Biomedical Engineering at the UA Knows No Bounds
- Interdisciplinary mentoring and flexible curriculum
- Integrated with top-tier UA medical school and hospital
- Full doctoral student funding
- Access to Tech Launch Arizona, the UA’s highly successful commercial arm
- Ideal student life with year-round outdoor activities and thriving downtown nightlife
Focus areas include:
- Biomedical imaging and spectroscopy
- Biomedical informatics
- Bioinstrumentation and devices
- Biomaterials and tissue engineering
- Cardiovascular biomedical engineering
Students in the Spotlight
Fulbright Scholar Is All Heart
Zachary D. Frankman, a BME PhD Candidate, received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2018 to conduct research at the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland. Frankman will research how to create a low-cost, efficient left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, which is an implantable mechanical pump for patients suffering from heart failure.There is a need to optimize outcomes in patients with end-stage heart failure.
Easing the Arthritis Burden
While at the UA, master’s student Jacalyn Ouellette, who graduated in 2013, developed a Windows-based program for joint-repair patients to monitor their own joint stress loads and healing progress. Today, she’s a senior electrical engineer at Raytheon.Sixty percent of the population over 65 has arthritis. If you can help make the quality of life better for these patients, you can increase life expectancy.
Leading the Way in Cancer Detection
Sarah Leung, who earned her PhD in 2012 before becoming a postdoctoral Bisgrove Scholar at the UA, does preclinical research using nanoparticles to deliver medicines or detect abnormal cells for targeted and nanoparticle therapies.If I had to choose something I was most proud of, it would be the use of these nanoparticles with a technique called ‘optical trapping’' to control the release of molecules with very high precision.
A Closer Surgical Look
Jeffrey Watson, who earned his doctorate in 2018, was lead author on a paper that appeared in the Journal of Biomedical Optics about augmented microscopy, a process that allows neurosurgeons to more clearly distinguish cancerous from healthy tissue during surgery.We demonstrate augmented microscopy, an intraoperative imaging technique in which bright-field (real) and electronically processed NIR fluorescence (synthetic) images are merged within the optical path of a stereomicroscope.
Breathing Life Into Drug Development
Timothy Frost’s presentation on “lung-on-a-chip” technology tied for first place at the Western Association of Graduate Schools’ 3-Minute Thesis Competition. He catered his presentations to his audiences – including the final round in Las Vegas, Nevada.Tonight on the strip, all the casinos combined earned a collective 18 million dollars. It would take all those casinos nearly six months of saving to foot the bill for a new treatment for heart disease or cancer.
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