The Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering features over thirty laboratories dedicated to innovative research and student enrichment.  Learn more about some of these state-of-the-art facilities below.  

 

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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.

 

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

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Guilherme Garcia

 

Biophotonics Laboratory

The 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 focusses on the development of medical tools for use in low- and-middle-income countries.  

 

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Technical Theme(s):   Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation

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.  

 

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

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.

 

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

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 functions under healthy conditions, and how malfunctions in the mitochondrial and cellular machinery lead to tissue/organ dysfunctions and pathogenesis of different diseases. This approach provides a mechanistic and quantitative framework to identify novel therapeutic targets to treat mitochondrial, cellular, and tissue/organ dysfunctions under disease conditions.

 

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

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Ranjan Dash

 

Functional MRI Research Laboratory

The 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

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. 

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

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Brian Schmit

 

Integrative Neural Systems Laboratory (INSL)

The 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. 

 

 

Technical Theme(s):   Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

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.

 

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Technical Theme(s):   Computational Systems Biology & Medicine

Primary Faculty:   Dr. John LaDisa

 

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.

 

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Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging

Primary Faculty:   Dr. John LaDisa

 

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.

 

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Technical Theme(s):   Biomedical Imaging

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Taly Gilat-Schmidt

 

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.

 

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

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 neuroproshetic and gene therapy approaches to alleviate motor deficits caused by conditions such as spinal cord injury or ALS.

 

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Technical Theme(s):   Neural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

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.

 

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Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering  |  Biomedical ImagingComputational Systems Biology & MedicineNeural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Robert Scheidt

Secondary Faculty:  Dr. Leigh Ann Mrotek

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

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Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Gerald Harris

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

 

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.  

 

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

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.

 

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

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Bo Wang

 

Zablocki VA Medical Center Laboratories (ZVAMC Labs)

The Zablocki VA Medical Center Laboratories specialize in impact and crash biomechanics of the brain and spine.  Facilities include a crash lab, a pulse lab, a piston lab, and drop tower lab. 

 

 

Technical Theme(s):   Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Bioengineering

Primary Faculty:   Dr. Frank Pintar  |  Dr. Brian Stemper

Secondary Faculty:   Dr. Narayan Yoganandan

 

 

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