Bioengineering research at the University of Pittsburgh
incorporates the application of engineering and biologic principles, methods,
and technology in two broad areas: scientific inquires into fundamental
biological phenomena; development of instrumentation, materials, devices, and
systems relative to application in the biological sciences and medicine. Active,
externally funded areas of research include: computer processing of biologically
derived signals; computer analysis of radiographic, ultrasonic, and nuclear
magnetic resonance images; development of prostheses, artificial organs, and
implantable sensors; development of medically related instrumentation;
mathematical modeling of physiological systems; tissue engineering;
environmental control technology using biological and physical chemical
techniques; biomaterials and biocompatibility; musculoskeletal biomechanics and
sports medicine; cardiovascular biomechanics; and, rehabilitation
The Department has recently undertaken a major
organizational thrust in Translational Research. Translational
Research at Pittsburgh aims to improve patient care and accelerate the
delivery of healthcare technology from academia to the patient via a Bedside to
Bench to Business to Bedside (B4) paradigm.
Determination how neuronal populations in frontal and parietal cortex encode the arm and hand movements necessary for grasping; understanding how same neuronal populations incorporate haptic feedback from the hand and visual feedback from the target object .
These laboratories and groups are supervised by faculty in the Bioengineering Department. Individual faculty research interests are summarized on the Faculty Research Interests
institutions and departments are affiliated with the Bioengineering Department,
sharing faculty who advise our graduate students, teach courses, and play other
central roles in our department.