomaterials-based strategies to improve the performance and longevity of central nervous system implanted devices
Develops next-generation medical robotic systems for surgery and image-guided interventions
Develops rapid learning and optimization methods for intensity modulated radiation therapy, and develops new paradigm for combinatorial optimization
Fosters the application of informatics to improve clinical decision-making for patient care
Analyses neural systems and designs devices to interface with the nervous system to provide therapies for neurological disorders
Develops separation materials and processes to benefit nuclear medicine, environmental protection, and nuclear waste recycling and remediation.
Designs, synthesizes and tests orthopedic biomaterials using biomimetic strategies emphasizing nanoscale structures and self-assembly
Develops virtual environments and neural interfaces to improve human health after neurological injury
Development and clinical assessment of neural interfaces and stimulation approaches to restore and enhance somatosensory function
Lab website: https://www.graczyklab.com/
Researches biomedical sensors and diagnostics, and focuses on translation to clinical applications
Improves human health via research in cell mechanics to develop biosensors and point-of-care systems
Develops dynamical models of biological systems to help improve treatment of complex diseases
Develops medical devices to restore human functions
Researches microgravity fluid physics and combustion research, including ZBOT, cryogenic fluid management, propellant tank models and gravity’s impact on systems
Develops algorithms for transforming "big" biological data into systems biology knowledge
Researches material reliability for biomedical and structural applications, advanced materials manufacturing and processing/microstructure/property relationships. Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing.
Develops computational approaches and software tools for genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology, and creates computational solutions for big data analytics
Develop real-time data analytics and control algorithms for industrial, energy and physiological systems
Investigates novel MRI contrast agents, molecular imaging, drug delivery and therapeutics for retinal diseases
Develops and translates computational imaging, AI and machine learning approaches for precision-medicine diagnosis, prognosis, treatment response and prediction
Focusing on sensor medicine: using bio-sensors to refine treatment and restore lost function.
Develops diamond electrodes for electrochemical and neural device applications
Engineers the next generation of neuromodulation technology
Develops and clinically deploys implantable electronic stimulators to restore movement for patients with paralysis
Develops techniques to assess and improve the reliability and securty of software systems and applications
Advances the long-term performance of implants and structural bone allografts through material analysis and characterization
Investigates catalysis with soft materials: catalytic surfactants and polymers; complex macromolecular architectures for bio-inspired catalysis; and ligand-mediated nanocatalysis
Develops biomedical optics technology for applications in biomedical research and health care improvement
Applies tissue engineering to study human biology and improve human health
Develops neuroinformatics techniques for applications in brain tumors and neurological disorders
Creates and evaluates assistive and restorative technologies to improve health and mobility of individuals with paralysis and limb loss
Creates advanced prosthetic systems and neurological interfaces to restore and enhance sensation and function in people
develops novel medical image analysis and machine learning tools for targeting and evaluating interventions
Develops novel waveforms and electrodes for downregulation of the nervous system for clinical applications including peripheral, autonomic and pain
Develops cancer therapies and molecular image probes for cancer diagnosis
I use image processing and machine/deep learning on biomedical images to advance health.