Faculty & Research

Research Videos

Hear from WashU's Biomedical Engineering faculty as they talk about their research efforts and goals.

Faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering perform cutting edge research that is frequently highlighted by media.

Chao Zhou

Zhou's research interests are in optical coherence tomography, a growing technology used to perform high-resolution cross-sectional imaging using light. He has multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other federal and private sources.

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Jon Silva

Silva applies computational and biophysical methods to improve arrhythmia therapies. Current projects include the development of advanced imaging protocols to inform precision anti-arrhythmic therapies.

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Alexandra Rutz

Rutz's research focuses on the engineering of electronic tissues using materials design and fabrication-based approaches. The goal is to achieve robust biointerfaces and long-lived function in bioelectronics and other medical devices.

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Ismael Seáñez

The Seáñez Lab develops neuro-rehabilitation tools and programs that promote active use of residual mobility, maximize recovery, and improve the quality of life of individuals with neurological disorders.

Quing Zhu

Zhu has pioneered the combining ultrasound and near-infrared (NIR) imaging modalities for clinical diagnosis of breast cancers and for treatment assessment and prediction of advanced breast cancers.  In addition, Zhu and her team as well as her collaborators have pioneered co-registered ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging techniques for ovarian cancer detection and diagnosis. 

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Rohit Pappu

Pappu’s research interests are focused on intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), specifically their roles in transcriptional regulation, receptor-mediated cell signaling, and cellular stress response. The Pappu lab has pioneered the combined use of polymer physics theories, novel homegrown computational methods, and experiments to probe the functional and phenotypic impacts of IDPs. 

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Barani Raman

Raman's research interests include computational and systems neuroscience, pattern recognition, sensor-based machine olfaction and bio-inspired intelligent systems. His research combines theoretical and electrophysiological approaches to study how brain processes complex sensory signals (especially the olfactory cues), and to identify fundamental principles of neural computation.

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Hong Chen

Chen's research focuses on medical ultrasound. The mission of her lab is to develop novel focused ultrasound technologies to improve the lives of patients with brain diseases.

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Mike Vahey

Vahey’s research focuses on developing imaging methods and microfluidic technologies to understand infectious diseases, with an emphasis on studying how viruses like influenza A navigate and shape their hosts in order to replicate.

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