BME Research Laboratories

Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory

Dr. Ranu Jung

ANS is focused on developing and utilizing new scientific knowledge and engineering technology to address the complex physiological, medical and societal problems presented by neurological disability. Its research agenda is at the intersection between bioengineering, neuroscience and rehabilitation.

Applied Neural Interfaces Laboratory 

Dr. Zachary Danziger

Our Lab is developing computational and experimental tools to eavesdrop on the nervous system (called neural decoding) and give commands to the nervous system (through electrical stimulation). These decoding and stimulation techniques are used to help understand and treat neurological disorders. We are applying our methods to the neural control of the urinary tract and to direct brain control of computer systems.

Cardiovascular Matrix Remodeling Laboratory

Dr. Joshua Hutcheson

Research in the CMRL focuses on the mechanisms through which tissues are built, maintained, and remodeled. The primary thrust of the lab is on cardiovascular disease—the leading global cause of death. Researchers in the CMRL work at the interface of engineering and biology and study the mechanisms through which mechanical forces influence cell and tissue behavior. By understanding the ways that cells sense and respond to each other and to changes in their environment, the goal of the CMRL is to develop new ways to detect initiators of disease and find interventions that restore tissue to a normal state.

Drug Delivery and Imaging Guided Therapy Laboratory

Dr. Anthony McGoron

Research focuses on image guided therapy of cancer using polymer and inorganic nanoparticles, microparticles and small molecules. Imaging is used to identify patients likely to respond to a particular therapy, to monitor the delivery of the drug and the patient’s response to the therapy, and to guide surgical resection of tumors. Molecular Imaging modalities include nuclear (PET and SPECT), near-infrared fluorescence, and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Therapeutic approaches include chemotherapy, photo-dynamic therapy, photo-thermal therapy, and radiation therapy.

Medical Photonics Laboratory

Dr. Jessica Ramella-Roman

The Medical Photonics Laboratory (MPL) at FIU conducts research in bio-photonics and focuses particularly on the development of devices and methodologies for diagnosis of disease. The lab focuses on the detection of early signs of Diabetic Retinopathy, a disease associated with diabetes, using spectroscopic and polarimetric techniques. They are also developing methodologies for non-invasive monitoring of the skin. They are conducting research on the discrimination of melanoma, one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer, and we are seeking insights into several forms of skin damage including pressure damage, thermal damage, and electrical damage.

Nanobioengineering/Bioelectronics Laboratory

Dr. Chenzhong Li

The research of our group interfaces with biomedical engineering, nanobiotechnology,  electrochemistry, BioMEMS, biochemistry,  nanomedicine, surface science, and materials science. The work done here looks ahead to the next generation of nanoelectrical components such as protein nanowires, DNA transistors as well as end use electronic devices such as Lab-on-Chip, biosensors and enzymatic biofuel cells.

Neuronal Mass Dynamics Laboratory

Dr. Jorge Riera

The primary research interest of the Neuronal Mass Dynamics (NMD) laboratory is the development of methods for the integration of different brain imaging modalities. These methods will found direct translations into clinical practice, for instance in the diagnosis and intervention of a variety of brain disorders.

Optical Imaging Laboratory

Dr. Anuradha Godavarty

(OIL) focuses on optical imaging instrumentation, tomography studies with various biomedical applications such as breast cancer imaging and functional brain mapping.

Plasticity, Monamines and Recovery of Function Laboratory

Dr. Jacob McPherson

The PMRF lab studies interrelationships between motor control and pain processing in networks of spinal neurons. The ultimate goal of this work is to develop focused therapeutic strategies that facilitate and direct the intrinsic ability of the central nervous system to reorganize and repair following stroke or spinal cord injury. Our translational research draws from the fields of neurophysiology, neural engineering, neurology, and physical therapy, and incorporates both animal models and human-subjects experiments.

Tissue Engineered Mechanics, Imaging and Materials Laboratory

Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy

TEMIM stands for “Tissue Engineered Mechanics, Imaging and Materials”. The primary research interests of the lab are in: Heart valve tissue engineering, cardiovascular mechanobiology and Evaluation of functionality and hemocompatibility of cardiovascular devices (such as stents and heart valve prosthetics).

Vascular Physiology and Biotransport Laboratory

Dr. Nikolaos Tsoukias

The main focus of the laboratory is on the mechanisms that regulate blood flow and pressure in the human body. The lab investigates the physiology of the microcirculation through the parallel development of theoretical and experimental models. Mathematical modeling guides experimentation and assist in data analysis while in vitro experimental studies provide important modeling parameters and promote further model development.