Department of Biomedical Engineering

Faculty

Alpesh N. Amin, M.D.

Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Medicine; Biomedical Engineering; Paul Merage School of Business; Program in Nursing Science
Research Interests: hospital medicine, quality/safety, new technologies in healthcare
 

Mark G. Bachman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: integrated microsystems, microfabrication technology, biomedical microdevices, sensor systems, human sensing, human-machine interface
Email: mbachman@uci.edu
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Pierre F. Baldi, Ph.D.

UCI Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science; Biological Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Developmental and Cell Biology
Research Interests: bioinformatics, computational biology
Email: pfbaldi@ics.uci.edu
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Michael Berns, Ph.D.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Chair in Laser Biomedicine and Professor of Surgery; Biomedical Engineering; Developmental and Cell Biology
Research Interests: photomedicine, laser microscopy, biomedical devices
Email: mwberns@uci.edu
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Lubomir Bic, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: parallel and distributed computing, mobile agents
Email: lbic@uci.edu
 

Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D.

Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences; Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Interests: gene regulation by nuclear hormone receptors in vertebrate development physiology, endocrine disruption
Email: blumberg@uci.edu
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Elliot Botvinick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: laser microbeams, cellular mechanotransduction, mechanobiology
Email: elliot.botvinick@uci.edu
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Gregory J. Brewer, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: neuronal networks, decoding brain learning and memory, brain-inspired computing, Alzheimer's disease, brain aging, neuron cell culture
Email: gjbrewer@uci.edu
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James Brody, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: bioinformatics, micro-nanoscale systems
Email: jpbrody@uci.edu
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Donald J. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Residence of Ophthalmology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: glaucoma, optic nerve, non-linear optics
Email: dbrown@uci.edu
 

Peter J. Burke, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: nano-electronics, bio-nanotechnology
Email: pburke@uci.edu
 

Zhongping Chen, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Otolaryngology; Surgery
Research Interests: biomedical optics, optical coherence tomography, bioMEMS, biomedical devices
Email: z2chen@uci.edu
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Bernard Choi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Residence of Surgery; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: biomedical optics, in vivo optical imaging, microvasculature, light-based therapeutics
Email: choib@uci.edu
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Dan M. Cooper, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: impact of exercise on exhaled biological gases, novel methods of assessing physical activity in infants and children using bioMEMS, impact of oxygen gradients on neutrophil trafficking
Email: dcooper@uci.edu
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Robert Corn, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: analytical, chemical biology, physical chemistry and chemical physics, polymer, materials, nanoscience
Email: rcorn@uci.edu
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Carl W. Cotman, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology; Biomedical Engineering; Neurobiology and Behavior
Research Interests: amyloid, C1q, Alzheimer's disease, apoptosis, successful aging, dementia
Email: cwcotman@uci.edu
 

Nancy A. Da Silva, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: molecular biotechnology
Email: ndasilva@uci.edu
 

Michelle Digman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: biophotonics, fluorescence Spectroscopy and microscopy, nano-scale imaging, mechanotransduction, cancer cell migration, fluorescence lifetime and metabolic mapping
Email: mdigman@uci.edu
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Hamid Djalilian, M.D.

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: medical devices, hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness/imbalance, clinical research
Email: hdjalili@uci.edu
 

James Earthman, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: biomaterials, dental and orthopaedic implants, green materials, nanocrystalline alloys, deformation and damage processes
Email: earthman@uci.edu
 

Aaron P. Esser-Kahn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: chemical biology, organic and synthetic, polymer, materials, nanoscience
Email: aesserka@uci.edu
 

Gregory R. Evans, M.D.

Professor of Surgery; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: aesthetic surgery, breast augmentation, cosmetic plastic surgery, craniomaxillofacial, hand surgery, head and neck reconstruction, liposuction, oncology, pelvic bone reconstruction, peripheral nerve regeneration, reconstructive microsurgery, replantation, tissue engineering
Email: gevans@uci.edu
 

Lisa Flanagan-Monuki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: stem cells, neural, embryonic, neuron
Email: lflanaga@uci.edu
 

Ron Frostig, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: optical methods for brain imaging, functional organization of the cortex
Email: rfrostig@uci.edu
 

John P. Fruehauf, M.D.

Professor of Medicine; Biological Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Interests: in-vitro cancer models using 3-D tissue systems to predict drug response
Email: jfruehau@uci.edu
 

Steven C. George, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: physiological and multi-scale integrative modeling, gas exchange, computational methods, tissue engineering
 

Enrico Gratton, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Developmental and Cell Biology; Physics and Astronomy
Research Interests: design of new fluorescence instruments, protein dynamics, single molecule, fluorescence microscopy, photon migration in tissues
Email: egratton@uci.edu
 

Anna Grosberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: computational modeling of biological systems, biomechanics, cardiac tissue engineering
Email: grosberg@uci.edu
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Steven P. Gross, Ph.D.

Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Physics and Astronomy
Research Interests: force generation by molecular motors in living cells
Email: sgross@uci.edu
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Zhibin Guan, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: chemical biology, organic and synthetic, polymer, materials, nanoscience
Email: zguan@uci.edu
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Gultekin Gulsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Radiological Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Physics and Astronomy
Research Interests: in vivo molecular imaging, diffuse optical tomography, fluorescence tomography, photo-magnetic imaging, multi-modality imaging
Email: ggulsen@uci.edu
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Ranjan Gupta, Ph.D.

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Anatomy and Neurobiology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: hand and upper extremity surgery
Email: ranjang@uci.edu
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Jered Haun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: nanotechnology, molecular engineering, computational simulations, targeted drug delivery, clinical cancer detection
Email: jered.haun@uci.edu
 

Frank P. Hsu, M.D.

Department Chair and Professor of Neurological Surgery; Biomedical Engineering; Otolaryngology
Research Interests: biomechanics of cerebral aneurysms, functional neurosurgery, epilepsy
 

Christopher Hughes, Ph.D.

Director of Edwards Lifesciences Cardiovascular Technology Center and Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: tissue engineering, growth and patterning of blood vessels
Email: cchughes@uci.edu
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Elliot E. Hui, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: microscale tissue engineering, bioMEMS, cell-cell interactions, global health diagnostics
Email: tjuhasz@uci.edu
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James V. Jester, Ph.D.

Jack H. Skirball Endowed Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: mechanics of wound healing and the inter-relationship of mechanical force, cell-matrix interaction, and gene expression, cellular basis of corneal transparency and the role of water-soluble proteins in isolated cell light scattering, three-dimensional and temporal imaging of cells in intact living tissue
 

Tibor Juhasz, Ph.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: laser-tissue interactions, high-precision microsurgery with lasers, laser applications in ophthalmology, corneal biomechanics
Email: tjuhasz@uci.edu
 

Joyce H. Keyak, Ph.D.

Professor in Residence of Radiological Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: bone mechanics, finite element modeling, quantitative computed tomography, prosthetic implants, osteoporosis, metastatic tumors in bone, radiation therapy
Email: jhkeyak@uci.edu
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Arash Kheradvar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: cardiac mechanics, cardiovascular devices, cardiac imaging
Email: arashkh@uci.edu
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Michelle Khine, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: development of novel nano- and micro-fabrication technologies and systems for single cell analysis, stem cell research, in-vitro diagnostics
Email: mkhine@uci.edu
 

Frithjof Kruggel, M.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: biomedical signal and image processing, anatomical and functional neuroimaging in humans, structure-function relationship in the human brain
Email: fkruggel@uci.edu
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Baruch D. Kuppermann, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: ocular manifestations of AIDS, risk factors for the development of retinopathy of prematurity post partum, photodynamic therapy for the treatment of choroidal melanomas
Email: bdkupper@uci.edu
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Young Jik Kwon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Research Interests: gene therapy, drug delivery, cancer-targeted therapeutics, combined molecular imaging and therapy, cancer vaccine
Email: kwonyj@uci.edu
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Jonathan Lakey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: islet transplantation for patients with diabetes, improving methods of islet isolation, characterization and developing novel methods of islet transplantation, biopolymer and encapsulation technologies
Email: jlakey@uci.edu
 

Arthur D. Lander, Ph.D.

Donald Bren Professor and Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Logic and Philosophy of Science; Pharmacology
Research Interests: systems biology of development, pattern formation, growth control
Email: adlander@uci.edu
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Richard H. Lathrop, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: modeling structure and function, machine learning, intelligent systems and molecular biology, protein structure/function prediction
Email: rickl@uci.edu
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Abraham P. Lee, Ph.D.

William J. Link Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Department Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Lab-on-a-Chip health monitoring instruments, drug delivery micro/nanoparticles, integrated cell sorting microdevices, lipid vesicles as carriers for cells and biomolecules, high throughput droplet bioassays, microfluidic tactile sensors
Email: aplee@uci.edu
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Thay Q. Lee, Ph.D.

Professor in Residence of Orthopaedic Surgery; Biomedical Engineering; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research Interests: research biomechanics
Email: tqlee@uci.edu or tqlee@med.va.gov
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Guann-Pyng Li, Ph.D.

Director of the UCI Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology Research Interests: Calit2, Director of the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: high-speed semiconductor technology, optoelectronic devices, integrated circuit fabrication and testing
Email: gpli@uci.edu
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Shin Lin, Ph.D.

Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: combined use of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, molecular biophysics to study the structure and function of proteins involved in cytoskeletal/contractile functions and signal transduction in muscle and nonmuscle cells
Email: shinlin@uci.edu
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Chang C. Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry
Research Interests: genetic engineering, directed evolution, synthetic biology, chemical biology
Email: ccl@uci.edu
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Wendy F. Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: biomaterials, microdevices in cardiovascular engineering, cell-cell and cell-micro-environment interactions, cell functions and controls
Email: wendy.liu@uci.edu
 

Beth A. Lopour, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: computational neuroscience, signal processing, mathematical modeling, epilepsy, translational research
Email: beth.lopour@uci.edu
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John Lowengrub, Ph.D.

UCI Chancellor's Professor of Mathematics; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: applied and computational mathematics, mathematical and computational biology
Email: jlowengr@uci.edu
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Ray Luo, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: protein structure, noncovalent associations involving proteins
Email: rluo@uci.edu
 

Marc J. Madou, Ph.D.

UCI Chancellor's Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: fundamental aspects of micro/nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), biosensors, nanofluidics, biomimetics
Email: mmadou@uci.edu
 

John Middlebrooks, Ph.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology; Biomedical Engineering; Cognitive Sciences; Neurobiology and Behavior
Research Interests: hearing research, neurophysiology, auditory prosthesis, computational neuroscience, auditory cortex
Email: j.midd@uci.edu
 

Sabee Y. Molloi, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiological Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: quantitative aspects of medical x-ray imaging and its applications to cardiac and breast imaging
Email: symolloi@uci.edu
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J. Stuart Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: laser surgery, port wine stains, hemangiomas, vascular birthmarks
Email: jsnelson@uci.edu
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Zoran Nenadic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: adaptive biomedical signal processing, control algorithms for biomedical devices, brain-machine interfaces, modeling and analysis of biological neural networks
Email: znenadic@uci.edu
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Hung Duc Nguyen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: self-assembly of biological and biomimetic nanoscale materials based on amino acids and on nucleic acids
Email: hdn@uci.edu
 

Qing Nie, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: computational mathematics, systems biology, cell signaling, stem cell
Email: qnie@math.uci.edu
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Pranav Patel, M.D.

Chief, Division of Cardiology; Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) and Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: intravascular imaging (OCT and IVUS), interventional cardiology research-coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease, medical quality and outcomes research, cardiac hemodynamics: fractional flow reserve and coronary flow reserve, preventive cardiology research
 

Susanne M. Rafelski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: control of mitochondrial network size, topology and function in budding yeast cells
 

David J. Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology; Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research Interests: robotics, mechatronics, biomedical engineering, rehabilitation, biomechanics, neural control of movement
Email: dreinken@uci.edu
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Phillip C-Y Sheu, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering; Computer Science
Research Interests: database systems, interactive multimedia systems
Email: psheu@uci.edu
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Andrei M. Shkel, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: design and advanced control of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), precision micro-sensors and actuators for telecommunication and information technologies, MEMS-based health monitoring systems, disposable diagnostic devices, prosthetic implants
Email: ashkel@uci.edu
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Zuzanna S. Siwy, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry
Research Interests: biosensing, nanotechnology, condensed matter physics

Ramesh Srinivasan, Ph.D. Professor of Cognitive Sciences; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: cognitive neuroscience, brain development, consciousness, perception, EEG, brain dynamics
Email: r.srinivasan@uci.edu
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Roger F. Steinert, M.D.

Irving H. Leopold Chair in Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: cataract surgical technique and management of complications, refractive surgery, corneal transplantation
Email: steinert@uci.edu
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William C. Tang, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) nanoscale engineering for biomedical applications, microsystems integration, microimplants, microbiomechanics, microfluidics
Email: wctang@uci.edu
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Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D.

Director of Surgery; Biomedical Engineering; Physiology and Biophysics
Research Interests: photon migration, diffuse optical imaging, non-linear optical microscopy, photodynamic therapy
Email: bjtrombe@uci.edu
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Vasan Venugopalan, ScD

Department Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Surgery
Research Interests: laser-induced thermal, mechanical and radiative transport processes for application in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, biotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
Email: vvenugop@uci.edu
 

Szu-Wen Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: combining principles of self-assembly with nature-inspired macromolecular systems to engineer new materials and therapeutic strategies
Email: wangsw@uci.edu
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H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, Ph.D.

Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering and Department Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: nanoscale measurements and characterization, scanning probe microscopy, storage technology, nano-bio measurement technology
Email: hkwick@uci.edu
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Brian Wong, M.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: biomedical optics, tissue engineering, development of surgical instrumentation
Email: bjwong@uci.edu
 

Xiangmin Xu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Research Interests: local cortical circuits
Email: xiangmin.xu@uci.edu
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Albert Fan Yee, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry
Research Interests: materials science aspects of polymers and soft materials, particularly on how they are used to impact nanotechnology
Email: afyee@uci.edu
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Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D.

Director of Hearing Research and Professor of Otolaryngology; Anatomy and Neurobiology; Biomedical Engineering; Cognitive Sciences
Research Interests: cochlear implants and auditory neuroscience

Weian Zhao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: stem cell therapy, diagnostics, biosensors, nano- and microtechnology, aptamers
Email: weianz@uci.edu