Graduate

PhD program faculty by research area

Central to the BME PhD program is the requirement for students to seek out faculty with whom they share common research interents to discuss research opportunities prior to their second year.

Biomedical Imaging

Associated Faculty
  • Nicholas Durr PhD
    Medical imaging, computational biophotonics, endoscopy, and medical device design
  • Taekjip Ha PhD
    High resolution single molecule and single cell analysis technologies
  • Daniel Herzka PhD
    Development of MR imaging of atherosclerotic lesions in the vasculature wall, coronary artery and vein MR imaging, MR-guided catheter-based optical imaging, liver elastography, and aortic and carotid calcification imaging.
  • Scot Kuo PhD
    Mechanism of biological force generation, laser-induced optical forces.
  • Xingde Li PhD
    Medical Imaging and Biophotonics
  • Michael Miller PhD
    Medical Imaging, Computational Anatomy, Pattern Theory, Computational Neuroscience
  • Tilak Ratnanather DPhil
  • Jeffrey Siewerdsen PhD
    Medical imaging, image-guidance, flat-panel imagers, cone-beam CT, volume imaging, MRI, image science, imaging performance, radiation therapy.
  • J. Stayman PhD
    Medical imaging, device design and optimization, adaptive imaging, task-based acquisition, reconstruction, and estimation theory
  • Rene Vidal PhD
    Biomedical image analysis, computer vision, machine learning, medical robotics, signal processing
  • Joshua Vogelstein PhD
    Big data science, especially statistical and computational connectomics.

Cell and Tissue Engineering

Associated Faculty
  • Patrick Cahan PhD
    Computational and experimental exploration of gene regulatory networks in development, stem cell engineering, tumorigenesis and cancer progression
  • Jennifer Elisseeff PhD
    Biomaterials, hydrogels, tissue engineering, and cartilage regeneration.
  • Warren Grayson PhD
    Tissue engineering, stem cells, bioreactors, biomaterials, orthopaedics
  • Jordan Green PhD
    Cellular engineering and nanobiotechnology, biomaterials, controlled drug delivery, and gene therapy.
  • Alexander Spector PhD
    Cell mechanics and biophysics, biological and general solid mechanics, mechanics of hearing, mathematical and computational methods in medicine and biology
  • Kevin Yarema PhD
    Biotechnology and Clinical Aspects of Carbohydrate Engineering

Computational Biology

Associated Faculty
  • Joel Bader PhD
    Bioinformatics and computational biology.
  • Michael Beer PhD
    Computational regulatory genomics.
  • Patrick Cahan PhD
    Computational and experimental exploration of gene regulatory networks in development, stem cell engineering, tumorigenesis and cancer progression
  • Andrew Feinberg MD, MPH
    Epigenetics of development and disease; stochasticity in development and cancer
  • Rachel Karchin PhD
    Computational molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetic variation
  • Feilim Mac Gabhann PhD
    Computational modeling of growth factor-receptor networks; Personalized Medicine; Therapeutic Cardiovascular Remodeling; Novel methods for data visualization and automated image analysis.
  • Aleksander Popel PhD
    Systems Biology; Computational Medicine and Biology; Angiogenesis; Cancer; Immuno-oncology; Peripheral arterial disease
  • Steven Salzberg PhD
    Bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Alexander Spector PhD
    Cell mechanics and biophysics, biological and general solid mechanics, mechanics of hearing, mathematical and computational methods in medicine and biology
  • Winston Timp PhD
    Parsing the biophysical mechanisms of epigenetics on a single molecule basis and dissecting how epigenetics effects — and is affected by — signal transduction on a single cell basis via control of the cellular microenvironment.
  • Natalia Trayanova PhD
    Computational cardiaciology; Arrhythmias in the diseased heart and anti-arrhythmia therapies; Reconstruction of heart geometry and structure from MRI.

Computational Medicine

Associated Faculty
  • Joel Bader PhD
    Bioinformatics and computational biology.
  • Michael Beer PhD
    Computational regulatory genomics.
  • Rachel Karchin PhD
    Computational molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetic variation
  • Feilim Mac Gabhann PhD
    Computational modeling of growth factor-receptor networks; Personalized Medicine; Therapeutic Cardiovascular Remodeling; Novel methods for data visualization and automated image analysis.
  • Michael Miller PhD
    Medical Imaging, Computational Anatomy, Pattern Theory, Computational Neuroscience
  • Aleksander Popel PhD
    Systems Biology; Computational Medicine and Biology; Angiogenesis; Cancer; Immuno-oncology; Peripheral arterial disease
  • Tilak Ratnanather DPhil
  • Sridevi Sarma PhD
    Computational neuroscience, estimation and control theory, applications to disorders of the central nervous system and brain machine interfaces
  • Natalia Trayanova PhD
    Computational cardiaciology; Arrhythmias in the diseased heart and anti-arrhythmia therapies; Reconstruction of heart geometry and structure from MRI.
  • Rene Vidal PhD
    Biomedical image analysis, computer vision, machine learning, medical robotics, signal processing
  • Joshua Vogelstein PhD
    Big data science, especially statistical and computational connectomics.
  • Raimond Winslow PhD
    Statistical modeling and analysis of cardiovascular gene and protein expression data, and computational modeling of signal transduction, mitochondrial energetics, ion channel function, and intracellular calcium dynamics in cardiac myocytes and vascular endothelial cells.

Molecular and Cellular Systems Biology

Associated Faculty
  • Joel Bader PhD
    Bioinformatics and computational biology.
  • Andrew Feinberg MD, MPH
    Epigenetics of development and disease; stochasticity in development and cancer
  • Jordan Green PhD
    Cellular engineering and nanobiotechnology, biomaterials, controlled drug delivery, and gene therapy.
  • Taekjip Ha PhD
    High resolution single molecule and single cell analysis technologies
  • Rachel Karchin PhD
    Computational molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetic variation
  • Feilim Mac Gabhann PhD
    Computational modeling of growth factor-receptor networks; Personalized Medicine; Therapeutic Cardiovascular Remodeling; Novel methods for data visualization and automated image analysis.
  • Aleksander Popel PhD
    Systems Biology; Computational Medicine and Biology; Angiogenesis; Cancer; Immuno-oncology; Peripheral arterial disease
  • Winston Timp PhD
    Parsing the biophysical mechanisms of epigenetics on a single molecule basis and dissecting how epigenetics effects — and is affected by — signal transduction on a single cell basis via control of the cellular microenvironment.
  • Natalia Trayanova PhD
    Computational cardiaciology; Arrhythmias in the diseased heart and anti-arrhythmia therapies; Reconstruction of heart geometry and structure from MRI.
  • Leslie Tung PhD
    Electrophysiology and arrhythmia of cardiac cell networks, cardiac mechanoelectric transduction, stem cell-derived heart cells, defibrillation.
  • Kevin Yarema PhD
    Biotechnology and Clinical Aspects of Carbohydrate Engineering

Systems Neuroscience and Neuroengineering

Associated Faculty
  • Vikram Chib PhD
    Decision-making, neuroeconomics, neural control of movement, functional brain imaging, noninvasive brain stimulation
  • Xingde Li PhD
    Medical Imaging and Biophotonics
  • Michael Miller PhD
    Medical Imaging, Computational Anatomy, Pattern Theory, Computational Neuroscience
  • Sridevi Sarma PhD
    Computational neuroscience, estimation and control theory, applications to disorders of the central nervous system and brain machine interfaces
  • Reza Shadmehr PhD
    Mechanisms of movement control in humans, learning control of the arm, brain imaging, robotics and adaptive control, computational neuroscience.
  • Nitish Thakor PhD
    Medical Instrumentation, neuroengineering, neural signal processing and clinical instrumentation, micro/nano scale sensors, devices and systems.
  • Joshua Vogelstein PhD
    Big data science, especially statistical and computational connectomics.
  • Xiaoqin Wang PhD
    Neurophysiology of the auditory cortex, neural mechanisms of speech perception and learning, computational neuroscience.
  • Kechen Zhang PhD
    Theoretical and computational neuroscience, neural computation.

Students typically do research rotations for one year — beginning in the summer prior to the first academic semester. Selection of a research laboratory is expected prior to the second academic year.