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About the Airway Biomechanics Laboratory

The mission of the Airway Biomechanics Laboratory at the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is to quantify transport processes in the respiratory tract so that we can better understand respiratory physiology and develop innovative technologies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases. To accomplish this mission, we collaborate closely with an inter-disciplinary team of clinicians, biologists, engineers, and statisticians at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, and other institutions. The Airway Lab uses computational techniques such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), fluid-structure interaction (FSI) simulations, and computational biology to quantify transport processes at the macroscopic and microscopic scales. These computational models are validated with in vitro experiments and in vivo measurements performed in our lab and obtained from the literature. Examples of airway diseases studied in our lab include obstructive sleep apnea, nasal airway obstruction, chronic rhinosinusitis, and cystic fibrosis.

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In Silico, In Vitro, and In Vivo Approaches

The Marquette-MCW Airway Biomechanics Laboratory uses a wide range of computational techniques, in vitro experiments, and in vivo measurements to investigate respiratory biomechanics.  This diverse investigative toolset allows the Airway Lab to comprehensively investigate respiratory physiology and pathophysiology.

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Recent News


Cover of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, March 2020Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Invites Dr. Garcia to Contribute

Mar 2020:  Dr. Garcia was invited to write an editorial for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine entitled "The Collapsing Anatomical Structure is Not Always the Primary Site of Flow Limitation in Obstructive Sleep Apnea."  

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Cover of Journal of Applied Physiology - Feb 2020Journal of Applied Physiology Invites Dr. Garcia to Contribute

Feb 2020:  Dr. Guilherme Garcia was invited to write an editorial for the Journal of Applied Physiology entitled "lapdMouse: a data archive for advancing computational models of inhaled aerosol dosimetry."   

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