Research Tracks

Chart of clinical applications and their correlation to research themes. The Cutting Edge of Innovation

Research at the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is on the cutting edge of innovation, and students are invited to enjoy a range of educational opportunities in any of our many ongoing projects.  Found at the intersection of our six distinct research themes and thirteen featured clinical applications, research tracks are provided to help students drive their academic experience, helping to ensure that they are well prepared to pursue their preferred line of interest upon graduation.


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Foot and ankle x-ray captured in OREC's Motion Analysis Center at Shriners, Chicago.

Bioengineering for Pediatric Orthopaedics

The Motion Analysis Center at Shriners uses advanced orthopaedic technologies to assess gait, balance, and upper extremity motion in children, with a goal of diagnosing orthopaedic abnormalities and providing advanced therapeutic options for the same.

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Dr. Beardsley working with student in the Integrative Neural Systems Laboratory

Sensorimotor Function for Neurorehabilitation

The Integrative Neural Systems Lab employs a multi-scale approach to analyses of sensorimotor function, neurorehabilitation strategies for sensorimotor impairment, and interfacing human visuomotor control with external devices.

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Image of Cranium after motor-vehicle accident

Engineering for Crash Injury Research

The Wisconsin Crash Injury Research Engineering Network Center reconstructs vehicular crash case histories to help identify and elucidate mechanisms of traumatic injury to human occupants.

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Dr. Audi working in CLPL

Modeling Pulmonary Function

The Computational Lung Physiology Laboratory investigates lung function at all levels—molecular, cellular, tissue and whole organ. Captured data are used to generate computational models of lung function in health, injury and disease.

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Graphic representing Ocular Computer Vision Laboratory

Imaging Ocular Function

The Ocular and Computer Vision Laboratory uses non-invasive imaging technologies to assess the structure & function of individual cells in living eyes, an essential step in assessing the function of retinal cells following therapeutic interventions such as gene therapies and stem cell transplants.

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Dr. Guilherme Garcia working in lab with student

Respiratory Device Design

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

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Computer-generated representation of neural networks in brain

Imaging Attention and Perception

The Sensory, Neuroscience, Attention and Perception Lab uses imaging techniques and concepts of neuroscience to investigate attention, object perception and perceptual organization to investigate human behavior in response to visual and auditory stimuli.

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Dr. Gerald Harris working the in Motion Analysis Laboratories

Motion Analysis for Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

OREC's Motion Analysis Laboratories use the principles of biomechanics to develop new approaches to human motion analysis, human motion analysis in clubfoot and cerebral palsy, pediatric risk assessment, and biomaterial properties of pediatric bone.

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Dr. John LaDisa at work in the laboratory

Modeling Cardiovascular Disease

The Laboratory for Translational, Experimental and Computational Cardiovascular Research investigates cardiovascular disease from the perspective of hemodynamics, vascular biomechanics and cellular mechanisms.

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Dr. Amit Joshi at work in the Nanomedicine and Image-Guided Interventions Laboratory

Nanotechnology for Bioengineering

The Nanomedicine and Image-Guided Interventions Laboratory uses computational modeling and novel imaging techniques to investigate diagnostic and therapeutic applications of nanotechnology.

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Test dummy in the Vehicle Crashworthiness Laboratory

Biomechanics of Human Injury

The Zablocki VA Medical Center Laboratories use computational modeling and anthropomorphic test devices to investigate human tolerance to injury in automotive, aviation, military and sports environments.

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Dr. Robert Scheidt working in the NeuroMotor Control Laboratory

Neuroscience for Neuromuscular Control

The NeuroMotor Control Laboratory investigates integration of sensory input in task performance and motor control, particularly in the case of stroke, concussion and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Rendering of neural networks in the brain

Imaging for Neurorehabilitation

The Integrative Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation Laboratory uses advanced imaging technologies to investigates biomedical solutions at opportunities at the cross-section of biomechanics, neural and rehabilitation engineering.

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Sensor-lined helmets used for testing preclinical traumatic brain injury by Dr. Brian Stemper

Biomechanics of Head & Neck Trauma

The Preclinical TBI and Rodent Behavioral Testing Laboratory studies impact- and rotationally derived closed-head injuries in its work to quantify trauma biomechanics to the hard and soft tissues of the head and cervical spine.

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Dr. Brandon Tefft working with students in the Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Laboratory

Tissue Engineering for Cardiovascular Structures

The 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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Dr. Taly Gilat-Schmidt working with student in the Medical Imaging Systems Laboratory.

Imaging Technologies for Soft Tissues

The Medical Imaging Systems Laboratory seeks to advance CT imaging technologies. Current projects include tracking radiation dosage to organ systems, improving image quality for vascular structures and novel image reconstruction methodologies.

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Tissue samples from Dr. Jeffrey Toth's Biomaterials & Histology Laboratory

Tissue Engineering for Dentistry & Orthopaedics

OREC's Biomaterials & Histology Laboratory develops and evaluates biomaterials for use in orthopedics and dentistry. Ongoing projects include the evaluation of bone void fillers, bone graft substitutes and orthopaedic devices.

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Dr. Bo Wang works with student in the Tissue Regenerative Engineering Laboratory

Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine

The Tissue Regenerative Engineering Laboratory develops bio-functional engineered tissues in order to provide advanced therapeutic options for such conditions as birth defects, bone disorders, liver and vascular diseases.

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Microscopic image from Neural Engineering, Interfacing, Modulations and Optimization Laboratory

Neural Engineering for Motor Deficits

The Neural Engineering, Interfacing, Modulation and Optimization Lab uses neurophysiology, optogenetics, viral gene therapy, and optical imaging techniques to develop neuroprosthetic and gene therapy approaches to alleviate motor deficits.

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Dr. Bing Yu and student with image created by novel technology under development in the Biophotonics Laboratory

Biophotonics for Imaging & Device Design

The Biophotonics Laboratory harnesses the science of light to develop novel technologies and imaging methodologies for use in cancer detection and monitoring, as well as pediatric endotracheal tube placement.

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Dr. Dash with students in the computational systems biology laboratory

Modeling Pulmonary & Cardiovascular Physiology

The Computational Systems Biology Lab uses computational modeling techniques to investigate the physiological mechanisms of mitochondrial function, particularly as it pertains to pulmonary and cardiovascular health and dysfunction.

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