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The research laboratories housed in the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering and the investigators directing the labs are listed below. Click on the lab name to learn more.

Lab Descriptions

Biomaterials, Inflammation, and Tissue Engineering Lab (Ramkumar T. Annamalai)
The lab is broadly focused on tissue regeneration and vascularization using biomaterials and biofabrication strategies. Strategies to engineer or modulate immune responses for tissue regeneration are of particular interest. The lab employs an array of biomaterial, mammalian cell culture techniques, and animal models to develop translatable strategies. Lab webpage: http://engr.uky.edu/ramlab

Biomedical Instrumentation Laboratory (staff)
This laboratory provides an environment for teaching-applied biomedical electronics, instrumentation and experimentation. It is also used by students who conduct independent studies in biomedical instrumentation.

Bio-Photonics Laboratory (Guoqiang Yu)
This laboratory develops optical spectroscopy/tomography for in-vivo measurements of blood flow, oxygenation and oxygen metabolism in normal and diseased tissues of animals and humans. The motivation is to explore the feasibility of optical instruments for diagnosis of various diseases and longitudinal monitoring of therapies. The goal is to create a strong bio-photonics research and teaching program, which vertically integrates physics, optics, engineering and clinical applications.

Cardiac Rhythm Laboratory (Abhijit Patwardhan)
The focus of research conducted in the rhythm dynamics laboratory is on the use of linear and non-linear systems and signal analysis techniques to investigate the dynamics of cardiovascular function.

Cardiovascular Laboratory (Charles Knapp / Joyce Evans)
Research conducted in this laboratory investigates changes in cardiovascular control in humans exposed to simulated space flight and countermeasures to cardiovascular deconditioning. The fluid mechanics of blood flow is also investigated.

Human Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab (Babak Bazrgari)
This research program focuses on the mechanical behaviors of the active neuromuscular and the passive musculoskeletal systems in the human body, and aims at controlling and managing musculoskeletal disorder.

Neural Systems Laboratory (Sridhar Sunderam)
This lab focuses on the diagnosis of brain states using physiological measurements, modeling and signal analysis for applications in epilepsy therapy, sleep monitoring, neuroprosthetics and cognitive science. For more information, see the lab page.

Bone Quality Laboratory (David Pienkowski)
Mechanical testing of hard and soft tissues are the primary focus of this laboratory, two Instron servo-hydraulic mechanical testing systems provide compression, tension, bending and torsional testing capabilities of hard and soft tissue and a variety of prosthetic devices.

Regenerative Biomaterials Laboratory (David Puleo)
The overall objective of the work conducted in this laboratory is to develop biomaterials that enable control of cellular events at the tissue-implant interface.