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Bioengineering Focus

Bioengineering applies engineering methods and concepts to living systems and utilizes biological methods and concepts to improve engineering practice. This is among the fastest growing disciplines in the nation with many exciting and diverse career options. Several MME core and adjunct faculty members research is focused on bioengineering with special emphasis on biomaterials, biomechanics and biosensors. Biomaterials relate to design and implementation of engineering materials that interact with biological systems such as orthopedic implants, artificial organs, and dental materials. Professors Bose and Bandyopadhyay focus their research effort on development of novel biomaterials and structures for bone tissue engineering for load-bearing and non-load bearing implants as well as coatings. Professor Laborie is developing nanocomposites utilizing bacterial cellulose fibers and biocompatible polymer matrices for biomedical applications. Professor Zhang focuses on the reinforcing, toughening and applications development of biopolyesters and natural polymers. Biomechanics is the application of the principles of mechanics to the study of biology such as study of bone, muscle, soft tissue, and blood, extending from the cellular to whole-body level. Professors Lin, Vasavada and Zbib’s research is focused on musculoskeletal biomechanics. Professors Lin and Vasavada’s research is focused on modeling of single skeletal muscle fibers to study plasticity in normal and pathological states and modeling head-neck mechanics to elucidate the mechanisms of whiplash injury, and the control of head posture. Professor Zbib’s research includes modeling and characterization of mechanical properties, microstructure and behavior of biomaterials for load bearing applications. Biosensors use mechanical, chemical, electrical, or biological characteristics to discriminate bioparticles or bioorganisms of interest from complex mixture of identical compounds. Professor Dutta and his collaborators are developing microfluidic based biosensors on polymeric chips for detecting low abundance proteins from blood and urine samples for early detection of likelihood of various coronary diseases such as myocardial infarct, heart failure.

These faculty members include Bandyopadhyay, Bose, Dutta, Laborie, Lin, Vasavada, Zbib and Zhang, which forms the core of bioengineering research at MME. These researchers collaborate with faculty members within and outside WSU, as well as with companies and national labs.

Faculty Profiles

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Michael R. Kessler
Director and Professor
Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 with MME since 2013, more...

Research Areas

  • Polymer Composites Research Group
  • Processing and characterization of polymer composites
  • Bio-based polymers
  • Multifunctional- and nano-composites
  • Materials with self-healing functionality
  • Thermal analysis of polymers
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