ECS researchers make innovations to improve human health in the areas of biomaterials, environmental health, medical devices, tissue engineering, drug delivery, and connected health. Active research in this area includes (i) new biomaterials to restore body function, accelerate healing, and reduce device-associated infections, (ii) ‘smart’ anti-bacterial sutures to rapidly close wounds, (iii) growing human tissues using stem cells, (iv) methods to control targeted delivery of drugs, and (v) home health devices that connect and share data with mobile apps. These research activities provide novel solutions to challenging problems in human health. ECS faculty are also committed to training the next generation of biomedical engineers for emerging technologies.

a portrait of Santita Ebangwese

ECS faculty are renowned for their strong research activities in stem cell-based human developmental models, cardiac tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. We also specialize in the areas of cell mechanics, microbial biofilms and new strategies to combat antibiotic resistance, bioprinting, shape memory biomaterials, understanding of blood-brain barrier using theoretical and computational techniques, and targeted drug delivery for musculoskeletal tissue engineering applications.

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Professor Zhen Ma with three students in a lab

A few examples of these studies can be found in Prof. Zhen Ma’s innovative work on engineering stem cell-based cardiac organoids, and Profs. Asif Salekin and Senem Velipasalar’s research on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease using machine learning. Profs. Dacheng Ren and Teng Zhang collaborate with Prof. Dmitriy Nikolavsky at SUNY Upstate Medical University to engineer novel infection-resisting catheters.

Some notable ECS news stories in this area include:

Please explore the departmental webpages or the researchers’ websites below for more information.