UC Davis Biomedical Engineering

Departmental Faculty

Kyriacos A. Athanasiou

Major Research Interests:

Understand the healing processes of cartilage, and to augment those processes via sound application of tissue engineering principles.

Website: Athanasiou Lab

  Sharon Aviran

Major Research Interests:

Computational Biology, RNA Genomics, Synthetic Biology, RNA Structural Biology, Statistical Inference and Algorithms.

Website: Computational RNA Genomics

  Ramsey D. Badawi

Major Research Interests:

Translational imaging, with emphasis on PET and other radiotracer techniques. Translational imaging is aimed at transferring (“translating”) research imaging methodologies to the clinic and human use.

Website: Badawi Lab

  Craig J. Benham

Major Research Interests:

Mathematical and Computational models of regulatory mechanisms, pathways, systems and networks, Bioinformatics, DNA mechanics.

Website: Benham Lab

  John M. Boone

Major Research Interests:

Novel x-ray detector systems for digital radiography and digital mammography; dual (x-ray) energy radiographic imaging and image processing.

Website: Boone Lab

  Ye Chen-Izu

Major Research Interests:

Electrophysiology of cardiac muscle and arrhythmia mechanisms; Ca2+ dynamics in excitation-contraction coupling; Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying hypertension induced hypertrophy and heart failure.

Website: Cardiac Signaling Lab

  Simon R. Cherry

Major Research Interests:

Molecular imaging technology, particularly positron emission tomography, multi-modality imaging systems, gamma and x-ray detector technology,3-D image reconstruction and use of imaging techniques in phenotyping and drug development.

Website: Cherry Lab

  Fitz-Roy E. Curry

Major Research Interests:

 Theoretical and experimental studies of the regulation of the transport of water and solutes across the walls of microvessels; experimental studies involving the cannulation and perfusion of individual microvessels.

Website: Curry Lab

  Yong Duan

Major Research Interests:

Design and construction of synthetic biomolecular networks. Protein and RNA engineering. Directed evolution. Biosensors.

  Marc T. Facciotti

Major Research Interests:

Systems biology, synthetic biology, structure, dynamics and function of gene regulatory networks, protein engineering.

Website: Facciotti Lab

  Katherine W. Ferrara

Major Research Interests: 

Signal and imaging processing, medical imaging, ultrasound, acoustics, optics, fluid mechanics.

Website: Ferrara Lab

  David P. Fyhrie

Major Research Interests: Bone biomechanics; bone remodeling; cartilage mechanical properties; bone cell mechanobiology; fracture mechanics; and finite element modeling.

Website: Fyhrie Lab

  Volkmar Heinrich

Major Research Interests: 

Nano-to-microscale quantitative biophysics and bioengineering. Single-molecule interactions.

Website: Heinrich Lab

  Maury L. Hull

Major Research Interests: 

Causes, treatment and surgical repair, and rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries and disease to the knee; muscle function, neuromuscular control, modeling, and simulation of human movement; sports biomechanics and equipment design with emphasis on cycling both on and off road.

Websites: Hull Lab

  Tonya Kuhl

Major Research Interests: 

Neutron Scattering Measurements of Confined Complex Fluids, Membrane Interactions

Website: Kuhl Lab

  J. Kent Leach

Major Research Interests:

Application of tissue engineering principles to repair and replace lost or defective tissues, cellular manipulation, drug delivery, biomaterials.

Website: Leach Lab

  Angelique Louie

Major Research Interests:

Molecular imaging, cellular imaging, development of diagnostic and therapeutic agents, magnetic resonance imaging, novel contrast agents, fluorescence microscopy, biochemistry of the aging eye, retinal function.

Website: Louie Lab

  Laura Marcu

Major Research Interests:

In vivo optical spectroscopy and imaging for enhanced detection of disease in human tissue (cancer, cardiovascular); fluorescence-based minimally invasive medical diagnostics technology; high spatial – and time – resolution optical techniques for molecular imaging; optical bioMEMS; bionanophotonics: nanocrystals applications to molecular imaging.

Website: Marcu Lab

  Tingrui Pan

Major Research Interests:

Bio-microelectromechanical systems/nanoelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS/NEMS), diagnostic and therapeutic microsystems for ocular diseases, bio-mimetic sensors and actuators, bio-artificial implants, and controllable drug delivery systems.

Website: MiNI Lab

  Atul N. Parikh

Major Research Interests:

Phospholipid Based Strategies in the Design of Interfacial films, Biomaterials, and new classes of soft matter; Reaction-diffusion dynamics in low-dimensional lipid membranes.

Website: Parikh Group

  Tony Passerini

Major Research Interests:

Cardiovascular genomics; pathology of atherosclerosis; vascular hemodynamics; endothelial cell mechanotransduction; vascular device intervention and failure; genomics, proteomics and high-throughput screening technologies.

Website: Passerini Lab

  Jinyi Qi

Major Research Interests:

Molecular imaging, signal and image processing, image reconstruction, image quality evaluation, system modeling and optimization, inverse problems.

Website: Qi Lab

  Alexander Revzin

Major Research Interests:

Microfabrication and nanotechnology for manipulation and analysis of cellular systems; single cell manipulation; biosensors for monitoring activity of individual cells; combinatorial screening of cell-microenvironment interactions; BioMEMS; biomaterials; surface science.

Website: Revzin Lab

  David Rocke

Major Research Interests:

Statistical analysis of gene expression, proteomics, and metabolomics data; radiation biology: effects of low and moderate dose radiation on human skin; biomedical statistics; wound healing; formal models in international relations.


  Leonor Saiz

Major Research Interests:

Computational and theoretical approaches to the study of biological networks at the cellular and molecular level. Multiscale and multilevel approaches to study biomolecular processes. Assembly of macromolecular complexes on DNA, membranes, and scaffolds. Statistical mechanics basis of gene regulation and signal transduction. Noise in cellular processes. In vivo biomolecular mechanics. Molecular biophysics: membranes, membrane associated proteins, and their interactions with small molecules and drugs.

Website: Saiz Lab

  Michael A. Savageau

Major Research Interests:

Function, design, and evolution of cellular and molecular networks

Website: Savageau Lab

  Eduardo A. Silva

Major Research Interests:

Translational stem cell bioengineering;material platforms that enable one to control stem/progenitor cell trafficking in the body.

Website: Silva Lab

  Scott I. Simon

Major Research Interests:

Biomechanics of cells and tissues, neutrophil biology, vascular engineering, particularly with respect to inflammatory disease; fluorescence flow cytometry.

Website: Simon Lab

  Vivek J. Srinivasan

Major Research Interests:

Biophotonics technologies for basic and translational research and clinical diagnostics, neuroimaging, neurovascular coupling, cerebral blood flow and metabolism, in vivo functional optical imaging, light-tissue interactions.

Website: Srinivasan Biophotonics Lab

Julie Sutcliffe Julie Sutcliffe

Major Research Interests:

Development of novel imaging probes and chemistries for PET.

Website: Sutcliffe Lab

  Cheemeng Tan

Major Research Interests:

Synthetic biology, artificial cellular systems, gene regulation, cellular heterogeneity, antibiotic treatment.

Website: Tan Lab

  Soichiro Yamada

Major Research Interests:

Cell-cell adhesion, cytoskeletal mechanics, tissue morphogenesis and cell motility in three-dimensional culture, high-resolution fluorescence microscopy, artificial cell membrane.

Website: Yamada Lab


  Yohei Yokobayashi

Major Research Interests:

Design and construction of synthetic biomolecular networks. Protein and RNA engineering. Directed evolution. Biosensors.

Website: Yokobayashi Lab