Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Faculty Research Interests
Faculty Name Department Research Interest
Abramowitch, Steven David Bioengineering  Elucidating the processes of injury, disease, and healing of connective tissues through an understanding of tissue mechanics and the complex relationships between composition, structure, and function
Aizenstein, Howard Medicine, Bioengineering  Using functional MRI to relate depression in the elderly to neuroanatomy
Almarza, Alejandro Dental Medicine, Bioengineering  Temporomandibular Joint Cartilage and Bone Regeneration and Biomechanics; functional tissue engineering techniques; development of novel bioreactors; identifying appropriate stem cell sources; genetic manipulation of cells to promote regeneration; and quantification of joint movement
Anderson, Carolyn Medicine, Bioengineering  Development of novel molecular imaging agents that target cancer and cancer metastasis; clinical interests include translating novel PET agents for cancer imaging into humans
Ataai, Mohammad M Chem/Petroleum Engineering, Bioengineering  Cell culture, metabolism and fermentation, protein purification
Badylak, Stephen Medicine, Bioengineering  Tissue engineering and wound healing, biomaterial/tissue interactions
Bae, Kyong Medicine, Bioengineering  Research focuses on quantitative and physiologic imaging and computer applications in diagnostic imaging
Balaban, Carey Medicine, Bioengineering  Anatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemistry of vestibular function
Banerjee, Ipsita Chem/Petroleum Engineering, Bioengineering  Cell-substrate interaction, nanotoxicity evaluation, inflammation modeling, metamodeling of inflammation, decellularized pancreatic matrix for stem cell therapy
Batista, Aaron P Bioengineering  Neurophysiology of sensory-motor coordination, brain-machine interfaces
Bell, Kevin Medicine, Bioengineering  Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, focusing on spine and device development
Beniash, Elia Dental Medicine, Bioengineering  Biomineralization, with primary focus dental tissues
Beschorner, Kurt E Bioengineering  Whole-body biomechanics; tribology; ergonomics; prevention of slips, trips and falls accidents; slip resistant shoe and floor designs; prevention of falls in older adults
Boninger, Michael Medicine, Bioengineering  Assistive technology, upper extremity pain, wheelchairs, telerehabilitation
Borovetz, Harvey S Bioengineering  Cardiovascular organ replacements for adult and pediatric patients
Brienza, David SHRS, Bioengineering  Soft tissue mechanics, wheelchair seating, pressure ulcer prevention
Brown, Bryan Nicklaus Bioengineering  Inductive; Scaffold Based Regenerative Medicine; host innate immune interactions in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
Byrne, Leah Opthamology, Bioenginineering Viral vector engineering, genome editing, gene therapy for retinal disease.
Cham, Rakie Bioengineering  Postural control, gross movement biomechanics, gait, falls, ergonomics
Chambers, April J Bioengineering  Gait biomechanics, injury prevention, ergonomics, fatigue, prosthetics, human performance enhancement engineering
Chan, Kevin Medicine, Bioengineering  Structural, metabolic and functional imaging of the visual system in health and disease
Chen, Kevin P. Electrical & Computer Engineering, Bioengineering  Fiber optics, UV and ultrafast laser processing, microfabrication, finite element analysis, nuclear micro-engineering especially in tritium, and miniaturized photonic system integration
Chun, Young Jae Industrial Engineering, Bioengineering  Artificial biomaterials, bio-hybrid composites, endovascular devices, diagnostic vascular implants, micro-bio-systems, and fundamental device-associated biocompatibility and development of experimental methods
Collinger, Jennifer Medicine, Bioengineering  Neurorehabilitation and brain-computer interfacing
Cooper, Gregory Medicine, Bioengineering  Translational-related research based on tissue engineering for the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery
Cooper, Rory SHRS, Bioengineering  Rehabilitation engineering, biomechanics, assistive devices, and rehabilitation robotics
Corcoran, Timothy Medicine, Bioengineering  Aerosol drug delivery, fluid mechanics, nuclear medicine, cystic fibrosis
Cui, Xinyan Bioengineering  Biomaterials, conducting polymer, implant coatings, nanomaterials, neural electrode tissue interface, neural engineering, on demand drug delivery
Datta, Moni Kanchan Bioengineering  Bone tissue engineering and renewable energy science
Davidson, Lance A Bioengineering  Reverse engineering morphogenesis from cell motility and ECM to tissue mechanics
Debski, Richard E Bioengineering  Biomechanics of shoulder & knee, soft tissue injuries & repair, robotics
Ding, Dan SHRS, Bioengineering  Assistive device instrumentation and monitoring; wheelchair modeling, control, test, and evaluation; rehabilitation robotics; virtual reality
Duncan, Andrew Medicine, Bioengineering  Elucidating mechanisms that control hepatic polyploidy and aneuploidy, as well as how these processes affect human disease
Edwards, W. Barry Radiology, Bioengineering  Development of molecular imaging agents for optical and nuclear molecular imaging 
El Gharbawie, Omar Medicine, Bioengineering  Neuronal populations, optical imaging, neurophysiology, and anatomical methods
Falo, Louis Medicine, Bioengineering  Melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers; clinical trials of novel immune therapies for psoriasis and cutaneous T cell lymphomas
Federspiel, William Bioengineering  Artificial lung, cardiovascular devices, biotransport, tissue engineering
Fisher, Lee Medicine, Bioengineering  Development and testing of electrical stimulation systems for the nervous system
Friberg, Thomas Medicine, Bioengineering  Bio-mechanical properties of ocular tissues and how they are altered in diseases and disorders
Furman, Joseph Medicine, Bioengineering  Improving the testing methods relating to balance system abnormalities, increasing the understanding of human inner ear (vestibular) function, and enhancing the rehabilitation of people with inner ear diseases
Gandhi, Neeraj Bioengineering  Neural basis of coordinated eye and head motion
Gao, Jin Bioengineering  Tissue engineering of vital organs, biomaterial fabrication, and biologically-derived vehicle for controlled release and delivery of proteins
Gartner, Mark J Bioengineering  Bioactive surface treatment development, medical product design and development, minimally invasive surgical tool design, pediatric medical product design
Gaunt, Robert Medicine, Bioengineering  Neural prostheses, brain computer interfaces, sensory feedback, bladder control, amputation, spinal cord injury.
Gerlach, Jörg Medicine, Bioengineering  Bioreactor, hybrid organs, bio-artificial liver, stem cells
Gleason, Thomas Medicine, Bioengineering  Thoracic aortic disease management, aortic dissection, ascending aortic (vascular) biology, bicuspid valve associated aortopathy, valve-sparing aortic root reconstruction, aortic and mitral valve repair, endovascular aortic stent grafting, transcatheter aortic valve replacement/implantation, aortic root and aortic arch surgery, surgery for atrial fibrillation, off-pump coronary revascularization, heritable disorders of the thoracic aorta (bicuspid aortic valve, Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome), and cardiac and aortic infections
Gronenborn, Angela Medicine, Bioengineering  Biomolecular structure and its correlation to function in transcription factor complexes, HIV-1 proteins, and signaling proteins.
Gurleyik, Kilichan Bioengineering  Algorithms; linear models; magnetic resonance imaging; probability
Hirschman, Alan D Bioengineering  Medical product development and educating new product entrepreneurs
Hogan, MaCalus Bioengineering  Regenerative bioengineering of musculoskeletal tissues as well as biomechanics of foot and ankle motion and injury patterns
Hung, Tin-Kan Bioengineering  Computational fluid mechanics and biomechanics
Huppert, Theodore Medicine, Bioengineering  Development and testing of physiologically plausible models of cerebral physiology and the application of these models to human imaging experiments; development of new MRI, optical, EEG, and MEG methods
Ibrahim, Tamer Selim Bioengineering  Antenna design for MRI & biological implantable devices; computational electromagnetics
Imran, Mir Bioengineering  Tissue engineering, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, congestive heart failure and artificial organs
Iordanova, Bistra Bioengineering  Neurometabolic and neurovascular relationships in the healthy and disease brain. Using optical imaging of transgenic mice models to uncover early vascular and metabolic events in Alzheimer’s Disease. Developing approaches for improvement of cerebral blood flow after cardiac arrest.
Isenberg, Jeffrey Medicine, Bioengineering  Enhancing tissue blood flow, perfusion and wound healing, and stem from his background as a reconstructive microsurgeon
Jin, Tao Medicine, Bioengineering  Development of novel metabolic MRI and functional MRI techniques for the study of physiology and diseases
Kalinski, Pawel Medicine, Bioengineering  Role of prostanoids and proinflammatory factors in the regulation of the immune cell entry into cancer
Kameneva, Marina Medicine, Bioengineering  Biorheology, hemorheology, hemodynamics and mechanical blood trauma in artificial organs
Kandler, Karl Medicine, Bioengineering  Understanding the mechanisms regulating and mediating neuronal plasticity in the auditory system
Kellum, John Medicine, Bioengineering  Critical care nephrology, sepsis and multi-organ failure, and clinical epidemiology
Kim, Kang Medicine, Bioengineering  Development of imaging research in the Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics; high resolution nonlinear ultrasound elasticity imaging; high resolution thermal strain imaging; molecular contrast imaging
Kim, Tae Medicine, Bioengineering  Cerebrovascular physiology and magnetic resonance imaging
Koontz, Alicia SHRS, Bioengineering  Rehabilitation biomechanics, upper limb injury prevention, assistive technology, and functional electrical stimulation.
Kormos, Robert Medicine, Bioengineering  Development of cardiovascular support devices for congestive Heart Failure; development and application of implantable and wearable sensors for healthcare diagnostics and maintenance
Kozai, Takashi Daniel Yoshida Bioengineering  Elucidating how biological structures and biochemical pathways influence neurophysiology following injury and disease, as well as bidirectional communication between the nervous system and neural interface technology
Kumta, Prashant N Bioengineering  Nanostructured materials; non-viral gene and protein delivery, energy storage systems, mineralized tissue engineering
Lathrop, Kira Medicine, Bioengineering  Imaging, microscopy, image analysis and quantitation, the Palisades of Vogt, optical coherence tomography
Laymon, Charles Medicine, Bioengineering  Imaging instrumentation, and algorithm and methods development
Leuba, Sanford Medicine, Bioengineering  Single-molecule approaches for the study of molecular motors and chromatin fibers in the nucleus
Lin, Jeen-Shang Civil & Environmental Engineering, Bioengineering  Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology, new approaches in traction force microscopy (TFM) methods
Little, Steven R. Chem/Petroleum Engineering, Bioengineering  Biomaterials, controlled release, delivery of drugs to the eye, drug delivery systems, immunotherapies, Regenerative Medicine
Liu, Yang Medicine, Bioengineering  Biomedical optics; optical spectroscopy and imaging for cancer diagnosis, surveillance and prevention.
Lotze, Michael Medicine, Bioengineering  Tumor immunology, biomarkers, intracellular signaling, multicolor flow cytometry.
Loughlin, Patrick J Bioengineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering Sensory integration; control of human movement; balance and gait; sensory substitution, haptics, vibrotactile feedback; brain-computer interfaces; computational models; signal processing.
Lund, Laura Bioengineering  Artificial lung technology, blood gas exchange, human factors engineering
Mahboobin, Arash Bioengineering  Computational biomechanics (musculoskeletal modeling), human postural control, time-varying signals and systems, and hybrid-optimization; developing muscle-actuated forward dynamic simulations of gait and posture, and analysis and modeling of human postural control
Maiti, Spandan Bioengineering  Computational mechanics and materials science, multiscale and multiphysics techniques applied to physical and biological systems.
Mallampalli, Rama Medicine, Bioengineering  Understanding how protein degradation affects biophysical properties of lung and the design and development of small molecule therapies
Mandala, Mahender Bioengineering Product Design and Development, Design Theory & Research, Assistive Technology & Rehabilitation, Engineering Design, Engineering Education.
Mao, Zhi-Hong Electrical & Computer Engineering, Bioengineering  Control of networked and large-scale dynamical systems, Human-in-the-loop control systems
Marra, Kacey Medicine, Bioengineering  Nerve regeneration, polymeric conduits, microspheres/hydrogels, stem cells
Menegazzi, James Medicine, Bioengineering  Resuscitation from cardiac arrest, ventricular fibrillation, ventilation adjuncts, emergency medicine
Miller, Mark C Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Bioengineering  Rigid body dynamics and control, kinematics, orthopaedic surgery, upper extremity biomechanics, joint replacement, mechanics of tissues
Miskov-Zivanov, Natasa Electrical & Computer Engineering, Bioengineering  Biological design automation and systems and synthetic biology
Moalli, Pamela Medicine, Bioengineering  Pathophysiology and treatment of pelvic organ prolapse
Modo, Michel Medicine, Bioengineering  Stem cell therapy, such as neural stem cells, stem cell repair, stem cell differentiation, immunological aspects of cell therapy
Musahl, Volker Medicine, Bioengineering  Sports medicine; comprehensive care of injuries to the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, and ankle
Nishikawa, Robert Medicine, Bioengineering Department Clinical imaging; diagnostic radiology
Pacella, John Medicine, Bioengineering Microcirculation, coronary circulation, ultrasound, medical devices, hemodynamics
Parker, Robert S Chem/Petroleum Engineering, Bioengineering Department Modeling, analysis, and control of biomedical systems; nonlinear input-output model identification; model predictive control
Patzer, John F Bioengineering Department Tissue engineering for artificial liver, implantable glucose sensors.
Phillippi, Julie Medicine, Bioengineering  Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of ascending aortic aneurysms in patients with bicuspid aortic valve and other heritable disorders
Pinsky, Michael Medicine, Bioengineering  Complexity modeling of physiological signals to define health and disease. Use of programmable multi-site pacing to optimize LV contraction synchrony. Effectiveness of hemodynamic monitoring to drive resuscitation from circulatory shock
Pitt, Bruce GSPH, Bioengineering  Pulmonary endothelial cell biology, metal ion homeostasis, NO, oxidants
Pu, Jiantao Medicine, Bioengineering  Interface between computer science and biomedicine with focus on biomedical image analysis, biomedical informatics, computer-aided detection/diagnosis, computer graphics and vision, machine learning, and human-computer interaction
Redfern, Mark Departments of Otolaryngology, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Bioengineering  Human postural control and ergonomics for the prevention of falling injuries by investigating the factors that influence balance
Robertson, Anne M Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Bioengineering  Cerebral vascular disease, constitutive modeling of soft biological tissues, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics
Rossi, Ethan Medicine, Bioengineering  Advanced imaging technologies with adaptive optics to study the normal and diseased retina on a microscopic scale in the living human eye
Roy, Partha Bioengineering  Cancer biology, cytoskeleton and cell migration, angiogenesis, cell signaling, optical manipulation of proteins
Rubin, Joseph Medicine, Bioengineering  Adipose stem cell biology and applications to regenerative medicine
Samosky, Joseph Thomas Bioengineering  Design and development of medical simulation systems for healthcare training and performance measurement. Medical devices and technologies including smart systems, sensors and information displays. User-centric design, interaction design, augmented reality and hybrid reality (mixed virtual and physical systems), autonomous and embedded systems.
Sant, Shilpa Pharmacy, Bioengineering  To develop tissue-engineered tumor models that recreate the three-dimensional structure, cell-cell/cell-ECM interaction, stromal environments, and signaling cues present in vivo
Schatten, Gerald Medicine, Bioengineering  Developmental, reproductive and molecular medicine research from preconception through birth
Schneider, Walter CAS, Bioengineering  Cognitive neuroscience, cognitive control, semantic representation, attention and automaticity, skill acquisition, connectionist/hybrid modeling, brain imaging, brain activity interpretation
Schuman, Joel Medicine, Bioengineering  Ocular imaging for early detection of glaucoma and glaucoma progression, aqueous humor outflow and aqueous dynamics, laser-tissue interactions in the eye and electronic health records in ophthalmology
Schwartz, Andrew Medicine, Bioengineering  Neurobiology, motor neurophysiolgy, neural prosthetics, chronic microelectrodes
Sejdic, Ervin Electrical & Computer Engineering, Bioengineering  Advanced information systems in medicine, Anticipatory medical devices, Assistive technologies, Bioinformatics and biomimetics, Biomedical Signal Processing, Gait analysis, Rehabilitation engineering, Robot-mediated rehabilitation, Swallowing difficulties, Theoretical signal processing, Vascular aging and diseases
Sfeir, Charles Medicine, Bioengineering  Role of extracellular matrix in tissue engineering and biomineralization; The use of bioceramic nanoparticles in non-viral DNA gene delivery
Sharma, Nitin Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Bioengineering Derivation of robust nonlinear control algorithms and optimal control algorithms.  Goal is to restore standing and walking function in persons with spinal cord injury.
Shroff, Sanjeev Govinddas Bioengineering  Mechano-energetic function of the heart, underlying cellular processes
Sigal, Ian Medicine, Bioengineering  Ocular biomechanics, simulation/modeling, methods for multivariate analysis, statistical shape analysis and geometric morphometrics
Simon, Marc Medicine, Bioengineering  Cardiology; right ventricular structure and function; ventricular assist devices, cardiac resynchronization therapy
Smith, Matthew Medicine, Bioengineering  Neurophysiology of vision, eye movements, and perception, chronic microelectrode recordings, neural prosthetics, computational neuroscience
Smithgall, Thomas Medicine, Bioengineering  Antiretroviral and antineoplastic drug recovery and high-throughput assay design
Sowa, Gwendolyn Medicine, Bioengineering  Research on disk and spine deterioration and the mechanisms of back pain
Sparto, Patrick SHRS, Bioengineering  Effects of aging and vestibular disease on postural control
Star, Alexander CAS, Bioengineering  Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, nano-bio-sensors, and nanotoxicology/drug delivery
Stetten, George Dewitt Bioengineering  In situ image guided intervention, image analysis, open-source software
Storkus, Walter Medicine, Bioengineering  Immunobiology and immunotherapy of melanoma and renal cell carcinoma; development of combinational immunotherapies including vaccines and immunomodulatory compounds
Stuckenholz, Carsten Bioengineering  Development of organisms and organs to treat human disease, harvesting large-scale datasets to extract biologically meaningful information, bioinformatics
Sun, Mingui Medicine, Bioengineering  Neurophysiology, detection/localization of electrical generators in the brain
Sundd, Prithu Medicine, Bioengineering  Elucidating the mechanism of WBC recruitment to sites of inflammation, role of inflammation in the complications associated with SCD and ALI
Syed-Picard, Fatima Bioengineering  3D scaffold-less dentin and bone engineering, periosteum engineering, Bone Scaffold characterization
Taboas, Juan Dental Medicine, Bioengineering  Tissue engineering of multiphasic skeletal and craniofacial tissues; microtissue fabrication with photo-patterning, biomaterial scaffolds, and microfluidic bioreactors
Tai, Changfeng Medicine, Bioengineering  Bladder and sphincter functions in normal and neurological disorder condition, modeling analysis of electrical nerve stimulation, and restoring locomotion function after spinal cord injury by electrical stimulation of lumbar spinal cord
Tarin, Tatum Medicine, Bioengineering  His research in Pittsburgh included harvesting human muscle from organ donors in an effort to harvest stem cells for the treatment of urologic disease
Teichert, Tobias Medicine, Bioengineering  Building an ultrasoundbased non-invasive localized brain-drug delivery system for non-human primates
Torres, Gelsy Bioengineering  Motor learning dynamics; Locomotor learning in patients with cortical lesions; generalization of treadmill-assisted rehabilitation to natural walking
Tsui, Rich Bioengineering  Clinical informatics, public health informatics, biosurveillance, machine learning, (big) data mining, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, mobile healthcare, precision medicine, data warehouse, time series analysis, signal processing, and large real-time production systems
Tuan, Rocky Medicine, Bioengineering  Development, growth and health of the musculoskeletal system, stem cell biology, and engineering-based technologies to regenerate and/or restore function to diseased and damaged musculoskeletal tissues
Turner, Robert Medicine, Bioengineering  Motor physiology of basal ganglia, thalamus and cortex, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, deep brain stimulation, skill learning
Tyler-Kabara, Elizabeth Medicine, Bioengineering  Cerebral palsy, spasticity; dystonia; movement disorders; pediatric spinal disorders
Urish, Kenneth Medicine, Bioengineering  Biofilm dynamics with implant infection and arthroplasty implant design; medical and microscopy image analysis and classification.
Vande Geest, Jonathan Bioengineering  Ocular, vascular, and nerve biomechanics, tissue engineering, nonlinear optical microscopy, and finite element modeling
Vazquez, Alberto Medicine, Bioengineering  Role and properties of dynamic neuro-vascular and neuro-metabolic couplings in normal brain function, as well as impact of pathologies on these processes using optical (two-photon microscopy, fluorescence microscopy), magnetic resonance and electrophysiological methods
Velikokhatnyi, Oleg Bioengineering  Materials engineering (alternative energy sources and biomaterials)
Vipperman, Jeffrey S Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Bioengineering  Many related disciplines of dynamics, vibrations, controls, analog and digital signal processing, autonomous system health monitoring, smart materials, acoustics, and structural acoustics
Vodovotz, Yoram Medicine, Bioengineering  Biology of acute inflammation in shock states, chronic inflammatory diseases, wound healing, malaria, and restenosis; mathematical modeling to unify and gain insight into the biological interactions that characterize these inflammatory conditions
Vorp, David A Bioengineering  Mechanics of vascular disease, tissue-engineered blood vessels, stem cells
Wagner, William R. Chem/Petroleum Engineering, Bioengineering  Cardiovascular engineering with projects that address medical device biocompatibility and design, tissue engineering, and targeted imaging
Wang, James Medicine, Bioengineering  Cell mechanobiology, contraction vs wound healing, functional tissue engineering
Waters, Jonathan Medicine, Bioengineering  Transfusion management, fluid resuscitation and acid-base theory
Weber, Douglas John Bioengineering  Neural engineering and prosthetics, functional electrical simulation, neural decoding
Weinbaum, Justin Sol Bioengineering  Interdisciplinary tissue engineering research that exploits the cell-instructive properties of matricellular proteins
Wells, Alan Medicine, Bioengineering  Biochemistry and mechanics of cell motility in tumors, wounds, and organogenesis
Wipf, Peter CAS, Bioengineering  Synthetic Organic, Medicinal, heterocyclic and computational chemistry
Woo, Savio L Y Bioengineering  Effects of stress and motion on healing and repair of soft tissues; Theoretical and experimental studies of the nonlinear viscoelastic and mechanical properties of biological tissues; Kinematics of synovial joints, including the knee and shoulder, by developing a novel robotic universal force-moment sensor testing system to assess the roles of various soft tissues; Functional tissue engineering approaches involving the use of extracellular matrix (ECM) bioscaffolds, i.e., ECM-SIS to improve the healing of injured ligaments and tendons; Development of biodegradable metallic materials to assist the healing of ligaments and tendons as well as for implantable devices for orthopaedic applications.
Wu, Shandong  Radiology Computational biomedical image analysis with an emphasis on quantitative breast imaging for translational and clinical applications
Yang, Lei Medicine, Bioengineering  In vitrorecapitulation of early human heart development using human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells
Yeh, Fang-Cheng Frank Medicine, Bioengineering Diffusion MRI, medical image analysis, brain connectome, digital pathology
Yeh, Joanne Medicine, Bioengineering  3-D structural elucidation of biomacromolecules and methodologies development to enhance structural-functional studies
Yun, Minhee Electrical & Computer Engineering, Bioengineering  Biosensor development based 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional nanomaterials. Use of electrical signals to detect specific biomarkers in human blood and urine samples
Zhou, Leming SHRS, Bioengineering  Mathematical modeling, algorithm development, sequence alignments, data mining, data integration, information security and privacy, and high performance computing