Biomedical Research Areas
Medical Devices and Therapeutics
Significant research in the School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) focuses on the study of materials that modify surfaces used for medical devices. This can range from modifications to materials that carry fluid and need special properties (e.g. anti-coagulant) to the modification of materials that are used in implants of things that range from joints to heart valves. Extensive expertise in biochemical engineering further helps expand syntheses to potential molecular therapeutics.
Imaging and Diagnostics
Imaging and diagnostics in SBME revolves around teh development of a new generation of novel biosensors incorporating everything from lab-on-a-chip technologies to the use of lasers adn optics in state-of-the-art microscopy. The range of targets runs from ions crossing channels in membranes detected electrophysiologically to oxidizable molecules detected by electrochemistry or larger peptides or proteins detected by immunochemistry. Additional approaches including aptamers on one end and various forms of spectroscopy on another are in constant development.
Regenerative and Rehabilitative Medicine
Much work in SBME focuses on the study of orthopedics ranging from horses to humans. Clinical relevance stretches from spinal mechanics and disc replacements, to arthritis and joint functions that include legs and hips. Stem cells, biologics, and small molecules are all on the list of novel approaches to problems in regenerative medicine.