Directory

Staff

Elizabeth Jensen

Assistant Director, Biological Engineering Program
Business Officer

1104 BioE
Oversees department operations: Budget & Finance, Academic Personnel, Human Resources, Gifts, Procurement, Student Affairs.

Nicole Becker

Academic Program Administrator

1108 BioE
Program coordinator for Biological Engineering and its training programs. Responsible for program administration and student coordination for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program in Data Driven Biology and the NIH T32 training grant in Quantitative Mechanobiology.

Angelina Toporov

Graduate Advisor & Emphasis Coordinator

1106 BioE
Responsible for coordinating the Ph.D. Optional Bioengineering Emphasis and student affairs advising. Also responsible for student outreach, publicity, and seminar & travel coordination.

Faculty

Beth L. Pruitt

Chair, Biological Engineering
Professor of Biological Engineering, and of Mechanical Engineering and Biomolecular Science and Engineering
Director, NSF Research Training Program in Data Driven Biology
Director, NIH T32 Training Program in Quantitative Mechanobiology

3108 BioE
The Pruitt Lab studies how mechanics mediates biological signaling using microtechnologies for cellular mechanobiology and mechanical measurements.

Michael Beyeler

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Psychological and Brain Sciences

3201 BioEngineering
What does the world look like with a bionic eye?

Dennis Clegg

Professor of Biological Engineering, and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Wilcox Family Chair in BioMedicine

5125 Biology II
Human stem cell research; Molecular mechanisms of stem cell differentiation; Derivation of ocular cells from stem cells; Soft tissue regeneration.

Sam Daly

Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering II, Room 2347

Application of experimental mechanics to materials science in an effort to characterize, design, and develop advanced materials, includin

Siddharth Dey

Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering and of Chemical Engineering

3008 BioE
The goal of our lab is to develop novel single-cell sequencing technologies to understand how variability in the epigenome regulates gene expression heterogeneity and cell fate decisions.

Zvonimir Dogic

Professor, Physics

Broida 4419
Research interests of our group are primarily experimental, and span both equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena.

Emilie Dressaire

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering II, Room 2326
Our research aims at developing bio-inspired strategies to control and sense fluid flows at small scales, combining fluid dynamics, soft matter and biology.

Matthieu Louis

Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

3141 Biology II
Combining theory and experimentation to understand how navigational decisions come about in terms of neural-circuit computation.

B.S. Manjunath

Distinguished Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science

3157 Harold Frank Hall

Research areas include image/video analysis (including texture and shape analysis, segmentation, registration); multimedia databases and

Cristina Marchetti

Professor
Physics

Broida 6235
Active systems are assemblies of interacting entities that individually consume energy to generate motion and forces and collectively exhibit organized behaviors on scales much larger than that of the individuals.

Nina Miolane

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

3155 Harold Frank Hall

Nina Miolane received her M.S. in Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique (France) & Imperial College (UK), her Ph.D.

Arnab Mukherjee

Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering and Chemical Engineering

3349 ENGR II
Our research focuses on engineering genetic reporters for imaging what we think of as the "dark matter" of biology - living systems that cannot be readily imaged using existing reporter gene techniques.

Michelle O'Malley

Vice Chair, Biological Engineering
Professor of Biological Engineering and of Chemical Engineering

3343 Engineering II
Genetic engineering and synthetic biology of non-model microorganisms.

Linda Petzold

Mehrabian Distinguished Professor
Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering

3106 BioEngineering
Modeling, simulation and data analytics of multiscale systems in biology and medicine.

Angela Pitenis

Assistant Professor
Materials

3019 Materials Research Lab

Research at the intersection of materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology, and aims to understand interfacial phenomena and ener

Kevin Plaxco

Professor of Biological Engineering, and of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Biomolecular Science and Engineering

3002 BioE
In-vivo molecular measurements, anyone?

Omar Saleh

Professor
Materials

3006 BioE
Saleh's research is focused on the molecular physics underlying biological systems, with particular experience in nucleic acids, protein/DNA interactions, biomolecular elasticity, and self-assembled biomolecular systems.

Spencer Smith

Associate Professor, of Biological Engineering and of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, Dynamical Neuroscience Program
Co-Director, Brain Initiative

We're generally interested in how the brain works, at the level of neurons and synapses.

Ryan Stowers

Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering

Engineering biomaterials to probe questions in mechanobiology.

Sebastian Streichan

Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering and of Physics and of Biomolecular Science and Engineering

Broida 4409
We use ideas and concepts from physics, computer science, and mathematics to ask how embryos get in shape, and how organs function.

Luke Theogarajan

Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Theogarajan is interested in the marriage between materials, electronics and micro/nanofabrication as a means of developing new devices and tools for medical applications.

Yon Visell

Associate Professor Professor of Biological Engineering, and of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program
Mechanical Engineering

2213 Elings Hall
Haptics, Robotics, Tactile Sensing, Soft Electronics, Soft Robotics, Bioinspired Systems, Computational Acoustics

Max Wilson

Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering, and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

We use photo-switchable proteins from plants to understand and control complex cellular behaviors.

Enoch Yeung

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

3104 BioE
How does life perform computation?

Students

Sam Feinstein

Graduate Student
DDB Fellow

Gianna Gathman

Graduate Student
T32 Fellow

Shaylee Larson

Graduate Student
T32 Fellow

Elana Muzzy

Graduate Student
DDB Fellow

Zsofia Szegletes

Graduate Student
DDB Fellow

Lauren Washington

Graduate Student
DDB Fellow