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Core Faculty

Theodore W. Berger, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
David Packard Chair in Engineering

Neurophysiology of memory and learning, nonlinear systems analysis of hippocampal network properties, neurobiology.

  Eun Ji Chung, Ph.D.
Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Biomaterials, Self-Assembly, Nanomedicine, Theranostics, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine

David Z. D'Argenio, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Chonette Chair in Biomedical Technology

Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic systems analysis, systems biology of drug action, drug development.

Stacey D. Finley, Ph.D.
Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Computational systems biology, Angiogenesis, Metabolism, Cancer therapeutics

Scott Fraser, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Director of Science Initiatives

Imaging the molecular signals, cell motions and tissue morphogenesis involved in embryogenesis and other complex events using advanced imaging technology.

Mark S. Humayun, Ph.D.,
Professor of Ophthalmology & Biomedical Engineering & Cell Neurobiology Associate Director of Research

Retinal prosthesis, transplantation of photosystem I molecules into bipolar cells, and cannulation of retinal vessels. (Medicine)

Steve Kay, Ph.D.
Director of Convergent Biosciences, Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences

Composition and architecture of circadian networks in plants and animals; exploring how clocks regulate processes such as glucose homeostasis in mammals and growth in plants.


Michael C.K. Khoo, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics

Neurorespiratory system modeling, cardiopulmonary control, non-invasive physiological monitoring.

Brent Liu, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Engineering Research

Medical Imaging Informatics; Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) clinical uptime and usability; new PACS technology; Imaging Informatics Extended to Surgery, Cardiology, and Radiotherapy; Disaster Recovery and Fault-Tolerant design for PACS; design and implementation of high-resolution image display workstations; next generation Internet and its clinical applications; and advances in the area of image processing and information management for healthcare

Gerald E. Loeb, M.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering Director of the Medical Device Development Facility


Neural prosthetics, neurophysiology and computer modeling of sensory-motor control systems.

Jean-Michel Maarek, Dr. Eng.

Professor of Engineering Practice
Director of Medical Device & Diagnostic Engineering Program
Director of Undergraduate Affairs for the BME Department

Biomedical optics, measurement of cardiovascular function, functional neuroimaging of animal behavior, engineering education

Vasilis Z. Marmarelis, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Mathematical and computational modeling of dynamic nonlinear physiological systems and analysis of biomedical signals, with emphasis on improved clinical diagnosis and novel treatments. Innovative use of ultrasound for 3D diagnostic imaging and non-invasive treatments.

Megan McCain, Ph.D.
Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Mechanotransduction, cardiovascular development and disease, tissue engineering, Organs on Chips.

Bartlett W. Mel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Dendritic computation, biologically inspired vision algorithms, neural substrate for learning and memory.

Ellis Meng, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Implantable biomedical microdevices, neural interfaces, micro sensors and actuators, BioMEMS, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip.

Terence D. Sanger, M.D., Ph.D.
Provost Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Neurology and Biokinesiology 

Computational models of motor learning and adaptation, phenomenology of movement and movement disorders, childhood motor development.





Keyue Shen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


BioMEMS, microfluidics, immune system bioengineering, cancer bioengineering, stem-cell biology, biomechanics, cell/tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, systems biology

Kirk.shung.thumb K. Kirk Shung, Ph.D.
Dean's Professor in Biomedical Engineering

Ultrasonic imaging and tissue characterization, ultrasonic transducers and arrays.

Francisco Valero-Cuevas, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Neuromuscular systems and sensorimotor control, biomechanics, computational methods, human dexterous manipulation.

James D. Weiland, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Retinal prosthesis, electrical stimulation of nerve and muscle, and stimulating electrode technology (Medicine)

Stanley M. Yamashiro, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Cardiopulmonary regulation and dynamics, and pulmonary assist devices (also Electrical Engineering).

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Volumetric ultrasound imaging, biomedical imaging.


Cristina Zavaleta
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering 


Development, assessment and clinical translation of new nano-based molecular imaging strategies to help clinicians detect cancers with better sensitivity and specificity.

Qifa Zhou, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Ophthalmology


BioMEMS/Nano technology, 3D printing technology, high frequency ultrasound and stimulation, Multimodal Imaging, and high resolution elastography