Research

Research in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is highly interdisciplinary within the College of Engineering (e.g., Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) and across other Colleges at UF (e.g., Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health). Thus, the BME Department is uniquely positioned to create the bridge between engineering and health sciences. The research in the BME Department is currently focused on the following themes/areas:

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Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine

Biomaterials and regenerative medicine involve the development of materials for micro and nanoparticles, microfabricated devices, controlled release systems, vaccines and tissue regeneration scaffolds.

 

 

Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine Faculty

 

 

Primary Faculty

Kyle D. Allen

Professor

Gregory Hudalla

Associate Professor, Integra LifeSciences Term Professor & Graduate Coordinator

Benjamin Keselowsky

Professor

Jamal Lewis

Associate Professor

Peter McFetridge

Associate Professor

Walter Lee Murfee

Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Edward A. Phelps

Assistant Professor

Ana Maria Porras

Assistant Professor

Carlos Rinaldi-Ramos

Chemical Engineering Dept. Chair & Dean’s Leadership Professor

Christine Schmidt

Distinguished Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Endowed Chair

Blanka Sharma

Associate Professor

Cherie Stabler
Professor & Department Chair, J. Crayton Pruitt Family & UF Foundation Preeminence Professor
Brittany Taylor

Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty

Hugh Fan

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Mei He

Assistant Professor

Yong Huang

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Brian L. Hoh

James & Brigitte Marino Family Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery

John Mecholsky

Professor & Associate Chair
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Amor Menezes

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Xin Tang

Assistant Professor

Vinata Vedam-Mai

Research Assistant Professor

Yong Zeng

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry


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Biomechanics & Bionics

Biomechanics involves the application of the principles, laws, and methods of mechanics to develop and improve medical diagnostics, biomedical devices, and biomechanical models. Bionics engineering integrates the most advanced robotics and bioengineering technologies with life sciences.

 

Biomechanics & Bionics Faculty

 

 

Primary Faculty

Kyle D. Allen

Professor

Markia Bowe

Instructional Assistant Professor

Daniel Ferris

Robert W. Adenbaum Professor

Peter McFetridge

Associate Professor

Walter Lee Murfee

Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Jennifer Nichols

Assistant Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow

Brittany Taylor

Assistant Professor

Lakiesha Williams

Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Affiliate Faculty

Jessica Allen

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Scott A Banks

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

David Clark

Professor

Kerry Costello

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Hugh Fan

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Christopher Hess

Assistant Professor & Fellowship Director

Diba Mani

Instructional Associate Professor

Karim Oweiss

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Xin Tang

Assistant Professor

Yong Zeng

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry


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Biomedical Imaging & Applications

Biomedical imaging and applications allow physicians to “see” the interior of a patient’s body or an organ so that a disease can be detected and treated correctly. Biomedical imaging has a wide range of applications, including detecting cancer, monitoring brain activity, and watching where cells go during gene therapy. Conventional imaging modalities include x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI. Emerging ones include optical, functional MRI, PET and contrast agent-based ultrasound.

Biomedical Imaging & Applications Faculty

Primary Faculty

Wesley E. Bolch

Distinguished Professor & UF Term Professor

Ruogu Fang

Associate Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow

Kuang Gong

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Nichols

Assistant Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow

Edward A. Phelps

Assistant Professor

Parisa Rashidi

Associate Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor &
IC3 Co-Director

Carlos Rinaldi-Ramos

Chemical Engineering Dept. Chair & Dean’s Leadership Professor

Affiliate Faculty

Manuel Arreola

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Abbas Babajani-Feremi

Associate Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Scott A Banks

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Angelos Barmpoutis

Associate Professor

Frank J. Bova

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

David Clark

Professor

Stephen Coombes

Associate Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Curt DeGroff

Professor

Christopher Hess

Assistant Professor & Fellowship Director

Fan Hong

Assistant Professor

Damon Lamb

Assistant Professor

Samsun Lampotang

Professor

Jonathan Li

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Chihray Liu

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Bo Lu

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Thomas Mareci

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Walter O'Dell

Associate Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Karim Oweiss

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Lynn Rill

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Sanjiv Samant

Associate Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Xin Tang

Assistant Professor

Shahab Vahdat

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

David Vaillancourt

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Guanghua Yan

Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Physics Residency Program
BME Graduate Faculty Status


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Modeling & Biomedical Data Science

Modeling and biomedical data science involve computational approaches, algorithm and information technology to process and analyze biological and medical data at all scales.

 

 

Modeling & Biomedical Data Science Faculty

Primary Faculty

Mingzhou Ding

Distinguished Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor

Xiao Fan

Assistant Professor

Ruogu Fang

Associate Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow

Meghan Ferrall-Fairbanks

Assistant Professor

Kuang Gong

Assistant Professor

Aysegul Gunduz

Professor & Fixel Brain Mapping Professor

Jennifer Nichols

Assistant Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow

Ivana Parker

Assistant Professor

Parisa Rashidi

Associate Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor &
IC3 Co-Director

Affiliate Faculty

Jessica Allen

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Abbas Babajani-Feremi

Associate Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Scott Berceli

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Azra Bihorac

Senior Associate Dean For Research Affairs, Professor Of Medicine, Surgery And Anesthesiology

Christopher Butson

Professor of Neurology & Fixel Endowed Chair of Neurotherapeutics

Kerry Costello

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Curt DeGroff

Professor

Damon Lamb

Assistant Professor

Samsun Lampotang

Professor

Mamoun Mardini

Assistant Professor

Amor Menezes

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Karim Oweiss

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Pinaki Sarder

Associate Director for Imaging, Intelligent Critical Care Center
BME Graduate Faculty Status

 

Malisa Sarntinoranont

Associate Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Benjamin Shickel

Assistant Professor

Guanghua Yan

Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Physics Residency Program
BME Graduate Faculty Status


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Molecular & Cellular Engineering

Molecular and cellular engineering applies engineering principles and tools to study the fundamental problems in cellular and molecular scales, enabling the understanding of cellular behavior from molecular-level interactions and tackling the human health-related challenges.

 

Molecular & Cellular Engineering Faculty

Primary Faculty

Chris Geiger

Instructional Associate Professor

Gregory Hudalla

Associate Professor, Integra LifeSciences Term Professor & Graduate Coordinator

Benjamin Keselowsky

Professor

Jamal Lewis

Associate Professor

Peter McFetridge

Associate Professor

Ivana Parker

Assistant Professor

Edward A. Phelps

Assistant Professor

Ana Maria Porras

Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty

Hugh Fan

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Mei He

Assistant Professor

Fan Hong

Assistant Professor

Yong Huang

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Amor Menezes

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Xin Tang

Assistant Professor

Yong Zeng

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry


Neural Engineering

Neural engineering uses engineering techniques to understand, repair, replace or enhance cells and tissues in the nervous system.

 

 

Neural Engineering Faculty

Primary Faculty

Kyle D. Allen

Professor

Mingzhou Ding

Distinguished Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor

Daniel Ferris

Robert W. Adenbaum Professor

Aysegul Gunduz

Professor & Fixel Brain Mapping Professor

Christine Schmidt

Distinguished Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Endowed Chair

Lakiesha Williams

Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Affiliate Faculty

Abbas Babajani-Feremi

Associate Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Christopher Butson

Professor of Neurology & Fixel Endowed Chair of Neurotherapeutics

David Clark

Professor

Christopher Hess

Assistant Professor & Fellowship Director

Yong Huang

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Jack Judy

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Adam Khalifa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Damon Lamb

Assistant Professor

Diba Mani

Instructional Associate Professor

Andrew Maurer

Assistant Professor

Aaron Mickle

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Gordon Mitchell

Professor

Karim Oweiss

Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status

Xin Tang

Assistant Professor

Shahab Vahdat

Assistant Professor
BME Graduate Faculty Status