Student Research Projects

Graduate students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering apply engineering principles, techniques and tools to improve human health. Below is a listing of the ongoing research by BME graduate students (includes BS/MS fast track, MS non thesis, MS thesis and Ph.D. candidates).

2015-2016 Graduate Theses:

  • Sean Sweeney, PHD, "Multimodal Nanoparticles for Image-Guided Delivery of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Treatment of Myocardial Infarction"
  • Mark Christopher, PHD, "Computational Methods to Model Disease and Genetic Effects on Optic Nerve Head Structure"
  • Abhilash Srikumar Kizhakke Puliyakote, PHD, "Comprehensive Assessment And Characterization Of Pulmonary Acinar Morphometry Using Multi - Resolution Micro X - Ray Computed Tomography"
  • Gohar Manzar, PHD, "Generation and Function of Glucose-responsive Insulin Producing Cells Derived from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells"
  • Samantha Dilger, PHD, "Pushing the boundaries: Feature extraction from the lung improves pulmonary nodule classification"
  • Hyeong Choe, PHD, "Feasibility of Intra-Articular Adeno-Associated Virus-Mediated Proteoglycan-4 Gene Therapy to Prevent Osteoarthritis"
  • Liza Shrestha, PHD, "Building User Interactive Capabilities For Image-Based-Modeling of Patient-Specific Biological Flows in Single Platform"
  • Chaid Schwarz, PHD, "Modeling of the Radial Compressive Properties of an Aortic Stent Graft"
  • Monica Paliwal, PHD, "Validation of a Novel Balance Board Based Approach to Interpret Center of Pressure Results in Patients with Symptomatic Spinal Deformity"
  • Aribet De Jesus, PHD, "Effects of Mechanical Stimulation on Fribroblast-Guided Microstructural and Compositional Remodeling"
  • Samuel Jones, MS, "Evaluation of a Low-cost Aerosol Sensor to Assess Occupational Exposures"
  • Moustafa Ibrahim, MS, "Automated NURBS Biased Mesh Generation of Patient-Specific Geometry"
  • Steven Long, MS, "Designing and Implementing a Computer Vision Based Surgical Simulator for Hip Wire Navigation."
  • Ryan Grant, MS, "Community Based Air Quality Monitoring Near Proppant Sand Facilities"
  • Kevin Dibbern, MS, "An Objective CT-based Method for Quantifying Articular Fracture Severity:  Clinical Application in Multiple Joints"
  • Maziar Aghvami, PHD, "Fiber Network and Nonlinear Models of Cell Matrix Interactions and Mechanosensing on Fibrous Gels"
  • Jessica Forbes, MS, "Graphical Use Interface Development for Medical Imaging Analysis"
  • Aaron Goddard, MS, "Applying Vessel Inlet/Outlet Boundary Conditions to Patient-Specific Models Embedded in Cartesian Grids"
  • Jiawen Chen, MS, "The Development of a DICOM Import Software and Modality Calculators for Radiology Protocols"
  • Nana Owusu, MS, "Characterization of T1rho sensitivity to metabolite and temperature changes"
  • Benjamin Krog, MS, "Mechanisms of resistance to fluid shear stress in malignant cells"
  • Colleen Rink, MS, "Assessing intertrochanteric fracture fixation using tip-apex distance and guide wire trajectories"
  • Armin Avdic, MS, "Global Optimization Using Metadynamics And A Polarizable Force Field: Application To Protein Loops"
  • Leah Taylor, MS, "Objective Assessment of Wire Navigation in the Operating Room"
  • Andrew Metzger, MS, "An automated tissue classification pipeline for magnetic resonance images of infant brains using age-specific atlases and level set segmentation."

Past Research Projects

  • Abhilash Srikumar K, Morphometric assessment of pulmonary acinus using microCT imaging techniques, comparison of regional variations and across common research mice strains.
  • Adam D, Bioinformatics - Next Generation Sequence Analysis
  • Amanda D, Machine learning. Classification of clubfoot images.
  • Amy C, Design of a facet implant with use in a FE lumbar spine model
  • Andrew K, Orthopaedic Biomechanics; Expedited contact stress computation, fracture energy assessment, computational fracture reconstruction, Image analysis
  • Andrew W, Vocal fold mechanobiology
  • Anna H, Cerebral aneurysm biomechanics
  • Aribet D, Mechanobiology and Tissue Engineering
  • Benjamin B, Cardiovascular biomechanics - Cerebral aneurysm shape analysis to help assess risk
  • Benjamin D, Cardiovascular Biomechanics
  • Chaid S, Cardiovascular Biomechanics: Experimental analysis and modeling of devices used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Cheng Z, Cartilage Mechanobiology: The relationship between heat shock protein (HSP47) and type II collagen in Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis(PTOA). Stem cell biology: Gene analysis of progenitor cells in meniscus
  • David D, Bioinformatics - Classification of Patient Data
  • DeMaris Ron W, Molecular Biophysics: prediction of structure, thermodynamics and solubility of drug tablets for pharmaceutical application
  • Emily H, 3D Visualization of CT and MRI data sets, image processing
  • Eun Young K, Medical image processing, statistic/machine-learning based segmentation/registration/pipeline development for longitudinal analysis.
  • Gary O, Orthopaedic biomechanics and surgical simulation for resident education
  • Gohar M, Tissue engineering and stem cells; Applying proteomics for the development of cancer immunotherapies
  • Hoda Z, Cell-matrix interaction and mechanobiology
  • Huijing Y, Undecided,focus on Bio-imaging
  • Hye Young H, Detecting activity-evoked pH changes in human brain using MRI
  • Hyeong C, Biomechanics - cartilage lubrication and progenitor cell migration
  • Jacob E, Orthopaedics - computational investigation of failure modalities for current total hip replacements
  • Jessica H, Mechanisms of hemostasis and thrombosis
  • Jessica M, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • John K, Cellular Cybernetics
  • John L, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics/Occupational Health: modeling muscle fatigue and its effects in the workplace
  • John M, Biomechanics - Supine human response to whole-body vibration
  • Jonathan D, Biomechanics - Human motion and discomfort associated with whole-body vibration environments
  • Joy M, Diffusion weighted image procssing and analysis in Huntington's Disease
  • Kaifang D, Pulmonary function analysis; Image processing; 
  • Karen K, Orthopaedic Biomechanics; Wear in total hip arthroplasty
  • Kaustubh Anil P, Predicting dynamic motion in the presence of disturbances; control systems, machine learning.
  • Kee Woong J, Biophysical effect of ultrasound in articular cartilage
  • Krishna I, Functional imaging methods to characterize early centrilobular emphysema progression
  • Kristin K, Non-thesis (Bioimaging focus)
  • Kuo Chun H, Undecided
  • Leo A, Examination of the coupling relationship between cerebral hemodynamics and neuronal activity in BOLD fMRI, Further development/investigation of msMRI (an experimental fMRI technique)
  • Lijun S, Medical image processing, Quantitative analysis of micro-CT imaging
  • Liza S, Undecided: focus on image to flow analysis
  • Long G, Bioinformatics - Computational genomics
  • Marc B, Cartilage Mechanobiology: Tracing the signaling and subsequent metabolic response of cartilage under load; Cancer Therapy: Sensitizing chondrosarcoma tumors to radiation treatment
  • Meeshanthini V, Bioinformatics: computational genomics and epigenetics
  • Mehrdad H, Computational Aeroacoustics; Modelling of the Human Larynx
  • Mohammad B, Human modeling and biomechanics, artificial neural networks.
  • Monica P, Balance problems in spinal deformities
  • Nicholas L, Cardiac Ion channel
  • Olga K, Assessment of mechanisms of emphysema using physiologic imaging modalities
  • Paul J, Computational framework development for aortic valve analysis
  • Pavana Gururaj R, Tissue engineering, stem cells- focus on diabetes.
  • Piyusha G, Undecided, focus bioimaging
  • Puneet M, Texture Analysis of PET images
  • Rohini R, Blood flow analysis of brain aneurysms
  • Ryan C, The neural control of movement, how the central and peripheral nervous systems control reaching
  • Sajan Goud L, Magnetic Resonance Imaging: novel acquisition and reconstruction methods
  • Samantha D, Classification of lung nodules from CT images
  • Sanghun C, Image Registration and CFD simulation of human lungs
  • Saphia W, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • Sean M, Physiologic imaging techniques; image processing and analysis; ex vivo lung perfusion and evaluation.
  • Sean S, Stem cell tissue engineering, nanomaterials for non-invasive imaging
  • Sucheta M, Quantitative Imaging using PET-CT:  Model of beam hardening correction for improved quantification in preclinical micro-CT.
  • Tianjiao W, Spine biomechanics - FE and optimization modeling of the spine and back muscles; Structure analysis of the spine and muscle analysis
  • Timothy C, Understanding rupture in aortic aneurysms using cadaver specimens
  • Tyler S, Orthopaedic biomechanics - knee joint stress analysis
  • Venkat Keshav C, Modeling of cell membranes for blood cells, platelets, cancer cells and other types of cells. Performing fluid-structure interaction analysis to simulate a system of multiple cells flowing in blood. Applying this system to investigate cancer metastasis. Incorporating this model in a multi-scale analysis framework for modeling flow in human circulation.
  • Vijay G, Fluid-structure interaction dynamics of the heart valve
  • Vijay P, Orthopaedic biomechanics - Finite Element of Reverse Shoulder Implants
  • Yang Wook K, Image processing; Image registration
  • Yin Y, Stem cell biology: identification of progenitor/stem cells in articular cartilage/meniscus; Tissue engineering: 3-D bioprinting for articular cartilage regeneration.
  • YuJaung K, Neurological diseases, Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)