Faculty Roster Draft

Area's of Research


James Ankrum

  • Stem Cells
  • Drug Delivery
  • Biomimicry
  • Cell-based therapies

Drug Delivery
Cell-based therapies have the potential to restore function to a broad range of diseased and damaged tissues. However, this potential can only be realized if cells can be reliably delivered to the target tissue and remain functional. Our lab is focused on developing bioengineering strategies to overcome challenges in delivery and control of cell phenotype after transplantation. Using a combination of chemistry and biomaterials we create tools that allow us to influence cell phenotype even after transplantation.  Learn more


Edward Sander

  • Wound healing
  • Multiscale biomechanics
  • Vascular biomechanics
  • Tissue Engineering
Wound healing
Our lab - the Multi-scale Mechanics, Mechanobiology, and Tissue Engineering Laboratory (3MT) - is focused on integrating experiment with theory to understand the dynamic and multi-scale mechanical interplay between cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in forming and remodeling tissues. Multiscale mechanical interactions are scale-spanning physical interactions between cells, the extracellular matrix (ECM), and the tissue, and they are critical to all phases of a tissue’s life cycle (i.e., development, growth, homeostasis, aging, and disease).  Learn More
Secondary faculty members in Cellular Engineering: Mahmoud Abou Alaiwa, Jose Assouline, John Engelhardt, Amy Lee, Steven Lentz, Alan Moy, Aliasger Salem, Richard Smith, David Stoltz  


Suresh M.L. Raghavan

M.L. Suresh Raghavan

  • Mechanics of soft tissue
  • Heart valve Prosthesis
  • Cardiovascular biomechanics
The mission of the BioMechanics Of Soft Tissues (BioMOST) division is to contribute to the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the soft tissue structures in the human body by drawing upon principles in engineering mechanics. The division employs biomechanical experimentation, mathematical modeling, and computational simulations to address issues of interest in the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.  Learn more

Sarah Vigmostad

Sarah Vigmostad
  • Coronary blood flow dynamics
  • Heart valve mechanics
  • Cardiovascular implant design and analysis

Coronary blood flow dynamics; heart valve mechanics; cardiovascular implant design and analysis; RBC dynamics for analysis of blood damage; vocal cord dynamics


Kristan Worthington

  • Retinal tissue engineering
  • Precision drug delivery
  • Using biomaterials to control cell fate decisions
Tissue engineering; nanotechnology

Michael A. Mackery

Live cell imaging; modeling biomedical reaction pathways in living cells


Terry A. Braun

  • Genetics
  • Bioinformatics and computational genetics
  • Macular degeneration

Genetics; bioinformatics and computational genetics; macular degeneration

Thomas L. Casavant

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational biology
  • Genome sequence analysis
  • Computer architecture
  • Parallel processing
Bioinformatics; computational biology; genome sequence analysis; software tools for human disease mutation identification

Michael Schnieders

  • Next generation theory and tools for biomolecular x-ray crystallography
  • Prediction of the structure, thermodynamics and solubility of drug tablets
  • Personalized medicine: from genome sequencing to molecular phenotypes
  • Biomolecular electrostatics and hig
Our lab is focused on molecular biophysics theory and high performance computational algorithms that are needed to reduce the time and cost of engineering drugs and organic biomaterials. A complementary goal is to help open the door to personalized medicine by developing tools to map genetic information onto molecular phenotypes.  Learn more


Karim Abdel-Malek

  • Human simulation
  • Human system integration
  • Injury prediction

Human simulation: human systems integration; injury prediction; human modeling; virtual reality; personal protective equipment simulation; sports simulation


Sajan Goud Lingala


  • High speed MRI methods
  • Inverse Problems
  • Rapid dynamic MRI of moving organs
  • Quantitative MRI for tumor characterization

The Laboratory of Quantitative and Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging focuses on the development of novel MRI acquisition, reconstruction, and processing methods that enables rapid and informative MRI applications. Current application areas include dynamic MRI of moving organs (eg. upper-airway dynamics during speaking, free breathing cardiopulmonary MRI), and tumor characterization using quantitative MRI biomarkers. 

Joseph M. Reinhardt

  • Medical image analysis
  • Pulmonary imaging
  • Machine learning

 My lab focuses on using unique imaging protocols, image processing and image analysis, and machine learning to understand the respiratory system.  We use CT imaging to study normal lung anatomy and biomechanics and to observe the changes that occur during diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in an effort to better understand disease progression and build predictive models that might be used to guide therapy.


Nicole M. Grosland

Spinal biomechanics; total joint arthroplasty; patient/ subject-specific model development; finite element meshing techniques

Tae-Hong Lim

Spine biomechanics; effect of mechanical loads on the cellular activities in the intervertebral discs; discogenic low back pain; mathematical modeling of spinal muscles

David G. Wilder

Whole body vibration; spine biomechanics; injury prevention; ergonomics; international standards development