Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation

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Medical devices are at the heart of biomedical engineering, and faculty in the MU-MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering have proficiency in instrumentation, biomaterials, medical device testing and design, and clinical and regulatory expertise.  This broad base of skills and experience positions our department at the forefront of medical device innovation, and innovations from biomedical engineers at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin have ranged from instrumentation to computer algorithms to innovative medical devices.  One of the great strengths of our program is that our engineers collaborate closely with physicians and basic research scientists to translate novel ideas into state-of-the-art medical devices. Learn more about laboratories and faculty specializing in Medical Device Innovation and Bioinstrumentation below. 


Medical Devices & Bioinstrumentation Laboratories


Airway Biomechanics Laboratory

Led by Dr. Guilherme Garcia, The Airway Biomechanics Laboratory (Airway Lab) has conducted numerical evaluation of nasal sprays to maximize nasal drug delivery to treat chronic rhinosinusitis. 

Learn more about the Airway Lab | Learn more about Dr. Garcia



Biophotonics Laboratory

Dr. Bing Yu and researchers at the Biophotonics Laboratory develop innovative optical biomedical devices that are more compact, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective.  These optical biomedical devices are used for cancer detection and therapeutic monitoring, especially in low- and middle-income countries. 

Learn more about the Biophotonics Laboratory | Learn more about Dr. Yu



Nanotechnology for implantable cardiovascular devicesCardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Laboratory

Led by Dr. Brandon Tefft, the Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Laboratory (CaRE Lab) has expertise in cardiovascular device design, including tissue engineered vascular grafts and heart valves. 

Learn more about the CaRE Lab | Learn more about Dr. Tefft



Research Thumb for the NMCLNeuroMotor Control Laboratory

Neural Engineering and Neurorehabilitation research at the NeuroMotor Control Laboratory seeks to gain a better understanding of how the brain uses sensory information to optimize the control of motion of the arms and hands.  Current projects include the development of wearable technology to promote sensorimotor recovery in the first weeks and months following stroke.

Learn more about the NMCL | Learn more about Dr. Scheidt


Olson Laboratory

Led by Dr. Lars Olson, the Olson Laboratory has developed the human powered nebulizer (HPN).  This innovation is currently undergoing clinical trials and being considered for new clinical indications.  

Learn more about Dr. Olson



OREC's Biomaterials & Histology Laboratory

Led by Dr. Jeffrey Toth, research in OREC's Biomaterials & Histology Laboratory (BIMA) includes the evaluation of materials for orthopaedic and spine devices.  

Learn more about BIMA |  Learn more about Dr. Toth


Pelvic Diagnostics & Therapeutics Laboratory

Led by Dr. Jim Hokanson, the Pelvic Diagnostics & Therapeutics Laboratory (PDAT) is working on developing novel therapeutics (primary electrical stimulation therapies) and diagnostics to treat pelvic floor diseases such as urinary incontinence.

Learn more about Dr. Hokanson



Tissue Regenerative Engineering Laboratory

Led by Dr. Bo Wang, the Tissue Regenerative Engineering Laboratory (TRE Lab) works with complex bone defect repair using matrix and scaffolding approaches.  

Learn more about the TRE Lab | Learn more about Dr. Wang




Additional Resources

Dr. Dana Cook, Professor of Practice in the Opus College of Engineering, has over 13 years' experience in the medical device industry as an embedded software and systems engineer. 

Learn more about Dana Cook


Dr. Jay Goldberg, Clinical Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Healthcare Technologies Management Program, specializes medical device design and testing, new product development and engineering management, as well as surface modification and degradation and failure analysis of implants.

Learn more about Dr. Goldberg


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