Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University


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Abbott Abbott, Rosalyn
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., 2012, University of Vermont
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tufts University
Abbott Lab
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Abbott Research
Highlights: There is a critical need for monitoring physiologically relevant, sustainable, human adipose tissues in vitro to gain new insights into metabolic diseases. In Professor Abbott’s lab, human adipose microenvironments are being developed and tested for responsiveness to stimuli hypothesized to alter disease mechanisms (i.e. the transition of obese tissues to insulin resistant type II diabetic tissues), metabolic behavior, and therapeutic potential. The lab focuses on integrating systems-based modeling with tissue engineering, perfusion bioreactors, and mechanical studies. Specifically, silk is used as a natural biomaterial to support long term culture of adipose micro-environments in vitro. The ultimate goal is to use these adipose tissue systems to inform preventative and therapeutic measures for patients affected by the metabolic syndrome.
Email: rabbott
Telephone: 412_ 268 4335
FAX: 412 268 3025
Address: Scott Hall 4N101
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, adipose microenvironments, disease modelling, tissue regeneration, natural biomaterials, silk, engineering the extracellular matrix
Armitage Armitage, Bruce A.
Professor of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., 1993, University of Arizona
Armitage Group
Email: army
Telephone: 412_ 268 4196
FAX: 412 268 1061
Address: Mellon Institute 722
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Luminescent probes for cell imaging; probes for manipulating gene expression
Barth Barth, Alison L.
Professor, Biological Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., 1997, UC Berkeley
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001, Stanford University
Barth Lab
Highlights: Research in the Barth lab is focused on understanding how experience assembles and alters the properties of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, in both normal and disease states. The lab has a specific focus on somatosensation in the mouse model system, where specific types of sensory input from the skin are used to drive neural activity to change the strength of synaptic connections and the firing output of cortical neurons. This neural plasticity can result in enhanced perceptual capabilities and influence subsequent learning. A detailed examination of how synapses are changed by experience is revealing fundamental principles about both perception and learning across many neural systems. In addition, researchers in the lab are using electrophysiological recordings, electron microscopy, and computational modeling to understand how functional networks are constructed and optimized in the neocortex. Experiments take advantage of transgenic mice to manipulate gene expression and label defined neural subsets and whole-cell recording and imaging to quantitate the electrical properties of cortical neurons.
Email: albarth
Telephone: 412_ 268 1198
FAX: 412 268 8423
Address: Mellon Institute 159C
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Behrmann Behrmann, Marlene
George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Department of Psychology
Professor, Biomedical Enegineering
Ph.D., 1991, University of Toronto
Behrmann Lab
Highlights: Despite the fact that visual scenes may contain multiple objects and people, humans can recognize the objects and individuals with ease and accuracy. Research in Behrmann's lab focuses on studying how this is achieved - what are the necessary psychological processes and neural representations that underlie abilities such as object segmentation and recognition, face recognition, mental imagery, reading and writing and spatial attention? By exploiting multiple methodologies including fMRI, EEG and ERP and fNIRS with normal and brain-damaged adults and children, the goal is to elucidate computations and their neural correlates which subserve cortical vision.
Email: behrmann
Telephone: 412_ 278 2790
FAX: 412 268 2798
Address: Baker Hall 331H
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Visual system, human adult and children, brain damage, neuroscience, electrophysiology
Bettinger Bettinger, Christopher J.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering
Ph.D., 2008, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
Bettinger Group
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Bettinger Research
Highlights: The next generation of bio-integrated electronic devices will be important for use in applications ranging from controlled release systems to brain-machine interfaces. Integration of devices with the human body can be achieved by engineering the abiotic-biotic interface. The group of Professor Bettinger synthesizes new materials and structures that seamlessly meld the tissue-device interface to improve the efficacy of medical devices. The research is focused on the design and synthesis of ultra-compliant biocompatible electronic conductors for soft tissue interfaces, and edible electronics for non-invasive device deployment. These efforts will reduce the cost and improve the delivery of healthcare to many patient populations.
Professor Bettinger is a recipient of the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, the American Chemical Society AkzoNobel Award, and the Technology Review TR35 Award.
Bettinger Video 1Professor Bettinger introducing his research on edible electronics
Bettinger Video 2Professor Bettinger introducing edible batteries
Bettinger Video 3Chris Bettinger: Integrating Medical Devices into the Human Body
Email: cbetting
Telephone: 412_ 268 7677
FAX: 412 268 7596
Address: Wean Hall 4315
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: BioMEMS for tissue regeneration; biodegradable electronic devices; biomimetic tissue-device interfaces; biomaterials synthesis; microfabrication of biomaterials
Bruchez Bruchez, Marcel P.
Professor of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., 1998, University of California, Berkeley
Laboratory for Fluorescence Innovation in Biology
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Bruchez Research
Highlights: The research of Professor Bruchez has focused on the development of highly sensitive fluorescence labeling methods that can be used without any washing, to directly report on cellular activity or physiology in intact cells, tissues or organisms. His group has used a combination of genetically encoded tags and environmentally sensitive dyes to establish a broadly applicable toolset for imaging multicellular processes and local physiology in complex multicellular systems. These tools have revealed fundamental trafficking processes and new modes of intercellular antigen transfer, enabling new approaches to vaccine and therapeutic development. Professor Bruchez, a Technology Review “Top 100 Young Innovators” honoree, holds 23 patents.
Bruchez VideoProfessor Bruchez's research on novel surface-to-endosome intercellular transfer of antigen between dendritic cells, as revealed by a pH sensor
Email: bruchez
Telephone: 412_ 268 9661
FAX: 412 268 6571
Address: Mellon Institute 749
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 1521
Research Interests: Fluorescent probes for cell imaging; luminescent nanocrystal probes
Cai Cai, Yang G.
Senior Systems Scientist, CyLab
Associate Research Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., 1997, West Virginia University
Visual Intel Lab
Cai Research
Highlights: The research of Professor Cai is focused on biomedical video analytics and interactive visualization that combines human motion perception and machine vision, as a part of “Instinctive Computing” (Springer-Verlag, 2016). His current project is to develop a computational “dashboard” to measure the quality of diagnostic examinations from real-time colonoscopy videos in endoscopy labs. He has also been working on “Ambient Diagnostics” (CRC, 2014) for affordable medical diagnoses using mobile devices, webcam, smart tattoo, pill camera, and social media. He has developed a computational tongue diagnosis method based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In addition, he has worked on privacy algorithms in human imaging, digital human modeling, and game-based biomedical simulation.
Email: ycai
Telephone: 412_ 268 5612
Address: CIC 2218
Carnegie Mellon University
4720 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Video analytics; interactive visualization; virtual reality; endoscopic imaging; 3D surface imaging and reconstruction; digital human modeling; biomedical games; ambient diagnostics; pill camera; smart fiber; smart home; personal robot; privacy algorithms; social media and health
Chamanzar Chamanzar, Maysam
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., 2012, Georgia Institute of Technology
Chamanzar Group
Highlights: Professor Chamanzar’s group is designing and implementing novel devices and methods to address outstanding needs in biology and medicine. The main application areas of interest are Neuroscience and Biophotonics. Research on Neuroengineering includes developing next generation multimodal (Acousto-opto-electrical) neural interfaces to understand the neural basis of brain function and realize functional brain-machine interfaces. The Biophotonics front is focused on developing efficient hybrid photonic-plasmonic-fluidic on-chip systems for point of care diagnostics, environmental monitoring, imaging, and spectroscopy. The scope of research encompasses theoretical design and simulation, fabrication and packaging, experimental benchtop characterization, as well as in-vivo, in-vitro, and ex-vivo tests on biological systems.
Email: mchamanz
Telephone: 412_ 268 3390
Address: Roberts Engineering Hall 331
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Neural engineering, optogenetics, acousto-optics, integrated biophotonics, and plasmonics.
Campbell Campbell, Phil G.
Research Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Research Accelerator, Biological Sciences, Materials Science & Engineering
Ph.D., 1985, Pennsylvania State University
Campbell Research
Highlights: Professor Campbell has over 25 years’ experience in multidisciplinary research with both engineers and clinicians to develop unique solutions to a wide variety of complex biomedical problems, including the development of natural-based biomaterials, implant biocompatibility, and tissue engineering. One of his overarching research themes involves understanding and engineering the cellular microenvironment from an endocrine point of view, both in vitro and in vivo. The study encompasses growth factor interstitial transport, interactions with receptors and non-receptor binding proteins, immobilization and proteolytic processing of extracellular matrix bound growth factors and other signaling molecules, and live cell and animal imaging. His research has taken advantage of biopatterned microenvironments to spatially deliver signaling molecules to spatially control cell behavior in vitro and tissue formation in vivo toward musculoskeletal, cardiac, immunological and cancer applications.
Email: pcampbel
Telephone: 412_ 268 4126
FAX: 412 268 5229
Address: Scott Hall 6115
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Bioavailability and proteolytic processing of growth factors; musculoskeletal tissue repair and regeneration; biomimetic tissue engineering materials
Chase Chase, Steven M.
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Ph.D., 2006, Johns Hopkins University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh
Chase Lab
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Chase Research
Highlights: Brain-computer interface, or BCIs, are a promising technology for alleviating motor deficits caused by injury or disease. These devices can read out motor intent by recording directly from populations of motor cortical neurons, and use this information to actuate an external device, such as a computer cursor or robotic limb. In addition, BCIs can also be used as a unique tool for probing brain processes that would otherwise remain covert. The research group of Professor Chase has two main thrusts. The first is to develop novel computational and experimental techniques that leverage BCIs as a research tool for investigating the neural correlates of motor learning, adaptation, and the representation of motor intent. The second is to design new BCI decoding algorithms to enhance the performance of these devices, and hasten their clinical translation.
Chase VideoProfessor Chase introducing his research on brain-computer interfaces
Email: schase
Telephone: 412_ 268 5512
FAX: 412 268 9580
Address: Scott Hall 4N113
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Information representation in neural systems; brain-computer interfaces; neural signal processing; learning, adaptation, and motor control
Choset Choset, Howie
Professor, Robotics Institute, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ph.D., 1996, California Institute of Technology
Biorobotics Laboratory
Choset VideoProfessor Choset introducing medical robots
Email: choset
Telephone: 412_ 268 2495
FAX: 412 268 7350
Address: Newell Simon Hall 3211
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Surgical robotics; snake robots; path planning; motion control; mapping
Cohen-Karni Cohen-Karni, Tzahi (Itzhaq)
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering
Ph.D., 2011, Harvard University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cohen-Karni Lab
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Cohen-Karni Research
Highlights: The research of Professor Cohen-Karni has focused on the unique interfaces between biology and nanoscience and nanotechnology, by applying techniques from chemistry, physics, and materials science to explore the rich world of biology. His interests cover a broad area: from the interactions of biomolecules, cells, and tissues with nanostructures (such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanoparticles), to the electrical properties of tissues and cells interfaced with nano-devices.
Professor Cohen-Karni received the Gold Graduate Student Award from the Materials Research Society in 2009, and the 2012 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Young Chemist Award. In 2014, he was awarded the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Young Investigator Research Award. In 2016, Dr. Cohen-Karni was awarded the NSF CAREER Award.”
Cohen-Karni VideoProfessor Cohen-Karni introducing his research on recording electrical signals from cells in three dimensions
Email: tzahi
Telephone: 412_ 268 4113
FAX: 412 268 3025
Address: Scott Hall 4N107
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Nano-biotechnology; nano–bio interfaces; nanomaterials synthesis; biomedical applications of nanowires/nanotubes; biomedical nanodevices/sensors
Cook Cook, Keith E.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., 2000, Northwestern University
Cook Cardiopulmonary Engineering Group
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Cook Research
Highlights: Professor Keith Cook’s research applies biomedical engineering to cardiac and pulmonary diseases. His laboratory’s goal, therefore, is to generate new devices, treatment strategies, and diagnostic tools and translate them to the clinic.
Current research projects in his group include thoracic artificial lungs, perfluorocarbon emulsions for pulmonary drug delivery, new biomaterial approaches for reducing coagulation at artificial surfaces, and PET-based diagnostic tools for right ventricular dysfunction. Of note, his laboratory was the first to produce 24 hour, week, and 30-day in vivo studies of thoracic artificial lungs, and his group is working on a artificial lung intended as destination therapy for years of respiratory support. Professor Cook currently serves as an editor of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs Journal.
Cook VideoProfessor Cook introducing his research on artificial lungs
Email: keicook
Telephone: 412_ 268 7383
FAX: 412 268 3025
Address: Scott Hall 4N207
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Artificial lungs; hemodynamics; pulmonary drug delivery; liquid ventilation; right ventricular function; critical care medicine
Dahl Dahl, Kris N.
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering
Ph.D., 2004, University of Pennsylvania
Dahl Labs
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Dahl Research
Highlights: The research of Professor Kris Noel Dahl is focused on the structural and rheological properties of the cellular nucleus and cytoskeleton. In deciphering the structural and mechanical elements of the cell's nucleus, she adds needed insight into the roles of epigenetic regulation, stem cell differentiation, aging pathologies, and cancer progression and metastases. The integration of the cytoskeleton and nucleus provides a unique perspective into mechanical transmission of forces that influence genome expression.
Over the years Professor Dahl’s research has spanned molecular, organelle, cellular, and multicellular length scales, using a combination of spectroscopic, imaging, biophysical, and computational approaches. Prof. Dahl's group has received funding from the NIH, Progeria Research Foundation, DOD, and NSF including an NSF CAREER award.
Dahl VideoProfessor Dahl introducing her research on cell mechanics
Email: kndahl
Telephone: 412_ 268 9609
FAX: 412 268 7139
Address: Doherty Hall 2100C
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: Mechanics of the cell nucleus in normal and disease states; nuclear mechanics in stem cell differentiation and cancer progression; mechanotransduction; cellular interactions with nanomaterials
Domach Domach, Michael M.
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., 1983, Cornell University
Email: md0q
Telephone: 412_ 268 2246
FAX: 412 268 7139
Address: Doherty Hall A221
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Research Interests: High throughput systems for cell growth analysis; optimization of bioreactor performance


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