Collaborations between Washington University's in St. Louis' No. 6 ranked School of Medicine and the School of Engineering & Applied Science have led to major advances in areas including positron emission tomography, medical applications of ultrasound, application of computers to hearing research and development of heart valve flow simulators.
This atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality between the two schools has been further strengthened and expanded, leading to an exceptional degree of synergy that is one of the department’s hallmarks.
Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center (CBAC)
An interdisciplinary center housed within the engineering school, the Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center works to develop new tools for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias — a major cause of death and disability.
Through an interdisciplinary effort, CBAC investigators apply molecular biology, ion-channel and cell electrophysiology, optical mapping of membrane potential and cell calcium, multi-electrode cardiac electrophysiological mapping, electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI) and other noninvasive imaging modalities, and computational biology (mathematical modeling) to study mechanisms of arrhythmias at all levels of the cardiac system.
With the Center for Biological Systems Engineering, the School of Engineering launched an innovative, multidisciplinary center to revolutionize the way human diseases are diagnosed and treated.
Building on the strengths in the medical and engineering schools, faculty and student researchers from different backgrounds are working together to study the basic sciences of protein structure, models of complex living systems and genetic regulatory networks. By leveraging systems science approaches to understand and control biomolecular and cellular networks, the researchers in the center focus on novel approaches that will enable a new understanding of how cellular processes and decisions are controlled by structures and dynamics of biomolecular networks.