The following faculty are affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering as secondary and adjunct faculty members. They are listed below and grouped by their area of expertise and research interests.

Bioimaging and Instrumentation

  • Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, College of Medicine; Massive, large-scale detection and diagnosis of retinal disease glaucoma.
  • John E. Bayouth, PhD, Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Quantitative imaging techniques, biomechanics of pulmonary functions, normal tissue response to radiation.
  • Kaifang Du, PhD, Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
  • Junfeng Guo, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine.
  • Eric A. Hoffman, PhD, Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Cardiac Mechanics; quantitative assessment of cardiopulmonary physiology via dynamic, volumetric CT; emerging therapies for lung disease; Airway Reactivity.
  • Mathews Jacob, PhD, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; MR spectroscopic imaging, cardiac MRI, novel image reconstruction algorithms, development of novel MRI pulse sequences, computer aided therapy planning.
  • Hans Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Neurological imaging and image analysis.
  • David Kaczka, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Anesthesiology.
  • Vincent A. Magnotta , PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Development of novel MR image acquisition schemes and post processing software for the analysis of neuroimages. Neuro-imaging areas of interest include functional, structural and diffusion tensor imaging.
  • John D. Newell, Jr, MD, FACR, FCCP, FASER, Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine;Cardiovascular and pulmonary radiology.
  • Jessica Sieren, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Division of Physiologic Imaging, College of Medicine; Medical imaging for lung cancer detection and monitoring, three dimensional micro-imaging and pathology, & correlation between pathology and non-invasive imaging.
  • Merryn Tawhai , PhD, Professor, Bioengineering Institute, University of Aucklund, New Zealand; Pulmonary Biomechanics and Modelling.
  • Jinhu Xiong , PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Functional MRI, image processing, and data analysis.
  • Denice Zingman, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine; Cardiac Electrophysiology.


  • Jacob J. Michaelson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Understanding psychiatric conditions (specifically autism) through systems biology, genomics, and machine learning.
  • Kai Tan, PhD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine; Gene regulatory networks in normal and disease development, gene expression.


  • Isabelle Denry, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research;Ceramics for biomedical applications.
  • Sateesh Elangovan, BDS, DSc, DMSc Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics, University of Iowa College of Dentistry; Biomaterials and tissue engineering.
  • John C. Keller, MD, Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College ofMedicine; Cellular and systemic tissue interactions with dental implant materials; synthetic apatites asbone substitute materials, surface characteristics of biomaterials and their effects on tissue reactions, and mechanisms of biomedical implant fixation.
  • Robert Philibert, MD, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Molecular gene-environment (GxE) studies, human health and behavior, transcriptional profiling techniques in behavioral health..
  • Robert D. Tucker, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine; Thermal ablation of prostate cancer via heating ferromagnetic temperature self-regulating seeds by an extracorporeal radiofrequency magnetic field; development and testing of various laparoscopic electrosurgical electrodes.
  • Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Dows Institute for Dental Research, College of Dentistry


  • Don Anderson, PhD, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine;Translational bioengineering research in post-traumatic OA, improved treatment of peri- and intra-articular fractures from high energy trauma, musculoskeletal modeling of reverse shoulder arthroplasty, orthopaedic surgical skills training and performance assessment.
  • Rajan Bhatt, PhD, Assistant Research Engineer, Virtual Soldier Research Division, Center for Computer Aided Design
  • James A. Brown, MD, FACS, Professor, Department of Urology, College of Medicine
  • John J. Callaghan, MD, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine; Total Joint Replacements.
  • Charles R. Clark, MD, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine; Adult reconstructive Surgery: cervical spine, hip reconstruction, and knee reconstruction.
  • James de Vocht, PhD, Associate Professor, Palmer College; Mechanisms of Chiropractic care and to help bridge the gap with medical research.
  • Nathan Fethke, PhD, CPE, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health
  • Jessica Goetz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine;Computational modeling, quantitative histology, foot and ankle mechanics, carpal tunnel syndrome, mechanics of metastatic bone tumors.
  • Ram Gudavalli, PhD, Associate Professor, Palmer College; Chiropractic Care.
  • Patrick W. Hitchon, MD, PhD, Professor and Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine; Biomechanics of the spine. Effects of trauma, tumors, and infection. Testing of implants in the cervical and lumbar and research in artificial discs.
  • Hyunggun Kim, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston;  Development of advanced computational techniques for patient-specific mitral valve evaluation, and development of molecular ultrasound imaging techniques using targeted echogenic immunoliposomes.
  • James A. Martin, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine
  • Richard McLay, PhD, self-employed; Forensic analysis and evaluation.
  • Thomas Peters, PhD, Associate Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health;Mechanics of aerosols, industrial ventilation, engineered nanomaterials and ultrafine particles.
  • Joel Pickar, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Palmer College; Chiropractic Care.
  • Salam Rahmatalla, PhD, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering; Biomechanics of human mostion, design and control of structures, multi-body dynamics.
  • Ingo Titze, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Biomechanics and physiology of the human vocal mechanism.
  • Ting Xia, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Tissue Engineering and Cellular Analysis

  • Jose Assouline, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery, Bioinformatic/Computational Genomics, Nanotechnology.
  • John Engelhardt, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Carver College of Medicine; Pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis (CF) related diabetes and the development of hormone aptamer sensors and viral vectors to interrogate islet dysfunction in CF.
  • Fiorenza Ianzini, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine; Alteration of cell-cycle progression induced by ionizing radiation and anti-cancer drug treatments.  Early and late effects of ionizing radiation on cellular DNA. Application of the Large Scale Digital Cell Analysis System (LSDCAS) to study various cellular and molecular phenomena.
  • Amy Lee, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, College of Medicine; Mechanisms controlling cellular excitability in the nervous and cardiovascular systems.
  • Steven Lentz, PhD, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine; Mechanisms of regulation of hemostasis by vascular cells such as endothelium, vascular muscle, and platelets.
  • Alan B. Moy, MD, CEO, Cellular Engineering Technologies, Inc. and Scientific Director of the John Paul II Medical Research Institute and President of Pulmonary Associates of Iowa City.
  • Aliasger K. Salem , PhD, Professor, Division of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy; Development of injectable scaffolds for tissue engineering. Rational design of non-viral genedeliverysystems. Self-assembling systems.
  • David A. Stoltz, M.D., PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, College of Medicine
  • Nicholas Zavazava, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine; Immunobiology and Differentiation Potential of ES/iPS cells.

Diabetes Related Research

  • E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, Professor, Biochemistry and Internal Medicine, Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Director of Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine; Cardiac Dysfunction in obesity, diabetes, and insulin resistant states; Mitochondrial Dysfunction; insulin action and glucose metabolism in the heart.
  • Stephen K. Hunter, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstentrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine; Diabetes in pregnancy; Bioartificial Pancreas (BAP); Fetal Therapy; Neovascularization around hollow Fiber Based Bioartificial Organs Using Biologically Active Substances.