Centers & Laboratories

Supporting facilities at both Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering features over 30 state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated to innovative research and student enrichment.  Learn more about featured laboratories below. 


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Advanced Ocular Imaging Program (AOIP)

Led by Dr. Joseph Carroll, the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program promotes the development and implementation of translational ocular imaging tools such as optical coherence tomography and adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy. AOIP seeks to develop imaging tools, software, and methodologies that enable earlier detection of ocular and systemic disease, as well as more precise disease classification.


Learn more about the AOIP


Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging  |  Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation

Clinical Application(s):   Vision, Neuroscience 

Primary Faculty:  Dr. Robert Cooper

BME Secondary Faculty:  Dr. Joseph Carroll


Airway Biomechanics Laboratory (Airway Lab)

The Airway Biomechanics Laboratory quantifies transport processes in the respiratory tract in order to better understand respiratory physiology and develop innovative technologies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases.


Learn more about the Airway Lab


Technical Theme(s):   Computational Systems Biology & Medicine  |  Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation

Clinical Application(s):   Drug Delivery, Otolaryngology, Pulmonary 

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Guilherme Garcia


Biophotonics Laboratory

Biophotonics Sensore developed in the Biophotonics LaboratoryThe field of Biophotonics studies the interaction between photons and biological systems.  Due to the light-weight, low-cost, non-invasive nature of many biophotonics devices, the Biophotonics Laboratory focuses on the development of medical tools for use in low- and-middle-income countries.  


Learn more about the Biophotonics Lab


Technical Theme(s):  Biomedical Imaging |  Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation

Clinical Application(s):  Cancer, Pulmonary

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Bing Yu


Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Laboratory (CaRE Lab)

Nanotechnology for magnetic endothelialization of implantable cardiovascular devicesThe Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Laboratory develops living tissue replacements for cardiovascular structures with a focus on developing next-generation treatments for cardiovascular diseases.  


Learn more about the CaRE Lab


Technical Theme(s):   Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation  |  Molecular, Cellular & Tissue Engineering

Clinical Application(s):  Cardiovascular, Regenerative Medicine  

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Brandon Tefft


Computational Lung Physiology Laboratory (CLPL)

The CLPL develops experimental and computational strategies to investigate lung physiology at all levels—from molecular, to cellular, to whole-organ and body.  Their goal is to identify mechanisms and processes involved in lung diseases and injuries and then develop treatments for those diseases by targeting the elucidated mechanisms.


Learn more about the CLPL


Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging  |  Computational Systems Biology & Medicine

Clinical Application(s):  Pulmonary

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Said Audi


Computational Systems Biology Laboratory (CSBL)

The Computational Systems Biology Laboratory (CSBL) uses an integrated experimental and computational modeling approach to understand kinetic and molecular mechanisms and the associated biochemical driving forces that regulate mitochondrial, cellular, and tissue/organ function and how malfunctions in the mitochondrial and cellular machinery lead to tissue/organ dysfunctions and pathogenesis of different diseases. 

Learn more about the CSBL


Technical Theme(s):   Computational Systems Biology & Medicine  |  Molecular, Cellular & Tissue Engineering

Clinical Application(s):  Cancer, Cardiovascular, Metabolic Disease, Pulmonary

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Ranjan Dash


Functional MRI Research Laboratory

Brain Imaging ScansThe Functional MRI Research Laboratory specializes in the use of MRI to assess brain function (fMRI).  Researchers in the Functional MRI Research Laboratory create imaging strategies, sequences, and instrumentation related to fMRI.  This specialization may include neuroscience and vision research.   


Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging

Clinical Application(s):  Cardiovascular

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Kristina Ropella


Integrative Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation Laboratory (INERL)

Investigators at the Integrative Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation Laboratory (INERL) have access to six separate facilities designed to facilitate research at the cross-section of biomechanics, neural and rehabilitation engineering. 

Learn more about INERL


Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering  |  Biomedical ImagingNeural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience, Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Brian Schmit


Integrative Neural Systems Laboratory (INSL)

Research employing virtual reality program in the Integrative Neural Systems LaboratoryThe Integrative Neural Systems Laboratory (INSL) combines human behavioral studies with multimodal brain imaging and computational modeling to investigate the brain networks that control visually guided movement and determine how neurological diseases impact brain structure and function. 

Learn more about the INSL


Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging | Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience, Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation 

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Scott Beardsley


Laboratory for Translational, Experimental & Computational Cardiovascular Research (CV T.E.C.)

CV T.E.C. investigates of cardiovascular disease from the perspective of hemodynamics, vascular biomechanics and cellular mechanisms. The ultimate goal of this research is to create programs that improve the quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease by developing new medical device, procedural, or pharmacological initiatives.


Learn more about CV T.E.C.

Technical Theme(s):   Computational Systems Biology & Medicine

Clinical Application(s):  Cardiovascular 


MARquette Visualization Laboratory (MarVL)

The MarVL works to demonstrate how visualization technology can be used in learning, research, and industry. By providing users with experiences within a realistic environment, MARVL is able to promote active learning, critical thinking, decision making, and improved performance.


Learn more about MarVL

Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging

Clinical Applications:  Any

Primary Faculty:  Dr. Robert Cooper | Dr. Adam Greenberg


Medical Imaging Systems Laboratory (MISL)

By applying theoretical, computational, and experimental methods to Computed Tomography (CT), tomosynthesis, and X-ray imaging, MISL focuses on the design and optimization of medical imaging systems and reconstruction algorithms, with the goal of improving image quality and reducing radiation dose.


Learn more about MISL


Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging

Clinical Application(s):  Cancer, Musculoskeletal 

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Taly Gilat-Schmidt


Motion Analysis Center at Shriners

X-ray of foot with colors indicating major anatomical landmarksOREC's Motion Analysis Center at Shriners uses advanced orthopaedic technologies to assess gait kinetics and kinematics, balance, and upper extremity motion in children, with a goal of diagnosing orthopaedic abnormalities and providing advanced therapeutic options for children suffering from the same.


Learn more about MAC @ Shriners


Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering  |  Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation

Clinical Application(s):  Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Karen Kruger


Nanomedicine and Image-guided Interventions Laboratory (NIGIL)

NIGIL investigates nanoparticles, light transport in tissue, and the integration of optical and multimodal imaging and remotely triggered nanotechnologies in its efforts to develop minimally invasive and non-toxic diagnostic and therapeutic technologies directed at cancer, pulmonary and infectious disease, and other vascular pathologies.


Learn more about NIGIL


Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging  |  Computational Systems Biology & Medicine  |  Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Cancer, Drug Delivery, Metabolic Disease, Otolaryngology, Pulmonary 

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Amit Joshi


Neural Engineering, Interfacing, Modulation and Optimization Laboratory (NEIMO Lab)

The NEIMO Lab employs a combination of neurophysiology, optogenetics, viral gene therapy, and optical imaging techniques to develop novel neuroprosthetic and gene therapy approaches to alleviate motor deficits caused by conditions such as spinal cord injury or ALS.


Learn more about the NEIMO Lab


Technical Theme(s):   Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Neuroscience, Orthopaedics, Trauma  

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Jordan Williams


NeuroMotor Control Laboratory (NMCL)

By gaining a better understanding of how the brain uses sensory information to optimize the control of motion of the arms and hands, the NMCL seeks to provide the knowledge and tools needed to develop and deliver individualized training or therapeutic interventions that optimize motor performance throughout the lifespan.


Learn more about the NMCL


Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering  |  Computational Systems Biology & Medicine |  Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation  |  Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience, Rehabilitation, Vision

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Robert Scheidt


Ocular and Computer Vision Laboratory (OCVL)

The OCVL is working to understand the underpinnings of vision in health and disease by imaging the retina with advanced, non-invasive imaging devices—such as the adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope—and analyzing the resultant images with state-of-the-art computer vision techniques.


Learn more about the OCVL


Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging  |  Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Vision

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Robert Cooper


Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center (OREC)

OREC supports and coordinates the efforts of laboratories from Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and affiliative organizations conducting research in orthopaedic biomechanics, biomaterials, rehabilitation engineering, and human motion analysis.


Learn more about OREC


Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering

Clinical Application(s):  Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Gerald Harris

BME Secondary Faculty:  Dr. Jessica Fritz  |  Dr. Karen KrugerDr. Jeffrey TothDr. Mei Wang


Pelvic Diagnostics & Therapeutic Laboratory (PDAT)

The PDAT Lab focuses on the development of novel therapeutics, particularly electrical stimulation therapies, for treating pelvic floor diseases (with a primary focus on urinary incontinence). To improve therapy design and therapy selection, PDAT is also working on creating new, and improving current, diagnostic tools. Research is conducted at both the pre-clinical and clinical levels.



Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging  |  Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Neuroscience

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Jim Hokanson


Rey Laboratory (ReyLab)

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ReyLab seeks to answer critical questions in cognitive and clinical neuroscience by capturing recording of neural activity in the human brain. With captured data, ReyLab furthers understanding of epilepsy and human episodic memory while developing new tools for acquisition and analysis of electrophysiological data.

Learn more about ReyLab


Technical Theme(s):   Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation  |  Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Neuroscience

BME Secondary Faculty:   Dr. Hernan Rey


Sensory Neuroscience, Attention and Perception Laboratory (SNAP Lab)

With the use of psychophysical and neuroimaging methods—including MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation diffusion spectrum imaging and computation modelingthe SNAP Lab studies the neurobiology of attention and perception in the visual, auditory, and olfactory domains to understand perception's effect on human behavior.  


Learn more about the SNAP Lab


Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging  |  Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Clinical Application(s):  Cancer, Neuroscience, Orthopaedics, Vision

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Adam Greenberg


Tissue Regenerative Engineering Laboratory (TRE Lab)

In an effort provide advanced therapeutic options for such conditions as birth defects, bone disorders, liver and vascular diseases, the TRE Lab seeks to develop bio-functional engineered tissues.  To do this, the TRE Lab will first develop a greater understanding of the biological and molecular processes involved in regenerative progression.


Learn more about the TRE Lab


Technical Theme(s):   Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation  |  Molecular, Cellular & Tissue Engineering

Clinical Application(s):  Cardiovascular, Drug Delivery, Regenerative Medicine

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Bo Wang


Wisconsin Crash Injury Research Engineering Network Center (CIREN Center)

The Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network (CIREN) seeks to improve the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of motor vehicle crash injuries to reduce deaths, disabilities, and human and economic costs.  Operated under a contract from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Wisconsin CIREN Center provides expert analysis and reconstruction of crash case histories, offering novel insight into the biomechanics of injury to humans in motor vehicle accidents.

Learn more about the Wisconsin CIREN Center


Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering

Clinical Application(s):  Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience, Trauma

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Frank Pintar | Dr. Karthik Somasundaram


Zablocki VA Medical Center Laboratories (ZVAMC Labs)

The Zablocki VA Medical Center Laboratories specialize in neuroscience and biomechanics of trauma to the spine.  Ongoing investigations include vehicle crashworthiness, computational modeling of injury to the spine, preclinical traumatic brain injury, brain-computer interfaces for spinal cord injury, and more.  

Learn more about the ZVAMC Labs


Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Bioengineering

Clinical Application(s):  Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience, Trauma, Orthopaedics 

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Frank Pintar | Dr. Karthik Somasundaram |  Dr. Brian Stemper  |  Dr. Jordan Williams

BME Secondary Faculty:   Dr. Narayan Yoganandan


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